About a hundred years ago, after much teasing from my two older cousins that I couldn’t make a simple braid, my great aunt Evelyn sat me down on her bed with a bag of shoestring licorice and proceeded to teach me how to make a three strand braid. (Which I got to eat once completed.)
While I never held much interest in knitting or crocheting, I do enjoy using different weaving techniques like braiding, twining and knotless netting in my mixed media art projects and can never walk past a yarn shop without going in. Yesterday I happened upon the gigantic sale tables of yarn at a local store called Conversational Threads in Emmaus, PA where I bought myself several skeins of pretty colors that I thought I might eventually use when I make dream catchers.
After balling up the yarn this afternoon, I was curious how these three colors might look braided together. I decided that I wanted to do a 4 strand braid but needed a refresher – so I looked to YouTube for assistance and found the following video:
This isn’t the way I remembered making them but I thought I’d give it a try and was pleasantly surprised with the results.
This was made with a total of 12 strands loosely woven which resulted in the braid being flat and wide. While this was only an experiment, a braid like this could be used as a simple wrapped bracelet, necklace, belt, headband…
For all of the Dad’s out there – you’ll win super mega bonus points with your little girls if you learn to braid their hair like this.
Are you a doodler?
By allowing yourself to be creative in a way that is not dependent on any particular outcome, you can focus on the process itself and simply appreciate your hand moving the pen across the surface of the paper.
The next time you find yourself waiting at the doctor’s office, the DMV, or when picking up your children after school, I’d like challenge you to reach for a paper and pencil and allow yourself to doodle. If this is something you don’t normally do, I think you might be surprised at how calming and meditative the process may be.
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As a writer slash artist, I have a lot of different kinds of paper on hand for writing, drawing, sketching, painting, etc. The major differences (IMHO) between these papers is the surface. (Weight also plays a big factor) Drawing and sketching papers typically have some degree of “tooth” which helps to enhance the appearance of dry media like pencils, charcoal, or pastel.
When working on paper that isn’t smooth, there is an audible sound as the writing/drawing implement is moved across the paper. I don’t mind this when I’m making art but sometimes find it distracting when I’m writing – especially when using an extra fine nibbed pen on a toothy paper.
Have you taken notice of the sound your pen/pencil makes on paper? Do you choose specific pen/pencil and paper combinations to enhance or avoid the sound?
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Rhodia Meeting Book at Office Supply Geek
J. Herbin Encre Rouge Ink Review at The Pen Addict
Preventing Hand Fatigue During Long Writing Sessions at Pentorium
More on Finishing Notebooks at Notebook Stories
Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen – White Body, Black M Nib at No Pen Intened
Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Permanent Marker at A Penchant for Paper
Review of the Clairefontaine Calligraphy Pad at Life Imitates Doodles
15 Quick and Dirty Writing Tips at Writing Forward
Faber-Castell brings two new colors to the affordable Loom lineup at Fountain Pen Geeks
Margaret Atwood’s 10 Rules of Writing at Brain Pickings
Review: Rhodia No. 18 Uni-Blank Pad at The Well Appointed Desk
Sketchbook Exercises at Nordljus
Family Connection — Another Reason To Write Our Memories at Writing Through Life
Faber-Castell Loom Fountain Pen at Write to Me Often
Intro to the Monteverde Impressa Fountain Pen at Ink Nouveau
Rotring 800 0.5mm Pencil Review at Ed Jelley
Image courtesy of laurazigman on Instagram
In Tuesday’s blog post, I asked what colors you would most like to see added to J Herbin’s “Jewel of Inks” line. Several of you, (me included) suggested more saturated versions of existing colors which made me wonder… If J. Herbin offered highly pigmented inks, (somewhere between this line and the 1670 Anniversary inks) what particular characteristics do you think would need to remain the same for them to still be uniquely Herbin inks?
What is it specifically about J. Herbin inks that you like? The flow? The shading? The smell?
I can only imagine all the wonderful new pens that our fans were gifted over the holidays. Willing to share? Snap a pic of your favorite new pen and send it to Stephanie at RhodiaDrive dot com to be added to our “Favorite Pens” Photo Page. Do you have a short story to tell about your new pen? Let us know and we’ll also consider sharing it here on Rhodia Drive.
Image courtesy of maiechinatsu on Instagram.
There was a time when I was trying and buying practically every kind of drawing pen I could find – especially if I could buy them individually as opposed to having to purchase an entire expensive set of colors I wasn’t likely to use. The Staedtler Triplus Fineliners shown above have a super fine 0.3 mm nib which makes them great for writing or drawing and they have a triangle shaped barrel which makes them easier to hold over long periods of time.
Have you ever tried these? Do you have any other brands of drawing pens/markers that you recommend?
Top image courtesy of chic ambition on Instagram. Bottom image by Stephanie.
It always makes me happy whenever I have the opportunity to play with new art supplies. Shown above is a variety of Decopatch products (paper, brush & varnish) that Exaclair distributes within the US.
Decopatch papers are specifically designed for decoupage: (Per Wiki) “the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and so on. Commonly an object like a small box or an item of furniture is covered by cutouts from magazines or from purpose-manufactured papers. Each layer is sealed with varnishes (often multiple coats) until the “stuck on” appearance disappears and the result looks like painting or inlay work. The traditional technique used 30 to 40 layers of varnish which were then sanded to a polished finish. This was known in 18th century England as the art of Japanning after its presumed origins.” Continue Readering »
Why You Should Try Sketching (Even If You Can’t Draw) at Lifehacker
“Europe invented the pencil, but America perfected it.” at Contrapuntalism
That Fountain Pen Is Too Much Trouble at Inkophile
Guest Post – Habana Daily 21 Daily Planner/Diary – Review at Plannerisms
The Best Writing Advice Pico Iyer Ever Received at Open Culture
Make Your Writing Pop: 8 Tips at Inc.com
How Small Can You Write? at A Penchant for Paper
The History of the Trapper Keeper at Mental_Floss
Rhodia R Premium Notepad Review at The Pen Addict
How to Keep an Effective Travel Journal at Kaizen Journaling
“New York City” at Ingrid Dijkers
Kenners 1960s Spirograph at My Supply Room
Journaling with a TWSBI Fountain Pen at Gourmet Pens
Review of Helix Pencil Top Sharpener Combo. at Pencil Revolution
Journaling: The Cure for Writer’s Block at Creative Write Now
I’m not sure if I have enough ink… at Pens Paper Inks…Whatever!
