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Title: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 08, 2010 08:37:18 AM


art house co-op is hosting a Sketchbook Project, and a few of us thought it would be fun to participate. According to them, "It's like a concert tour but with sketchbooks."

To participate, click this link (http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject), choose a theme, order your sketchbook, and get to work. The books will be touring all over the US next spring, visiting Brooklyn, Austin, San Francisco, Portland, Atlanta, and Chicago. What a fun project, and how cool would it be to go see it?

Let's work on our books together! Post here if you've joined, you're planning to join, or you're just interested in the process. Please consider putting the theme you choose in your signature line, so when you start posting pages, we'll all have your theme at hand.  :)

Here's where we're hoping to be:
Atlanta, April 8-9
DanniQuee
alteredmommy
rackycoo
Ffrogg526

Austin, March 12
goatgoddess 24981

Brooklyn, Feb. 19-27
beckashell

Chicago, July 14-17

Portland, ME, March 30-April 2
CraftADDchick

San Francisco, June 18
Smmarrt
raeraethejetplane

Seattle, June 10-12
Fullmoon
PrettyinPaisley

Washington, DC, April 11-30

Winter Park, FL, July 29-31

Participants and themes chosen:

Adhere to me
TheMadMel
elociNNicole

And then there were none...
starfish13 26749

Boys and girls
helenheels
prettyinpaisley 31230 Seattle

Capture the flag
vibrancy

Coffee and cigarettes
spicytaco

A day in the life
DawnsTrees 27738

Facing forward
edelC

Figuring you out
Lalage

The greatest story ever told
mouseatethekitty
QueenNinjaMonkey

Great hopes and massive failures
LoudHoward
Smmarrt 29543 San Francisco

First thing in the morning, last thing at night
Sarcastra

Help!
StickerChic87

If you lived here
puamelia 31795

I'm a scavenger
rackycoo 24631 Atlanta
FishStikks 25011

I'm sorry I forgot you
Ankhored 25935
thisbirdsabsurd
malmow 33055

In flight
foufigirl
CraftADDChick 28340 Portland

It must be...
amaryllisroze

It will be fun, I swear
goatgoddess 24981
katara
ckchan

It's raining dogs and cats
noooitaremybirthday 31663
gecko075

Jackets, Blankets, and Sheets
trebleclef

Lights in the distance
Frogg526
Tamberine

Nightmare
DanniQuee 24825 Atlanta
Poosal

Nighttime Stories
nicoleburdsall 27157
sheriffkarli
Tero
Nicoleburdsall
Shelina

A record year for rainfall
ollieorange

Revenge
IdlersDesign
Asheri

Science Experiments Gone Wrong
Boupie

Sleepless
Phizzychick 24595

Storybook
alteredmommy 24659 Atlanta
pixieval
BethieB
HPdesigns
Fullmoon 21564 Seattle

Things found on a restaurant napkin
beckashell 24604 Brooklyn

This is not a sketchbook
raeraethejetplane 20993 San Francisco

The View from Up Here
alwaysinmyroom
Colorfool

Trading Forever
MunLtStmpr 32504

You'd be home by now...
thegreengriffin

Your name here...
cherade9

Here's How to Make a Profile Page on the Sketchbook Site
go to www.arthousecoop.com (http://www.arthousecoop.com)...in the far right hand corner, there is a "login" button...

use the name they sent you on the back of your cover

If you have not set up a password, you can do that first...if you already did, put it in...

When you log in, on the far left, in red letters, there is a bunch of stuff you can do, including setting up your profile, editing your profile, adding pics, adding friends, requesting friends, signing up for updates ...

From this login, you can then navigate to the 2011 project, comment on other people's work, post pics in the forum and not just your profile


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong
Post by: Phizzychick on July 08, 2010 08:40:36 AM
I'm so excited! I've joined and my theme is "Sleepless" :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 08, 2010 08:44:26 AM
Phizz, I've always suspected that you don't sleep...that's how you finish so much amazing stuff!

I'm in. I went with "It had to be..." A totally vague theme that I will probably regret.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong
Post by: Phizzychick on July 08, 2010 08:50:50 AM
I was tempted by that theme, it was one of my favourites. I just couldn't get beyond singing "It had to be you" to myself. I'd have driven myself crazy :D

 :D! Yeah, I picked that on a bit of a whim because I journal a lot late at night. It seemed appropriate.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 08, 2010 08:58:26 AM
In an effort to drown the song out, I've been thinking of things like "It had to be monkeys" or "It had to be clowns" or "It had to be monkeys dressed as clowns riding goats in a rodeo"


I was tempted by that theme, it was one of my favourites. I just couldn't get beyond singing "It had to be you" to myself. I'd have driven myself crazy :D

 :D! Yeah, I picked that on a bit of a whim because I journal a lot late at night. It seemed appropriate.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong
Post by: rackycoo on July 08, 2010 09:06:55 AM
In an effort to drown the song out, I've been thinking of things like "It had to be monkeys" or "It had to be clowns" or "It had to be monkeys dressed as clowns riding goats in a rodeo"

I am looking forward to seeing your journal.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong
Post by: Phizzychick on July 08, 2010 09:13:06 AM
Me too! (apart from the clown costumes) :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 08, 2010 09:19:50 AM
I just realized that its "It must be..." not "It had to be..."
Am I the only one who read it wrong?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong
Post by: PixieVal on July 08, 2010 10:13:56 AM
I'm almost done looking at everything on the website, all the rules, etc.. This sounds like so much fun! I'll have to wait until payday to sign up.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong
Post by: alteredmommy on July 08, 2010 10:42:34 AM
This sounds like F.U.N.!!!!!!  I've been wanting to start some kind of project to get back into a regular art practice as I somewhat lack in discipline lately....  I'm pondering a theme right now and scheming a trip to somewhere next year to see the books:)

Everyone will post their pages in here right?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong
Post by: foufigirl on July 08, 2010 10:46:45 AM
I'm in- just waiting for my book to arrive! I chose "In flight" for my theme- such a cool idea! And thanks Racky for sharing this thread link- you are my craftster guardian angel!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on July 08, 2010 11:00:45 AM
I went with "story"


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on July 08, 2010 11:06:25 AM
yay!  It was hard to pick a theme but it sounds like there is lots of flexibility, which is a good thing :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 08, 2010 11:13:15 AM
ooops--dang, I hit too fast...I want to the the View from the Top!  I need to reread all the rules and stuff when I get home before ordering--I am at work and don't have time now--I don't want to committ if I can't!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong
Post by: rackycoo on July 08, 2010 11:38:33 AM

Everyone will post their pages in here right?

Yup. I think it will be great for people to share, and to ask for feedback and advice if they wish.

I'm in- just waiting for my book to arrive! I chose "In flight" for my theme- such a cool idea! And thanks Racky for sharing this thread link- you are my craftster guardian angel!

I do what I can.  ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: edelC on July 08, 2010 11:45:47 AM
I am all signed up too,

facing forward for me..

genius idea guys.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on July 08, 2010 12:06:16 PM
I'm leaning towards "this is not a sketchbook" since I'm not too skilled of a sketcher! lol, but I will make my final decision tomorrow when I pay. This is going to be so much fun!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 08, 2010 12:06:46 PM
I was wondering how everyone feels about such a personal expression of yourself being away...I started getting anxious just thinking of giving up the journal even before I started! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on July 08, 2010 12:11:49 PM
I'm very excited to think it'll be in an Art Library, and touring the country! I'm not too private of a person, but I know I will miss it when its gone...
I'm thinking (lol! already) of getting all my pages scanned nicely, and use one of those online digital scrapbook tools to print it all out into an album so I can still have it on my shelf.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 08, 2010 12:14:24 PM
oh you are so right!!  If I sign up for the digital book, I can have it just like I have all my pics on all the swap projects I send out!!  DUH!!!  thanks pixieval...I will sign up then when I get home...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on July 08, 2010 12:36:35 PM
I signed up for the digital book too, it will be neat to see after. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 08, 2010 01:14:33 PM
Because I'm cheap and pickey, I'm going to scan my pages myself so I can make sure I like how the image turns out.

I'm doing some digging around on the kind of paper in the moleskins...I'm seeing that its easy to bleed thru the paper and to avoid using too wet of a medium on it.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 08, 2010 01:31:26 PM
I signed up to have mine scanned. I'm not worried about it going around everywhere. I'm not much on writing in mine; it will probably mostly be art and images. I'm not sending a diary (it might put people to sleep  :D).


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on July 08, 2010 02:15:35 PM
I signed up for the digital option too.

I have a moleskin book around here somewhere so I want to try the pages in it with paint and whatnot. I'll probably make my own though. I love the idea of being a small part in such a huge exhibition, and seeing who looks at your book.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on July 08, 2010 03:00:27 PM
I did a moleskine (pronounced mole-la-skine-uh in case you're wondering ;) ) swap on another site with the long japanese accordian page, they hold up not too bad to different mediums.  I'm not sure if this book has the same weight of page, the accordian book page is quite sturdy almost like a little bit thinner of cardstock.

I seriously will be making a trip somewhere to see the exhibit...maybe Atlanta?  I like traveling with a goal ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on July 08, 2010 03:05:52 PM
I signed up. My sister chose the theme: written on restaurant napkins.
I know i'm going to regret how specific it is :D

I was looking at people's past sketchbooks on you tube and many people have comments about the thin pages and having ink etc bleed :( Oh well, it'll be an experiement.

I must have misread the digital bit! I thought I was just paying to have it scanned and put on the internet! I didn't know it meant I got a digital copy back myself! I'll have to see if I can go add it on...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on July 08, 2010 03:32:31 PM
I don't think you get a digital copy, just access to a high quality scan on their site....now I have to go look at it again too ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on July 08, 2010 03:35:00 PM
I'm pretty sure alteredmommy is right. I was just going to scan all my pages and send them to one of those scrapbooking companies that prints out scrapbooks in glossy form that way I could have it.

I'm too excited for this, and I haven't even ordered my book yet! :D I want to make something sweet and beautiful to dedicate to my dd, but not cartoonish, just something that I can have out there that says how much I love her!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on July 08, 2010 04:13:25 PM
I'm glad there is a craftalong for this! I considered starting one but thought there wouldn't be much interest in it since the art boards aren't very active. Good thing I was wrong.

I got my book a few weeks ago. I picked the theme "this is not a sketchbook". You are allowed to rebind the book. From what I've read you're really allowed to do anything that isn't 3D and larger than the dimensions of the book. I read nothing about thickness. I think I'll bind it with a combination of heavy weight paper and water color paper.

I want to keep the original cover but don't think it's necessary. The cover has rounded edges, I'm not sure how I would cut the pages to match. Craft knife? Any thoughts?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 08, 2010 04:16:57 PM
Can you measure your book and tell us the exact size of it?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 08, 2010 04:18:02 PM

I want to keep the original cover but don't think it's necessary. The cover has rounded edges, I'm not sure how I would cut the pages to match. Craft knife? Any thoughts?

I don't have my book yet, but maybe there's a punch you could use to round the corners? I know they make them; you'd just have to find one that matched the curve.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on July 08, 2010 04:25:25 PM
It can be 3D if it can fold down to it's original. I've been having so much fun looking at past books, people are just so creative! It's making me a little nervous.

I don't think you get a digital copy, just access to a high quality scan on their site....now I have to go look at it again too ;)
That's what I had thought. I must have just misinterpreted what you guys were saying :) I'll definitely have to take my own scans so I can recreate by book.

I'm thinking of going to the Brooklyn show, I was planning a trip to the US at that time anyway.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on July 08, 2010 04:40:21 PM
I was a little restricted as to what I could look at on the site earlier because I was on my work computer, but am hoping to find the past projects tonight for inspiration!
raeraethejetplane (lol, do yo have a nicname?) Have you started on your rebinding process yet?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on July 08, 2010 05:10:06 PM
I'm not joining the sketchbook project but just know I will be haunting this CAL anyway!  I'm going to go get inspired at the site too...

Just a thought on the moleskin thing, right now my art journal is in a moleskin and the pages really are a little on the thing side.  I don't know what the rules are on the site but I do know what's been working for me.  I gesso the pages before I use them, even if I'm just going to be drawing on them.  The gesso does make the ink run a bit until it dries, but that doesn't really bother me personally...plus if you are careful to blow on the ink it will dry really fast after you draw, so it's easy to avoid smudges.

Also, if it's a spread I know I'm going to collage on, I have been gesso-ing two papers together...you could use glue too...

Anyway, just my random two cents, can't wait to see the amazing stuff you guys post!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on July 08, 2010 05:19:00 PM
Thanks for the tips BethieB!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on July 08, 2010 06:14:42 PM
I'm not joining the sketchbook project but just know I will be haunting this CAL anyway!  I'm going to go get inspired at the site too...

Just a thought on the moleskin thing, right now my art journal is in a moleskin and the pages really are a little on the thing side.  I don't know what the rules are on the site but I do know what's been working for me.  I gesso the pages before I use them, even if I'm just going to be drawing on them.  The gesso does make the ink run a bit until it dries, but that doesn't really bother me personally...plus if you are careful to blow on the ink it will dry really fast after you draw, so it's easy to avoid smudges.

Also, if it's a spread I know I'm going to collage on, I have been gesso-ing two papers together...you could use glue too...


Is gesso a type of glue?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on July 08, 2010 06:19:17 PM
Its a base/primer , usually white and kind of thick and a bit chalky.  It also comes in clear and black (I know this because I had to buy them when I saw them at the art store....)  Its very nice to work on top of and gives some body to the page.  smells weird though.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 08, 2010 07:51:24 PM
I have been itching to use my colored pencils and pastels more...with a fixative, they should be ok to work with...and it will force me to draw more...I am sure having access to the digital book means you can download it and have printed by a local company...I work with a great digital printing company here so I will ask the owner what she thinks...

I like how the rules say you can deviate from your theme a bit if it is restrictive...but I also think there is a lot of room for interpretation!!  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on July 08, 2010 10:15:28 PM
You're very welcome for the tips!  I love my gesso.  It's really like a primer, but I have a HUGE bottle (got it at WalMart for around $8) and I have barely put a dent in it, even using it as much as I do...so I got creative and started experimenting, that's how I figured out it works really well as a glue too.  Made me happy.

Also, I just went and checked out that Sketchbook Project site and I am so impressed with the themes!  I don't have a credit card (or, really, the $25 to spend on another art project without my husband coming unglued, lol) but I am in love with their themes. I may print out that list to keep in my inspiration file for next time I am stuck for ideas in my art journal.  So cool!

Maybe, I will try to do at least one page on every theme...really push myself...hmm...worth thinking about! 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on July 08, 2010 10:24:12 PM
Ok, just ordered my book, I decided to go with the Storybook theme! I will be back to this thread in 2 weeks when it arrives! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on July 08, 2010 10:45:10 PM
Can you measure your book and tell us the exact size of it?
I'll be more than happy to when I am home over the weekend. I wander between homes a lot :)

I don't have my book yet, but maybe there's a punch you could use to round the corners? I know they make them; you'd just have to find one that matched the curve.
:/ I'm not a fan of one job tools, especially when they are expensive like the punches I have seen. I think I've settled one the idea of trimming with scissors or a razor and sanding out the edges to even it out. I've learned to sand down my pages for my mini books and it works great for the most part.

I bound a journal for some one recently where I primed some pages front and back with gesso. I spread it with a roller, priming both sides uncurled the pages. I love using gesso but it's grainy so I use it only for specific mediums. Anyone know of a smooth gesso? My spellchecker is trying to fix Gesso to Gestapo ><

I paid for the digital copy because I very rarely show my artwork in person but I do often show my friends over the net. It would be great to have it printed. I would feel all professional like :p

Let's talk fixative! I own a "workable" fixative where it will put a light layer of fixative to tack down the pencil or charcoal, but allow you to work and still blend on top of it. I find myself spraying multiple layers for a more permanent fix instead of buying another fixative. I read that you ladies use floor wax to keep your altered journals from sticking together? What type of wax?

BTW You may call me raerae or even Rae. I go by both names in "real" life.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: katara on July 09, 2010 12:45:21 AM
Also, I just went and checked out that Sketchbook Project site and I am so impressed with the themes!  I don't have a credit card (or, really, the $25 to spend on another art project without my husband coming unglued, lol) but I am in love with their themes. I may print out that list to keep in my inspiration file for next time I am stuck for ideas in my art journal.  So cool!

Maybe, I will try to do at least one page on every theme...really push myself...hmm...worth thinking about!

I'm pretty much in the same boat as you. Due to the exchange rate US Dollar vs South African Rand, the journal is too expensive for me to buy - even though I would REALLY like to participate!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on July 09, 2010 01:05:20 AM
Also, I just went and checked out that Sketchbook Project site and I am so impressed with the themes!  I don't have a credit card (or, really, the $25 to spend on another art project without my husband coming unglued, lol) but I am in love with their themes. I may print out that list to keep in my inspiration file for next time I am stuck for ideas in my art journal.  So cool!

Maybe, I will try to do at least one page on every theme...really push myself...hmm...worth thinking about!

I'm pretty much in the same boat as you. Due to the exchange rate US Dollar vs South African Rand, the journal is too expensive for me to buy - even though I would REALLY like to participate!!

Oh dear. I totally forgot about it being in US$. I see a dollar sign and automatically assume it's the Aussie dollar. Let's hope that it was high when I paid yesterday :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on July 09, 2010 08:54:15 AM
Future floor wax works great as a sealer but I don't know how archival it is....  I use the workable fixative as well but really only when I use charcoal or chalk.  I usually send my collage pages out into the world naked and hope for the best as I don't really like the look of anything I've sealed with.

Front and back is a tip I heard long ago for treating any kind of journal page-depending on what you do be it glue/paint/gesso when you do both the front and back of the same page you avoid wrinkling because of some technical paper thing that I can't remember right now ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 09, 2010 09:01:14 AM
I should buy stock in gesso...it really works wonders in sealing canvas but I am not experienced enough with paper...

I agree with you AM--naked is better sometimes...I guess I never really thought too much about anything of mine being archival...I would rather think of it as going back to dust someday...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on July 09, 2010 09:42:26 AM
I like that "going back to dust someday...." :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: malmow on July 09, 2010 10:24:55 AM
This is such an awesome idea! I'd love to participate but none of the themes are jumping out at me. I'm afraid I'd stress about it rather than enjoy it. I'll definitely stalk this craftalong though!
Thanks for all the info on gesso...I've eyed it before but decided it was too expensive. Maybe I'll try again.
I signed up. My sister chose the theme: written on restaurant napkins.
I know i'm going to regret how specific it is :D
"Things found on restaurant napkins" is such a neat theme! That could include food, lipstick, tears, red wine...it could really go a lot of different ways. I can't wait to see some of your work.
You're very welcome for the tips!  I love my gesso.  It's really like a primer, but I have a HUGE bottle (got it at WalMart for around $8) and I have barely put a dent in it, even using it as much as I do...so I got creative and started experimenting, that's how I figured out it works really well as a glue too.  Made me happy.

Also, I just went and checked out that Sketchbook Project site and I am so impressed with the themes!  I don't have a credit card (or, really, the $25 to spend on another art project without my husband coming unglued, lol) but I am in love with their themes. I may print out that list to keep in my inspiration file for next time I am stuck for ideas in my art journal.  So cool!

Maybe, I will try to do at least one page on every theme...really push myself...hmm...worth thinking about!
I was thinking of keeping the list somewhere too, and working on the themes in my altered journal. Should be fun!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 09, 2010 10:58:03 AM
I just got an email saying my book has shipped. I'm excited to get started.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on July 09, 2010 11:13:36 AM
ohhh just wondered across this thread - will have to read up on it more but it sounds very interesting :) I might have to get one of those - if I can find some time for it.

gesso can also be used as a mask - I stamp (those big foam stamps) using gesso as the "ink" on paper let it dry and come back over with paint - the gesso takes a bit of the paint but mostly stays white - gives it a nice contrast and texture if you use several layers of paint.

there are other ways to use gesso in altered pages - if you google it.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 09, 2010 11:14:49 AM
goatgoddess!  ;D

You definitely need to get in on the action.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on July 09, 2010 03:04:49 PM
I just heard about this over in the Altered Journal thread and read up on the rules and signed up! I'm now impatiently waiting my grey moleskin so I can being illustrating some nightmares. :D

I'll definitely be going to an exhibit too. Most likely the one in Georgia now that I've moved south. If I happen to be home in NJ visiting when it kicks off though, I may try to make it to the Brooklyn show. I've got plenty of time to figure that out! ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on July 09, 2010 05:12:07 PM
Rae - I don't really care for the grainy effect gesso gives either, but last time I used it I sanded it with some fine grit sandpaper and it helped a lot.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: starfish13 on July 10, 2010 08:32:37 AM
I really like this project.  I read about it after Phizzy mentioned it in the altered journal thread, and I'm really tempted by one of the themes.  I'm still not sure whether to go ahead with it though.  I'm such a slacker that I rarely get things finished if I start.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on July 10, 2010 09:37:18 AM
Rae - I don't really care for the grainy effect gesso gives either, but last time I used it I sanded it with some fine grit sandpaper and it helped a lot.
I hadn't thought of that! Now I have to find my sandpaper...in it's absence I've been using my emery board. Don't think it will cut it in this case.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: FishStikks on July 10, 2010 05:42:51 PM
I've also just wandered in, well with Racky's guidance,  ;D.

I was going to just get a moleskin and play along at home with my little journal but seeing all you guys jumping in with both feet has got me wondering if I should do the same thing, hmmm.

I happen to have a couple of the small moleskins here and am thinking that they are the same as what you are getting when you sign up. Will have to go see if I can actually find them and will report back on sizes.

As far as gesso goes, yes, it sands beautifully. I've been using it on sewn, stuffed muslin and have been sanding it down and it feels almost like a soft leather. These pages could be interesting done the same way.

Off to find youtube videos of journals now.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on July 10, 2010 06:00:35 PM
JUMP!!!!  ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 10, 2010 06:15:00 PM
babs, quit stalling and join the project!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on July 10, 2010 06:16:56 PM
I love how you enable us racky ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 10, 2010 06:28:59 PM
I do what I can.  ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: trebleclef on July 10, 2010 07:02:09 PM
I feel like if I did this project I'd just end up drawing through the whole thing, and not be nearly as creative as everyone else....


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on July 10, 2010 07:10:30 PM
Who says drawing isn't creative?  It's what creative is to YOU...it's your book and you can do whatever makes you happy in it...it's all for you!!  No comparisons allowed! (And if that sounds like a well rehearsed speech, it's because it is, I have been telling myself the same thing...)

Why am I telling myself that?  Because...thanks to an AMAZING and so incredibly generous friend of mine here on Craftster...I get to do this project!!  I am so excited!  My theme is Storybook and I can NOT wait for my book to get here, I am beyond stoked about this.  I am only about 4 hours from San Fransisco too so there is a good chance I will be able to make it to the exhibit!!  Yay!!   ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on July 10, 2010 07:40:55 PM
well I signed up :)  I'm excited and part of me is wondering what I've gotten myself into - I've never tried a project like this - so I picked the theme - "it will be fun I swear"

oh and the size is in the rules - now I'm wondering how many pages.....................  of course people have said they glue two together - that would cut it down <G>

•Your book must remain within the dimensions of 5.5 x 8.5 inches. It can open up to something wonderful (of any size), but it must fold down to the original dimensions. You are welcome to unbind, rebind or alter the book in (almost) any other way. If you want to use a thicker stock of paper, go for it!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on July 10, 2010 07:55:34 PM

Why am I telling myself that?  Because...thanks to an AMAZING and so incredibly generous friend of mine here on Craftster...I get to do this project!!  I am so excited!  My theme is Storybook and I can NOT wait for my book to get here, I am beyond stoked about this.  I am only about 4 hours from San Fransisco too so there is a good chance I will be able to make it to the exhibit!!  Yay!!   ;D

That's so sweet! I'm so glad that you could join in on the fun. What an amazing friend you have :D :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 11, 2010 06:47:57 AM
I love that we have chosen such a wide variety of themes! I think I'll go through the thread and make a list of everyone who's participating, and what theme they chose. I'll put it up on the front page, in the first post. If I happen to miss you, or if you don't want your theme listed, or you didn't post your theme but would like it included in the list, let me know.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: FishStikks on July 11, 2010 07:19:46 AM
babs, quit stalling and join the project!

I joined I joined  ;D!

Jumped in with both feet!

My theme is I'm a scavenger. Really debated on Facing Forward but thought the scavenger fit me better. I also went with the online digitizing. That way it can be viewed online as well, how cool.

Curious as to what cover color everyone went with. Why was that so hard for me. I chose the light gray but wanted the kraft brown that it did NOT come in.

I'm guessing these journals have 40 papers, (so it has 80 surfaces) like their smaller cousins and the lined one I have sitting here isn't really as flimsy as I had thought although will definitely be putting some pages together. The thought of doing 40 spreads is a bit daunting to say the least.

BethieB I agree, you do have an amazing friend!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 11, 2010 07:28:36 AM
You not only joined, you are doing the same theme as I am!  :D

I wanted the craft brown cover too, but picked black. I'll most likely do a collage and cover it anyway.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on July 11, 2010 07:40:55 AM
I went with black, because I will ink the edges anyway...so that saves me a job :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: FishStikks on July 11, 2010 07:53:16 AM
You not only joined, you are doing the same theme as I am!  :D

I wanted the craft brown cover too, but picked black. I'll most likely do a collage and cover it anyway.

I think scavenger fits us both well Racky!!

It's funny, I know that my cover color will never see the light of day but darnit, I really wanted the kraft brown...I'm so strange, hehe.

Good choice Phizzy!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: sunspotted on July 11, 2010 08:10:42 AM
This would be such a huge challenge for me, I'm not by any means an artist, but I find myself strangely compelled to join.  I'm not going to yet.  I don't have time in the summer to even think about something like this, but if I'm still compelled in October and they haven't run out of books...  definitely.  I need to stretch a little in the winter, I feel like I'm starting to atrophy.

If I were to pick a topic today it would be First Thing in the Morning, Last Thing At Night and I would pick the blue cover.   ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 11, 2010 08:24:36 AM
I'm pretty sure I picked the black cover, but really don't remember.

It will be great to see what everyone comes up with. Should we just post pages as we finish them, in new replies, or should we do it some other way?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 11, 2010 08:35:54 AM
I'd do them as we go. One thing I thought is that it would be cool is to try to work the Craftster logo or a mention of Craftster on one page somewhere.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: katara on July 11, 2010 10:41:32 AM
I really REALLY wish I had the cash to buy a sketchbook... *closing my eyes.....wishing....*


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on July 11, 2010 02:34:35 PM
I went with the light gray cover, but I was debating going with the black one for a while. I'm thinking I'll do more drawing than collage in the book and want my cover to blend in with whatever I do. I figure the light grey will be easier to doodle on. :D

I'm excited that so many of us craftsters are joining in and that there aren't very many repeated themes. It'll be really great to see how everyone interprets their themes and what methods they use. I'm pretty sure if I tried, I could make the Craftster cork guy fit the nightmare theme. ;)



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 11, 2010 02:36:27 PM
Ha, you probably could!  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on July 11, 2010 02:48:56 PM
My cover is black, I believe...but I will for sure be doing some collage or something of that nature on the cover. 

I am trying to decide what to do with my theme.  It's Storybook.  I can't make up my mind if I want to do the story of my life, or the whole book as one big fairy tale, or a bunch of spreads of different popular stories all together, OR write a few short stories and do them instead...too many choices! I am hoping my book tells me what it wants to be when it gets here!!   ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on July 11, 2010 02:54:29 PM
I went with a red cover, just cause I like red ;D  I'm thinking of doing a "random" storybook like a found story version of found poetry....


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on July 11, 2010 04:21:49 PM
I'd do them as we go. One thing I thought is that it would be cool is to try to work the Craftster logo or a mention of Craftster on one page somewhere.  :)

subliminal messages for those reading our journals? I like :D

I really wanted the brown cover as well but didn't have the option. So I went with red, because it's pretty.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: edelC on July 11, 2010 04:24:34 PM
I have no idea what cover that I am getting, but I wont get it until the end of august when I get home. I have lots and lots and lots of paper and crafty bits, so I will be doing lots of sketches that will eventually get transferred into the book. I might simply paste in sketches as I do them.

probably wont be on here much for the next few weeks, but whenever I find interweb cafes I will stop by and say G'day


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 11, 2010 05:07:45 PM
Have a great trip, edel!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on July 11, 2010 09:25:55 PM
I have the brown cover. I thought it would give me the most freedom to doodle and decorate. I have a fondness for paper bag book covers. They were so fun to draw all over when I was in high school :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on July 11, 2010 09:34:05 PM
I have the brown cover. I thought it would give me the most freedom to doodle and decorate. I have a fondness for paper bag book covers. They were so fun to draw all over when I was in high school :)

That's why I wanted it!! No idea what i'm going to do with my red cover...

I hope my book arrives soon. I keep thinking of things to put in it, and I know i'll forget them all by the time it arrives.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 12, 2010 05:49:19 AM
I wanted the brown, too. Maybe I'll cover my black book with a paper bag.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 12, 2010 06:07:48 AM
Kinda jumping in and catching up as I sit on the fence...

raerare--I use the sanding blocks that you can buy at any home improvement store...the are handy, inexpensive and work great on all sorts of projects...you can buy them in different grades and I think you have way better control than with flat sandpaper...they are gray in color and last forever!

hmmm...the red cover appeals to me...still sitting on the fence...I will make up my mind while I am on vacation :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 12, 2010 07:46:55 AM
Get off the fence already. What the heck are you waiting for? Your red sketchbook is calling to you.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 12, 2010 07:58:55 AM
...separation anxiety... :D

You are so bossy! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 12, 2010 08:34:45 AM
Dooooo it! You know you want to....


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on July 12, 2010 08:47:50 AM
Always- Please do it! I'd love to see what you come up with, you paint such beautiful things, and your inchies/ATCs are so cool, I would love to see what you would do with a journal.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on July 12, 2010 08:53:26 AM
my sketchbook shipped today!!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 12, 2010 09:31:46 AM
Has any one tried to access the "Community" area on the Sketchbook website? Any time I've tried I get wonky errors and it locks up my browser. It seems to do it on both Firefox & IE.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on July 12, 2010 09:36:41 AM
I've tried, and it gets really slow and takes maybe... 10 minutes to load? Then I see the map with the balloons.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on July 12, 2010 09:40:18 AM
My sketchbook shipped! :D

Join in! I'm having a bit of anxiety about never seeing it again too, but I plan to scan it and keep the images. Maybe even make them into a printed book... it's not the same as the original, but I'm sure it will make letting the book go a bit easier. :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on July 12, 2010 09:42:02 AM
actually just went back to the community page and they had this up
"Sorry, the map has been temporarily disabled as it grew so large that it would make your browser implode on itself. We're working on figuring out a better way to plot the participants on the map. Please check back in a few days."


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 12, 2010 10:14:05 AM
Awesome! That's exactly what mine was doing. Thanks!

actually just went back to the community page and they had this up
"Sorry, the map has been temporarily disabled as it grew so large that it would make your browser implode on itself. We're working on figuring out a better way to plot the participants on the map. Please check back in a few days."


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: FishStikks on July 12, 2010 10:25:34 AM
my sketchbook shipped today!!!

Yay!! Mine did too!

So I see that we have to have these postmarked by Jan 15th 2011. I did a little math in my head just now. It really wasn't pretty as math and I have never gotten along very well but this is what I've come up with.

The journal 'should' contain 40 sheets giving me 80 writing surfaces. Flimsy pages means I will lose at least half of these due to gluing pages together, that takes me to 40 writing surfaces.
I'm planning on doing spreads, at least for now, that gives me roughly 20 spreads (facing pages).
My time line is 6 months...probably less. which means roughly 3 spreads per month...roughly.

Any plans on how you all are going to tackle this?

Loved hearing which color you went with and why.

alwaysinmyroom I jumped you should too!  ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Sarcastra on July 12, 2010 10:34:47 AM
Okay, I'm nervous about it still, but I've ordered my sketchbook.  The hardest part for me was choosing a theme.  Finally, reassuring myself since they stated it was just a starting point, I closed my eyes and clicked a button.  Ended up with "First thing in the morning, last thing at night", so we'll see what I can do with that.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 12, 2010 10:53:02 AM
Fishstikks--the pages appear to be small...I am thinking that some pages will be much simpler than others, so it would be probable that on a good day, the sketches can take up quite a few pages...I was thinking more in lines of 80 pages was not enough.. :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: FishStikks on July 12, 2010 11:00:57 AM
Fishstikks--the pages appear to be small...I am thinking that some pages will be much simpler than others, so it would be probable that on a good day, the sketches can take up quite a few pages...I was thinking more in lines of 80 pages was not enough.. :)


I thought I read somewhere that the page size was 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" which would give my spread a size of 11" x 8 1/2". Did you see a different size somewhere?

I suppose if I did a number of sketches instead of all out paint and color I could go faster,
(read easier, hehe).


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 12, 2010 11:11:49 AM
I am sure that if you did altered art work for each spread, that it would take longer to fill up...I planned on doing more sketching and embellishing with pencils or watercolor rather than cutting, pasting...I think it will be faster or slower depending on your medium of choice...but what an opportunity to do a variety of things!  I can't wait to see what you do--I loved your Book of Hope page!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 12, 2010 11:15:21 AM
Sarcastra, I added you to the list on the front page.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: FishStikks on July 12, 2010 11:18:19 AM
I am sure that if you did altered art work for each spread, that it would take longer to fill up...I planned on doing more sketching and embellishing with pencils or watercolor rather than cutting, pasting...I think it will be faster or slower depending on your medium of choice...but what an opportunity to do a variety of things!  I can't wait to see what you do--I loved your Book of Hope page!!


Awww thanks!  ;D

I agree, it will take longer depending on what medium and/or how you plan on doing things.

I did find someone who has already received their journal and posted it on Flickr. This is what the black one looks like, http://www.flickr.com/photos/prixdekanun/4754062456/.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on July 12, 2010 11:52:58 AM
I am planning on doing a variety of techniques in mine - some altered art work, for sure, as I need to practice that a lot...and lots of zentangles and doodled backgrounds.  I imagine for every spread that takes a long time I'll probably do one or two 'easy' ones to keep myself motivated. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: trebleclef on July 12, 2010 11:55:11 AM
I ordered mine today! My theme is "Jackets, Blankets, and Sheets".  I'm excitedddddd.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on July 12, 2010 12:01:15 PM
I thought that theme was really interesting, kind of scary but interesting!  I'm glad someone chose it:)

I want to get back in to a regular art practice so I want to finish at least a page a week.  I think I'll do a few spreads but mixed in with single pages.  Maybe I'll work on an extra one at the same time to keep for myself if I can find another notebook on my city shopping trip....


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 12, 2010 01:17:06 PM
Red Journal, The View from Up Here...now if only I can get my arms untwisted before my journal arrives... :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: FishStikks on July 12, 2010 01:27:15 PM
I thought that theme was really interesting, kind of scary but interesting!  I'm glad someone chose it:)

I want to get back in to a regular art practice so I want to finish at least a page a week.  I think I'll do a few spreads but mixed in with single pages.  Maybe I'll work on an extra one at the same time to keep for myself if I can find another notebook on my city shopping trip....

If you don't find one whilst shopping AM just remember that I have that, oh so close to my house Dick Blick nearby,  ;).

I agree, "Jackets, Blankets, and Sheets" does indeed sound scary but totally interesting!

Red Journal, The View from Up Here...now if only I can get my arms untwisted before my journal arrives... :D

Yay!  ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: trebleclef on July 12, 2010 01:48:05 PM
I like a challenge?  So far the only thing I can think of is people watching a scary movie, because my boyfriend and I were the other day xD


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: starfish13 on July 12, 2010 02:26:13 PM
I'm going to do it.  I'm going to wait til payday next week to order my book, but I've had ideas about it that just won't go away, so I feel like I have to or it would really annoy me if I didn't.  I'm excited and a bit nervous about going for it, but the fact that we can put pieces of work up here for the rest of you guys to see makes me feel a bit reassured.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Angelicus on July 12, 2010 02:59:03 PM
I'm thinking that I will probably do this. Almost certainly - It will be fun, I swear - is jumping out at me right now...I like upbeat, bright, crazy stuff so I can imagine being able to do a lot for this. Anyway - in the process of falling off the fence :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Knickertwist on July 12, 2010 03:56:48 PM
I'm trying to not be swayed into doing this because I have a zillion things on my plate right now... but Racky is a sneaky and persuasive thing and I just might jump in.

(I just did spell check and I can't believe I spelled persuasive right! The planets must be aligned just so! I can't spell my own name helf the time... add to that 2 glasses of wine. Perhaps it's a sign from the gods that I should sign up for this!!  :D )


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 12, 2010 04:11:04 PM
I totally see that as a sign you are supposed to sign up.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on July 12, 2010 04:29:52 PM
I was wondering.... was anyone brave enough to choose "random" as a theme? I wanted to, but I just couldn't stand not knowing what my journal would be about!! :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Knickertwist on July 12, 2010 04:32:50 PM
I'm almost there... I'm thinking red or blue cover... I can't decide on a theme ... First thing in the morning, last thing at night? OR It must be? OR  Lights in the distance? OR Things that changed other things?

Better let the wine wear off before giving my credit card. I'll end up with 6 journals and an angry husband!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on July 12, 2010 04:39:05 PM
Lights in the distance!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: LoudHoward on July 13, 2010 02:54:21 AM
Ive been staring at the list of themes for 6 days, and still cant choose! I might just go for random.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 13, 2010 06:08:37 AM
I will be taking my regular journal with me while on vacation to sketch out some ideas...nothing elaborate...I can't stop thinking of my theme and drawing pics in my mind...I hope the journal is here when I get back...I also ordered the digital thing so that I will know that whatever I do, I will always have a good copy of it (I suck at taking my own pics...)...I am going to also talk about the project to everyone I know and restart my blog...It would be cool to have people I know look up my journal...I will definitely be going to Brooklyn to see the exhibit and hopefully see some of your journals there!  How exciting!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: gingerquilts on July 13, 2010 08:15:43 PM
Can't wait to see what all you rock stars come up with!!!  ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on July 13, 2010 10:52:03 PM
Are we absotutely positively sure that it doesn't matter how thick the book is? I'm about to rebind the sketchbook and it's three or four times bigger than the original.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on July 13, 2010 10:58:23 PM
I looked at the short video on their website and one of the books they were showing off  looked to be a few inches thick.  The only thing I see in the rules is staying withing the dimensions of the sketchbook but that you are free to rebind, use thicker paper....and no glitter (oh so wise !)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on July 13, 2010 11:12:26 PM
Thanks :) I agree with the no glitter. I loved glittery things until I started crafting


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ankhored on July 14, 2010 04:58:56 AM
Oh wow !
 Ive never heard of anything like this before - it sounds so cool !

 Im hopeless at drawing but would absolutely love to do it. I guess I could mostly collage and paint..?

 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 14, 2010 05:02:16 AM
I don't draw at all...collage and paint are my friends.

Oh wow !
 Ive never heard of anything like this before - it sounds so cool !

 Im hopeless at drawing but would absolutely love to do it. I guess I could mostly collage and paint..?

 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ankhored on July 14, 2010 05:19:56 AM


 Oh very good :)   Im totally considering signing up.

 I wonder how long it would take for me to get my book though - in Australia !

 Is everyone doing the digital thingo too ?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on July 14, 2010 05:24:57 AM


 Oh very good :)   Im totally considering signing up.

 I wonder how long it would take for me to get my book though - in Australia !

 Is everyone doing the digital thingo too ?

I'm in Australia too! :D yay!!
I ordered my book last week and I got an email the other day that it had been shipped. I think it said 6-10 days.

What theme will you choose?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 14, 2010 05:50:28 AM
I think I'm one of the few who didn't choose the digitizing option.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ankhored on July 14, 2010 06:01:28 AM


 Oh yay someone else from Aussie. Ill order mine soon - Im going to ask a friend if they would like to do one aswell :)

 As for my theme... Im thinking about doing either  ' Im sorry I forgot you'    or  'And then there was none'

 They appeal to me the most at the moment - Ill probably go with the first one :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 14, 2010 07:17:58 AM
Once you've ordered and know for sure, let me know and I'll add you to the list on the front page.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 14, 2010 02:28:33 PM
Did everyone get an email from the Sketchbook project today? They set some more of the tour dates. Go by the site and see what's new.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: FishStikks on July 14, 2010 03:13:51 PM
Did everyone get an email from the Sketchbook project today? They set some more of the tour dates. Go by the site and see what's new.

Oh yes, did indeed just get that e-mail but what's even more exciting is this!



It came today!

I'm both nervous and excited!

Not to mention still bummed that I couldn't choose the brown kraft one,  :(.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on July 14, 2010 03:18:50 PM
why don't you just cover it with brown kraft paper?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 14, 2010 03:20:39 PM
Wow, that came quickly!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: FishStikks on July 14, 2010 03:22:21 PM
why don't you just cover it with brown kraft paper?

Okay, but then what do I whine about?  ;D

Wow, that came quickly!

I know huh! They probably saw Vegas and decided I needed mine much more quickly than others, you know, in case I melt.  :P


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on July 14, 2010 03:24:03 PM
I know huh! They probably saw Vegas and decided I needed mine much more quickly than others, you know, in case I melt.  :P

uh, oh I'm not liking the sounds of that....  Are you going to start right away, or wait for the not speedy mail of the rest of us? ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: FishStikks on July 14, 2010 03:40:44 PM
I know huh! They probably saw Vegas and decided I needed mine much more quickly than others, you know, in case I melt.  :P

uh, oh I'm not liking the sounds of that....  Are you going to start right away, or wait for the not speedy mail of the rest of us? ;)

Yeah, supposed to be in the 100 teens by this weekend!  :'( <---sad melty face

Of course I'll wait for the rest of ya!! How else can I procrastinate, hehe.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on July 14, 2010 03:54:47 PM
I was just looking the project map page: http://arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject/map

It's fun seeing what themes have been most popular so far. Poor 'Make mine a double!' isn't doing so well - sign up quickly or it'll be yours! Although I actually think it's a fun theme...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: LoudHoward on July 14, 2010 04:23:27 PM
theres new themes from when I last looked! and the kraft brown is availible again. why do they keep changing?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: FishStikks on July 14, 2010 04:25:21 PM
I saw the pie graph there but nothing was working, will check back later though, sounds cool.

Looks like the kraft brown cover is back in stock, ack! Oh and they are now out of the gray...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on July 14, 2010 08:58:26 PM
I bound my sketchbook today! :D https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=353855.0


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ankhored on July 14, 2010 09:02:22 PM
 

 Yes there are a couple of new themes from last night when I looked.

 Im getting nervous that Ill miss out on my theme so I should order soon, but Im waiting to see if a friend wants to order at the same time...

 I dont think I am too fussed on the colour of the cover because Ill probably end up re-covering most of it anyways - but Ill Probably go for Blue or Brown

 Ill let you know once I have signed up !


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: katara on July 15, 2010 12:47:47 AM
I joined too! I decided to shut my eyes, take a stiff drink and stick my hand deep in my pocket... (Due to the exchange rate it's quite pricey for me!) Anyhow I wanted to go with: "This is not a sketchbook" but it's no longer available  :( so I went with "It'll be fun, I swear" instead. I chose a RED cover  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: LoudHoward on July 15, 2010 03:07:15 AM
I have just signed up, I went with 'Great hopes and Massive failures' and a kraft brown cover :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 15, 2010 06:28:47 AM
Your book looks awesome!

The comment you made (in your other thread) about the quality of the books...I'm pretty sure that's the way all of this style of moleskins are. I've had a couple in the past and the paper has never seemed more sturdy than regular office printer/copier paper (like around 20lb.) I've been planning to pretty much just keep the cover and rebind in a bunch of water color paper, probably 140lb or something. I like a really sturdy base to start with.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on July 15, 2010 07:05:54 AM
Yay, mine has arrived! ;D

The paper is the same as an old one I have, so I'll definitely be able to work with it. Though I might take some out and add other papers in...we'll see.

Yours looks great, raerae!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: foufigirl on July 15, 2010 08:15:59 AM
I'm still (impatiently) waiting for mine to arrive- whyyy does shipping from the US to Canada take so long...! We're on the same continent already. Sigh....It's been 2 weeks! tap..tap..tap...

I can't wait to see what everybody does with their books! My theme, In Flight, is making me nervous but I'm thinking maybe of writing a story to run thru it.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on July 15, 2010 09:09:05 AM
I'll leave my book in tact when it gets here for two reasons.. 1) I don't mind moleskin paper for drawing and watercolor, which is probably what I'll be doing and 2) I've never bound a book and don't want to mess it all up! :D

I'm a bit miffed that they now have a submarines category... had they had it when I signed up I would have picked that and a blue cover! Ah well.  ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 15, 2010 09:14:04 AM
I'm with you on being miffed...I don't like that they are adding new themes. I have buyers regret!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Sarcastra on July 15, 2010 11:20:18 AM
Me too.  With all those new theme choices I may never have been able to choose one, though.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on July 15, 2010 02:45:07 PM
Your book looks awesome!

The comment you made (in your other thread) about the quality of the books...I'm pretty sure that's the way all of this style of moleskins are. I've had a couple in the past and the paper has never seemed more sturdy than regular office printer/copier paper (like around 20lb.) I've been planning to pretty much just keep the cover and rebind in a bunch of water color paper, probably 140lb or something. I like a really sturdy base to start with.

Thanks amary and Phizzy :) If the paper is so cheap what is the big deal with Moleskine? I'd read somewhere that pamphlet style books are not very sturdy when you bind more than ten pages. Not something I know from experience but I don't want to take the chance.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 15, 2010 06:03:25 PM
I got my book!

The true size is 5 x 8.25


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on July 15, 2010 06:34:06 PM
I got my book!


I'm so jealous!! I want to start NOW!  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on July 15, 2010 06:56:56 PM
I got mine too!!  I'm actually a little relieved by it.  It's a lot less intimidating than I thought it would be.  Maybe because it does seem a little cheap, definitely more so than the art journals I am used to.  Anyway, the only thing I know for sure is that I can't wait to get started.  I also just did a Youtube video about my WIP's this week and I show the sketchbook a little if anyone wants to check it out.  It's on my blog, which you can find in my profile here on Craftster...anyway, I was just popping in to say it's here, so I will hush up now!   ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ankhored on July 15, 2010 07:43:59 PM

 Ooh I hope the paper is not too dodgy because I dont think Ill re-bind mine.. (Ill be afraid of it falling apart afterwards)
 Is the paper strong enough to be able to collage stuff like fabric and thicker paper onto it ?

 Im going to order mine today/tonight.

 I agree with the adding of new categories - for those that have already bought theirs it would be frustrating to find a new one added that you loved !


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on July 15, 2010 07:47:54 PM
Mmmm...I don't think this paper will hold up well to heavier weight stuff like fabric.  You could always glue a heavier piece of paper onto the page in the book, so you are not having to rebind the whole thing but can still do some heavier duty stuff on the pages.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ankhored on July 16, 2010 05:53:37 AM
 

hmm, perhaps Ill look up some book binding tutes so I can put some thicker paper in with the rest...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on July 16, 2010 06:31:34 AM
You could always glue 2 pages together if you needed to make them stronger.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 16, 2010 07:05:40 AM
I think I'm going to rebound mine. With fewer pages.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 16, 2010 07:31:09 AM
That's another reason to rebind....80 pages is a LOT for me to think about.




I think I'm going to rebound mine. With fewer pages.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on July 16, 2010 07:41:32 AM
 ;D    got mine      *dancing about holding up book*

not sure if I will rebind or glue 3-4 pages together - might just do both.

rebinding would give more space for all the bulk I know I will end up with.

I know I plan to prepaint and do some background collage on the pages as prep sorta of like Teesha Moore does in her you tube demos.

