Above: Parallel Pen sketch in a softbound 5.5 x 8 inch (approx.) Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Paper journal. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
Since starting the blog in October 2008 I’ve written over 1,700 posts. (Since most of those posts stretch to over 1,500 words all I can say is, “thank you dedicated readers for letting me go on.”)
I find that family and work obligations require I take a bit of a blog hiatus. I love writing for the blog. I see it as an extension of my earlier life as an avid letter writer—only it’s much less painful for my correspondents; you get to read without responding.
However, when I started the blog I promised myself that it would not interfere with my painting. Due to other fixed commitments it’s in danger of doing just that.
Starting today and through March and April (and perhaps into May), I will still be posting new IMAGES on Roz Wound Up approximately 2-3 times a week, but instead of writing about those images I will refer you to one of my favorite posts from the past. (That will give new readers a chance to catch up.)
For most of the hiatus posts the image and the recommended post will probably have nothing to do with each other. That’s why it’s only sort of a hiatus: several posts a week, new images, and text redux.
The posts I will provide links to will be my favorite posts, and probably cover topics that I'm thinking about at the moment again, even if I'm not sketching related items.
I am taking this approach so that I can stay in touch with you all and let you know what I’m up to. But I really do need to save time to paint.
In March you will find a few new posts over at the Official International Fake Journal Blog as I rev up for this year’s April celebration. (I hope you join in!) (The first such post went up on March 3.)
Then sometime in April, as scanning time allows, I’ll start posting my 2014 Fake Journal on that blog as well. (I haven't yet decided what form my fake journal will take this year, but any notes on media and experimentation will appear on the Official International Fake Journal Blog. I encourage you to come and visit me there to see what's going on.
Also in April I will be teaching in Semester 1 of Sketchbook Skool. This is an exciting on-line teaching experience I'm thrilled to be a part of and I hope you’ll consider joining in that adventure as well.
On Saturday, May 17, I'll be teaching an all-day workshop at MCBA. We'll be making three three-signature soft-covered journals with a decorative rope stitch on the spine. These journals are perfect for travel or special occasions (such as International Fake Journal Month…just saying). This class features a different stitch and cover treatment from my last soft-covered journal class. By making three books students will have an opportunity to work through the process with me as I work. Then students will repeat the process two additional times to perfect their skills, work at their own pace, and of course ask questions and receive help as needed. I think it's an excellent way to set skills in the mind and the hands—taking away three nifty journals suitable for visual journaling is of course the best reward.
In the fall I hope to be holding in-person journaling classes at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. I'll post more as the details are worked out. I would love to see you at any of my in-person classes if you are in the Twin Cities area.
Throughout this "sort of" hiatus I’ll continue to check comments at Roz Wound Up at least once a week. Thanks for continuing to check in. You never know, there just might be a quiz…