How to do the drawings and add the text.


What You need to do is to print out the pictures You want in Your diary. And when You do so print them in black and white - that makes it a bit easier to see the lines.

Remember to print the drawings in the right size, so that they fit Your blank diary.

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Now here is what You need:


Your blank diary, good quality ball-pens, carbonpaper and Your print-outs    -   the fedora is not necessarily needed!


Place the carbon paper on the blank side in Your diary.



Fold Your print-out, so that the crease fits the back of the book. Then place the printout on the carbonpaper so that it fits the pagesize.



Now You are ready to trace the picture into the book. Check again that the print is placed correct.


Now just draw untop of the print with a steady pressure. Not to hard, but just so that the carbonpaper will mark the diarypage. Remember to keep it firmly placed - no moving around now!


Now the first layer is done. The drawing is now on the diarypage, but it is  pretty dim, but good enough to guide the final drawing.


Now, this is the real thing.... no errors here. Simply draw with a good pen (ball or felt - I prefere the felt-pen), and draw up the lines made by the carbonpaper.

And finally add thicker strokes ect. to complete the drawing. I find that looking at the original drawing on Your computer, or in the Archive-book, while drawing makes it a lot easier to get it right. But take Your time...




As for the text the placing is as much importance as the drawings, when these are combined.

Here You can mark up where to place the text when tracing the drawing, or You can place it simply by checking the position on the original page.

But again it is very important that You use a pen of good quality. Again the feltpen is my first choice, but You could try a real pen. Just do some practise outside the Diary first...


Remember there are too types of text. A "normal" one, and on some drawings a much thinner one. Be sure to have pens to do both types.

Some of the pictures have a blue color (ex. "Stag & Top of Window" and "Takt-i-Taqdis & Sainte Chapelle") added to them. This color is easily made by painting the final drawing with redwine. No kidding! Dip a swab into redwine and simply do the painting. When the wine dries up, You have the exact color, and should You want it more blue, simply repeat the operation when the paper has dried up.

Have a look to see what it will look like...