I like her idea of having several pages ready to work in ahead of time.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 16, 2010 07:44:16 AM
I'm going to try to work mine like that too, gg. I feel I'll get a little more cohesion if I don't just work each page individually. I can't wait until we all get started and pages are posted to this thread!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: katara on July 16, 2010 09:03:59 AM
WHAT??!  80 pages??? You guys have got to be kidding me....


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: trebleclef on July 16, 2010 10:53:47 AM
I got my sketchbook today! I started my first page, just so I wouldn't lose my idea, but after that I'll probably wait for more inspiration xD


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on July 16, 2010 12:45:32 PM
My sketchbook came in the mail today! :D I haven't started anything yet, but I'll admit 80 pages seems a bit scary to me. Perhaps I will glue two pages together after all.

The grey is a lot darker than I had assumed... I'm going to have to get a bit craftier with the cover than I had anticipated.  ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on July 16, 2010 03:49:31 PM
I am planning on gluing some sets of pages together for sure.  Also on trying some of Teesha Moore's techniques, LOVE her!!   ;D  I already decorated the cover.  It's black so I took my white paint pen and did spirals all over it, since I know I won't be rebinding it.  I will probably add some collage stuff to the cover too but I just couldn't help doing SOMETHING to it last night!!  Can't wait to set started on an actual spread, I'm just still trying to decide if I'm going to do the whole thing as one story or what...decisions decisions!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on July 16, 2010 04:58:55 PM
I am planning on gluing some sets of pages together for sure.  Also on trying some of Teesha Moore's techniques, LOVE her!!   ;D  I already decorated the cover.  It's black so I took my white paint pen and did spirals all over it, since I know I won't be rebinding it.  I will probably add some collage stuff to the cover too but I just couldn't help doing SOMETHING to it last night!!  Can't wait to set started on an actual spread, I'm just still trying to decide if I'm going to do the whole thing as one story or what...decisions decisions!

I love the idea of a story throughout the book.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: trebleclef on July 16, 2010 06:06:20 PM
Anyone know if we're supposed to do something with the quality control sticker?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on July 16, 2010 10:22:55 PM
I am planning on gluing some sets of pages together for sure.  Also on trying some of Teesha Moore's techniques, LOVE her!!   ;D  I already decorated the cover.  It's black so I took my white paint pen and did spirals all over it, since I know I won't be rebinding it.  I will probably add some collage stuff to the cover too but I just couldn't help doing SOMETHING to it last night!!  Can't wait to set started on an actual spread, I'm just still trying to decide if I'm going to do the whole thing as one story or what...decisions decisions!

That may be the comment that just made my choice for me!!  Thanks for the input  ;D

I love the idea of a story throughout the book.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ankhored on July 17, 2010 12:11:15 AM


 80 pages sounds scary but we do have 5 months to do it - so I guess its not too bad. I may end up sticking some pages together though just to get a thicker page.

 Im about to go and order my book right now ! wooo hoo !


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ankhored on July 17, 2010 12:25:13 AM


 Im am now officially signed up and waiting for my sketchbook

 My theme is  'Im sorry I forgot you'

 ..and my book cover is Blue

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: ollieorange on July 17, 2010 05:48:13 AM
This is cool, I was already planning on doing this. I have been trying to pick a theme for the last 2 months though. I just can't decide.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on July 19, 2010 07:37:24 AM
that is the only thing you aren't suppose to alter - it's how they will track your sketchbook once you send it back :)

Anyone know if we're supposed to do something with the quality control sticker?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on July 19, 2010 11:26:59 AM
yay!!  my sketchbook arrived today ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on July 20, 2010 01:21:46 AM
My book arrived today!!

It's different to what I imagined - longer, the cover isn't as bright and the pages are thinner. But I still love it and I can't wait to get started!! :D



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ankhored on July 20, 2010 05:39:19 AM


 I just got an email today - Mine is on its way ! Yayy


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on July 20, 2010 08:03:37 AM
I got my book last week, but I'm still afraid of it! lol, I keep taking it out, looking at it, and putting it back in the envelope. I need to do something to it tonight so the fear will be gone!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: trebleclef on July 20, 2010 08:42:05 AM
Just draw something! Or paint, collage, whatever your medium is. I"m not all that proud of my first page, but everyone has to start somewhere!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: katara on July 20, 2010 11:11:04 AM
I got my book last week, but I'm still afraid of it! lol, I keep taking it out, looking at it, and putting it back in the envelope. I need to do something to it tonight so the fear will be gone!

Check out this link for 'How to journal' techniques:
http://www.teeshamoore.com/latest_news.htm


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on July 20, 2010 02:29:08 PM
I got my book last week, but I'm still afraid of it! lol, I keep taking it out, looking at it, and putting it back in the envelope. I need to do something to it tonight so the fear will be gone!

Me too!!  I was using the excuse that I was waiting for everyone else to get their books too...but now I have to admit that that is not the truth, I really am just terrified of it...I don't want to start on the very first page in the book and have it be something I hate every time I open it.  So I was thinking of starting in the middle.  But then what if that page ends up not fitting in well with the rest?  

Okay, I am just looking for reasons to put it off now.  

My vow is that I will not go to bed tonight until I have 'ruined' (aka at least started) a page in my shiny clean book.  Anyone else down for the challenge?  ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on July 20, 2010 02:32:00 PM
lol, I was thinking of starting smack-dab in the middle too! Call it "intermission" if it doesn't fit with the rest of my book.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on July 20, 2010 02:34:21 PM
ha ha, great idea Pixieval!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 20, 2010 02:48:48 PM
I took my book apart today and have been scouting around for different papers to add back in. I worked on the cover a bit, too. I agree, though, it is tough to start. My next move will be to add some color to several of the pages.

I may wait to rebind the book until I get a few pages well on their way. That way, if I don't like what's going on, it doesn't have to be in the book. That's probably a wussy attitude, though.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 20, 2010 03:01:00 PM
That's kind of the direction I've been heading in....I might make some individual signatures and then once I'm happy with them all, I'll attach the cover.


I may wait to rebind the book until I get a few pages well on their way. That way, if I don't like what's going on, it doesn't have to be in the book. That's probably a wussy attitude, though.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: ollieorange on July 20, 2010 03:18:48 PM
I signed up today! I registered on the website last week but it wouldn't let me log in until today. I chose "a record year for rainfall" I really wanted "first thing in the morning, last thing at night" -it was available last week but no longer.....
How long did it take you guys to get the book in the mail?
I also splurged and ordered a t-shirt (I'm t-shirt obsessed!)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on July 20, 2010 03:53:27 PM
I've been afraid of my book too and dealing with art block sort of. The other day I kept pulling it out. I sketched some nearby palm trees while I was waiting for a bus that I need to ink. They aren't the best but you can get the general idea. Then on the bus I sketched people's shoes which came out really poor. I figure I can always collage on top of it and keep them in the background. Because of the nature of book, with the different pages bound together, I search for a type of paper based on what medium I am working on. This feels more random and eases the pressure of working on the dreaded first page.

I was reading on another site about the artist's fear of messing up the first page. Many of them either skipped it or made a mark on it and moved on to get it started. You can always come back to it.

As for my art block.. I might cheat and sketch some pages involving my school work so I can study at the same time. I'll probably have lots of anatomy type things in there anyway.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ankhored on July 20, 2010 10:50:47 PM


 I was worried about where to start in my book aswell - in fear of thing not ending up being 'in order' or looking out of place.. But then I figured - if its all completely random and out of place then it will look like its on purpose in the end anyways :P


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on July 21, 2010 03:09:10 AM
I'm starting today. I figure if I write it here then I have to start :D

I want to at least get some backgrounds on my pages today so it's less intimidating.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on July 21, 2010 10:09:52 AM
I like that idea a lot - that way it doesn't have to 20 or 40 or what ever pages - it can be just the right amount

I've been worried about having it get too bulky if I leave in too many pages but this way I'll know before hand how thick it is - yeap pages first - then add the cover :)



That's kind of the direction I've been heading in....I might make some individual signatures and then once I'm happy with them all, I'll attach the cover.


I may wait to rebind the book until I get a few pages well on their way. That way, if I don't like what's going on, it doesn't have to be in the book. That's probably a wussy attitude, though.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: foufigirl on July 21, 2010 01:23:07 PM
I finally got my book today! Almost 2 weeks to the day from the time they shipped it out. Now to get started, I agree it's kind of intimidating! I love the idea of starting in the middle- calling it intermission- very clever!
Mus plan this out, I think I might pull it apart and reassemble with more pages/heavier papers too. Hmmm!
Very exciting!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on July 21, 2010 03:41:10 PM
I'm starting today. I figure if I write it here then I have to start :D

I want to at least get some backgrounds on my pages today so it's less intimidating.

I started yesterday and I HATE the page I did.  I was drawing right on the page without a painted background, and I think you are very right - the backgrounds are really important!  I am going to paint over what I did yesterday and do a few more sets of pages too so that they are ready when I am.  But, at least I started!!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on July 22, 2010 02:30:03 AM
I'm not confident about the direction I'm going in, but I have started a few pages and the covers. The cover was the main problem, but now I've slapped some paint on it it seems much less intimidating. It seemed too neat before :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: starfish13 on July 22, 2010 07:13:39 AM
I've ordered my book!  A blue cover and the theme 'and then there were none'.

I was thinking about removing the pages, and joining them together to make a few larger spreads that fold back inside the cover (a bit like an OS map, I mean), so I can work on a larger scale than just one page or a double spread.  Any one else planning on doing something like that?

I'm quite excited!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Sarcastra on July 22, 2010 10:06:30 AM
Okay, I have the sketchbook and I have my ideas.  I will also be rebinding with slightly thicker paper as this will also allow me a lot more maneuverability with the paper.  Time to get sketching.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: sweets4ever on July 22, 2010 11:12:42 AM
Wow, what an amaaazing project!  I'm really excited to watch it unfold (no pun intended, haha)!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on July 22, 2010 12:00:35 PM
Starfish - that's exactly what I am planning on doing.  Great minds think alike, huh?  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 22, 2010 12:45:26 PM
Came home to find my sketchbook has arrived!  I had already jotted down ideas and inspiration in my normal art journal, so I am just going to jump in to page 6 and get it started... :D

I got red and my theme is "The View from up Here"...I think I am going to rebind mine as well since I am afraid that any collage work will be too thick...or else, just stick to watercolor pencils...not sure yet...trying to figure out if I can actually print on the paper they gave me...can't wait to see the pages start to appear here...or are we all going to post on the website??

Encouragement to all!!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 22, 2010 12:48:36 PM
I hope people will post them here!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 22, 2010 12:51:48 PM
me too! ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on July 22, 2010 02:09:28 PM
You should start us off Racky! ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 22, 2010 02:22:23 PM
My book is scaring the heck out of me! I just need to jump in and get started, but it is rather intimidating at this point. And it's such a little bitty thing...

 :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: trebleclef on July 22, 2010 06:39:13 PM
This is my first page -



It's intentionally cartoonish, because I thought it matched the fabric more.  The outline of the couch is done with two strands of thread, and the fabric is lightly stitched on.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on July 22, 2010 10:00:12 PM
Trebleclef that's beautiful! I have several in progress pages. Hope to have them finished soon.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on July 23, 2010 12:32:39 AM
trebleclef - it looks so great!! Congrats for being the very first to post a page here!! :D

Could everybody perhaps add their theme in their tagline? Or write it when they post pages? I can't keep up with all the themes anymore - I have to keep going back to the first post :P


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 23, 2010 04:30:01 AM
Great page, trebleclef! You make me really eager to get started. Maybe today.  :D

Could everybody perhaps add their theme in their tagline? Or write it when they post pages? I can't keep up with all the themes anymore - I have to keep going back to the first post :P

That's a great idea! I'm adding mine now.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on July 23, 2010 05:37:54 AM
trebleclef- way to go! That is super cute, very cool that you did stitching around the couch.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ankhored on July 23, 2010 05:51:24 AM


 Oh thats a great idea to add out themes to our tags - - i was thinking this morning of asking everyone to put there theme in everytime they post a picture - but thats a much better idea to add it to their tagline ! :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: starfish13 on July 23, 2010 06:52:29 AM
Starfish - that's exactly what I am planning on doing.  Great minds think alike, huh?  :)

Absolutely Bethie.  Although I have absolutely no idea of how I'd do it, I just thought it seemed like a great idea!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: trebleclef on July 23, 2010 06:54:43 AM
Thank you everyone for the kind comments =)

And that's a great idea to add it in, I'll go put it in my signature now!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 23, 2010 07:34:51 AM
I added my theme.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 23, 2010 07:55:58 AM
trebleclef--what a wonderful brave start to this craftalong!  I love the use of fabric...

the page tells a stroy all by itself!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: thisbirdsabsurd on July 23, 2010 11:24:58 AM
Why did it take me so long to find out about this? ;D  I'm all signed up and ready to go!  My topic is "I'm sorry I forgot you".  Can't wait!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 23, 2010 11:31:17 AM
Yay! I'm glad you're joining us.

If you want, add your theme to your sig line. Once we all start posting in progress shots, it will be an easy way for people to see your theme. Thanks to beckashell for this great idea.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 23, 2010 01:13:53 PM
I'm glad I'm not binding until the end, because I nixed my first cover, made from a bag from Trader Joe's:



And changed to this one, which made from the paper I paint and clean my stamps on. I think it's more personal, and if I had to choose to look at either of these books, this is the one I would pick up:



I'm going to put the rejected cover somewhere in the middle of the book.

Let me know if you think I made a bad decision here.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on July 23, 2010 01:21:07 PM
I love both of them Racky!  So glad you're still going to use the rejected one, it is adorable.  I love the brown and the border as well.

I have a question for those of you who are planning on rebinding later - how, exactly, are you going to do the binding?  

I am thinking about pulling mine apart to make it easier to work on, and to add bigger pages (not taller, just wider because they fold in) but I am a little nervous about putting it all back together.  It looks like it's just straight stitched together...I could do that, for sure...anyway, just curious guys!!   ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 23, 2010 01:24:27 PM
I'm going to bind mine in three signatures. Here's a great tutorial for how to bind a book: http://www.daydreamingonpaper.com/0204.html (http://www.daydreamingonpaper.com/0204.html)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on July 23, 2010 01:43:49 PM
I love that tutorial, the only successful book I've ever made, I made using that tut.  Thanks for reminding me of it!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: cherade9 on July 23, 2010 03:03:43 PM
Yay! Other people to rave at without looking at me strangely! My theme is [your_name_here]. I'm rebinding my copy, mixed with many other papers. I was thinking about wallpaper samples, handmade papers I've made, different types of squared and graph papers, dressmaking paper, newspaper, sugar paper and some fabrics to stitch into.

I'm using my theme to refine my style of design. I'm setting up a small (tiny!) business online before Christmas making textiles. I'm focusing on cushion covers atm, but will branch out into blankets, patchwork quilts, art work and whatever else takes my fancy over time. So excited!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 23, 2010 03:18:27 PM
Racky, I like the brown one better, but the other one is more you so I definitely think you should go with it.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 23, 2010 03:27:32 PM
Racky, I like the brown one better, but the other one is more you so I definitely think you should go with it.

 :D
It hangs me up that I put "I am a scavenger" on the brown cover instead of the true title of "I'm a scavenger". Plus, the brown feels more stilted. I like the random beauty of my trash paper. I'm putting several pages of that inside the book as well.

Don't worry, aroze, the brown cover will be the first page in the second signature.  ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: LoudHoward on July 23, 2010 03:32:50 PM
I recieved today, or yesterday, i was away and it was here when I got back, that all that matters. Still very amazed that it made it to the UK that fast, was only shipped on the 19th! Im very excited and nervous. I might try re-binding it, but Im very scared of messing it up


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: cherade9 on July 23, 2010 03:34:00 PM
I'm thinking about using some of my leather scraps to do some type of reverse appliqué for the cover. I'm got lots of shades of brown, tan, cream and sand, so I can manage a really 70's kitschy design I think. I've got quite a lot of old Golden Hands magazines from the late 1960 to 1970's that I'm going to cut up for collage and text.

It's a great excuse to practice my drawing skills. I've got lots of lovely ornaments to draw, like my funky Bambi bookends with my Fruits Books in between. I'm hoping my son gives me enough time to go and play (it's the school holidays here in Scotland).

Does anyone else do textile work? I'm planning on making crochet samples and knitted samples to add in, as well as some of the canvas work and embroidery pieces I wanted to experiment with. I'm glad I paid the extra to have it digitized!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: LoudHoward on July 23, 2010 03:39:02 PM
I'm thinking about using some of my leather scraps to do some type of reverse appliqué for the cover. I'm got lots of shades of brown, tan, cream and sand, so I can manage a really 70's kitschy design I think. I've got quite a lot of old Golden Hands magazines from the late 1960 to 1970's that I'm going to cut up for collage and text.

It's a great excuse to practice my drawing skills. I've got lots of lovely ornaments to draw, like my funky Bambi bookends with my Fruits Books in between. I'm hoping my son gives me enough time to go and play (it's the school holidays here in Scotland).

Does anyone else do textile work? I'm planning on making crochet samples and knitted samples to add in, as well as some of the canvas work and embroidery pieces I wanted to experiment with. I'm glad I paid the extra to have it digitized!

I plan on doing crochet and knitting in mine too! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 23, 2010 03:41:52 PM
No textiles for me; I'll be doing mostly paper collage. I am going to make myself do some sketching too, though. It's been forever since I've drawn anything.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on July 23, 2010 04:49:41 PM
I just took mine apart and starting laying in some backgrounds.  Right now I'm doing water colors, when I get tired of those I'll switch it up to acrylics and then maybe some decorative paper backgrounds.  I just want to have a good selection to work on when I'm ready. 

Loud Howard - if you look at your book, it's all done in one big stack, folded in half and sewn up.  It's easy to take apart, and if you're careful while working on it, you can reuse lots of the pages and the cover, just go back and sew right back through the original holes to put it back together.  I'm thinking that's what I'm going to do for mine, but I will taking out some pages and adding in pages of my own, just making holes in the new ones to match the old ones, if that makes sense. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: katara on July 24, 2010 01:30:16 AM
I'm still awaiting the arrival of my sketchbook...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on July 24, 2010 07:33:25 AM
Thanks for the link Racky, and BethieB, after you put it that way, I'm definately rebinding my book!
Your cover looks awesome Racky!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on July 24, 2010 08:58:06 AM
Ooh, I like 'em both, Racky!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 24, 2010 09:03:49 AM
I'm going to reinforce the spine with some gaffer tape before I stitch the pages back in. That should keep the paper from tearing.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: robynsteiner on July 24, 2010 10:44:27 AM
They are both great!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on July 24, 2010 12:36:56 PM
oh my. I have just spent an hour reading through this thread and can't decide if it has made me more excited or more scared to attempt this!

Are any of you basically novices at this, or are all of you as amazing as you seem? :)  I do cards etc and have been planning an altered book, but I haven't ACTUALLY done one yet so this feels a bit presumptuous of me to join...

(I also, just yesterday, got into an argument with my husband about money being spent on craft supplies and that they are taking over the house...) 

Hmmmm... off to think about this! (but I am excited to watch this thread no matter what I decide!)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on July 24, 2010 02:40:14 PM
I am a total newbie at anything like this DawnsTrees!  I promise you won't be the only one a little lost out here.  I've experimented with some different things, never actually finished a book though, so we will be in the same boat.

And just to let everyone know - I took my book apart last night, did some painting on the pages, and then started thinking about how to put it all together.  I was sitting there looking at it when it dawned on me: Run it through the sewing machine, duh!!  So, I did.  I set it on the longest stitch possible and then just zipped it through.  It held up really well.  In fact, the one page that did rip was ripped before it got anywhere near the machine, lol.  Just thought I'd tell you guys one more way to put it together!

I will have pics asap but right now I am on my way to the in laws for dinner so I can't get to it yet :(


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: FishStikks on July 24, 2010 03:39:11 PM
DawnsTrees, I've also never done anything like this before. This will be my very first journal.

Annndd, it's sitting here, right here...mocking me. I can't even pick it up anymore. I'm almost afraid of it, hehe. It's so bad that I finally broke down and traveled to Blick's and bought a 3-pack of the kraft brown, (that I initially wanted) and have decided to play around in one of those first...you know, to see how it all goes.

It's now mocking me as well. Darn sketchbooks!  ::)

Racky, loving that you are out there blazing a trail!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ankhored on July 24, 2010 07:17:35 PM

DawnsTree it is very daunting - Ive never done a sketchbook/journal before - so Im a bit scared but it will be a fun challenge ! :)

 I think the hardest part will be starting - but probably after 3 or 4 pages it will become more fun and easy :)

 I have written down about 30-40 ideas that I want to do as pages. So then when my book gets here I can pick an idea from the list and give it a go :)

 Im just not sure what to do with the cover yet though..


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on July 24, 2010 07:24:40 PM

DawnsTree it is very daunting - Ive never done a sketchbook/journal before - so Im a bit scared but it will be a fun challenge ! :)

 I think the hardest part will be starting - but probably after 3 or 4 pages it will become more fun and easy :)

 I have written down about 30-40 ideas that I want to do as pages. So then when my book gets here I can pick an idea from the list and give it a go :)

 Im just not sure what to do with the cover yet though..

I'm leaving my cover till last as it will most likely get damaged otherwise when i'm carrying my book around.

I like that you've written a bunch of ideas down. I should do that. It might inspire me to start :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on July 25, 2010 02:25:35 AM
So far my black cover has just received a bit of a whitewash and an eye :D I'm leaving the rest till later, but it was good just to get something on there!

I have about 6 background pages painted and am starting to add a few bits onto my wrinkled pages :P


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: cherade9 on July 25, 2010 01:34:31 PM
I've been up to our local library and got out some books to help in designing my sketchbook. I've reserved 'Creating Sketchbooks for Embroiderers and Textile Artists' by Kay Greenlees which I had a flick through at college last year. It's got some really inspirational ideas for general sketchbook making, as well as more specific stuff for textiles.

I got out a great book on Punchneedle work. I bought the tool years ago and this is a great excuse to have another go! The great thing about a sketchbook is being able to make lots of wee samples of ideas you have floating around, without having to commit to a bigger piece of work. The book is 'Punchneedle - The complete guide' by Marinda Stewart.





Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 26, 2010 08:23:13 AM
Since this is a permanent record, I am going to try to include my family and friends somehow into my sketchbook...my first sketch was more of a doodle, but at least I got my feet wet...I also found some really weird transparent fabric that I think I can use and not make the book too fat without rebinding...is anyone going to use a closure on the cover?  I was thinking of something that would hold the pages shut and perhaps keep the pages a bit more protected while traveling... :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 26, 2010 08:29:08 AM
They kind of warned against 3D embellishments, so if you're thinking about a closure, I'd stay away from toggles or buttons. Maybe use ribbon, or elastic of some sort?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 26, 2010 08:36:40 AM
I was thinking more of a snap closure or magnets in the cover...I am leaving the cover for last...:D...

Thanks for the reminder about the 3-d stuff...so far, I have only used paint, pen, pencil and glue... :D



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: starfish13 on July 26, 2010 10:21:01 AM
My sketch book has been dispatched!  I hope it arrives in time for the weekend, so I can start work in it on Sunday.  I'm working at an event on Saturday, so will just be chilling out then.

I've been trying out a couple of ideas in my journal, and I'm quite pleased with one in particular.  I just need to work out how to join pages to make a larger spread to work on.

Also, where can I get a white marker pen for writing over dark backgrounds - any recommended makes?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 26, 2010 10:47:02 AM
This is considered one of the best...

http://store.scrapbook.com/jv-um153.html



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 26, 2010 11:23:46 AM
I love using the Sakura gellyrolls--I have used the white for all of my dark backgrounds with great success...and they are relatively inexpensive as well...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on July 26, 2010 11:42:31 PM
I finally decided that I would be really disappointed with myself if I didn't do this, so I just ordered my journal! I got the craft brown cover. Choosing a topic was tough - I really wanted either "Trading forever" (but decided I had no idea what I would do with it) or "Great hopes and massive failures" (but that would have just been giving in to my own insecurities  :D ) so I decided to go with "A day in the life"!

I have already started a list of ideas (like Ankhored suggested) and can't wait to get the journal!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on July 27, 2010 04:49:50 AM
While visiting with Fishstikks (who was fabulous and took me to Dick Blicks :) ) this weekend, I also acquired some extra books cause I thought her idea of having some extras to work on was genius!!  I had ordered and received the red book, as did Fishstikks but her cover is weirdly plastic (I just checked mine which is similiar to the kraft brown ones.  strange).  We were trying to figure out what would stick on there....I'm not sure if the project people would have an issue with taking the bar code off the original and sticking it on a different book of the same type.....

Glad you decided to take the leap Dawns Trees!  It really is a bummer that they keep adding new themes because I think "Great hopes and massive failures" would be the awesome to work on :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 27, 2010 07:01:15 AM
Maybe it would work if you sewed a paper or fabric cover over the plastic one. Like with a simple whip stitch or something?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on July 27, 2010 11:47:11 AM
I know the themes are just supposed to be like a reference point or whatever, but I am having such a hard time with mine!  Storybook should be easy, but it is stumping me and I don't want to do my book without that theme...I may just take the easy way out and do some pages on 'things that are found in story books' lol...I know that might be cheesy but I'm not sure what else to do to get started.  I was thinking of doing a castle on one spread, a princess and a crown on another, etc. 

Anyone else having brain farts with this?  ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 27, 2010 12:04:05 PM
BethieB--I interpreted that theme to mean it could be YOUR story...I would not limit yourself to children's stories...you might want to include a few favorite childhood stories as they relate to your own life...tell your story...it will be richer and more fulfilling for you...and more interesting to others...you could use your own family and tell how each member is like a storybook character...who was the king in your family?  the wicked witch?  the big bad wolf?

What happened in your life that was a fairytale?  What did you do that is like the story of Hansel and Gretel?  Do you see what I am driving at?  Relate the stories to your life...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on July 27, 2010 12:15:33 PM
Mine is storybook, I'm debating a couple different things right now, but I'm pretty sure its going to be a short story. I'm just not sure what that short story is yet! lol! I'm still working on gluing my pages, that way I know how many to work with.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 27, 2010 12:17:50 PM
That is another great idea pixieval--make up a story! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: ckchan on July 27, 2010 12:58:01 PM
This sounds like a wonderful idea!  Thanks for the link Racky!

My theme is "It will be fun, I swear"

I can't wait to see everyone's pages!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on July 27, 2010 01:25:34 PM
Thanks for the questions and the thought provoking response Always!  (Why I didn't think of asking you sooner is beyond me, you always have the best ideas, lol).  I don't know exactly how comfortable I am with putting too many details of my actual life out there for the world to see - it is a great but all too often tragic and upsetting story, lol - but I will definitely chew this idea over and see what comes to the surface.  And like Pixie, I could just go back to my original idea and write a short story to go with it...hmm...thanks for the kick in the pants guys!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: katara on July 28, 2010 12:03:40 AM
I had ordered and received the red book, as did Fishstikks but her cover is weirdly plastic (I just checked mine which is similiar to the kraft brown ones.  strange).  We were trying to figure out what would stick on there....I'm not sure if the project people would have an issue with taking the bar code off the original and sticking it on a different book of the same type.....

I would suggest giving the plastic cover a light sand with some fine-toothed sanding paper to take the smoothness away - that way things should stick to the cover much easier. I also ordered a red cover so I'm wondering what type my cover is going to be....


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ankhored on July 28, 2010 12:15:25 AM

 I got my book yesterday !! Woo hoo. I am going to pull it apart and work on the pages and then put it all together at the end.

 I have a whole bunch ideas for pages but Im not sure wether to put them in some kind of order in the book- or to just go random


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on July 28, 2010 03:40:09 AM
Mine is storybook, I'm debating a couple different things right now, but I'm pretty sure its going to be a short story. I'm just not sure what that short story is yet! lol! I'm still working on gluing my pages, that way I know how many to work with.

Gluing the pages in the book together to make them thicker? Hmmm, maybe I could do that....
I'm way to nervous to pull the book apart since i've never bound anything before, but the paper is just too thin~!! So maybe gluing is the answer...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 28, 2010 06:19:25 AM
Does anyone have any progress to post? I want to see what you're doing!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: foufigirl on July 28, 2010 07:27:20 AM
I haven't done anything whatsoever with my sketchbook yet, it is taunting me!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: LoudHoward on July 28, 2010 07:32:35 AM
Ive taken mine apart, and painted a few pages, but the paper is so thin, I may give in and get new paper.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on July 28, 2010 07:35:39 AM
I've been working with a few different varieties of media in my non project moleskin to see how the pages hold up, but my actual sketchbook is sitting on my desk mocking me with its nakedness...  ::)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 28, 2010 07:39:24 AM
I think we all need to hold hands, close our eyes, and jump together.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: cherade9 on July 28, 2010 08:32:22 AM
I have to wait till next week to buy some paper, a little fabric and a sewing awl. I'm making paper this week for it though! I have a pile of inclusions for the paper like snippings of feather, glitter to embed, silk fibres, thread to stitch through the sheets, pastel and chalk to grind and sprinkle on the wet paper, very fine metallic thread to embed.. I'm excited :)

I'm trying to decide on the best way to incorporate handmade paper and fabric 'sheets' (like calico, linen, Aida, canvas etc) to work on within the book. I was looking at making up the signatures from a mix of papers and fabric, but the different thicknesses and textures might make it hard to stitch together. Ideas?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on July 28, 2010 08:34:03 AM
We should set a goal, like,
All of us who have our journals already, post a page by Saturday.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 28, 2010 08:48:24 AM

I'm trying to decide on the best way to incorporate handmade paper and fabric 'sheets' (like calico, linen, Aida, canvas etc) to work on within the book. I was looking at making up the signatures from a mix of papers and fabric, but the different thicknesses and textures might make it hard to stitch together. Ideas?

I don't think this should be much problem. If you have a Japanese punch (basically a sturdy needle on a stick), you should be able to punch your holes before you begin to stitch.

We should set a goal, like,
All of us who have our journals already, post a page by Saturday.

That's a great idea. Even if all you've done is rebind, or painted a few backgrounds, or made a list of possible ideas, post something! Let's inspire each other!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 28, 2010 09:15:14 AM
does this mean you want pics? ;)

I agree--a goal would be helpful to get me going...I have drawn pics but not in my book...I was planning on working on the journal this weekend... :D

oh wow--this is a bit sad, but there are 25 of us and so far, only two pics? :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on July 28, 2010 09:36:43 AM
oh a goal would be just the thing to get us started I think....


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: puamelia on July 28, 2010 10:24:33 AM
Hi there! I'm thinking about doing this, and I have a Q re: gluing pages together: what kind of glue?  I tried to glue pages together with white glue and everything wrinkles up and gets lumpy. I don't really want to replace the papers - what will I do with the original paper? ;) Thanks for the advice!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 28, 2010 10:28:35 AM
I took out the original pages last night and cut some signatures to fit. I'm going to try working on the cover tonight.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on July 28, 2010 10:36:13 AM
I was thinking of using my trusty glue stick to glue pages together, you need to make sure there is lots of glue laid on with even coverage, then you need to use a brayer (a roller thing with a handle) to really bond it.  I find that white glues have too much water in them which makes pages wrinkly but if I was going to use white glue I would apply it with a credit card (use like a squeegee) to get even coverage.  then use the trusty brayer again.  That thing works wonders on flattening out glued together pages :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on July 28, 2010 02:31:00 PM
I could take some progress pics tomorrow but there's not a lot going on yet. Just a background wash and a few paper bits in most cases :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: ckchan on July 28, 2010 02:41:19 PM
Is there a good way of taking the book apart?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: LoudHoward on July 28, 2010 02:48:39 PM
Is there a good way of taking the book apart?

i just unthreaded mine, theres 2 threads, like a sewing machine, the one on the inside just runs along the surfasce and the one on the outside loops through, i just picked at an end untill i got one loose, but as its unlikely you will re-use the threads, you could just snip them and pull them out.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: playswithneedles on July 28, 2010 03:20:55 PM
I just ran across this thread - this sounds like so much fun!
I may have to join you and will reconsider after payday and after I return from a short vacation.
I want to see everyone's progress - it will help me get past the blocks that I already have  ;D

So many great themes:
It must be...; lights in the distance; Help!; in flight; great hopes and massive failures (I think that's my fave at the moment); and then there was none; and make mine a double!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on July 28, 2010 09:59:41 PM
I have a page done and another two in progress...But I have been away from home for most of the week due to some issues there. next time I stop off at my house I am putting my sketchbook back in my back and it's staying there!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: puamelia on July 28, 2010 11:32:30 PM
Thanks alteredmommy, I never thought about that! I think I have an old brayer from printmaking class.  I did try to apply the white glue with a card, but it still wrinkled pretty bad and then dried up pretty quick. :P  If I have $$ left over after tuition and text books, I really want to sign up. Meanwhile, I'm excited to see what everyone is working on!



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on July 28, 2010 11:47:22 PM
I can take pics at some point over the next few days, but like others, I just have some backgrounds done and some stuff glued on in random pages. 

I did make a decision on how to do my 'story' but I am keeping it secret until I have a few pages to post ;)



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: MNR on July 29, 2010 03:26:07 AM
Is anyone else getting theirs digitized?

Ugh... why does it have to be so expensive.... $45 vs just regular $20.
I gotta pay for books.
What are ppls thoughts on digital vs regular?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ankhored on July 29, 2010 04:59:55 AM

 Well yes , I do have my book - but I also ordered and paid for another for a friend at the same time.... they emailed me last week to tell me both had been posted seperately. However so far Ive only received mine in the post...Is it very strange that I got mine Tuesday and hers still hasnt come ?

 Im going to wait until I gets hers and give it to her before I start mine.

 Plus I need to go shopping for supplies !


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 29, 2010 06:04:43 AM
I paid for the digitizing only because I know I won't do it...I have a hard enough time taking pictures to worry about that and I figure I can make CD's of the digitized images for friends and family!

I think I am going to succumb to removing the pages--it is too hard to work in a bound book...

Hope to see some inspirtational pics this weekend!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on July 29, 2010 08:11:55 AM
I think getting something done to share by Saturday is a great idea! It may be just the push I need to at least paint a background, get a pen that won't bleed through the pages or at least draft a list of ideas. :D

I didn't pay for the digitizing because I plan on scanning pages as I complete them to share here as well as on my Flickr page.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 29, 2010 08:24:19 AM
I have exciting news for those FOCs waiting until they have a little extra cash before they can afford to buy a book and sign up!

Shane, from art house co-op, saw our craftalong and was so excited about the enthusiasm from all our members for the project that he has offered us two scholarships for sketchbooks! Read all about it and sign up to win here (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=355188.0)!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 29, 2010 08:29:18 AM
That's so awesome!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on July 29, 2010 08:41:45 AM
Fantastic! That's a wonderful thing for them to do!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: playswithneedles on July 29, 2010 08:53:45 AM
WOW - that is so great!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 29, 2010 08:58:53 AM
awww--I hope he will follow our little craftalong to see that it will be so worth it!  That is great news!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 29, 2010 08:59:35 AM
I know! I was so excited when I got a pm from Shane. He's so nice and they're so excited about our craftalong! If you haven't signed up yet and you're a FOC, enter today!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on July 29, 2010 09:12:23 AM
I just signed up for the scholarship :) Really hope to get it. Think I am going to talk hubby into joining as well. What a cool project to be working on together.
I cant wait to see what everyone here comes up with. The talent that I have seen coming from you all is so very inspiring. :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: ckchan on July 29, 2010 09:20:34 AM
Is there a good way of taking the book apart?

i just unthreaded mine, theres 2 threads, like a sewing machine, the one on the inside just runs along the surfasce and the one on the outside loops through, i just picked at an end untill i got one loose, but as its unlikely you will re-use the threads, you could just snip them and pull them out.

Thanks for the tip!  I'm excited to get started!  My book is currently in transit. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on July 29, 2010 09:32:52 AM
Here's my progress so far. Mainly watercolour and a little white acrylic on the original Moleskine pages. I'm pleased with the way they've taken the paint and are fairly flat now with a nice wobbly texture :D

Theme: Sleepless

The text on the inside cover reads "The great sun sinks behind the town".


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: sunspotted on July 29, 2010 09:41:44 AM
I just signed up for the scholarship, what an awesome idea.  If it gets me started earlier, even better.  :)

Very neat starts Phizzy.  I particularly like the middle one on the left side.  It's like a reverse shadow.  Very cool.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on July 29, 2010 09:46:03 AM
Wow - the scholarship news is exciting! It's so nice of them to give folks who may not have joined up because of the cost the opportunity to win a sketchbook. Yay!

Phizz, those backgrounds look great so far! I have a question about your painting strategy having just worked on my first page and it being very wobbly.. are you putting the acrylic paint down first to toughen the pages then watercoloring, are you gluing two pages together, or really.. how are you making them less than horribly wobbly?

For everyone else... are any of you planning on using different media on different pages? Specifically, are you considering doing one page in paint, one page in pencil, one collage, one a mish-mash, etc or are you going to try to keep things coherent?

I was considering doing the entire thing in watercolor and inks but now I'm thinking I may do some pages as simple pencil sketches, maybe some mixed media paper crafting, or whatever else pops into my head since this is normally how I work in my personal sketchbooks... hmmm.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on July 29, 2010 09:52:59 AM
I've not glued any together yet. I just used watercolour on most of them first, then the odd bit of acrylic after with a sponge. The paper was really hideous for a couple of days, but once I had these pages done I squashed it under a heavy book it turned out pretty good. Now it just has that wobbly aged look about it :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on July 29, 2010 10:39:17 AM
Danni - I am going to be doing a bunch of mixing of different mediums.  Am trying to expand my horizons here, lol.

Phizz - your pages look so great so far!!  I know, I know, shocking that I'm a huge Phizzychick fan, but what can I say? lol.

Also, after I painted my pages and they got all crazy, I ironed them...don't really have any books heavy enough to press them out and I was going to put them under the couch leg overnight but it was making a weird circle on them...so I just used my iron on a really light setting and pressed them between two towels.  Will show later today, I hope!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 29, 2010 11:35:57 AM
That's a great start, Phizz! Thanks for posting.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: sezouli on July 29, 2010 12:21:09 PM
WOW! This looks so awesometacular!  I would like to throw my name in the "scholarship hat" - after looking at the themes, I think "A Day In The Life" would be really fun. I don't know, I may have to sign up for it even if I don't win!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on July 29, 2010 12:50:53 PM
Some of us should do a tiny paper swap for even more inspiration. Like Stamping out some of our best stamps on cool paper and sharing the love that way. :) It would be fun to see tiny bits of each other in all of the journals.

Just a thought. :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 29, 2010 01:02:04 PM
I love that idea, Tero! Do you want to post about it in the "New craft swap ideas" thread?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Colorfool on July 29, 2010 02:39:32 PM
I just ordered my book yesterday and I'm doing 'The view from up here'!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: spectrumsparksie on July 29, 2010 03:19:16 PM
I have followed this thread and visited the arthouse page about 15 separate times to sign up and then  chickened out, so I have put myself into the scholarship draw.  Let the fates decide if I should do this as I can't decide for myself. :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: HPdesigns on July 29, 2010 03:20:55 PM
I'm signed up! Just got my book last week and have already started working on two pages :) My theme is 'Storybook'


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: HPdesigns on July 29, 2010 05:50:41 PM
Also I think some of the moleskines are different? My boyfriend and I both signed up (he chose 'in flight') and it seems like my sketchbook is a lot nicer then his. He has a different cover and whatnot, maybe a bit thinner paper?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on July 29, 2010 05:52:58 PM
No kidding? If you have time, could you post a pic of them?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: thisbirdsabsurd on July 29, 2010 07:09:59 PM
Just got my book today!  Can't wait to get started - I have this one idea that's been kicking around in my head and I've GOT to get it on the paper!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on July 29, 2010 08:22:27 PM
Some of us should do a tiny paper swap for even more inspiration. Like Stamping out some of our best stamps on cool paper and sharing the love that way. :) It would be fun to see tiny bits of each other in all of the journals.

Just a thought. :)

I love this idea! Have you started a thread in new swap ideas? How fun would it be to have bits of each other in our books? If you don't want to start a thread, I totally will, and will organize!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on July 29, 2010 08:36:17 PM
Some of us should do a tiny paper swap for even more inspiration. Like Stamping out some of our best stamps on cool paper and sharing the love that way. :) It would be fun to see tiny bits of each other in all of the journals.

Just a thought. :)

I love this idea! Have you started a thread in new swap ideas? How fun would it be to have bits of each other in our books? If you don't want to start a thread, I totally will, and will organize!

Oh that would be fun!! A little bit of different Craftsters in all our books!

Phizzy I love your pages. The clock is my favourite so far.

I will not have started by the Saturday deadline as i'm going away this weekend. But hopefully by next week i'll have all my swaps under control and i'll be able to start sketching  :)



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on July 29, 2010 08:38:00 PM
All I've done so far is cut thread, and glued! My mom is taking dd tomorrow night, so I hve lots of plans to start, I really want to post on Saturday!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on July 29, 2010 09:33:36 PM
I'll be cutting thread and glueing pages tonight so maybe I can get a few backgrounds done this weekend.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on July 30, 2010 01:38:49 AM
I can't wait to see some backgrounds, I love seeing in-progress pictures! It's going to be so interesting to watch them develop ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 30, 2010 03:57:28 AM
I got some work done on my cover last night. I have no idea where its going.
I put a piece of blue painters tape over the label on the back of the book until I get the messy part done.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on July 30, 2010 05:31:39 AM
OK off to start a tread in the swap ideas. Not sure if I would be brave enough to organize for an entire swap full of mods though. LOL


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 30, 2010 05:35:20 AM
OK off to start a tread in the swap ideas. Not sure if I would be brave enough to organize for an entire swap full of mods though. LOL

We don't bite, I promise.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ankhored on July 30, 2010 05:51:51 AM


 I was thinking that maybe instead of sticking two pages together - I could stick other paper to some pages.. like, I could use the acid free scrapping paper. Do you think that will make it stronger? Plus I thought it might kill two birds with one stone because scrapping paper has such cool prints that I can use as backgrounds...

 Or do you think that If I did too many like that - that it would make it too heavy and possibly tear in the joins ?  Does that make sense?

 Thats fantastic they are doing scholarships for 2 people - thats so nice of them !


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 30, 2010 05:57:39 AM
I have put scrapbook paper in mine, but I'm rebinding. I did notice that the paper that comes in the journals appears to have some perforations, so if it does get too thick, you could always pull out a couple of pages. Also, I'd make sure to use lighter weight scrapbook paper.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on July 30, 2010 08:54:38 AM
OK Ladies, I have started the idea for the swap thread. :)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=355277.0

Hope I posted the link correctly. :) All and any ideas are welcome.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Sarcastra on July 30, 2010 11:06:19 AM
I know! I was so excited when I got a pm from Shane. He's so nice and they're so excited about our craftalong! If you haven't signed up yet and you're a FOC, enter today!

Along that line of thought, does anyone think it might be neat to give a wave to Craftster in our sketchbooks, showing our membership?  Perhaps just a cutout of the craftster logo inside the front cover near where our artist info is going to be. 

I think it might be a nice show of craftster solidarity to have a chunk of the sketchbooks in their library with a little send up inside. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 30, 2010 11:31:15 AM
I do think it would be cool to have some little Craftster reference in the books. I'm planning on doing something.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 30, 2010 11:35:46 AM
Here's the beginning of my cover.

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/amaryllisroze/4842890291/)

The blue tape is just there to keep the label clean.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 30, 2010 11:38:59 AM
I would not have guessed that was yours! I like it, though. It looks textured, or is that just the paint/ink?

What is your plan for what you are doing next with it?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on July 30, 2010 11:47:32 AM
I have no idea where its going next!

I smeared some gesso over the black cover and added a couple of other colors I didn't like. So I smeared some black gesso over that and made it worse. Then I took strips of dictionary pages and stuck them down with matte medium and before it dried, rubbed it in places until the paper started to tear. Then I peeled bits off. After that I used some ink and pastels to age it up a bit. The strip down the middle is some printed gaffer tape.

Total trial & error from the get go, but I think I like how its looking.


I would not have guessed that was yours! I like it, though. It looks textured, or is that just the paint/ink?

What is your plan for what you are doing next with it?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 30, 2010 12:03:05 PM
I like the look!  Good idea to cover the back label!! and I must remember to leave the inside cover available for the card insert as well...thanks for the reminder!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: starfish13 on July 30, 2010 12:41:45 PM
When I got home from work, I found an envelope with my book inside! Woohoo!  That means I can start on Sunday when I have a day off work.  I've made a wee mock up of how I want to rebind the book out of some scraps, so I can have plan of what to do, and how it will look.

I love the start that people have made, and some great covers too.  I can't wait to see what you crafty bunch come up with.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on July 30, 2010 10:20:05 PM
Aww man, I just spent a loooong time reading through this wonderful thread, and despite the cost, I fear that I may get sucked into this awesome project, regardless. The pull is just too powerful...  Too many of my favorite creative minds involved, I'm not sure if I can resist!  :)

For now, I'll be lurking the thread.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on July 31, 2010 08:25:29 AM
I've decided to take a HUGE step out of my comfort zone and join in. I've signed up and I've chosen "In flight" as my theme. Science is my thing, so I figured that it would be like a security blanket for me, and I thought it was the most obviously science-y theme that I could choose, yet still give me plenty of free rein (unlike the dirigibles and submersibles one... I couldn't generate enough ideas for that). I've already generated a list, and come up with an idea for a storyline to carry me through. I'm going to "write" my story to see how many of my ideas I can incorporate and then block it out to see how many pages I'll need. I was intimidated by the 80 page count, felt better when I realized that it was only 39 or 40 2-page spreads, but I'm still not sure if I can fill that many pages (so page gluing may be in order).

I've just read through all of the pages in this thread and, although logically it should make me more nervous, I find it a wee bit comforting that many of you experienced art journal/paper craft folks are feeling intimidated by starting. My book is already on the way (and so is one for a friend as a birthday gift) so I'm going to start thinking about my story so I'll be a bit more ready when it arrives.

I'm really looking forward to this!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: calluna on July 31, 2010 08:59:30 AM
Aww man, I just spent a loooong time reading through this wonderful thread, and despite the cost, I fear that I may get sucked into this awesome project, regardless. The pull is just too powerful...  Too many of my favorite creative minds involved, I'm not sure if I can resist!  :)

For now, I'll be lurking the thread.

Same here! My rationale for not joining is that I haven't been using the sketchbooks and art journals I already own, and this project would likely keep me from finishing other WIPs this year. I took my name out of the running for the FOC scholarship since I'm so wishy-washy about it... :-\...The pull is mighty powerful, though...

ETA - oooo, I just saw the video on their website with examples of finished books, and it entirely re-inspired me! Hmm.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 31, 2010 09:32:11 AM
OK, it's Saturday, so it's time to show your stuff!

I just completed (maybe) my first page. My theme is "I'm a Scavenger", so I'm going to try to incorporate all the bits of stuff I always save. Today, some of my fortunes:


The lined page is from an old ledger I found, so it's not quite the right size, but I like the look of having some pages different sizes, and I like it on the black page behind it, so there you go.

If anyone has any suggestions for improvement, I'm all ears. I'm sure it could use "more"; I'm just not sure what. Maybe some outlines around the fortunes? But look at me, I drew something! It's been ages since I've done that.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Sarcastra on July 31, 2010 10:53:24 AM
But look at me, I drew something! It's been ages since I've done that.  :D


And it is an excellent drawing!  I like it a lot.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: katara on July 31, 2010 01:25:12 PM
My sketchbook arrived today!! I really like the dark red cover!! Must admit the sketchbook is a little smaller than I expected and the paper is very thin....
Rackycoo - I really like your fortune cookie page! Kudos on starting and finishing a page in your sketchbook!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: MNR on July 31, 2010 04:48:24 PM
Oops. My post got buried.
I asked a question about other people getting their work digitized. (About 3 pages ago.)
Posters said that they would have friends and family see it online if they digitized it.
What about having people in a wider online community see it? Or people looking for artists? Is that likely? Is it worth it?

