Monday, July 2, 2012

Book Review (and giveaway!): The Sketchbook Challenge


I'd like to introduce you to a wonderful new book
The Sketchbook Challenge
Techniques, Prompts, and Inspiration for Achieving Your Creative Goals
If you've been following along here for a while you know I've had the joy of participating in the Sketchbook Challenge blog.  Our fearless leader, the talented, organized, and ever full of initiative Sue Bleiweiss has authored a book that pulls together the various artists (plus some) involved in the project. 

Each of us chose to work a sketchbook with one of the themes and create a work of art inspired by our work in that sketchbook. Sue then pulled a technique or two from each artist to highlight. 

This means that whether you like books for pure visual inspiration or to learn techniques there is something in it for you. Might I also say that there is something very pleasing to me in the books slightly smaller than standard size and rounded corners. No idea why but I simply love to hold it in my hands. I immediately chose the theme of "Circles." I love that shape - no idea why. It shows up in my work over and over.

It was wonderful fun to work with a theme over and over through the pages of a sketchbook. For this one I seemed to be attracted to pen and ink with only a little color thrown in here and there. Even when the lines ore doodled instead of tightly controlled it looks clean and crisp. I keep trying to look loose and free and wonderfully textured like so many of the artists I greatly admire but I always end up back here. It's not a bad thing.

The technique that Sue chose to pull from my finished artwork was screen printing. It's one of the most direct ways that work from my sketchbook shows up in my textile work. Ink doodles are made directly into thermofax screens and discharged or printed onto my hand dyed cloth and made into artwork. 


In this case circle scribbles and dot doodles were made into screens and both discharged, painted, and foiled onto the cloth. An amazingly lovely collection of shibori scraps (wish I could remember the artist's name) became even more circles in this piece. I have to say it was a lovely few days of playing with this design. 

I know you will love this book!
You can buy it at any of the following suppliers

And I have  question for you.
Do you use a sketchbook to work out designs for your artwork?
How?
In celebration of the book's release the following prizes will go to two lucky commenters!
 From Mistyfuse (www.mistyfuse.com)  A 10yd combination package of Mistyfuse that includes 6 yards of White and 2 yards each of Black and Ultraviolet and a Goddess Sheet.
Total retail value: $48!
and
 A $25 gift certificate to ProChemical and Dye
From ProChemical and Dye http://prochemicalanddye.com/home.php

comments close three days from now at the end of the day on July 5th

And if you missed it - go see the other reviews that have been posted and leave comments there and keep an eye out for the upcoming reviews as well. There are prizes at every stop!
June 26:
Jill Berry  http://jillberrydesign.com/blog/
Sue Bleiweiss http://www.suebleiweiss.com/blog
June 27:
Violette   http://www.violette.ca/
Kathyanne White http://kathyanneart.blogspot.com/
July 5:
Carla Sonheim  www.carlasonheim.wordpress.com/
Carol Sloan  www.carolbsloan.blogspot.com/
July 6:
Susan Brubaker Knapp  http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com/
Diana Trout dianatrout.typepad.com
July 9:
Tracie Lyn Huskamp  www.thereddoor-studio.blogspot.com/
Judi Hurwitt  www.approachable-art.blogspot.com
July 10:
Jane LaFazio http://janeville.blogspot.com/
Kelli Nina Perkins: http://ephemeralalchemy.blogspot.com/

158 comments:

Teresa R said...

Love your circle work

Gayle Dowell said...

Lovely textile work. And the circle theme is great. I'm following two everyday creative sites, one's theme is circles, the other round. Looks like I'll be going in circles this month!

Peggy Mascher said...

Love how you play out the circle theme, as well as your regular contributions to the Sketchbook challenge. Thank you!

Erin Fish said...

The book is wonderful. Sooooo many wonderfully creative ideas. LOVE IT. Thank you for this opportunity.

Anonymous said...

My answer to your question "Do you use a sketchbook to work out designs for your artwork?" would be: Sometimes... and sometimes designs just 'develop themselves' when I go through my doodles and ideas, which make up most of the contents of my sketchbooks. I really doodle a LOT.

Congrats on the lovely book project! You are all incredibly talented! And thanks for the chance to win, of course. <3

--Mina

FIBREARTS ALLIANCE, CANADA said...

