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SPILLING THE BEANS—020218

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Ink SnackTM, a book of bite-size writing and nutritious thinking!

My latest book project is a publication of original haiku and drawings—created by hand—in a handmade journal I purchased at a local store. The name refers to small portions that provide sustenance when the mind is starved for creativity. And of course, it’s all crafted with ink.

The content contains a variety of artwork alongside the haiku—art that reflects the meaning behind their respective poems—and includes the blackout technique and collage, in addition to drawings. The book is one of a kind; however, once it’s sold, it’s gone forever.

The Ink Snack | Bite-size writing and nutritious thinking                  

IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE that none of the content was created using a computer. For example, the page numbers (along with the “About” page content) were created using an antique typewriter. Furthermore, all the writing and drawings were done by hand using a black pen (i.e. no erasing my mistakes!). And, the book itself is handmade (not by me). Handcrafted in Nepal, the book uses local raw materials, basic book-binding technology, and a skill set that can only be described as ancient. I can’t think of a better vehicle for poetry and fine art.

The book should be ready for sale within the next month. So, stay tuned!

Images, writing, and artwork © 2016-2018 Joe Blend. All rights reserved.

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I observe life through steaming coffee and an energized imagination. When that's coupled with my rich background in writing, visual communication, and concept development, I become a barista of words and art. A craftsman. Someone who combines creative thought with meaningful substance, thereby allowing valuable messages to rise above the noise of our fast-paced society. Although my work employs anything from copywriting and haiku to drawing and illustration, the inspiration is always the same: curiosity and creativity, with a caffeinated kick!