I should hurry up and buy. But I want to just make sure.


Rackycoo: That's a really pretty page. o_o


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on July 31, 2010 05:30:51 PM
I got mine digitalized. As far as I know, anyone who has your code (included in the card they send you) can access your work.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on July 31, 2010 06:32:11 PM
I love your page Racky! I rather like the plain space in it. You did a great job with your drawing too, no doubt in my mind that it's a fortune cookie! ;)

I have 3 spreads done, I just need to scan and upload them. I'm planning to get that done tomorrow hopefully before work, but if not, afterwards. Today just got away from me somehow.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on August 01, 2010 10:42:47 AM
I've been thinking about my theme and story (and it kept me awake last night, unfortunately) and today I drew a giraffe for onemilliongiraffes.com (here's mine: http://www.onemilliongiraffes.com/?id=63840 ). And, after seeing how not-as-bad-as-I-expected my giraffe came out, I feel a little bit better about attempting this ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on August 01, 2010 12:10:54 PM
That's a great start, racky! I love the black behind it too.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 01, 2010 12:45:24 PM
I went ahead and gave each fortune a black outline, which works better. For now, I'm calling that page done.

I have a bad habit of working on only half a spread at a time. (I just did it again.) I think I'm going to have to bite the bullet and go ahead and bind mine, or I'm going to be sorry.

Where are everyone else's pages?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on August 01, 2010 01:36:11 PM
I tried glueing 2 pages together yesterday and it is still too lightweight for me so now I'm going to plan B and cutting some new pages to bind in my book.....


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: ckchan on August 01, 2010 02:24:05 PM
Great page Racky!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on August 01, 2010 03:48:21 PM
But look at me, I drew something! It's been ages since I've done that.  :D


And it is an excellent drawing!  I like it a lot.

And, it's entirely recognizable as a fortune cookie! Nicely done!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Lalage on August 01, 2010 06:34:32 PM
Haven't been on here in a loooooooooooooooooooooooong while, but i too signed up for this project, my theme being "figuring you out". I've been combining mediums: paper, fabric and thread, markers, paints and dyes, along with my own imagery and poetry.
 Will post photos as soon as i figure out the new way!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on August 02, 2010 01:00:05 AM
I have a photo or two to post early this week. Sorry I didn't join in on the fun on Saturday but after a long and really stressful week you'll have to excuse me. I'm going to watch Doogie Howser.

I'll battle it out with the scanner soon. Until then, all of the pages I have been seeing are wonderful! Keep up the craft :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 02, 2010 06:29:38 AM
great page--and yeah, I am behind in taking pics, but not in doing my pages!  I want to add one more thing...and then draw a giraffe... :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on August 02, 2010 08:02:21 AM
So, work consumed my day yesterday too  ::) but today I scanned my pages! Here they are:

Night falls...


and while you sleep...


into your head they do creep.

The third page isn't really two different shades, the scan is just a bit wonky. :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: starfish13 on August 02, 2010 08:38:03 AM
Danni, that's fabulous.  I love the first page, its really atmospheric.  Are you going to try to keep the rhyme through the book?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 02, 2010 08:48:46 AM
Spooky!  Are you using pencils only in your journal?  Are you truly copyrighting each page?  I have not seen that on original artwork...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 02, 2010 08:56:01 AM
I love that creepy third page.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on August 02, 2010 09:03:50 AM
Thanks, everyone! :D

I'm not sure if I'll be rhyming throughout the book although I intend to try. I have several ideas for actual nightmare spreads but have to plan how best to string them together. If they don't rhyme I won't be terribly disappointed, poetry was never my strong point. ;)

I'm using a mixture of watercolors and pencils at the moment. The first page is watercolor and pencil, the second is just watercolor and the third is just pencil. I may move into some other forms of media as I work further into the book... definitely planning on some black and white pages and possibly some collage.

I typically don't put any sort of markings on my work, I just upload to flickr and go. But since I'm cross posting the pages to several places including facebook I opted to put something on them. Probably should just put my name and date tho. Things to do next time I scan I suppose. :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 02, 2010 09:11:45 AM
I love the first pages...mixed media sounds like the way a lot of people are going...so glad you are jumping in and what a fun theme...scarey but so many ways to do it!

Can't wait to see more...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on August 02, 2010 09:18:36 AM
Ooh your book is looking fantastic!

Writing your name on finished pages is a good idea!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 02, 2010 09:33:55 AM
Is it actually written on the pages or just watermarked on the photos?

I'm rolling my idea around in my empty noggin, trying to get a handle on it...its harder than I thought it would be.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on August 02, 2010 09:37:10 AM
I'm assuming it's just on the photo, otherwise that might be a bit weird :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on August 02, 2010 09:54:01 AM
It's just on the photo. ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 02, 2010 10:20:56 AM
I forgot to mention that I am glad you are back to drawing, rackycoo!  Shake off the cobwebs and it will be like riding a bike again!

I like that you mixed a lot of different scavangered items in your piece!  What a fun theme you chose!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on August 02, 2010 10:40:33 AM
Racky, I love the fortune cookie drawing!

Danni, i like the creepy last page, as well :) The thought of some creepy hand touching my face in my sleep gives me the heeby jeebies...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on August 02, 2010 11:13:15 AM
Danni, i like the creepy last page, as well :) The thought of some creepy hand touching my face in my sleep gives me the heeby jeebies...

Ditto! Now, I may have nightmares of my own tonight!


And, it wouldn't be considered cheating if I drew an image and then photocopied it, cut it out and used it a bunch of times right? Because I can probably draw one squirrel, but I don't know if I can draw it again so that it looks the same...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 02, 2010 11:28:47 AM
I did that--I drew one magnifying glass and then copied it in different sizes...I don't think you can cheat with this project unless you copied someone else's stuff :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 02, 2010 11:57:16 AM
CraftADDchick, I don't consider that cheating at all! I can't wait to see your army of squirrels.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on August 02, 2010 01:32:27 PM

And, it wouldn't be considered cheating if I drew an image and then photocopied it, cut it out and used it a bunch of times right? Because I can probably draw one squirrel, but I don't know if I can draw it again so that it looks the same...

I had the exact same worry when I started using my own art prints in collages... My crafty buddies also assured me that it's not cheating. It's just finding a way for one drawing to be enjoyed in lots of different places :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on August 02, 2010 01:35:11 PM
I love the pages posted so far!
I still have not received my journal, so this weekend I made an idea list and started a new altered art test book. I hope that it gets my creative juices ready for the 'real' thing when it arrives!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: vibrancy on August 02, 2010 01:54:37 PM
A few days ago I ordered my sketchbook. I'm anxious to begin, though I know it'll be a couple weeks before it arrives. My theme is "capture the flag". To be honest I'm not sure what exactly I'm going to do, but I'll think of something.  :)

I'm also excited to see what everyone else is doing!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 02, 2010 02:48:03 PM
Hi vibrancy, welcome to Craftster! We'll look forward to seeing your book too.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on August 02, 2010 07:35:21 PM
Well, then since it isn't cheating, I may start working on some images for future photocopying while I wait for my journal to arrive. I wonder if you can put watercolor paper through a copy machine? ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on August 02, 2010 07:55:53 PM
Okay!  So, in all truthfulness, I really DID have everything I am about to show you done way before Saturday...I haven't touched it since Wednesday, so I was on time for the weekend posting.  BUT, life got in the way this weekend...my brother in law walked in the door from work, told my sister he was divorcing her, and packed up his stuff and walked out on her and my two year old nephew.  It was completely out of the blue and needless to say shook up our lives big time, because now, with him gone and not wanting to see their son, I went from having one toddler to babysit every day to two...and that is a huge difference when they tend to strangle and bite and hit each other every 2.2 seconds...lol!  And I've been spending time with my sister to help her out as much as possible, which is why I wasn't around this weekend.

ANYWAY...enough back story, on with the pics!







I cut the house out of an old calendar I had and sewed it into my book while I had it all unbound.  The first picture shows the reverse side of the page with the castle sewn on, you can see the stitching.  I may cover it with something eventually but right now I kind of like it.


My name (obviously) starts with a B so I also sewed a cut out B on the very first page.




The front and back covers.  I doodled all over them with a white paint pen.  I will probably cover up the writing on the front where it says 'the story', as I really HATE how my writing turned out.

The rest of these are just some water colored backgrounds, and the page with the quote on it is the middle spread in the book.  Oh, and the black page is acrylic, I almost forgot that one :)























Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on August 02, 2010 08:18:26 PM
BethieB- Sorry to hear about your sister's situation :( I'm glad she has you to helpher out during such a tough time... Anyway, your pages look great! Those watercolor backgrounds are going make for some nice pages. Can't wait to see more!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on August 02, 2010 08:32:20 PM
BethieB - so sorry to hear about your situation. Your sister is very lucky to have you as support.
Your backgrounds are great - they have great color to them! I really like the cover too!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on August 02, 2010 08:34:56 PM
Thanks you guys!!  I am sorry for my sister's heart ache, but honestly, this guy was a total jerk and I am actually glad to see him go.  I hate that it hurts her, of course, but he was an a crash course for destruction so I am glad he's not taking her down with him.

This is the first time I've ever water color backgrounds, I love how the colors turned out and it was really fun to make those speckles and streaks.

Thanks for liking the cover Dawn!

I am hoping to get some time tomorrow to work on my book some more, if I get anything done I will post pics.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: celticdancer on August 02, 2010 10:30:50 PM
BethieB I love what you've done with this so far! What a great idea.. watercolor all the pages and go from there. I'm itching to experiment with watercolors now!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on August 03, 2010 03:40:35 AM
Those are looking wonderful! I love the way you've stitched the house in, it looks great!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 03, 2010 05:56:03 AM
Well, then since it isn't cheating, I may start working on some images for future photocopying while I wait for my journal to arrive. I wonder if you can put watercolor paper through a copy machine? ;)
I ran some images onto watercolor paper last night...I had to cut the paper down to fit as it would only go trough the individual sheet feeder of my copier and I did have to pull it through in the end to help it spit out...I loved how it turned out and now I can watercolor over the image without it smearing all over the place...

bethieb--so like you to jump right in and go for it!!  I love your beautiful watercolor papers...they seem to fit your storybook theme!  I also like how you did it right on the paper given...I like the start of your cover as well...and the house sewn in is a great idea!  wow--you are kicking our butts to get going... (sorry to hear about your family situation as well...hopefully crafting will help you with the stress of it all!)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: starfish13 on August 03, 2010 10:36:15 AM
I've unpicked all the stitching in my book, and am going to join four pages together to make five larger spreads.  I've started to colour the backgrounds with watercolour pencil, but it isn't giving me the bright colours I want, so might go over them again with paint.

The pages of the book are so thin, and they are perforated along the spine in mine, so I have to be so careful not to rip them when they are wet. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 03, 2010 11:32:21 AM
They've had 10,000 people sign up. That's just crazy!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 03, 2010 11:33:57 AM
oh wow...I guess our covers better be pretty enticing then for others to look at them... :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 03, 2010 11:38:49 AM
I was thinking "Whew! If mine stinks, it will easy for it to not get noticed!"  :D



oh wow...I guess our covers better be pretty enticing then for others to look at them... :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 03, 2010 11:41:29 AM
lol -- yeah, right...I doubt that anyone is this group will come up with a stinker!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on August 03, 2010 05:06:53 PM

The pages of the book are so thin, and they are perforated along the spine in mine, so I have to be so careful not to rip them when they are wet. 

I just made a new discovery about my own book - the pages are so thin that they won't even hold up to my drawing on them!!  I do color in pretty heavy, and I'm using a ball point pen, which is the problem...but now I am stuck as to what to do for sure...I can take it apart again and rebind using heavier paper, but I don't for sure how many times the cover will hold up to that...but I am really not satisfied with the paper in general, if it won't even hold up to my drawing without tearing...ugh!!  Decisions, decisions...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 03, 2010 07:18:31 PM
I made 3 signatures of pages (5 pieces of paper, so 10 pages per sig) that I've temporarily sewn, but not to the cover. This is so I can throw out pages I don't like and add new ones if necessary. Once I'm happy with all of them, the last thing I'll do it sew them into the cover. This way the bound edge of the cover will get as little abuse as possible, before I send it off. I used 90lb watercolor paper.

Also, I put pieces of fabric gaffer tape along the bound edge in an effort to beef it up a bit.



The pages of the book are so thin, and they are perforated along the spine in mine, so I have to be so careful not to rip them when they are wet. 

I just made a new discovery about my own book - the pages are so thin that they won't even hold up to my drawing on them!!  I do color in pretty heavy, and I'm using a ball point pen, which is the problem...but now I am stuck as to what to do for sure...I can take it apart again and rebind using heavier paper, but I don't for sure how many times the cover will hold up to that...but I am really not satisfied with the paper in general, if it won't even hold up to my drawing without tearing...ugh!!  Decisions, decisions...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 03, 2010 07:49:20 PM
I will be binding my pages last as well and reinforcing the spine...I am using some of the papers they provided but in a different way... ;D

ok, here goes...this is my middle section that I am using sort of a midway point for the pages in front and back...it is done on watercolor paper.



I am flattening it under a bunch of books as it curled a bit as I was working on it.

Close-up of the magnifying glass--it is a photocopy of a drawing I made and will be seen in other parts of my journal...I am taking some liberties with my theme of "The View from Up Here" :D



I copied a map, shrunk it, copied again on my watercolor paper, and went to town!

Phew...the first page was the hardest...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on August 03, 2010 07:54:23 PM
Oh my goodness Alwaysinmyroom!!!! I 100% love it! It really looks fantastic. Great take on "The view from up here"!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on August 03, 2010 09:39:33 PM
I'm loving everyone's beautiful pages so far!!  My start will have to wait until I'm back from vacation near the end of the month, I will be cutting my pages out tonite and maybe laying a bit of colour on so I can get right on them...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on August 03, 2010 11:21:31 PM
Always, that spread it great! I was struck by an idea on the bus today so I'm going to pull out my paints and play


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: katara on August 03, 2010 11:46:36 PM
alwaysinmyroom - THAT page totally ROCKS!!! *sigh* How am I ever going to get started.....


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on August 04, 2010 02:08:14 AM
I finished three pages and have a couple more in progress

Decided to get the first page done and over with. The trees were sketched while waiting for a bus. I then inked them while at the zoo and used nearby palm trees to help add more detail in the leaves. At first I was going to paint the brown and white sections..but I kind of like the look. On top is a list of stuff I needed to accomplish that week. Still haven't :(


Drew my partner while he slept. The caption on the bottom says "Damn it he turned over!" I wasn't able to add the level of detail I would have liked. Not sure what to do with this..Charcoal outline?... Watercolor even though there will be no shadows?


Just finished this one

Close up on the text. If I wrote them down right, those are just some of the unique languages spoken in the Philippines. What I mean by unique is I tried to write the actual languages and not just the dialects of each language. There are over 100 languages spoken in the Philippines and not one of them can correctly be referred to as Filipino.
It bothers me that I messed up on one of the names... but I am not what would annoy me more. The messy mistake, or the look of white out.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 04, 2010 02:55:18 AM
raerae--fantastic!  It is wonderful to see the stories appearing...I am with you on the messy mistakes...we are humans and these mistakes only make the pages more special to me!!  I put some dates in upside down and had to go over certain words...leave it!

Your Fillipino page itells a story and is very interesting!  I also think that leaving some pages very simple is how we reeally live...look at how Picasso did some very simple line drawings and the images still stick in our minds!

Very inspirational...once the first page was done, the ideas kept flowing...I look forward to following your journey, raerae!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on August 04, 2010 06:04:19 AM
Everyone is off to such a great start! I love seeing all the different themes and ideas beginning to take shape and am enjoying all of the different techniques everyone is employing.

I read on the co-op's site that they're trying to get 20,000 people to sign up for this. Maybe I should make my cover a hideous neon color so it will stand out!  ::)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 04, 2010 06:12:32 AM
neon would fit your theme--or at least those colors are MY nightmare! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on August 04, 2010 07:33:31 AM
Wonderful pages! I love that there is so much variety in styles and themes. This is going to be a wonderful gallery of work!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 04, 2010 08:55:14 AM
always, I love your view from up here, and the fact that you will be using your magnifying glass in several of your pages.

raerae, your pages are so personal. I think that's great. I'd probably leave the sleeping partner sketch as is, especially because you wrote about him turning over. I think it gives that page some real freshness and a touch of humor. I'd leave your mistakes in the Filipino page. I don't think they're distracting, but I think white out would be.



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on August 04, 2010 02:46:12 PM
I like posting my pages and visiting them after they are done. It allows me to step away from it and be pleased with the outcome.

I think I'll take your ladies' advice and leave the writing as is. The nice thing is I can always add more later. I like how the Filipino page came out. Lately I've been very interested in text based artwork. I think I stay away from it because I used to really dislike my writing. I have another text page floating around my head but I am unsure of where to place it in my notebook. So far my pages are being done randomly in the journal.

Racky, I'm inspired by my every day life. My sketchbooks are always very personal and turn more into an illustrated planner/diary/whatever else I needed to write down at the moment. "This is not a sketchbook" is a great theme for me.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: nicoleburdsall on August 04, 2010 04:32:47 PM
I'm so excited for this! Both my mom and I are doing one, and I just started on my back cover. I'm a little nervous to do anything in it yet because I'm used to drawing on large paper, but I think I'll manage. Is anyone else doing Nighttime Stories?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: calluna on August 04, 2010 06:22:35 PM
I read on the co-op's site that they're trying to get 20,000 people to sign up for this. Maybe I should make my cover a hideous neon color so it will stand out!  ::)

Wow, I didn't know they were making it THAT big! When I heard they were at 10,000 I figured they were probably about filled-up and I shrugged off the whole thing. But if they want 20,000? Methinks I'm gonna have to might eventually cave in.  :D (Funny how someone's seemingly-impossible goal inspires other people to try to rise to the challenge--like that Million Giraffe Project!)

I actually hope lots of the book covers stay undecorated, at least along the spine. There's something exciting about planting a magical art-fest inside a random, plain-looking book, as a reward for the person who doesn't judge a book by its cover--in this scenario and in life, too!  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on August 04, 2010 06:52:49 PM
I read on the co-op's site that they're trying to get 20,000 people to sign up for this. Maybe I should make my cover a hideous neon color so it will stand out!  ::)

I actually hope lots of the book covers stay undecorated, at least along the spine. There's something exciting about planting a magical art-fest inside a random, plain-looking book, as a reward for the person who doesn't judge a book by its cover--in this scenario and in life, too!  :D

Ooooh yes!

Although I admit. I do judge books by their covers :P


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on August 04, 2010 08:10:52 PM
Well, then since it isn't cheating, I may start working on some images for future photocopying while I wait for my journal to arrive. I wonder if you can put watercolor paper through a copy machine? ;)
I ran some images onto watercolor paper last night...I had to cut the paper down to fit as it would only go trough the individual sheet feeder of my copier and I did have to pull it through in the end to help it spit out...I loved how it turned out and now I can watercolor over the image without it smearing all over the place...

Glad to know it worked! But, I may have to do it after hours at school so nobody knows it was me in case the copier breaks ;) Does watercolor paper come in different thicknesses?

And, I love that gorgeous map page, and every other page that has been posted! At first, I wasn't going to look at images because I didn't want to be intimidated by all of the amazing pages you guys have posted. But then I decided to be inspired instead!

I can't wait for my journal to arrive! And, since I know I won't take apart the book and re-bind it (I have the ability, but I know I won't have the time), what do you suggest I use as glue to glue some pages together? Would a thin layer of mod podge work? Maybe sort of "squeegeed" on? I can't remember if I read it earlier in the thread (so I apologize for asking if it's already been answered).


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 04, 2010 08:15:35 PM
Watercolor paper comes in several weights. The one I'm working with is 90lb which is kind of your average cardstock feel. It would easily run thru a printer or copier that can handle cardstock. It doesn't have much texture to it though.

I have another (unrelated) book that's made with 140lb. Its got great texture and is pretty heavy duty. It barely warps or wrinkles when it gets wet.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 04, 2010 08:22:05 PM
I am glad to see so many people signing up...there is somethine energetic about thinking about that many people having a positive common goal of creating little pieces of themselved through art...

I am glad I signed up for the scanning because I certainly am having a tough time taking pics of my pages...hopefully before this gets much further, I will have my own scanner repaired!

Anyway, I will post two pages I did today:



"find the uncommon in the common"


"I imagine this is what being closed-minded feels like"


Like raerae--it is never too late to make changes, add things, or even scrap the entire page! :D

76 pages to go!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on August 05, 2010 02:04:31 AM
Love both the pages!! But especially the santa claus page! (I'm having a mind blank as to what the flower is actually called....)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on August 05, 2010 02:53:23 AM
Those are beautiful! I love your dandelion page so much!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on August 05, 2010 03:03:50 AM
That dandelion page is gorgeous!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 05, 2010 04:10:14 AM
Thanks...it is a bit hard to see but the center "dandelion" has slanted eyes! ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on August 05, 2010 04:30:39 AM
Watercolor paper comes in several weights. The one I'm working with is 90lb which is kind of your average cardstock feel. It would easily run thru a printer or copier that can handle cardstock. It doesn't have much texture to it though.

I have another (unrelated) book that's made with 140lb. Its got great texture and is pretty heavy duty. It barely warps or wrinkles when it gets wet.

Thanks! I'll have to look at what I have and then, if needed, hit the store to see what I can find. It's not going to be for my main pages, so I can probably get away with the 90 (and then try it in my laser printer without the fear of angering the copier gods at school ;) ).


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ankhored on August 05, 2010 05:09:31 AM


 Wow 10,000... In this case Ill be extremely happy if I get at least 1 notification of someone reading my book :P

 I have started a few pages - I nearly have three done - My aim is hopefully have them completed by the weekend and Ill try put photos up then.

 Everybodies work so far looks fantastic !!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on August 05, 2010 05:41:04 AM
I love your pages, always. The little yellow dandelion puff stands out just enough with its yellow tint. Also, your handwriting is so nice! I typically hate writing in books because I'm not very fond of my writing...  ::)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 05, 2010 05:44:32 AM
thanks--I was trying to get that messy writing, barely readable doctor-style...alteredmommy gave me a wonderful book that had pages with writing that I absolutely love--can't read some of it, but I think it adds mystery and madness! :D

I am hoping that by the time I finish my journal, anyone who reads it will know something about me and my personal journey through this life!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 05, 2010 06:11:58 AM
I like the bird!

I ordered a how-to book yesterday on funky hand lettering. Its not something I've ever been able to master.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 05, 2010 06:45:55 AM
I have three sets of alphabet stamps but that would take forever and they are a bit larger....I will use them sporadically, but it would be nice to try different writing styles!  I might finally try calligraphy or perhaps Japanese brush painting!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: StickerChic87 on August 05, 2010 08:29:53 AM
Sooo you know that welling you get in your chest when you get super excited? I totally have that right now for two reasons:

1) After lurking around on here for a few months, I've finally decided to join the community! (If there is a thread for new people/introductions, I apologize, I really did look around for it :)  )

2) I really want to commit to ths project!

Both of these occurances are thanks to all of you! You all are so inspiring and talented! And the idea of being a part of this amazing community is thrilling :)

So anyways, I'm trying to decide on a theme...I'm thinking of picking Help! and doing sort of a Beatles interpretation...what do you think?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 05, 2010 08:33:04 AM
Welcome aboard!

I think that since we can control how many pages we do, and use a loose interpretation of the theme, that if you love the Beatles, that would make a great theme...and you can always change your mind along the way! :D

It really is fun and once you do one page, it seems to blossom...I love being inspired by my fellow craftsters here and on the alterd book craftalong as well!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 05, 2010 09:06:50 AM
I'm so excited for this! Both my mom and I are doing one, and I just started on my back cover. I'm a little nervous to do anything in it yet because I'm used to drawing on large paper, but I think I'll manage. Is anyone else doing Nighttime Stories?

No one but you yet. There's a list of participants and their themes in the first post on this thread. I'll add your name.  :)

StickerChic87, welcome to Craftster, and welcome to the craftalong! Once you decide on a theme, post it and I'll add you too!

alwaysinmyroom, your pages are looking great! I did another; I'll try to post it soon.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on August 05, 2010 09:25:53 AM
So anyways, I'm trying to decide on a theme...I'm thinking of picking Help! and doing sort of a Beatles interpretation...what do you think?

Hey, welcome to craftster and the project! :D Help! or Submarines could be good themes to interpret with a Beatles theme. You can always rebind your book with less, thicker paper instead of doing 80 pages like my crazy self is attempting to do. ;)

Speaking of that whole rebinding thing... I have a different book than some people I've talked to on Flickr and Blogger about the project. Instead of my pages being bound in with a simple row of stitching through the spine, my book has several small signatures glued to the spine. No wonder the whole 'snip the threads and resew' thing sounded way too simple when I looked at my books spine.  ::) Anyone else have a book like this?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 05, 2010 09:27:50 AM
How odd that your book is different! I had one large signature stitched down the midde.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 05, 2010 10:07:12 AM
That's the way mine is.

They do make a disclaimer that they might use different kinds of books if necessary. Maybe they could only get so many of each kind?

How odd that your book is different! I had one large signature stitched down the midde.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: StickerChic87 on August 05, 2010 10:40:05 AM
Ok so i did it! And I chose Help!   ...so excited! When I recieve my book and see what kind it is, I may need some advice about unbinding and rebinding, but I'll cross that bridge when I get there :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 05, 2010 11:03:22 AM
I had one big signature as well and a pocket flap on the back inside cover that I am wondering what to do with it...I know they need the fron inside cover to put in your artist info, so I am doing that page very simply...I am thinking of putting mine back together with more signatures and doing a different, more sturdy binding..


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on August 05, 2010 02:06:06 PM
Everyones work and ideas are so very inspiring. I wish I could touch some of the pages being shared. :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: calluna on August 05, 2010 05:20:11 PM
Some ideas I have brewing for themes that are currently available, in case someone's searching for some (I'll update as other inspirations strike). Please take freely...

"Facing forward" - 1. a series of frontal portraits, either of self or of others. 2. coming out of a difficult time and moving on from it. 3. variety of sketches of parts of the face from various angles. 4. cut out a hollow niche through the middle of the book and glue a mirror to the inside of the back cover, so the viewers are always facing themselves while they browse through your work.
"Help!" - 1. Yes, the Beatles theme is great.  :) 2. Collaborate with various people on your sketchbook, getting their input and their sketches (and identifying them) through the book. 3. Working on recovery; people involved in one's recovery/healing.
"A record year for rainfall" - 1. for people who have had an extraordinarily bad year so far, or at least have had a massive amount of setbacks/ordeals/problems come up. 2. drought and flood. 3. noah and the ark. 4. geology and meteorology.
"Jackets, blankets and sheets" - 1. camping. 2. rebind and alter the book to feature book jackets/sleeves (the paper cover on hardbound books), sheets of paper, and blanket-stitched edges. 3. fabric and fiber arts; use swatches of fabric and small weavings. 4. sketches at the laundromat.
"I'm sorry I forgot you" - 1. people you've left in the past. 2. items lost/missing, especially items that brought joy in childhood. 3. sketches of things other people have left in the lost-and-found where you work. 4. use techniques and media that you used in the past, including childhood, but don't find yourself using anymore. reflect on why that's the case.
"Things found on restaurant napkins" - 1. collect printed paper napkins from restaurants (not very common where I am, but most small restaurants I visited in Spain had them with at least the name and address of the place), sealing the printed part to the sketchbook paper to make it part of the base, and painting/collaging over and around the napkin.
"Lights in the distance" - 1. Las Vegas. 2. hope or aspiration. 3. experiments with shading, contrast, light and dark.
"It's raining cats and dogs" - 1. see "Record year for rainfall". 2. portraits of cats and dogs. 3. life in the animal care business.
"Revenge" - 1. for people who also did the Sketchbook project last year, kind of a sequel.
"Trading forever" - 1. if you have a huge collection of mail art such as ATCs and don't mind parting with some, fill your sketchbook with them (identifying all artist information, of course) and make it a gallery for their creations. Or do the same for other flat items you've traded for. 2. giving up immortality.
"And then there was [sic] none" - 1. depletion of natural resources. 2. if you stay in a popular vacation destination during its off-season when no one's around. 3. finding oneself devoid of something that was previously in excess. 4. scenes of desolation. 5. start the book with extremely crowded/busy compositions, and continually decrease until you have nothing on the final page; maybe start at the end and have each page identical but add one more thing/technique/medium on each page as you go toward the front of the book.
"...You'd be home by now" - 1. if you commute and use public transportation (or at least don't have to be the one driving), work on your book only during your commute.
"The view from up here" - 1. illustrations from an aerial perspective. 2. life in the North (whatever north is for you) or living at a high elevation. 3. being "on top of the world". 4. imagine how God sees things. 5. work on your sketchbook only while upstairs, sitting in a treehouse, etc.
"Dirigibles and submersibles" - 1. heights and depths, highs and lows, heavy and light, optimism/pessimism. 2. science fiction and steampunk; aircraft and watercraft from your imagination. 3. traveling between different realms (ie air, earth and water).
"Capture the flag" - 1. games and sports. 2. war or other territorial behavior. 3. incorporate your national/regional flag into every art piece. 4. aiming for a goal. 5. turn the sketchbook into a flag book (http://www.squidoo.com/flag-book)
"Great hopes and massive failures" - 1. lessons learned from a long period of job-hunting. 2. experiment with art techniques and doing them as badly as possible. 3. optimism vs pessimism, "fortunately, unfortunately".
"Nighttime stories" - 1. nightmares. or draw your dreams in general. 2. working graveyard shift. 3. lullabies and bedtime stories. 4. campfire and ghost stories. 5. only work in your sketchbook at night, and record the events of the day in it. 6. illustrated barhopping adventures. 7. nocturnal animals. 8. going through a down/dark time. 9. results of an evening art class.
"If you lived here..." - 1. mixing and melding of cultures. 2. long-distance relationship. 3. relocating/moving to a new place. 4. interior decorating or architectural sketches. 5. fill the books with scenes of places/sites/things/people that make your community what it is.
"Make mine a double" - 1. coffee culture. 2. duality 3. twins 4. cloning. 5. all kinds of phrases that begin with 'double'. 6. mirrors, 'through the looking glass', backwards, two-facedness. 7. divide the book in half, and working from the middle outward (toward the front and the back), do exactly the same illustrations in each half, only using different mediums. 8. make the 2nd half of the book a mirror reflection of the 1st half, with the reflection-half being slightly distorted/demented.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on August 05, 2010 07:17:31 PM
WOW. You put so much thought into each theme!!

I love the "in flight" idea you had of journaling only while on a plane!! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on August 05, 2010 08:21:24 PM
Okay, the banner ads have been mocking me so I went to the artcoop site and read all the info. I just ordered my book and my theme is "Great Hopes and Massive Failures". I'm not really a sketcher - except for doll ideas so this will be challenging. But I like the idea of making something that will last or exist beyond my physical being, if you know what I mean.

I was in London in 2006 (I think) and walking toward the Victoria and Albert Museum the first morning I was there, there was a street festival going on with a ginormous piece of paper for anyone to add their thoughts or scribbles. I made my little "smmarrt" icon smiley face and I still wonder if it was kept/archived/saved somewhere....It was legal grafitti and it just made me giggle.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 06, 2010 06:13:01 AM
Yay smmarrt!   It will be nice to have yet another craftster to inspire, encourage and share the journal pages with!

Calluna--those are some great ideas!  After I selected my theme, I jotted down a bunch of ideas of how it could be interpreted--I have most of the ones you listed in "A View from Up Here" :D...in addition, I thought I might include the perspective of animals...ha ha...the view for an ant could be just dirt...but again, if it is an ambitious ant, it could be from the top of the tallest trees in the garden... :D

I have eight pages completed now...and I must say, when I fold the pages back together and flip through what I have, I feel a sense of accomplishment and pride...this has been very cathartic for me and I have enjoyed everyone's input and support...I hope to see lots of pages this weekend and will post my other pages as well

Just one thing to keep it real:   I have decided that some pages are just going to be duds...some days I just don't feel like the inspiration is quite with me or the skills are lacking...but it is so much like real life that I am leaving the duds in my journal...hopefully, there won't be a lot of them, but trying to keep it real... :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: thisbirdsabsurd on August 06, 2010 07:32:50 AM

Just one thing to keep it real:   I have decided that some pages are just going to be duds...some days I just don't feel like the inspiration is quite with me or the skills are lacking...but it is so much like real life that I am leaving the duds in my journal...hopefully, there won't be a lot of them, but trying to keep it real... :D
I think this is a characteristic of a true sketch book.  I will jot little bits of craziness in my sketchbooks not thinking anything of them, and then go back months later and think - that was pretty cool!!  Of course, sometimes I wonder what I was thinking, but yeah - I agree - keeps it "real".   ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: helenheels on August 06, 2010 12:42:11 PM
i've joined. i picked the theme about boys and girls.

if i happen to win the scholarship, may i use the code to go digital or get a t-shirt?

yay!!! and excited!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 06, 2010 01:30:24 PM

if i happen to win the scholarship, may i use the code to go digital or get a t-shirt?

The scholarship is expressly for the entry fee and a journal. If you win, maybe you can give the book to a friend.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on August 06, 2010 04:22:05 PM
Some page prompts - if you need one or several....
http://atlantis.coe.uh.edu/archive/electives/elective_lessons/electiveles8/index.htm

I was just looking for some matches to light my fire, so to speak.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 06, 2010 05:07:59 PM
I think I might have come up with the path my book will take. Finally.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 07, 2010 08:54:45 AM
I decided to quit being such a baby and go ahead and bind my book. Now I hope I don't mess it up!

Here it is:


You can see some of the papers I used. I also popped a couple of manila envelopes in there so I can include some old postcards or tickets:


Here's the last page I did:

It says "Save everything!"

I am, after all, a scavenger.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 07, 2010 10:24:24 AM
Bravo rackycoo!!  How many pages did you end up using?  It seems that since I have added watercolor pages, my book is getting pretty fat!

What type of binding did you do--the same as what the original notebook was?

I love your last page--perfect for your theme!



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 07, 2010 10:32:31 AM
I love that page!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 07, 2010 11:21:43 AM
That's not the last page of the book, it's just the last page I did.  :D It would have made a nice ending, though. Oh well.

I ended up with 104 pages, so 52 spreads. Some of the pages are smaller than the others and I did bind in a couple of manilla envelopes, too. I didn't use the same sort of binding that the book originally had; I made three signatures and bound them using the method shown in this tutorial (http://www.daydreamingonpaper.com/0204.html). You really need an even number of signatures to make it work correctly, so I have a modified version of that binding going on.

I'm going to try to get some more sketching done today.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 07, 2010 11:29:02 AM
104 pages? so you are making it bigger than the original 80 pages! wow...did you have to widen the cover at the spine?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Knickertwist on August 07, 2010 12:04:13 PM
*sigh* I love mason jars. Your page is lovely racky.

I haven't taken the leap yet and was wondering how many pages were in the books... 80? Hmmm, that sounds like a lot to a slacker like me. 104?!?!? No way!!!!  :D

You guys sure are making this hard to resist.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 07, 2010 12:06:32 PM
C'mon, knickers, you need to do it. You know you do.

104 pages? so you are making it bigger than the original 80 pages! wow...did you have to widen the cover at the spine?

It is a bit wider, but there are three signatures, so it works. I probably wouldn't have done so many pages if I had counted them before I sewed that bad boy together.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Knickertwist on August 07, 2010 12:43:10 PM
C'mon, knickers, you need to do it. You know you do.

I know. Despite the fact that I am resisting as best I can I've already made pages in my head.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 07, 2010 02:15:54 PM
You know you're going to give in so you might as well get it over with.  ;)



C'mon, knickers, you need to do it. You know you do.

I know. Despite the fact that I am resisting as best I can I've already made pages in my head.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on August 07, 2010 10:53:23 PM
What do you guys mean when you say different signatures? In my head, I just see your name signed, does that mean different topics, sections?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: calluna on August 07, 2010 11:39:45 PM
What do you guys mean when you say different signatures? In my head, I just see your name signed, does that mean different topics, sections?

every group of folded-together papers is called a "signature". usually it's 4-5 sheets (which then make 8-10 pages), but it sounds like a lot of these moleskines arrive with all pages stacked and stitched down the middle into one big-fat signature.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on August 07, 2010 11:44:55 PM
Thank you for answering that for me, I was haven't the hardest time wrapping my head around it! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on August 08, 2010 01:44:56 AM
Racky, your book looks gorgeous already. I'm excited to see what you fill up the pages with.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on August 08, 2010 06:44:34 AM
C'mon, knickers, you need to do it. You know you do.

I know. Despite the fact that I am resisting as best I can I've already made pages in my head.

Well then, you may as well put them to paper! ;)

Racky, all the different papers in your book give it such an interesting look. The save everything page is so pretty, I especially love the background and have no idea what you did to get that look, but it's great!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 08, 2010 08:07:36 AM
Last time I bought dishes, they were wrapped in huge sheets of slightly textured, absorbent paper. I have been using those papers for years now to protect my desk when I paint, and to clean my stamps. That's the background! Parts of that paper are so beautiful that I had to include them in the journal. For the mason jar page, I used a stamp for the jar, painted it white with acrylic paint and went over all the lines loosely with a black pen. The background was all just luck.

Who's got some new pages to show today?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 08, 2010 08:08:52 AM
After seeing that rackycoo jumped right in and rebound her book, I finally decided on the papers I am using...I have them loosely grouped into 4 signatures by I am liking the idea of having lots of two page spreads so I might try 8 signatures instead...I did manage to get a few more pages done so I feel on schedule to get my book done!

Has anyone else set up a profile page on the website?  I posted my first page on my profile but not on the 2011 page yet...they want good scanned pics and I have not done that yet...wow--I love what everyone is doing!  There are some awesomely talented artisits participating...very inspiring!

I have a few pages to show as soon as I load them up! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 08, 2010 08:12:23 AM
I haven't set up a profile yet. I'm going to have to go over there and get busy.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on August 08, 2010 08:23:36 AM
I can't see where you make your profile.... i'm probably staring straight at it  :D :D

Help please?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 08, 2010 08:38:27 AM
I have been searching in vain as well.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: StickerChic87 on August 08, 2010 08:57:13 AM
*Waiting somewhat patiently for my book to arrive.*  ;D My fingers are itching to get started, especially after reading about and seeing everyones wonderful progress so far!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: katara on August 08, 2010 09:09:56 AM
I am in dire need of some ideas. My theme is "It'll be fun I swear"
Started doing a page, but didn't like it so I ripped it out.
I need some HELP!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: thisbirdsabsurd on August 08, 2010 09:37:55 AM
Finally got started last night - wish I was an awesome art journaler like some of you all but I think I will be taking the "simpler" route - lots of sketching, line drawings and a few small watercolors pasted in here and there.  My first ink drawing is very simple, but it is the one that instantly came into my head when I picked my theme.  The weird thing is, when my daughter - also an artist - heard what my theme was she came up with the EXACT same idea, which, when you see it, will make you believe that we are a rather twisted family.  LOL!  I'll post some pics when I have a few more pages done.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on August 08, 2010 10:31:39 AM
I can't seem to find a place to create my profile either... ::)

I have another page about halfway finished and ideas for the next 4-5 pages in my head. I'll post the page I'm working on once I've finished! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: calluna on August 08, 2010 12:29:04 PM
I am in dire need of some ideas. My theme is "It'll be fun I swear"
Started doing a page, but didn't like it so I ripped it out.
I need some HELP!

I don't know if this helps at all, but your predicament follows the theme perfectly! Good intentions and high hopes followed by frustration, doubt and aggravation, thoughts of "This is supposed to be fun!" I'd encourage you to not try to create a page or a layout - just put random drawings on random pages, and even if you don't like how it looks just leave it there. Even if you don't feel inspired or happy to be doing it, just scribble something or throw some color onto a page. Feel any perceived failure and let the disgruntlement flow into the next thing you create. Fill a whole page just writing about how it feels to be stuck where you are.
THEN, when there is some mark on every page and you're so sick of it that you want to burn your sketchbook, hide it away for a few weeks and get it out of your mind. When you come back to it, you'll see it's better than you thought. Or at least not as "bad".  :D
At that point, use whatever you put on the pages as a starting point. Embellish, elaborate, change the context of something you drew, switch to a different medium, etc. If you're feeling stressed about it at that time, step back and imagine you're an art teacher offering constructive criticism. Or show us what you have in-progress here and ask for suggestions on what to do next.
I can't swear that it'll be fun, but it WILL be rewarding to create this book!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 08, 2010 01:35:52 PM
I don't have any finished pages but I have been working on backgrounds.
I have no idea where any of these are going.  :D

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/amaryllisroze/4873191994/)
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/amaryllisroze/4873192190/)
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/amaryllisroze/4873192374/)
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/amaryllisroze/4873192532/)
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/amaryllisroze/4873192782/)
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/amaryllisroze/4872585663/)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on August 08, 2010 01:58:17 PM
I am so jealous of your skills amaryllisroze!  I love them all!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 08, 2010 02:05:34 PM
Don't be! There's not a whole lot of skill going on there!  ;D



I am so jealous of your skills amaryllisroze!  I love them all!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 08, 2010 02:29:16 PM
I think you've got a great start there!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on August 08, 2010 03:49:28 PM
Ooh, your backgrounds are wonderful! I especially like the first reddish one!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Poosel on August 08, 2010 04:32:08 PM
i should be receiving my sketchbook sometime next week. I'm sooo excited ;D
My theme is nightmare...I might put a scientific spin on it...not quite sure yet


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Knickertwist on August 08, 2010 06:10:29 PM
Love the backgrounds aroze!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on August 08, 2010 10:14:25 PM
I've had my sketchbook for about a month now, I haven't started yet because I'm still planning and I've also been really busy. My theme is storybook.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: katara on August 08, 2010 11:34:52 PM
calluna - thanks for the MUCH needed advice!
amaryllisroze - love the backgrounds!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: starfish13 on August 09, 2010 12:07:58 AM
I love the backgrounds aroze - is that bubble wrap prints around the pink/orange one?

I've completed my first 'page', of four pages joined together.  I stuck them together with a thin strip of masking tape, so that I could paint/glue/write over the seams.


My theme is 'and then there were none', which I've interpreted as the loss of biodiversity (as 2010 is the international year of biodiversity), the fragility of our planet and how it is our responsibility to do something positive about it.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on August 09, 2010 12:36:40 AM
I just made it home from the store with a new pad of watercolor paper so I can take out all the original papers and put heavier stuff in.  I'll use the originals that I already painted somewhere along the line.  I'm so happy to get started again!!

Starfish - the butterflies are amazing!!  Good idea using the masking tape too, such a simple solution that seems like it will work out perfectly.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on August 09, 2010 01:38:27 AM
Such a lovely page! And a great way to interpret your theme.

I don't really understand what you mean with the masking tape... explain?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: starfish13 on August 09, 2010 02:28:29 AM
You can't really see the scale from the picture, but that spread is made from four pages out of my sketchbook, and to attach them together I used very thin strips of masking tape, the paper tape that you use for protecting edges when you paint.  Because it is paper, it will take paint/ink etc, so I could stamp and watercolour over it.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 09, 2010 06:01:53 AM
Lovely starfish13!  Your page background is wonderful and I appreciate the masking tape idea...I think anything to strengthen the spine of the pages would help as they are thin paper!

Aroz--your backgrounds would be a great inspiration to open and draw whenever you like!  I think I will work on finishing more backgrounds for when the creative moments hit!

My pics turned out horrid, so I am going to go have them scanned at the copy center...

Are people still having trouble finding the profile page on the sketchbook homepage? BRB--I will write down the steps...

1. go to the website www.thesketchbookproject.com

2. at the top, log in--you use whatever it was that you used to sign up for the project...I kept my username the same as my craftster username and password

3. once you log in, you will get a dashboard and off to the left, you can start your profile, edit it, put in pics, comments, etc.

4. You can either add pics in your profile or you can actually post them in the Sketchbook 2011...however, in the latter, they want nice scanned pics because it is so public!

Need more help?  Please contact me :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ankhored on August 09, 2010 06:22:08 AM


I didnt know we could log in and do that! .... i have a query though. When I signed up for it I ordered a book for a friend at the same time as a gift... So her book details are on my login..  If she signs up to it now - will it matter that her book details arent on her login?
 

 Does my question even make sense ? :P


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 09, 2010 06:24:20 AM
The butterfly page is beautiful!

Yes, I used bubble wrap on the one page. Its the first time I've done that. It was just sitting on my work table so I thought I'd try it out. I'm sure that page will end up fishy because they look like bubbles to me.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 09, 2010 06:26:18 AM
starfish, your butterfly page is beautiful!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: thisbirdsabsurd on August 09, 2010 08:39:15 AM
Okay - so I'm off to a start for what it's worth...the first one is the idea my daughter and I both had when we read the theme "I'm sorry I forgot you" - and no, I never actually did this in real life.  ;)




not as visually exciting as some of your guys' stuff, but I'm just more of a sketcher I guess.   I'm going to add different media here and there - somw watercolors and fabric, but these are the only two I have finished right now.  I'm enjoying seeing everyone's cool pages!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 09, 2010 08:41:21 AM
I always think sketching is visually exciting. Its not something I can really do so I definitely appreciate others' work.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: mouseatethekitty on August 09, 2010 08:42:27 AM
I want to join this craftalong, I've read all 46 pages of this topic (during the summer I don't have a life haha) and all of the posts are very inspiring :)
I wanted to do "sleepless" or "it'll be fun I swear" but both of those were gone by the time I signed up so my theme is "The greatest story ever told" I want to do sketches, collage and painting of all of the ridiculous things me and my boyfriend make up when we are bored and maybe a few sketches of the ridiculous stories our other friends make up.
Now I'm just patiently waiting for the sketchbook to get here :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 09, 2010 08:58:20 AM
thisbirdsabsurd--I think it is great that we have sketchers and fiber people here as well...the variety makes this project very interesting to me!  Art evokes emotion and I definitely laughed at your first adorable drawing!! ha ha now that picture would fit the nightmare theme for me...I am always worried about leaving one of the kids somewhere...:(

I also love the doggie--who could resist that face?

Welcome mouseatethekitty!  Don't forget to list your theme in your signature!  It is so great to see so many people here...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 09, 2010 09:00:41 AM
Welcome mouseatethekitty, and congrats on winning one of the scholarships! I hope your book arrives soon.

thisbird, I feel so sorry for that baby (the one you claim you never left behind). I love the expression in the dog's eyes. You did a great job capturing his sadness. I sketched out my dog this weekend, but I'm not happy with it yet. Maybe today I can work on it and get it up to post-worthy level.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on August 09, 2010 09:16:56 AM
Thisbird- your sketchings look great, and I agree with others, you did a great job getting the saddness in the dog's eyes.
I almost chose that same theme.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: sheriffkarli on August 09, 2010 10:03:58 AM
Just sent in my payment! I chose Nighttime Stories. I cant wait to get started!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: IdlersDesign on August 09, 2010 10:31:20 AM
Lovely pages you all made until now! I've not been lucky with the scolarship, but will join tonight or tomorrow. I secretly already started sketching  ::) and will simply glue them in the sketchbook when I receive it  ;) (that's not cheating is it?...)
Can't wait to see more of your work; it's such good inspiration!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Pixiefirefly on August 09, 2010 10:56:30 AM
You all have done really awesome jobs so far! This is very inspiring but the project is somewhat intimidating and a little costly at the moment for me but it looks like I may have a little time to think about it. I was trying to find out on their website how many pages were in the sketch books but I seemed to miss it. Can someone tell me the number?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on August 09, 2010 11:15:00 AM
Great pages everyone! Aroze, I can't wait to see where your backgrounds go from here. Starfish, the butterfly page is beautiful and I love your interpretation of the theme! Thisbird, your pages are great so far! I agree with the others, the doggy sketch is definitely sad.