Hey Lyric... I DO use a sketckbook (many) in preparing for new work, and always use my Inktense Pencils for colouring the sketches, add Misty Fuse backed embellishments and fabric "auditions" right into the sketchbook pages and often use left over PRO CHEM dyes from fabric dyeing (kept in the extra fridge) for colouring pages as well.
Thanks for this opportunity!
Bethany

Szamóca said...

Circles... Wonderful.

Carol C said...

I too have a love of circles. As far as the sketchbook goes... I have several but I tend to just doodle in them with no ryhme or reason. The book looks wonderful too. Thanks for the chance to win some great prizes.

Harmony Hopes Studio said...

On June 12th you were teasing us about your recent project. When are you going to burst forth.......looks intriguing.

Janny said...

Sometimes I use a sketchbook to work out my designs but I often just start without a pattern or drawing. Thanks for the giveaway.

Bev Longford said...

I have a few sketchbooks I have purchased but mainly seem to just make notes in them. I work mainly on my design wall (quilter). I have just ordered some zentangle books and plan on playing with my 11 year old granddaughters at the cottage next month. The book looks like something I need to kick start my next adventure.
Bev Longford

dwright33055 said...

I do use Sketchbook, everyday the different artist show how they used it in there world, so I try to do the same in mine, Urban Sketching, I have never done that before made me see things in a different way, to do my drawings, and mini quilts, thanks for sharing,

landscapelady said...

I don't really use a sketchbook to work out a design but do use it to just practice my drawing and to try to draw something at least twice a week to make a creative habit of it.
when I do go to make my design it's usually on a larger paper since my thing is art quilts which tend to be bigger than a sketchbook. the practice is so important though - and just feels good :-)

Ross Overcash said...

Just started using a sketchbook. It is kind of a catch all of ideas and "testing" how things look.
Had fun at Ink About It Saturday key chain make and take by Sue.....

Jewels said...

Interesting. Must get this book!

Gina Sismilich said...

Love your work - The circles just make a lovely peaceful piece of art. Thanks for participating in the blog hop.

sewbeit said...

Just started using a sketchbook, looking forward to getting my hands on the Sketchbook Challenge book butAma zon are very late here in UK. Loved the work on circles.
What a super idea this blog hop. Thanks a lot.

deana said...

i loved the inside peek to the book makes me want it even more if that is possible. Also loved your blog.

Ronni Hunter said...

I occasionally use a sketchbook to work out parts of an idea, but I hate everything I draw so I don't do this often. Looking into other people's sketchbooks is always so interesting though. The Sketchbook Challenge blog is a favorite and I can't wait to get the book.

Lynda said...

Love the circles. Can't wait to see this book.Thanks for the opportunity to win.

M-R said...

I almost always use a sketchbook to work out ideas and have been meaning to join The Sketchbook Challenge to improve my drawing skills. I'll definitely be checking out that book. Thanks for the giveaways!

primdollie said...

What a fun blog and I love your work! I guess I should use a sketchbook as I usually fly by the seat of my pants and just create whatever pops in my head at the time!! Circles are also my favorite thing as well!! I am enjoying seeing all the fabulous work that is in the book and have it on my to buy list soon!! thnx for sharing and for a chance to win!

dolores said...

Oh...so you are the one with the circles idea! I love it and I can't wait to get this book...should arrive soon!

Linda M said...

Love the circles. I keep thinking I should use a sketchbook (I have Many), but I don't.

Eileen Lockard said...

I love this work and want to explore it further. Can't wait to check out your book.

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Circles are timeless! {Just ask the Lion King---the circle of life!) Love them; thanks for the nice post and fun prizes!

Sandy said...

I like circles too and enjoyed reading your chapter. My sketchbook holds the ideas as they occur, so I can go back to them when I need them.

Alison said...

My plan for this summer is to start a sketchbook - I have never used one before. I love the idea of circles

Amy Munson said...

I do use a sketchbook to work out most of my designs although most of my sketchbooks are a bit messy, disjointed and often just what I am thinking about not really anything I would share. I make lists and notes in them as well. I recently started a doodle notebook that I try to draw in everyday to get more confident in putting pen to paper.

Connie Rose said...

Thanks for your constant inspiration, Lyric!

Quilt Rat said...

