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Sunday, July 10, 2016

change, journal pages and daily sketches

gallery juana Rohrer and Klingner, Helianthus ink
dip pen, Rohrer and Klingner ink (Helianthus)

Some days can be overwhelmed with hurdles, detours and fallen bridges. I start to feel powerless. And I begin to lose sight of what I have that makes me happy.

gallery juana june journal page
june journal page, De Atramentis Document inks

So I've been writing little reminders to myself that keep me going. Some notes are my own thoughts and others are from song lyrics.

self-portrait and tree, gallery juana
daily sketch,  self-portrait and tree

Once I started focusing on what I could change and what was within my control, I felt renewed energy. After taking a long break from sketching figures and portraits, I have recently started sketching those again daily.

The above sketch started out with drawing a tree. An unexpected interruption happened and when I came back to the drawing hours later, the feeling I had about the tree was no longer there. I switched to drawing my portrait. As the mirror I use is a compact mirror, I can only see a small part of my face as I draw. I kind of like that fact as I have to keep the general idea in mind as I concretely see a small focus in the mirror. A good metaphor for life!

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Drawing with De Atramentis Turquoise Document Ink

pen and ink drawing on vellum

I just joined instagram, so now I can participate in Gouletpens monday matchup! So I've been spending my mornings drawing with pen and ink.

 I really like drawing with fountain pens and these document inks. The only problem is finding economical paper that keeps a fine line with no feathering of the ink.   I like to work on cheap paper and not have to worry about the expense. Once I have the drawing then I can transfer it to good paper.

This week I picked up some vellum paper and discovered the pens and inks work well on it. I think I can make some mail art envelopes with the vellum too.

How about you? Do you prefer a certain paper? Does the choice of paper depend on whether you are working out a drawing?

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