This winter, with more time indoors, I decided to focus on still life. When I started to think about it, I was intrigued by the term itself: what does still life mean?
I used this question as a springboard for a journal I completed as part the Sketchbook Project with the Brooklyn Art Library. The hard copy will live in the museum, and the digital copy will live in their online library.
It is a community arts kind of thing—in the global community—in other words, not juried. Anyone can participate. That means you!
The paper was quite thin, so I inserted pages of watercolor paper. In addition to watercolor, I used colored pencils, pastels and conte crayons, batik on rice paper, pen and ink, and collage.
Design, conduct and assess collaborative learning in academic and professional settings.
You can purchase a print or e-book version of Learning to Collaborate, Collaborating to Learn. Find it on the Stylus website, and don’t forget to download the Taxonomy of Collaboration icons you can use to map your project. You can also find it on Amazon or from your favorite independent bookseller.
Does your group, organization, or business
need to get creative?
My creative interlude workshops are based on three principles:
- We need time to refresh our minds and spirits. We are collectively under stress from a tumultuous time and information overload. We spend too much time looking at screens (this from a digital geek!) and not enough time using our hands.
- You don’t need to be an artist to benefit from a creative experiences. We focus on process, not the product.
- You can do it! Start with some basic techniques, play and have fun!
Consider offering one of the following classes, or work with me to develop one that meets your specific needs.
Hands On Fountain Pens. Did you know Americans alone throw away at least 1.6 billion disposable pens every year? Learn the basics about how to buy, use, and maintain refillable fountain pens. Experiment with writing and drawing.
Wish You Were Here: Art Cards. Creating and sending small paintings is fun for you and will make the day of anyone who receives it. Learn watercolor and writing techniques that will make your cards stand out in a pile of junk mail!
Start Journaling. From to-do lists to life observations, journaling can be practical or reflective. Learn a variety of styles including bullet, art, nature, memoir, dream, and choose the ones that fit your life now.
Paper-Paint-Paper: Multimedia Collage. Who doesn’t remember the fun of cutting and pasting? Try a grown-up version with rice and decorative papers, and watercolor paints.
Contact me to discuss options for class length, size, supplies, and of course costs! Write to jsalmons[at]vision2lead.com.
Try a fountain pen to liven up your writing!
If you are looking for a pen to start with, these pens are tried and true. They are modestly priced, good quality, fun to use and easy to maintain. They all come in multiple colors, and have steel nibs.
Patronize your local pen shops! In Boulder? You can find these pens at Two Hands Paperie. If you don’t live near a pen shop, follow the links.
- Kaweco Sport. Small plastic pen from Germany, with selection of nib options, including extra fine, fine, medium, broad and calligraphy. Easy to switch nibs if you want to use more than one size. International standard cartridge only.
- Lamy Safari, Al-Star or Vista. Lamys include both plastic and metal models. These German pens are available with extra fine, fine, medium, broad nibs. Lamy also makes the Joy, a calligraphy pen. Lamys come with a converter and sample cartridge. Lamys use a proprietary cartridge.
- Pilot Metropolitan. The Metropolitan has a metal body. Japanese nib options include fine, medium, medium italic. The pen comes come with a squeeze converter and sample cartridge. It uses a proprietary cartridge.
- Pilot Kakuno. The Kakuno has a plastic body. Japanese nib options include extra fine, fine, or medium. It uses a proprietary cartridge; converter is sold separately.
Two of these pens are from Germany, and two are from Japan. Here are some writing examples on Baron Fig paper. As you can see, the Japanese Pilot nibs are considerably finer than the German Lamy nibs. The choice is one of personal preference.
Related blog post:
Academic Writing with Pen in Hand. A blog post about my hybrid digital/analog writing style.
Resources and Guides:
Save the Date: Join Hands-On Fountain Pens at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, November 15, 2019. Registration will be online early fall.
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