Well I certainly do have sketchbooks but when inspiration strikes the back of receipts, envelopes, clothing.....anything is fair game. :-)
I too, LOVE working with circular pattern. The book looks fabulous!

Anonymous said...

That would inspire me for sure and I think I could find a use for the other things. I dream!
dfair@nvnacc.com

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Having a sketchbook always scared the daylights out of me because I am NOT an artist and I always let perfectionism get in the way. I'm currently taking an online course (An Embroiderer's Ledger from Karen Ruane) and I think I am finally breaking through my sketchbook block. A copy of The Sketcbbook Challenge is on my wish list too.

Carol Soderlund said...

What a great prize. I can't wait to read the book!

Catherine said...

I haven't gotten the book as yet, but having this roadmap to such wonderful artists & instructors is invaluable - thanks!

hjs said...

can't wait to see your contribution in the book; mine is on order. love the repetition of a theme and circles are a great form to play with.

Vicki said...

Thanks for sharing your contribution to the Sketchbook Challenge. It's so inspirational.

liberal sprinkles said...

Hi I love those circles! I don't plan my artworks on paper and even if I'm planning it in my head, very often it surprises me as I start "seeing" other things as I progress! Thanks for the chance to win the prizes!

Grace
liberalsprinkles at gmail dot com

Jennifer H said...

I am so new to the art world so I have not had any experience using a sketchbook but cannot wait to begin.
I can't wait to get this book and your contributions look fabulous!!

Sandy said...

These are great tips, and inspiring examples of how to keep your mojo working.

marshaleith said...

looks like a great book. I don't use a sketchbook yet since right now I am concentrating on learning techniques- design is next!

Anonymous said...

my inspiration is going round and round from all these ideas!!!!!

Donna said...

I've appreciated your blog and your book and now this extended opportunity for professional artists to share with and encourage other artists where ever we may be.

Doreen K. said...

The book looks great. I love circles. Can't wait to get book.

Betteem said...

I'd love to see how others use a sketchbook for their fiber art. Thanks for the info. For relaxation I sketch and quite often do some Zentangles.

Quilter422 said...

thanks for the opportunity!

Diane said...

I always use a sketchbook, mostly with graph paper. I can always enlarge or make a "pattern" to follow. Helps me work out my ideas ahead of time or capture an idea when it comes.

Angela Grasse said...

I do use a sketch book/journal. Sometimes I use it to try out a new technique that I will later incorporate into my art. Often I use a journal just to create with no expectations. If a page turns out ugly I just don't care as it just doesn't matter. It is very freeing to me.

pcoxdesign said...

I go in and out of sketchbook use. Sometimes I am really into it and will create work from it. Other times I just work from something that inspired me such as a picture I take of something. Great work and book looks fun!

Meg in Albuquerque said...

I just ordered my book today, now I lave both. Can't wait to read it.

Unknown said...

I haven't been using a sketchbook, but it's never too late to start! I noticed several comments on Zentangles...I was doing these back in the 60's before I knew what they were called (maybe that term did not exist til later!)

KindredHeartz said...

I do use a sketchbook, I jot down and draw (try to) all kinds of ideas for embellishing and designing. It's a great reference tool!!

Erin in Morro Bay said...

I more often jot ideas down on bits of paper, and then tape them down into my sketch book where I flesh them out before starting on a project. Some times I get home from work and have six or seven bits of paper and post-its all brimming with wonderful ideas.
Erin

Linda Harkins said...

Pick me! Pick me, Lyric! I've only recently retired after a 35-year career in public education. Of course, I've quilted along the way, but not as much as I'd have done without the responsibilities of working each day. As a former art teacher for the initial 15 years of my career, I am in the habit of keeping a journal that includes lots and lots of sketches and ideas. My sketchbook/journal has been especially useful for making baby quilts for gifts. I'm looking for inspiration right now, and would love to have that book.

Sharry Miller said...

I love your work, Lyric, and can't wait to read the book.

Barb S said...

What a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

love this bloghopping and it has sparked my curiosity about the book....an intended effect!
Debbie Bein
http://deborahbein.com/artblog
dbein@hvc.rr.com

Vivian Helena said...

The circles are inspiring.. thank you for posting. vivianhelena@sti.net

Roxanne said...

