Thursday, September 1, 2011

September Theme: Unfurled

Kelli Nina Perkins here with September's Sketchbook Challenge theme. I've chosen UNFURLED as my theme for all things 
spiral-y, wrapped and unwrapped, slowly revealed and layered

Unfurl is such a lovely word. It evokes fluttering flags, tendrils of new growth, winding paths, bound fabric scrolls, blossoming flowers, secrets, unwrapped gifts, labyrinthine creations that reveal themselves one layer at a time. 

1.To open, unfold, open out, blossom, develop, progress
2.To unroll or release something that had been rolled up

3. to unroll, unfold, or spread out or be unrolled, unfolded, or spread out from a furled state
4. To turn out or unfold; to evolve; to progress or debut
Our artistic journey unfurls as we acquire and debut new skills day by day. Looking back over your creative life, see how many discoveries you've made by unfurling your wings a little at a time. There is no hurry; no rush. We all have a little blossom inside of us that is coaxed open as we travel through this life. Continuous growth means constant unfolding of our protective layers, and as we expose ourselves to others and to new experiences, we evolve into the artists we were meant to be.
What will you unfurl? Don't be afraid to fling your arms open wide and release your inner artist.

 Pen sketch.

Collage. Watercolor.


 Snap a photo and add some digital sketching. 

How to be eligible for prize drawings:  

In order to be eligible for one of the September prize packages you must post at least one photo of a sketchbook page related to the September theme to the Sketchbook Challenge Flickr group and you MUST tag one of your photos with the code "sep257".  
It is not necessary to tag more than one and it will not increase your chances of winning.

Information on how to upload photos to flickr can be found 

Winners will be chosen based on random draw on 9/30/11 and announced on the Sketchbook Challenge blog either on that day or on 10/1/11.


  1. Maybe I'm unfurling as a seamstress - I always want to say sewer - but then you would think plumbing - I digress - every time I see one of your stitched pieces, I want to go do that to mine too! Thanks for the prompt and the lovely page.

  2. Oh, Kelli, this is fabulous! So open to interpretation and imagination. Love your pix and post!

  3. Love this.....I even feel I I can do this!;)

    Did I miss the drawing for the August prizes?:)

  4. you didn't miss the drawing DeeRoo. I was offline for a few days this week so the prize announcements will be tomorrow.

  5. I unfurled a few things off my "to do" list today. I am going to have fun thinking on how to interpret this on paper and/or fabric. You are truly inspiring!

  6. wonderful image kelli and i love how you add text...

  7. I may have to try your technique, it looks wonderful.

  8. I love your flowers! And I also love the way you color them - such a free flow of the brush!

  9. I should stop sitting on the fence, just looking at others work, and sketch all the blossoms that are unfurling on the fruit trees.
    Love the bold colours you use and the flowing lines.
    Hey Lori, the Sew-ers of the world are using a new term so there's no confusion - we are sewists now! That covers everything from cross stitch to seamstress.

  10. I decided on flowers too for this challenge, then digitally collaged it onto three different photographs.


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