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Old 11-30-2010, 11:54 PM
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Art Journals Chatter - Dec 2010

Happy December, Art Journalists!

Here's a link to the November chat thread.

Debby has created a fun challenge for the month - check it out!

I've got to photograph and post my November challenge sketches to my challenge thread.

What's everyone up to for this month? Maybe some holiday sketching, perhaps inspiring and sketching along with young artists? When my nephew was young he insisted on drawing in my "Art Book" and not on scrap paper

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Re: Art Journals Chatter - Dec 2010

Thanks for the new chat thread and a link to the challenge.

December is going to be challenging for me. Hope I can keep up with the buying frenzy the month brings. Orders for candy are coming in. It's good to be busy.
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Re: Art Journals Chatter - Dec 2010

The first day of Summer brought a massive downpour and storm. Thought you might like to see the lovely colours in the sky as the sun set after the storm had passed...






Have a great December all
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Re: Art Journals Chatter - Dec 2010

Beautiful photos Jackie! Here we've been having some severe winter weather, I don't even want to talk about all the snow shoveling I've been doing! We've had nearly 50% of our average seasonal snowfall already! I sure hope it gets more average after this!

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Re: Art Journals Chatter - Dec 2010

Jackie, The clouds and sunset are beautiful......when you said summer...I had to think....where is she??? Down under....I presume....as my as my cold fingers type this
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Re: Art Journals Chatter - Dec 2010

Debby, good luck with the silly season.

Jackie, nice fire breathing dragon in photo #2, hope the storm was gentle.

David, I complain about too much rain, but at least it goes away all by itself. You can keep your snow...
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Re: Art Journals Chatter - Dec 2010

Great pictures, Jackie. Chris is right, there's a dragon in the second photo.

Sounds like you got hit with the same storms I did. We don't get snow like this till January. Came early.

Thanks Chris. It's a good thing I like making candy.
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Re: Art Journals Chatter - Dec 2010

December will actually probably be a rather quiet month for us holiday wise - we've no family besides ourselves and even after 6-7 years here my poor Yankee brain just can't quite wrap itself around feeling Christmasy when it's summer! Instead - pending weather cooperating - we'll be doing some fencing, a flyball comp this weekend, bushfire season prep, looking at making hay and if I can catch the sheep the little boogers will have a date with the shears, drenchgun and hoof trimmers.
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Re: Art Journals Chatter - Dec 2010

Jackie - love those clouds! I took a lot of cloud photos on my recent trip. They can be so expressive.

Here's my view looking north this morning.
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December will actually probably be a rather quiet month for us holiday wise - we've no family besides ourselves and even after 6-7 years here my poor Yankee brain just can't quite wrap itself around feeling Christmasy when it's summer!

Have you worked out the game of cricket yet? I have fond memories of backyard cricket on Xmas day, and eating heaps of prawns - summer is a great time for the silly season.

Hope you have a good one!
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Re: Art Journals Chatter - Dec 2010

Wow, EP- what a view!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Art Journals Chatter - Dec 2010

To those who use the non-spiral hardback journals-- They look so cool but how do you get them to lie flat while you paint/sketch? I would think that mashing them flat would make the binding break. Tell me why you prefer them over the seemingly easier to use spirals- thanks!
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Re: Art Journals Chatter - Dec 2010

It's a matter of paper. I find the spirals have cheaper paper in them. Tho' I do prefer the convenience of the spiral.

And yes, the binding will break. I like the way moleskine binds their books because they do lie flat. I'm looking at making my next sketchbook like that. The first one I made with the ribbon spine does work. However, it's not as tightly together as a true bound book and tends to skew to one side or the other. Don't know if it'll last through my usage.

The reason for bound books for me is because I tend to destroy the spiral bound ones carrying them around everywhere and pages tend to tear out on me.

All this has led to the experiment of binding my own books. Which is rather fun as well.
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Re: Art Journals Chatter - Dec 2010

Thanks Debby, good food for thought!
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Re: Art Journals Chatter - Dec 2010

EP and Jackie what gorgeous photos. If I had a view like EP does I don't know how I'd ever be able to leave home.

Candace I like the spiral bound books too, but they don't hold up well being tossed in my purse. I have started binding my own. Last time I went on a shred my written journal kick, I saved all the boards from the spiral bounds and cut the paperblock out of the hardbound. Prepunched holes for my boards on the spirals, and I just stitched a textblock and glued it and some endpapers and voila! It's like a moleskine. I'm kind of new to bookbinding but took a class with the local bookbinding wizard last year, coptic, but with the help of instruction books and youtube videos and a good general knowledge of sewing (not really a necessary item that) I'm trying for some more interesting books. So I'm definitely interested in your next attempt Debby. I saw your instructions on the last one in here somewhere.

It's a lovely cool crisp day here in the heart of Texas and I think I shall take my paints outside and enjoy it.

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