Sunday, 5 September 2010

Sketchbook Project

Where has the last week gone?  Flown away, that's for sure.  My friend is still in hospital (!) but she is making good progress and there is a glimmer of hope that she may make it out of there and into respite care soon.  We're now starting her 7th week of being in hospital and it's too long, she needs a change of scene.  Thank you everyone who has given me so much support and sent good wishes to G.  She is delighted by the good wishes I give her from my internet friends.

I am bitting and bobbing about with little projects at the moment as I have my Mum staying for a few days so my sewing room is out of action.  I have finally been doing a little work in my sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project.  As you may have read elsewhere the paper is very thin and doesn't support wet media very well. Consequently I have been sticking pages together and then applying collage.  


This is the front cover which you may have seen before.


On the right hand side above is some "travel lines" which I did on a journey to Berwick on Tweed.  Margaret Cooter had the original idea for this and has done a lot of work with travel lines.  I hope she doesn't mind that I have played with the idea.  The marks on the left hand page have come through from the other side of the page as I had not at that point pasted the pages together.  (I will have to photograph that title page next time).


This 2 page spread isn't complete yet, but then that's in the nature of a sketchbook, isn't it?  On the right I have cut up and woven *2 identical photographs of a journal quilt I made last year.  I feel it needs something more but I don't yet know what.

* Edited Monday 6 Sept.  What was I talking about?  It's not 2 identical photos at all, it's 2 different photos of 2 journal quilts!  What am I like?!  Must have been a long day yesterday ;o) 


This was done as a 2 page spread and came out of a challenge on GPP Street Team.  This is a great site if you are lacking inspiration and want to play.  I've used torn strips from various sources including textured papers that I have made previously.


On the right a pencil sketch and on the left a page in progress.  I like the fact that pages I had originally coloured randomly are providing a base for future work.


On the right, a collage made on a print of my quilt with various papers and painted Yupo.


Not sure about these pages, the left is a play with paper and painted lutradur and on the right I had previously painted the pages and then decided to cut holes before I stuck them together.  More work to come.


Finally, the back cover which needs finishing to strengthen the spine.

I have loads of pages to work in before the January deadline but at least I feel as though I've made a start.  The theme of my book is "This is Not a Sketchbook" so I feel free to do anything I like.

I have a busy, mostly non creative week coming up so don't be surprised if I am a bit quiet again.  Have a good week and if you are in New Zealand near Christchurch take care and keep safe.

18 comments:

Jackie said...

The more I see these sketch books th emore I feel like having a go but I'm a coward!

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

A good start in your book. I'm sure you will know just the right thing to add to your pages when you get to them

teri said...

I'm a member of GPP street team too. Love those challenges!

Heather said...

I feel exactly as Jackie does! Your pages are stunning - I love the one with the torn strips though they are all great. Good to know G is still making progress. I can imagine how frustrated she must be feeling but 'slow and sure' is best. She has lots of 'friends' thinking of her, and wishing her well.

Gina said...

Your sketchbook looks lovely. I thought about taking part but I know I wouldn't want to part with it. Have a good week Julie.

Jan said...

How Busy you have been ,but with what a result ,lovely ,cant you keep it as Gina indicated,?OWW ..love Jan xx

KindredSpirit said...

Great work!!!! Well done. Love the blue colours running through it, really inventive work. Great apple sketch too!

Gail P said...

lovely pages! sorry I haven't visited much lately, but you're in my thoughts. :) hugs!

pam said...

Your sketchbook is lovely, look forward to seeing more as time goes on. Glad to hear G is on the mend and yes it will be better for her to get out of hospital asap. Have a good week. Thanks for all the comments on my blog.

Moogsmum said...

What a fascinating glimpse into your sketchbook Julie! It's wonderful to see how your projects develop.

Sorry I haven't visited your blog for ages. I do hope your friend is soon out of hospital.

xx

Angela said...

Julie your work is lovely. The apple sketch is brilliant, can I send you my sketchbook so that you can do a few sketch's for me but don't tell Gina please?

maggi said...

The sketchbook is looking impressive Julie. It is good to hear that your friend is still making good progress.

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Brillyent stuff.

Mummy is thinkin abowt makin sum books but duzzent noe ware to start. Daddy bort her a minicher sowing masheen to help. She likes that alot but duzzent noe how to yewz it yet.

I hope she lerns. Then I mite get sum waystecoats. Did Dorothy ever get bak bowt hers? That wun was spiffing. I'd like sum spats, too.

Julie said...

Hewo Bob :o) I hope Mummy can mayke you some waystecoats, I'm not sure whether you can mayke spats on a sowin macheen tho. I don't think Dorothy's waystecoat ever turned up. Maybe some other bear is wearing it now? You would look ded cewl in spats :o)

MargaretR said...

Well done Julie! You are well ahead of me there. I'll start as soon as my Workshop is done tomorrow!

linda stokes said...

Your pages look great Julie!

dosfishes said...

Hi, I found you through Sarah Payne's blog and your sketchbook is wonderful, I loave all the textures and layering, fab. xox Corrine

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

I just notist yu chayged yor hat. I like that wun. Yu cud fit a small Bear on bord.

Nose hugs to yu an Mr Julie!!!

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