This part of my blog is where I will record my sketchbook, or some of it. What I hope to impart is how I use and develop this tool (yes, I see the book as a tool to assist me creatively). Sometimes, I will post work, if it has relevance to a sketch to illustrate how I use the sketches.
This week I have sketched a few butterflies and moths (because there are a lot around) and been reading The Art of Annemieke Mien again. It is one of my favourite books as it obviously is for shirley Fife, who showed how she created a fibre art butterfly in response to one of her works. Here are a couple of my sketches
sketchbook challenge theme opposites this month. I used felt tip calligraphy pens in black, blue, red and silver and liked the way the two halves reflect each other.
Out doors, I generally work in pencil, using a rather antique set of clutch pencils loaned from my partner, which range from 3h all the way to 3b. My sketchbook is a really important part of my creative process. Not every sketch is worked up, but it gives me impetus and ideas for what to create.
Jane Davila and Elin Waterston's Art Quilt workbook. (Their blogs are here and here). I took a variety of paint chips from the hardware store and sorted them into opposite colours (LHS) and into darks and lights (RHS). This is a very useful exercise and reference for me especially when I am choosing colours for a project.
As you will have noted, I often use whatever is to hand to finish sketches, crayon, markers, paint and mix the media to suit my impulse at the time. A sketchbook is a tool for the owner, to assist in creative endeavours, not a work of art to display.