Here are my two newest pages, the first of a nightmare sequence I have playing through my head. It's loosely based on various wildlife phobias and fears. As it goes on further I'll be adding more dark colors, probably some inks and pencils, and some paper bits. For now though, just some watercolor...





I decided to drop the prose for now and let the art just happen. Once it's done I'll work on what, if any, wording I'll put in.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 09, 2010 11:26:05 AM
oooo--you have hit a nightmare indeed!

I think you are doing so well on depicting nightmares! :D  no words needed on that one!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on August 09, 2010 11:55:01 AM
You all have done really awesome jobs so far! This is very inspiring but the project is somewhat intimidating and a little costly at the moment for me but it looks like I may have a little time to think about it. I was trying to find out on their website how many pages were in the sketch books but I seemed to miss it. Can someone tell me the number?
80 pages in the notebooks, but some of us are rebinding, so have more/less pages.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 09, 2010 12:28:51 PM
Ack, bird attack! That's a great page.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Poosel on August 09, 2010 03:21:00 PM
yeayyyyyy...got mine in the mail today....time to dream some nightmares.

DanniQuee, I love your birdies ( I hope you have never been attacked by them)



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 09, 2010 03:50:42 PM
Here are some of the pages I did over the weekend and last week...I am going to have someone at work scan them so I can post decent pics on the website...sorry, but you guys get the not so good ones... :D

These two are in homage of my Japanese heritage. The little squares on the left one was done with the bottom of a box...it is fun to use weird things to stamp the pages...


This one was from a doodle I was doing at my desk as I was reading about the Butterfly Project that aroze posted...


Having fun with looking at my gnarly feet and worrying about my diet... :D


Close up of my tribute to... Craftster!! (website address was corrected after I had reveiwed the pics last week! :D)


I have a lot of pages with backgrounds now so that when inspiration hits, I will be ready!

Thanks for looking...keep those pages posted.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: playswithneedles on August 09, 2010 04:02:30 PM
alwaysinmyroom - I love your pages!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on August 09, 2010 04:09:39 PM
Your pages look great, and I especially love the top one! And the butterfly page is beautiful, hard to believe its just a doodle.

And I hate to be a buzzkill, but I think you got the website address wrong.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 09, 2010 04:12:05 PM
I know--I corrected it to .org after I had taken the pic...everything is fixable so I am not so weirded out by mistakes anymore ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: spicytaco on August 09, 2010 05:43:13 PM
Hey guys! I'm one of the lucky winners of the Sketchbook Project scholarship thingy, so I'm totally joining in. My theme is 'Coffee and Cigarettes'. I plan on drinking a lot of coffee while working on this. I don't actually smoke cause I get to see the damage it does to people's lungs on a daily basis, but I may have to smoke a couple while working on this. (Don't tell my mum.)

Can't wait to get my book and get started.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: thisbirdsabsurd on August 09, 2010 06:09:26 PM
Thanks guys for your nice commentary and congratulations Spicytaco on winning a scholarship - hope your book arrives soon!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: spicytaco on August 09, 2010 06:49:21 PM
Whoo. Just went through all 48 pages. Great work so far.

Man, I only had the choice of black or kraft paper cover. I woulda really like red. I got kraft though. Guess I could paint it red.

Mr. Taco was so excited when I told him that I won. When I told him my theme he's like, "Well then, we'll have to go to lots of coffee shops." :P


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on August 09, 2010 07:03:31 PM
HI everyone!   ;D  I am so over the moon right now!  I never win ANYTHING!  I just got my congratulations PM about winning the sketchbook!   ;D  I had to pick a different theme though because "The view from up here" was gone.  So I've decided to go with "Lights in the distance".  Have you ever wanted to know what was inside each one of those little tiny lights in the distance?   ;)  I just filled out everything on the website and I can't wait to get my book!  I was most definetly going to do it next year when I had some more time to work on it but now...  now I get to do it this year!   ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: TheMadMel on August 09, 2010 07:23:23 PM
I so want to participate in this. I really hope they still have some left by the time I get the money to sign up. I want to do "Adhere to Me" or "Trading Forever" as a backup choice. The first time I was on there they had red and I really wanted it, but now it's not an option anymore (Guess I'll just have to make my own color for the cover huh?). I want to do the digitizing and get the shirt too.  I should have the money by the end of the month *hope*hope*hope*.

Does anyone know... If you get the book and login and all that, can you login and order digitizing and a shirt later?  I could maybe swing just the book and do the other two when I get more money...  Just to make sure I get my book & theme, you know?  But I don't want to miss the chance to digitize.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 09, 2010 08:12:34 PM
yay spicytaco!!!  What a great theme!  Congrats to the winners! have fun everyone!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Poosel on August 09, 2010 11:11:06 PM
 :o I started mine...and once the paint was dry from the cover, I checked the back sticker and it says Nighttime Stories on it. I could have sworn I picked Nightmares. I was all excited about going all out with the gore (heheh)...I e-mailed the arthouse people....hopefully it was just a screw up.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: IdlersDesign on August 10, 2010 01:28:01 AM
Just joined the project (and ordered a shirt  :D)! Can't wait to receive the sketchbook. This thread makes me even more anxious to start... ;)

I so want to participate in this. I really hope they still have some left by the time I get the money to sign up. I want to do "Adhere to Me" or "Trading Forever" as a backup choice. The first time I was on there they had red and I really wanted it, but now it's not an option anymore (Guess I'll just have to make my own color for the cover huh?). I want to do the digitizing and get the shirt too.  I should have the money by the end of the month *hope*hope*hope*.

Does anyone know... If you get the book and login and all that, can you login and order digitizing and a shirt later?  I could maybe swing just the book and do the other two when I get more money...  Just to make sure I get my book & theme, you know?  But I don't want to miss the chance to digitize.

When ordering it said that if you decide on digitalisation later, the price will be 40 dollar in stead of 20  :-\



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 10, 2010 05:58:17 AM
always, your pages look GREAT! I love what you've been doing.

spicytaco and Frogg526, congrats, and I'm glad to see you joined the craftalong. I'll add your names to the front page.

IdlersDesign, if you tell me what your theme is, I'll add you as well.

EDIT:
Poosal, if they don't change your title, your "Nighttime stories" could all be nightmares.  ::)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 10, 2010 06:44:32 AM
Thank you rackycoo!  I bought a wonderful set of watercolor pencils yesterday for some more fun...I would like to finish all of my backgrounds and bind the thing so I can start carrying it around in my bag...I did decide on a cover design...

rackycoo--did you coat your cover with anything to make it more durable?  I really have no idea what coatings to use to protect the cover and the pages...I have paper modpodge, but I think that is not meant for pages sitting next to each other...I have never coated watercolors before...maybe nothing is necessary and the wear is tear is just going to be part of the journal?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 10, 2010 06:46:16 AM
I opted to not protect the cover. Mod Podge can get sticky, and if the journal is stacked with others, it may become a problem. My cover is ratty old stamp cleaning paper anyway, so I figure if it gets dirty or a little torn, that will only add to the patina.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 10, 2010 06:54:39 AM
I am doing some guerilla art around our area and it is helping me "let go"...not everything we do is meant to last forever! :D

Thanks for the info...I think I will stick to nothing as well...now to stamp about 1000 imprints on my cover...:D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on August 10, 2010 06:55:50 AM
Congratulations on winning the scholarship guys! Can't wait for you to get your sketchbooks. :)

Poosel, I'm with Racky. You could use nightmares for 'Nighttime Stories' or you can also keep it dark with urban legends or scary stories that kids might tell each other at camp outs and slumber parties to scare the ever-loving crap out of each other. With some of those things you can definitely keep the gore factor high! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: IdlersDesign on August 10, 2010 07:23:19 AM
My theme is Revenge  8)
I guess the word sounds pretty aggressive, but I'm going to do something about idle living as a kind of 'revenge' to consumer society. Maybe I'll make it about making your own art, which is not only restricted to things to hang on the wall or books in an exhibition  ;), but also the art of living in general. Make small things in life into a form of art; the art of daydreaming, the art of cloudspotting, the art of nosepicking, etc....


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on August 10, 2010 08:04:27 AM
There's an art to nosepicking?  I had no idea..... ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on August 10, 2010 10:40:38 AM
My journal arrived yesterday (as did the one I got for my friend), but I can't even think about it until the weekend. While browsing through the pictures here (So many gorgeous backgrounds and pages! starfish13, I love that butterfly page, and, science geek that I am, I love what you're planning to do with your theme!), I'm really starting to love the collage look (especially since my drawing skills are not great), and after seeing some of the backgrounds all painted up and waiting, I had an idea about how I might set up my pages...

Any tips on gluing the pages together? Glue type, method, etc? I don't want to ruin it right out of the gate :P


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: IdlersDesign on August 10, 2010 11:05:18 AM
There's an art to nosepicking?  I had no idea..... ;D

Sure there is  ;) practice, practice, practice  ::)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: edelC on August 10, 2010 11:39:24 AM
oh wow, I have been travelling for the last few weeks and come back to find that the page count for me has gone from 11 to 49, so cant get all of them read in the time i have on this computer!..but I have been doing the odd little sketch while I have been away


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on August 10, 2010 12:18:10 PM
I unbound mine (again), came up with an idea to fix the spine, and cut a bunch of watercolor paper down to size.  Now I just have to paint all the backgrounds in so I can rebind it (for the third time, lol).  I think I am going to go sit in the sun and work on it this afternoon as I finally have a day off and really want to get to work on it!  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on August 10, 2010 12:19:43 PM
eeeeppp just bought mine on line. I am so very excited. This will be a project that hubby and I get to work on together. :)

ummm now I have to get my head to working. :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Poosel on August 10, 2010 01:00:09 PM
I find it very interesting that a lot of you guys have started with the background throughout the sketchbook, and then later come back to fill the pages with the 'story'.
Have you totally figured out what to put on those pages? I'm worried that if I were to do that, it would hinder me on what to put on those 'backgrounded' pages. (<--does that even make sense?)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: calluna on August 10, 2010 01:31:45 PM
There's an art to nosepicking?  I had no idea..... ;D

Sure there is  ;) practice, practice, practice  ::)

Wow, I learn something new every day on Craftster, including new art forms!  :D

Welcome home, EdelC!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 10, 2010 02:02:23 PM
With my book, I decided to do all the backgrounds so I wouldn't be faced with a blank page every time I opened the book. Its not going to have a sequential story line so it won't matter what order I work on it. If I don't like one background today, I'll go to a different page and come back to the first one later when it appeals to me more.

I've not done a project like this before so I'm just winging it as I go along!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on August 10, 2010 02:11:14 PM
I just had the email from arthousecoop that says my journal is on its way to me. Yay.

There are soooooo many good ideas here, it may be hard to find a starting point. But I will take some of your great ideas and dismantle and practice some of the techniques. I did buy, at the grand opening of the giant new Dick Blick Art store here in SF, a pack of 3 kraft-paper covered Moleskines, same size as this project. I will take one apart before the official one arrives and then try to re-sew it.

I will post some of my practice pages. Oh, and I think I will cover the cover with lottery tickets - I always have great hopes for winning!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: TheMadMel on August 10, 2010 02:19:32 PM
I did buy, at the grand opening of the giant new Dick Blick Art store here in SF, a pack of 3 kraft-paper covered Moleskines, same size as this project. I will take one apart before the official one arrives and then try to re-sew it.

Brilliant! I was thinking I might try rebinding mine but I was worried about messing it up. Practicing by dissecting another one is a great idea!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 10, 2010 02:36:08 PM
I find that if I do a variety of colors and different papers, the background really is not that critical to what I want to put on it...I sometimes add different colors or papers depending on my mood...I don't actually have mine bound, just folded inside the book...and a rubber band around it...that way, I can still carry it around yet pull out the entire sheet to do what I want...

I have no sequence either--and on some of my pages, they are not even side by side in their colors...

I think however you like to work...somedays, I want to do the entire page from start to finish and just pull out a blank one (I had about 30 pages leftover since I substituted my own paper...)...

what theme did you pick Tero?  Sounds like a fun project to do with another person!

welcome back edelc--you are joining this, right!? ;)

love your lottery ticket idea smmarrt!  Sounds like a good idea to practice binding...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: StickerChic87 on August 10, 2010 02:38:11 PM
Oh, and I think I will cover the cover with lottery tickets - I always have great hopes for winning!


This is a great idea-can't wait to see it!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on August 10, 2010 04:29:35 PM


what theme did you pick Tero?  Sounds like a fun project to do with another person!


Nighttime stories :) It has so many possibilities. I know I am going to have to get a bit naughty in some of the pages. LOL there has to be erotica in a theme nightime stories..right? ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on August 10, 2010 07:10:28 PM
OK so - my theme is "Lights in the Distance".  I was thinking about doing a few pages randomly throughout the book that were black/dark blue/dark purple with white-ish/yellow-ish stars on them and numbering the stars.  Then pages in the book correspond with a number on the dark pages.  And each number/page is a different world.  Does that make sense to anyone or am I totally crazy?

I'm sure there are other ways to interpret "Lights in the Distance".  Anyone care to share their thoughts?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: nicoleburdsall on August 11, 2010 01:41:03 AM
So I have been REALLY nervous to start this because I'm just sure something will go horribly wrong and the book will explode or something. Then I did the first page and hated it, so I took it out. I redid it on another piece of paper and haven't glued it in yet because of ANOTHER glue fiasco I had on the cover (I glued on the cover and stuck 5 pages together. So my worst fears have been confirmed. However, I survived, as did the book (with a few bruises and scratches I'm sure), and will continue even if it kills me.

So this is the front and back cover. I haven't yet, but I am going to use a black binding tape over the spine, so the jagged edged won't show, so don't worry :] My mom and I marbled paper for the first time ever (boy was that an adventure), and that's what the back and the leaves are made from.


Another shot of the cover. I used mod podge, so I should probably spray it with a finish to take away the tackiness, but I can't find mine :[ Oh, and it didn't show well, but there are red eyes in the dark space around the words


Details on the cover


And the first page which hasn't been glued in yet or trimmed.




Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on August 11, 2010 01:44:36 AM
Ffrogg526 - I think that sounds like a great idea!

I finished my cover this weekend am and just getting to post it now. Overall, I like the way it turned out - the bronze paint has a very nice metallic shine and I was able to fade it out similar to how I saw it in my head. I am planning on having clocks running throughout the book "timing" the day (I am envisioning an odd sort of story for the whole notebook - but I am having trouble explaining it right now, so hopefully it will become clearer as I do more pages).

The only thing that I don't like is my handwriting, but it is what it is and I really can't change it (either on the cover or anytime I write...). My writing is really fairly illegible usually, so this is pretty good for me but I REALLY wish I had pretty handwriting! 

I also messed up where the center of one of the clocks is. Every time I look at it, that clock jumps out at me... I am doing my best to ignore it... ::)

The whole cover:


A close up of the clocks on the front cover:




Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on August 11, 2010 02:20:43 AM
Two amazing covers!!! I'm in awe.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: edelC on August 11, 2010 02:58:38 AM
thanks alwaysinmyroom and calluna...but I am not actually home yet, I am in budapest at the moment, at a festival and have another two weeks of travel before I get to get  my hands on my notebook, in the meantime I (for a week at least) have regular internet access and am enjoying keeping an eye on what you guys are up to


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: mouseatethekitty on August 11, 2010 04:57:33 AM
Those covers are so cute! And I don't think your cursive looks bad Dawns Trees, it totally looks better than mine :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on August 11, 2010 05:24:57 AM
Wow those covers look so good!

Your handwriting looks fine. I actually think it looks like a scrap booking print! I think most crafty people don't like their own handwriting in their art. I am the same way.
And I love the marbled paper with that cute little owl  :)

I ordered my sketchbook and get a confirmation email saying it was mailed yesterday. I will be excitedly opening my mailbox everyday until it is finally here.

I picked the theme night time stories! I cant wait to get started. I have so many ideas already rolling around in my head :) Now I just need to get caught up on this thread!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 11, 2010 05:35:23 AM
nicoleburdsall, I love the texture and colors on your cover. It looks great!

DawnsTrees, yours looks great too! I tried and tried to find the "mistake" you were worried about, but I don't see it, so you can let it go now.  :D Did you draw the clocks on, or stamp them?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on August 11, 2010 06:23:17 AM
I love both of those of covers :) I really like when folks add their own hand writting in their work. It is very personal to me.

Really digging the gold and clocks together...then OWLS well anyone who knows me at all knows that I can not resist anything with an owl on it. :)

Budapest Edel ?? WOW, what a life LOL Hope you are having a glorious time. AND I hope you are taking tons of pictures to share. :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 11, 2010 06:26:15 AM
I couldn't find the mistake either!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 11, 2010 06:56:19 AM
oh Tero--can't wait to see your erotica take on your theme!  What naughty fun!

nicoleburdsall--your cover is very clever and I would love to try marbeling!

Dawn Trees--I also cannot find the clock, so I would guess that it is just fine! :D

oh, I am hoping that a lot more people start posting their work...it is exciting to see works in progress as well as finished pages...I have done nothing more on mine... :(


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on August 11, 2010 07:26:14 AM

Quote

Nighttime stories :) It has so many possibilities. I know I am going to have to get a bit naughty in some of the pages. LOL there has to be erotica in a theme nightime stories..right? ;)

I also picked night time stories but I am going a whole different direction with mine. I cannot wait to see how yours turns out :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on August 11, 2010 08:35:15 AM
Thanks everyone! I appreciate all of your comments!

rackycoo - I drew the clocks in. The first circle was a good waterproof pen. The second circle was done with a semi-soft pencil. I am now trying to figure out a fixative that I can use to that 1) works, 2) won't change the colors or paper texture and 3) is inexpensive. Anyone have any suggestions on what they like to use?

EdelC - I hope you are having a great time!! That sounds like a wonderful trip!

alwaysinmyroom - you definitely should try marbeling - it is a ton of fun! Nicole (who happens to be my daughter... ;D) and I tried both the shaving cream and water methods. Had much more success with shaving cream and food coloring, but it is MESSY!!!! :o


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on August 11, 2010 08:44:52 AM
OK guys, scared out of my mind but this was too much fun not to try...the swap is open :)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=356345.0


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on August 11, 2010 10:27:06 AM
nicoleburdsall - AMAZING!!!!  I love the owl and the creepy eyes in the dark!!

DawnsTrees - that cover is so awesome.  I really thought you'd used a stamp, it all looks so perfect together.  I couldn't find the mistake either, and I think your handwriting is perfect.  Also, congrats on having your daughter along with you, that is the coolest thing!

EdelC - WE MISS YOU!!!  Glad you are able to post and check in.  I still have to check out your vacation blog and can't wait to see your travel journal and what you come up with for this sketchbook!!  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: edelC on August 11, 2010 01:44:12 PM
aw thanks BethieB I really miss craftster too..and while I am sketching a little for this project and journalling and yes Tero, taking some pix....i have to confess that I miss my sewing machine most of all! but 11 countries and counting and a mad festival, is some consolation!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Poosel on August 11, 2010 02:23:55 PM
 :'( haven't done 2 swaps yet  :'(

Here is my creepy front cover. For some weird reason my camera was a little over zealous....usually i get dull pics....the reds aren't all that bright.



sometimes the gore inside me builds up....and I just gotta let it out ::)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 11, 2010 02:26:45 PM
Poosal, you are eligible to swap. The two swap rule you're referring to is for organizers. Meanwhile, great cover. That would draw me in!

I finally did a full spread with some scavenged items.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 11, 2010 02:26:55 PM
great cover---I would pick up yours to read it!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: spicytaco on August 11, 2010 02:54:14 PM
Alright, so some people earlier were a bit miffed cause they added new themes, but I gotta say I'm sure that 'Nightmares' wasn't a theme when I signed up, so they must have taken some away too. (It's not there, I just checked.) I so would have picked nightmares. Although I am still happy with Coffee and Cigarettes.

Great work so far people.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 11, 2010 02:55:56 PM
They do "retire" titles when a certain number of people sign up.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Poosel on August 11, 2010 03:02:20 PM
yah, it's kinda weird, because I checked back on the site...and there was no nightmare. I still haven't gotten a reply yet (I e-mailed them 2 days ago). Since I thought I picked nightmare...and I started on nightmare...I'm just gonna continue with the nightmare (....which is my nighttime story) It's madness :o


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Asheri on August 11, 2010 05:41:45 PM
Yay, I've signed up. My theme is Revenge. C:


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: puamelia on August 12, 2010 12:51:35 AM
I'm so thankful to my Fairy Sketchbook Godmother who's making this possible for me to do! I have to sign up and see if my theme is still there so I'll get back to you about that.  Congrats to everyone else! 
I have to say, everyone's been doing some really cool stuff - I'm having a flashback to when everyone was having cold feet and talking about holding hands, closing eyes and jumping.  I'll have to get back to this hopefully on Saturday - waiting for a paycheck (want to digitize), and in need of some sleep - just finished a 12hr. shift at work *yawn*.  G'nite all!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on August 12, 2010 12:55:18 AM
Congrats to the winners! And welcome to all who have joined in the past week.

Lately, the only time I get a chance to take photos is at night which results in photos with poor quality. I'm posting as I go along, but would you like to see photos of both the pages? Most of my spreads will be only one page but I am wondering if you are curious about how it looks together.

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivicamirrors/4884789734/)
DSCN0349 by vivica_mirrors, on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivicamirrors/4884789734/)


This is a found poem I did on a book page. I was first introduced to the idea by my buddies on deviantart.com If you are interested I can message you some users who do amazing pieces of poetry with this simple idea.

"The Art of Dying

Turning again to
the life we find
regular and secular
Discharged their duties,
because decency
granted
devotion and death."

And yep, alwaysinmyroom, that paper does seem oddly familiar ;) You'll be seeing a lot of that in my book.

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivicamirrors/4884188609/)
DSCN0351 by vivica_mirrors, on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivicamirrors/4884188609/)
Left page is a sneak peak of an in progress page. I have a few that are in progress. The right page is a collage that I titled "Emergency Landing"


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on August 12, 2010 12:58:33 AM
I love the emergency landing page!!  :D :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 12, 2010 06:20:10 AM
oh raerae--it please me greatly that you are using my hibiscus hand dyed papers!  You are so talented and have such a great imagination...ha ha--emergency landing is clever and well done so far!

The poem idea is one I want to try as well...some of my pages will be thought-provoking and some fun, like yours!

I am working on a few pages with fabric since it is so much of my life...I am worried that stitching will pull out, so I am using glue over the stitches as well...it makes the pages a bit thicker, so I might have to remove a few of the pages I had planned...

So glad to see newcomers to the thread---glad so many people had the chance to join in this group...have fun and let's keep those pages coming!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on August 12, 2010 07:09:34 AM
I am so anxious and excited to get my book that I don't think I can wait to get started. I was thinking about getting started on the cover and then just putting it all together when it gets here.
I am still thinking about theme ideas though. I chose night time stories but I am not sure which way to go with it yet. I want to do monsters so I thought about doing scary stories told in the dark. Maybe from a kids point of view with cute creepy monsters. I have a ton of monster sketch ideas!
Is anyone else doing this theme? I am just curious what everyone else had in mind ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 12, 2010 07:23:15 AM
shelina, a few people are doing Nighttime Stories. If you check the first post of this thread, I have everyone in the craftalong listed, as well as the theme they're working on. I went ahead and grouped people together by themes, so it will be easy to see who is working on your same topic.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 12, 2010 07:24:49 AM
I love the bits of scavanged items you put into your pages rackycoo---I am sure each piece has a story!!

What is the item on the bottom left hand side--looks like some sort of netting?

Thanks for keeping us organized...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on August 12, 2010 05:16:16 PM
Journal arrived TODAY! It is very tempting to drop everything else - laundry, vacuum, pay bills - and just do this for the next couple of days.

But I'll be a good girl and wait. I grabbed a shoe box from my closet and started throwing in bits and pieces as I clean up my desk and "To Do" pile of junk mail so hopefully some of those things will make it in.

I want to paint NOW but that will be my reward if I finish one chore.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on August 12, 2010 05:29:44 PM
I bought some watercolors tonight after work, so I am very excited to start on my backgrounds!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 12, 2010 05:34:20 PM
I love the bits of scavanged items you put into your pages rackycoo---I am sure each piece has a story!!

What is the item on the bottom left hand side--looks like some sort of netting?


It's actually a couple of stamped impressions. The stamp is just a block of small dots. I love that stamp.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Poosel on August 12, 2010 05:39:42 PM
yeayyyy, I got a reply back from the Art House....I just have to include a note that there was a mix up and I can continue my nightmare theme. Went to Joann's and got H2O color pencils and one of those paintbrush pens that you can put water in (so I can mess with stuff on the train ride to Chicago....and school....and other weird places). I also got poly clay for another project .....I'm addicted to crafting lately. I need to win the lottery, so I can stop working and going to school and just lock myself up and make stuff.... ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on August 12, 2010 05:44:10 PM
I'm loving everyone's pages :) I love the birdcages, raerae!

Sadly, I'm pretty sure I really won't be able to spare the $25 to participate this year :( But I'm going to have some vicarious fun watching you guys complete yours!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on August 12, 2010 06:35:13 PM
Journal arrived TODAY! It is very tempting to drop everything else - laundry, vacuum, pay bills - and just do this for the next couple of days.

But I'll be a good girl and wait. I grabbed a shoe box from my closet and started throwing in bits and pieces as I clean up my desk and "To Do" pile of junk mail so hopefully some of those things will make it in.

I want to paint NOW but that will be my reward if I finish one chore.

Well... I have been a bad girl LOL Nothing is done and I have been siting here working on my cover since 1:30 LOL I didn't even cook dinner. I ordered pizza! I just got mine in the mail today also. I should be finishing the cover soon and I will post some pics. It is turning out better then  I expected. I love when that happens :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on August 12, 2010 07:02:59 PM
As soon as I get caught up on two online book studies (I'm about 3 or 4 weeks behind and the deadline is the 18th), I can work on my journal! And, I gave my friend the one that I got for her for as her birthday gift and she's very excited!

I still don't know how to glue the pages together, so any help would be much loved! Please?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on August 12, 2010 07:07:57 PM
I tried to glue together while the pages were still in the book with Elmer's stick glue, then pushing from the inside out with a ruler, I still had bubbles and wrinkles. I ended up taking my book apart, getting thicker paper, cutting to size, folding in half to be inside the journal. Now I'm working on them without them being bound, which is what I think that I heard a few others were doing. I am working on waaayyy less pages in my book than some of the other girls are though. I am much more intimidated, and also might have some thicker areas do to I want to use some fabric and crocheted bits in mine.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on August 12, 2010 07:36:45 PM
How are you using crochet bits. It sounds very interesting  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on August 12, 2010 07:56:56 PM
I'm only going to be using crochet thread, or sewing thread, and I'm not sure how I'll be working them in yet. I just know crochet is such a big part of me, it wouldn't be a book of mine without some crochet! :D
I have a couple of ideas, like windows of crochet lace, looking onto the next page...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on August 12, 2010 08:02:53 PM
I think it would be neat to cut a hole in the back and make a tiny crochet ami to fit inside.
Like this- http://how2dostuff.blogspot.com/2006/02/how-to-make-secret-hollow-book.html
That would be a thick book though. It would be neat to figure out a way to do it. Hmmm ???


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: mouseatethekitty on August 12, 2010 08:22:39 PM
raeraethejetplane, I really love the (watercolor?) painted page, and the birdcages are really cute!
I'm really a fan of everyone's art, it's so lovely!


I can't wait to have my book get here, I hope it comes soon! Like, tomorrow? :D
I have about a week and a half before I go back to university or I'm going to be spending a lot of time on that instead of homework, my professors will be so unimpressed, haha. Unless I can convince them it's somehow related to class :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on August 12, 2010 09:08:31 PM
raeraethejetplane, I really love the (watercolor?) painted page, and the birdcages are really cute!
I'm really a fan of everyone's art, it's so lovely!

I think you are referring to zee red page? The background are two different papers I received from alwayinmyroom in a swap. She dyed them with hibiscus tea if I remember right. The birdcage page is lined paper for writing sheet music that I dyed with coffee and probably some tea mixed in. I flattened it, then paper cemented it to a sheet of drawing paper for stability and to help flatten it some more.

For those asking about how to glue pages: I have a paper cement that an online friend/artist recommended to me. The brand is Best Test and I LOVE it. I don't think I've used any other glue in this book so far. The vapors are strong but it smells sweet, much more pleasant than that rubber cement smell that makes me gag.

I took my sketchbook with me when I went out to eat at Norms and checked to see if the napkins had the restaurant printed on them. No such luck. :( But I did sketch the salt and pepper shakers :D

Racky, I like the new and improved first post.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on August 12, 2010 09:12:18 PM
Oh yay! The first post looks awesome!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on August 13, 2010 02:40:15 AM
I have five or six pages done!!  I'm so excited.  I just have to find time to take pics or scan them so I can show you guys.

Also, I am finding it a bit easier to work on my pages when they are out of the book, so my new plan is to wait until I'm all the way done and then rebind it.  I'm loving it right now, so we shall see!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 13, 2010 04:07:29 AM
Right now I'm working with the plan of using about 30 pages. I can't handle more than that.


I tried to glue together while the pages were still in the book with Elmer's stick glue, then pushing from the inside out with a ruler, I still had bubbles and wrinkles. I ended up taking my book apart, getting thicker paper, cutting to size, folding in half to be inside the journal. Now I'm working on them without them being bound, which is what I think that I heard a few others were doing. I am working on waaayyy less pages in my book than some of the other girls are though. I am much more intimidated, and also might have some thicker areas do to I want to use some fabric and crocheted bits in mine.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 13, 2010 04:34:51 AM

Racky, I like the new and improved first post.

Yay! It was getting a little confusing with so many people signed up. I had to put it in a more reasonable order. Now it's way easier to see who's working on the same themes.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on August 13, 2010 04:38:59 AM
Thanks for the glue suggestions! I'm not into taking the book apart and swapping out the paper and re-binding (due to the added steps required... and because school is starting soon and if I don't get my journal started before the onslaught of paper grading begins, I'll never get it done!), so I'll see if I can find that Best Test glue somewhere...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on August 13, 2010 05:29:57 AM
I have decided to not take my book apart. I will be adding in different types of paper though and just gluing onto the original pages. The paper is thin but I think it would be nice mixing it with handmade paper, water color paper, tissue paper and etc. Now if I an only keep the pages from sticking together.

Here is my front and back cover. It took almost 3 hours but it was so much fun. I put it all together on card stock and then glued it to the front and back of my book. I used colored paper, a ink pad, and prisma color pencils to give it a creepy aged look . I also used thread and needle to sew the pieces to give it a quilted look. The little monster on the front bottom was my fav monster sketch. I thought he was worthy of a cover spot lol To me he looks like a crazy tadpole that got pulled out stream of toxic waste!




Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on August 13, 2010 05:58:48 AM
I'm loving everyone's pages :) I love the birdcages, raerae!

Sadly, I'm pretty sure I really won't be able to spare the $25 to participate this year :( But I'm going to have some vicarious fun watching you guys complete yours!

:( this makes me sad, I wish we had the extra mula to send to you. I was thinking last night though. You should pick up a sketchbook in town and just craft along with us :) You could be the muse for some of us that get stuck. :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 13, 2010 06:10:01 AM
I love that patchwork cover!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 13, 2010 06:13:11 AM
Shelina--I love your quilty cover and your explanation of how you did it!  It is great that a lot of people are definitely finding things that mean something to them to put in these journals!

Val--I agree--you need to include crochet just like I need to include fabric/quilting...it is so much a part of our lives!

To glue my pages together, I thinned down plain white glue, smoothed it with a roller, then ironed my sheets when they were slightly damp...but all of my pages are out of the book so if I screwed up, it would not hurt the other pages...or I could replace pages easily since I do not plan to bind until I am through...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on August 13, 2010 08:55:42 AM
Everyone's talking about taking apart and rebinding their sketchbooks.  *makes me curious* I didn't know we could do that and I think I'll have to go look at the project website again.  Because I think it would be much easier to work on the pages if they were not in the book.  I'm just a little concerned about rebinding them.  I've never taken a book apart like that before.

I'm still waiting on my book!  The hubby and I were talking though and we've decided what the cover is going to have on it.  Since my theme is "lights in the distance" its going to have single yellow traffic light.  Kinda like creepy-middle-of-the-night-deserted-town single yellow traffic light.  The rest of the book is still kinda up in the air!  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 13, 2010 10:20:51 AM
There are so many great tutorials on how to bind a book simply:  If you can thread a needle, you can bind a book! :D

I found it was easier for me to work with the pages taken apart, but I have seen some awesome pages that were done with the entire book still intact!

Sounds like your cover is going to fit your theme nicely!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on August 13, 2010 11:09:17 AM
Shelina - I love your cover and the adorable monster!

I am not taking my book apart, although I have been tempted. I am already pushing my comfort zone with this project and for some reason that extra step seems too scary!   I also want to work on some two-page spreads, which I don't think I could figure out how to do if the pages weren't in the book! I am doing a combination of painting/writing/drawing/gluing right onto the pages as well as onto other pages and then gluing those pages in. While the pages are thin, so far it is holding up well.

The funny thing to me is how much this project has taken over my brain (and my dining room table...)  ::) Hopefully it will get a bit easier to 'put it away' when I am not working on it (I should be working/working right now, not thinking about crafting/working...). sigh. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on August 13, 2010 11:13:12 AM
Shelina - I love your cover and the adorable monster!

The funny thing to me is how much this project has taken over my brain (and my dining room table...)  ::) Hopefully it will get a bit easier to 'put it away' when I am not working on it (I should be working/working right now, not thinking about crafting/working...). sigh. 

It has taken over my brain also. Just remember... we have until January. That's what I keep telling myself any way. I still cant seem to stop. I done two pages while sitting at McDonalds today. I let the kids play for 2 hours lol while I had all my stuff all over the table. Oh well they had fun and I had fun so win win for all of us. :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Sarcastra on August 13, 2010 12:21:15 PM

Here is my creepy front cover. For some weird reason my camera was a little over zealous....usually i get dull pics....the reds aren't all that bright.
(img of bloody hand print here)
sometimes the gore inside me builds up....and I just gotta let it out ::)

Spectacular cover!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: calluna on August 13, 2010 12:53:57 PM
:( this makes me sad, I wish we had the extra mula to send to you. I was thinking last night though. You should pick up a sketchbook in town and just craft along with us :) You could be the muse for some of us that get stuck. :)

That's what I'm doing -- I want to practice and learn along with all of you because I'm new to the world of moleskine art and it doesn't come naturally right now. When I can produce a sketchbook that flows without being forced, I'll feel a lot better about submitting it to a permanent collection.  :)

Has everyone seen this blogger's experiment with how different media hold up on the flimsy paper? Usefulness here: http://makenart.blogspot.com/2010/07/sketchbook-project-2011-moleskine-test.html

ps - I love everyone's pages, and the updated 1st post too.  ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 13, 2010 01:21:42 PM
calluna--I also experimented and that is why I took my book apart...I have painted several pages and then glued them together---I did not want bleedthrough since the paper is so very thin...I am doing about 1/3 with paper provided, mostly collage or light watercolors...the rest are various other papers, cardstock, etc. and a couple of canvas paper and some fabric sheets...I am NOT in love with the thin paper but I wanted to work with it as a challenge... thanks for the blog link---I think the experiments would make a great journal if he wrote on them and explained just like his blog!! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on August 13, 2010 01:41:49 PM
Looks like it's possible for me to join in after all!!!! I AM SO EXCITED!!!

PS. Gosh, I love the craftster community SO MUCH. :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 13, 2010 02:59:11 PM
Yay, nooo! I'm so glad you'll be joining us.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on August 13, 2010 03:08:17 PM
Looks like it's possible for me to join in after all!!!! I AM SO EXCITED!!!

PS. Gosh, I love the craftster community SO MUCH. :D

Awesome! I cant wait to see your ideas :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on August 13, 2010 03:48:22 PM
I really love everyones idea so much. It is like going to a jewelry show for me. LOL I keep oooo and aaaahhhhh :) I love love how they are all so different.

Has anyone came up with an idea on how to slide a Craftster plug into their book yet?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Poosel on August 13, 2010 03:51:28 PM
I really love everyones idea so much. It is like going to a jewelry show for me. LOL I keep oooo and aaaahhhhh :) I love love how they are all so different.

Has anyone came up with an idea on how to slide a Craftster plug into their book yet?

what is a craftster plug?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Sarcastra on August 13, 2010 04:02:50 PM

Has anyone came up with an idea on how to slide a Craftster plug into their book yet?

I'm going to print out the Craftster cork person, along with "proud member of Craftster" and paste it inside the front cover where the artist info card will go.
Anyone else?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on August 13, 2010 04:06:23 PM
I saw that someone a few pages back made a craftster page. I loved that idea and am planning on making a page of my own dedicated to craftster.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on August 13, 2010 06:18:36 PM
I like the idea of the Craftster bit near the artist info! I don't know if I can work it into my theme the way my theme is headed, but I can definitely put it near the artist info or on the card pocket in the back.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: stillatthetop on August 13, 2010 06:55:17 PM
Use wax paper between the pages, to keep them from sticking together. I do altered books all the time. Weight down the books to keep the pages from curling, and let them dry. Freezer paper will work, too.  ;)

~T


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on August 13, 2010 07:00:53 PM
I really love everyones idea so much. It is like going to a jewelry show for me. LOL I keep oooo and aaaahhhhh :) I love love how they are all so different.

Has anyone came up with an idea on how to slide a Craftster plug into their book yet?

what is a craftster plug?


Someone several pages back brought up the idea of us working a Craftster nod into our sketchbook somehow. Hope that makes sense now. :)

plug, nod, mention LOL Not sure how to say it. Sorry I speak my very own language sometimes. Only those closest to me understand me. LOL


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: StickerChic87 on August 13, 2010 07:19:52 PM
I was SOOO excited to find my sketchbook in the mailbox today!

Now that I finally have it, it is really intimidating...sitting there all blank, beautiful, and clean...daring me to start. I think I need to just jump right in  :-\


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: IdlersDesign on August 14, 2010 12:00:38 AM
I really love everyones idea so much. It is like going to a jewelry show for me. LOL I keep oooo and aaaahhhhh :) I love love how they are all so different.

Has anyone came up with an idea on how to slide a Craftster plug into their book yet?

what is a craftster plug?


Someone several pages back brought up the idea of us working a Craftster nod into our sketchbook somehow. Hope that makes sense now. :)

plug, nod, mention LOL Not sure how to say it. Sorry I speak my very own language sometimes. Only those closest to me understand me. LOL

I'll probably use some craftster stamps I'm making. Guess I'll make some extra in case my future partner in the swap will be interested  ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on August 14, 2010 01:42:09 AM
I just signed up today! I simply couldn't resist, and I can't wait to start!

I picked the theme "Boys and Girls" and hope to document my ideas on promoting feminism.

I'm also signing up for the swap, too!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 14, 2010 06:27:18 AM
Welcome, prettyinpaisley! I'll add you to the list.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on August 14, 2010 07:37:43 AM
Welcome, prettyinpaisley! I'll add you to the list.  :)

Ditto  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 14, 2010 08:35:25 AM
hey prettyinpaisely!!  great to see you in this project! 

I did some mending for a co-worker and she volunteered to scan and photoshop my pages for me for the website!

I keep dreaming of page ideas, waking up and drawing a sketch...now to committ them to paper! :D

Great first page, rackycoo!  It is exciting to see eveyone involved!  and so nicely organized!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Poosel on August 14, 2010 04:10:20 PM
I got my honey involved too now. He's the cheesewhiz at photoshop!!!!

Welcome to the obsession prettyinpaisely ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on August 15, 2010 03:10:15 AM
Awww... thanks for all the welcome notes! :-) I lovelovelove caftster!

It's 2am, and I have spent the last hour and a half reading the 58 pages of this thread. I can't wait to get my book - I have a feeling it's going to be a LONG two weeks.

It sounds like everyone is having trouble with the pages being unbearably thin. I think I'll practice binding a book while I'm waiting for mine to arrive.

I am also collecting ideas for my "boys & girls" themed book, so if anyone is interested in having a conversation about gender issues, feel free to PM me. I'm looking for inspiration!

thanks--I was trying to get that messy writing, barely readable doctor-style...alteredmommy gave me a wonderful book that had pages with writing that I absolutely love--can't read some of it, but I think it adds mystery and madness! :D

P.S. Alwaysinmyroom: your handwriting is beautiful, but very very illegible! I still cherish the note from you from the birthday swap, where I can only read 3/4 of it!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on August 15, 2010 09:29:15 AM
Hey prettyinpaisley
Have you thought about what you are going to do with your cover?
It would be neat for you to do the bathroom men and women signs on the front and  back.

I figured out a really neat way to add crochet to my book last night. I still have to do something crafty on the pages but here is what I came up with. If you are interested in trying to do it to your sketchbook I would love to share the process with you guys :)




Since my book is going to be creepy/ cute night time stories I think this page has enough cute on it :)
I am planning on making a photocopy of one of the really creepy pages from my fav book and making a collage on on the pages.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 15, 2010 10:49:26 AM
 PIP. I am so glad/embarrassed that my writing is lovely yet illegible! :D  Just the perfect touch to these journals...

I know a few people were very interested in adding crochet!!  How lovely and the color fits your theme as well!  Can't wait to see what else you do to make the crochet part of the entire page!!

I keep drawing little sketches but I have a few other projects I have to get done before I can sit down and just concentrate on doing them into my pages!  It is like a drug calling me and I am quite antsy to do more pages!

Hope to see more progress pages after the weekend...all of you have such great ideas!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: puamelia on August 15, 2010 11:58:56 AM
Finally have a spare minute... going to sign up today... YAY!  They only have the kraft brown cover, but I figure that's easy to change if I need to. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: foufigirl on August 15, 2010 03:18:44 PM
I finally got started on my sketchbook this weekend- hooray! First I stripped the cover off- it was the supplied grey and boring. I thrifted a novel and used it's cover to replace it -though I haven't got the inside done yet- here's my cover! (And I replaced the sticker on the back where it's supposed to go...!) I'm leaving the back until I'm done as a "the end" once I have completed the inside....



I modgepodged it with some recycled kraft paper and made an ATC to go in the inset area. I'm going to use the sketchbook paper from the supplied book but modegpodge or glue it together with other papers to make the pages for the inside.
My theme is In Flight, so will based on me leaving my job to do my own thing- taking the leap!- but also around living your dreams and letting them fly!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 15, 2010 03:34:57 PM
shelina, I love your crocheted edge, and foufi, that's a beautiful cover. I love the image of the girl releasing the heart, and you have the prettiest handwriting!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on August 15, 2010 08:29:28 PM
I finally got started on my sketchbook this weekend- hooray! First I stripped the cover off- it was the supplied grey and boring. I thrifted a novel and used it's cover to replace it -though I haven't got the inside done yet- here's my cover! (And I replaced the sticker on the back where it's supposed to go...!) I'm leaving the back until I'm done as a "the end" once I have completed the inside....

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/12433_15Aug10_sketchbook-cover.jpg

I modgepodged it with some recycled kraft paper and made an ATC to go in the inset area. I'm going to use the sketchbook paper from the supplied book but modegpodge or glue it together with other papers to make the pages for the inside.
My theme is In Flight, so will based on me leaving my job to do my own thing- taking the leap!- but also around living your dreams and letting them fly!


I love this!!  Also have a question - how exactly did you do the sticker on the back?  Did you peel it off and then restick it?  Just curious because I have been thinking about making a different cover for mine and keep getting stuck on that sticker detail.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on August 15, 2010 09:47:28 PM
Okay, so true to my word, I am trying to post my progress every weekend.  Here are scans of the pages I have done so far.




The black and white checked area at the top is actually a flap.  I'm not sure what I'm going to put there yet, but I wanted it to be interactive in places, so I like it so far.

And on this one, the black polka dot part of the page is another flap.

The bright green on top is the other side of that black and white flap.  I tried to get a good scan and photo of it, but apparently I suck and wasn't able to get anything that looked decent, sorry!!


On this one, the white part in the middle of the page is actually a sheet of regular lined paper glued on.  I'm not sure why the lines aren't showing up, but in real life this page has a lot more texture and is no where near as dead boring as it looks here, I promise.

I'm going to write inside the clouds, but I don't know what I'm going to put there yet.

Okay, so obviously, a lot of these pages don't have actual sketch work on them, or at least not yet.  But my theme is Storybook, so I am leaving a white space in the middle of some of my pages so that I can go back and write a story in my book.  I will be adding more art work to those pages too so that they have more interest, but for right now I just wanted a background to work with and an idea of how much room for text I'll have in my book.

The pages that do have a lot of writing on them, like the red friends page and the tree page, are probably going to be put together either in the back or the front of the story that I'm planning on writing.  These are kind of mini stories though, they are true moments out of my life, so they all belong to my story.  I was having such a hard time with the theme that I had to kind of change it up and think about it ina different way to get over the fear and get started!

Okay, sorry for the picture overload and the long post, just wanted to share my progress!   ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on August 15, 2010 10:07:42 PM
WOW Bethie!! You've done so much already! Thank you for sharing!!

I especially love the quote on your "leaf in the wind" page. And the idea of flaps sounds like fun! Might just need to borrow that from you... :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on August 15, 2010 10:46:00 PM
Thank you Becka!  It's really nerve racking to post after looking at what other's have done, so I'm glad I could give you a good idea about the flaps, makes me feel better, lol!  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on August 15, 2010 11:53:29 PM
Thank you Becka!  It's really nerve racking to post after looking at what other's have done, so I'm glad I could give you a good idea about the flaps, makes me feel better, lol!  :)

I can't remember.... did you rebind your book with new papers? Otherwise are the markers you are using bleeding through the paper?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on August 16, 2010 12:55:25 AM
I am using water color papers.  I started out using the original, but I gave it up after I tore the third one with the tip of my pen...and yeah, everything was bleeding through them.

It wasn't hard to take it all apart and put it back together, at least not with my sewing machine to help do the hard part.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: puamelia on August 16, 2010 02:37:37 AM
ok, signing up for If You Lived Here... in kraft brown. Thinking of doing a kind of running train of thought every evening, documenting each day, one interesting fact per day, until I run outta space.  And gluing 2 pages together to combat thinness. :)  It'll be like a blog, so I'm thinking of posting pages instead of writing my blog while I work on this!

Everyone's doing so well... I'm nervous but I think I'm gonna just wing it.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on August 16, 2010 03:49:54 AM
I am using water color papers.  I started out using the original, but I gave it up after I tore the third one with the tip of my pen...and yeah, everything was bleeding through them.

It wasn't hard to take it all apart and put it back together, at least not with my sewing machine to help do the hard part.

Thanks! I think the reason I can't bring myself to start it because of the paper. And i've never bound anything before. But I had a look at the spine today and it didn't seem too tricky...

ok, signing up for If You Lived Here... in kraft brown. Thinking of doing a kind of running train of thought every evening, documenting each day, one interesting fact per day, until I run outta space.  And gluing 2 pages together to combat thinness. :)  It'll be like a blog, so I'm thinking of posting pages instead of writing my blog while I work on this!

Welcome! I love the idea of blogging in your sketchbook. I think doing a Twitter-like thing of only writing with a certain amount of characters could be fun as well. :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on August 16, 2010 04:33:57 AM
Bethie - I love your "POP" page!  And the fact that your pages are interactive is amazing!  Great work so far, I can't wait to see more!

