Monday, October 10, 2011

Sketchbook Project 2012, Chapter 2

Well, I'm back, and as I said last week, I'm going to show you what I've been doing with my sketchbook. 

Remember, I said that the sketchbook that arrived from the Art House was filled with very thin drawing-type paper, so the first thing I wanted to do was change the paper. I used some nice heavy watercolor paper - this would allow me to do just about anything in my journal. I sewed it, not really knowing what I was doing. The "Sketchy Characters" from  The Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild   held a rebinding workshop, lead by Penny Arrowood , but I wasn't able to attend, so I was forced to wing it on my own. 

Then I wanted to replace the cover. This is what I have right now, but I'm not finished with it - it's definitely a work in progress! As I work on the inside, I'm sure I'll add to the cover.

 After I covered it, I decided to paint the pages.  I was sure it would be easier to start working in my journal if I didn't have all those blank white pages staring at me! 

I've been working on a few pages, but it seems that I'm always tweaking! I think I'm done, have moved on, and I'm working on another page, and I come across something that would be just perfect on that last page! so I'm back on that last page for awhile. sigh.... that is the way with these art journals - they are never quite done, are they? 

Here are a couple of the more completed pages, and I'll be showing more along the journey. 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sketchbook Project 2012, Chapter I

You may have noticed, if you have been visiting, that I have taken a rather long break from my blog. Sometimes this happens in blogland. I had a good reason when my break first started - I had surgery on my shoulder - twice. It was really hard to sit at the computer and hammer out a post. As time went on, it just got harder and harder to get back into the groove, even though I really liked blogging when I was doing it. 

Now, I don't want to make any promises, and I don't want anyone to wave this post in my face later, so what I'm about to say has a big fat TRY attached to it, ok???? Here goes: I am going to TRY to blog more regularly. Now that I have that out of the way, I'll tell you why I think I might be blogging more. 

Sketchbook Project Logo
customized for our group:
  "The Sketchy Characters"
Thanks to Penny Arrowood for photo 
Because I'm sooooo excited about being a part of the Sketchbook Project 2012 

There are 18 of us from The Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild that decided to do sign up for this as a group.

You can read the details on the Art House site, but basically it's this - you sign up; they send you a sketchbook; you fill it up and send it back to them in January; the sketchbooks will live in the Brooklyn Library; and they go on a tour next year so everyone can look at them.

So, we signed up and we waited for our books. We talked about our chosen themes, and art journaling, and all the cool things we were going to do, and we waited... and we waited... and we waited... And finally, they arrived! and they looked like this:
Photo from the Art House

For those folks who are sketchers or writers only, this would have been fine. But we are MIXED media folks! Some of us were planning to use different types of paints, some were planning to use fibers and stitching, some wiring... The really THIN paper in this book just would NOT do!!!! There was no way that we could paint on it, sew it, rivet it.... We looked at these books and our faces fell. Then the questions started - can we change the paper? how big? how thick? We went to the website and found the answer - Yes, we can! So, yes, we did!

My next post will show photos of my rebound journal and some of my first pages.
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