Abstract painting in the Hobonichi

Hobonichi planner books and paint…

Nothing makes me happier than good, strong well-behaved paper. And for a mix of journaling art styles, which include calligraphy ink work occasionally, I find the Hobonichi can really take a lot of my abuse.

Several layers of acrylic paint? No problem for my Techo.

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.

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.

Hobonichi Art Journal Flip

Patience is the name of the game when uploading videos to YouTube, but due to several requests, I’m giving YouTube another try. Unfortunately, uploading speeds are notoriously slow, at least for me here at home, and the frustration level peaks when dealing with the wait times as the videos process at a snail’s pace.

But it’s there! Finally! The YouTube video has processed. It is just a flip through of my Hobonichi Techo Art Journal so far for 2017 with some commentary on the techniques and supplies that I used. If there are any specific videos you would like to see, please leave me a comment below! 🙂

Printing with craft foam

For many people in the mixed media world, this is nothing new. But I find people are generally amused by the use of simple materials to create impressions and designs in mixed media art journal spreads.

Although I have demonstrated this on Periscope, I thought a quick visual overview on the blog would help you get started.

Any craft foam found in the craft stores will work. I’ve used the thinner foam, and it was just okay. I guess you will have to experiment, but I personally like the medium-thick kind. And of course, I threw out the label, so… ahem–yeah, I can’t tell you the exact thickness in any helpful measurement form. Aaaagh.

Select any stamp pad ink, depending on your personal preference and paper needs. In this demonstration I am stamping directly into my Hobonichi Techo with VersaMagic Gingerbread chalk ink.

Just trim off a little piece to desired shape, and use a blunt, yet pointed instrument to press a design into the foam. I like using a steel crochet hook. Press hard enough to leave a mark, yet not so hard you rip right through to the other side! That’s really all there is to it… tap the finished design onto an ink pad like you would with any rubber stamp and print your original image on ephemera or directly into your journal.

Sometimes if I want to keep my fingers clean, I will use double-sided tape on the back, which makes for a cleaner inking and stamping process. It’s a quick, inexpensive way to add an artsy, one-one-a-kind look to your journals. I store my foam stamps in pretty boxes from Tuesday Morning–beware, it gets addicting. Have fun!!!!