I'm still waiting on my book.  But I'm thinking about attempting to make some pop-up pages.  I'll definetly have to re-bind the book with new paper if I'm going to do that. 

I got the e-mail a few days ago saying that its been shipped so maybe today or tomorrow I'll come home to find a sketchbook!  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 16, 2010 06:09:09 AM
Bethieb--your pages are very bold and brave--I love how you have turned real life into art...your black and white drawings are wonderful and intricate and I love the flap idea as well!

I tried a fold out page last night and think it is going to work out great, but I worry about how durable it is going to be...I think I might need to beef up the paper a bit with more paper...

Glad to see you joining in puamelia and Ffrogg526!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: foufigirl on August 16, 2010 06:47:37 AM
I finally got started on my sketchbook this weekend- hooray! First I stripped the cover off- it was the supplied grey and boring. I thrifted a novel and used it's cover to replace it -though I haven't got the inside done yet- here's my cover! (And I replaced the sticker on the back where it's supposed to go...!) I'm leaving the back until I'm done as a "the end" once I have completed the inside....

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/12433_15Aug10_sketchbook-cover.jpg

I modgepodged it with some recycled kraft paper and made an ATC to go in the inset area. I'm going to use the sketchbook paper from the supplied book but modegpodge or glue it together with other papers to make the pages for the inside.
My theme is In Flight, so will based on me leaving my job to do my own thing- taking the leap!- but also around living your dreams and letting them fly!


I love this!!  Also have a question - how exactly did you do the sticker on the back?  Did you peel it off and then restick it?  Just curious because I have been thinking about making a different cover for mine and keep getting stuck on that sticker detail.

Thanks!! And yes, the sticker peels off really easily- at least on mine it did- so I just pulled it off & stuck it on the new cover. I guess if it didn't want to come off you could always cut around it & glue it on your new cover, as long as it's there and readable I would guess it's a-ok...!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on August 16, 2010 06:54:15 AM
WOW I love everyones progress so far. Really digging the crochetted page edge. How great to be able to add in needle crafts into the journal.

foufigirl, I love your cover so much. Your handwriting is really amazing. :)

BethieB I like your design work :)

I can not wait to get my journal in. Every night we talk about what we want to do with it, I just need it in my hot little hands !!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on August 16, 2010 08:09:07 AM
Hey Bethie
I love your pages so far. I think that is a really good idea to post your progress every weekend. I done a few pages this weekend but none of them are done. I got started on a big pull out page that unfolds into a large sketch. I stuck it right into the middle so I can make that middle binding stronger. There really isn't to much on the large page yet since the process of getting the dimensions and everything just right took so long :(

Your book looks good so far. I also love the flap pages and think I may try to add some to my book also!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Sarcastra on August 16, 2010 09:19:29 AM
Just ... wow.  I love everything that has been posted so far.  I'm enjoying reading about what everyone is planning and doing.

If anyone figures out how to get that sticker safely off the back for replacement, please speak up.  I'm probably going to end up putting new covers on my new pages so that sticker will need to move.  If I can't get it off alone, I think I'll just cut the thing out of the cover and then peel off layers of the cover until the sticker is thin again and paste it on the new cover.  Glue will fix an amazing amount of things!

I have no page progress to show as I'm still in the preliminary stages, sketching, carving, test printing.  I did join the ephemera swap for this, so I think that will be fun.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on August 16, 2010 09:25:15 AM
Even though everyone is talking like the sticker peeled off easily for them I was to scared to attempt it lol I left it where it was and built my cover around it  ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 16, 2010 10:37:03 AM
You guys don't need to worry about the back sticker so much...if you go to the FAQ section on the website, they tell you that should the label fall off or get damaged, just let them know when you send in your sketchbook and they will replace it...no big deal...apparently, they have done this a few (thousands) times ;)

In fact, I found quite a few of my questions answered there as well...like what happens if some of your pages are a bit bigger than the cover...no big deal either...and, it can be as thick as you want as long as the length and width are about the same...the depth or thickness of the book does not matter...ha ha you should see some of the past journals--whoa--there is one that looks to be about 3-4 inches thick!

With that in mind, I am cutting off the spine on my book and making a new spine to accomodate my pages if I can figure out how not to lose the details that I painted too close to the fold of the pages...grrr...from now on, I am leaving myself about 1/4 inch from the fold so that I don't have to worry about the binding!

I forgot to comment on how wonderful the dream/fly cover turned out!  How inspiring and uplifting that theme is!  Can't wait to see the inside pages of all the ideas! So far, I would read every single journal that has a cover done because I just think they are so interesting!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on August 16, 2010 11:08:42 AM
Thanks you guys so much for the comments and encouragement!!  I feel like I could churn out another page or seven right now after all those kind words :)

foufigirl - I was thinking about cutting and gluing the sticker onto a new cover, and then I read the information Always posted so now I am not quite so worried.  Thank you both for your help!

Can't wait to see more or do more, so I think I might go offline for the day and really work on my sketchbook.  See you guys later. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 16, 2010 11:16:23 AM
ha ha I tend to lose things and panicked when I could not find the cover I removed so I went searching for answers...I am also a worrier so I had to allay some of my own fears...I guess the Arthouse staff has had to deal with fretting artists like me/us...and so they seemed to have answered all of the questions I had...

I do feel a bit more relaxed in doing my book...and I did find my cover...:D

Yeah, bethieb--everytime I see how encouraging and supportive and non-judgemental everyone here is (and yet helpful and full of suggestions and positive criticism!), I just want to do more and more pages...I love craftsters so much...we are family... :D (and I am a sap!)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 16, 2010 12:43:44 PM
Do you have a link for the FAQ? I can't find it for the life of me.

I was just reading the rules and the 3rd bullet point in the "Important Rules" section sounds more ominous.

http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject/rules



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 16, 2010 01:05:57 PM
You have to log in to your account.  Then on the red tool bar, there is an ABOUT-hold your mouse over it and you will see FAQ's...under FAQ's, second column, you will see a section that says if you have additional questions...the link then takes you to FormSpring, but you do not have to sign up to view the questions that have been asked, re: size, damaged label, etc.

Sorry, but I am a site geek and I have been all over that site, including the disclaimers! ha ha

Below are direct copies from the FAQ pages:

1.
I re-bound my sketchbook for the sketchbook project, and accidentally made it too large- 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 instead of 5 1/2 in. Will it be rejected for such a small size difference?
That's fine.
 2.
I've signed up for the Sketchbook Project. I've read through the rules, and I can only find a rule saying it has to stay within the 5.5 x 8.5 dimensions. And I've read that we're allowed to re-bind it. Can it be thicker, then?
Yes it can
3.
A couple of the numbers got smudged underneath the barcode when I removed some tape that accidentally got stuck to it. None of the bars were affected only the numbers underneath. Do you think the barcode is still okay or could it be damaged?
It should be fine. We will fix it when we get the books back if it does not work. Its not a problem

Please do not hesitate to ask anymore questions...I am happy to help where ever I can...I am not an expert or anything, just a good researcher! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 16, 2010 01:21:27 PM
I'm usually pretty good with sites, but I can't manage to find my way around that one for some reason. It also likes to lock up on me.  :P


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 16, 2010 01:26:46 PM
To be honest--it really is not a very well thought out site...I also think it is difficult to navigate, but while I am on a long and boring tech call, I have plenty of time to browse and explore :D--and it is dodgey as far as locking up--it is because they have their pages with photos called up even if you do not need those pages...they also have a few spelling errors and bad links... :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on August 16, 2010 01:38:31 PM
I'm excited that I get to hold these books in my real hands next Spring when they visit San Francisco. I'm going to have to write down crib notes/descriptions of each cover so I can see all my Craftster peeps' good work in person.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on August 16, 2010 01:58:42 PM
My sketchbook is here! :D

I, obviously, was very happy to get home and find my sketchbook in the mailbox! :D  I'm not entirely sure as to when I'll get to start working on it because I have a dentist appointment tomorrow and they're going to knock me out  and then teacher workdays start!  whoo hoo!  ::)  I have some ideas and I'm thinking about rebinding the book with thicker paper now that I'm seeing how easy it'll be.  I'll try to get some pages posted soon though!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 16, 2010 02:13:42 PM
YAY! Happy mail day for you Ffrogg526!

I plan on seeing the exhibit in Brooklyn---it will give me many excuses to go into the city!  I am going to be sure to print out a list of people's that I want to touch and review in person...that would just be so wonderful!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on August 16, 2010 02:18:55 PM
I forgot to post that I'm going to try to see the exhibit in Atlanta.  I believe that's the closest its coming to Charlotte, NC anyway.  Its just a perk that my hubby lives there currently.   :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: spicytaco on August 16, 2010 02:34:56 PM
My sketchbook shipped today. Pretty awesome cause I don't even think my e-check to pay for the postage cleared yet. I'm leaving for camp on Wednesday, so as awesome as it'd be to have it to take to camp (with the 4-5 hour bus ride and all) at least it'll be waiting for me when I come home.

Anyone know if Staples sells watercolour paper? Also, those of you have used watercolour paper to rebind, what weight have you used? They only stuff I've ever used was really thick, but I'm assuming it comes thinner.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 16, 2010 02:38:19 PM
I'm using 90lb which is a nice, medium weight, I think. A little thicker than cardstock, but not too chunky. I love 140lb but decided it was way too thick for this (and expensive)



My sketchbook shipped today. Pretty awesome cause I don't even think my e-check to pay for the postage cleared yet. I'm leaving for camp on Wednesday, so as awesome as it'd be to have it to take to camp (with the 4-5 hour bus ride and all) at least it'll be waiting for me when I come home.

Anyone know if Staples sells watercolour paper? Also, those of you have used watercolour paper to rebind, what weight have you used? They only stuff I've ever used was really thick, but I'm assuming it comes thinner.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on August 16, 2010 07:09:27 PM
I picked up some of the Best Test glue at Michael's on Saturday, but got drafted to start sewing my sister's costume for a local ren faire and give her some sewing lessons as well so I wasn't able to start the gluing yet. And, I've been putting off my summer book studies, and I have to have them done by Wednesday, so I've been cranking away on that. By tomorrow afternoon, I'm hoping to have all of my work submitted, so I can get started!

And, my friend and I are planning to go to Portland, ME to see the journals. I ordered a t-shirt and was excited to open it when it arrived today and it made me very happy to see Portland listed on the back of the shirt ;)

I have an art question... can you watercolor over pages that have gesso on them? My art materials knowledge is limited ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on August 16, 2010 11:41:08 PM
I'm only online every three days or so which leaves lots to catch up on. Shelina, the cover for your book is lovely. Also, the crocheted page is really cool. Have you done anything to reinforce the page so the edge doesn't rip the paper? I'd be worried about that, especially since people picking it up will want to fondle the yarn and they'll be turning it by the crocheted edge.

Foufigirl, I love the interpretation of your theme. I also left me job four months ago to start my life. Its both an exhilarating and scary journey. I look forward to following yours.

Always, thanks for explaining how to get your profile started up on the Arthouse site. I did get your comment, I just haven't thought of what to reply back. Something more eleqount then "Alwaysinmyroom is the Sh*ts McGee!"

BTW, if anyone is going to the San Francisco date in the tour we can plan to share a hotel room. If you'll excuse me though I'd like to sit down with a stack of books once I get the the art show. :) It is tempting to go to Seattle though since they will be there two days... Do you think we have to pay to get in?

craftADDchick, my personal experience with best test is to spread the glue on both sides. I like to wait until it is mostly dry but still a little wet. The slight dampness of the glue allows you a few seconds to nudge the paper in place, but having it a little dry gives is a permanent bond. I've tried glueing only one paper and attaching it when wet only to have it peel off after drying. The gesso may resist watercolor. I do know that is resists some stamp inks. (you can cover the paper in stamp ink and then wipe off the area that was gessoed) It is perfect for watered down paint though. Test is out on a scrap paper.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on August 16, 2010 11:58:19 PM
I am hoping to be at San Fransisco too!!  I won't be needing a hotel room though; I live about three hours away (or four, or seven, depending on the city traffic, lol) and my mom lives even closer, only about 45 minutes, so even if I did decide to stay the night I'd probably just invade her house, lol.  If it was mine I'd invite you guys to crash with me, but she tends to get a little annoyed when I pimp her house out, lol!!

I'm using 90lb water color paper too, but honestly, I just went to WalMart and bought a $3 pad of it, I know absolutely nothing about water colors or papers.  I stood in the aisle and folded it a few times and it felt right - not too heavy but not too thin, so that's how I decided what to use.

craftADD- I'm assuming you could water color over the gesso with no problems.  I don't know that the paint would actually stick to the gesso, though; I'd think the gesso would act like a resistor.  It would probably look really cool.



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on August 17, 2010 12:20:01 AM
My partner has been wanting to vacation with me in Seattle for years so that's the plan for now. I'm supposed to "remind him in February because it's too far away".  ::) That gives me more than enough time for a back up plan in case it doesn't work out. I need to get off my put and finish a page. Finally found the right lyrics to finish something.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on August 17, 2010 04:59:47 AM
I just watched a short video from ClothPaperScissors where she used gesso to cover a page and after it tried she used water soluble crayons and oil pastels on top of the gesso.  The finished product after all the water dried was pretty impressive.  I may have to go invest in some water soluble crayons and what not.  I don't know if that helps you at all craftADDchick because my art materials knowledge is also fairly limited.  I think the worst thing you could do is try and learn that it doesn't work.  And if that's the worst of your journey through the sketchbook, you're probably in pretty good shape.  ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on August 17, 2010 05:39:00 AM
raerae, thanks for the tips on the best test! I think I'll get the hang of it once I get going. And, it sounds like I won't have to wait for sopping wet pages to dry before I move on to the next set of pages, which is good because then I can get more done in one sitting.

And thanks for all of the info on the gesso! Once I re-locate the bottle of gesso (that I just had in my hands the other day), I can give it a try; I think I'll also glue a couple of sheets of printer paper and use those as my testing grounds. I'm glad to hear that water soluble crayons should work because I have some of those and I'm hoping that the watercolor pencils may work, too.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 17, 2010 06:21:06 AM
Wow--I think it is great that you guys are experimenting and discovering what works and what doesn't and sharing the info...and sometimes happy accidents happen...like spilling coffee, splattering paint, and touching wet watercolors with your greasy fingers!

I use gesso on my huge paintings because it keeps the paint from soaking up into the canvas...it is like a primer..I have used watercolor pencils in my paintings, but not for the watercolor affect--more for a softer line...it does not bleed into anything gessoed for me...

Bethieb--score for $3 watercolor paper!  Michaels and Joann's both have their artist supplies on sale, including the papers...I use a 90 Lb. paper that runs about $8 on sale...to be honest, I am not sure what the difference would be as it is the only paper I have ever used... (habit!)...I might need to swing by Walmart and check it out!

I am using some of my tests to make ATC backgrounds so nothing is getting wasted! :D

ha raerae--the younger kids who go to my profile might like your comment but it might raise an eyebrow with my mom and other older family members! ;)  You are too sweet!  I hope to comment on many more of you so go get signed up and post!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 17, 2010 06:40:44 AM
The 90 lb watercolor paper I'm using is from a $4 pad from Michael's. Not fancy at all.

I gessoed my pages and then used water soluble oil pastels on them and it worked really well, especially on the areas where the gesso didn't cover perfectly. I'll try to scan those pages tonight to show you what I'm talking about.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on August 17, 2010 07:05:19 AM
Everyone's books are looking great so far! I love seeing all of the different covers and pages. Each person's work is so unique. I'm definitely going to have to try to see all of your books when the tour comes to Atlanta! :D

Personally, I haven't touched my book since my last update. My work schedule has shifted from working afternoons and evenings to working at 5:30am, so my sleep cycle is all sorts of screwy and my motivation to do anything aside from trying to fix that has gone straight out the window for now. Hopefully I'll adjust soon and be back to sketching in no time.

As for rebinding, I didn't rebind mine because as I mentioned previously, my book has multiple, glued together signatures. I'm also a bit apprehensive about the rule aroze mentioned earlier, that any moving or altering of the bar code can lead to disqualification from the tour. I certainly don't want that! So my book will be thin and probably not stand out too much amongst all of the other chunkier books on the shelf, especially if some of them end up being 3-4 inches thick! But, I'm ok with that. I'll just be happy that I did this, even if only a few people read my book. :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 17, 2010 07:11:44 AM
I don't think that people will be selecting books to look at based on the thickness...I think they will be more intrigued by the variety of styles and medium used...I wish I got one with multiple signatures because that it what I ended up doing with my pages anyway! grrr--it would have saved me a bunch of time, maybe!

I am really interested in trying out so many techniques and the oil pastels that aroze mentioned!  I might screw it up, but it will be fun and a learning process for me...I just realized how many paper artists that I admire are doing this!
What a gift to have their experience and guidance!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 17, 2010 07:14:14 AM
I finally did my profile page at the site, so thanks to always for that info. I'm going to copy and paste how to do that on the first page of the thread. Also, when it's gets closer to the show time, I believe I'll post a list of who's planning on going to which city for the show. Wouldn't it be great to all meet there and share our books together?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on August 17, 2010 07:49:25 AM
I've just caught up on the thread (a couple weeks of vacationing) and its so great to hear about everyone's experiments and see the finished work!  You all are a very inspiring group....I've been dreaming about working in my book while on the road and can't wait to have a few minutes to get started ;)

It would be awesome to meet up at one of the exhibitions.....I can't remember how the books will be displayed, will we be able to find certain books by barcode?  If so maybe we should list our barcodes with our names, I think I would print out the list so I can go searching....


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: IdlersDesign on August 17, 2010 12:26:12 PM
My sketchbook arrived, yay! (but no t-shirt yet, does anyone know if they send it separately?)

So, now I can start with the real thing  ;). All your posts have been so inspiring and I can´t wait to post some of my pages here too.
I´ll probably re-bind the book partly too with thicker paper. I´ve also started making small sketches/paintings on thick paper that I´ll probably just glue in the book.

Oh and picked up some cool flyers in the local museum for the swap  :D

P.S. would love to meet up at the exibition, but I´m afraid a ticket to the USA is a bit too much for my back account right now  :-\


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: thisbirdsabsurd on August 17, 2010 12:29:56 PM
I don't think that people will be selecting books to look at based on the thickness..

Okay - did I imagine that somewhere I read that the size had to be basically maintained?  I was considering rebinding mine but was trying to estimate how many pages of bristol equaled 80 pages of flimsy paper.....am i dilusional? ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 17, 2010 12:38:13 PM
Your book has to maintain the same cover size, but it can be as thick or as thin as you wish.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: puamelia on August 17, 2010 01:37:12 PM
Wow does this thread fly along! Thanks for the welcomes and comments!
I've been prepping for school and trying to readjust from a morning work schedule to an afternoon schedule now that sick co-worker is back. I want to do a spread today because the most bizarre thing happened - just saw a stray PEACOCK?!?!? at the rec center today, so me and the girls stayed a bit to gawk at it and follow it around.  Geez the things you see... If You Lived Here.... LOL! I am finally happy with my theme, was a bit nervous.  Also, I was looking at the moleskin website and saw some City Books that had fold-out maps in them, so I now have an idea of how that would work within the book.  I think I'd like to put a map in there as the "table of contents" and reference each page to it.  Kinda like the mall map - YOU ARE HERE... So now, I'm thinking about creating a map key... shapes? numbers? what do you think? 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 17, 2010 01:41:34 PM
Sounds like a fun theme!

And it sounds like you can put in some very very interesting things... :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on August 17, 2010 02:33:12 PM
I half finished a few pages today and am really excited about them.

The map layout sounds like a really neat idea. I cant wait to see how it turns out!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on August 17, 2010 04:32:13 PM
I just officially signed up today :) Sooo floored.

My theme is "It's Raining Dogs and Cats"! Kraft brown... I can hardly wait to get it in the mail. It's nuts. So many ideas!!! I'm imagining all sorts of rebinding and different papers and such, but I really have no clue what I'll be capable of until I see it in person.

puemelia, I love the idea of a fold out map! Can't wait to see it.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on August 17, 2010 04:50:54 PM
Quote
(but no t-shirt yet, does anyone know if they send it separately?)

Yes, I received my t-shirt yesterday, about a week after I received the sketchbook.
It's ginormous, though, so I may have to peruse the altered clothing board to get some ideason how to fix that.

And I finally think I have a direction for my "Great Hopes, Massive Failures" theme. It's kind of pedestrian but I hope it leads me somewhere better. Hmm, will think more about it.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on August 17, 2010 06:11:05 PM
Yay! Nooo! Glad you joined! I hope your book arrives speedily! I can already imagine your adorable little cats and dogs falling from the sky!

:-)

Also, how amazing, running into a peacock! What wonderful inspiration!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: gecko075 on August 17, 2010 08:09:07 PM
I just got my sketchbook in the mail today.  I too chose "Its Raining Dogs & Cats" and Kraft Brown.  I am not a mixed media artist(though I enjoy looking at others' mixed media pieces) so my sketchbook will mostly be drawings.  I am not sure yet what mediums I will use, but I will probably have plain old pencil and colored pencil in quite a bit of it to minimize the bleed through issue w/the thing paper.  I may fool around a bit w/art markers and/or watercolor.

I also got my T-shirt, I ordered XL because I am used to American Apparel women's fitted shirts being so small, but the XL unisex shirt is huge.  That is okay, I would rather it be large than too tiny to wear.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 17, 2010 08:18:04 PM
Alrighy...here's my first page. It will face the inside of the front cover.

"It must be...Picasso."

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/amaryllisroze/4902918339/)

I'm not entirely convinced its finished.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on August 17, 2010 08:30:42 PM
amaryllisroze- Love it so much!!  I love the border especially.

Also, your last sentence made me grin, I always feel the same way about my pages for at least a few minutes after I've put the pens down and stepped away.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 17, 2010 08:31:49 PM
Thanks.

I usually have to leave them overnight at the very least.


amaryllisroze- Love it so much!!  I love the border especially.

Also, your last sentence made me grin, I always feel the same way about my pages for at least a few minutes after I've put the pens down and stepped away.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 17, 2010 08:33:32 PM
Thanks.

I usually have to leave them overnight at the very least.

Oh! And yes, those numbers are backwards on purpose. No particular reason why, but at least it was a conscious decision this time.   :D


amaryllisroze- Love it so much!!  I love the border especially.

Also, your last sentence made me grin, I always feel the same way about my pages for at least a few minutes after I've put the pens down and stepped away.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on August 17, 2010 10:25:04 PM
Also, when it's gets closer to the show time, I believe I'll post a list of who's planning on going to which city for the show. Wouldn't it be great to all meet there and share our books together?

Oooh that would be fun!! I'm planning a holiday to the US at that time so I can see the books :P I'll be going to Brooklyn :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: IdlersDesign on August 17, 2010 11:53:49 PM
Quote
(but no t-shirt yet, does anyone know if they send it separately?)

Yes, I received my t-shirt yesterday, about a week after I received the sketchbook.
It's ginormous, though, so I may have to peruse the altered clothing board to get some ideason how to fix that.


Thanks! I ordered size xxs or something like that, so hopefully it won't be huge  ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: puamelia on August 18, 2010 12:10:17 AM
Sounds like a fun theme!
And it sounds like you can put in some very very interesting things... :D

Yes, I took forever choosing a theme, not wanting to have "writer's block". ;)

I half finished a few pages today and am really excited about them.
The map layout sounds like a really neat idea. I cant wait to see how it turns out!

Can't wait to see what you did shelina!

I just officially signed up today :) Sooo floored.

My theme is "It's Raining Dogs and Cats"! Kraft brown... I can hardly wait to get it in the mail. It's nuts. So many ideas!!! I'm imagining all sorts of rebinding and different papers and such, but I really have no clue what I'll be capable of until I see it in person.

puemelia, I love the idea of a fold out map! Can't wait to see it.
Nooo, I know what you mean, it's pretty trippy.  I'd like to see what happens with your cats and dogs! I'm going to paste in whatever I do ahead, but like you said it'll really come together and be real when I finally hold the book in my hands.  I really hope I can make the map thing work - I dug out an old map from the car and started paging through it.... not sure if I'll cut it up and use it, or trace it onto the pages.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 18, 2010 05:16:48 AM
Welcome, gecko075! I have added your name to our ever-growing list on the front page.  :)

aroze, your page is looking good. I like that you did your numbers backwards on purpose. It's so YOU.  :D I think the page is fine as is, but if it were my page, I'd add on thing that's not so ordered, like maybe an orange butterfly angled at the top? Just one little unexpected item.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 18, 2010 06:28:42 AM
I love your work aroze!  Since the page speaks to the child in each of us, I would also suggest something colorful and perhaps done child-like?

It is a lovely thought-provoking page just as it is...

welcome newcomers!

I wanted to get a t-shirt but I wanted XL and they did not have that size :(...I will check in periodically to see if one is available...I might order a small and turn it into a bag so I can carry around my sketchbook stuff and advertise! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on August 18, 2010 06:46:57 AM
I love the cover Rose :) We will have to throw out child's doodles in the swap thread. I know there are a few of us with budding artist in the home.

I would gladly exploit my children for you LOL


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 18, 2010 07:06:00 AM

I would gladly exploit my children for you LOL

My kind of mom.  :D

I have been cleaning out my daughter's room this last week (she just went off to college), and I am getting ready to do a spread or two solely from scraps I have found in her room, including a couple of her drawings. I think that makes me an exploiter, too.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 18, 2010 07:10:35 AM
You both gave me a great idea!  I am going to see my little great nieces this weekend---Auntie might just bring along some paper and crayons... :D...I mean, for them to enjoy, of course... ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 18, 2010 07:12:07 AM
We heartily endorse child labor.  ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 18, 2010 07:18:02 AM
It fits my theme of "The View from Up Here"...I will be standing over them as they labor draw... :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on August 18, 2010 08:50:45 AM
Its not exploitation...  my Mom is a firm believer in child labor  ;)  which I have to say has transferred to my classroom  ::)  Why should I move the drums and the xylophones and the risers when I have 60+ fifth graders that'll do it for me?!  ;D  I did eventually get smart in my growing up and one day explained to Mom that it was no longer child labor.  I was over 18.  Legally I was an adult.  She said "ok...  endentured servitude it is then!" 

I haven't done anything to my sketchbook yet.  I feel like such a slacker.  I have plans and ideas but I haven't made it to Binders/Michaels/Wal-Mart/Whatever to get heavier paper so I can start working.  Maybe I'll do that on my lunch break today which I should be taking soon. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on August 18, 2010 09:35:28 AM
Oooooh, 77 children at the preschool, 80 pages in the sketchbook....(runs down the hallway giggling like a madwoman!)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on August 18, 2010 09:48:28 AM
aroze - That page is brilliant. I think it's great as it is, but I'm confident anything you do to it will turn out gorgeous, too! :) I love the quote!

I have such a soft place in my heart for little kids drawings! If anybody puts any in their books, I definitely want to see. I can imagine lots of cuteness. I'm visiting my sister and she's got a very artistic 3 year old! I'll have to encourage some child labor of my own...
It fits my theme of "The View from Up Here"...I will be standing over them as they labor draw... :D
Bahahaha! I love that.

Eeee I can't wait to get started. I'm glad I went with the Raining Dogs & Cats, because I had decided on A Record Year For Rainfall.... I needed to pick the only animal theme, though, because animals are my favorite :) I definitely think I'll interpret the "dogs and cats" thing as a general animals theme...not just dogs and cats  ;D



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: puamelia on August 18, 2010 11:27:05 AM
I love the cover Rose :) We will have to throw out child's doodles in the swap thread. I know there are a few of us with budding artist in the home.

Great work on that cover Rose!
And oh yes, my fridge is quite full, and they are always willing to do requests! ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Poosel on August 18, 2010 02:14:16 PM
ok...so...this is weird. I read all the child drawing replies, and I actually have a child-like drawing in my book. I did the drawing, but I made it look like a child drew it. I even bought cheapy markers and stickers. I dunno if I want to share the page on here, because it was a pretty horrific thing that happened when I was little  :-\ ...but then again, my theme is nightmare.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on August 19, 2010 10:46:22 PM
I finally did my profile page at the site, so thanks to always for that info. I'm going to copy and paste how to do that on the first page of the thread. Also, when it's gets closer to the show time, I believe I'll post a list of who's planning on going to which city for the show. Wouldn't it be great to all meet there and share our books together?

I would love that! Also, I think as the tour nears we should have a shared private message and send each other our names to help find each other's books.

I may ask my nephew to draw in my book for me... but he likes to keep his drawings when he is done sometimes. I understand the desire to keep the work you are proud of so I don't push him. We will see.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: puamelia on August 20, 2010 11:43:48 AM
Raerae maybe you could make a copy to cut out and glue in? Then he can keep the original. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on August 20, 2010 12:28:54 PM
Raerae maybe you could make a copy to cut out and glue in? Then he can keep the original. 

WOW this is a great idea. There are all kinds of possibilities then. Resizing, coloring, the list goes on. :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on August 20, 2010 06:14:09 PM
Did you guys see this clever idea by ThePunkHippie? I had thought about making a bag to carry my journal and supplies in, but couldn't figure out how exactly to lay it out. But this one that she made (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=357142.0) is great!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: gecko075 on August 20, 2010 06:55:42 PM
That bag is great.  I like how it has pockets for sketching supplies in addition to a pocket for the sketchbook!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on August 21, 2010 12:40:28 AM
I just realized it's almost Sunday and I haven't picked up my sketchbook once this week!!  Man.  I'm planning on setting aside tomorrow afternoon for crafting, but I have some sewing projects and book projects that I really want to get to...guess I will have to sew a page or two...lol!!  Off to check out that bag and see if I need to add it to my to-do list.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on August 21, 2010 03:43:38 AM
I haven't done anything to my sketchbook since I got it because I got the day before the dentist appointment and then the day after that, teacher workdays started and its been non-stop since Wednesday!  But the good news is that payday is Monday and I'll be able to go get the paper I need to rebind the book!  HUZZAH!  So - yeah - I feel like a bit of a slacker.  I'm super excited to have the book and I'm not avoiding it I promise!  The chicken just needs to find her head so she can fordge some time out to work on it! *sigh*


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 22, 2010 11:04:55 AM
I have a question for those who are making their own signatures of pages...so I have 5 pieces of paper, stacked and folded in half. When I paint or use any wet medium, it oozes under to another page...you can see what I'm talking about in this picture. The white in the middle of the page is gesso from a spread farther back in the signature.

Does anyone have any good hints as to how to stop this?

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/amaryllisroze/4916462141/)



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: mouseatethekitty on August 22, 2010 12:13:22 PM
So I got my sketchbook and this is my very first page



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on August 22, 2010 12:40:18 PM
That's awesome!  Did you paint the book pages individually and then collage them into the book?  I love it!  Ooh!  That gives me an idea!  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 22, 2010 12:43:31 PM
aroze, I have colors from some of my pages that leached onto the backs of the page. I'm going to just try to embrace the happy accidents. I don't know that there's really any way to stop that.

I've been working on several pages today, but I don't have anything finished I can post yet. I'm having fun, though.

Great first page, mouseatethekitty!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on August 22, 2010 12:44:00 PM
I have a question for those who are making their own signatures of pages...so I have 5 pieces of paper, stacked and folded in half. When I paint or use any wet medium, it oozes under to another page...you can see what I'm talking about in this picture. The white in the middle of the page is gesso from a spread farther back in the signature.

Does anyone have any good hints as to how to stop this?

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4079/4916462141_0ce58d6c81.jpg



I have no idea how to stop that from happening.  I'm sorry.  But I do have to say that I think that spread looks really cool as a background.  But I'm also guessing that its not what you wanted for that page.  Sorry that I am of no help whatsoever.  :-\


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on August 22, 2010 12:46:00 PM
aroze, first thing that comes to my mind would be to put a strip of blue tape in along the crease of the page that has the potential to get seeped-through-to. I'm not sure if that would eliminate that completely, but it might help cut it down a little... BTW that background looks way awesome.

mouse, I really like the combination of the blues on your first page. Great start!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on August 22, 2010 01:52:23 PM
I have a question for those who are making their own signatures of pages...so I have 5 pieces of paper, stacked and folded in half. When I paint or use any wet medium, it oozes under to another page...you can see what I'm talking about in this picture. The white in the middle of the page is gesso from a spread farther back in the signature.

Does anyone have any good hints as to how to stop this?

My guess would be to avoid painting near the spine, or just use less paint in general near the middle. You could always try to put something absorbent on the other side.

That background looks amazing though!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: puamelia on August 22, 2010 02:51:23 PM
Did you guys see this clever idea by ThePunkHippie? I had thought about making a bag to carry my journal and supplies in, but couldn't figure out how exactly to lay it out. But this one that she made (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=357142.0) is great!
I've been dreaming about some kind of holder/bag for my stuff every since you said this, but then I'd have to clean my sewing station before I start :P and school starts tomorrow, so I guess I better get crackin'!

and Roze, I guess the only other suggestion would be to take it apart before prepping your backgrounds, but then it'd be hard to remember which pages are facing each other.

and mouse, great 1st page!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on August 22, 2010 03:19:09 PM
No clue as to how to stop the leaking.  :-\ I do love the colors and the back ground you came up with :) I bet you can cover it with  your design maybe?

We just got our journal in Sat. OMG how intimidating is that blank journal !! The pages are wicked thin. I think we are going to try and unbind ours to work with each page outside of the book and then rebind before we send.

If anyone was interested in joining the sketchbook swap still, we only have about a week left for sign ups :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on August 22, 2010 03:58:17 PM
I love that bag. That is such a good idea. I think I may just need one now!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: mouseatethekitty on August 22, 2010 05:18:47 PM
That's awesome!  Did you paint the book pages individually and then collage them into the book?  I love it!  Ooh!  That gives me an idea!  :D

yeah, I painted plenty of pages and then ripped them out of a book and pasted them in the sketchbook. It took forever but I really love the look of it in person, on screen it looks too flat.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: calluna on August 22, 2010 07:55:02 PM
maybe it would help leakage to immediately blot (or heat-gun) what you paint? and/or sticking paper towels behind the pages you're working on, tucked as far into the spine as possible. or maybe there's a way masking fluid could be used? i can't wrap my brain around how it would work for this kind of problem, but maybe someone else can.  :)

(but yeah, i kinda like the bleed-through effect of the color, even if it wasn't intended!)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 23, 2010 07:41:07 AM
I am with racky--my pages are not bound yet so I have been doing backgrounds one sheet at a time (or two at a time if I do both halves)...I did notice some leakage from the front to the back, but I kinda like it so I am not worrying too much about it...Aroz...I think your page background looks terrific!

I got a box for my journal and just threw in a bunch of supplies...I am still doodling on scraps and then working at home so at least everything is together in one place.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 23, 2010 08:27:13 AM
I've tried the paper towel thing. I'll just keep playing with it. If I come up with any brilliant solutions that work, I'll definitely share them.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on August 23, 2010 01:44:11 PM
Good idea with the box Always~ I may have to steal that one from ya!  I am constantly losing everything, including my favorite pens for my journal, so a box would solve some of my issues...just not the issue of no time or energy to work on this thing as often as I need to!  I failed and don't have anything new to post this week yet, sorry guys.  I'm hoping to get to work on it this evening but my schedule has gotten all kinds of crazy lately so I don't know if I'll be up to it...but I have lots of ideas germinating so it won't be long!!  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on August 23, 2010 06:58:54 PM
I finally got my paper this evening!  I stopped by AC Moore on the way home from school's open house (saw lots of my kids from last year!  :D) and used a 40% off coupon on my 98lb paper for the sketchbook!  yay!  And whatever I don't use in the sketchbook can be used for my own journal!  Maybe Saturday morning or Sunday I'll finally get a chance to sit down and take my sketchbook apart and get started with some pages!  ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on August 23, 2010 09:00:26 PM
I also bought a pad of paper - Strathmore Artagain assorted tints - "a fiber-enhanced paper ideally suited for soft pastels and charcoal." I fondled all the sketchbooks and pads and this one felt right to me - for gluing, painting and sewing.
I am going to buy some artists' canvas also and add in some fabric pages so I can make mini-quilt pages, more like appliqued pages. I have some quotes and song lyics for page ideas. Now to dive in.....yikes!

And I have a crazy idea to leave the last two pages blank for Craftster friends to sign....too high school?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: puamelia on August 23, 2010 10:04:03 PM
Yay!!! mine finally shipped! I am always so busy, so I actually plan to jot down ideas and do quick sketches in my own notebook whenever something strikes me, then set aside sketchbook time a couple times a week to work on finishing pages.  I had to clean out my work/craft area and got everything organized, with a couple giant mugs for loose pens and such. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 24, 2010 06:35:26 AM
I told my nieces about wanting to add pages that their kids did and now they want to each do one as well!  Smmarrt, I think it is great to include special things relating to family and friends...they are a big part of our lives so why not!?

I have done basically more background pages since my wrist injury in preventing me from doing fine details and such...hopefully, this weekend will be a time of mucho crafting and sketching to catch up!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on August 24, 2010 12:33:22 PM
My book shipped today! Hooray! I can't wait!

:-)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: puamelia on August 24, 2010 01:21:50 PM
Yay for shipped books! How long did it take to arrive, for those who already received?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Poosel on August 24, 2010 01:45:17 PM
I think it took about 4 days for mine to arrive.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: starfish13 on August 24, 2010 03:47:57 PM
I haven't done very much at all recently, being very busy with work.  But its a bank holiday weekend, and with the forecast for torrential downpours, I'll get a chace to catch up over the weekend.  I've also just booked my summer holiday, so feeling rather happy and inspired too.

Alwaysinmyrooom, hope your wrist isn't too serious and you'll be back sketching in no time.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: foufigirl on August 25, 2010 12:57:01 PM
I finally got a chance to start this thang! My theme is "In flight", here's my progress so far (picture heavy!):





These ones aren't quite finished yet...



So much fun! I love seeing everybody's progress! :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on August 25, 2010 01:25:59 PM
WOW, foufi! You are brilliant! I love the wing!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 25, 2010 01:35:37 PM
Hooray for more pictures!

I always love your girls, foufi! Your book is looking great. I love the way you've wrapped your writing around the images.

Let's all make it a goal to get at least one page done and/or post an in progress shot sometime this weekend.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: foufigirl on August 25, 2010 01:40:25 PM
Thanks!! :)
And good plan Racky!!
I have more in my head I need to get down on paper before I forget- LOL!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on August 25, 2010 02:13:29 PM
WOW foufigirl  :D I LOVE what you have done. Your drawing talent is amazing. :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: foufigirl on August 25, 2010 02:36:46 PM
WOW foufigirl  :D I LOVE what you have done. Your drawing talent is amazing. :)

Aww thanks!! & thank you for the invite to the swap- I just pm'd my info to you!! I'm in!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on August 25, 2010 03:47:34 PM
foufigirl - I am SOOO impressed!!  Your girls are amazing.  And I love the wings and your text - it all looks great! 

I am sitting down to work on a page as soon as I finish this post.  Yay for a day off finally!!  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: malmow on August 25, 2010 04:04:11 PM
Everyone's pages look great! I ordered my sketchbook yesterday, after talking my best friend into doing this with me. Now I have to get her to join Craftster! I chose "I'm sorry I forgot you" as my theme. I only have some vague ideas of what I'll do, but I can't wait to jump right in as soon as I get my book.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on August 25, 2010 05:09:09 PM
Simply beautiful! - I love the vibrant smeared colors, and REALLY adore your  girls. They have attitude, grace, and finesse!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on August 25, 2010 05:29:00 PM
Let's all make it a goal to get at least one page done and/or post an in progress shot sometime this weekend.

I agree!  Thanks so much for the goal setting!  With today being the first day of school in North Carolina things have been crazy.  But I have paper to use for rebinding, and idea for the cover and some ideas for the inside of the book AND ideas for the swap.  On top of all that, I have all Saturday morning and Sunday to hang out and work on my book!  I can't wait!

foufigirl - your pages are amazing!  I love them!  And your girls are awesome!  Can't wait to see more of your book!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on August 25, 2010 07:36:34 PM
foufigirl, I love what you're doing with "in flight!" I wish I had your skills! Since I don't, mine will be heading in another direction ;)

And, I don't know how much progress will be visible with me this weekend. I need to re-locate my journal! I had it in a specific location, but during the mad rush to empty 2 rooms for painting, it got moved, and I'm not sure where. Same with my Best Test glue! But, if I can find it tomorrow, I should be able to start gluing pages Friday night.

I'm in a bit of a tizzy: I start school on Monday, and today I was just told that I'm not supposed to be teaching one of the subjects that has been assigned to me, so I have to see if I can get that sorted out, among other disasters that have happened in the past week (tree limb from one of my trees crashed into my neighbor's new fence, large sum of $$ stolen from my bank account, a few smaller irritations...).

So, maybe working on the journal this weekend will help me to take my mind off of all of that!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on August 25, 2010 08:41:58 PM
look at you go foufigirl!  The wing page is tres awesome :)

My goal is to definitely have something to post this weekend!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Confuzzle on August 25, 2010 09:41:51 PM
I SO want to get in on this, but just can't do it right now.  :-\

Does anybody know if they're doing the project again next year?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on August 25, 2010 09:44:18 PM
I imagine they will after the great response this year, which is also the second year they've done the project.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on August 25, 2010 09:50:31 PM
I finally started my book!!  :D :D

I decided not to rebind because then I might never finish. I was only drawing in pencil and it went right through! You can even see it when holding two pages together! Such thin paper  :-\ I'm going to have to think about what to do for my other pages where I plan on using more than a pencil.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Confuzzle on August 25, 2010 10:32:41 PM
I imagine they will after the great response this year, which is also the second year they've done the project.
Awesomesauce!!!

It's just one of those things. I always carry a sketchbook/journal/whatever around anyway, and this would just be so much FUN to get into, but with textbooks, CEUs to keep my professional license, the county license renewal fee, and emergency dental work all hitting at once, it will take months to recover enough financially to be able to take part.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tamberine on August 26, 2010 04:33:58 AM
I'm new to craftster and I'm so glad I stumbled into this thread! I ordered my sketchbook Tuesday! It looks like a lot of the themes that I saw in the first post are all filled up and gone from the site.  It was hard for me to decide between "Lights in the Distance" and "Trading Forever".. but I chose lights.  I'm pretty happy with it.  Can't wait to get my sketchbook!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on August 26, 2010 06:02:19 AM
I imagine they will after the great response this year, which is also the second year they've done the project.
Awesomesauce!!!

It's just one of those things. I always carry a sketchbook/journal/whatever around anyway, and this would just be so much FUN to get into, but with textbooks, CEUs to keep my professional license, the county license renewal fee, and emergency dental work all hitting at once, it will take months to recover enough financially to be able to take part.

That sounds like me last summer.  I hope all gets straighted out and you're able to join next year!  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: spicytaco on August 26, 2010 06:35:32 AM
Oiy! I can't wait to get my book. Eeek. Why does it take so long for things to cross the US/Canada border??

Foufigirl...I love it. Love love love.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: foufigirl on August 26, 2010 07:38:03 AM
Oiy! I can't wait to get my book. Eeek. Why does it take so long for things to cross the US/Canada border??

Foufigirl...I love it. Love love love.

Aww thanks!!!
I and I know- it makes no sense why things take so long to get up to us Canadians! My sketchbook took 2 weeks to arrive....ugh!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 26, 2010 08:19:39 AM
Tamberine, welcome to Craftster! We're glad you're joining us. I added your name to the list on the front page.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 26, 2010 09:28:56 AM
awww--what a happy surprise to see those lovely pages!  I like your challenge to get a few pages done this weekend, rackycoo...I have so much catching up to do (the hand is about 80% healed, I think!)...

Can't wait to see an explosion of pages hopefully next week---keep on posting those lovelies, everybody--it is quite motivating and inspirtational!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: puamelia on August 26, 2010 09:00:14 PM
I think it took about 4 days for mine to arrive.

thx poosel, so hopefully Saturday, maybe Monday... :)

love your pages foufi!
i want to have some kind of combo of color and ink line in mine. i started on the peacock page, and will glue it in when the book arrives. haven't decided on the cover yet, or how to do the map... will see if i can get the printer to scan my WIP.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on August 26, 2010 09:02:01 PM
Everyone's pages are looking awesome!

MY PERSONAL GOAL:
Show new completed pages on Sundays! I have to get moving, or I won't be part of the exhibition!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on August 27, 2010 12:25:17 PM
Gosh me too - I will post something no later than MONDAY! so help me <lol>

I've thought up a storm about what to do - can't find one image I would love to use but I can at least get going on the prep work! I've not touched mine yet.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 27, 2010 12:32:31 PM
Everybody get busy! I want to see lots of pictures this weekend. Or early next week, at the latest.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on August 27, 2010 12:37:03 PM
yes ma'am!!! 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on August 27, 2010 12:40:19 PM
that is such a cool idea for crafsters people to sign in - may borrow that <G>
love the fabric thoughts too - been trying to figure that out myself - was going to glue the pages together - didn't think about replacing them - that opens up a whole new world of possiblities <G>


I also bought a pad of paper - Strathmore Artagain assorted tints - "a fiber-enhanced paper ideally suited for soft pastels and charcoal." I fondled all the sketchbooks and pads and this one felt right to me - for gluing, painting and sewing.
I am going to buy some artists' canvas also and add in some fabric pages so I can make mini-quilt pages, more like appliqued pages. I have some quotes and song lyics for page ideas. Now to dive in.....yikes!

And I have a crazy idea to leave the last two pages blank for Craftster friends to sign....too high school?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on August 27, 2010 01:00:17 PM
I'm out of town for a few days but I promise to post something on Tuesday or Wednesday...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on August 27, 2010 01:42:08 PM
Hooray! My book arrived in the mail today. I am a little disappointed in my postman though, for cramming it in our apartment mail box - it's a little bent out of shape and the cover is creased! Oh well - as an artist you learn to work with these things!

I'm going to start the rebinding process today, and hopefully get a page or two started this weekend.

Now I understand what everyone means when they say it's intimidating to start... I almost wish it hadn't arrived because then I could keep dreaming about working on it, and I wouldn't have to commit to putting ideas on paper.

The swap closed today, can't wait to get my partner and send out material!

P.S. has anyone else considered saving the manila envelope to mail back their sketchbook?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on August 27, 2010 02:59:41 PM
Pretty - yep, I thought about saving my envelope.  I am hoping I tucked it safely away in my desk drawer though because I just realized I haven't seen it in a while, which usually means bad things around here, lol!

I finished a page!!  Am waiting until Sunday to see what else I can whip out and then post them all at once.  But at least I know I got at least one done!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on August 27, 2010 03:26:02 PM
Whoo-hoo! I found my journal! It was about 2 feet from where I was sitting, hiding beneath a bin of craft supplies. So now, I have the journal and the glue, so I can start gluing pages tomorrow when I can work outside to avoid glue fumes. I don't know if I'll get any paint applied this weekend so my progress won't look too impressive, but at least I will have started!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: nicoleburdsall on August 27, 2010 03:32:04 PM
Alright, I need some help. I drew these on clear plastic, thinking I would find a way to incorporate them into a scary story spread, but I don't know how! I had originally thought I would sew them in, but I don't know if that would really look how I want it to. Glue would show through... What are your opinions?



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Poosel on August 27, 2010 03:50:27 PM
Alright, I need some help. I drew these on clear plastic, thinking I would find a way to incorporate them into a scary story spread, but I don't know how! I had originally thought I would sew them in, but I don't know if that would really look how I want it to. Glue would show through... What are your opinions?


I think sewing would be cool. Or you could glue together 2 pages with the plastic images in between and you rip the top page, so it makes a frame,....so edges are frayed looking....does that make sense?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on August 27, 2010 06:54:22 PM
The frame idea is excellent! I might have to see if I can incorporate that into my own journal in some way.