Having fun with this bloghop. Thanks for the giveway!

Terri said...

Great giveaway

Judy Nolan said...

My book just arrived this weekend, and I am looking forward to reading it. As far as a sketchbook goes, I use it to think concepts through, and my "book" consists of loose pages. Sometimes the concepts are related to things I design, and sometimes not.

Steph said...

I have long had circles show up in my art quilts and my sketchbooks as well. Don't have a reason why. Just like them. As for using a sketchbook to work out designs, sometimes yes, sometimes no. I often use my sketchbooks to just put ideas down so I don't forget. Sometimes, those ideas get worked into a quilt, sometimes they become the inspiration for a quilt.

I've enjoyed your work for a long time and find it quite inspiring. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Susansews said...

What a great gift! I love your color and whimsy and am inspired to continue my journey in my new sketchbook!

Jean said...

I usually design my art quilts by sketching with pencil in my sketchbook, then enlarging on an overhead before translating it into fabric. Most of my designs are abstract, so the most challenging part of the sketchbook challenge for me is trying to draw realistic objects. It's been a great inspiration to move outside of my comfort zone! Thanks.

Laura said...

I do use a sketch book to work out themes. It felt uncomfortable at first, but the more I try it, the better a tool it becomes. Can't wait to read the book and see more of your lovely work.

Linda Dalton said...

This looks like a wonderful book! I have a couple of different sketch books, one that I keep in my purse, one that is on my nightstand and one that is in my studio.The one in my purse is because sometimes I see things while I am out and I don't want to forget an idea, so I quickly can jot it down. The one on my nightstand is for those middle of the night ideas that you have that you don't want to forget by morning - because you will, I am proof! And then the one in my studio is for right before I do things I sometimes like to sketch it out once again just to get the feel for what I am doing. I think a sketchbook is a necessity!
Love this whole project, would like to be involved in something like this myself one day...hmmm...maybe I should start one of my own? Theres a thought! :)

CJD said...

Thanks for the peak inside this book. It looks very interesting!

Dotti said...

I don't use a sketchbook so much as individual pieces of paper I collect in a container. Sometimes I want to use differend media to express the idea and choose the paper accordingly!

Sandra said...

I like the circles theme and the idea of using them seems intriguing to me. I use two or three or maybe more, lol!! sketchbooks, one is for when I am designing a new necklace or any piece of jewelry. I have one in my handbag and if I see anything that catches my eye or speaks to me I try to capture the idea, so down it goes in my handbag sketchbook, another one is near my bed with a tiny lamp,(so I do not wake up my hubby), I get these crazy crafty ideas when I am falling asleep, so I quickly jot it down but sometimes, more often than not, I get up and make a rough sketch for the next morning.
Thanks for the giveaway
Love your work
hugs

Jo Drueke said...

I use a sketchbook and add almost anything to it that might help from sketches to thoughts to anything that can be pasted on the inside pages. I usually stitch a cover and try new techniques.

Jan said...

I had to keep a sketchbook when I was in college art classes and I learned to appreciate the value of having one. I wish I had this book so I could keep up that skill. I've gotten a little lazy about it.
Thanks,
Jan

Elisabet said...

I use a sketchbook sometimes when I am thinking detailed ideas and need them to come together so they all fit. You know how an idea in your head looks great but then on paper, hmpfh! LOL!
thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway!
Hugs,
Beth P

Sketch Gurl said...

I use a sketchbook often. The book must be full of creative ideas.

Unknown said...

I I'msure that the book is great. I have not yet looked at it. I would love to win the prize as the 5th is my 71st birthday.

elle said...

I tend to work more spontaneously but there is certainly value in sketching and having a place to start the future spontonaity! ;^)

SKG said...

I am a circle fanatic, too. I collect all kinds of things that can make circles and stamp them all over. I need to try it with my silk screens --- release printing..Thanks for the ideas !!

Leigh said...

Would love to win this prize package.
Love your circles

Marie Costa said...

I have many sketchbooks going at the same time, in various sizes. There's always one to hand when I want to capture an idea. Sometimes going back to a silly doodle months later will trigger a more fully fledged project.

PS - Love the circles!

Linda C Brown said...

Your work is an inspiration and I love looking to see what you have done that's new.

Anonymous said...