What’s the Difference Between Writing and Editing? at Daily Writing Tips
Another Vintage Auction score: lot of Eagle “Chemi-Sealed” Turquoise 3B pencils at Lung Sketching Scrolls
Discovering Your Story: 5 Ways to Find the Missing Pieces at Writing Forward
Image courtesy of lancepinto on Instagram
Our friend Sandra Strait from the blog “Life Imitates Doodles” recently performed an in-depth review on the Exacompta Basics Forum Journal with a Nostalgie Cover. The review includes an emphasis on how the paper responds both to writing implements and various art materials. You can find the full review here.
Image above courtesy of Eva Peters. Follow her as Public_Eva on Instagram or visit her on the web. Photo taken at Urban Espresso Bar West.
From ballpoint back to…pencil?! at Recording Thoughts
Working in My Art Journals… at Random Acts of Art
The Writing Tools of 20 Famous Authors at Flavorwire
How to Make More Time for Creative Writing at Writing Forward
Rhodia ve Clairefontaine Notebooks @D&R’s at Write to Me Often!
Three New Mechanical Pencils at Dave’s Mechanical Pencils
Giant Office Supply Props at The Well Appointed Desk
Arnold Pens at Fountain Pen Restoration
Colour or no colour? at Nordljus
3 Functions of the Comma at Daily Writing Tips
New Pencil Blog on the Block at Pencil Revolution
Would you buy a Clairefontaine composition book? at Quo Vadis
50 Years, 1 Imagination: Man Draws 2000 Sq Ft Map by Hand at WebUrbanist
Dream Journaling Puts Your Dream Fairy Back to Work For You at Create Write Now
Review of the Exacompta Basics Forum Journal and Nostalgie Cover at Life Imitates Doodles
Rhodia Notepad Paper Comparison: Classic Pads vs Premium Pads at Jenni Bick Blog
Brian Goulet’s Top 3 Daily Carry Fountain Pens at Ink Nouveau
This past week, I had the great pleasure of attending a Visionary Painting Intensive at CoSM (Chapel of the Sacred Mirrors) in Wappingers Falls, New York with Alex and Allyson Grey. The week included numerous lectures and about 8 hours a day of studio time, (which took place in the Grey’s personal home studio) and while I almost always saw Alex with a sketchbook in hand or somewhere close by, this image depicts the first time I noticed him sketching with a fountain pen.
The pen is a Pelikan 150 (I forgot to ask about the nib width!) currently filled with Pelikan black ink. I say “currently” because Alex was not familiar with Herbin inks and I promised to send him a sample of the Perle Noire which made him very happy. (Good to know that even famous artists get excited at the prospect of trying new supplies!)
If you are interested in hearing more about my experience with the Grey’s, (I took close to 600 photos during the week!) follow me on Facebook at Stephanie Smith’s Mandala Art.
Review of the Rhodiarama Pocket Web Notebook on Life Imitates Doodles
Transforming Fear Through the Power of Journaling at Creative Write Now
Art Journal Prompts Galore at Daisy Yellow Blog
Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper at Notebook Stories
start by starting at Wild Thyme Creative
Where nibmeisters differ at And ALl Other Tasks
How to Keep Motivated When Working From Home at Under30Ceo
Review of Neon Ticonderogas at Pencil Revolution
365 Collages | Week 30 – the Post It Note Edition at iHanna’s Blog
Fader Vanishing Ink Highlighter at Office Supply Geek
Sanford / PaperMate Liquid Expresso Extra Fine Line Pen at A Penchant for Paper
Pen Loop at The Well Appointed Desk
Creative Every Day Theme for August 2013: Cycles at Creative Every Day
The Persistence of Pencil at Little Flower Petals
A Week’s Worth of Journaling Prompts: Embarrasing Moments at Writing Through Life
Image courtesy of spanisharchitect on Instagram. What was in the cup? “It was tiramisu mocha, really yummy!”
I finished a sketchbook yesterday, one that I’d started around June of last year. As a total paper junkie, it’s a big deal for me to finish a sketchbook because I tend to have at least 8 different books (in a variety of sizes and paper types) going at all times and it often seems like I’ve been working in the same books for years with no end in sight.
I don’t have the same type of rituals for finishing a sketchbook/starting a new one as I do with my notebooks – my only “thing” is to make sure I have another one ready to start if it happens to be one of my favorite books. I do try and keep my notebooks/journals separate from my sketchbooks in that I may may make art in my journals but I don’t typically write in my sketchbooks.
Looking back through old sketchbooks is interesting in that I think it’s easier to see growth (artistic or otherwise) since the means of expression is primarily visual.
Do you doodle/draw in your notebooks or keep a separate sketchbook?
Image courtesy of snarkeysmachine on Instagram
Have you ever tried any of the Pilot Parallel Calligraphy pens? They are an inexpensive ($12 each) introduction to the world of calligraphy.
Sketching with a Pilot Parallel Pen at Leigh Reyes my life as a verb
Gentian Osman sometimes draws with a Parallel, check out her photostream on Flickr.