But, if you're stuck on the idea of the images overlaying a background (which could look amazing!), you might want to try some of those glue dots (the permanent ones)- they stick to pretty much anything and you could hide them behind the dark portions of the image. Or, if you're worried that the glue dots might be too "peel-able," you could try some E-6000 (I'd test it first to make sure it doesn't ruin the plastic or make it wrinkly).


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: ragdoll193 on August 27, 2010 10:39:27 PM
Alright, I need some help. I drew these on clear plastic, thinking I would find a way to incorporate them into a scary story spread, but I don't know how! I had originally thought I would sew them in, but I don't know if that would really look how I want it to. Glue would show through... What are your opinions?


I really like your drawings. I am not entirely sure how to attach them, though maybe if it is supposed to be scary, big obvious staples?

also, I wanted to say the one on the top left looks like craftster cereza bomba


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: IdlersDesign on August 27, 2010 11:21:26 PM
Alright, I need some help. I drew these on clear plastic, thinking I would find a way to incorporate them into a scary story spread, but I don't know how! I had originally thought I would sew them in, but I don't know if that would really look how I want it to. Glue would show through... What are your opinions?


I really like your drawings. I am not entirely sure how to attach them, though maybe if it is supposed to be scary, big obvious staples?


Or sewing with very messy ('scary') zigzag/chaos stitches?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Confuzzle on August 28, 2010 12:55:32 AM
Alright, I need some help. I drew these on clear plastic, thinking I would find a way to incorporate them into a scary story spread, but I don't know how! I had originally thought I would sew them in, but I don't know if that would really look how I want it to. Glue would show through... What are your opinions?
Could you possibly use a hot iron to melt them to the pages? Lay an old towel down, then a layer of waxed paper, then the page, then the drawing, then a layer of waxed paper, then a sheet of scrap paper (thicker works better - like construction paper or a paper bag). Use the iron like you're putting on an iron-on transfer - keep it moving so nothing burns, but make sure the plastic gets hot enough to adhere to the page.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: nicoleburdsall on August 28, 2010 01:20:57 AM
These are great ideas! (By the way, I forgot to mention that these were inspired by old catwoman comics. I'm not THAT creative. lol) I'll have to try melting the plastic on something else first.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on August 28, 2010 06:30:04 AM
Does anyone have any suggestions for a great bookbinding tutorial?  I'm finally getting to sit down and work on my sketchbook but before I take it all apart I want to make sure that I'm able to put it back together!  :)  Any help would be most welcome!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 28, 2010 09:11:00 AM
This is the one Racky posted early in the thread.
http://www.daydreamingonpaper.com/0204.html


Does anyone have any suggestions for a great bookbinding tutorial?  I'm finally getting to sit down and work on my sketchbook but before I take it all apart I want to make sure that I'm able to put it back together!  :)  Any help would be most welcome!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on August 28, 2010 09:22:52 AM
Does anyone have any suggestions for a great bookbinding tutorial?  I'm finally getting to sit down and work on my sketchbook but before I take it all apart I want to make sure that I'm able to put it back together!  :)  Any help would be most welcome!
This is the one Racky posted early in the thread.
http://www.daydreamingonpaper.com/0204.html

Oh good! I was hoping someone would share that link!
I recently used it, and it was great! I had never thought about or even considered binding but I was almost certain I would want to rebind my sketchbook because everyone commented on the thinness of the pages. I practiced before my journal arrived.

Yesterday I tore one of the pages out (it was conveniently perforated), and found that it's not nearly as thin as I expected! I think I was preparing to work on tissue paper. I  tested out a bunch of different art materials (watercolor, acrylic paint, sharpie, fountain ink, glue) and was pleasantly surprised that none of it bled through. The watercolor wrinkled the paper as it dried, but I expected that.

My only concern for rebinding would be removing some of the pages so there are LESS of them, and perhaps adding a few sheets of some thicker non-wrinkly watercolor paper)

Has anyone tried rebinding with a sewing machine? I might attempt it, but I'm nervous.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on August 28, 2010 09:43:16 AM
Thanks a ton aroze!  I thought there was a link somewhere and I looked for it but couldn't find it.  I probably just looked right over it. I think I'm almost done with my first page.  I don't mean THE first page but...  the first finished page in the book!  yay!   :D

First page finished!



I love Jimmy Buffett!  And lights in the distance made me think of "Jolly Mon".  The page says

Oh Jolly Mon sing,
Oh make Orion ring.

He was making his way home
on a dark and stormy night.
When he heard a cry for help
and saw a flashing light.
When he reached the other boat
and offered them a hand,
They said "Give us all your cargo"
as they took a pirate stand.

I had to think about how to make a flashing light in the distance so.....  here's how it flashes.... You just flip the little piece of "ocean" back and forth.  :)


I'm rather happy with it. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on August 28, 2010 06:33:55 PM
I love the navy blue of that page, ffrogg!

My book came in the mail today, too! I didn't think I'd be intimidated, but you guys were right... :) I'll start tomorrow probably!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on August 28, 2010 06:46:48 PM
That boat page is awesome! I love how you did the words!



I finally officially started today. I did borders for 30 pages once they're folded. I think I want to get to 40 pages, and then I'm done. I'll probably finish borders tonight, and work on backgrounds this week.
I'm still working on my short story for the book, so after I do my backgrounds, hopefully I'll be done with the story and can start on my story pages.





Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on August 29, 2010 01:22:41 AM
Ffrogg526 - I love the idea of the wave sparkling! Very nice page!

The edges look great pixieval - I can't wait to see how you do the backgrounds!

It really is inspiring to see people's progress! It is helping to keep me focused and motivated (I tend to get distracted by other random crafts... ::)).   I have been doing little bits and pieces of a couple of pages - my goal is to have something far enough along to post tomorrow night. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: puamelia on August 29, 2010 02:03:23 AM
nicole, love your drawings! hope it works out well for you trying to attach them.  ffrogg! love how you made the light "blink"!!  pixieval, loving the borders! Very "storybook"!

noo, Finally got mine too, but still afraid of it - going to finish up my peacock page before I address the actual book. 

I feel that as I glue in my double page spreads, the book will grow too thick on the single spine and may not shut well.  To fix that (and my fear of not finishing!) I'm thinking of making smaller signatures and cutting the cover in half so there's a front and back, and doing a coptic binding on it.  That way when I get near the end I'll just stop adding signatures and bind on the back cover. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on August 29, 2010 07:05:56 AM
Well... I got a good start on my book but the pages started to look messy and crazy so I ended up taking my book apart. I have done a Coptic stitch book a couple of times before and had really good luck with it. I used this tutorial both times...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHAJyzzb4EE
I am leaving my pages flat so I can do fix them up the way i want and they will be easier to work with and easier to scan before I put my book together. I have about 4 pages half done but I am having a ton more luck and it already looks a lot cleaner.
I have to share this though. I saw someone make one of these on craftster so decided to make me one also.
I plan on doing the sketchbook again next year so plan on getting lots of use out of it :)



On the right is a pocket for my cover, in that pocket is a secret pocket where I can put photos that I take to add later, then the middle is where all of my pages go that I cut, then on the left is where I put pencils and behind the velcro is a long pocket for my ruler. The fur tidbits is just some that I attached with safety pins. Since my book is a monster theme I am planning on using them in my book.





I am looking forward to showing some completed pages when they are all done. The first page that you see is a portrait of my daughter. There will be cute flying monsters around the page when it is all done :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on August 29, 2010 07:19:57 AM
Ffrogg, I love that page! And, the flashing light "mechanism" is clever ;)

pixieval, I like your borders and can't wait to see how your storybook theme progresses!

I also like the sketchbook "cozy" (for lack of a better term) idea, but I'm afraid to tote mine around. I have to set up a spot to work on it so that's it's easier to work on when the mood strikes. I tried to get started yesterday, but had another project slightly more pressing. I have to attend a wake this afternoon, but then I think I'll try to find a spot to set up a table to work on. I have a table, but I don't really have a spot right now. If I move a few boxes, I can probably use a spot temporarily.

Life is chaotic right now- I head back to work tomorrow and my teaching assignment is currently up in the air. So, it makes it a bit hard to focus.

So, my progress this weekend was limited to finding the journal and putting it together with the glue, brush, pens and watercolor pencils. I have an hour or so before I have to head out, so perhaps I could start to make a spot clear for working. Then I could count it as more progress ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: spicytaco on August 29, 2010 11:55:48 AM
Well I bought some stuff today in anticipation. Couple fine black markers, some coloured markers, water colour pencils, and a pad of water colour paper in case I decide to rebind, which I think I'm leaning toward even though I haven't got my book yet. Should come this week.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: calluna on August 29, 2010 12:07:23 PM
shelina - there is something all-too-wonderful about a monster-themed book with a cover full of dachshunds!  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on August 29, 2010 01:47:30 PM
Yes its a little odd! LOL But since I am planning on reusing it I thought this fabric would be fine :)
shelina - there is something all-too-wonderful about a monster-themed book with a cover full of dachshunds!  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on August 29, 2010 04:48:34 PM
pixieval those boarders are adorable! They're great for consistency and do give a nice storybook feel.

shelina - I wish I had seen that binding video BEFORE I attempted to rebind my book! I was cursing up a storm this morning!

If I counted right, there are proximately 19 weeks until the mail date - Does anyone else think it would be beneficial to keep a countdown on the first page of this thread?

I decided to use less pages in my book. I factored in Holiday Crafting, and "life", and figured I could make one quality spread a week. So, I bound in 10 pages (20 spreads). Plus decorating the cover. I just wanted to ensure I completely finished the book, and didn't want to have to sacrifice quality or be stressed toward the mail date.

I used all sorts of techniques for the backgrounds! I will post pictures later tonight.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on August 29, 2010 06:08:44 PM
I use tutorials on youtube all the time. That is how I learned to crochet amis lol
Here is also one that I meant to share earlier. It is a tutorial for a zine. I love these and am hoping to add one to my book some how!
The guy talks a little to much for my health lol but its a good tutorial :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh1W15BWCUk

I would love a countdown somewhere in this thread!
At first I was thinking that "We have till Jan that is plenty of time" ;). But some of my pages are getting pretty involved and now I am thinking "OMG we have only till Jan" :o LOL


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on August 29, 2010 06:21:08 PM
I finished the borders on my last 5 pages(10 when folded) today! Thank you guys for your compliments! It was simple, but I really wanted borders, and it only took a few hours to do all of them. I'm breaking out the watercolors tonight, and am going to start on my backgrounds. So I'll have my next update picture for next weekend.
I really like giving myself a personal goal of posting on Sundays, it makes sure I get something done!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on August 29, 2010 11:19:46 PM
I hadn't thought of doing borders, what a fab idea! 

Yike, only 19 weeks...why does that sound so much closer than January?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on August 30, 2010 04:02:41 AM
Yeah - why is that?  January sounds sooooo much further away.   :-\

I'm so glad that everyone's talking about page limits.  I think that's what has made my sketchbook seem so monumental an undertaking because I didn't think "oh, I should have a page limit!"  And now it seems so obvious.  I have to think about this because I have a whole book of 98lb paper waiting for artsy goodness to come to it which I feel would be a lot of pages for my easily stressed brain.  hmmmmm......  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on August 30, 2010 07:22:19 AM
Ffrogg526 - cool page!

pixieval - wonderful edges!

shelina - your so org.!! what a pretty tote. 

my stuff is thrown on top of a very crowed worktop with past and wip projects - really need to clean it off again before this weekend.

I did get the jornal taken apart and four background pages done in watercolor paper - and cut four more drawing paper. after watching some quilting arts shows (brought it a while back) there is a couple of cloth pages I want to add now.

will post pics tonight.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on August 30, 2010 07:27:19 AM
depending on if the cloth page turns out the way it's in my head I may change gears and go all cloth............... ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on August 30, 2010 07:34:04 AM
you're going to show us the cloth page right gg?  I used to receive the Quilting arts magazine and the cloth journal pages were so luscious!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on August 30, 2010 08:10:14 AM
yeah I'll be posting - if it works <lol>

they do some wonderful stuff for sure - got me all excited <G>


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 30, 2010 08:24:49 AM
I love seeing the in progress pics! Looks like lots of people are making progress.

I'm having internet issues (I'm currently posting from the library), so I may be offline for the next day or two. I can try have a countdown to due date on the first post, but I can't promise to remember to keep it updated, so I may need a reminder every now and then.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on August 30, 2010 08:31:17 AM
maybe download a count down timer application that will update for us?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on August 30, 2010 09:20:18 AM
I have 2 pages completely finished :)
well I guess 4 because they will be folded!





I love the idea of fabric pages.
I want to see! I want to see!  ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on August 30, 2010 12:27:20 PM
those are outstanding - so cute!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on August 30, 2010 07:44:08 PM
Your monsters are so cute :) Great pages, Shelina! I really like that you used some phonebook pages. I might have to borrow that idea at some point...

I dared do my first page just now... It's a cat! In a rain drop!


The watercolor wrinkled the paper a bit, but nothing leaked through to the next page. I don't think I'm going to end up re-binding my book... Before I got the book, I wanted to do full-fledged completely done up spreads for every page, but now that I look at the book, I think I'm going to experiment a bit with some pages that are just sketches and drawings. The challenge is going to be filling up the book as much as possible. That's gonna be a LOT of pages!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Poosel on August 30, 2010 07:54:30 PM
 :D it's wearing 'kitten mittons' (ASIP reference...hence the spelling). It's soo cute!!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on August 30, 2010 08:27:16 PM
so cute!! Its raining cats!

So the paper is stronger than it feels?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on August 30, 2010 11:06:06 PM
Is anyone else having trouble sticking to their theme?  Mine is a bit open ended (Storybook doesn't have a whole lot of restrictions that I can think of) but I'm having trouble feeling that each page actually represents my theme, if that makes sense.  I'm kind of just throwing the theme out the window and trying to get pages done.  Anyone one else having issues?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on August 31, 2010 12:59:41 AM
I think that the themes are really just guidelines. Most are very broad. and open to any interpretation.

Storybook is such a fun theme. Can I request an altered fairytales page? I love stories like, Red Red Hood: the Wolf's POV etc. It would be fun to see a page like that :P


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on August 31, 2010 01:01:48 AM
I will try!!  There are a few others with this same theme so maybe they will do one too??  It'd be cool to see different views on it.

Right after I posted this I was clicking around online and found some good inspiration for my pages.  I'm now including fabric pages as well, which I hadn't planned on doing but so far I'm loving it.

This project is so fun!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on August 31, 2010 06:03:14 AM
I read on the rule page that it didn't matter if you stuck to close to your theme. That the theme was just like a starting point I guess. I am getting off of my theme also but I am just having fun with it.

Noooo- I love the cat picture!




Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on August 31, 2010 06:13:06 AM
lol, the kitten mittons! I had to look it up on youtube, because I've never watched that show. That made me want to start :)

Bethie, When I picked my theme, I knew I wouldn't be able to stick to just dogs and cats... I'm interpreting my theme as raining animals in general. and I figured if I did a page that was totally off the wall, I could just draw a couple rain drops on it and call it good :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on August 31, 2010 07:01:03 AM
love the kitty!  got busy with atc's last night but plan to start on a cloth page tonight :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on August 31, 2010 07:16:38 AM
shelina, your pages are looking great! I love your little scary monsters.

nooo, your raincat is so cute. It's going to be fun to see all your little animals raining down.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on August 31, 2010 08:07:59 AM
noooo - I LOVE your kitty. :) It makes me happy to see it.

We have been sketching out our plans for the sketchbook. We now have a good direction to go in so hopefully this weekend we will be able to start and get on a roll. I was waiting for pay day to get some stronger paper.

I did find a treasure trove of cicada wings yesterday !! I was so happy gathering up these spent bug shells LOL you would have thought I was finding gold. :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on August 31, 2010 09:00:54 AM
Nooo - I forgot to tell you - your cat in the raindrop is such a great page!!  Love how it all turned out. 

Thanks for the advice guys!  I feel like I finally pushed past the wall I'd run into.  I stayed up until 3 AM working on it and at this point, I almost feel like it could actually be 'done' if it needed to be...I still want to work on it though, since we do still have 19 weeks left...will hopefully be posting pictures later today if I can get the kids to not bounce off the walls for five whole minutes!  (I realize I missed my weekend posting.  I stink, I know.) ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on August 31, 2010 09:24:20 AM
Don't tell anyone, but I don't think you're the only one missed the weekend posting. I know I did!  :D



(I realize I missed my weekend posting.  I stink, I know.) ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: malmow on August 31, 2010 09:34:49 AM
Shelina, I love that you used phone book pages, too. I like incorporating them into my art. I love the 6 impossible things quote too.
Nooo, I love the quote on your kitty page, too! What a cute little guy.

This might be a dumb question, but will I get an email letting me know that my book has shipped? I ordered it about a week ago and have been anxiously waiting to hear something.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on August 31, 2010 10:12:21 AM
Roze - lol!  I don't feel quite as guilty now, thanks for sharing!

Malmow - they did send me an email when they shipped mine.  I ordered it July 10th and they shipped it July 12th...so that was probably really fast, judging by other posts here it's now taking them a bit longer.  Hope you hear from them soon, if not you could always drop them an email just to check in.  In my confirmation email they did say to please give approximately two weeks time to receive the order.

Did you at least get a confirmation email after you ordered?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on August 31, 2010 11:26:19 AM
[quote author=Tero link=topic=353126.msg4195489#msg4195489 date=1283267279

I did find a treasure trove of cicada wings yesterday !! I was so happy gathering up these spent bug shells LOL you would have thought I was finding gold. :)
[/quote]

TERO! I thought I was the only one!!!! I think cicada wings are so beautiful... It far outweighs the grossness of collecting dead bugs, lol. When I see one in a parking lot or something, I always feel so awkward, trying to inconspicuously reach down, hoping no one notices. Haha! Congrats on your big score! :)

Thanks guys, for liking my cat! :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: malmow on August 31, 2010 11:58:49 AM
Roze - lol!  I don't feel quite as guilty now, thanks for sharing!

Malmow - they did send me an email when they shipped mine.  I ordered it July 10th and they shipped it July 12th...so that was probably really fast, judging by other posts here it's now taking them a bit longer.  Hope you hear from them soon, if not you could always drop them an email just to check in.  In my confirmation email they did say to please give approximately two weeks time to receive the order.

Did you at least get a confirmation email after you ordered?
I did! And when I went to my email to see how long ago that actually was, I had an email saying it shipped! Hooray!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on August 31, 2010 12:26:19 PM
Me too.. shhh!  ;)

Don't tell anyone, but I don't think you're the only one missed the weekend posting. I know I did!  :D



(I realize I missed my weekend posting.  I stink, I know.) ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on August 31, 2010 06:17:53 PM
Home from mini-vacation in San Diego. And I just gesso-ed two artist canvas pieces, cut to fit Moleskine. After embellishment, I plan to sew together like a pillowcase, outside in and then open. Is that how you're doing it goatgoddess? Or am I a fool to make that much work out of something that could be more simple?
So I hope I will be able to post something tomorrow.

And when I took apart one practice sketchbook (so I'd have a stencil for the real one), I noticed that the practice book and my real book have one signature and 26 stitches holding them together - AAAACCCCKKKK! Well, in the words of Scarlett O'Hara, I'll think about that tomorrow.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: starfish13 on September 01, 2010 05:08:23 AM
We don't get cicadas over here in the UK, but I did find some gorgeous damselfly wings the other day.  They get caught and eaten by bats at dusk, and they nip off the wings as there isn't much good eating in them! 

I have a large collection of dead bugs, as I use them for teaching.  They are so much easier for children to see under the microscope that a linving bug that wants to escape.  Wings are especially lovely because they are so fragile.

I did find a treasure trove of cicada wings yesterday !! I was so happy gathering up these spent bug shells LOL you would have thought I was finding gold. :)

TERO! I thought I was the only one!!!! I think cicada wings are so beautiful... It far outweighs the grossness of collecting dead bugs, lol. When I see one in a parking lot or something, I always feel so awkward, trying to inconspicuously reach down, hoping no one notices. Haha! Congrats on your big score! :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: spicytaco on September 01, 2010 12:01:09 PM
Whoo hoo. My book came. The package was open, but it seems unharmed. At first glimpse I thought I might actually avoid rebinding, however one little test changed my mind. I just doodled on one page with a fine black marker, and although it didn't leak through, you could still see it clearly on the other side. Also pencil does not seem to erase very well from it. Plus the stitching seems to look kinda messy to me.

Right not I'm attempting to coffee stain the 90lb cold press water colour paper I bought to rebind with. I think it's going to work out a lot better then the original paper. Coffee staining for two reasons: 1) I'm not digging the bright white that my paper is now. 2) Duh, my theme is 'coffee and cigarettes'.

;D

Thanks again Craftster and Arthouse Coop. :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on September 01, 2010 12:06:34 PM
I cant wait to see pages from your book spicytaco!
You should try to put some coffee filters in the pages when you rebind! I made a coptic stitch book once with a coffee theme for a swap. I done stamped rings using water color on the bottom of a coffee cup. It looked just like the book was used as a coaster! It came out looking really neat :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: spicytaco on September 01, 2010 02:26:54 PM
Awesome idea about the coffee filters. Think I have some at work that don't fit our coffee machine. Hope no one's tossed them.
I'm totally doing the coffee rings thing. I'm thinking of a few cigarette burn holes too, although I'm wondering if it'll just end up looking messy.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on September 01, 2010 02:40:43 PM
Sketches on cig paper would be hip. :) Even making one whole page out of unrolled papers would be cool. Most likely one of the most expensive journal pages of all, considering the cost of smokes now a days..but cool :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: puamelia on September 01, 2010 08:24:21 PM
Ooh, spicytaco, I bet your book will smell delicious coffee... until you burn it with cigs hehe.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on September 01, 2010 08:35:37 PM
I spent my energy over the weekend hoping for a happy outcome in my teaching assignment. It was a last minute change that was exactly what I wanted, but it hinged on the cooperation of another teacher. Fortunately, it all worked out just the way I was hoping (yay!) so my energy wasn't wasted.

I didn't get anything done on my journal (except in my head of course... I have several gorgeous pages completely finished!). With the hurricane heading this way, my weekend plans (pool party on Saturday, Red Sox game on Sunday) may get rained out, so I may have more time to work than I expected.

I need to make a little mini practice notebook to A) test out the page gluing and B) doodle in for practice drawings. Some copy paper and a couple of staples should do it. Maybe I'll take a break from setting up my classroom tomorrow and make one...

I love the latest pages! I'm still trying not to be intimidated, so I'm not visiting daily... And, I was a bit stressed when "19 weeks" was posted! Even though I'm a deadline worker, a countdown would add to my stress even more, so I'd best ignore it ;)

Once I get my main squirrel character designed- I'm having trouble with his face- I'll be able to move at a faster pace. My problem is that I have an image of what I'd like him to look like, but I can't seem to draw it. So, I may just have to go with what I can draw. Sometimes, I wish my hands could produce what my brain envisions :P


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on September 02, 2010 12:43:36 AM
Nooo - love the kitten! So cute!!

I didn't post this weekend either... sorry... 

CraftADDchick - I absolutely sympathize with you: "My problem is that I have an image of what I'd like him to look like, but I can't seem to draw it. So, I may just have to go with what I can draw. Sometimes, I wish my hands could produce what my brain envisions"
I have a ton of wonderfully created pages in my head, but when I sit down to create them, well, what comes out is not even a distant cousin to my vision... I am trying to come to grips with that and trying to enjoy what I do create (and when it is really bad, I call it a "test page" and throw it out...  ;D).



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on September 02, 2010 06:33:24 AM
Has anyone made a pop up page yet?
I went to the library and checked out every book they had on mixed media journal, scrapbooks, and card making. I found a book showing how to make pop up pages but I am a little nervous about attempting it  ::)
I have another page nearly finished. I hope to get it done sometime today and have it posted later on this evening!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: foufigirl on September 02, 2010 07:59:21 AM
Don't tell anyone, but I don't think you're the only one missed the weekend posting. I know I did!  :D



(I realize I missed my weekend posting.  I stink, I know.) ;D

I missed it too- but i hope to do at least double for this coming long weekend... where does time go?! :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on September 02, 2010 10:06:40 AM
I posted this past Saturday but I don't know if I'll make it this weekend.  Especially since I thought today was supposed to be Saturday instead of Thursday.  ::)  Good thing I realized today was Thursday in time to set my alarm last night.  lol. 

About sticking to the theme.....  I know they said don't feel restricted by having a theme but...  I feel like...  All my pages should have something to do with "lights in the distance"  Although I'm starting to interpret it sorta differently.  I'm thinking about things like students thinking of their future, their proverbial light in the distance or becoming a caterpillar becoming a butterfly......  I dunno.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on September 02, 2010 11:17:28 AM
Ffrogg - I think you're going in the right direction - your theme could be about future/forward things and ideas.

And spicy - I think coffee and cigarettes can be about realxing or revving up to the next thing. I don't drink coffee but I drink tea and I drink it before my day starts and sometimes to wind down at the end of it.

I began with being too overly concerned about the exact words of my theme (Great Hopes and Massive Failures) and I started looking up quotes about hope. Many of them are motivational and I am going to focus on hope anyway. But the range of quotes is good so my book will be a feel-good book, without being too sappy, I hope.

And following some of the earlier craftalong-ers, each page is an attempt at a different kind of background so I can try a little bit of everything - paint, draw, sewing, applique, collage, stamping and more. In my head, it looks AWESOME!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: thegreengriffin on September 02, 2010 12:59:45 PM
i just signed up with the theme 'you'd be home by now'.  im excited!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: gecko075 on September 02, 2010 01:27:53 PM
Nooo - I love your raindrop kitty too!  I have the same theme as you, and I was also thinking of a page or two of kitties/dogs in raindrops.  Seems like a safer way for them to be traveling down to earth, than if they were just bumping around w/o their raindrop pods.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on September 02, 2010 01:29:41 PM
Ffrogg - that sounds like an awesome way to interpret your theme, can't wait to see it!  

For mine, I'm kind of leaving out the 'book' of 'storybook' and concentrating more on stories...bits and pieces of my life story, for the most part, but now I'm about to start trying to work on some altered fairy tale pages, we will see how that goes.  Like CraftADD said, what I see in my head does not transfer well to the page, I think my hands and brain have a problem communicating! lol.

For those of us who are using this to try out new techniques, I thought I'd share this link, I put it on another board too before I realized some of you might want to check it out as well.  It's a free online art journling class, but it's not so much a class as it is a bunch of great prompts and ideas and explanations of different techniques.  I've been there all morning and had a blast, have some great ideas I want to try out soon too.  http://www.souljournaling.com/prompts.php (http://www.souljournaling.com/prompts.php)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on September 02, 2010 01:48:49 PM
thegreengriffin and gecko075, I have added you both to the list on the first page.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on September 02, 2010 02:01:25 PM
DawnsTrees, I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one! I think that's why I've been dragging my feet on starting. I'm afraid that if what I picture isn't what appears, I'll get discouraged. I just need to remind myself that whatever my hands produce is apparently "my style" (in spite of my desire for a different outcome) and that I should appreciate what I am able to create :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: TheMadMel on September 02, 2010 03:10:53 PM
Wow lots more pages here since last I looked. I finally did it!  I signed up for "Adhere to Me."  Between potty training, interning, and an October wedding, I have no idea whether or not I'll be finished by the deadline, but I have to try.  If I don't make it in time, I'll just cut it all out and stick it in next year's sketchbook, haha!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on September 02, 2010 03:21:52 PM
Welcome, TheMadMel, I'll add you to the list.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on September 02, 2010 03:25:54 PM
BethieB - Thanks for the link.  It looks like it could be very helpful!  I've decided that Sunday and Monday (whoo hoo for national holidays!) I'll be sitting down and working on the sketchbook and on my two swaps that are going on right now.  That's after I get school concerts and stuffs planned for the year.   ;D ::)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: TheMadMel on September 02, 2010 08:11:44 PM
I L<3VE the kitty in the raindrop!

Which adhesives are you guys having (or not having) luck with?  With my "Adhere to Me" theme, I need to know what is working.  I would like to use a lot of rubber cement and acrylics if possible.  I'm hoping to do some image transfers (with gel medium) that are pasted into the book with gel medium.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on September 02, 2010 09:47:24 PM
I LOVE Scotch Wrinkle-free glue stick!


It really is totally wrinkle free.  You can get it in the scrapbook section of Wal-Mart, it's like $3 or $4 for a pack of two.  It seriously is my favorite glue product ever, anytime anyone wants to buy me a present this is what I ask for!!   ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on September 02, 2010 11:33:39 PM
oooh a glue I don't have....does it work well on glueing big pieces or pages together without wrinkling too? 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on September 02, 2010 11:41:06 PM
I haven't tried it on gluing the pages together because I decided to rebind, but I'm betting it will work.  If anyone tries it on a page let us know!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: LoudHoward on September 03, 2010 04:22:14 AM
My book is still in the middle of being rebound, I have various cut papers at different stages of background painting, I think ive only got a few more to paint before I can sew them together and actually start. I think Ive figured out where I plan on taking my theme, just need to do a bit of searching online and some printing of images to use


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: thegreengriffin on September 03, 2010 05:14:33 AM
i wrote a blog post about this project and some about my idea, www.thegreengriffin.blogspot.com (http://www.thegreengriffin.blogspot.com)
i want to get my book now! (even though i just signed up yesterday lol!)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: edelC on September 03, 2010 07:32:51 AM
arrgh...my book is still in the envelope that it came in..

my crafty mojo is MIA...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on September 03, 2010 07:41:13 AM
arrgh...my book is still in the envelope that it came in..

my crafty mojo is MIA...

I know how you feel Edel!  My book's made it out of the envelope but I've only done a few pages.  I just can't seem to find a groove yet.  And I have ideas but sitting down and translating the ideas to paper...  forget it!  ::)  Looooong 3 day weekend of crafting ahead of me.  I can't wait!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: TheMadMel on September 03, 2010 10:36:08 AM
I found this and thought I'd share:
Gesso & Moleskine http://web.mac.com/jwesolek/iWeb/lovethisjournal/Blog/FFA560A5-0093-487F-8D19-EEA932331358.html
In the comments someone talks about sealing acrylic pages with a wax so the pages don't stick together.

And also image transfers using a blender marker: http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk/imageblend.html


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Poosel on September 03, 2010 11:05:52 AM
I found this and thought I'd share:
Gesso & Moleskine http://web.mac.com/jwesolek/iWeb/lovethisjournal/Blog/FFA560A5-0093-487F-8D19-EEA932331358.html

and also image transfers using a blender marker: http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk/imageblend.html

I friggin love the blender pen idea. Thank you for sharing these.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on September 03, 2010 11:54:54 AM
Not all blender pens work for this technique. The Prismacolor pens don't work at all. The best I've found by far is the Chartpak. The page I posted with the backwards numbers...those were transferred using a Chartpak.



I found this and thought I'd share:
Gesso & Moleskine http://web.mac.com/jwesolek/iWeb/lovethisjournal/Blog/FFA560A5-0093-487F-8D19-EEA932331358.html

and also image transfers using a blender marker: http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk/imageblend.html

I friggin love the blender pen idea. Thank you for sharing these.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: calluna on September 03, 2010 12:09:05 PM
Not all blender pens work for this technique. The Prismacolor pens don't work at all. The best I've found by far is the Chartpak. The page I posted with the backwards numbers...those were transferred using a Chartpak.


Thank you -- I had tried the technique long ago with a Prismacolor blender pen and had no luck, and never tried a different brand; I just thought it was my own shortcoming. Yay, now I know it wasn't me!  :D I'll have to scout out one of the Chartpak ones and try again.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: TheMadMel on September 03, 2010 03:08:09 PM
Not all blender pens work for this technique. The Prismacolor pens don't work at all. The best I've found by far is the Chartpak.

Thanks for the heads up! I read on another blog somewhere that Chartpak works great.  I'm glad to know not all blenders work. I never was a huge fan of Prisma markers anyway.  I'll just have to find a Chartpak one then so I don't waste my money.  Anyone know if Dick Blick carries them? I've seen Chartpak on their site, but I don't see blenders.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Poosel on September 03, 2010 03:29:59 PM
Not all blender pens work for this technique. The Prismacolor pens don't work at all. The best I've found by far is the Chartpak.

Thanks for the heads up! I read on another blog somewhere that Chartpak works great.  I'm glad to know not all blenders work. I never was a huge fan of Prisma markers anyway.  I'll just have to find a Chartpak one then so I don't waste my money.  Anyone know if Dick Blick carries them? I've seen Chartpak on their site, but I don't see blenders.

found them (it's the first pen)
http://www.dickblick.com/products/chartpak-ad-markers/


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on September 03, 2010 03:34:22 PM
Some pages to share - first up will be the front page. It is artist canvas, gessoed and painted. I will add more text, something to the effect that the book will be more about hope and less about failure because I'm a glass half-full kind of girl:



Second canvas page, unfinished. Also gessoed, and printed with household stuff:



A paper page - using the Strathmore charcoal paper I mentioned earlier.
Just rubber stamps:



Another paper page with a quote by Paul Cezanne - it has nothing to do with my theme - just like the quote. Water colors and a Sharpie:



And lastly, a dud page. I hate my handwriting so I will re-do this page or at least the text. Splatter paint on paper:



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: TheMadMel on September 03, 2010 04:35:11 PM
found them (it's the first pen)
http://www.dickblick.com/products/chartpak-ad-markers/

It must have blended right in with the page because my eyes skipped right over it! haha
Thanks!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on September 03, 2010 11:06:54 PM
Also remember the original images have to be toner based (printed by a laser printer or a copier), not ink jet.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Sarcastra on September 04, 2010 08:34:24 AM
Also remember the original images have to be toner based (printed by a laser printer or a copier), not ink jet.
Oooh, yes.  I use acetone to do these types of transfers.  Got a good sized can of it at the hardware store for quite cheap and it works great.  Haven't come across a Chartpak pen in IRL yet to try out to compare.  Maybe those of you who'd be forced to order the pen could try straight acetone?  I'm a fan.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: puamelia on September 04, 2010 12:10:32 PM
thinking about spray gluing my page spreads and sticking them in....
here is my first double page spread, have to finish the chickens and the peacock.  not sure if I like it yet so I'll experiment with it.  Kinda wanted to collage in the peacock but can't find a pic I like.
 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on September 04, 2010 01:47:39 PM
Smmarrt - the pages are so fun! I love the colors and positive take on your theme!!

puamelia - gorgeous! The peacock feather is amazing!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on September 05, 2010 07:53:29 AM
Smmarrt - love the random and colors of your pages!

puamelia - how pretty - nicely done!

got a fabric page done - fairly happy with it. still need the back pages and edging - might leave it rough - haven't made my mind up on that.



basically - you write on the fabric - then add images - in this case I used the golden gel medium with printed Transparencies method - which is slap down some gel medium - put a printed transparency (ink side down) rub rub rub and you have a transfered image. you have to play with (as my 3 atcs that didn't work show) too much gel medium you get smooshed images - too little you don't get any image - which is why my lady in the upper left hand side is missing most of her head <G> do some radom sewing - wish my feed dogs dropped down :P  need a new machine! Add color - in this case watered down paints and I added some rubberstamped curls.



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on September 05, 2010 09:34:07 AM
Beautiful new pages! smmarrt, and goatgoddess, I love that you are going beyond paper and using canvas and fabric. paumella, your peacock feather is gorgeous.

I need to do some gel transfers. Those look great!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on September 05, 2010 03:33:31 PM
I love the variety of pages! Goat Goddess, I realllly like the colors and the images.

I changed my mind and I think I'm going to end up re-binding my book. The pages are juuust too thin. I tried gluing some together, but the results were.... not so great. So the plan for this week: re-binding!!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on September 05, 2010 08:40:13 PM
Nooo - that's why I gave in and decided to rebind too, those pages are just badness!!

Goat Goddess - love the pages and especially the info on transferring!  One day, when I remember, I will pick up some of that medium so I can play with it.

I was hoping to take pics so I could show the texture of my pages but it looks like I will be scanning instead, so sorry in advance.  I forgot to get batteries or charge up my big camera...I stink, I know...but scans still count, right? lol!  Off to get started on that right now.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on September 05, 2010 09:21:31 PM
Okay, here ya go - flat and a little lifeless, but here all the same!!  My pages from the last two weeks.
First pages are inspired by this:http://www.squidoo.com/yourlifesentenceinsixwords (http://www.squidoo.com/yourlifesentenceinsixwords) Your life in six words - interesting concept and I had a lot of fun coming up with these.







These are all fabric pages.  I printed what I wanted to say on iron-on transfer paper and put it on some quilt blocks I started a long time ago.  These are for sure not done, I will be adding lots of sewn bits and embellishments, but so far I really like them.









These are all basically just backgrounds.  I plan on sketching/doodling around the words.








And that's it so far!  I think I am done, as far as the amount of pages I will be doing; my book is pretty thick now, especially with the added fabric pages.  But I have lots of little stuff to add before I am in love with my pages and I want to add more actual drawing/sketching. 

Okay, that's it for my weekend posting, I feel accomplished now!!   ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Sarcastra on September 05, 2010 10:01:26 PM
Wow BethieB, you've got a lot done and posted.  Way to go!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on September 05, 2010 10:22:50 PM
Thank you!  I'm working on another page right now, I can't seem to stop tonight, lol


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on September 05, 2010 10:35:51 PM
Bethie - I can't wait to see your journal in RL!! I want to touch the fabric pages  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: spunkybubbles on September 06, 2010 07:19:51 AM
This sounds like an awesome idea! I would like to join but gotta wait for payday!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on September 06, 2010 08:57:54 AM
BethieB - the fabric pages (and your story) are great. Are you leaving the fabric pages floppy or are you inserting cardboard? Just curious - my canvas pages are stiff-ish, but I wonder if they will get softer with use.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on September 06, 2010 01:05:29 PM
beckashell - if you do get to see mine up close and personal you should take a picture!  That would be so cool to see!

Smmarrt - I left my fabric pages floppy on purpose, I was afraid my book would get too thick if I added cardboard or anything to make them stiffer.  They are actually two layers of fabric, since it's two quilt blocks that I put together and sewed up around the outside, if that makes sense.  But the iron-on transfer stuff added a little bit of body to 'em too, so they aren't extremely floppy. 

Am I making sense?  It feels like I am not...lol. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: malmow on September 06, 2010 04:58:22 PM
Bethie B has made great progress! I'm still scared of my book, haha.
Smmarrt, I really like your handwriting! I think it must be a rule for most people to hate their own.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on September 06, 2010 06:36:10 PM
Bethie - I love your pages! Awesome job! Everytime I get on here I am inspired to pull my sketchbook out :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on September 06, 2010 07:15:17 PM
Everyone is doing such a great job. !!!
Bethie B has made great progress! I'm still scared of my book, haha.
Smmarrt, I really like your handwriting! I think it must be a rule for most people to hate their own.

We are still a bit afraid as well. Hubby and I lay in bed and talk everynight about our ideas and how wonderful it is going to be....then the next day we see the blank book. LOL

I finally bought some good paper and plan on unbinding the book and adding our own paper this week. That is all I will commit to for now. LOL


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: PixieVal on September 06, 2010 08:05:44 PM
In love with the fabric pages! And BethieB, I must say you have to be my sketchbook herione! Each of your pages is so different than the last, yet, so cohesive. Unique while feeling like the same artist made it! You are inspiring me so much!


My pages- I didn't finish all my backgrounds this week, but by the end of this following week.... Guess I'm going for progress pics every 2 weeks! lol


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on September 06, 2010 10:37:28 PM
Wow you guys, thank you so much for all the wonderful encouragement!  I have to admit that I was really nervous about posting my pages.  You guys rock for taking the time to say such nice stuff, I appreciate it so much!

Okay, enough mushy stuff (lol).  My theory (for what it's worth) is that if your book is intimidating you, you have to mess it up a little.  Rip a page out or burn a hole in the cover or spill soda on it, just do something, anything, to mess up the perfectness of it a little.  That will make it easier to get started, I swear.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Poosel on September 06, 2010 10:38:51 PM
[quote author=BethieB link=topic=353126.msg4203441#msg4203441 date=1283837848

Okay, enough mushy stuff (lol).  My theory (for what it's worth) is that if your book is intimidating you, you have to mess it up a little.  Rip a page out or burn a hole in the cover or spill soda on it, just do something, anything, to mess up the perfectness of it a little.  That will make it easier to get started, I swear.
[/quote]

haha, coffee on it got me started ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on September 07, 2010 02:46:29 AM
My book is still enjoying its momentary perfectness.  However...  the small pile of pages that I've been working on to put in the book once its rebound is growing.  While I got quite a bit of crafting done it was still an emotionally frustrating weekend so that kind of fueled the paint and what not.  It was awesome!  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on September 07, 2010 06:00:13 AM
Poosel - I was actually thinking of your pages when I wrote that!!  How funny.

Ffrogg - can't wait to see your pages!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on September 07, 2010 07:07:17 AM
BethieB, I love your book, especially the story in 6 words part!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: malmow on September 07, 2010 07:52:58 AM
I had forgotten about Six Word Memoirs. Thanks for the reminder!
Also, I can't remember who it was, but someone mentioned that their envelope wasn't closed when their sketchbook arrived. Both of the sketchbooks I received were open, and my library card was missing! I wouldn't have known if I hadn't ordered two sketchbooks. I emailed the art house coop and they replied right away. They said they got a bad batch of non-sticky envelopes and that they would send me a new library card right away!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on September 07, 2010 08:15:24 AM
OK, I'm not sure if I got a library card. I got a business sized card and another larger sized card with info on it. Is that what you mean by "library card"?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Poosel on September 07, 2010 10:52:57 AM
OK, I'm not sure if I got a library card. I got a business sized card and another larger sized card with info on it. Is that what you mean by "library card"?

the business sized card is the library card


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on September 07, 2010 11:26:00 AM
Oh, whew! Thanks.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on September 07, 2010 12:33:31 PM
It's rather risque, but I finished my first spread... *cough* no pun intended, really.

 
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The quote says "Love is the answer, but while you are waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions."

I was going for sloppy & beautiful - you can't see this on the scan, but some of the orange paint is iridescent, and there is also a little bit of glitter - I think the rules said specified not to use any glitter, but I made sure it was all very well secured to the page - I don't think it could be considered a "hazardous material."

Just a heads up for future posts - I've decided to make the pages in my sketchbook rather "edgy" - not necessarily all sexual. (I may or may not stick some feminine hygiene products to one of my pages).


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on September 07, 2010 01:32:52 PM
I love the colors you chose, and the composition is really nice.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on September 07, 2010 02:03:42 PM
I rebound my book! I did 3 signatures of 6 sheets each, with all sorts of different textured papers, colorful scrapbook paper, and watercolor paper. I was so surprised that my sewing machine handled stitching up the signatures... This is what it looks like:


The binder clips were just on there while the glue dried. It's SO much thicker than it was before, but with less than half the pages. It's way less intimidating now :) The colored papers are realllly going to help me dive in!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on September 07, 2010 03:00:51 PM
OH my gosh, I love both of those post so so much. !!

Prettyinpaisley, I love your pages. They are really beautiful. The colors and and lay out are so intriguing. :)

Also encouraging. We are doing an erotic version for our nighttime stories and I was not sure about how much I would be able to share here. :)

Nooitaremybirthday, I LOVE your book. What did you use as the cover? It is so pretty just as it is so far LOL I cant wait to see what you do with the pages inside. ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on September 07, 2010 03:16:12 PM
Nooo - OH MY GOSH!  I am in LOVE with your book!  How did you attach the signatures to the cover?  I can picture how to make signatures, but when it comes to attaching them to each other and the cover I get really confused.  I love your so much though that I want to learn how!  And I second the other question - what's the cover made of?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on September 07, 2010 03:36:14 PM
PrettyinPaisley - I love your pages.  I think you acheived your sloppy & beautiful goal.    :)

noooitaremybirthday - thanks for sharing your book! 

Like I said earlier, my pile of pages is growing but I haven't come anywhere close to actually rebinding my book yet.  I'll get there eventually.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on September 07, 2010 07:37:30 PM
:D The cover is just the plain ol' kraft brown cover that came with the sketchbook. I creased it ahead of time to make the right spine shape to fit the signatures properly (so it looked more boxy with 2 creases, not just one big crease like it came originally). I measured the thickness of the signatures and it was a 3/8" thick, so I made it that wide between the creases! Then I spread a bit of E-6000 all along the inside of the spine, carefully yet firmly shoved the signatures in, then held it all in place overnight with all those binder clips you see there in that pic.

I wasn't sure about using the E-6000, but the website said it was acid free and safe for use on photographs, so I thought it would be good. It sets up nicely and kinda rubbery and flexible, so it's really quite perfect :) There's probably something officially better, but I don't know a thing about book binding. I've been playing with my book a lot today, and it's really holding up fantastic.

Oh! also, I used my cricut to cut out all my pages so they were all the same size. But when you fold the signatures in half, some pages get a little longer, so I just sliced them again with a guillotine cutter.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Boupie on September 07, 2010 08:26:15 PM
Hey all! You have all totally made me need to do this too. DH just ordered my book. I am going to do "Science projects gone wrong" and I think I am the only one doing that here! Well I am a HUGE science geek so I am really looking forward to mixing my two loves to get a totally awesome project.

Thanks for all of the information you all have been posting. I am thinking about adding pages and rebinding mine too so now I know how. Please continue to experiment with yours so I can copy ;)

Ok now I just need to wait patiently... or maybe I can start without it. I only hope mine will be somewhere near as nice as all of yours!

Thanks for convincing me to join this! You all rock!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on September 07, 2010 08:50:54 PM
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Smmarrt - I left my fabric pages floppy on purpose, I was afraid my book would get too thick if I added cardboard or anything to make them stiffer.  They are actually two layers of fabric, since it's two quilt blocks that I put together and sewed up around the outside, if that makes sense.  But the iron-on transfer stuff added a little bit of body to 'em too, so they aren't extremely floppy.  

Am I making sense?  It feels like I am not...lol.

Yes, I do know what you're talking about - thanks. I will leave mine floppy as well because as I said earlier, the paint makes them stiff-ish.

Wow, Noooooo, you're an inspiration to all of us rebinders! We can do it!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on September 07, 2010 09:11:55 PM
Thanks for clarifying that I was making sense Smmarrt! I was giving myself a minor headache there, lol.

Noo - thanks for the tips on how you did your book.  I was thinking about making a practice book with your method to see how it holds up before I do anything to the pages I've already made.  If I decide to do I'll let you guys know how it goes!

I am trying so hard to finish a sewing project tonight, but now my fingers are itching for the sketchbook...decisions, decisions...at least the kitchen table (aka my only stinking crafting spot in the whole house) is cleaned up and waiting for me, now I just gotta make up my mind!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on September 07, 2010 09:32:21 PM
Also encouraging. We are doing an erotic version for our nighttime stories and I was not sure about how much I would be able to share here. :)

I was really really hesitant about posting it. I guess what it came down to, is that I wanted to share my work. The images are cut out from a book called "More Joy of Sex". I picked it up at a garage sale months ago - and turns out they're absolutely perfect for this project! I think the goal of art is to challenge boundaries so I HAD to do at least one sexual page for my theme.