Because I have always had challenges drawing, my sketch book use has been limited. Lately, though, I have employed one while designing my website for the family business. I've also found that web design can satisfy my creativity--who knew? I think this may be the start of more sketchbook use, like a toe-dip into the waters.

Barb G
bski43@yahoo.com

Debbi said...

It is amazing what can be designed from circles! Yes, I use a sketchbook and it helps me find something that will work in a piece I have not yet thought of...art is magic!

Sharon said...

I have a sketchbook right by my bed as I am always coming up with ideas late at night. Also carry one in the car. Have been known to pull over to "just write something down". LOL Am loving your circles.

Marcia W. said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I haven't attempted circles yet (I'm a quilter) but have some tools need to try out. I still use an old sketchbook to make my idea drawings.... but mainly I draw on whatever bits of paper I have handy when inspiration hits me such as envelopes or the newspaper. Then, will take the ideas I like and transfer to graph paper so have a built in scale reference.

Denise said...

I jot down ideas in my my sketchbook that I keep handy at home and in the car. Sometimes it's a list of materials or an idea that springs from a fleeting thought or memory. I try to remember to make a little sketch and think about color palette, even if I don't have any colored pencils handy. ~Denise

Jeannie said...

I recently started using a sketchbook, thanks in large part to the Sketchbook Challenge and Melly Testa. I find the more I use it, the more ideas flow into my mind. Thanks for always being an inspiration.

Kathleen said...

What a great blog! Love the skirt - check out http://www.srithreads.com/ It's a blog that has all kinds of Japanese and Asian antique fabrics and clothing items (that's if you haven't already viewed it). Thanks for being part of the blog hop.

Karen S said...

Sometimes I sketch my designs before I do them in fabric. And I often get inspiration from old stuff in my sketchbooks. Would love this book or any of the other goodies!

Lynda said...

I am humbled by your work. I love circles too. I think I will go play in a sketchbook and try circles!!

Mary said...

I have ordered the book and can't wait to get my hands on it :) Love your work in the pictures. I sketch for meditation although I have turn some of my zentangled pieces into wall quilts

Cheryl Gebhart said...

The book really looks wonderful and what generous sponsors! I love your circles. I use a sketchbook, but not to work out artwork; I use it to record my life.

Anonymous said...

I do use a sketch book for little sketches and notes. Thnaks for your inspiration on your blog.
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Fibreartist said...

Thanks for showing more of the insideof your new book!

mjl said...

Sometimes play in a sketchbook but usually my pieces just evolve on their own ... or with the help my Art Fairy
that lives in my studio .. and is sometimes off duty :)

Fibreartist said...

Thanks for showing more of the inside og the new book!

deborah wolff said...

Yes I use a sketchbook, when I actually have an idea, sometimes when there is no idea forthcoming I just start working and see if something happens. Would love to win!

Mary K. McGraw said...

Have not been working from a sketchbook, but seeing how you ladies have been translating your sketch ideas into reality has inspired me to give it a try.

Anne-Marie said...

I don't keep a regular sketchbook but put down on paper most of my ideas. I will get a copy of this book for sure! Thanks for this giveaway!

Barbara said...

I love your blog. Pick me?

LindaSchiffer said...

I keep a sketchbook just for the pleasure of recording things I see/think. I do use it from time to time to work out ideas for crazy quilting motifs and seam treatments - it's nice to see what I will get beforehand (most of the time I just embroider and make it up as I go along:).

:) Linda

Bev said...

Love your blog have u on google reader , yes i sketch and doodle while watching the telly and circles are a great symbol to draw...
hugz bev

JackieW said...

This is definatly a book I would love to have on my bookshelf!!!!

Arlene said...

Thanks for participating in this blog hop. You are inspiring me to give this a shot!
arlene_bauman@sil.org

Marie aka Grams said...

Oh, my goodness, this would be like winning the lottery. If I have a project that matters, I plan it out, but sometimes I just love random play and the surprises that result.
Love your work and have followed you for years. (I'm in Utah)

Dana said...

I've transfered sketches in my book to fabric and I like to use it to capture color combinations I might like to use. Thanks for all your work on the Sketchbook Challenge. It's been a fabulous 18 months!

Lynn Majidimehr said...

