last winter squash

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Somehow we haven't gotten around to eating this yet, even though I love butternut squash.

Today I discovered that the white china marker I bought last week resists ink and water... The challenge is that when I draw with white on white paper, I have only a general idea of where I'm putting the resist. Then as the ink and water wash over it, the picture emerges from the "blank" page, as if by magic.

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Elizabeth, I'm intrigued by your sketchbook. What sort do you use?

Thanks, Terri.

I'm using sketchbooks I made myself this year. If you dig around in my blog archives you can see the first one I made back on December 1st, and then the full dozen on New Year's day. The paper is a wonderful heavy printmaking paper called Lenox 100 - it rips beautifully, and one 22 x 30-inch sheet can be torn into enough pages for a month-long book. The signatures are sewn on cords and then the soft cover is made of thin leather glued to paper. I found the directions in Gwen Diehn's Decorated Journal - the chapter called "The Reluctant Bookbinder." The results look impressive and stand up to daily use - but were REALLY easy to make.

Thanks Elizabeth! I thought they looked handmade. They are gorgeous and add a wonderful visual (and textural) element to your paintings. I'm so intrigued by using handmade art journals....I'm definitely going to have to try this myself!!

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