Sunday, June 19, 2005

Dusty in my Moleskine


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Back to the Moleskine. Well, I can't say I'm happy with the way the paint goes onto these pages, but I will keep trying. I love the book, but I wish the pages were more receptive to watercolor.
But beyond that, here's my sweet boy in all his glory. He's such a great dog. My best bud....

Oh yea, happy father's day to those of you that can participate. Mine was grand. We had a cookout and I got tools for presents. It doesn't get any better than that!

12 comments:

Maggie said...

Super spread! I love the way you have put the 2 insets in, and how Dusty's foot escapes into the border. Guess you will find ways around the watercolour problem with more experience? Never had a Moleskine (though *was* rather tempted when I saw one at the RA shop when we were there for the Matisse exhibition) as they do seem rather expensive to me...

Laura said...

I will just second Maggie's comments--- this is lovely, Chuck. I am a big fan. I look forward to more of your work, Moleskine or not.

Chuck Rose said...

Hello Maggie! You're new here. Welcome. I see from your blog that you are quite the gardner. Beautiful! My wife just planted a mock orange. It seemed fie and then about three days after planting it dropped all it blossoms and is looking very droopy. May I send you a picture? Perhaps you coould diagose the problem?

Hey Laura,
I can always count on you for posative reinforcement, huh? I tried something different with this one. I used a Pilot G2 gel pen on this drawing. From what I read on the web, it's THE pen to use on a moleskine. I do miss the watercolor paper though. We'll see how this goes....

Chuck Rose said...

Sorry for my typos above! It's early and I haven't had any coffee yet!

Anonymous said...

Chuck

I was a huge fan of Moleskine long before they became the sensation they are now. Great for drawing, but once I started using water media I moved to a proper watercolor book (My current favorite is the Strathmore Field Book). Moleskine uses a sizing that is terrible for water media even though they say it's meant for that purpose.

-Trish Harvey http://www.designkitten.com

Jim said...

Well, I love my moleskines. It felt to me, once I got used to wetting the paper, just a tad, so it could absorb, the watercolors went on much better than in direct application. No, the effect isn't the same as on Arches, or other fine papers, but I like the effect. Here's one I liked:

http://tinyurl.com/8kdgr

Still, I think all my "better stuff" is not moleskined.

FWIW...for what its worth.

Amanda said...

oh you are a copycat (copydog?) but that's fine with me. Great work. Good luck with the moleskine. I love the look and feel of mine but I just couldn't get used to the watercolor problem. Let me know if you figure out the solution. Also, you asked about the set I use...I have the tiny travel W&N for on the go and I use Schminckes (pans) at home. (but lately I think I prefer the W&N)

Big Harry H said...

Since i'm just learning water color, i can't get use to the application in Moleskines. I also don't care for the finished look in my books.

Everyone elses looks great, (like yours), but mine just don't sing to me.

I'm dedicating mine to pretty much quick sketchs and saving watercolor pieces for other books.

As always Chuck, fantastic. Big Fan. Big Harry

Chuck Rose said...

You guys are great. Jim, I love the Vincent coffee mug. Where did you get it?

AMmanda, do you have the little W&N set in the tiny blue box? My sister-in-law has one and I think I may have to pick one up. I'm going on vacation Friday and I need something to travel with.

Herry, you're too hard on yourself. I love the last two entries to your blog. Where do find these guys?

Anyway, I've decided it's back yo water color paper for me. I love the little moleskine book, but it just doesn't take the paint the way I want it to. Oh well, back to pasting my sketches in my old book again.

Chuck Berk said...

Hey Chuck...just a quick post to thank you for the link to my blog. Also, I very much enjoy viewing your art. Keep up the great work and I wish you a creative day....from yet another Chuck just slappin' canvas.

Anonymous said...

You can use a tad, tad, tad of soap to get The watercolor to lay on the paper. I find that opaque watercolor works best in a Moleskine.
Melanie
meleanietesta.com

Jan said...

good news moleskine do produce a watercolour moleskine especially designed for that purpose here is the blurb and a link to a site that stocks them

Following the tradition of Delacroix, Le Corbusier and Picasso, the new watercolor notebooks are ideal for capturing moments of inspiration in color. Catering to new trends in expression, the Moleskine Watercolor Notebooks feature a heavy paper, 200 gsm – 25% cotton fiber – cold pressed, identical on both sides, and specially created for Moleskine.

http://www.moleskines.com/moleskine-watercolor.html