What do you do with the things you’ve placed inside the pocket of your journal? Do they stay inside the pocket, or do you in some way adhere them to a blank page? I usually don’t glue things in the journals I use for daily writing, but I do use a lot of glue in what I call my “Inspiration Books” where interesting images are cut from magazines and advertisements and are then arranged by color, subject or what have you. Some people call such books, “Glue Books”
Do you have a favorite adhesive? My favorite has been the Yes! paste. A little goes a long way and things stay affixed and flat. I typically apply it with a small brush that has been dipped in a small amount of water,
Want some tips on choosing the right adhesive? Check out these links:
All About Adhesive at Scrapbooking 101
Want to learn more about gluebooks?
Find a book. Find some glue. Find some things to glue. Glue with reckless abandon!
From How Discovering Gluebooks Changed My Life at Go Make Something
Glue-Booking at The Art Journal Community
I’m Kelly Wirht, a graphic and web designer based in Los Angeles, CA. I have always been interested in design, photography, and computers, so I decided to get my BA in Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. I graduated in 2010, and since then I have been working as a visual designer, with a focus on all things digital – web sites, mobile apps, social media, and digital graphics.
Although most of my projects are digital, I love writing, sketching, and drawing. I use my Rhodia dot pads ALL the time. They’re perfect for wireframing a website or sketching logo concepts. And the dots make them easy to scan in and use in Photoshop as well.
I also used the graph paper pad to learn and practice calligraphy. The thick, high-quality paper absorbs the ink and the lines give extra guidance. Hand lettering and calligraphy add a unique touch to any project. Although we live in an increasingly digital age, I feel it’s important to continue to create and make things by hand.
Happy Holidays! Please enjoy this month’s link selections, along with a few holiday inspired art journaling videos, and also this Book of X-Mas Pinterest Board with loads of ideas for holiday related journaling ideas.
Lightning in a Bottle: J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey is Back at Ink Nouveau
Macro Nib Shots – Photo Post at Ed Jelley
The Red Corvette of Tape Dispensers at Blog – Rad and Hungry
Christmas 2014 at Fountain Pen Restoration
Vincent Van Gogh’s Notebooks at Making a Mark
A 22-Year-Old’s Diary Entries From Late January, 1974 at Thought Catalog
Review: Leather On The High Street 3 Pen Case at Gourmet Pens
Overthinking Pen Travel at The Pen Addict
J Herbin Ambre de Bermanie ink review at Pens! Paper! Pencils!
Top 10 of 2014 at A Penchant for Paper
More Stuff Around The Desk at My Supply Room
Happy Inkmas at Palimpsest
Link Love: Another Time-Sucking Rabbit Hole at The Well-Appointed Desk
Today’s Noteworthy artist is Angie Snyder Lande who will be offering a review on samples of PASTELMAT provided by Armadillo Art. PASTELMAT is a premium acid-free and lightfast card surface (360gsm / 170lb) specially developed by Clairefontaine for pastelists. Its unique velvety surface, made from a fine coating of cellulose fibers, has the ability to grab and hold multiple layers of even the softest pastels. PASTELMAT is ideal for use with all dry media, and is also water resistant for use with washes and mixed media techniques.
The inspiration for this painting is a sunset from Siesta Key, Florida. I am always photographing skies. They are a painter’s dream with their ever-changing colors and forms. I am intrigued with light, how it glows and falls on forms. This glow I try to achieve, gives a feeling of warmth throughout my work that is peaceful and inviting.
I really enjoy working with this paper. I usually work on tinted paper for most of my pastel and charcoal drawings because it acts as an underpainting or *imprimatura.
I am always looking for a great surface that will hold up to many layers of color. PASTELMAT was soft like velvet yet durable. It handled well with soft pastel sticks as well as pastel pencil. I even worked with blending sticks, which can sometimes rough up the paper. I chose the black paper to bring contrast to the bold, warm sunset colors.
I appreciate the versatility between achieving soft blended areas of color as well as bold accents. I plan to experiment with wet media on the PASTELMAT as well.
Angie is inspired by the beauty around her. Forms, lines, textures, tones and colors transform into works of art. The forms become illuminated and sometimes figurative. The tactile experience from the creative process influences the emotion revealed from the finished work. Her drawings and paintings reflect her thoughts, her feelings, her life. Visit Angie Snyder Lande’s Art Page on Facebook
Angie Snyder Lande received her BFA from Kutztown University and has maintained her studio at the Banana Factory for over 10 years. During this time, her work has been on display throughout the region in galleries, juried shows, and invitational exhibitions. Angie has also supervised numerous mural projects throughout the community, and continues to teach drawing and painting to all age levels.
*Imprimatura is a term used in painting, meaning an initial stain of color painted on a ground. It provides a painter with a transparent, toned ground, which will allow light falling onto the painting to reflect through the paint layers. The term itself stems from the Italian and literally means “first paint layer”. The imprimatura provides not only an overall tonal optical unity in a painting but is also useful in the initial stages of the work, since it helps the painter establish value relations from dark to light.
Have you ever considered keeping a journal dedicated to holiday memories and traditions?
