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Roz’s 2018 Minnesota State Fair Journal

Today’s gallery contains all the pages of my 2018 Minnesota State Fair Journal. This year I was able to attend on three days. There are sections indicating the start of each new day, and stating which day was the sketch out (I could only attend one of the sketch out days). I worked on 300 […]


In Context: Not the Time To Explain a Vignette

As an artist, you know whether it’s the right time to introduce the concept of “vignettes” or not. Pick your battles.


Packing for a Trip or Class

Recently a blog reader who is going to SketchKon (see the note later in this post) wrote to me and asked for tips on packing for such a trip. She wanted to know which supplies to bring and what the perfect pack for carrying supplies might be. Very simply keep the following in mind: • […]

The completed case. I stamped the date on the spine of the case so it can sit on my bookshelf.

A Slip Case for My 2017 International Fake Journal Month Journal

This year for the April 2017 International Fake Journal Month celebration I created a journal of 30 loose card sheets. Each sheet contained the sketch from one day in the month.  To contain these sketches I decided that I would make a simple slip case using pre-painted watercolor paper. I decided to use a case […]


Pre-Fair and Post-Fair Preparation—Materials Experiments Part 1: Strathmore 400 Series Printmaking Paper

Left: Pigeon sketch on Strathmore 400 Series Printmaking paper (5 x 7 inches) with Platinum Refillable Felt-Tipped Brush Pen and gouache. It has been a busy summer. I wanted to have my “Drawing Practice: Drawing Live Subjects in Public” class before the Minnesota State Fair in hopes that local students could take the techniques to […]


Minnesota State Fair Dreaming…

Above: I walk into the Swine barn first, every time I arrive at the Fair. Faber-Castell Pitt Calligraphy marker on watercolor paper card. 8 x 8 inches. The first thing I do when I get to the Fair is walk into the Fairgrounds entrance near the Swine Barn, then walk into the Swine Barn and […]


Getting Ready for the Minnesota State Fair—Which Journal? What’s Your Plan?

Left: My 2005 Minnesota State Fair Journal. 8 x 8 inch journal cards made from 300 lb. Hot Press Fabriano Artistico Watercolor paper, prepainted with acrylic washes. The portfolio was made to size after the Fair, when the thickness of the stack of journal cards (and the CD of photos I took) was known. Lately […]


Getting Ready for Sketching at the Minnesota State Fair—Gear and a Bag

Left: Here's a little blast from the past, a Guinea Fowl sketch I made at the 2009 MN State Fair. I'd taken a limited range of watersoluble color pencils. I mostly used them dry as in this example. I worked on 8 x 10 inch journal cards made of 300 lb. Fabriano Artistico, Hot Press […]

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