the bernank

Watercolor wash, kosher salt resist, washi tape, and the TWSBI Eco Broad with Bernanke Black ink.

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different?”

-CS Lewis, from Art Journaling (Autumn 2016)

Loved this bit when I read it last week, so I had to capture it in an art journal. Of course.

If you can’t make your own neurotransmitters, storebought is fine.


3D geometric doodle that went awry, fighting its way up through a layer of gesso… Writing by the TWSBI Eco (broad and medium nibs) and Noodler’s Bernanke Black ink.

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.

Remember spring swaps snow for leaves. -Mumford & Sons, “Winter Winds”

I really, really, really need to see some spring greenery.

This page isn’t replicable. :) The top layer (hiding the mess underneath) is blue, lime, and white pearl liquid watercolors. Written with the TWSBI Eco Broad and 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.

-Andy Weir, The Martian

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 applied red acrylic with a brayer, then used a Rollagraph stamp to apply the gold metallic acrylic. Writing by a TWSBI Eco Broad with Noodler’s Bernanke Black.

Comparison is the thief of joy.
-Theodore Roosevelt

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

I wish you could feel this page! I applied so much liquid watercolor, water, and salt to the page that it barely feels like paper anymore - it feels more like leather. Kinda weird.

Writing by a TWSBI Eco broad nib fountain pen, using Noodler’s Bernanke Black ink.

Don’t you think it’s about time
Someone stood up for you?
-The Chrysler
“Along the Free Fall”

Things I Do To Help Calm Myself (Belatedly for @journaling-junkie’s March 15 challenge):

  • 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.

I applied gesso over a page that didn’t work at all, then painted the dry gesso with watercolors. Writing by the TWSBI Eco Broad fountain pen and Noodler’s Bernanke Black ink.

For some reason, this song went through my head every time I looked at the background (I think because of the word “dappled”), so…

I got no deeds to do
And no promises to keep
I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep
Let the morningtime drop all her petals on me
Life, I love you
All is groovy

-Simon & Garkfunkel, “The 59th Stree Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)”