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Some Ideas Get Lodged in Your Head: Working in Series—and On Being Dangerous

Above: A a warm-up page spread from a smallish, 5 x 7 inch journal I made with Arches Text Wove (Velin). I've been carrying this journal around because it is small and doesn't add to the bulk of what I usually have to carry. This week I'm sharing some pages from my journals that show a […]

There’s Still Time To Sign Up for May’s Simple Round Back Spine Bookbinding Class

If you've got an urge to make some visual journals in May or bind custom sketchbooks for yourself, you still have time to sign up for my 2016 Simple Round Back Spine Class.  Class begins on May 1. You can read all about class here. Or you can go right to the registration page by clicking […]

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New Year’s Day Activities

A quick note on how I spent part of New Year’s Day.

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MCBA Visual Journal Collective September Meeting—Includes a Film!

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Above: Background painting over a spread in my current visual journal. I wanted a visual for today's post and I wanted to share this background with you. I've been prepainting backgrounds on spreads throughout my new journal, which uses Gutenberg for the text paper. If you click on the image to view an enlargement you'll see the slighty nubby texture of this laid paper. I love the way the layers of acrylic ink take to this paper. Read at the end of the post about this background. Then go make some background pages in your own journal and come and join us on Monday!

Monday, September 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. is the next meeting of the MCBA Visual Journal Collective.
This meeting is free and open to anyone who is interested in keeping visual journals, regardless of any skill level. (We meet the third Monday of each month, with no meetings in May and December.)

This month we will start our meeting with The 1000 Journals Documentary, by Andrea Kreuzhage. You can read about this interesting project here.

I'm sure this film will inspire and delight the Collective members and lead to a lively discussion. In addition, we will be sharing work from the recent Minnesota State Fair and exchanging books in the on-going Altered Book Journal Round Robin.

Join us to learn how other Twin Cities artists embrace a variety of methods and approaches in their visual journals.

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