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It begins

Inktober 2018 has begun!    I started by sketching some of my kit. Stillman & Birn Alpha softcover sketchbook;  various pens.   Platinum Preppy Medium with Platinum Carbon Black ink. I’ve been watching and re-watching tutorials on ink hatching.  What puzzled me … Continue reading

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Another sketchbook hack

Actually, this is a sketchbook I made myself rather than the hack of a commercial book. My inspiration was Brenda Swenson’s home made sketchbooks.  She makes her own using a variety of papers and then takes them to an office … Continue reading

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Removable page sketch books

So far, I’ve found 4 ways to do a removable page sketch book. But why, you ask? If the sketch book started as a spiral bound one, it’s nearly impossible to get a sharp image of the sketch on a … Continue reading

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Vendor Day 2017

Daniel Smith Vendor Day I’ve been looking forward to this for quite a while! With the new large classroom this year there were, I think, even more vendors. I think I encountered at least 10 Urban Sketchers from both Seattle … Continue reading

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Derwent waterbrush

These are my first impressions after a brief studio trial of this new set of Derwent Waterbrushes. I’ve haven’t yet used them while sketching on location. I found them to offer more control over the amount of water than my … Continue reading

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Labyrinth

This is another location that has been on my list for a while. I stopped on my way some where else early this morning, before the day got too hot. The place is delightfully shaded, too. This little outing gave … Continue reading

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End of 2016

Happy New Year!  I’m discouraged and concerned by the National and World news.  But I’m hopeful there is also good news and I hope 2017 will have a lot of that, too.  And I’m hoping for many personal good experiences … Continue reading

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Fountain Pen Day

Happy Fountain Pen day!  Today is Fountain Pen day.  And I give you another hack. Goulet Pens just started carrying this inexpensive Nemosine Singularity fountain pen with a #6 nib.   Now, I don’t really quite understand the numerical system for … Continue reading

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Sketchbook hacks

In my meaning here, a “hack” is an alteration, usually a clever one.   There are 3 hacks in this photo. First, I made the cover of this sketchbook black.  It’s a spiral bound, 9×12 Montvall Watercolor sketchbook.  The cover … Continue reading

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Disc Bound

One of the other sketchers on Sunday looked at my book and suggested I write a blog post about it. For some months now, I’ve been using this Circa Sliver Foldover Notebook as a sketchbook. It’s my preferred size at … Continue reading

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