Friday, February 27, 2015

Journal Pages - February

Memory, journal page, gallery juana, February 2015
Memory, journal page, February 23, 2015

“A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that's unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.” ― Ludwig Wittgenstein



February 14th art challenge for the documented life project journal: "cover up good stuff"


wip one
wip two
The wip on the left (wip one) shows the pen drawing I completed on top of the gesso. I started out with drawing a stained glass window which morphed into doodling circles, squares and lines. Drawing all the circles and lines with sumi ink and a dip pen took me awhile and became its own meditation. I then added color with acrylic paints.

Once that was dry, I adhered some painted tissue paper to cover the entire page. The wip on the right, wip two, shows the page with the adhered tissue paper.

As it dried over a day's time, I kept going back to the page looking for inspiration on what to do next.

I wanted to keep the word, memory, which I'd left unpainted from the book's text, and interweave that word into the page's story.

top of journal page, detail

The underdrawing was still visible in some parts. I added random shapes with acrylics and my homemade stencils and built up the colors using the top layer of tissue paper as a guide.

Once I added the skeleton and face, the idea I wanted to convey about memory started to come into view. I redrew parts of the underdrawing and traced the shapes of the stenciled acylics. Lastly, I added color to the face and background with charcoal, colored pencils and acrylics.

I've got sunny days for the weekend in my part of the world and will be out and about by bicycle. Wishing everyone a good weekend!






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Friday, February 13, 2015

drawing with dip pens and flex nibs

maya angelou quote written with dip pen


Over a year ago, I bought a bamboo dip pen and have enjoyed drawing with that using sumi ink. And last year, I started using disposable fountain pens by pilot. So when I came across this typography link to the postman's knock on the letter writer alliance site, I basically fell down the rabbit hole and that is where I have been for the last three weeks.


drawing using a dip pen with carl kuhn & co nib,
scablosa ink by rohrer & klingner


My new found love of handwriting styles led me to flex nibs which led me to dip pens. After ordering my fountain pens and inks from goulet pens, I decided I wanted flex nibs in order to get the range of lines and details.   I found a reasonable intro set with nibs included at jbbpenandpaper.




I've been practicing writing and drawing with the dip pens and find my hand does not get as tired. Even better, I can get a good range of line thicknesses.

materials used for the above drawing/collage:

ROHRER & KLINGNER ink in scablosa (iron gall)
GOLDEN acrylic in hansa yellow medium
DANIEL SMITH watercolor in iridescent electric blue
CANSON 98b mix media paper

If you have any favorite inks, I'd love to know!


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Saturday, January 24, 2015

on-going projects: journal and mail art


The beginning is always today. -Mary Shelley


Every Saturday, the documented life project lists a new prompt and theme. I finished January 10th's challenge which was to work with Gesso and bounce off the above quote.

I added my own words as a reminder to embrace living now for there will be no perfect time to start. I followed that with a quote by Camus.


Real generosity to the future lies in giving all to the present. Albert Camus

I am also finishing up my postcards for Kat's annual Liberate Your Art postcard swap. Head on over to her blog for more details on how you can join.


I'll hold off on showing what images I am sending out. In the meantime, I'll explain how I did the backside.



I scanned the backside of a vintage postcard I have from the early 1900's to get the words correspondence and address. For the airplane image, I scanned the graphic from a 1932 school yearbook. I married these images together in Gimp editor and added my website url and a stamp box.



I printed the above image onto paper and (If your printer is able, you could print directly onto the cardstock.) This backing was then glued to the image I printed on photo paper. In the past, I've ordered my postcards, but this year I wanted to make them myself. And it was fun!



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