Thanks for all the wonderful comments.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: starfish13 on September 08, 2010 07:14:35 AM
I really love the sex page, prettyinpaisley.  The composition is great, and by using such a bright red colour it balances out the graphic-ness (is that a word? porniness? explicitness?) of the images, as the colour draws your eyes away from the pictures to the text and then the layout of the whole page.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on September 08, 2010 11:03:40 AM
Whoa--came back to some great stuff!

bethieb--I love your pages; they are intriguing and makes me want to read more! definitely following your story theme but without spilling all the beans!  Love what you are doing!

spicytaco--I love using coffee stains and burns on my pages...it is real life to me (not the cigs, since I don't smoke but I do have matches!)...can't wait to see the dyed paper...

goatgoddess--love your fabric page!  I might have to try a few since sewing is so much of my life!  BTW--if you slap a piece of duct tape on your feed dogs, it works great for free motion sewing!  My favorite machine is old and I do that all the time even though my newer machines allow for dropped feed dogs...:D

noooo---I adore that little kitty in the raindrop and thanks so much for showing off your rebound book!  I did not think about my inside pages being bigger once the spine is folded, so I am going to split the spine and make a new one to get it to the same size...there is actually a glue used for setting the signatures but I think I will use the first and last pages and glue them onto the covers..not sure yet...

pixieval--how clever to do borders on your pages!  I might have to keep that in mind for a few pages!

shelina--your drawings are so nice...and I love how you are making your pages in your theme...the faces are wonderfully done!  Also, your organizer/cover is very clever! I threw all my stuff in a shoebox to stay organized...

Frogg--I love your flashing light--what a cute way to do that!

wow--19 weeks left and how many pages to go?  Maybe this weekend...I am such a procrastinator...I think a ticker would be great as I respond well to pressure and deadlines! :D

Great job everyone!  So inspiring and motivating to come here again at last!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on September 08, 2010 12:20:53 PM
Hi, Boupie, welcome to the group. I've added you to the list on the front page.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on September 08, 2010 12:24:01 PM
Always - I was just wondering yesterday why you haven't been around, did you tell us and I wasn't paying attention?  Did you go on vacation or something?  Hope you had a good time and glad to see you back!

Also, thank you SOO much for the duct tape tip!  My machine isn't even a whole year old yet, but it doesn't allow you to drop the feed dogs (at least not that I can tell online, or in the manual, or on the machine itself.)  It did come with a darning plate but it doesn't like to stay on.  Will try the tape asap!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on September 08, 2010 12:31:09 PM
I have carpal tunnel in my right wrist and have to keep movement to a minimum or else have surgery...so I have been reading and not really responding much :(...it is hard since I love to yabber! :D  Thanks for asking...

anyway, if you use duct tape, use the heavier stuff, not the cheapo plastic stuff...I forgot to mention to cut a slit or hole where your needle pokes in or else it will get stuck in the tape!!! .


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Boupie on September 08, 2010 08:11:32 PM
Thank you for the welcome Rackycoo! I am very glad to be here!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on September 08, 2010 08:30:21 PM
I can't wait to see everyone else's rebindings and new pages!

Alwaysinmyroom- We've missed you! I hope your hands feel better.

I did another couple pages :) This one is not really this bright in real life, though. For some reason the lighting just made the colors explode!


And this one is sideways in the book... but I think it needs a little more around the edges.  It just doesn't feel complete to me yet.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: calluna on September 08, 2010 08:43:03 PM
those are wonderful, and so is the moving avatar!  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on September 08, 2010 09:52:10 PM
Agree with calluna 100% - great pages, great avatar!

Welcome to the Project Boupie!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on September 09, 2010 04:07:41 AM
Everyone is making such great progress!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on September 09, 2010 11:22:07 AM
Everyone is making such great progress!

I'm not. I've been slack lately.  :-[

nooo, those pages look great. I don't think the second one really needs anything. Looks done to me.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on September 09, 2010 11:29:09 AM
Well, I haven't either. And I have a unpleasant feeling that I might have accidentally thrown out the signature I've been working in during a cleaning fit over the weekend.  :o I've been looking for three days and can't locate it. Luckily I hadn't gotten enough done in it yet that it will break my heart if I have to start over.



Everyone is making such great progress!

I'm not. I've been slack lately.  :-[

nooo, those pages look great. I don't think the second one really needs anything. Looks done to me.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: spicytaco on September 09, 2010 02:19:16 PM
Alright....finished my swap....time to start sketch-booking. I've got a bunch of coffee stained sheets to start with, but I do want to mix in some other types of paper I think. I don't really have much though.....

Everybody's look so good so far.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Boupie on September 09, 2010 08:31:57 PM
Noo... I love the pages. The cats are adorable!

BethieB... Thanks for the welcome! I am so excited to be here!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: mouseatethekitty on September 10, 2010 08:54:18 AM
I'm loving everyone's pages so far!
noooitaremybirthday, I am absolutely _in_love_with_ your horizontal page and your cute little cats!



I've unfortunately not had alot of time to work in my book :( School got busier than I expected it to be but I think if I just work on it little bits at a time instead of all at once I'll get more finished. So on to homework and then on to sketching for me! Thank gosh it's finally the weekend :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on September 11, 2010 07:45:21 PM
I have a new page finally...
My DH with a killer Squid!



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Boupie on September 11, 2010 07:58:18 PM
shelina- that is the cutest killer squid I have ever seen (I love tentacled beasts so I find them cute even if that was not the intention) I love the page...

Oh why won't my book get here already... I am so impatient. I have already come up with like ten different ideas... I think my whole book will all go together in one BIG themed story of sorts. I am already going to change out most if not all of the pages to make it look more like a lab notebook and then I have been collecting all of the images and equations and stuff from my lab days to use as backgrounds and such. I really want them to have the page up so we can see what other people doing our theme are doing. I want to see if anyone else is doing...

Hey has anyone added any 3D elements to their books or intending to? I know we are not supposed to but if you don't effect the over size and packagablity it would be ok, right? I am thinking about putting in parts of a destroyed science experiment.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on September 11, 2010 11:34:10 PM
I love the killer squid!  Also, Shelina, your sketched husband has gorgeous eyes, at least on paper, lol.  Great job, eyes are so hard for me!

Here's my weekend update.  The wolf is water colored, the owl is a tracing I did, and the tree was inspired by a tree I saw online and had to make.  I had a lot of fun with these ones!








Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on September 12, 2010 05:36:30 AM
BethieB - I love your tree!  That's amazing!

Shelina - I agree with BethieB - your sketched DH has amazing eyes!  The fact that he's battling a killer squid is just awesome too!  :D


I went to Little Five Points in ATL and found soooo much stuff!  I have to decide what I'm going to keep of it and what I'm going to send in the Sketchbook swap.   :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on September 12, 2010 08:17:20 AM
Eyes are hard to do. I read some where that if you do the left eye first that it is easier to get the right eye to match up. I didn't think it would help but it actually does. I have to erase a lot less then when I do the right one first. Very Weird! My book has kinda the creepy cute theme going on. Probably more cute the creepy! I am totally inspired by my little girls and their wild imagination  ;D
I love the idea of pop up pages. I think that is even ok as long as it folds back down into the original size. I received a ATC the other day from the ongoing ATC swap that was pop up. It is really neat! I am hoping to add a couple of pop up pages to mine :) I don't think very many people use book anymore  :P but I got a few books showing how to do pop up pages from the library. Some of the pages can get pretty complicated!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on September 12, 2010 03:20:38 PM
Shelina - I love your squid!

With my theme, I'm pretty sure I'm going to make a "centerfold" page - though I got really excited about the rebinding process that I already secured all my pages. I may have to unbind because I also wanted to add some texture, and 3D elements, but then it'd be hard to work in the rest of the book! BLARG! As far as 3D elements go, I imagine if they're inside the book, and not on the cover it would be ok. I'm totally going to experiment a little.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: spicytaco on September 12, 2010 05:14:28 PM
I've started the binding process. I've made three signatures of 6 sheets. (Well...I think one has 7.) Mostly coffee stained watercolour paper, with a few pages of home made (that I made in high school 9 years ago) and a couple pages from the phone book. I'm really liking how it's looking so far. I bit nervous about actually putting the signatures in the cover, but I think I'll probably follow Nooo's example and use some E6000 to glue them in.

Shelina - great page. Love it.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on September 12, 2010 07:51:07 PM


This is my second spread. It's still not completely finished - but it's as much as I'm going to do tonight. I wasn't sure it was going to fit the "boys and girls" theme, but I think it works.

I was listening to "Do you realize" by the Flaming lips - which has a lot of appropriate quotes for this page. I can't decide between "Do you realize that you have the most beautiful face." Or "...it's just an illusion caused by the world spinning 'round."

Due to my inaccurate measurement, the page on the right is 1/2 an inch shorter than every other page in the book! Oops! Also - you can't see this in the scan, but I totally ripped up my timecard for the background - it felt very liberating.



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Boupie on September 12, 2010 08:59:38 PM
BethieB - I love your pages. I want that tree outside my window! The owl and wolf rock too! You are very versatile!

Pretty - I think that fits the theme. I love it at least!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on September 13, 2010 06:49:24 AM
Thank you Boupie! 

Pretty - Both of your pages are great, especially Father Time.  Those colors are perfect.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on September 13, 2010 03:19:14 PM
Bethie, I like your wolf! His little smirk is really cute :)

PrettyinPaisley, I think that page goes with the theme nicely! I also like the father time side, and the 2nd lyric.

I was able to work on a few pages and drawings in my sketchbook while waiting at the airport, and on the plane... I didn't get around to finishing any spreads, though. Here's my favorite drawing. It'll be watercolored, and I'll probably put some sort of background.

it's just a pencil sketch... I upped the contrast in the picture pretty drastically, so you could actually see it :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: calluna on September 13, 2010 03:28:40 PM
I think that dog is my favorite thing EVER! I love it!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on September 13, 2010 04:10:06 PM
Noooo- That dog is adorable!

Pretty- Those pages are great! I think they go great with your theme!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on September 13, 2010 04:31:02 PM
Everyone's pages are so awesome. Nooo, I love the dog. prettyinpaisley, I think "Mother Nature" and "Father Time" are really creative ideas for your theme. They look great together!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: QueenNinjaMonkey on September 14, 2010 09:45:07 AM
I just ordered my book!!  My theme is The Greatest Story Ever Told, I'm so excited I can't wait to get started!!  ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on September 14, 2010 11:41:33 AM
Welcome to the group! I'll add you to the list.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on September 14, 2010 12:55:50 PM
I miss everyone!  I have secretly been following the thread but unable to comment...

nooo--love the discreet placement of the little doggie tail :D

Your drawings are all so happy and fun...what a wonderful theme!

PIP--I love your pages!  Definitely your style---a bit dark and edgy--thought provoking...and the added story about tearing up your time card makes that page very special!

bethieb---you definitely have run with your theme!  It is so interesting!  The wolf is just perfect and so "relatable" (is that even a word? ha)....I also love the tree!

shelina--your drawings continue to amaze me...I love how you are putting the bit of darkness into your drawings...I am strangely drawn to them and curious about the stories...a very good sign!

I, myself, join racky and Roze in the slacker group...but at least I have an excuse! :D

Roze--hope you find your pages!  I love your backgrounds!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on September 14, 2010 01:00:27 PM
Always, we miss you too!!  It is not the same without you around posting on all the CAL's and kicking our butts into gear. ;)

I'm so sorry about the carpal tunnel.  That is not fun stuff.  My aunt had to have two surgeries on each wrist to take care of hers and still has to be careful with what she does. 

I haven't touched a single page yet this week.  I've been working in my big art journal instead, trying to perfect a few ideas I have for the sketchbook, but so far it's not working out so well. 

Noo - that dog cracks me up.  And until Always pointed it out, I hadn't realized just how discreet that tail really was, lol.  It's so perfect!!

The other pages are incredible as well, I love seeing how everyone's are coming together.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on September 14, 2010 09:32:50 PM
:) Glad you guys like the tail!! :)

I finished a page last evening... Another cat with a yarn ball. This one is blue and sleepy.



and a close-up of the sleepy happy kitty


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on September 14, 2010 09:56:25 PM
Sooo cute!  Love the colorfulness of it, looks great!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on September 15, 2010 06:28:25 AM
Nooo- I love your drawings so much! Your new pages always amaze me. They are so creative!

Always- Thanks for all of the nice comments. Everyone on this board is so awesome. It makes me want to sit and work in my book all day. If that were only possible  ::)  lol



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on September 15, 2010 04:12:30 PM
Nooo I love your drawings as well. I really like how you mix them in with other elements though. You are doing such a great job.

Queen, :) I am so happy that you are here. Cant wait to see what kind of Pirate goodness you come up with :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on September 16, 2010 08:14:02 AM
awww--the kitty looks like it is sleeping on a wonderful quilt!

I would love to see pirate goodness as well...I am so glad to see more people joining up...I am already making plans with everyone I know to go to the event in Brooklyn...I see that the Art House is soliciting for short films to promote the project as well...we are all part of a wonderful project to express ourselves and show off our creativity--and diversity!

Love being in this great group...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on September 16, 2010 08:44:39 AM
I was chatting with my brother-in-law's former partner on Facebook the other day, she mentioned that she got herself a sketchbook and that I should look into the Sketchbook project!  Tis a small world :)

So many fabulous pages have been posted, I am loving the diversity of everyone's work!  I do feel like a slacker for not actually creating something yet, all I've managed so far is cutting out new pages.  Today I am starting on backgrounds, having decided that I can put off cleaning my scruffy house for a few more days ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on September 17, 2010 01:01:29 PM
Crafting is way more satisfying than cleaning... :D

I joined another art site and the first sidebar I saw was for The Sketchbook Project!!  I think it is amazing how the word is getting around! And, after seeing the art work on that site, I am sure there is going to be a lot of amazing sketchbooks out there!!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: TheMadMel on September 17, 2010 01:28:55 PM
My sketchbook finally came this week.  I have my overlying concept, now I just need to map out a sort of outline for how I will do it.

I am enjoying what everyone else has posted so far.  I have to go to the store for some of that wrinkle free glue you suggested and some foam rollers and see if I can find my gesso and mediums.  Then I need to get caught up!

I ordered the shirt too but did not get it yet.  Anyone else order the shirt?  Did you get yours yet?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on September 17, 2010 04:42:11 PM
I ordered a poster at the same time as my sketchbook that I haven't yet received.  Actually I totally forgot about it and should go check on that..... 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on September 17, 2010 04:49:04 PM
I'm about to head out the door for the most frantic getting ready for a trip I have ever done and may not have time to research what's acceptable to bring on a flight. If I fill my carry on bag with scotch tape, pens, pencils, markers, small bowl, markers... will this not be acceptable? I'm thinking the scotch tape maybe but do they have some sort of weird too many pens/markers clause? Thanks guys.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: calluna on September 17, 2010 04:52:46 PM
As long as those things fit in the bag that goes on board with you, you should be fine. Only marker problem I foresee is if they have fumes, that could bother people in the closed-up space. Or if they're paint markers, in addition to that issue they might be considered hazardous. Tape is fine, gluesticks are essential, and an inkpad would be another good thing if you can tape it shut. <- I take that back.
Stick a few paperclips and/or binder clips on the edge of your book's pages, too.

Have a great time! Tell me about it when you get back!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on September 17, 2010 06:41:52 PM
Hey guys!  I have a new page to show you!  (Yeah, I'm a few days early by my own standards, but this is so cute I couldn't wait.)  It's a drawing that my daughter (who's 8 ) and I did together just a few minutes ago.  I've scanned it so that I can resize it and print it for my Sketchbook, as it's too big as is, and plus I want a copy for my art journal so I'm glad I have a scanner. 

PS - I was not wild about the bloody tooth but she insisted, so you know...trying to encourage her to be the artist she wants to be, not the one I'd like to force her to be, lol...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: TheMadMel on September 17, 2010 06:59:50 PM
I am SO glad that you allow her to be creative!  When I was in Kindergarten we were all drawing Santa and gluing cotton balls onto him.  I drew mine with lots and lots of eyes.  I reasoned that he must have lots of eyes in order to keep an eye on so many children in the world all at once.

I was scolded and had to start over.  I'm still holding a grudge over that one. 

Now I'm almost done with my Masters in Art Ed, so WATCH OUT!!!  I'm going to encourage young artists muah ha ha haaaaaa!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on September 17, 2010 08:38:36 PM
brilliant!!  I think the bloody tooth adds that bit of danger ;D

I always got the lecture from my kid's teachers because I didn't make them colour within the lines....they are all really good artists now!  heh,heh...vindication :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on September 17, 2010 10:30:20 PM
That's an awesome story about the multi-eyed santa! Lol! Love it.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on September 18, 2010 04:16:24 PM
My daughter got in trouble in kindergarden because she took the precut pieces for "Rudolf the Red nosed Reindeer" and made a girl reindeer with red lips and eyelashes. I told her teacher that I LIKED that hers was the only one that looked different from how they were "supposed" to look. I wish people wouldn't stifle kids like that.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Poosel on September 18, 2010 05:46:27 PM
My daughter got in trouble in kindergarden because she took the precut pieces for "Rudolf the Red nosed Reindeer" and made a girl reindeer with red lips and eyelashes. I told her teacher that I LIKED that hers was the only one that looked different from how they were "supposed" to look. I wish people wouldn't stifle kids like that.

That's so cute! And she is right by the way. Santi's reindeer are girlies. By the time he uses them to do his flying business(late December), male reindeer would have dropped their antlers. ;D

If I ever were to have kids and have some supposed art instructor tell him/her that they did something wrong when it comes to them expressing himself/herself, I would raise hell


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: puamelia on September 18, 2010 08:07:29 PM
What great stuff everyone is working on, sooo loving the sleep cat.  My daughter is running around saying " seeping, meow, seeping, meeyowwww!"

I'm in the little "slacker" group because I've been working more than I'm used to and my creative juices have gone dry.  I haven't moved beyond my peacock page.  :(


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: TheMadMel on September 19, 2010 12:13:28 AM
This is what I have mapped out so far...  the rest will be poems, short stories, quotes, rants and imagery to go along with.  This is the direction I'm going with my theme though.

Front Cover ADHERE TO ME (in 80 pages) - I'll probably use a bunch of colored duct tape on the cover.

Inside Front cover - Pocket 3.75x3.5 inches will go here (as instructed) must decorate accordingly, maybe make my own pocket out of duct tape.
   This page will say: If you encounter any random thing in this book that you are confused by or unfamiliar with, please feel free to take note of it so you can Google it later.  It'll be fun.  Or just a complete waste of your time. Only one way to find out...

R Page 1 - (title page) ADHERE TO ME (in 80 pages) by Melissa "Mad Mel" Williams (M2)

L page 2 - decoration of sorts, people's faces, things I like, continues into page 3's dedication
R page 3 - This book is dedicated to everyone who has ever adhered to me along the way, and to many more to come.

L+R Pages 4-5
   As we roll through life on this island Earth, little bits of the things we encounter adhere to us, and us to them.
   Poems heard, people met, things seen or experienced... for better or worse, they become a part of us, who we are and how we see the world. 
   As you flip through my Sketchbook Project, you will find things that have adhered to me over the years, and parts of me will adhere to you in the process.
   It's too late now. At this point you're already stuck with a piece of me as I have touched your life, crossed your path, put this book in the collection for you to find.  Might as well keep going. 
   Maybe Serendipity wants you to see what secrets are inside?  After all, there are how many Sketchbooks in the collection, and you're viewing this one? 
   Whatever the cause, I hope you enjoy it as I have enjoyed adhering bits of myself to this sketchbook.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on September 19, 2010 08:38:46 AM
That's so intriguing, MadMel. I love your interpretation of your theme.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: sheriffkarli on September 19, 2010 06:04:50 PM
I've finally gotten up the nerve to show you all what i've done so far. My theme is nighttime stories, which i have chosen to take very literally and illustrate parts from my favourite stories! I'm also thinking of asking my niece and nephiew to make up a story and i could illustrate that too!
Onward to pictures!
Pardon the pencil marks, will be eracing those!






Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on September 19, 2010 08:49:29 PM
sheriffkarli, I really like the rooster! And the goodnight moon! Well, all of them!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on September 20, 2010 02:57:16 AM
Everyone is doing such amazing work.... I feel like such a slacker - I have some pages started, but nothing except my cover done. I have been feeling very crafty in other areas recently, but as soon as I think about taking out my sketchbook, it all dries up. I had better get over whatever fear I have soon, or I will be forced to send in a sketchbook with just a note about people experiencing a day in their own damn lives....    ;D

Sheriffkarli - your pages are all really good! I really like the goodnight moon page!

MadMel - love the direction that you are planning!

  


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Tero on September 20, 2010 06:44:39 AM
MadMel - I am so drawn to your journal now and I have yet to see the pages. Speaking to the viewer and making them feel like you had them so intimately in mind is a wonderful idea. You had me at "parts of me will adhere to you in the process"

Sheriffkarli- I like your rooster too and I love Goodnight Moon, it brings back wonderful loving memories for so many people


I am in the slacker group too. I do have my journal taken apart and all of the new paper cut and folded. We have decided not to bind it until the end to give us some wiggle room for mistakes or pages we cant part with in the end. LOL We both have been reading Anais Nin and Anne Rice lately. For research only mind you  ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on September 20, 2010 07:50:27 AM
I had better get over whatever fear I have soon, or I will be forced to send in a sketchbook with just a note about people experiencing a day in their own damn lives....    ;D
  

 :D :D :D

I love your illustrations, sheriffkarli!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on September 20, 2010 01:22:44 PM
A few technical questions - In the rules it says to keep the front inside cover blank for artist info. Do we provide that? And is it only from a profile we create on the arthousecoop site?

And my back cover has a pocket - am I allowed to use/abuse/decorate this and make it a part of my book?

I know I should spend some more time on the ahc site but it's so much easier to ask all of you!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on September 20, 2010 02:03:29 PM
They will attach a pocket inside the front cover, like the kind in library books that holds the card showing due dates.

Nothing says you can't use the back pocket.

 :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: QueenNinjaMonkey on September 20, 2010 02:04:53 PM
A few technical questions - In the rules it says to keep the front inside cover blank for artist info. Do we provide that? And is it only from a profile we create on the arthousecoop site?

And my back cover has a pocket - am I allowed to use/abuse/decorate this and make it a part of my book?

I know I should spend some more time on the ahc site but it's so much easier to ask all of you!

I was wondering the same thing.....  I got my book today!!! I'm very excited to get started!  ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: IdlersDesign on September 21, 2010 03:30:58 AM
I think you could use the back cover pocket to insert your business cards for example..

Oh I really should start posting some pages in this thread. I´ve been admiring all your work, but I have only some unfinished pages. (along with many other unfinished craft projects.... ::))


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on September 21, 2010 07:55:38 AM
I finally started my backgrounds and should will have some pages to post this weekend....   I need to catch up!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: TheMadMel on September 21, 2010 01:53:14 PM
What I wanted to know, is can we make the pocket ourselves (the one that goes on the inside front cover)? I emailed them and no response yet.  I did, however, get my Sketchbook Project 2011 T-Shirt in the mail yesterday.  And I hit up Dick Blick and Hobby Lobby to get Chartpak blenders, burnishing tools, this nifty lino 3-in-1 gadget that looks like major fun http://www.in2art.com/product_popup.php?prodID=13823 , that wrinkle free glue stick stuff you suggested, Dorland's Wax Medium to seal stuff with (to avoid sticky pages), scrapbook papers which were on sale, some punches and stamps on clearance, a foam roller and some black gesso (among other things).  I am super stoked!  I can't wait to really dive in, but I'm afraid to start before I have more of my game plan mapped out.  Once it's in the book, it's in the book and I am not confident enough to rebind.  I did get some good paper though so I can create there and adhere it to the moleskine pages.  Maybe I'll start there until I know more about what order and where things should go in the book?

I did come up with a neat outside-the-book idea though.  I am thinking I could post a coupon code in my book so that the first 138 people can go to my website and request a free wish bracelet.  It's just a piece of linen thread with a cheap charm on it, and as you knot it on your wrist you make a wish.  When the charm/bracelet falls off, that means your wish is coming true.  My toddler's came off and a week later she got a train table.  Mine is still on but worn looking.  My mother-in-law's came off last week. We all put ours on 8/15 so theirs lasted about a month and mine is still going even after getting my wrists tattooed so the string turned black with ink and is now faded blue.  I'm hoping mine falls off before my upcoming wedding!  But anyway, I figure that is another way of incorporating the "adhere to me" theme.  I make the wish bracelets and they wear them.  And I could even have extras to sell through my website so if they come back wanting more of them than the freebies they can order a few for cheap.  Either way, it drives traffic to my website which can't hurt.  And I just like making these cute little wish bracelets.  They're so simple and fun.  And then people will see them wearing wish bracelets and it will spark conversation, so I will have touched their lives too.  It all totally goes with my theme.   :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on September 23, 2010 07:07:23 AM
I like how you have mapped out a plan Madmel!  I think I will try that so that I at least have some direction rather than just randomly putting stuff in my book (but I so love random!!) :D

BethieB--I hope more people include others in their lives--family, friends, etc.--they all contribute so much to who we are as artists!  I love the bloody tooth and the Santa stories--I think the imagination of children get stifled too much...and now I want to do a painting of a multi-eyed santa for Christmas :D

I absolutely love the Jack and the Beanstalk drawing...I have a fear of heights that I think started with that story... :(


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on September 23, 2010 12:54:50 PM
Thanks guys for all the encouragement about the dd's drawings!  We are a home schooling family and one of the main reasons we chose to home school is because I feel like, at times, in public schools, kids get stifled a lot when it comes to creatively expressing themselves.  I'm not knocking public school in any way, it's just that for us, in the small redneck town we live in with all of its crazy hang ups, home schooling worked.  So, we do a LOT of art projects and I'm so happy to see that others feel the same way about allowing kids to express themselves even when we don't always think it's the 'proper' way, lol.

I have one more page ready to be worked on but I haven't had time to scan it in yet.  We did a science project where we made leaf rubbings in fall colors and I'm planning on using it as a background.  It was fun, I forgot how much I like making rubbings, the textures are so great and it's almost magic to watch them show up!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: spicytaco on September 23, 2010 02:50:00 PM
Yeah....my book's going no where. I've done two pages. One sucks and I think I'll probably cover it. The other's just not 'done' looking. Oiy. I knew this would be tough. I'm so not a papercrafter or sketcher, which ironically is why I wanted to do this.



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on September 24, 2010 07:21:05 AM
Oh, mine is totally not going anywhere yet.  :P


Yeah....my book's going no where. I've done two pages. One sucks and I think I'll probably cover it. The other's just not 'done' looking. Oiy. I knew this would be tough. I'm so not a papercrafter or sketcher, which ironically is why I wanted to do this.




Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on September 24, 2010 07:27:55 AM
Neither is mine. I think I need the deadline to be closer.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on September 24, 2010 07:59:22 AM
I was thinking that exact thing yesterday racky :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on September 24, 2010 10:01:27 AM
Thanks guys for all the encouragement about the dd's drawings!  We are a home schooling family and one of the main reasons we chose to home school is because I feel like, at times, in public schools, kids get stifled a lot when it comes to creatively expressing themselves.  I'm not knocking public school in any way, it's just that for us, in the small redneck town we live in with all of its crazy hang ups, home schooling worked.  So, we do a LOT of art projects and I'm so happy to see that others feel the same way about allowing kids to express themselves even when we don't always think it's the 'proper' way, lol.

I can totally understand homeschooling your kids for that reason.  I work in a Title I school, meaning that we have more than 50% getting Free or reduced lunch.  Our students have to wear uniforms and it drives me crazy!  On the random days that they can wear normal clothes to school they are sooooo cute! And they all have their own style!  And in my music class I always try to get them to do things in their own way...  no walking/dancing/marching in circles!  lol.

On a crafty note...  my sketchbook is on the same train with Spicytaco and amaryllisroze.  Its going nowhere.  I'm really glad that I have Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks between now and then.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on September 24, 2010 01:05:35 PM
I was wondering if maybe we all jumped out of the chute so quickly and then *pffft*...I work best under pressure but this is ridiculous...I can't seem to get the fire under my butt going and you guys are no help at all!! :D

We need cheerleaders...or maybe half-naked guys with whips...this is really pathetic, eh? :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: spicytaco on September 24, 2010 01:11:40 PM
I'm so glad that other people are kinda stalled too. Mr. Taco figures I'll begin to freak out and work on it Dec 20. I figure it'll be more like Jan 5.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on September 24, 2010 01:20:33 PM
maybe it would help to do something like:

6/60 pages right next to our theme

...we do stuff like this on the 50 projects craftalongs--I think seeing the numbers might help some people?



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on September 24, 2010 03:04:28 PM
or scares the crap out of them...:D

I'm trying to hypnotize myself into thinking the deadline is the end of November.  Since I spent the last 4 months thinking I'm 1 year older than I really am, I'm pretty sure that will work ;D



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on September 24, 2010 03:21:19 PM
I think I'm just going to plunge in and try a few more background pages this weekend. From reading some of the journal and altered book project threads here and in the blogosphere, most journal-ers and altered artists just jump in with out looking. Maybe you need to just make a red page, a yellow page, etc., and then go back and add in the details...anyway, that's what I'm going to try.




Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on September 24, 2010 03:30:47 PM
Having backgrounds always seems to help get started....no blank page staring at you :)  That is my plan too, just try and do all the backgrounds and see what happens. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on September 24, 2010 06:35:10 PM
I've been stalled, too! But I have an excuse... I'm out of town :) And I've got little nieces running around, too, and if they see me painting, they'll want to join in! They aren't satisfied with crayons, and I won't share my good watercolors ;) What kind of aunt am I?!

I go home tomorrow, so I plan on jumping back in next week.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on September 24, 2010 11:10:26 PM
I know that for me, the only way I can seem to get anything started at all is to just jump right in and go for it.  In my signature you'll see that I'm in the 50 projects CAL and the post on all completed boards CAL, and the only way I have gotten anything done in both of those is to just swallow and go for it.  I'm pretty new to all this crafting stuff (besides sewing, but I'm just barely not a beginner there, lol) so if I let myself get all bogged down and intimidated I'll never do it...so, I just make myself do it!

Really, what's the worse that can happen? You may end up hating your page, but you can always rip it out, or paint over it, or burn holes in it, or glue things on it...it's all about layers.  But you'll probably end up loving what you've done anyway so it won't matter.

Also, let go of your theme a little bit if it's holding you back.  Once I just started working on the pages and not thinking so much about my theme I was able to come up with a lot more ideas and just go for it.

Okay, that's my only pep talk for the time being, hope it helped or at least didn't make things worse!! lol :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on September 25, 2010 11:12:50 AM
Just thought I'd brag, that I got two more pages done! Though, I am only satisfied with one of them. I'm trying desperately to do the "one spread per week" thing, but it isn't always yielding the best results -  I'll post pics soon.

I second the idea for a number completed in the signature. I'm currently at 4/24 (plus THE COVER! YIKES!)

Even attempting the cover scares me beyond belief! It's a nightmare. Is anyone else having this problem? So far it has a few splotches on it because I accidentally set it in paint while working, and it's dented from the STUPID mailman who jammed it in my apartment mail box. Also, I had to duct tape the spine to secure the binding, because it was on the verge of falling out! (Does anyone know how best to conceal duct tape?) BLARGBLARG! At this rate, I'll need a miracle for the cover to even look presentable.

EDIT:

Perhaps I'll use my theme "Boys and Girls" and use the duct tape (as something traditionally masculine) combined with lace (or something equally "feminine")- and see if I can't make a statement with it. I dunno... it just might work.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: TheMadMel on September 25, 2010 05:20:24 PM
I have the kraft brown cover and I bought red tie dye colored duct tape to cover it in.  I figure since my theme is "Adhere to me" what could be more appropriate than duct tape?  I bought many fun colors of duct tape including chrome and I hope to use them throughout the sketchbook.  I'm debating over whether or not to have the whole cover red tie dye or to put that down first, then layer chrome or black or white over top of it, leaving shapes of the red tie dye showing through like hearts or stars or waves or something.

In duct tape collage, what does a good job of sealing the seams so the duct tape doesn't get pulled up when it rubs on things? Should I try that Delorean's Wax or what?  Anyone have any experience sealing duct tape collages?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on September 26, 2010 12:30:36 PM
Okay, I am stuck firmly in the way behind camp! I've been so busy with the start of school that I haven't even been on Craftster too often.

I've also been meaning to ask a question:

I read somewhere (maybe even in this thread) that using acrylic paints on the pages can make them stick together. Is there any way to prevent this? Can I use any type of sealant that won't be sticky?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: TheMadMel on September 26, 2010 12:52:42 PM
I read somewhere that Delorean's Wax (I bought mine at Dick Blick) can be rubbed on using your fingertip, then buffed so that pages won't stick together.  That's what I'm going to use.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on September 26, 2010 07:01:36 PM
I read somewhere that Delorean's Wax (I bought mine at Dick Blick) can be rubbed on using your fingertip, then buffed so that pages won't stick together.  That's what I'm going to use.

Thanks! There isn't a Dick Blick close by (there may be one in Boston) so if the art store down the road doesn't carry it, I'll order it online.

ETA: Except I just looked for it online and can't find it...

Another ETA: But I did find this site ( http://www.altered-book.com/acrylic-paints.html ) that suggests using a Krylon spray.

And yet another ETA: And then I found this: http://newfry.typepad.com/newfry/2009/11/how-to-keep-art-journal-pages-from-sticking-and-write-over-acrylics.html which suggests Dorland's wax (is that what you meant MadMel? Dick Blick has this, so I'm guessing it's the same stuff ;) ). I just love Google!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on September 26, 2010 09:06:21 PM
Liquitex makes a matte gel that I LOVE. It works as a paper adhesive, and doubles as a sealer over acrylic paint, and most other mediums. The only downside I've discovered is that it smears fountain ink. It's also a little spendy, but a small jar will go a long way.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on September 27, 2010 06:14:38 AM
I'm a big fan of Liquitex Matte Medium.

Liquitex makes a matte gel that I LOVE. It works as a paper adhesive, and doubles as a sealer over acrylic paint, and most other mediums. The only downside I've discovered is that it smears fountain ink. It's also a little spendy, but a small jar will go a long way.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on September 27, 2010 11:06:50 AM


Here's my feminine hygiene page. For the background, I used the "directions" from my period products - I especially like the diagrams.

I've realized that I am a very reckless crafter. I got paint EVERYWHERE while making this page. Every page ends up slightly messier than the one before. I need to find a way to make a contained mess.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on September 27, 2010 07:37:12 PM
I am so in love with your book and cannot wait to see it in RL, Paisley!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: TheMadMel on September 27, 2010 07:38:57 PM
Dorland's! Yes, that is what I meant.  Not Delorean. No flux capacitors involved....  lol


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on September 28, 2010 06:59:29 AM
ha ha madmel--I kept thinking that if there is a delorean wax, that it was going to be super super super expensive.. ha ha...glad you cleared that up!

PIP--love your pages so far...and I like your messy style---just do what you do!!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on September 28, 2010 10:55:39 AM
If the Liquitex smears some inks, does anyone know if the Dorland's does as well? I am hoping to use multiple different methods in my book and would hate to use something that damages some of them. Any opinion on Krylon?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on September 28, 2010 04:23:29 PM
Dawnstrees - I've used clear krylon spray on an acrylic painted box! If you do a really light coat, it ends up feeling a little rough/powdery and not sticky at all. My experience with it tells me that it would probably do really well to keep pages from sticking together, as long as you don't spray it to the point of wetness, you know? Plus, it dries real quick and it's easy to find!

Prettyinpaisley - I really like your new page! The hand layer rocks.

I'm wanting to experiment with more layers...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on September 28, 2010 05:23:21 PM
Dorland's! Yes, that is what I meant.  Not Delorean. No flux capacitors involved....  lol

LOL! I really thought it was some specialized stainless steel wax ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: puamelia on September 29, 2010 09:47:00 AM
Okay, I am stuck firmly in the way behind camp! I've been so busy with the start of school that I haven't even been on Craftster too often.

Oh yes,*raises hand* me too.  On the up side I'm acing my classes right now and working a lot too so my paycheck is nice. :D  I'll have to buckle down and work on the next pages and the cover.  I just might end up smashing everything out in a month come Dec. 11th, the day after my last final. Or maybe after one day of rest! :P 

I'll just keep adding to my storyboard (I have rough sketched 6 double page spreads and the cover so far) and see how it goes.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on September 29, 2010 10:49:40 AM
Thanks for all the wonderful compliments on my new page.

I like hearing about the different way people are approaching the project. My best pages happen when I grab my supplies, make a mess, and jump in without a thought. If I mess it up, it's "art" either way. - I tend to hit a wall if I think about any one page too long before starting.

But I'm envious of the people who have a vision in their head, and plan every single detail of their book before touching it with any art supplies.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on September 29, 2010 11:17:14 AM
Thanks for all the wonderful compliments on my new page.

I like hearing about the different way people are approaching the project. My best pages happen when I grab my supplies, make a mess, and jump in without a thought. If I mess it up, it's "art" either way. - I tend to hit a wall if I think about any one page too long before starting.

But I'm envious of the people who have a vision in their head, and plan every single detail of their book before touching it with any art supplies.

word.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: spicytaco on September 29, 2010 07:26:22 PM
prettyinpaisley - Oh my gosh I love your page. Just love it. I'd love to see the face on some people's faces when they flip to it. Especially men, sometimes they're just so uncomfortable with pads and that, it's hilarious.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Boupie on September 30, 2010 08:12:50 PM
You all are doing such lovely work! I so wish I had the skills you all have!

My book is sadly sitting on my desk still... looking at me quite annoyed at this point. It really needs some lovn' but not yet. I am so behind at work that this weekend I might get too take it apart and start adding gesso and maybe making some backgrounds too. The wax sounds intriguing as sticking is a problem I find that I have but I am so disappointed it is not Delorean Wax... that would be so perfect for my theme, no? well only if it went horribly wrong.

Ok off to dream of my pages that I am still not filling and feeling bad for being such a slacker! Oh well! Keep up the awesomeness all!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on October 01, 2010 04:41:59 PM
I've got some pages to share!

I think this one needs a little more, but I have overthought it way too much already. Is it too busy as it is? It was sitting as just the background for a couple weeks now. Today I said screw it! and added the dog. If you've got suggestions for this one, PLEASE throw them out here! :P I'd love the help! :)

For one of my favorite lolcats :D

and the finished page for that dog sketch I posted a few weeks ago.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on October 02, 2010 12:00:01 AM
Noo, those are amazing!  I love the last two especially! I like the top one too, but those last two are just incredible.

And, I'm sneaking this in here where no one will see it, lol...I didn't touch my book this week so I have nothing new to post.  I have a bunch of work to do on pages I've already posted but I can't seem to get time to sit and work on them.  I really need to put the whole thing together too, because it's getting too fat and I honestly don't think any more pages are going to fit in it. I am sad that the fun is almost over, nervous about the pages I have yet to fill in, and excited that, for maybe the first time ever, I'm way ahead of schedule and almost done with something EARLY!!

Not trying to make you guys feel bad, I promise, I am just so shocked that I was able to get so much done last month and I'm really proud.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: sheriffkarli on October 04, 2010 10:23:34 AM
I've gotten a few more pages to share!
This one still needs little nametages for all the dwarves.

This one isnt even close to being finished yet, but i like the candy house! I'm unsure on how to finish this one, any ideas?

I'm trying to decide if i should colour the letters in?

Also unfinished, but unsure on what to put on the second page... a treasure chest maybe?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on October 04, 2010 11:36:49 AM
Wow - Karli, I bow down to your drawing talent. Maybe for the gingerbread house, some ominous clouds? Or a transparent witch hovering over the house waiting for H and G?

Just signed up for a bookbinding class for Saturday afternoon so I can stop worrying ahead of time about putting my book back together. Oh and lots of background work this weekend - nothing really to show. Just having fun with rubber stamps and bubble wrap!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on October 04, 2010 01:09:25 PM
sheriffkarli! I adore the dwarves! :D Especially...sleepy? Is he yawning? And chicka chicka boom boom brings back memories. I looove what you're doing with your theme.

I ended up fixing that dog page... It was just too busy, and I wasn't happy with it. The redone spread is still pretty busy, but I like it better.



 Anyone else have a sneaky pet? :P :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on October 04, 2010 01:27:58 PM
That's a great improvement on that page, and I love what you wrote on it!  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: shelina on October 04, 2010 01:48:13 PM
Nooo I love your page! I love what you wrote! It really makes the page :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on October 05, 2010 11:41:14 AM
Nooo--what did you do to the page to tone it down?  Was it a colorwash of some sort?  I love the pages...and your theme is so cute...that little dog is just too precious!

I also love the storybook theme--the gingerbread house is a nice reminder of that story and I love the mermaid!

bethieb--I am so jealous that you are so far ahead...but I am also inspired...prettyinpaisley is right...I think I work better just jumping in rather than planning so much...I dragged my book out to show some friends and I just wanted to stop right there and do some pages!!  More doing and less thinking...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on October 05, 2010 11:50:55 AM
Nooo--what did you do to the page to tone it down?  Was it a colorwash of some sort?  I love the pages...and your theme is so cute...that little dog is just too precious!

Thanks guys for the kind words!! :) Alwaysinmyroom, I did use a greenish wash. It was acrylic paint with lots of matte medium to thin out the color. I liked the wash and I want to do more like it, but my stash of acrylic paints is pretty sad, with only some basic non-bright colors, so I'm planning on getting some of those cheapy craft acrylics in some more characteristic colors!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on October 05, 2010 11:54:33 AM
I love the intensity of acrylics compared to watercolors but I had not thought to thin it down to make a nice wash!  I have some ugly paper that I think I might give that a try...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on October 08, 2010 02:00:51 PM
Love the latest pages! This weekend, I may have an extra free day on Monday (it was spoken for, but may have been cancelled), so I really, really should be able to start working on mine! I have 2 small projects to sew, 2 crochet blocks to make (one smaller and one larger, and I'm about to make the small one), a bit of organizing to do (and laundry) and, if I can swing it, a bunch of pillowcases to make. But, I should be able to glue pages between all of that, or should I say, I should be able to do all of that between the task of gluing pages (and laying down some color, too).


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: StickerChic87 on October 09, 2010 10:35:49 AM
So after promising myself I would start working on my sketchbook by September 1st, I finally started it today, October 9. Just shows the true procrastinator in me.  ;) Anyways, heres the page spread I did today. My theme is 'Help!' and I'm doing my pages based of some lyrics from the Beatles album.

(http://img228.imageshack.us/i/img2902b.jpg/)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on October 09, 2010 05:02:42 PM
That page is fantastic, Sticker.

I just got back from my bookbinding class. The teacher was a young woman who assured me that I'll be able to reassemble my Moleskine after taking it apart. We just learned the pamphlet stitch but she thinks I can just use two sets to put my book back together. So I'm relieved. And she works in a store in my neighborhood so I can ambush her for help if needed in the future!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on October 09, 2010 09:17:45 PM
Sticker -  nice spread! I like the clock. That's a cool way to interpret your theme!

smmarrt - lucky! I wish I could go to a book binding class! I can't wait to see how your book comes together.

I've been working working on my book... I guess I have a lot of time, without a "real job" so I don't have an excuse to procrastinate :P So I have a couple pages to share, plus more later that I haven't photographed yet.


This one features my dog, and I've finally been experimenting with layers like I've been wanting to. 12 layers on this page!  ;D


Then I finished the other side of this "you make kitty scared" spread. It has a few layers, too, maybe 3 or 4.

Lol, I hope you guys aren't getting sick of seeing me post all these! :P :) I just wanna help motivate! I wanna see more pages!



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: StickerChic87 on October 09, 2010 10:34:28 PM
Thanks you guys!

nooo, I really like your style!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on October 10, 2010 04:05:08 PM
I need to go home and scan some photos. I went into lurk mode on this thread so I wouldn't get caught up in talking about how I needed to get pages done and stressing about it. I'll come back an post some but I thought I'd share something with you guys.

I always seem to get that one copy of my resume that sits in my bag for too long and becomes too wrinkly to be presentable. The texture of the nice linen paper is perfect for drawing skyscrapers in crayon. Gives extra texture to the windows. I'm enjoying a lazy Sunday at my friend's apartment drinking tea and drawing giant dinosaurs rampaging downtown Los Angeles. Wish I had my book to make a final drawing out of it.

We've talked about representing craftster in our sketchbooks. Is anyone thinking of including something representing the city/town/state they live in? Also I need suggestions for a spread. I'm kind of doing a word collage of what my sketchbook actually is because my theme is "This is not a sketchbook" but I'm running out of words to write down lol I guess this is a question more for those who do altered art journals. So far I have words like: companion, adventure log, therapy, a peek. What is your journal to you?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: StickerChic87 on October 10, 2010 09:26:58 PM
What is your journal to you?

A challenge.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on October 11, 2010 07:40:57 AM
What is your journal to you?

A challenge.

 :D I totally agree. I need to pay some attention to mine. It's on my craft table staring at me, but I've been successfully ignoring it for quite some time now.

noooo, I love your layered pages, and I'm sure they look even better in person. Your book is coming along so well!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: StickerChic87 on October 11, 2010 12:30:58 PM
Second spread, possibly done. I wanted to use a real pocket to 'hide' the love in, but all the jean pockets I had to use were too big for the page. So paper it was. I was thinking maybe adding a little more, around the edges? But with the plaid background I dont want it to end up too busy. What do you think?

(http://img202.imageshack.us/i/img2905e.jpg/)

(http://img412.imageshack.us/i/img2904w.jpg/)



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: spicytaco on October 12, 2010 07:43:02 PM
Ha! love it Sticker. Both those pages rock.

I gotta send a serious thanks to Smmarrt for sending me a little help......so Thanks Smmarrt.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on October 12, 2010 08:48:38 PM
Thanks for not ratting me out, spicy! Hee hee!

And my journal began as a challenge but now I am having too much fun. It's making me feel confident because it is a project that I normally wouldn't have chosen to do for myself. But I am making another "junque" journal, along with my official Sketchbook project journal, so I am trying out stuff in the companion one. Just waiting for some goshdarn alphabet rubber stamps to arrive from overstock.com then I can get busy! And it's fun working in the group - I certainly know alot more about glue!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on October 13, 2010 07:06:17 AM
stickerchic87--I am really liking how you are doing your pages!

I got a friend at work to order a book, so we are going to work on them together!

nooo---you are motivating me to work on my pages!  I love your layering technique and your various styles...the dog one is amazing!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on October 14, 2010 05:12:27 PM
Since my plans got altered last weekend instead of my sketchbook, I decided that I needed a present to spur me on. So, I picked up a package of new Sharpies. And, since this weekend I have to break my promise to myself to correct all papers at school and not lug them home, I'll need something to do (besides eating lots of snacks) in between stacks of papers.

At least it's finished in my head! I just need to list out the order of the pages so I know what colors to paint the backgrounds.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on October 15, 2010 12:02:46 PM
StickerChic87, I like the arrangement and pattern choice for your sunbeams! It reminds me a little bit of the stuff Peter Max does.

Noo - I love your layer work - Your dog is so silly!

I got around to making another page.

 
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So, long story short, I took a trip to Las Vegas. Prostitution is legal there (Thanks for corrected info), There are guys on EVERY corner handing out what are essentially business cards, for escorts. I discreetly snagged a TON of them hoping to use them in my book. I cut off the phone numbers, and websites.

This page is about the reasons girls dance at different ages. The page is coated in glitter, (something strippers, and young girls have in common), and I used some shiny pink foil that didn't show up in the picture.

I couldn't resist adding two of my favorite song lyrics about dancing. :-)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: missduckey on October 15, 2010 03:29:34 PM
I currently live in Las Vegas, and prostitution isn't legal here.  It's legal in Reno, and some other counties in Nevada, but not Vegas.   :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: spicytaco on October 15, 2010 05:20:01 PM
Gosh....I'm feeling like I should have picked boys and girls as a theme. LOL. Love it pretty!! Let me tell you....I had so many friggin ideas for coffee and cigarettes until I actually got my book at which point all my ideas vanished. Eeeek.

