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In Context—Just for the Fun of Feeling the Paper

I was having so much fun with this sketch on real watercolor paper, that I forgot to write down the date and time on the page! That’s a lot of fun. I started working late one night in one of the 9 x 11 inch watercolor journals I bound last fall. It contains Fabriano Artistico […]

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Picking a Pen to Suit Your Paper

I write about picking your art tools and media to suit your paper (canvas, etc.) a lot on the blog.  Lately I’ve been working in one of the journals I bound in #2017BigBind that I made with the OLD Gutenberg paper. (This is the Gutenberg paper made before 2017, before the cancelation of the paper […]

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Looking Back at Prepping for the Minnesota State Fair

Above: Warm up contour sketches of live finches in an aviary setting. I used a Tombow Calligraphy pen (hard tip) for the sketching and an extra bold (chisel tipped) Uni Posca paint pen for the purple background. I outlined the bird on the recto page with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen after the purple was […]

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Urban Sketchers Twin Cities on the University of Minnesota East Bank

Above: Pen and watercolor sketch looking upriver from the Weisman Museum, I've already forgotten the name of the building, as it was built way after my time. I'm looking across Washington Ave. The bridge is just to my left. (A new pen from Tombow that they call a "calligraphy" pen. It has a small, fine, […]

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Don’t Get Attached

Above: Puffin sketches made at the zoo in an 8 x 8 inch handmade journal which contains defunct printmaking paper. Verso: first sketches of the day made with a dried out Staedtler Pigment Liner. But I am having so much fun. I think I might have started to giggle. The puffins were sitting right on […]

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In the House: A Dialog with Dick

See the full post for details.

Lightfastness Tests

The following list is an attempt to put all the lightfastness tests I’ve done since starting this blog in the fall of 2008 onto one page. I will endeavor to update it as I do additional tests for lightfastness on other media. I have listed the items individually even though some links lead to reviews […]

Notebooks for Writing: A Rhodia Blog

Poking around Rhodia Drive blog.

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It’s Full—I’m Finished

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Above: my fake journal kept to celebrate International Fake Journal Month 2009, finished today, the book contains exactly 30 page spreads, one done each day in April. The journal is an Alvin Field book with water resistant pages. I worked with dip pen and Ziller Acrylic ink (glossy black) and Schmincke Pan Watercolors. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Well, it's over. For me anyway. Other folks have about 4 more hours until the end of IFJM. If you are new to this blog and wondering what the heck IFJM is you can click on the IFJM category in the category list, click on the appropriate page in the page list, or go to the Official International Fake Journal Month Blog and read more about it; as well as see postings of the images in my 2009 fake journal and the fake journals of some other folks too..

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Lightfast Tests on Four Japanese Brush Pens

Left: a lightfast test on 4 Japanese brush pens reviewed in January. (A) is the control and (B) is the exposed sheet. On January 25, 2009 I wrote a review "Four More Brush Pens to Consider." At the same time I also put up a lightfast test because my acupuncturist who is Japanese, told me […]

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