Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May Prize Winners!

Chosen by random draw, the winners of the May prizes are...
(click on the winners names to see their sketchbook page)
Winners must email Sue at sue@suebleiweiss.com with their full name and mailing address by 6/14/11 in order to claim their prize.
From the Artist Cellar:

The winner is:

Nearly $75.00 worth of Mixed Media goodies including paint, stencils and fibers!

From Sketchbook Challenge Artist Jane Davies:
The winner is:

A copy of her new book Adventures in Mixed Media!

From Sketchbook Challenge Artist Jane LaFazio:
The winner is:

A copy of her new DVD from art journaling to art!

The winner is:

A pad of Strathmore Bristol Smooth 100lb paper and a 16 color set of Permapaque opaque pigment markers
Thank you to everyone who posted photos in the flickr group and congratulations to all the winners!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Birds~ can't resist 'em

maraschino bird
Jane LaFazio here. I love birds. They're one of the few things I don't draw from life. I usually draw from photos, or in the case of these guys, most were drawn from little artificial birds from a craft store. They make a great drawing subject and they don't fly away!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Got my kiddie crayons...

For the May Challenge..I dug out my kid's crayons for the Resist Theme. I had found a wasp's nest and loved the design of the circles and shapes of the nest and have been wanting to do something fun with it. So, here is my interpretation. :)

I used regular crayons, watercolors and Derwent Inktense pencils. (I love these pencils!!)

I can envision this piece with embroidery thread and beads!! Now to figure out how to get this onto fabric....without it fading out in the process... Ideas???
I would love to hear from ya'll!
susan sorrell

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Pink Poodle Coloring Tutorial!

Hello! This is Carla Sonheim... just wanted to let you Sketchbook Challengelings know that I have a little coloring tutorial up at my Snowball Journals blog. See how to make a pink poodle!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Gelatin Plate Printing Tutorial

Gelatin Plate monoprinting

Leslie here. In preparation for filming a surface design workshop dvd for Interweave I needed to create samples of the various techniques I would be demonstrating on-camera.  One of my workshop segments is showing how one tool can be used in a variety of ways.  The following images are using using a gelatin plate to create monoprints, and the same tool is subsequently used as a stamp. 
The great thing about using a gelatin plate is that it can provide countless ways to incorporate more texture on the surface of cloth or paper.
Over time, the gelatin plate will begin to degrade.  Even in this state
the plate has some unique qualities to offer!  It can be wiped clean and repeatedly used, even refrigerated between uses for a week or so before it is discarded.
With many mark-making tools, it is possible to achieve both a postive and negative image.  This is where the gelatin plate comes in....

 Recipe to create a 9x12 gelatin plate:
6 tablespoons gelatin powder
1.5 cups cold water
1.5 cups hot water (almost boiling)

In a pan, place the cold water and add the gelatin.  Mix until it is well-blended with water.  At this point it will be very thick.  Gradually add the hot water and continue stirring until the gelatin is dissolved.  Try to remove any bubbles on the surface.
Place in a refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes.  The gelatin sets up quickly.
Carefully remove from the pan.  If you have a disposable pan, such as the one in the image, you will need to avoid working on the bottom side of the gelatin because it will pick up the marks of the pan.

I placed the gelatin plate on a plastic surface, but any 
protected surface will do

purchased stamps, handmade stamps, or 
other found objects make great marks on the plate!

Acrylic textile paint (slate blue and white) poured onto 
a paper palette

Using a foam brush, I will begin with the white

I plan to use a piece of hand-dyed silk organza for this first print

After spreading the paint thinly onto the gelatin surface with the foam brush, I am pressing a portion of my eraser stamps into the paint, wiggling it very slightly to displace the paint a bit, creating distinct "openings" through the paint to the gelatin surface

I'm using another stamp through the center just for fun
the organza is gently placed on the gelatin surface, center to edge,
and smoothed into place with my hands.
Since this is a sheer, the paint will come all the way through, so it is 
important to handle with care.

in this image, the organza is being lifted from the print surface.
You can see my studio cabinet in the background!

here is the organza as it appears with paper in the background.
Think how cool this could be layered over another piece of cloth or paper!
I could also use a much darker paint, possibly a dark purple,
and using the same stamp over this monoprint, create the "positive" mark.

Here is another commercial stamp, pressed into a blend 
of slate blue and white paint

I'm using a hand-carved eraser stamp in the center

The cloth (a piece of white cotton that had been previously (badly!) 
printed with dye.
As with the organza, I placed the cloth down, center to edge,
on the plate and smoothed it with my hand to pick up the paint

lifting the cloth from the gelatin plate surface

Here is the cloth!
Here is a new stamp I recently ordered from Coloricious

Again, the plate was thinly covered with a combination of 
slate blue and white paint.
Any type of acrylic paint will work really well.

Once the marks are made, I will place my cloth on the surface.

pat it gently, then smooth to pick up the marks without smearing

and "peel" the cloth back from the plate surface.
I love the way this looks!
Now my ugly duckling cloth has some potential!

