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Projects versus Series?

  Sometimes in classes I have students ask me what the difference is between a project and a series. I believe the difference is basically slim to none depending on how the user of these words understands and defines them.  Dictionary.com defines “project” as something that is contemplated, devised, or planned; plan; scheme. a large […]

A stack of signatures made by tearing down large sheets of Nideggen paper—they await binding.

The Potentiality of the Page

I write a lot on the blog about using the types of papers that you want to work on so that you can push your work forward in intentional ways. One of the simplest ways to do that if you work in a bound journal is to bind your own journals with the papers you […]

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Family Members Often Make the Best Models

  Above: Dark purple Prismacolor Pencil sketch in an 7.5 inch square handbound book containing Nideggen paper. You can clearly see the wavy laid texture in the background and clothing. I love this paper. This is CR, Dick's 94-year-old father, sitting quietly, posing for me. I had just given him a hair cut. It wasn't […]

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Quick, Name Your Favorite Journals That You’ve Filled…All of Them Are Favorites…

Left: I have been watching "Morse" in an effort to understand some things that I'll share another day. It means I end up sketching the actors, here the actor playing Morse's boss. Pentel pigment brush pen, on Nideggen with Montana Acrylic Marker background added afterwards. The brush pen LOVES this paper. That's all I can […]

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Fun on a Textured Background—OK Maybe I Over Did It

Usually I work in my journals chronologically. If I texture and put color on a page I work on it when I get to that page, just in the course of events. But sometimes, like when you’re at a meeting, working on a texture to write notes is a bit difficult, so I skip a […]

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My 2015 End-of-Year Evaluation and Wrap Up

Above: 11 x 15 inch sketch on cheap ("I'll fall apart if you put wet media on me like you're trying to do" Paper), with Pentel Pigment brush pen and Pentel Dye-based brush pen with water. Selfie, showing my painting shirt, sketched while standing before a mirror in the bathroom. I was sketching Dick on this […]

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Leisure Reading: with Movie Recommendations

Above: No that's not the largest pear in the universe. I was actually sketching the spices we'd just come home with and extended the drawing, loosing my comparison points. My bike was still leaning against another table in the under-construction-kitchen at this time. (The kitchen has been under construction for years, don't ask.) I got […]

Prismacolor sketch of Dick as he sat on the couch in the TV room. I took another crack at those eyebrows. 7.5 inch square handmade journal with Nideggen paper. Note: I don't usually let my mull show at the gutter, but this particular book was made in a class where one of the students mis-tore all his paper when I looked away for 30 seconds (really). After that I never looked away from him more than 10 seconds so my book has a very "gestural" aspect. But the student did leave class with a completed book!

Nideggen Is Great for Color Pencil Too

This is one of my favorite sketches of Dick. Nideggen is a great paper, and not just for ink, it works well with dry media like a color pencil as well. In fact, if you want to go really crazy on this toned surface with a full range of color pencils you will not be […]

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Giddy about Watercolors on Nideggen and SOME Aspects of “Into the Badlands”

  Left: Pentel Brush Pen and Schmincke pan watercolor sketch (Translucent Orange and Helio Blue Reddish) on Nideggen paper, in a 7.5 inch handbound journal turned vertically. The Baron Quinn, played by Martin Csokas on “Into the Badlands” on AMC. If you don’t like movies and TV shows which include violent action scenes, fights, battles, […]

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I’m Giddy for Schmincke Pan Watercolors on Nideggen Paper

  Above: Sketch of a Belgian fashion designer—sketched of course because of his ears. Really. Schmincke pan watercolors and Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on Nideggen paper in a handmade journal 7.5 inches square. I’ve already admitted to having way too much fun in the 7.5 roughly square journal I made with Nideggen that I’m using […]

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