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    Issue #11 of the Daisy Yellow Zine
    Index Card-a-Day runs through July 31st!
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    Monday
    Jun092014

    Pilot Kaküno Fountain Pen & Random Sketches

    Let's chit chat about the Pilot Kaküno.

    I took the first session of Sketchbook Skool called Beginnings. This is an online workshop devised by Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene which included sessions by Danny, Koosje, Roz Stendahl, Jane LaFazio, Prashant Miranda and Tommy Kane.

    This workshop didn't teach drawing per se, but definitely inspired me to do some sketches. 

    Now there is a second session with a different set of teachers. I thought that this would be a drawing workshop, but it was not really that... it was a peek at the pages of their drawing journals and a lot of ideas and inspiration. Each of the sections provided a happy injection of inspiration that is targeted to people just starting to sketch and wishing for an injection of bravery and confidence. {no affiliation}

    Sketch #1b: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. Sketched breakfast.

    Sketch #2: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. Sketched the random stuff in front of me on the table.

    Sketch #3: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. Sketched the kids playing in the pool.

    Sketch #4: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. Sketched DD12 while we played my favorite game of all time, Careers. 

    Sketch #5: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. Mandala drawn at the pool.

    Sketch #1a: 5x8" moleskine, Hi-Tec pen. Sketched construction site from Starbucks window. This was literally a moving targed because the men and the trucks were moving around while I drew. I really like the architectural feel of this drawing! The graphics are from the next page. The lines look quite thin, eh?

    My husband brought back these absolutely adorable Pilot Kaküno M and F nibbed fountain pens from a business trip to Tokyo! They come with black ink, and he got some red and green refills.

    Here's the Pilot Kaküno Medium pen out-of-the-box. The ink cartridge is inside the white envelope. 

    This is the packaging. The nib has a smiley face:)

    Two 3x5" journals to test the new pens.

    Left: Rhodia Journal. Right: Moleskine Journal. {Note on right, second test is the F, not the M}

    The 3x5" lined Rhodia journal.

    The 3x5" watercolor Moleskine journal. {Note, second section is the F, not the M}

    I know that the two journals I selected are like oranges and apples but these are the only tiny journals I had on hand for comparison testing. The left paper is drawing paper and the right paper is watercolor paper. But they are both fun! The pen performed just fine on both papers. I found the lines more expressive on the drawing paper. You can see how the pen lines look compared to some dip pen nibs in this post.

    I don't have any sort of formal review methodology, just wanted to share that I love using these pens and they are in my repetoire now! 

    Do you write, sketch and/or doodle with Japanese fountain pens? What is your favorite?

    Saturday
    Jun072014

    Office Supply Love

    3x5" index card, typed by DD14 on a manual typewriter at school

    I've got a crazy love for office supplies. When I was little, I filled out my dad's carbon-paper infused administrative forms in my pretend office. I typed stories on a manual typewriter that sat on a tiny desk in the corner of the dining room. With inky fingers from "unknotting" {for lack of a better term} the metal type bars. 

    In a former life, I worked for a Big 8 CPA firm {that's what we called them}. We wore charcoal grey suits and carried leather briefcases with red & blue twisty pencils and used geeky plastic flowchart stencils to document process workflows and add legends to our workpapers. But the silver lining to the stressful job? A massive office supply room, with neatly organized shelves containing everything from lined legal pads to post-it notes to automatic pencils.... 

    Happiness equals a pad of graph paper, the blue lines and boxes. Tape, rulers, protractors, stencils, RECEIVED stamps, accounting paper, manilla folders (my kids used to call these "vanilla folders"), postage stamps, magic markers, calculators, automatic pencils, erasers....

    If you could create art using ONLY materials from a standard office supply store... what would you choose?

    Thursday
    Jun052014

    Take a Daisy Yellow Watercolor Workshop!

    I'm currently teaching two online workshops!

    Registration: Open {Registration closes September 15, 2014}
    Resources Available: Through January 31, 2015

    Watercolor Playground: Freestyle doodly watercolor painting techniques for your art journal. Information, examples & registration.

    Painted Paper Paradise: Watercolor & gouache painting techniques. Painting, stitching and using hand-painted papers in your art journal. Information, examples & registration.

    Registration processing takes 24-48 hours. It is a manual process and not instant, sorry!!

    Thursday
    Jun052014

    extraordinary. not.

    {reposted from May 2013, i just needed to say it again}

    “I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you.”
    Frida Kahlo

    The beauty of creating art simply for the sake of creating art is that you gradually learn to focus on the process of making. Not the rules. Not the right-wrong thing. Not whether this matches that. Just the doing. The joy and flow. My mantra. Create simply for the sake of creating. 

