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Thursday, June 10, 2010

An Old Sketchbook That I Keep Using....

Today I hope you have a few minutes to spend here at Chez Art because I have lots of photos to share with you. After showing you my nice, tidy work table yesterday I thought I'd show you what it looks like today! Big difference....



It's beginning to look like my studio now! Having a stool to sit on at my work table is great and I seem to be spending more time in this studio since it's right in the midst of the main part of our house. Before, I usually just stood at the work table and did everything unless I sat at my sewing/clean area but then HB bought me a stool when we re-did everything and I love it.

So while sitting there last evening, I picked up a sketchbook that I've had since....are you ready....January of 1995! It's 5.5" x 8.5" and it's almost always close at hand when I'm painting. That's because I use it to wipe off all the excess paint when I'm working on something. I just open it up, slap down the paint and go on. Then at some point I usually go back and do something else on the pages. Most likely I use spray paint and a stencil to get another layer. Here are some pages in progress from that journal....



I'm doodling on the left hand page and haven't decided what to do on the other one.



This one has a date of August 2009 but that just means that's when I did the drawing. Since then I've added more color and some stamps.



More stencils and spray paint. I'm sure I'll add more to these one day.



This is a drawing I did probably either in '95 or '96. You can't tell but it's all cross-hatching in the background. I used to only work in B&W! Boy, have things changed!!



I'm sure one of these days I'll open up to these pages and see something on them. Until that time, they just sit in the book and wait for me.



Here's something I was working on last night, and that's the sketchbook open beside it.



And here's a close-up of what I'm working on....I like drawing over scrapbook paper. And Sharpies and Prismacolor markers are so much fun to play around with. I bought some of the big chisel tip Sharpies yesterday while I was out running errands. If you like cloud photos pop over to my photo blog and check out the beautiful clouds I saw while I was out.

23 comments:

  1. Nothing wrong with having pages just waiting for you to play with them -- and such lovely ones, too. I'm always so glad when you share your technique!

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  2. Very pretty! I love the idea of using sharpies!!!

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  3. I absolutely LOVE your pages. I wish my journal pages were more fun. I just never know what to do on them. I AM an artist...I should just be able to figure it out, right? You've given me inspiration!! One thing I know for sure is that I'm getting my stamps out!!!

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  4. So fun to fill up those old sketch books. Sometimes when they are full you can still add to them.
    Love your art as always
    xx

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  5. Wonderful pages. I love coming here and seeing what you are up to, it is always something fun and colorful.

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  6. HolY CrEaTIviTy, BaTmAN !!!!

    Honey, that first pic of your sketchbook is pure lusciosity in itself!!!
    Wowsers, I'm impressed, kid.

    Are you selling, showing, publishing these?
    Do you need an agent? :-)

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  7. What a great idea Janet to have a sketchbook handy when you paint.

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  8. I love seeing those evolving pages, what fun. I do the same thing, I am getting close to finishing a sketchbook and I really want it done so I can start a new one that is larger. Glad that you like your new studio.

    kate

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  9. I know you have an etsy shop. There are other sites online that will sell art for you. You're prolly already contacting people who know people...I'll keep my eyes n ears open, too.

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  10. Those are some wonderful backgrounds and the art & doodling you did on top is so neat!!! I like your idea of the book to use for the extra paint! If only I painted :D

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  11. I love the backgrounds and all the doodles. I like working on scrapbook paper too...pen-work is effective on these backgrounds. Glad to hear you're settling into your studio now. I like having my new workspace in the midst of our living areas too as it's so convenient.

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  12. beautiful pages!! love your eclectic use of volour. it took me a short while to jump from a small dark palette to the rainbow.

    you've inspired me to doodle again.... seemed to have left that for collaging.

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  13. I love all the layers in your work!

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  14. wonderful sketchbook ... and I love your pages a lot! so many ideas crammed into those pages!

    sorry I cannot take part this time in yours and Lees swap! hopefully back onboard nexdt time around!

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  15. Your doodles are in a league of their own, but put them on those colourful papers and WOW!

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  16. Love your pages, Janet! And I love the idea of keeping a sketch book just for that purpose! Very inspiring!

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  17. Oh I can't believe you've had that journal since 1995. I have some too older than that and they are still clean white pages. I scared of white pages. I need to do what you have done. They are all so cool and what a great idea to do your thing on scrapbook paper. Love that.

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  18. I'm envious of your new creating space...you have everything in one area. I like what you are doing in your "old" journal. The piece on the scrapbook paper is coming along fantastic...it's all good!!!
    Mary

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  19. Your pages are always so cool. When this sketchbook is filled, you can happily retire it and then get another one JUST LIKE IT. And the beat goes on, dadadada.

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  20. You are so inspiring! Love your new studio and that it's so inviting. It means we'll see more of your art. I think I'm going to do what you are and keep a journal on the table to use the paint. I do it sometimes, but it never turns out as interesting as yours. I'm going to be a copy-cat! :-)

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  21. Janet- your pages are awesome....so rich and lovely..every one of them! Your happiness with your new space is showing through to your artwork.

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  22. a gorgeous collection from years gone by. I love it!

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  23. I love that your studio looks 'used' now - and your pad is fantastic. All those layers tell wonderful stories of your art journey.

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