Here are a few journaling prompts to get you started:
Holiday foods: What are the traditional foods that you eat at the holidays? What new foods did you introduce this year? What came out perfect, and what needed improvement?
Mom and Gram each made a dense “filling” around the holidays and that was never like anyone else’s filling or stuffing that I knew. It wasn’t until years later that I figured out what they were making was actually a savory bread pudding.
Holiday decorations: What decorations do you put out during the holidays? Are they family heirlooms, or are they new? Are they influenced by any cultural or religious traditions?
Growing up, we put silver icicle tinsel on our imitation tree with blinky lights and taped golden garland around the door frames along with Christmas cards from friends and family. Gram had a mini pre-decorated Charlie Brown style tree. It would take her 5 seconds to set up; she’d plug it in, drape a mini tree skirt under it and it was good to go.
Favorite Gifts: What was your most favorite holiday gift ever? What gifts missed their mark?
One of my all-time favorite gifts was actually a birthday present from a friend. It was a small fabric bundle tied with a piece of yarn. Once opened, I discovered a tiny feather, a small seashell, a few beads from her favorite bracelet that had broken, a tiny piece of driftwood and some small rocks. (Mostly items I knew she’d collected along her many walks in nature) She’d placed the bundle inside a cardboard box that she’d collaged with meaningful images.
Who do you spend time with during the holidays? Do you always go home for the holidays? Spend it with friends?
When I was first with my husband, we’d go on a whirlwind tour to visit at least 5-8 different relatives. I especially liked spending Christmas Eve at my Mom’s.
What cultural holiday traditions do you observe, or do you remember from when you were younger?
What I remember most is all food related. Mom’s kiffles, Polish kielbasa, macaroni and potato salad. The filling I mentioned earlier. Ham with pineapple glaze.
Need a few more prompts to jump-start your holiday journal? Take a look at the links below.
30 Holiday Themed Journal Prompts at Art Journalist
December Writing Ideas: 30 Holiday Journal Prompts at Journal Buddies
Pen and Paper: Holiday Journaling Ideas at Carol Rubenstein
Tuesday Talk Back: What other Exaclair papers would you like to sample in the Paper Project? and, Oberon cover winners!
8 weeks ago, we initiated The Paper Project; a weekly program which would permit people all over the world to sample a variety of Exaclair papers and so far, so good. Judging by the feedback we are receiving, you really appreciate the opportunity to try before you buy, and we really like hearing what you like and don’t like about the products you are sampling.
For today’s Talk Back, we’d like to know what other papers or products would you like to sample? G Lalo Stationery cards? Something from a Quo Vadis Planner?
Take a look at the Exaclair catalog here, and tell us what you’d like see offered in an upcoming week of The Paper Project.
Take note! The Paper Project will be on holiday hiatus starting December 22nd and returning on January 5th.
- Week 8 Dec. 8th
- Week 9 Dec 15th
- On Hiatus Dec 22nd
- On Hiatus Dec 29th
- Week 10 Jan 5th
PS: Winners of the 2 Leather Covers from Oberon Design are: Ashley Shell & smwebb! Congratulations! Each will include a pocket Webbie.
This week’s Noteworthy Guest Blogger is sketchbook artist Bonnie Jean Woogler.
Over time I have wondered how to describe myself and my work. Recently I have come to think of myself as a sketchbook artist. The filling of a sketchbook is not a means to an end, but it is the creative work.
The form, the shape, and the weight of the notebook/sketchbook is the vessel for the artwork. Each page flows into the next, making my internal world external. This is a creative process and finished work that has come from a lifetime of day jobs and limited time for creative work. I can carry a sketchbook with me everywhere and allow the creative thought to flow in and around all the day job demands. The sketchbook/notebook is the work; it is the lifeline to always being with the drawings and the internal creative world.
The discovery of the Rhodia notebooks has been a luxury. I have spent many years making my own books or simply using the next one I find.
The Rhodia Journal book, hard cover with the dot paper, (Webnotebook) is my favourite. The dots are a wonderful background for my drawings and collages.
One of the qualities that make the Rhodia books a real luxury is that the binding holds up to my abuse.
The quality I love the most is that the paper is totally compatible with and receptive to the assortment of pens and pencils I use in my work.
The Art of Journaling is a new weekly segment on Rhodia Drive where you can expect to read about the who, what, where, when & why of journaling. How is journaling defined? We see it as an individual’s record of experiences, ideas, or reflections kept for (primarily) private use.
We will be offering various how-to’s and also be talking about the overall benefits of keeping a journal. Whether written by hand or filled with art, the possibilities are endless and we hope you will join us in the weeks to come.
I myself am a huge fan of the stream-of-consciousness style of journaling. It’s the same kind of writing that Julia Cameron encourages doing as part of her “Morning Pages” routine in her bestseller, The Artist’s Way. (PS – The Artist’s Way isn’t just for artists. It’s for anyone interested in personal development.)
*There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages* they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page…and then do three more pages tomorrow.
And now on to our next order of business – Announcing the winners of our Rhodia Anniversary Giveaway!