    It doesn't have to be extraordinary.

    Wednesday
    Jun042014

    Experiments: Dip Pen & Nib Testing {Part 7}

    I've been playing with inks a good bit, so I went off to explore the options for dip pen nibs, beyond those for calligraphy. The extent of my knowledge is that there are calligraphy nibs and lettering nibs. The most useful resource I found was at Roz Wound Up, where Roz (by the way, one of the teachers in the first session of Sketchbook Skool) discussed some of her favorite nibs. I started by making a list of those nibs and did further research. Ultimately purchased 4 different Zig nibs: the G-Pen, Maru-Pen, Saji- Pen and School-Pen. There are several in each pack - I'm not sure why - and I got a dual nib holder that has different sized spaces to hold different sized nibs. I also got some Speedball nibs {A3 and B3} to replace the ones that were rusty or royally gunked up. 

    The mandala experiment is in Dr Ph Martin's India Ink in Bombay Black {fabulous ink}.

    By the way, I like the Bombay White but I wish there was a way to know if the ink was fresh! Only one of the 4-5 bottles I've purchased has been opaque. I assume they sit on the shelf gathering dust at the big-box-craft-stores. 

    So, I did a bunch of things to better understand these nibs. I drew a mandala {of course} but thought it would be useful to draw it with multiple nibs to both "feel" and "see" the difference in lines. Each nib has a different feel when drawing, and each line is different. Some of the nibs are flexible, so that the line changes with the amount of pressure. I suggest you get a bunch of different nibs and try them out and see which ones you like best. 

    More ink experiments. experiment #1 + experiment #2 + experiment #3 + experiment #4 + experiment #5 +experiment #6.

    Check out the dreamy Vintage Speedball Textbook.

    Tuesday
    Jun032014

    The Glue

    “Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup,
    They slither wildly as they slip away across the universe
    Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind,
    Possessing and caressing me.
    Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes,
    They call me on and on across the universe,
    Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box
    They tumble blindly as they make their way
    Across the universe
    Sounds of laughter shades of love are
    Ringing through my open ears inciting and inviting me
    Limitless undying love which shines around me like a
    Million suns, and calls me on and on
    Across the universe”
    John Lennon

    This post is not about adhesives, mod podge, double-sided tape, staples, UHU glue sticks or neon scrapbooking glue dots. Not about sticking stuff inside a journal. It's just about the importance of working in our journals. Of having a space where you can create without worrying about the outcome of your work. Without exam scores. Without grades. Without pressure to sell your work. Art journaling is the gluey freedom that holds it all together. And it all sounds quite poetic until I step in the splash of titanium white paint on the kitchen floor and track it over to the laundry room. Still, it is an intersection. Where colors and pictures and textures and threads and words all meet. 

    Interviewed

    I did an interview this week with Jamie Ridler for her audio podcast Creative Living with Jamie. {22 minutes}

    Sunday
    Jun012014

    Ⓓâ𝓲𝚂𝓨 Ⓨệℓℓȭⓦ Newsletter № two ⑵

    art journal page in an altered book, 2008

    If you signed up for my every-so-often-update newsletter, you should receive one via email in the next hour or two. In the comments section, you are welcome to add feedback about the newsletter. The good, the bad, the ugly. If you missed it, you can read it at this link! And be sure to sign-up if you have not already done so. The form is to your right, on the blog. And if you've received the newsletter and it's jamming up your inbox, there's a handy unsubscribe option at the bottom of the newsletter. 

    Tammy

    Saturday
    May312014

    Index-Card-a-Day Starts June 1st

    The index-card-a-day {ICAD} challenge is a 61 day creative challenge that runs June 1 - July 31, 2014. To learn more, see the new-and-improved FAQ. Everything related to ICAD {my own index card postings, guest posts, optional prompts, etc.} will be posted in the ICAD section of DY. There's a separate RSS feed for that section, so that the front page of the blog is not overwhelmed with index card art. 

    See the Creative Warm-Up Exercises, learn about the 100% Optional Creative Prompts and see the Weekly Schedule. And there will be guest ICAD hostesses sharing their cards in the weeks ahead. So set up a stack of 3x5" or 4x6" index cards on your kitchen counter and grab some colorful markers. Let the fun begin!

    The video.... 

    For those of you looking for motivation to start finish the ICAD challenge, I made a little introductory video. It's less than 3 minutes. You can watch at Vimeo or YouTube.

    Vimeo https://vimeo.com/92257976

    YouTube http://youtu.be/lP__T_fLfBw

    Join the {brand new} Daisy Yellow ICAD group at Facebook.
    Join the Daisy Yellow ICAD group at Flickr.