The possibilities are endless with any type of cloth or paper.

Below are more experiments:

bok choy leaf

used as a stamp (left) and monoprint (right)
printed on cotton broadcloth

bottle lid (left) as stamp and monoprint, gum packaging (right) as gelatin monoprint
printed on cotton broadcloth

what do you think this is?

hand-carved stamps on old book pages
(gelatin monoprint)

Hand-carved eraser stamps used first on the gelatin plate as a monoprint, then as stamp (printed on paper).

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Crayon Fun

Hi Sketchbookers, Diana here, reporting in from my brand new shiny Typepad Blog! I hope you will come and visit me and join in the fun.

These little crayon and watercolor drawings were my salvation whilst building my new blog. There is something just so magical about the crayon and watercolor.
It really makes me feel and make art like a kid. The Caran d'Ache Neocolor 1 crayons are wax just like Crayolas but creamier. I am now a crayon snob :). 

So, you know about this, right? You make a crayon drawing and then go into it with the watercolors and the crayon marks act as a resist to the watercolor. 

I'm using my Strathmore Visual Journaling watercolor here. Such great paper, it holds the color very well. I squirt water onto my watercolors and let them sit a while. 

These are such fun to do. I used my Sakura watercolor kit with the crayons. Everything was just sitting there waiting for me when I was ready to take a break from HTML hell!

If you don't have fancy-pants art supplies, use your Crayolas and a cheap-o paint set. Here's a video link to my YouTube video, Juicy Watercolors to get you started. Enjoy! and come visit me.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Digital Art Tutorials

Hi, Jane Davies here.

Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine has just put out a free e-book of four digital art tutorials, one of which is mine! I'm thrilled to pieces to be included in this e-publication, and it is FREE! You can download it HERE. In my tutorial I discuss how to alter images in Photoshop and print them out on fabric to use in fabric/paper collage. Here are a few pieces in progress using these techniques. The finished pieces are in the e-book.

"Forest Dream"


I want to show you in a little more detail how I got some of these layered images in Photoshop. Go to my blog to see my demonstration. I hope you take advantage of this free e-book. The other authors are Marie Otero, Chrysti Hydeck, and Kathyanne White.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Can't Resist Making Houses

Jamie Fingal checking in with "Can't Resist Making Houses" on tags.  I started these while flying on an airplane, and they were fun to just draw with a pencil.  Some were painted with watercolors and some were colored in with Crayola felt tip markers.  The beauty of this project, is that it is portable.   Anywhere, anytime, draw, paint, coloring and outlines!  Tags are 2-1/2" wide by 4-3/4" high and you can buy them at your local office supply store.

I love the delicacy of this one painted with watercolors and the black outline with a Pilot Razor Point Pen

Bright vibrant colors with Crayola felt tip markers and a black Flair pen for the outline.
A mix of watercolors and Crayola felt tip markers and a black Flair pen.  These could be make into gift tags or framed together for the wall.  You could even make an accordion book with them.  The possibilities are endless.  Make Time for Art!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Start a Sketchbook Group of Your Own

Having an online group, like the delightful friends participating in Sketchbook Challenge, is a serious morale booster. But it's also nice to have a real time group to share ideas, challenges and triumphs. I've started a group at my library and we've been meeting for a couple of months now. It's easy to start a sketchbook/art journal group of your own. Here are some pointers.
1. Set a regular time to meet. We meet the 1st and 3rd Thursday nights.
2. Find out what the group wants and what they would find inspirational, and structure your group around their ideas. Check in every once in awhile to see if it's still working and to get ideas from new members.
3. Bring prompts. This is very easy to do. I have a few ideas written out ahead of time and bring one key idea to share. Sketchers can try it or do their own thing instead. These thumbnails are from an exercise called "Through a Viewfinder," where we thumbed through magazines, isolated a square and drew what fell within it. Look online for drawing techniques or cull them from books like Drawing Lab by Carla Sonheim and Water, Paper Paint by Heather Jones. Your library has LOTS of great books with art ideas--so visit a librarian today!
4. Try new supplies. There are many el cheapo art materials you can share to try something new. Last night I brough some boxes of oil pastels ($5.99 at Michaels but use your 40% off coupon!) and we tested those out. They were way outside the comfort zone for many people and what better for a group experiment?
 5. Remember that your sketchbook is for PLAY and relax! Nothing particularly fabulous comes out of our sketchbook sessions, but we gain IDEAS for further exploration when we can spend more time creating.
There are others out there just like you...all you have to do is find them. Kelli

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Drawing your Dreams for Clarity

Last week i had a dream about a monster trashing my house. He had entered every room and left dirty footprints, tossed and turned things about and generally wreaked havoc read more here

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Branching Out: Art Journal Pages

By Violette

Finally! I'm finished my branching out art journal pages - one month behind.....read more here