Eddie from Raleigh
Dan from Mount Morris
The prizes will be mailed out tomorrow (Friday) and you should all expect to receive them in the week ahead. Thanks to all who took the time to enter!
With Karen’s encouragement, I wanted to share with you several events and exhibitions that I have going on during the month of October:
On First Friday October 3rd I will be a featured artist at The Banana Factory with an exhibition of my work in the 1st floor lobby. First Friday activities throughout the building are from 6-9pm. Be sure to come up and visit me in my studio #250 on the 2nd floor. (My lobby and stairwell exhibitions at the BF will be on view until Nov. 3rd.) Facebook event details can be found here.
On Wednesday October 8th I will be offering a free artist talk entitled “Metamorphosis” at The Banana Factory from 7-8:30pm. I will be discussing influences, artistic processes, and my evolution as an artist. This event is free and open to the public. The event will begin with a slideshow and talk in the Banko Gallery at The Banana Factory and end with a visit to my private studio on the 2nd floor where light refreshments will be served. Facebook event details can be found here,
October 3rd-30th is the 125th Annual N.A.W.A Members Exhibition held at the Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery, 417 Lafayette St in New York City. I became a juried member of – N.A.W.A (National Association of Women Artists) earlier this year and my piece “Orbit” will be part of this historic exhibition.
On Friday October 10th I will presenting an all-new workshop entitled “Tapping the Source” with Dr. Kell Morton – an expert in the field of transformational healing and personal growth. This experiential workshop is designed to help you awaken, access and nurture your full creative self. See the attached flyer for full details or visit the Facebook event page here.
It was five years ago this month that I first started writing for Rhodia Drive, and it will be 6 years in November that I made the overall decision to become self-employed. Aside from penning the Rhodia Drive blog, I make and sell art from my private studio at The Banana Factory – an arts and education center located in Bethlehem, PA. (Contact me if you’d like to visit!) I teach private students, offer workshops and do motivational speaking engagements on creativity. Continue Readering »
First impressions with J. Herbin Stormy Grey at FPGeeks
First Day of School Pencils, Take Two. at Pencil Revolution
Orange Delights From Ink To Paint at Inkophile
Guest Post: “I think I want to try out this whole fountain pen thing.” at The Pen Addict
Cursive: Is it really that important? at The Well-Appointed Desk
Journaling Exercise: Write A Review at Kaizen Journaling
Traveling pencils at Palimpset
Shades of White at No Pen Intended
How Much Do You Spend On School Supplies? at One Hundred Dollars a Month
Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen Review at Write to Me Often
DIY Pen Storage V.2! at EdJelley
Flight Delays in My Sketchbooks at Balzar Designs
An Introvert Goes to the Pen Show at From the Pen Cup
Check out FPGeeks on YouTube for videos from the 2014 DC Pen Show
I’ve met a lot of adults who seem to believe that because they weren’t born with a pencil or paintbrush in their hand that they have no business making art. To this I say, Hogwash!
Most young children are able to be creative without self-judgment. It’s easy for them to make art because it’s playful and fun. Things start to get a little tricky around the ages of 11-12 because this is when children desire to realistically reproduce what they see, and may become extremely frustrated when they cannot. Learning to draw realism typically requires additional instruction and a lot of practice which is why a lot of kids give up art in favor of other activities. This is why you, as an adult, may think that you have no talent for art because you draw like a child. In reality, all you need (regardless of age) is additional instruction. (and patience)
Having said all that, you really don’t require any skills at all to express yourself through art. if you want to paint, buy paint and have at it because it’s fun! In my experience, the most difficult part of making art is learning being okay with the results.
The Five Basic Skills of Drawing are good to know.
Image courtesy of nan_chanapa on Instagram
Claudia McGill is one of my favorite contemporary artists because it was her colorful and whimsical art that first inspired me to take risks in my own art. She works with a variety of mixed media; including acrylic paint, collage and clay. Something I didn’t know about Claudia is that she uses Rhodia tablets. When she first learned that I worked for Rhodia, she told me about a zine she had been working on which included a short story about a train ride to Pittsburgh and how the story was based on notes she’d taken in a small Rhodia pad during her trip.
To read the story, click on the first image and then keep clicking to move from one page to the next.
Charles – could this be one of your old graph pads?
Last week, Charles Barilleaux voiced his preference for our dot paper stating, “The grid doesn’t work for me, as I wind up spending meetings filling in the squares.”
Anyone else enjoy coloring in the squares like this?
(This image actually belongs to kaiser5081 on Instagram.)
Whenever I come across a saying or quote that I wish to integrate into my daily thought process, I will often use it as an excuse to pull out some art and or writing supplies. In this case, I’m using the Japanese phrase “Kyo Dake Wa” which pretty much translates as, “Just for today” which I think is a nice reminder to live more in the moment.
By doodling with a dip pen, J. Herbin’s Bleu Ocean Anniversary ink, and a few colored pencils in this loose and playful manner, what may have been limited to quickly scrawled words on a post-it note, has engaged me for an hour or so of playful art-making with the added benefit of being able to actively focus on the message itself.
Do you have a favorite saying that you might consider turning into a simple piece of art like this?