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Another Look in My Not-So-Blank-Page Journal

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Sketching on Gridded Paper

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Just in Time for International Fake Journal Month!

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Left: Sketch of the yard bunny (that's the sweet name for him) on a water resistant paper from Alvin, using a Staedtler Pigment Liner and then painting with washes of Schmincke Gouache.
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Last week my errands took me to Wet Paint and after I found the things I needed I did a quick run around the store—just 'cause.

This is how I find things when the staff moves them to new locations! I like to know where things are.

I've also been thinking about what I'll do when I stop binding books. That thought led me to search the shelves of commercially bound sketchbooks (and hence the report Sunday on Venezia sketchbooks from Fabriano).

During this search the upcoming International Fake Journal Month was also looming large in my life. This is always the perfect time for me to try out new commercial journals.

Imagine my glee when I found a 4-5/8 x 7-1/4 inch field notebook from Alvin. (Alvin Field Book NP430; $6.95.)

Judging from the curve formulæ, charts, and trigonometric formulæ crowding the inside front and back covers, this must be the type of book surveyors like to use. The bright yellow cover probably helps them locate the book when they drop it in the tall grass! And the two types of grids (a wide spaced one on the verso page and a narrow one on the recto, as shown in the bunny image) probably help them note down all the data they need to record.

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