Sketchbook Project 2014 Finished!

I’ve been absent these last few days as I finished working on my entry for the Sketchbook Project 2014. I felt the need to paint and decorate the covers… make it a real atlas.

This was my first time using colored gesso and boy. was I surprised how gritty it was! The book just wasn’t pleasant to hold. But how to fix it? I tried many things out on one of my journal pages.  Do I letter directly? Which pen? Should I stamp? Collage?

What a mess!

140109 test page

But now I had a plan! On went the stickers and the stamped lettering, layered between coats of matte medium. StazOn is my friend. It truly is permanent… no smearing as the matte medium was brushed on.

But I still wasn’t happy. The matte medium made the book feel slightly sticky in my hand. Krylon Workable Spray Fixitif to the rescue. A single thin coat was all it needed.  Remember, this stuff can be flammable and toxic, please spray in a well ventilated area.  I did a quick spray outside and then brought it into dry on the stove with the exhaust fan on. After an hour it was completely dry.

SBP Cover

SBP Cover

I’ve had these stickers for years just waiting for the perfect project.

SBP Eiffel TowerSBP SphinxThe workspace isn’t as neat as it was before and that’s a good thing!

140108 studio


“Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.”

A blog?  Me… writing?

Well it won’t be all writing.  I’m here to share my interests and pursuits which often border on obsessions.  I’ve been like this all my life.  As a girl scout I earned all sorts of badges.  Never content learning one thing well, I’ve always been a artsy-crafty dabbler.  I’ve sewn clothing and I’ve embroidered and done needlepoint.  I crochet and knit… not particularly well, mind you.  I quilt.  My latest passions are sketching, watercolors and journaling, preferably all at the same time, in the same sketchbook.  I’ve even started bookbinding so I can use the paper I like in the size I want.

Don’t believe me?  Well, that’s what the blog’s for.  I want to share my fun… let’s go!

This is my workspace and yes, I cleaned so it would be more photogenic.  Most everything I need is close at hand… sketchbooks, sewing machine, bone folders and PVA, good lighting and a comfortable chair.  There’s plenty of inspiration from my friends hanging on the wall.  I even have two large windows with views to the backyard.

131208 Studio

But… I can’t get distracted.  I have a deadline looming.  I’m participating in The Sketchbook Project and the book needs to be postmarked by January 15th, 2014.  Aauugh! Just over a month to fill a 32 page book.  I’ve got to get crackin’.

131208 SB Project

Next post we’ll see how I’ve prepped the pages.