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These are some pages from a 'large' moleskine - they aren't really large though are they? I rather like its strange paper for some drawing media. Some of my sketchbooks are kept for specific subjects - like the coast - but this one is just an anything-goes one.

The first one is studies of a cardoon (cousin to artichokes, a large thistle) flower - I really like the scaliness and the contrasts in texture.

It's done in coloured pencil (polychromos mostly) and biro (Parker ballpoint pen). I don't really do still life as finished paintings but sometimes enjoy doing these small detailed sketches.


Braeburn apple in watercolour on one side (stuck in) and coloured pencil on the other page - complete with label



A sketch of a friend's thatched cottage being re-thatched.

You can see a whole lot of my sketchbooks here if you are interested - you can see how they usually work in series.
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Great sketches. Really like the apple with the label on it.
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oil paint in the moleskine sketchbook



pencil and coloured pencil in the moleskine
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Re: 'large' moleskine - one used for all sorts

thanks Debby - that was quick!
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Re: 'large' moleskine - one used for all sorts

Vivien, I'm awed. You're way ahead of me on sketchbook detail and accuracy. I like your large Moleskine. I think it's the same kind I've got the small one of. Gorgeous landscapes, they really move me. How'd you do oils on that paper? That's so cool!

Beautiful drawing of the thatched cottage in process of re-thatching. That makes me wish I could go there in person, it's just the kind of exotic thing that I dream of being able to draw someday. Beautiful cardoon and apples too. Seems like you enjoy changing mediums as much as I do.
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Re: 'large' moleskine - one used for all sorts

Beautiful work, Vivien.

If you haven't already, you should consider posting some of your art and 'skine pages at: http://www.skineart.com/ ...

As the name implies, it is a website dedicated to any form of artwork done in a Moleskine.

Best wishes, ...
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Re: 'large' moleskine - one used for all sorts

Gorgeous work, Vivien. Your level of detail and use of color are amazing. And I love that you are using this book as a catch-all. I'm very surprised that you used oil paint in the moleskine??? Did you do anything to cure the oil paint so the pages don't stick together?

Very nice work.
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Re: 'large' moleskine - one used for all sorts

Hi Vivien from another Vivien; Gorgeous work in your Sketchbooks.
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Re: 'large' moleskine - one used for all sorts

Debby, Robert, Delbert, Jean and Viv - thank you

I often use oil paint in sketch books and it's fine. The pages never stick - you can close the book and work on the next page, on and on .... You get a monoprint on the facing page but that's fine, I don't mind that. With this one I simply put a blank sheet of paper in between the pages while I went on to the next page. I don't prime it - just work straight onto the paper - moleskine or cartridge.

Over years it will probably rot the paper - but Toulouse Lautrec and Degas have work that still survives so I'll be long gone by then!

Working plein air I tend to use Griffin Alkyds (quick drying oils) but it works just as well with normal oils as long as you don't trowel the paint on

Sometimes oils are just better for the colour and speed I need.

I'll take a look at that moleskine site - no I've never posted there, it sounds interesting. ... oh it is - I've bookmarked it
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another page in this book of the dawn from the window of our holiday rental
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That last one is just so, so, breath taking.
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I have'nt tried a moleskine yet. I love the landscapes and their vivid colors. I agree with Debby - the last sketch looks so serene.
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Beautiful dawn scene. That is so lovely. I like the way your interweaving strokes give a nice overall texture, that made the clouds look very natural.
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Re: 'large' moleskine - one used for all sorts

Vivien, I like your sketches they are truly beautiful.
And what's more I love your attitude towards the the longevity of sketches . Now I'm determined to go and try working with oil paints in my sketchbooks, too.
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nice sketches! I really have a hard time laying down colors using colored pencils though, the paper seems too glossy, well for the moleskin i have.
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