Monday, September 1, 2014

Words



Jackie here, I am delighted to be setting September’s Sketchbook Challenge, which is what you do with Words in your sketchbooks. Over on my blog I am posting a video of some of my sketchbook pages in which I have used words and writing in various ways. I like my own handwriting and I hope you will learn to love yours as well, the advantage of using your own writing is that it can be as decipherable as you like, and include as many  loops and squiggles as you care for. Words are, I think, great prompts.
For many of the sketchbook themes in the past I have included words and used the words in the theme to act as prompts.







 Include words from a favourite song, a poem, something you hear on the radio or even look in a book of quotations for a starting point. I like to use pages from old books as well, you can mask out some areas with gesso, stencil over the page, tear the page up to make a collage background; there are so many ideas to start a unique sketchbook page.
My word for ‘Sketchbook Challenge’ the book was 'rhythm’, and I started by writing it over and over again, sometimes to music.




Don’t forget to post you work to have it included in this months’ slideshow.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

August slide show

Show time! The last day of each month we have a slide show of the Sketchbook Challenge Flickr group's work for that month's theme. To have your work in the slideshow, be sure to tag it with the theme's tag for that month, given on the first day when the theme is announced.





Thank you to all of our followers for playing along!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Coffee Break!! Tea Time!! Any excuse to visit.

Hi everyone, its Desiree!! I love this theme Jamie, thanks so much!!!  I have so many great memories when I think of having coffee or tea with friends. I can remember back to my neighbor, always making coffee around 3 pm. My kids were on their way home from school and we would sit and drink coffee, relaxing in the cool afternoon breezes awaiting the onslaught of noise as the kids returned from school. It became a ritual with her and I, visiting for that last 1/2 hour of quiet.

I have tea parties now with my granddaughters, friends and just about anyone who is game. A few of my BFF's and I have done high tea at some of the best tea places in our area, yummy! For me it is a special time to honor friendships as we take the time to really sit and enjoy the experience. Recently one of my girlfriends introduced me to expresso, oh man, I am in love. Its a treat to make myself some and sit out back in the evening.


So many wonderful memories around coffee and tea. Like the time I had a Mother's Day Tea Party for my friends. It was actually a sketching class but I turned it into a tea party. Fun, fun as we sipped tea, ate cookies and sketched the table. I even set the table with different vintage tea cups, a day I won't soon forget. 






Then, of course there are the tea parties with my granddaughters….


 I even made them a tea party tablecloth..




 My coffee cups and coco cups even make it to be my Christmas Cards some years. The feeling of welcome and join me come across so perfectly.



This month my Mug Rug club did small art quilts that are tea cups as our mug rugs too! 
What a coincidence! 

So if you happen to be passing through Southern California I hope you will stop by and have a cuppa tea, expresso or just coffee with me so we can just chat awhile!!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Tea Time


Hi Everyone, Dion Dior here.

Tea & Coffee time is one of my favorite subjects to sketch, so when I found out what this month's theme was, I was thrilled. 



Quite often, my tea cups make the perfect sketchbook or art journal prompt for moments in my day.  I remember a lot of special times, or simple experiences by the tea cup in my hand. 



Tea cups are remarkably easy to sketch and make fantastically colorful subjects to paint.  You can do so much with a tea time sketch.



August is also a big birthday month for our family, and to celebrate I'm taking $10 off ALL my online classes (excluding 21 Secrets).


Thanks for checking in. xx

Monday, August 4, 2014

Coffee and Tea



Jackie here with this months' theme, well tea certainly is not just for drinking in my house. A search on the internet will come up with lots of uses for tea bags and teabag paper, from stitching to waxing. I made a little sketchbook recently full of images using tea, either waxed and burnt tea bags or using tea, especially green tea, mixed with a little white vinegar to rust the pages.



 I love rusting paper and fabric, so exciting to see the images revealed, all so different partly depending on how much patience you have to leave the items to rust over night, or not. I used a fairly thick watercolour paper which meant that I could then go into the pages and add stitch and wax in parts.



 Try taking a photograph and then add some text and filters. I liked the detailed visual texture in this rusted page.



 Don't worry you can have your cup of tea first and save up the tea bags,or if you are old fashioned like me use the dregs from the pot.

Friday, August 1, 2014

August Theme - Coffee and Tea

Greetings from Jamie Fingal in Orange, California. I am happy to announce the August theme - Coffee and Tea!  Two of my favorite things in life!  Anyone who knows me is aware of my love for the cup and saucer.  I have a beloved collection of them, handed down to me by my grandma Alice.  She also taught me how to sew.  A cup and saucer (not matching) is a common motif in my work as a fiber artist.
Here is one of my collaged quilts, using my fabric line (Hoffman Fabrics) with a cup and saucer on the roof, part of my signature style.  Coffee on the House!
From my sketchbook, these quotes caught my attention.  I used Sharpie pens and Copic markers in all of these drawings in my sketchbooks.  Coffee and Tea inspire me.  There is nothing like going to my favorite shop for a cup of something soothing, refreshing, warm, delicious, smooth, and yummy - with a friend, a book, sketchbook and drink it all in.

A brew will see you through.  What's your favorite?  Hot, cold, iced, black, blended, decaf, heavy on the foam or whatever floats your boat.  Share with us!

and then there are all of those delicious foods that go so well with coffee and tea.

A cup of tea. Tea for Two, What's your pleasure?  I hope you are inspired to share your interpretations, ideas, and visions.  Have fun with it.  I sure did!  Happy August!