Abstract Elements

Making marks

Black Uniball pen and muted watercolors in my Hobonichi planner. Random explorations with color and line.

There is a sense of play that mark making provides. It frees up expectations and allows the hand and mind to wander together on a page.

Walnut ink drawing

Sketching with a Brause 66EF nib

I was inspired by our walk Sunday through Wekiva Springs State Park where the vegetation was showing much decay from the frosts we have had this winter. It is a transition we are used to here in Florida… the winter turns most of the tropicals into mushy pools of brown, but there is beauty in the turning towards spring.

This walnut ink color is rich and warm, and I enjoyed trying to capture some of the beauty found in our Florida winter season. I used a walnut ink that I mixed myself and a Brause 66 EF nib in a straight holder. The paper is an insert by the Traveler’s Company in Japan (Midori).

Soon, all of Florida will be green again, so I’m going to enjoy this color variety while it is here.

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Derwent Inktense pencils

Contemporary Sketches in my Leuchtturm sketchbook

I always forget about this Leuchtturm sketchbook. I have far too many notebooks here in the studio. But this particular sketchbook by Leuchtturm has nice smooth, thick pages. The surface works well with colored pencil and graphite art.

Derwent Inktense pencils and graphite in my Leuchtturm sketchbook
I love how vibrant these become when water is added!

Adding small details and floating images in transparent layers is one of my favorite approaches to contemporary art.

New Art Prints and Tipins

New prints and art journal cards now listed in the Etsy shop. I tried to select some of the most popular images from my sketchbooks and art projects.

I am still trying to find the best solution for listing these on Etsy. They charge a fee for each listed item, so it gets expensive for me to list all these individually—if you wish to create a different set of 6, please send me a message and we can arrange a custom package for you.

Thank you to the customers that have placed orders already this week. You are awesome! 😊

Ocean art relaxation

Art journal time at Ormond Beach… surfside studio

Living in Florida has its perks. I decided to drive out to Ormond Beach and visit my sister while she was camping with her family oceanside at the Coral Sands Resort. The weather was so lovely, and we even got in a bit of sketching and painting too.

As usual, I brought half the art studio, and I only used 1/10th of the materials I hauled in my art tote. You can never have too many options, ya know? 😉

Studio 318 New Art Journal Cards in the shop!

More of my sketchbook images to use in your planners!

Thank you Instagram and Facebook friends who have ordered new art cards this past week. I am so grateful for the enthusiasm you have for these tiny works of art. I can’t wait to see how you use them in your art journals and planners. I currently have 5 different series of art journal cards, or “tip-ins” available in my Etsy shop.

They are professionally printed on 80# glossy (front only) card stock. The colors are very rich–I’m very pleased with the quality, and I’m also ecstatic that I do not have to print them here at the studio. Ya know… painters just wanna paint! Professional printers are a blessing to one-woman shops. 😉

Have a great week everyone!

Calligraphy practice is my meditation

How I use my art journals for calligraphy practice

Every since third grade handwriting class, I’ve had a love affair with letters and making beautiful script. Mrs. Patterson’s class with the letter charts decorating the wall above the chalkboards (no white board then people) was my favorite time of the school day.

Throughout my early school years and then into college, I practiced a variety of styles and kept a keen interest in alphabet forms and the history of calligraphy in general. These days, I blend my art journal images with calligraphy practice in various sketchbooks and planners.

365 days of art journal designs

I currently have four different diaries, or journals that I have committed to practice in daily throughout the year. Most spreads are not planned out and grow intuitively as the verse, or song, or image is chosen. I have a small box of ephemera which contains paper images that I have made, some that have been rubber stamped, and older pieces of my art that have been re-purposed as “collage” material.

Most often, it is simply a process of reaching in and pulling out surprises. Yes, a small pile of bits are often sifted through and more often than not, a page direction is serendipitously created. It truly is a joy to see things come together as paint, paper, and ink are merged into an artistic message.

Simple, slow living–mindfulness and art as meditation. The joys of art supplies and streaming music in my studio, playing with color, form, line, and words. I couldn’t imagine life any other way.

 The art and calligraphy journals of 2017…

Sumi ink with a dip pen in my Hobonichi Techo. Watercolors.

Washi tape. Watercolors. Sumi ink and colored pencil. Moleskine pocket-sized daily diary.

Watercolors and brush lettering in the beautiful Fabriano Venezia sketchbook.

Watercolors and dip pen calligraphy in a Leuchtturm sketchbook.

Watercolors in my daily Hobonichi art and quotes journal. Moon Palace Sumi ink.

I ordered a blank, wooden oblique holder from Paper Ink Arts and hand painted acrylic florals around the base. Practicing curly a alphabet style in my Peter Pauper Press grid notebook.

… and so continues the 2017 art and calligraphy journey.