Opening up a beautiful new sketchbook to reveal the first pristine page can be an intimidating experience…. That doubting voice inside will most likely keep yapping. The best remedy is to ignore it and keep going. It does take a certain amount of courage to do this, to allow access to your creativity. It also takes courage to allow time in your busy and full life for art.
-Jude Siegel, A Pacific Northwest Sketchbook (2006)
Mijello blue watercolor leftovers from another page - wash brush and “stamping” with a paper towel that had been used for blotting. TWSBI Eco Broad with Noodler’s Bernanke Black ink.
The background started as a two-color doodle, using fountain pens. I didn’t like the result, so I tried my old standby - spraying it with water and sprinkling kosher salt on it. Um. Not an improvement, so I painted over it with Blick metallic pearl liquid watercolor. Hmm… Writing by the TWSBI Eco Broad with Noodler’s Bernanke Black ink.
We all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss. -Paulo Coelho, via @dreamlabyrinth
Tube watercolors (Cotman cadmium red light hue, Mijello orange, Cotman intense [pthalo] blue), applied with a mop brush and a round brush. Writing by the TWSBI Eco Medium and Noodler’s Bernanke Black ink.
Ok, I’ve had a good night’s sleep, and things don’t seem as hopeless as they did yesterday.
I’ve continued playing with my Winsor & Newton alcohol markers (including the colorless blender). I misted the page with rubbing alcohol and when it was dry, wrote the lyrics with the TWSBI Eco Broad fountain pen and Noodler’s Bernanke Black ink.
Everybody here is a cloud And everybody here will evaporate ….Have you found where your place is? -Cloud Cult, “Everybody Here is a Cloud”
I wish I could be writing this down. That’s what my writing really is - therapy….When I write something down, it starts to make sense for me. It doesn’t solve my problems. But at least I start to understand them. -Charles de Lint Spirits in the Wires (2003)
Purple, black, and pink liquid watercolor (sprayed) and a TWSBI Eco Medium with Noodler’s Bernanke Black ink.
Watercolor, kosher salt, TWSBI Eco Broad fountain pen, and Noodler’s Bernanke Black ink. Ignore the duct tape on the left side - this is the first page of a journal I hacked together and that piece of duct tape is critical to holding the whole thing together. :)
Inside you there’s an artist you didn’t know about. -Rumi
Walk. Walking around my neighborhood can be very calming during the spring, summer, and fall.
Make Art. The act of creating and problem-solving takes my mind off of everything else.
Write Morning Pages. Writing those three pages (nearly) every morning helps me feel more settled in my skin.
Write. Sometimes the act of writing can be very soothing to me, so I’ll write in my composition notebook journal or even write out lyrics if I need to write without thinking.
Reread favorite fics. It can be very grounding to reread favorite fanfics - revisiting old friends, with no surprises to ambush me in the storyline.
First I applied white gesso to the page, then various shades of red watercolor by brush, “stamping” with a paper towel, and over punchinella/sequin waste. Writing by my TWSBI Eco Broad fountain pen and Noodler’s Bernanke Black ink.