My sketchbook is more like a collection of ideas, with lots of different kinds of things inside. Sometimes it has designs, but my quilt designs are usually worked out in EQ. Occasionally, I just wing it!

RoseofSharonStudio said...

Love your art! My book has been ordered and on its way. Thank you for the fabulous giveaway!

M. Austen said...

Congrats on your contribution to the Sketchbook Challenge Book - It looks amazing!

Linda Stokes said...

Thanks for the great giveaway.
I tend not to use a sketchbook much, although I do work out ideas on paper and use paper in some of my work at times.
Nice thermofax screens - love the circle scribbly one!
The book looks to be a great resource.

Lisa Chin said...

This is the first peek I've seen into the Sketchbook Challenge book. Looks wonderful! I use my sketchbooks to help me work out problems I am having with pieces I am doing and to get ideas down that come at the wrong time (like midnight). I'm working on trying to keep one more regularly.

Debbie said...

Looks like a must-have book! I don't use a sketchbook. If I do 'plan ahead', it's usually on pieces of paper. Sometimes saved, sometimes not. Thanks, Lyric!

Shu said...

The Sketchbook Challenge has jump-started my languishing sketching. Now it has brought me to your blog. Looks like you'll resuscitate my fabric art. Happy to find you. Thanks for the inspiration.

Sue said...

I love working out color combinations in my sketch book using watercolors and/or magazine clippings. Then when I have a design idea, I can marry it to a color combination and it seems to work magic. (And if it doesn't, there's always another color scheme waiting for its chance)!

Sue said...

I use my sketch book to play with color combinations using watercolor and/or magazine clippings. Then, if I get 'stuck' when working on a design, I have plenty of color inspiration to draw upon.

TinaW said...

I love circles- they seem to show up in almost everything I do.

roadie said...

Just recently started my sketchbook. I record directions for techniques, methods, stitching ideas. Also, I sketch rough designs for my quilts and add to it as more ideas surface. I glue in small fabric samples I've painted or printed, etc.

Dreamer said...

I have a sketchbook, not as elaborate as the Sketchbook Challenge, but a sketchbook none the less. When I can find it, I draw ideas for quilts or try color combinations.

francyne said...

I too have a thing about circles. I need to get a sketchbook and start playing. Thanks for the inspiration.

Fallingladies said...

I have been using my sketchbook for this for just a year or so, inspired by all of you!
Andrea

Meg Fowler said...

I try real hard to keep a sketchbook for designing my quilts ... somehow my ideas always end up on scraps of paper all over the place. I'm hoping that when my book comes, it will inspire this old dog to learn a new trick!

Linda Dunn said...

Circles have been appearing in my sketchbook this year - planets? bubbles? It's all about light and reflections http://lindabranchdunn.blogspot.com/2012/06/summer.html

Mandy said...

I have just discovered sketchbook...yay...so...sometimes i draw out designs for my scrapbook and art and sometimes i just begin to throw things together...thanks very much for the lovely prize...xxx

thesewinggeek said...

I do have a sketchbook but I have not used it much. My drawing skills are not shall I say - developed. I do jot down a rough out line on paper when I am making something big. But using a sketchbook seems to kill off my ideas. I bring the book out and the ideas stop. Have to work on this...
But I did order the book and I am now waiting for it.
Love your blog and work. Thanks for sharing

Unknown said...

I do use a sketchbook. As they say, make visual decisions, visually. And by seeing ideas, even if just hastily scribbled in remind me of what I'm visualizing!

Sewbig said...

I sometimes make sketches, but not in a book. That sure would be a more organized way to keep the ideas for projects I hope to make. Love your circle work!

Michele/TextileTraveler said...

I want to be one of those creative people who sketch until they come up with a great design, then translate that to a great work of art. Typically, though, I'm flying by the seat of my pants in the studio, with the air turbulence to prove it.

terarla1 said...

I'm really inspired now to do a page in my sketchbook with circles. Love your use of colorl

Sandy said...

I love how you translated the sketch to a completed piece.

Art and Light said...

This project the sketchbook challenge has wormed its way into my life. My sketchbook is less pretty picture and more the record of my experience with art--bits of tea dyed fabric, lessons in applique...and sketches

Jo Reimer said...

My studio books are prized possessions in which I work out all sorts of processes. They tell me where I'm going and then record where I've been and what I've done in the studio.

marcelk said...

