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Monday, February 27, 2006

Moleskine 2

Posted by Picasa I just get fonder and fonder of this little sketchbook! Downtown Knoxville, sketches from going to and from work on the weekend -- dated Saturday, although it really spans Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Those little squares stamped onto the paper (Friday night) helped break the page up into workable bits for a busy person. * The "bike route" rubber stamp and red postal cancellation is left over from a darker period, one of becoming fascinated more with the art that was being included in some rubber stamp lines than the whole rubber stamping thing itself. I've had the date stamp for years, and have used it on and off in journals when it seems to fit ... there's something satisfying about "whamming" one of those little date stampers!

If you look really closely (or double click the image to enlarge) you'll see places on the left page where the Dr. Ph Martin's watercolors seeped through the paper -- but only on those few places where the paint was worked heavy and wet.

*I was going to draw a grid in ink, then I saw this post by the Mistress of the Moleskine, Amanda of Craftmonkeys fame. She's truly an original and an inspiration -- and if you've never visited her, go now!

22 comments:

deboraht said...

Excellent work! You've inspired me. Thanks.

"Maggie" said...

Linda,

I love illustrations and the rubber stamp sets up the perfect vingette for each one. Beautifully done!

Karen said...

I love this. When are you going to do one for me?
BS Karen

Diahn said...

Ooooh - you've been out in Knoxville sketching without me!! I love the stamped backgrounds for each little piece of Knox - I may have to borrow that idea from Amanda as well!

And I agree about the date stamper...

annie said...

Very lovely, Linda. I agree about the date stamper, it makes a very satisfying noise!

Lindsay said...

This is a really neat idea. YOu stampped the ink color on first then drew in?

Lin said...

OH I LOVE this, Linda!!! Love how you've included the stamping ANDyour gorgeous flowers!! GREAT use of a journal!

Amanda said...

Thanks for the plug Linda. I assure you, the inspiration is mutual. I love the limited palette on yours, the stamps, composition.
It looks like the blue background squares are stamped color as well? Where did you that teal color? Is that from a pad. Black and teal. A great combo.

Teri C said...

What a grand idea! Love your work! Thanks for the inspiration.

Laura said...

Linda!!!!! You have made my heart glad today, girl! I can see how Amanda has inspired you but I also see how uniquely you these are. These also remind me of my favorite book illustrator when I was a child. I'll have to try once and for all to figure out who that was. Nice to get away from colorworld for a change, eh?

Linda said...

Oh, thank you all, each and every one! Yes, baby sis, I'll do one for you of YOUR town when I finally come visit, how's that!? Diahn -- I didn't really get OUT without you -- these were all done from the car, and finished at home. It would have been more fun with you there! Lindsay and Amanda, I stamped the squares first and then did the drawings with a sepia Micron -- the inkpad is Ancient Page "DEEP Harbor" -- one of my favorite colors for some reason. Amanda! Thanks for dropping by! See, you offer inspiration without knowing it! :-) Laura, you nailed it -- "away from colorworld" -- what a great phrase! (Who knew that all this watercolor practice would get so tiring so quickly?)

AnastasiaC said...

Beautiful illustrations!!!

Karen Winters said...

Great idea to put the rubber stamp under the drawing.
The whole page is so intriguing.

Hashi said...

Wonderful use of the shadow stamp, and I love the teal colour. I love the narrative that's developed by your use of the grid, and even by your expansion out of it. Just delightful.

buzz said...

I think the whole piece is great!

janey said...

Beautiful, love these little pieces of life. Ummm, is that a phone booth I see there ;D

Linda said...

Thank you all, again! Yes, Janey -- that is a pay phone booth you see there and the other half of the inspiration for the project I was telling you about! It is actually an EMPTY booth -- the phone has been removed. I think that's just WEIRD! :-D You all will know one day what project we're discussing -- just wait and see!

quotidian said...

BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL!

Reminds me of the comic book (which I've been raving about for the past week) KABUKI! I tell ya, try to get the six issues of the current storyline, "Alchemy" - it's BEAUTIFUL!

Digression:
Filipinos inject English words in conversations for one of three reasons:
1. There's NO Tagalog equivalent
2. Laziness to think of the equivalent
3. To give off the illusion that you are sophisticated and educated. It's called "Taglish". I call it "Tanga-lish" - "tanga" meaning DUMB. It's one of my pet peeves. That's what I tell my daughter Julianna every time she does it: I tell her to either speak straight English, or straight Filipino....

YABCO said...

i love flowers

Kate said...

Linda, I LOVE this page...so beautifully designed, and so very alive...

Cin said...

oh linda I love the blue bite size scenes, I want to remember to try this when overwhelmed by more than I can draw at once, love love too the contrast with the contoured tulips, so beautiful just those wonderful lines, a wonderful journal page!

mw said...

Love this and on my way to check out your links!