Mar 102014

Today around the world, several dozen artists are participating in the PaperLove Blog Hop, a celebration of all things paper. Each of us will share what it is we love about paper.

Where do I begin? There’s so much I love about paper!

I could talk about things like my favorite stationery and art supply stores, the incomparable fragrance of a new book, the incomparable fragrance of an old book, the joy of cold-pressed 100% rag watercolor paper, printmaking, drawing from life, doodling in a sketchbook, and so on. Believe me, I love them all! But I thought I’d share something with you that perhaps you didn’t know about this illustrator/designer/artist: I also write fiction.

My preferred working method has evolved over the years. Back in the days before computers, I would write the draft longhand, with a ballpoint pen, on college ruled paper:


Later, I thought I should integrate my writing self and my artist self, so I took to writing fiction longhand in my sketchbook, with a fountain pen:


Then, I would transcribe the longhand onto my computer:


Later, I found a wonderful bit of software called Scrivener, which is made for long-form writing of any kind: novels, non-fiction, short stories, screenplays, etc. (If you also are a writer, I highly recommend you get this software. It’ll make your life so much easier!)

At one point, I got into the habit of writing directly on the computer. I’d write maybe 250 words on a good day (pitiful, I know). But I thought that was my limit. Until one day quite recently I decided to just write longhand and see how far I’d get. To my great astonishment, I’d write 400 words, 50o words, even 780 words in one early morning session! And it just flowed. So now I’m back to writing longhand, with a ballpoint pen, in a college ruled notebook:


Want to read others’ stories about why they love paper so much? Just click on the participant links below, and you’ll see a whole world of paper:


Majo Bautista / Tona Bell / Louise Best / Cathy Bluteau / Jennifer Bomgardner / Giova Brusa / Lindsay Buck / Beka Buckley / Joanna Caskie / Jonathan Chapman (Mr Yen) / Halle Cisco / Sarah Clare / Cathryn Clarge / Dawn Clarkson / Rhiannon Connelly / Jenny D’Fuego / Molly Dhiman / Ian Dudley / Ayisatu Emore / Akmal Farid / Monika Forsberg / Claire Fritz-Domeney / Louise Gale / Chrissy Gaskell / Julie Hamilton / Emma Hawman / Rachel Hazell / Holly Helgeson / Claudine Hellmuth / Kim Henkel / Sarah Hoffman / Joanne Hus / Paula Joerling / Beth Kempton / Julie Kirk / Eos Koch / Katie LaClair / Kristy Lankford / Michelle Manolov / Doreen Marts / Rosie Martinez-Dekker / Tori Mears / Maria Mederios / Lise Meijer / Debbie Miller / MaryJane Mitchell / Suzy Naidoo / Grace Noel / Hannah Nunn / Camilla Olsson / Jo Packham / Rachelle Panagarry / Monette Pangan / Melanie Paul / Nicole Piar / Jen Pitta / Liz Plummer / Julie Reed / Michelle Reynolds / Lisa Rivas / Angee Robertson / Natalie Ryan / Aisling Ryan / Elisabet Sapena / Kyrrha Sevco / Jamie Sprague / Elizabeth Steele / Terri Stephens / Juniper Stokes / Mary Tanana / Maike Thoma / Linda Tieu / Gabrielle Treanor / Tammy Tutterow / Deborah Velasquez / Jordan Vinograd Kim / Cat Whipple / Brooke Witt / Katie Wood / Amelia Woodbridge

The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! Follow the links to discover more bloggers who love paper and use it to inspire and delight. And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. Find out more here.

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