I’d like to win the prize. And to help improve my chances, I’ll bribe you with a backrub every evening for the next week. As your husband, I thought I’d use my special access to you to help influence your selection. Oh wait, family members are ineligible for this drawing? Hmm, ok. Can I still give you the backrub anyway? Besides, being married to you for the last 21 years has been the best prize I could ever receive. xoxoxo

Margaret said...

Would love to win.
Thanks for the giveaway.
M

Valerie. said...

Thanks for the peak inside the book. I am just starting out in the journaling arts but am full of thoughts and ideas and carry a journal around with me to jot down things when they are fresh in my mind.

craftirn said...

The book sounds great. Thanks for a chance to win prizes

Pamela said...

Love your Kindness Chronicles and CIRCLES, of course!

Gina said...

Yes I do use a sketchbook to work out my designs. I usually do quick sketches of numerous ideas so I don't forget them (like brainstorming), then go back and narrow down my ideas and do more detailed sketches. Lately I've been trying to do my sketches on a tablet rather than paper. Thanks for offering this great give-away! Sue's new book sounds and looks fabulous!

Farm Quilter said...

Love your work!!! I love the blogs where the blogger lets you see a little how their creative mind works! Thanks for the opportunity to win too!!

Kristin said...

I use all sorts of paper to work out a design. As a quilter I have used alot of graph paper. I have yet to really get into the sketchbook fully but that is why I'm reading this and other sketchbook artists blogs : )

Elizabethanne said...

What an amazing gift to win. Hope I can Hugs Elizabeth

Denise said...

Your circles are fabulous. Great work!

Linda said...

Love your cuircles work and can't wait to read all about it in the book! I have not dedicated a sketch book for planning or working pieces out-usually I just doodle things on scrap paper. I'm definitely going to get more organized by using a book.Thanks for the chance to win this awesome prize pkg!

Jane B. said...

I just use my sketchbook to practice drawing things, haven't really used it to test out any art ideas. However, my art journal (yeah, two different books in my head!) I have used to test ideas for paintings and surface ideas. I didn't really translate them very closely, but it was a great place to warm up and overcome "uh, can i do this."
I have no idea how to use Mistyfuse! It sounds lovely, but hmm?? Now am intrigued!

Susan said...

The new book looks like another "must have"! I have a sketchbook but haven't disciplined myself yet to use it consistently. That is one of my goals for this summer.

Jamie said...

Hi. I can't wait to see the book. I always seem to draw circles, in one form or another, as well.

Bette said...

Yes I do use my sketchbook to work out some of my designs. I should use it more though.

donnaj said...

I'm drawn to circles too. I sometimes draw out ideas i want to work on, but not always.

ginigin said...

Love the circles, I still remember drawing my first perfectly round circle and still love to draw them. I do use sketchbooks to work on designs though lately I use my planner more. I doodle linear designs between each day and also play around with variations on themes on the pages.

Cynthia Hanna said...

I love circles too! Would love to win the giveaway to help me get started on a new project :)

Lynn said...

There have been a few times sketchbook ideas have blossomed into a separate larger work but most oftenI don't have that intention - I'm just playing.

cath said...

What lovely colors and textures! I use a sketchbook to work out designs before I begin to paint. Placement, size, perspective. Usually done in pencil but it gives me a chance to "test" an idea before I begin. Sometimes what seems perfect in my mind doesn't look quite right when put down on paper. So my sketchbook is a valuable tool.

Christina Aiton said...

It depends - sometimes I try ideas out in my sketchbook but other times I just plow right in

Sandy B said...

What a lovely start to your car work! Circles are so amazing.

Unknown said...

Love the circles and I use them often in my work, too.

Edie said...

Circles, spirals and triangles are always reappearing for me.

Edie

Diana Louie, The Village Fabric Shoppe said...

Circles can symbolize so many things and are visually attractive, so it is no wonder that so many have used them in their art over and over.

Victoria said...

What beautiful work you do. Can't wait to see the book.

Susan said...

I would love to be entered in the giveaway. I think I am going to order this book.

Sandy said...

What a great blog-hop! Thanks!

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

I was just looking at this book on Amazon today!!! I didn't know this blog hop was going on and found out on a fluke!!!