Above: Fince studies, various pens, on Nideggen paper (in a 7 x 7 inch journal I made with it)—and some stenciling with rubberstamp inks. Oh, the white is from a Montana acrylic paint marker—and that red sketch is watersoluble ink so the white marker picked up the red and made PINK. Even better because I discovered in April that I love PINK. (Left page cropped for privacy.) Click on the image to view an enlargement.
I would have to say that one of the perks of the new living arrangements for Dick's parents is that daily I get to see lots and lots of finches up close and personal. I have to walk by an aviary every day. I stop and sketch the birds and also take a couple photos for later to refine my sketches.
Nothing calms me more than watching birds for a little while. I understand why they are part of the facility.
Once in while my in studies pay off. The bird labeled "Yes" will become a painting.
(I used Brilliance rubberstamp ink pads to stencil the pink and copper on these pages, and Versamark White for the white stenciling on the bottom page spread. You can see me demonstrate how I use this very stencil in my portion of the presentation of 3 favorite tools in Favorite Tools of the MCBA Visual Journal Collective—Part 2 [I'm in part two.])
Below: More finch sketches, on a background that I had pre-stenciled with rubberstamp inks (pink and white). I worked some gouache into this spread as well, and also used gouache that was on the palette to outline some of the stencil design and write some notes. 7 x 7 inch handmade journal with Nideggen paper for pages. Click on the image to view an enlargement.