Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My 'Sketchbookery' class pages...

I'm having so much fun in Mary Ann Moss's sketchbookery class and i wanted to share some of the pages here. I have a really large sketchbook/art journal and a medium sized sketchbook.

This first page is a field guide page i want for a walk to gather some plants to draw and label, i'm not sure if i labeled any of them right though...

This was a page where i tested out some new pens i ordered and a practice alphabet that i copied from one of the really great font/lettering books that Mary Ann mentioned and she probably won't mind if i mention them here.. lettering and alphabets by Albert Cavanagh and circus alphabets by Dan x. Solo. So many ideas in these books.


This was a page inspired by Mary Ann when she created a "splashy page" painting outside of the lines and a lot of water on the brush. Really fun and different from my usual way, which is the fun part of this class its stretching my ideas and inspiration and techniques.



 
This is the smaller sketchbook and a bolder look that was also a lot of fun, i'm drawing with different sized pens and just having fun with it...


a drawing of avocados with a green pen and the other page is drawn with a tiny pen and really delicate



Even though i've been drawing or painted for about 17 years its so much fun to take a class and learn something new. a new way to look at something you've done for a long time. So i'm really glad Mary Ann put this class together. I've only done a few online courses but each time I always learn so much :)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

sketching

here are a couple of current sketchbook pages, some mini rose bouquets and i drew my iced coffee today, my favorite summertime treat, i am addicted...




This is the antique book that i found yesterday that i plan on using for mary ann moss's sketchbookery class i am such a fan of hers she is so much fun so i decided to splurge this summer and take this fun class.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

my garden and nature sketchbook

This is my new sketchbook, a simple small size, not intimidating so that i will sketch random things when i'm in the mood and i can carry it along on nature walks for easy sketching.


  
this page has a favorite quote from Maya Angelou that i always need reminding of ...







Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Art journals past and future...

I have about six art journals that i have made and i thought i would share a few pages from some old ones and three pages that have been collaged but not finished yet. I like to go through my old journals every once in awhile and look for inspiration for my newer journals. I wanted to share it all here...



So first some of the pages from past journals...






and these are unfinished but i like to collage a lot of pages at one time and then go back in later with words and more embellishments...





Friday, May 30, 2014

New sketchbook pages...

Hello everyone, I'm back to blogging with some new sketchbook pages, that I've done over the past few weeks, a few of my favorite things like Bonny Doon Farm lotion, some vintage Dennison Labels I ordered on Etsy, a pretty new book, some snacks and a visit to the Mcgill Rose Garden.
I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day...




Monday, April 21, 2014

spring flowers and a little bit of a break...





I'm going to be taking a short break from blogging, I can tell I am going through a little bit of a creative block, and can't think of things to do and post right now, I have two projects I am working on to submit to magazines and that seems to be all the creative energy I have right now. I go through this from time to time and then the creative inspiration always comes back around so I will be back soon :)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

My drawing notebooks

These are my drawing journals where I practice drawing flowers, usually from magazines and books and I'm also starting to incorporate more lettering ideas after seeing this image from Pam Garrison.



This afternoon I was looking at this april 1995 issue of Victoria that I bought on ebay and I was happy to run across an article about Aude Kamlet, someone who did a lot of illustrating for Victoria through the years and shes been an inspiration of mine and this article was about her garden journal so now of course I am inspired to start a garden journal this year. I've always done drawings in my sketchbooks but I want a journal where I also write down notes and lists and whats blooming when. It's just a little patio garden but I still think it will be a lot of fun and keep me busy this summer.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

How I bind my journals

I thought this week I would try and show how I bind my books. I don't use a lot of proper tools, I haven't gotten around to buying them so I use what I do have...so a nail and hammer instead of an awl and regular embroidery thread instead of stronger bookbinding thread, these things seem to work good enough for me...
I will show a few photos and then instructions at the end...







  1. first I gut the book by cutting out the pages with an exacto, along the front seam where they attach and then the back, leaving just the hardcover and spine intact.
  2. then i cover the book with the images i want and i like to use washi tape on the spine.
  3. cut or tear your paper down to size and create the signatures , i usually do three or four sheets per signature and about four signatures.
  4. fold each sheet and use a bone folder to smooth, then gather the sheets in a stack and clip them 
  5. measure for the holes, i do every inch
  6. poke the holes along each signature and and on the book spine too
  7. use embroidery thread through a large needle and begin at the bottom going up the spine in and out and then down and tie a double knot when you reach the bottom. 
I hope these instructions help somewhat and if any one has any questions I'd be happy to try and answer them :)