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Hello, all!  I've had my usual array of email problems getting this out (as I said I'm about ready to go to a paid service!) so in case you were one of those who signed up for the free art tips newsletter and didn't get it in the past 24 hours, maybe you will see it here.  My apologies!

This is a bit long and I seem to have forgotten how to do an LJ cut text, so if this doesn't work, stop reading NOW if you have already gotten this or have no interest in art links! :-)


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...and hope you had a wonderful holiday season!  Tip #98 is about putting people in your paintings, again (we talked about it in tip #25, but that was a while back.)  This time, we’re approaching the subject with a different slant! 

Honestly, I have no idea when the last tip came out, because with my brand new computer came a brand new email program, and things got kind of shuffled in between.  Almost everything is dated the day we made the switch, ooops.<;-)
               
We’ve gotten quite a few new members here, and welcome!  We’re delighted to have you.  Take a look around the website (http://cathyjohnson.info), visit past art tips at upper left–save them, print them out, share with a friend–that’s what they’re for.

I'm trying out sending the tip via my gmail account this time, and hope it gets to you all right!  If your server doesn't like gmail, we're up a creek!

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SKETCHING IN NATURE WINS AN AWARD!

Katherine Tyrrell's Making a Mark blog takes nominations and tabulates votes, then gives awards in a number of categories--this year, Sketching in Nature wins the Going Greener Gong. 

Katherine writes "I had Sketching in Nature in mind for this award. This is a group blog, started by Cathy Johnson in April 2009. As a result, I seem to be coming across rather more nature journaling blogs around the internet. It's become the "Everyday Matters" of nature journaling and currently has between 15-20 new posts each week. I particularly like the fact that it follows the Urban Sketchers model - with correspondents being invited to join after demonstrating their interest and commitment on existing blogs or in the associated Flickr Group as to my mind it raises the calibre of the posts included in the blog.

The Going Greener Gong this year goes to Sketching in Nature - for reviving an interest in and highlighting the joys of nature journaling."

We're proud to add the award to the blog page, here: http://naturesketchers.blogspot.com/   

(I’ve made TinyUrls of all the ones that were too long to transfer as live links–let me know if I’ve messed one up, and if the others still don’t open, just copy and paste into the address line in your browser.)

You can see other awards on Katherine's blog, here: http://tinyurl.com/y8euog9

The award was noticed on Jim Gurney's wonderful blog, Gurney Journey, too:http://tinyurl.com/yarwux2


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JANA BOUC'S WONDERFUL FIRST EXPERIMENT IN BOOKBINDING...

My friend, California artist Jana Bouc, embarked on her own adventures in bookbinding, and researched it carefully before hand.  Her sketch journal is A LOT better than my first one--or three--or ten!  She offers fantastic suggestions and lots of links.  If you've ever wanted to you’re your own sketchbook look at this!

http://tinyurl.com/ygdks2m


One of the places Jana checked was here:

SHIRLEY LEVINE'S BOOKBINDING

Delightful NY artist Shirley shares her step-by-step bookbinding process, reloading an old journal with paper of her choice, here: http://tinyurl.com/ygyy2yg
Shirley does almost all of her work in journals, and making her own was an obvious next step.  (While you’re on her site, browse the art, it’s FUN.)                             

AND YET ONE MORE LINK:

TJBookarts has been around for a while, and offers lots of wonderful tutorials...if you’ve ever wanted to make your own book with paper YOU like to work on, check this out:
http://www.tjbookarts.com/guides.htm   



FINALLY, I DID a NEW CD (on what else, bookbinding!)

I got a new CD out on easy-peasy, no-sew bookbinding!  I did it in response to my latest online class, “Keeping an Artist’s Journal,” when so many people wanted to work on their own choice of paper but weren’t quite ready to take on the whole case-bound thing.  I covered accordion folds, single-sheet folds, ring-bound journals and more, plus a tutorial on covers and such.  It’s in my CafePress store, http://www.cafepress.com/cathy_johnson as well as in my website catalog!   

   

NATURE JOURNALER, WRITER, ARTIST and TEACHER IRENE BRADY'S Journal

---beautifully put together and so inviting!  See it here: http://tinyurl.com/ylfcm5ql and her report of her truly successful studio sale here:
http://tinyurl.com/yh4duzj  (The long version of the first URL is here --the tinyurl opened in my document just fine, but not in the newsletter.  Sigh!)

Much food for thought and inspiration, in both places!  (And congratulations, Irene!!)



MIGUEL HERRANZ

My friend and fellow journal keeper Vicky Williamson sent me to this--Miguel Herranz’ cool little travel sketching setup, at http://freekhand.blogspot.com/2009/05/portable-wc-gear.html And actually,
his whole set of drawing gear of Flickr is fun to look at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mherranz/sets/72157601725708207/



FRED CROWLEY'S NEW BLOG

I’ve loved Fred’s stuff on Flickr and on Sketching in Nature for ages–you may know him as Fred’s Scratchings.  Now, he’s got a new blog to explore, and it’s well worth the trip!  His use of line and color is breath-taking.
http://fredsscratchingsstuff.blogspot.com/   



SKETCHING GEAR

If you enjoy looking at other artists' gear, youll love "Sketching Gear" on
Flickr–find it here:  http://www.flickr.com/groups/sketching-gear/
and My Studio/sketch stuff, here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/863272@N25/

It’s always fun to see what other artists use, and how!




WHAT CAN BE DONE WITH A GOOD INK PEN

Finally, I’ve been exploring pen and ink, and what you CAN do with a good nib.  I’m playing with fountain pens right now, since they work so well for sketchers on-the-spot.  Someone shared this link with me, and I was entranced by the wonderful art I found there:
http://www.nibs.com/contributionsartistswriters.htm

Look at the work of Linda Medley, Morgan Spangle, Torwong Chenvidyakarn, Neil Watson, Rebecca Alzofon.  These particular artists embody JUST the line qualities I've been looking for, for 30+ years.


What are YOUR favorite pen and ink artists?  And better yet, your favorite pens?  We always like to hear about new toys...

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I hope you’re all keeping warm and busy–here in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway, it has been COLD!
Here’s to warm bread, warm fires, warm cats and warm hearts...

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And again, IN THE INTERESTS OF FULL DISCLOSURE :-)

* If you buy something on Amazon by going through my aStore or my links, I do get a small commission, but not enough to entice me to me review something I don't like. ;-) As I said last time, it just helps, in a very minor way, to defray costs of spending time keeping up blogs and offering tips.

The store--Cathy Johnson's Books & More--is here: http://astore.amazon.com/httpcathyjohi-20 --I'd be delighted if you bookmarked it and paid us a visit. 

As I've said, I ONLY review books and products I love, myself!  No one sends me free products to review, and I don’t put up things I don’t like. 

If I find a problem later, I take ‘em down!   
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thanks and sign me up!

I don't know how I missed out on signing up for your newsletter, but I'd love to be on your mailing list. Thanks for the nice note about my bookbinding explorations, and thanks again for your help along the way.

Re: thanks and sign me up!

You got it, girl, and thanks!
Hi girl! I'm glad you saw it...since I was hopping back and forth between Gmail and Outlook, I wasn't entirely sure how many had gone out before Gmail decided it was spam. I imagine several people didn't receive it, but I have no way of knowing.

Glad to help, too! (I love that picture of you sketching, by the way!)