I love this months circle theme! Circles are such an easy theme to work with because you can approach it from so many different ways. I decided to take the graphic and geometric approach. I sat down with some plain white paper, a black pen and some circle templates and just started drawing...
Circles in circles
Circle of flowers
Circles of lines
Another circle of lines
I like these circle designs so much that I decided to turn them into silk screens so that I could use them on other projects. Now I am not one of those lucky people who have a thermofax machine so I make my screens using EZ Screen Print. It's a very easy process and all you need is a bright sunny day. I scanned my circle designs into my Mac, printed them out on a transparency sheet.
Then you put the transparency on a piece of glass, cover it with a piece of the EZ Screen print, cover that with a piece of black felt that's been glued to a piece of cardboard. You put it in direct sunlight for a little over a minute, soak the screen in water, and you've got a new screen to print with.
I used the one on the right here in my painted scrap paper sketchbook:
and this is an altered book that I made that I add to every now and again. This is one of the spreads in the center of the book. On the page on the right I cut a circle out of the page and glued that circle to the opposing page.
You can see through the circle cut out where I did a print using the new screen I made on the following page spread:
I love working in sketchbooks that I made myself. I really enjoy that full circle process of choosing the paper, the binding technique, assembling the book and then marking up the pages. How about you? Do you have a preference between working in a hand made sketchbook or a purchased one?