Posts Tagged ‘journaling’


Sunday Reads: Books, Pens, Kids, And Dogs


It was a hectic and eclectic week so my links have no common thread. However, I did come across a video about keeping a commonplace journal that rekindled my interest in that genre. If regular journaling lacks appeal, a commonplace book might be just the right rhythm for you…

A Paperblanks journal that has been languishing in my collection for years and would make a beautiful home for a commonplace book.

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Sunday Reads: Pens, Journaling And Animals


Beautiful images at the first link. Kudos to the photographer. If you aren’t a pencil lover yet, Ana might persuade you…


Sunday Reads From Pens To Handwriting To Irish Tea


What will you do for National Handwriting Day?


Sunday Reads From Puppies To Sketching


The monkey is adorable. The prompts will keep you busy for days. Using a fude nib for sketching is inspirational. And Travolta is just plain cool.


Links Of Various Sorts


From pens to journals to art…


Kites, Bullets and Pens? Oh, my!


It’s National Kite Flying Day so go fly a kite. Not your cuppa? Maybe one of these links will take you to something more to your liking…


Using A Nightmare For Inspiration


Whether writing or painting, working a nightmare, or any dream for that matter, into a doodle journal can provide new subjects for exploration.

Use related words and make them big and bold. Use watercolor or markers to sketch anything that might represent the mood or emotion. Representational or abstract or anywhere in between will do. You might find inspiration for another project from your musings and drawings. Take advantage of fertile ground wherever you find it.

Words on Scarlet Lake

Winsor & Newton Scarlet Lake caught my fancy recently and I started with a rectangle of it painted with an Isabey Quill Mop #4. After that thoroughly dried, I added words with a Pilot “New Brush in Character” brush pen. Then I listed the tools used and added a squiggle border with more Scarlet Lake and a Simply Simmons #2 liner brush. The journal is a Stillman & Birn Epsilon Sketchbook that handled the watercolor wash nicely.

Design-wise the calligraphic border should have gone to the top of the color swatch and ended with a flourish. Exploring the pen’s handling of an uppercase F worked out well, but other letters turned out more unique. More on those at a future date.

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