Only, I didn't call it a sketchbook because that word scares me so it's a workbook. :-) I took some supplies with me to St Ives (well, quite a lot actually) with the intention of playing and we hadn't been in the flat long before I set my stall out,
I started off a bit tentatively as I haven't played about much with mixed media for ages but eventually I got going and really enjoyed myself.
This first rather ragged effort was sparked by the bath mat and as you can see I made a mistake at first and had to adjust to give a double line break between the large bubbles. I can see this transferring to fabric fairly readily.
On a theme of fishes I came across some dried beech leaves that I'd forgotten about and, as they reminded me of fish shapes that's what they became, along with some foil sweet wrappers.
Sloop Inn in St Ives by Doris Lindemann, a local teacher I had had a workshop with several years ago and thought I'd have a go at something similar. This started out with an orange base colour and then I worked very quickly over the top to get the energy of wave movements and tried to scratch through to reveal the colour underneath. I wasn't altogether successful as my acrylic paints dried very quickly. After this I had a hankering all the holiday to work in oils.
I've forgotten exactly what I did here but it involved rubbing a metallic wax crayon over a molding mat, painting over, adding graphite and glueing on some of the beads that Carolyn gave me. I stitched the page to the next page adding beads as I went and added some collage on the right.
This was a Sharpie doodle in front of the telly.
I was quite pleased with my little sketch of St Ives out of the window and I love my doodle on the right. Much better than the first one I did that I'm too ashamed to show you.
This is an exercise I've done before and concerns edges and hard and soft marks. It works quite well turned so that the layers run horizontally like a landscape too.
Not wonderfully successful but these two above were fun.
This is my next favourite page. I worked from an exercise in Jae Maries book, Contrasting Elements, and it is collages made up of paper napkins, monoprints on various surfaces from Sally Maccabe's workshop last year, hand made Indian papers, paper lamination, wrapping paper, fabric, scrim and some meshy stuff that I've forgotten the name of.
This is my favourite page. I have long fancied doing a fun portrait in fabric and I had a whale of a time putting this page together. The background is some fancy tissue paper I bought at Paperchase in London. The face is some paper lamination that I did some time ago. The doilly hair and yarn eyebrows came from Carolyn's gift as did the 'necklace' and the mouth and body are batiks. I think I really must have a go at this in fabric, maybe as a Journal Quilt.