I'm thinking I need to rewatch the movie 'Coffee and cigarettes' and maybe get some ideas. (Yes there is a movie called that and I've owned a dvd copy for a while. Long before this sketchbook project, although it is part of the reason I chose this theme.)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on October 15, 2010 06:39:51 PM
I currently live in Las Vegas, and prostitution isn't legal here.  It's legal in Reno, and some other counties in Nevada, but not Vegas.   :)

Ahh! Thank you for correcting me. I didn't mean anything against your home town, I just had an eye opening experience, and wanted to save some souvenirs for my book.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: katara on October 17, 2010 02:49:24 AM
Well I've finally decided on what to do with my sketchbook theme "It'll be fun I swear". I'm going to go with a "Road Trip" theme. Have also glued the pages together (3 pages = 1 page) so this project now seems a little less daunting than it did before.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: StickerChic87 on October 17, 2010 08:47:47 AM
Finished (unless I add to it later) another spread last night!

(http://img832.imageshack.us/i/img2926e.jpg/)

So I found out that tracing your feet is harder than tracing your hands...my toes seemed to have a mind of their own haha.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on October 17, 2010 11:16:33 AM
I'm thinking I need to rewatch the movie 'Coffee and cigarettes' and maybe get some ideas. (Yes there is a movie called that and I've owned a dvd copy for a while. Long before this sketchbook project, although it is part of the reason I chose this theme.)

I think there is a music cd also - with kd lang and other artists....I think it's also called "coffee and cigarettes"....My sis was in the music biz so I think I have this somewhere....


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on October 18, 2010 08:52:20 AM
I like your page PIP--disturbing yet real...I really like how you blackened out the eyes--it makes it even more disturbing to me...

The feet with the lyrics is awesome!!  I will never be able to hear that song again without seeing your feet! :D

My GF picked Coffee and Cigarettes, too!  I think she has a lot of ideas...you can always branch out into where the stuff is made, do spreads of all sorts of people smoking, from celebrities to the homeless...how about coffee around the world?  can you do stuff with the packs? 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: starfish13 on October 21, 2010 05:41:27 AM
...how about coffee around the world?  can you do stuff with the packs? 

Have you ever seen the doco 'Black Gold'?  Its an excellent film about the coffee industry and the fight of one community to become involved in Fair Trade.  It really is good (did I mention that?), but has some lovely cinematography that might inspier images for her sketchbook.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: puamelia on October 26, 2010 02:15:39 PM
Ok, browsing thru to catch up on things is making me a bit worried, as I've only done pencil sketches on my first 10 pages.... life doesn't slow down for me till Thanksgiving so hoping not to fall too far behind.  Loving all the pages out - thanks all for sharing!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on October 26, 2010 09:18:07 PM
I am panicking big time you guys!  I went to try to sew my book back together and it's not going to work out.  I think I'm going to have to divide it into signatures and then sew those to the cover, which makes me a nervous wreck because it's something I've only done once before...so I am going to be spending a lot of time making practice books so I can put my sketchbook back together!! 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: StickerChic87 on October 26, 2010 09:36:25 PM
I am panicking big time you guys!  I went to try to sew my book back together and it's not going to work out.  I think I'm going to have to divide it into signatures and then sew those to the cover, which makes me a nervous wreck because it's something I've only done once before...so I am going to be spending a lot of time making practice books so I can put my sketchbook back together!! 

You'll figure something out! We have plenty of time before the send in date. Plus, with practice books, youll have some made up ahead of time for other projects! (plusplus, you have a whole support system here online...and not to sound toooo cheesy, but, you can do it!) :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on October 26, 2010 09:39:50 PM
oh no, I hope it works out for you!  thats one of my sketchbook fears.  well and that I'll be working 24/7 to finish over Christmas....


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: StickerChic87 on October 26, 2010 10:59:26 PM
I just finished another spread. Had a hard time with this one...

(http://img822.imageshack.us/i/img2940ke.jpg/)



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on October 27, 2010 07:41:48 AM
I love the contrast of the vintage with the more mod colors and prints!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on October 28, 2010 04:38:40 PM
Bethie B - I second what sticker said! You can do it! I was nervous to bind in my signatures as well, but it ended up working out really well.

Sticker- I think that page is my favorite page of yours yet! I dig the classy gentleman.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on October 28, 2010 05:01:43 PM
Thanks for the support guys!  I am going to break out the papers and do some tonight if all works as it should.  I am so glad we still have so much time left!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on October 29, 2010 07:18:52 AM
My girlfriend at work got her Sketchbook...she and are are going to spur each other on, especially since we both bought the digitizing!!!

She is afraid to take apart her book, but I told her I would help her get it back together...just have faith that it will get back together...maybe not perfect, but still, together!!! :D

As a matter of fact, I think the bookbinding can almost be part of the book itself--artistic license! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on October 29, 2010 11:20:26 AM
I'm about half way through my sketchbook. I wish I had waited to bind it though, because  now I'm down to pages with backgrounds that are harder to work with.

I've got some good stuff to show y'all in the next few days. :-)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: TheMadMel on October 29, 2010 12:18:52 PM
StickerChic87 - I love the Beatles inspiration! I just talked my toddler into painting a Yellow Submarine for me the other day and it's one of my favorites to date.

noooitaremybirthday - I love the style of your cats and dogs pages. I have a really cute picture of my Maine coon Isis. You can use it in your book if you want.  I know I'm a little biased, but she's the prettiest kitty ever.  Here is the picture of her: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=888324&l=0cbbbf940d&id=1629001492
Don't feel obligated to use it now that I have offered, you won't hurt my feelings.


I need to get my little bat cave cleaned up. I have to put the sewing machine away to make room for paper crafts and paints. I have to take the huge beast of a PC out of there to make room for the one work will be sending home with me (for the new work from home job I just scored - yay me!).  I finally have plastic storage containers, shelves and bins to organize all my stuff.  Now I just need to organize it.  Not looking forward to that daunting task, but oh how productive that space will be once it's organized!  Just thinking about it makes me all a-twitter.  I am really hoping that I'll get that space organized and my creativity will just explode all over that sketchbook.  I have it mostly planned out, but it has not come into contact with any art supplies yet and that makes me sad.  And am I going to have time to also make gifts for people like I am planning for Christmas?  Eeep!

Meanwhile I have already signed up for another Art House project which is way up my alley: A Million Little Pictures.  Anyone else doing that one too? But that one's not due til much later than the Sketchbook Project.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on October 30, 2010 08:56:07 PM
madmel - that is a seriously pretty kitty! I wish I had a legit printer to use that pic... She looks like a lynx kinda. Maybe she'll appear as a caricature on a page :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: malmow on November 09, 2010 09:08:59 PM
It's been awhile since I've been here, but I have to say, I'm not as behind as I thought I was. Some of you are slackers like me! I've done three pages or so in my book, but if I stop and scan them I'll get distracted so I'm going to go work on them some more instead.
Someone please reassure me that it will be possible to fill the entire book over Christmas break.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on November 09, 2010 09:52:26 PM
It is absolutely possible to fill the entire book over Christmas break! (I keep telling myself that as well :) )


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on November 10, 2010 06:01:01 AM
I'm an absolute slacker on this one!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on November 10, 2010 06:19:03 AM
As am I. I really need to pull mine out and get a move on!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on November 10, 2010 06:26:09 AM
I took an extra few days off over Thanksgiving to give myself time to do some pages...really, once you get going, you can get several pages done at once!

We all know artists have to be kicked in the butt sometimes! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: QueenNinjaMonkey on November 10, 2010 09:50:11 AM
I think procrastination is a thing a lot of artists have in common.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on November 10, 2010 03:26:19 PM
I agree that it's something we all have in common, for sure.  I for one haven't finished up the pages that need more than just text, and I still haven't attempted any binding methods after the last failure.  I feel like I'm fizzling out on crafting at the moment but trying to reassure myself we have plenty of time left before January.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on November 10, 2010 08:47:30 PM
I'm glad it's not just me! I have been compiling words and images, but so far haven't put anything to paper just yet...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: QueenNinjaMonkey on November 11, 2010 07:09:23 AM
I've got tons of ideas......actually putting them on paper is another story.... :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: spicytaco on November 11, 2010 04:20:38 PM
I'm going to try and get some work done on this tomorrow. I only work in the morning, so I'm gonna take my supplies with me and head to a coffee shop in the city and hopefully be inspired.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on November 11, 2010 05:32:54 PM
I actually made a bit of progress today. Amazing.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on November 11, 2010 09:55:14 PM
I'm glad it's not just me! I have been compiling words and images, but so far haven't put anything to paper just yet...

Me three!

Quote
I've got tons of ideas......actually putting them on paper is another story....


Also me. I am working on four journals right now - I have a shopping bag for each and I just keep shoving stuff in each one when I think "Oh, I can use that!" I have about 9 days at Christmas so I will work on this project then. I hope to do some over T'Day but I have to finish my writing class assignment. Maybe I'll write for an hour, craft for an hour, and so on.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on November 12, 2010 07:36:49 AM
I do that!!  Craft an hour or four, clean an hour or half or 15 minutes, craft another hour or six, clean a few minutes... :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: spicytaco on November 12, 2010 02:04:18 PM
I'm going to try and get some work done on this tomorrow. I only work in the morning, so I'm gonna take my supplies with me and head to a coffee shop in the city and hopefully be inspired.

Yeah....that didn't happen.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on November 13, 2010 12:18:36 AM
I do that!!  Craft an hour or four, clean an hour or half or 15 minutes, craft another hour or six, clean a few minutes... :D

So funny and so true!! 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on November 14, 2010 11:58:58 PM
I am sooooooo far behind on this haha...

I have one page sketched out and even the sketch isn't finished yet....

At least I have the stories for it planned... Mostly anyways... I'm using the stories I've been writing for my creative writing class as the stuff for my sketchbook, since my theme is storybook. I've been writing short stories and now more poems, and so I think I'll definitely have a mixture in it. Right now I'm (very slowly lol) working on the sketches for a story I titled "Memories", and also, for my sanity, as well as whoever looks at my sketchbook (If anyone decides to) I'll probably draw it out into a comic form. It'll make it easier on me... I'm going to sketch everything out in pencil, ink it, then use colored pencil for the colors I think. I want to use my Copics and my Prismacolor markers, but it'll bleed horrendously, and I don't know how to do book binding, so I can't rebind the sketchbook with thicker paper... But I get to use my new Prismacolor Verithins <3
D: BUT OMG IT WOULD BE SO FUN TO DO AT LEAST PART OF THIS IN CHARCOAL!!! IT WOULD BE SO FREAKING MESSY BUT SOOOO WORTH IIIIIIIT!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on November 15, 2010 05:30:26 AM
I just spent a weekend with my book club, and made everyone work on my sketchbook a bit. My theme is "I'm a scavenger", so I figure scavenging other people's art is acceptable. If I can get some good pictures today, I'll post some of what we did.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on November 15, 2010 11:35:58 AM
Today is the last day (Monday Nov. 15th) to sign up for the sketchbook project. So if you have any friends sitting on the fence, today is the day. (Just had an email from arthousecoop.)



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: sheriffkarli on November 15, 2010 02:28:35 PM
When i first signed up for this i was so super excited, but i've lost all enthusiasm, am i the only one? I need to get back into it somehow!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on November 15, 2010 06:39:48 PM
I'm still enthusiastic, just a bit overwhelmed with life at the moment. I'm actually a bit afraid that once I get started I won't be able to stop working on it.

Next week, I have several hours to kill before an evening of parent conferences. I may bring some stuff to school and use my big science tables to work on- I still haven't glued my pages together! And then, I'll have a day or two over Thanksgiving break to do some painting. I also just took a short Zentangle class (although I missed the last one because I was sick last week), so I may add some tangles to my pages. And, I registered for an online stamp carving class to pick up some new techniques and there is one I'm waiting to try- I have all of the supplies, I just need the free moments without something else more pressing.

The ideas are percolating and are just about ready to boil over!

rackycoo, can't wait to see some pictures of your newest pages! Great idea to scavenge the talents of your friends!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on November 15, 2010 10:30:12 PM
When i first signed up for this i was so super excited, but i've lost all enthusiasm, am i the only one? I need to get back into it somehow!

I am with you on this. When I first signed up, I was so excited that I was dreaming about it. Now, I am feeling very apathetic about it... I think that I may rip out the couple of pages that I have started and give myself a COMPLETELY new start and go in a different direction. Maybe that will help?
I am sure that once I get moving I will be fine... I just need to keep my expectations realistic - it may not be a spectacular journal, but I just want it to be fun!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on November 16, 2010 03:03:23 AM
I didn't lose my enthusiasm in the project, I think I just lost my confidence and am getting really freaked out by the thought of other people looking at my book.  So I guess I lost my enthusiasm in myself? 

I did just come across another binding method that I'm going to practice to see if it works better...I am still cringing at the thought of having to poke holes and all of that, so if this works I will be so stoked.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on November 16, 2010 05:43:56 AM
I had been kind of apathetic about mine for a while (could be that extra long deadline!), but I'm all excited to get some done now. I'm hoping to work on it during the holidays. I'll try to get some pics done today. It was so dark and rainy here all day yesterday; I couldn't get a good photo.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on November 16, 2010 08:31:28 AM
Mine has been stashed away for a while. I've dragged it out and blown the dust off it, so that's a start :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on November 16, 2010 10:40:53 AM
I go in stages...but the more I have to do, the less my crafting mojo gets turned on...I have cleared my "have to do" list and now am looking forward to many days of working on my pages!!

Yeah--once I get started, I go in streaks...I just hope my streaks last long enough to get down before I crash! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on November 16, 2010 12:02:14 PM
Here are a couple of the pages I did with my friends this weekend. I had already done the page on the right, and let a friend of mine do the page on the left. I love the way she let the hand overlap on the already done page:



And here's another page, this one done mostly with parts I received from the Sketchbook supplies swap, and some of the many scraps that are always cluttering up my desk. I don't think this one is finished, but it's close.



Making progress!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on November 16, 2010 01:22:13 PM
what a fun scavenger page!

I also like what your friend did...almost like she planned it to go with your page! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on November 16, 2010 04:20:14 PM
Racky, I agree, Cruella's color scheme goes well with that fortune cookie page! I also think it's totally appropriate to scavenge art, given your theme :)

I've been slacking on my book because I just haven't been able to do much sitting and crafting lately... My back has been totally awful lately. GOOD NEWS though!  I saw the surgeon yesterday and have my back surgery scheduled for a month from today.

Soooo I'm wondering if I aughta work work work on my sketchbook BEFORE the surgery, or wait until afterwards... I have no idea which pain will be worse. The pain right now, or recovery pain!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on November 16, 2010 07:26:27 PM
Nooo - so sorry your back is hurting! I hope the surgery goes smoothly and you have a very rapid recovery. My DH had back surgery a number of years ago and, if my memory serves me, his recovery was fairly rapid although he had to be careful of how he moved for awhile.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on November 17, 2010 04:03:44 AM
Great pages, Racky!

I've started putting together ideas (in my head, of course :) ) again. I'll get back to work on it soon.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: puamelia on November 17, 2010 11:14:22 AM
It's been awhile since I've been here, but I have to say, I'm not as behind as I thought I was. Some of you are slackers like me! I've done three pages or so in my book, but if I stop and scan them I'll get distracted so I'm going to go work on them some more instead.
Someone please reassure me that it will be possible to fill the entire book over Christmas break.

Ok it is definitely possible... I just counted the pages, and that came to 38 double page spreads.  That'd be 2 pages a day for 19 days.  OR if I buy spray glue and stick 2 pages together, that makes only 20 spreads which is more that possible to slam out in a handful of intense overnighters... with a day to finish off the cover. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Sarcastra on November 17, 2010 12:54:18 PM
Mine has been stashed away for a while. I've dragged it out and blown the dust off it, so that's a start :D

Heh, mine was also covered in dust, but from all the packing. I already had only just enough time to finish my Sketchbook as planned, but life had other ideas!  We bought a new house, moved and are in the process of preparing the old house for sale. I just opened the box with the Sketchbook items. I am not optimistic about the little at-home time I'll have now to finish it.  We'll see.  If I don't make the deadline, at least I'll finish it eventually, for myself.

Good luck, fellow slackers! I do enjoy all the progress pages that have been posted so far.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on November 17, 2010 03:20:17 PM
So guess what?  All this time I've been ahead of the game, my book was pretty much finished and all I had to do was rebind it and send it off...

But then last night I pulled it all out and looked at it and realized I hated 75% of what I'd done.

So now I'm starting over again...reusing the same cover (or the back of it at least) and maybe 7 pages of the original book.  Glad we still have so much time left because I probably would have ended up trashing the whole thing and not sending anything back!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: elociNNicole on November 17, 2010 03:24:44 PM
Oh wow!  I just stumbled across this thread....totally not reading all 102 pages to catch up...sorry!


I'm doing this and Adhere to Me is my theme.  I've had my book for weeks and haven't done anything but hold it, flip through the pages and wonder what the mysterious sticker is that I got with mine.

Can I still 'participate' in this CAL?  ::pretty please?::


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on November 17, 2010 03:43:26 PM
go for it!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on November 17, 2010 04:32:06 PM
Sure you can, elociNNicole! I'll add your name to the first post.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on November 18, 2010 06:56:02 AM
bethieb!!!  Your pages were wonderful!  Don't overthink this!  I think you need to let us see the pages you think you need to scrap! wow...that makes me sad!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on November 18, 2010 08:18:13 AM
What mysterious sticker did you get?

Oh wow!  I just stumbled across this thread....totally not reading all 102 pages to catch up...sorry!


I'm doing this and Adhere to Me is my theme.  I've had my book for weeks and haven't done anything but hold it, flip through the pages and wonder what the mysterious sticker is that I got with mine.

Can I still 'participate' in this CAL?  ::pretty please?::


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: elociNNicole on November 18, 2010 07:40:42 PM
This is the mysterious sticker that I got that I cannot figure out what it's for.  I have several friends that are participating in this project and I'm the only one that got this:

(Pardon the backwards, webcam photo.)


Any ideas what this is? 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on November 19, 2010 07:02:28 AM
That IS mysterious! Maybe it was for inventory or something.

Or maybe you will win a prize.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on November 19, 2010 03:13:05 PM
Cool! Use it on one of your pages! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on November 21, 2010 01:52:56 PM
I'm going to share what little bits I have done so far....


This is what I have done of my cover, it needs decorations....


This is what I have of my sketch for the 1st page... Mana Librada is laying on the grass, finally coming back to consciousness... Although with this sketch she looks more like she's running up the side of the page XDDD


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on November 21, 2010 09:47:00 PM
I have a soft spot for Cruella - Nice work on that page!

Nooo - I'm sorry you're not able to craft much, I hope your surgery makes things better.

I got 3 more pages done, but I got a new job where I sit at a computer for a lot of the day, so I haven't wanted to check in on craftster much. I'll share more soon.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on November 21, 2010 11:37:44 PM
Full Moon - I love how it looks like she's running up the book!  I know that's not the way the finished page will look, if she's laying on grass...but for now it makes an interesting sketch to look at!

Okay, so I need advice and now I'm so scared of messing the whole thing up that I don't really want to get started again...agh!  My original cover is really messed up along the spine from when I sewed it on the sewing machine.  My machine's longest stitch wasn't long enough; it just kind of perforated the pages and they ripped out.  Now my cover has tiny holes in the spine and they're ripping.  I need to fix it somehow but I'm not sure what to do next.  I was thinking about a few different ways I could handle it...

One way, I could leave it alone and just cover it with clear packing tape.  Then when I (finally) rebind (again) the tape would act like the spine, in the places where the book is too holey to actually hold up.  It probably wouldn't look very pretty, but it wouldn't look awful either, and it is, after all, a sketchbook...

Or, I could take the cover apart right down the spine and glue it onto a different cover with a perfect spine.  This is the way I'm kind of leaning toward, only because I think it will look better.  I was just going to use heavy weight card stock or something like that.  That way, the original cover would still be there but I'd have a fresh spine to start with.

Is anyone else having this issue or was I the only dork who ruined my book?  

PS - for anyone interested, Teesha Moore has some great videos on Youtube and shows an easy way to bind...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vvSsJ39bc0&feature=related

ETA:  Nevermind the questions!  I already figured it out and did it lol.  I just covered the cover with pretty scrapbook paper.  That sticker peeled off a lot easier than I thought it would, so I just took it off and put it back on top of the scrapbook paper.  I also added another paper to the inside cover because it had gotten all yuckified.

Hopefully I can take a quick pic tomorrow and show you guys what I've been up too...this is getting fun again, yay!  ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on November 22, 2010 09:23:00 AM
I used a fabric gaffer tape on my spine. I think I used this kind...

http://www.shopatron.com/products/productdetail/part_number=17129/533.0?utm_source=google&utm_medium=shopping&utm_campaign=googleshopping



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on November 22, 2010 02:15:54 PM
I was going to suggest bookbinders tape or fabric glued on. I am going to pamphlet stitch mine back together - maybe 2 groups of stitches or 3 - and I thought I might reinforce the spine with fabric or tape - depending on how fat the final pages turn out to be.



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on November 22, 2010 03:10:35 PM
I love that gaffer tape, amaryllisroze, it's so beautiful!  Smmarrt, I hadn't thought of gluing fabric on.  I don't think I'll need anything extra now but I'll be keeping that in mind for sure!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on November 22, 2010 03:24:26 PM
I agree with the gluing fabric on, bethie, that's the first thing that came to my mind!

I've got a bit of a backlog of pages to share... I'm hoping to really kick it into gear in the next few weeks.

Lots of scrap embroidery threads and whatnot...

Collage of ephemera with a print of one of my illustrations

You can't really tell, but this page has a lot of metallic gold to it...

I think I'm going to add more to this... I don't think it either has enough, or too much? Dunno, we'll see.

And I definitely need to add just a little more to this page. The cat is watercolored and pieced together with brads, so the arms and legs are movable :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on November 22, 2010 03:34:14 PM
Oh my goodness, the movable (that looks really fun, lol) cat is priceless!!  Love it!  How did you cover the brads on the back of the page?  Are you just collaging or something on the other side? 

In the rain tag page right about that, those gold (yellow?) raindrops are awesome.  Are they puffy?  They kind of look like they stick up off the page, so cool.

The page right above that, with all the little rain drop squares, is really great too.  Those little squares remind me of inchies and now I have a whole other idea for a different project.

Mice should always ride cats.  It's the only way to travel in style.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on November 22, 2010 04:19:02 PM
Oh my goodness, the movable (that looks really fun, lol) cat is priceless!!  Love it!  How did you cover the brads on the back of the page?  Are you just collaging or something on the other side? 

In the rain tag page right about that, those gold (yellow?) raindrops are awesome.  Are they puffy?  They kind of look like they stick up off the page, so cool.

The page right above that, with all the little rain drop squares, is really great too.  Those little squares remind me of inchies and now I have a whole other idea for a different project.

Mice should always ride cats.  It's the only way to travel in style.  :D

Thanks bethie! Why yes, the yellow raindrops are those epoxy stickers, so they are puffy! Why i bought yellow, I have no idea, they look kind of like pee, lol :-X ;D

I made the movable cat completely apart from the page first, so they're nice and hidden! I use hot glue to attach the heads of the brads to the elements instead of sticking them through both pieces, then use hot glue again to attach to the page (so it sticks up a little bit and gives the brads room to rotate) So there's no brads sticking out of the back of the page :) I wrote a little tute for movable elements on my blog last year. It's here if you want to lookie:
http://www.oopsicraftmypants.com/2009/11/how-to-make-movable-elements-in-your.html (http://www.oopsicraftmypants.com/2009/11/how-to-make-movable-elements-in-your.html)



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on November 23, 2010 06:10:35 AM
totally awesome--and I like the yellow rain ;) :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on November 23, 2010 09:01:08 AM
I love the yellow rain! I didn't think anything weird about it at all until you said that...lol...shows ya what kind of deep thinker I really am, ha ha!  Also, Nooo, I totally love your blog, just so ya know.  It's in my yahoo reader thingy and I'm always so excited when you get to post, even though I never comment (because I'm usually reading in between dealing with kids and trying to clean or craft or something, I'm always rushing, lol).  I will go check out that tut right now!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: foufigirl on November 26, 2010 04:25:08 PM
Wow I am soo far behind on this thread, and on my book- I am loving seeing what everyone is doing- it's kicking my butt to get back into mine!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: elociNNicole on November 26, 2010 04:50:52 PM
I've yet to start mine but I've got most of it planned out.  I'm having a hard time finding a Perkins Brailler which I'm hoping to use for a good part of my book.  If I can't find one, I'll improvise but otherwise, I'm really happy with how it's turning out in my mind.  :D  


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on November 26, 2010 07:51:12 PM
BWWAHH! I just looked at the calendar and there's only about 7 weeks until the send-in date!!!  :o


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on November 26, 2010 09:47:14 PM
Nooo!  Don't say those bad words, someone will hear you!! lol!

7 weeks is not long enough, and that's all I'm saying...time for me to get offline and get to work, lol.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on November 28, 2010 03:46:33 PM
NOOOOOO~~~ NOT SEVEN WEEKS D;
I'M SO BUSY MOST OF THE TIME I NEVER GET A CHANCE TO WORK ON IIIIIIT *CRIES*

Also, I'm curious, did anyone participate in the Canvas Project? (Other than me)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on November 30, 2010 09:19:50 AM
I hadn't heard of the canvas project... sounds interesting! Is it just like the sb project, but with a canvas?

Hey, I started working on my cover... It's no longer plain craft brown, but a smudgy rainbow of metallic pigment powder. So that's just the base, and I'll do more painting and embellishing on it when I can muster the strength! Perhaps I'll post a pic later today. As for the pages.... I counted and I've got about 1/3 of them done. :P I'm only freaking out a little


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on November 30, 2010 12:06:39 PM
I can't find the canvas project.

I have done nothing! nothing! nothing! in ages. I guess I am joining the get-it-all-done-on-Christmas-vacation club. I have two more weeks of (big) school and then maybe I can force myself to commit to one page a day. Like many of you, my journal looks awesome in my head!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on November 30, 2010 02:31:03 PM
Well I figure I'm either going to have to drop what I'm doing (um....usually having a shower or trying to go to sleep) and work on my book when I have a fabulous idea OR lock myself in my workroom for a few days soon.  real soon.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on November 30, 2010 07:46:26 PM
I hadn't heard of the canvas project... sounds interesting! Is it just like the sb project, but with a canvas?

Hey, I started working on my cover... It's no longer plain craft brown, but a smudgy rainbow of metallic pigment powder. So that's just the base, and I'll do more painting and embellishing on it when I can muster the strength! Perhaps I'll post a pic later today. As for the pages.... I counted and I've got about 1/3 of them done. :P I'm only freaking out a little

The Canvas Project was really fun. You are sent a list of three words, and you have to do a painting to represent each word. I got 'Allium' 'Exultant' and 'Gateway'. You get 3 4x4" canvases to use whatever medium you'd like. Two of my three I painted, one I used Copic and Prismacolor marker. haha. Each artist who participates also gets at least one of their canvases into the book that they do for it each year, and you do have the option to buy the book if you like, but it's not required. I ordered the book because I love art books.

I can't find the canvas project.

I have done nothing! nothing! nothing! in ages. I guess I am joining the get-it-all-done-on-Christmas-vacation club. I have two more weeks of (big) school and then maybe I can force myself to commit to one page a day. Like many of you, my journal looks awesome in my head!

http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/canvasproject
Link to the canvas project <3


EDIT: I found another thing that looked fun.
http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/fiction
This is called the Fiction Project. It's sort of like the Sketchbook Project, but it's meant to literally kind of tell more of a story... I guess? I dunno... I thought it seemed interesting. After I mail in my Sketchbook, I might ask dad if he'll pay the 25$ for me for this if I don't have the cash at the time.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on December 01, 2010 07:34:16 AM
Wow...I wish I had seen the Canvas Project before the Sketchbook. I definitely would have chosen that one.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on December 01, 2010 06:35:35 PM
If they do the Canvas Project again next year, you should definitely do it. It's really fun =)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on December 05, 2010 07:32:18 PM
Hey guys!  Sorry I have been MIA around here.  I've been avoiding my sketchbook like the plague.  But, I finally conquered it!  (Or am in the middle of the conquest anyway.)

So, my theme is Storybook.  And you can't have a story without words, and you can't have words with the alphabet...so I'm doing an alphabet book.  But the Storybook twist is that it's an alphabet book all about me, the story of who I am.  Each of the pages is collaged with painted backgrounds (I will show pics soon, I hope to get time to get stuff scanned tomorrow morning) and pen work, kind of like Teesha Moore's style stuff.

Anyway, I am wondering if I should include a page at the end of the book that says why each word or picture is included in the book.  I realize now I could have done this on each page itself but it's too late for that, plus I think it would make it look cramped.  As an example of what I'm talking about - on the "L" page I have a light, a Littlest Pet Shop sticker, and the words 'Left me."  On a page in the back, I could list that the light is there because I'm terrified of the dark, the sticker is there because my daughter has collected LPS's for 5 years and we love them, and the 'Left me' is for when my mom walked out on us. 

Does that make since?

What do you guys think?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on December 06, 2010 07:48:30 AM
I like the idea of a "footnotes" page!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on December 06, 2010 07:50:53 AM
I think it would be really interesting to read about the meanings behind each page. Could you put something in the little pocket at the back?

I have all my backgrounds done and am on the collage stage so I have some nice backgrounds to work on. Still no idea what I'm going to do on them ::) I removed some of the centre pages so that I have 24 left, so 48 pages which I'm numbering like hours. (my theme is sleepless)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on December 06, 2010 10:07:22 AM
Phizz - I actually covered the pocket in the back.  I have got to upload pics so you guys can see what I had to do...anyway, I have three blank pages in the back of the book and two blank ones in the front, so I have lots of room to add a footnotes page.  Thanks for the input guys!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on December 06, 2010 12:01:57 PM
Pictures! I wanna see pictures!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on December 06, 2010 06:48:27 PM
I inked one page and now I haven't touched it again :( I need to get to work on this darn thing....


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on December 06, 2010 06:55:48 PM
BethieB - I second a footnotes page. Adorable.

My book is coming along - though a few pages ended up being DISASTERS. I have the urge to re-do them completely but I know time is coming quickly.

Phizzy - It would be quite fitting if you ended up losing sleep over finishing your book. :-P


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on December 06, 2010 07:27:32 PM
I need to buy a table. The only available table I have is about 1 foot by 2 feet. I've decided that the lack of a large table to work on is the reason I haven't made much progress on my sketchbook (or any progress, actually). I will be picking up a folding table tomorrow or Wednesday and setting it up in the spare room. Once I am done with my Christmas crafting, it will be the dedicated Sketchbook table for the week of vacation and until it is finished.

I do solemnly swear!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on December 06, 2010 07:56:13 PM
Once I'm finished with some swap stuff and I'm on Christmas break, I'll start to work on my sketchbook like crazy. <3


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on December 07, 2010 05:13:37 AM
Phizzy - It would be quite fitting if you ended up losing sleep over finishing your book. :-P
It would be! Sadly, it's probably going to happen too! :D

Here's a finished sleepless page


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on December 07, 2010 07:18:52 AM
ha ha very nicely done--and I am sure a lot of us feel like she looks...and the sound of the dang clock..tick tock tick tock...ugh!



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: QueenNinjaMonkey on December 07, 2010 06:20:21 PM
I started work on my cover yesterday, haven't touched the inside yet.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on December 07, 2010 08:06:30 PM
Hey guys, here are some little tiny pictures you can click to see more detail! I don't think I need to tell you guys AGAIN but I will say it anyway: I am the world's worst photographer.  Consider this my apology!  

(http://s808.photobucket.com/albums/zz10/Elizabeth_burr/?action=view&current=DSCN5064.jpg)
The cover, covered in scrapbook paper
(http://s808.photobucket.com/albums/zz10/Elizabeth_burr/?action=view&current=DSCN5069.jpg)
(http://s808.photobucket.com/albums/zz10/Elizabeth_burr/?action=view&current=DSCN5070.jpg)
The "A" and "B" pages
(http://s808.photobucket.com/albums/zz10/Elizabeth_burr/?action=view&current=DSCN5071.jpg)
"C" and "D"
(http://s808.photobucket.com/albums/zz10/Elizabeth_burr/?action=view&current=DSCN5072.jpg)
"G" and "H" (I somehow forgot E and F, I don't know why...ugh!)
(http://s808.photobucket.com/albums/zz10/Elizabeth_burr/?action=view&current=DSCN5073.jpg)
"K" and "L"
(http://s808.photobucket.com/albums/zz10/Elizabeth_burr/?action=view&current=DSCN5074.jpg)
"L" all alone
(http://s808.photobucket.com/albums/zz10/Elizabeth_burr/?action=view&current=DSCN5075.jpg)

(http://s808.photobucket.com/albums/zz10/Elizabeth_burr/?action=view&current=DSCN5076.jpg)
"M" and "N" is pretty empty still
(http://s808.photobucket.com/albums/zz10/Elizabeth_burr/?action=view&current=DSCN5077.jpg)
"O" says Outdoors and "P" just says Put Them To Good Use so far.
(http://s808.photobucket.com/albums/zz10/Elizabeth_burr/?action=view&current=DSCN5078.jpg)
"Q" has a queen ready to go on it but I didn't glue it in yet, "R" says "Read" and "restore your nest"
(http://s808.photobucket.com/albums/zz10/Elizabeth_burr/?action=view&current=DSCN5079.jpg)

(http://s808.photobucket.com/albums/zz10/Elizabeth_burr/?action=view&current=DSCN5080.jpg)
"S" is pretty close to being done as far as the collaging goes, and "T" is taking longer than I thought it would
(http://s808.photobucket.com/albums/zz10/Elizabeth_burr/?action=view&current=DSCN5081.jpg)
"U" - (I swear I don't cost Under $5, lol!) I also have the Craftster Robot ready to go on this page, he says "Uncork the possibilities" so he fits here
(http://s808.photobucket.com/albums/zz10/Elizabeth_burr/?action=view&current=DSCN5082.jpg)
This is "W"

I didn't take pictures of the rest of my pages because they are all pretty much empty, just painted backgrounds and some borders so far.

Also, I have a video done for this, explaining all the pages in a lot more detail, but it's 16 minutes long and Youtube only allows 15 minutes, so I have to figure out how to use the editing program to cut out a minute's worth of footage.  So far I have no idea what I'm doing so we shall see if that video ever makes it off my computer!

ETA: Okay, I got my video uploaded to a different site, not Youtube.  So ignore my Youtube references lol.  If you wanna watch it here's the link: http://s808.photobucket.com/albums/zz10/Elizabeth_burr/?action=view&current=DSCN5086.mp4 (http://s808.photobucket.com/albums/zz10/Elizabeth_burr/?action=view&current=DSCN5086.mp4)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on December 08, 2010 10:27:25 AM
That's looking great, BethieB. I love the idea of footnotes.

Great idea to number the pages like hours, phizz.

My book is feeling neglected again; I have got to GET ON IT.  :P


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on December 08, 2010 07:50:54 PM
Everything is looking great! I can't wait to see some of these pages in real life!

I have two pages to share for my Boys and Girls theme...


This one is supposed to be sortof childish/imagination based


this one isn't finished yet...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on December 08, 2010 08:40:50 PM
I spy the Joker! * squeal*

I've done a few pages now that are acrylic. After they have dried ( a long time after) the pages are sticking to each other and mixing colors on to the opposite page. I know people use floor wax to fix this problem. Will any brand do? What should I look for? I read some where that you want to use polyurethane floor waxes? How can I tell by looking at the bottle? I visited a couple of $1 stores the past two days but didn't want buy the wrong thing. Money is scarce right now so I wanted to be SURE I was getting the right thing.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: elociNNicole on December 08, 2010 09:12:45 PM
I use Minwax brand polyurethane that can be applied with a brush.  I always apply many thin coats, always letting the previous coat dry completely first.

I know there is an aerosol poly that will also work as a sealant.  I have never used the aerosol version though. 

You're looking for a sealant, not a wax.  Hope this helps. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on December 08, 2010 10:35:21 PM
Pretty - I LOVE that second page!  What a genius idea.  It's great.  The first one is pretty awesome too, I totally got that feeling of imagination before I read what you wrote, so it worked, lol.

Speaking of sealant - I am for sure going to need something over my pages.  Anyone know if that aerosol stuff works on collages too?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Riechan on December 09, 2010 03:47:20 AM
So you basically pick a theme and work from there in a sketchbook?
Something like a Junque journal only with a theme?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on December 09, 2010 07:09:19 AM
So you basically pick a theme and work from there in a sketchbook?
Something like a Junque journal only with a theme?

That's right. We're all working on the Sketchbook Project, which you can read about here. (http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject) I believe signups for participation on that site are closed, but you are welcome to pick a theme and craft along with us.  :)

prettyinpaisley, I'm in love with that first page!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on December 09, 2010 07:40:42 AM
Pretty, loooove that first page. I love the clouds. I may just have to steal let those clouds inspire me  ;) ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on December 09, 2010 07:48:28 AM
I have used Future brand floor wax to seal work with and have a large bottle that I'm sure will last me a hundred years.....I'll go dig it out and see what it is made of.  Anyway you just apply a thin coat (it is very liquid) with a sponge brush, let dry and buff the page a bit with a clean cloth.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Riechan on December 09, 2010 12:40:27 PM
So you basically pick a theme and work from there in a sketchbook?
Something like a Junque journal only with a theme?

That's right. We're all working on the Sketchbook Project, which you can read about here. (http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject) I believe signups for participation on that site are closed, but you are welcome to pick a theme and craft along with us.  :)

prettyinpaisley, I'm in love with that first page!

Thanks!
I read about that project before but since I'm not in the US, I couldn't join :)
I might join if I can buy another sketchbook somewhere wait! I have a sketchbook that I'm not using, it's actually one that I gave to my mum but she doesn't use it..., so why leave it unused, right? :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on December 09, 2010 03:49:00 PM
I think anyone from around the world can join their projects, I'm from Canada and I'm pretty sure there are a few people from the UK participating here.  There are a bunch of different ones going on besides the Sketchbook Project....but in any case you should play along with us!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on December 10, 2010 09:29:42 AM
I am from the land of procrastination...and yet I am still plodding along on my book! :D

I just am so bad at taking pics along the way, but I will do so since we only have a few more weeks! :D (no pressure, though...)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on December 10, 2010 10:34:14 AM
I'm Queen of the Land of Procrastination!  :D



I am from the land of procrastination...and yet I am still plodding along on my book! :D

I just am so bad at taking pics along the way, but I will do so since we only have a few more weeks! :D (no pressure, though...)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on December 10, 2010 12:33:51 PM
At this point I'm really imagining myself not finishing on time.  I don't want to fail, but it is shaping up to where I only get about on e evening a week to craft, and it's just not enough time to get everything done...I'm trying to rearrange stuff but it's a true struggle, especially since I have no crafting room or place to leave my stuff where I can just work on it a few minutes here and there...I'm not giving up but it sure is feeling hard to make progress!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on December 12, 2010 10:37:52 AM
I have used Future brand floor wax to seal work with and have a large bottle that I'm sure will last me a hundred years.....I'll go dig it out and see what it is made of.  Anyway you just apply a thin coat (it is very liquid) with a sponge brush, let dry and buff the page a bit with a clean cloth.

Thanks for this tip!

And, I think that on Wednesday afternoon I'm going to be getting my folding table. It'll help all with all of my crafting progress.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on December 12, 2010 12:24:15 PM
I'm going to work on this like mad during winter break, and maybe this week during criminal justice because there won't be much to do :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on December 17, 2010 06:23:54 PM
I have a table!!! Yes, it's rather exciting news for me, having been without one for a few months. It's still in the trunk of my car, so as soon as I clear a spot in the room tomorrow morning, I'll be bringing it in and setting up my work area. I do have Christmas crafts to tackle first (but only a few since I needed to scale way back), but I'm putting my basket of sketchbook supplies right beside the table!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on December 19, 2010 10:36:45 AM
I'm so sorry!  I disappeared from this page almost entirely for like 2 months or more.  *FAIL*  However!  I'm back now, don't know if I'll be posting pictures so much as just stating what I'm working on.  I've done 30+ backgrounds in the last two days (and today is soooo not over yet!).  I'm working kind of hap-hazardly because I'll do some backgrounds, add some elements to a few pages, do some more backgrounds, do some other stuff, come back.  My family swears I have adult ADD.   ::)  I'm this afternoon I'm going to Michael's for a few more supplies since I have a 15% off my entire purchase coupon!   :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on December 19, 2010 12:28:10 PM
x____x In the WWP Yule swap, Ffrogg mentioned her sketchbook and I cringed. I remembered about mine.... Which still only has one page done XDDDDDDDD

It's going to be a busy Christmas break!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on December 19, 2010 07:12:25 PM
My goal was to work on it this week, but I still have some Christmas presents to finish making and my New Years cards (was too late to send Holiday cards out)... Argghhh... where did the time go? (bad planning on my part, but I find it easier to blame the random "time" than my planning skills...). But, between other things this week and definitely next week, I will be working hard on my book!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on December 20, 2010 08:15:35 AM
You know what the worst part is? XD My mom wasn't going to give me any money the other day unless I cleaned my room (And I desperately needed gas money for the boyfriend since it's two hours out to here and another two hours back out to his place) and so when I cleaned my room, I put my sketchbook somewhere that I thought it would be safe, but this caused my to lose the damn thing and later in the week I started freaking out about where it was cuz I couldn't find it anywhere. >_< *grumbles* But I found it. I'd set it in my large cabinet on top of a stack of books.... So I've been keeping it in my gypsy back that's next to my door ever since.

I want to work on it this week, but I don't think I will have time. I have so much crafting to do. Maybe I could start on it after the 25th? God, I've been so busy this month and really even last month that I've barely even had time to do things that I enjoy doing (I enjoy crafting but I kept getting so busy with my high school classes that it was making me fall so far behind on my craft swaps that I ended up so overwhelmed I couldn't craft much) such as being able to eat, sleep, shower, play xbox, go to meditation class, etc. And I know that sounds weird. But I swear I have still been showering, there have just been times where I've been so busy I've had to skip it for a day or two longer than I wanted to which grossed me out but I literally had no time to, and I couldn't wake up early to take a shower because I wasn't getting enough sleep because I had no time to sleep, so if I was lucky enough to get a full 8 hours of sleep, you better believe I jumped on it. Then, I wasn't eating enough either because I wasn't having enough time to eat and I was losing my appetite more. -_-;;; And now this skirt I really really liked doesn't fit me anymore.... And it's material that my sewing machine would just love to eat, so I can't even take it in!!! *cries*


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on December 20, 2010 01:43:34 PM
Well, I'm happy to say I made a little progress today. I finished up a few spreads, and started some others. The best thing I did was glue several pages together. Less blank pages left! (What was I thinking making so many pages in that thing?!?)

I'm also enlisting my daughters, BananaAmbush and katydidnot to help me out with some drawings. I think I might just get it done before the deadline.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on December 20, 2010 03:41:20 PM
I felt like mine was too much collage and not enough sketching so I am learning how to draw manga to fill it in.  I did a girl last night who makes me so happy!  Will show soon.

BTW, I am having SOOOO much trouble with the thought of letting my book go!!  Anyone else feeling like this?  I'm almost tempted to keep it and just send it to EdelC (since she's the reason I'm able to do this project) and let her send it back to me when she's sick of it!! lol


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on December 20, 2010 04:20:20 PM
I paid extra for them to scan the pages so I wouldn't feel bad about letting it go. I really hope they scan every side of the page since some pages are layered.

I know I keep promising photos and not taking them but the good news is if you don't see me on this board it means I'm making progress on my book. I did a few simpler and larger spreads which means I finished five pages this weekend... Though I put a lot of detail on one page and the wing along took over an hour to paint. I hope it's appreciated. Makes me not want to do wings again but I have another wing spread planned. Ack my camera is at the boyfriend's!

I used to hate painting but now I am beginning to like it. Now I paint a layer and walk away to let it dry. I'm too impatient and will fuss with it so I check my messages and browse on the internet while layers dry. Perhaps you ladies should try doing a layer or two before you check your messages :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on December 20, 2010 04:43:04 PM
Mine is way heavy on the collage, but I don't really care for the way my sketches are coming out, so it's just going to be heavy on the collage.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on December 21, 2010 07:23:32 PM
I made a ton of copies today at Staples and I'm hoping that these work for acetone transfers and/or packaging tape transfters. 

I have to admit a few things...

1.  I haven't really stuck to my theme all that well.   :-\  I've focused more on "light" than "lights in the distance"
2.  My book is also very heavy on collage rather than sketches.  But its also pretty heavy on acrylic paint.
3.  I don't think my book is going to be big enough.   :-\  But I don't want to overwhelm myself with unfinished pages.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on December 22, 2010 06:57:04 AM
I've done next to nothing on the book - I'm always so last min - don't know why but I hardly ever get anything done ahead of time - I think about what ever it is I need to get done and come up with a thousand ideas but I never seem to be done ahead of time

and this will be the same way I fear <G>

but at least I know what ideas I'm using so that is my biggest thing to getting started - nearly done with Christmas - even the wrapping <g>

so Christmas Eve (thankfully I'm off!!!) and sunday will be just this book and very little else (except a movie STILL need to see Harry Potter)

I'm only in two swaps at the moment (at another site) which is a all time low for me so I have time to knock this out :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on December 22, 2010 08:22:50 AM
Here's to all us last minute crafters! 

I had my daughter do a couple of pages of mine. She's way more talented than I. It's the best two pages in the book. I should have known better.  ::)

 :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on December 22, 2010 10:36:04 AM
After I clean the place a bit, I think I'm going to at least get the first page colored. I still wish the paper was thick enough to where I could use my prismacolor and copic markers, but I don't want the entire sketchbook to be a bleeding mess.

So I'll use prismacolor colored pencils. Ugh... This has reminded me I need to finish a bunch of other, larger art that I don't want to deal with right now.... I'll use today as an art and sewing day.... >_<;;;


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on December 22, 2010 04:24:11 PM
Here's to all us last minute crafters! 

I had my daughter do a couple of pages of mine. She's way more talented than I. It's the best two pages in the book. I should have known better.  ::)

 :D

I've corraled my minions into helping me out too-thank you for the awesome idea racky!  I'm sure their pages will be the best in my book too....which is likely to be much smaller than anticipated but at this point I don't care as long as there is something in it :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on December 23, 2010 12:41:17 AM
Hey guys...I'm just dropping in to let you know I'll be disappearing for awhile.  I'm not going to post this on the other threads I'm a loud mouth in (lol) but since this one has an actual due date I thought I'd let you all know what's up...my mother in law died yesterday morning.  It's more okay than not, as she was in a lot of pain the last two years and things were very hard on her, but it's still heart breaking and life altering.  So I won't be online.  I may not get my sketchbook done on time either, but I really think I can do it still.  We have to go through and sort 43 years of a pack rat's collections and it's exhausting, but I'll be working on my sketchbook when I need a break so I am still planning on getting it done.

Okay, hope this wasn't too depressing of a post!! I'll check in when I can and can't wait to see pictures and hear updates!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on December 23, 2010 08:23:35 AM
I'm so sorry, BethieB.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on December 23, 2010 12:54:55 PM
I am so sorry bethieb...at least you know what your priorities are...my heartfelt condolences to you and your family...

Maybe doing your journal will be of some comfort to you...

I plan on doing a lot of pages between now and New year...I need a break from the craziness of Christmas!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on December 24, 2010 07:02:38 PM
I'm sorry Bethie. I hope you and your family the best during this time. What if we helped you by sending a page each? I wish there was a little more time because I would offer to help bind it together for you. Your friends at craftster love you <3


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on December 25, 2010 07:50:29 PM
Thanks so much guys!

Rae - that is such a sweet suggestion!  I appreciate it a ton, but I don't think it's going to be as hard to finish as I thought it was.  The background's are all done and the whole thing is bound already, at this point it's just doodling it in and finishing the empty pages.  I could technically send it off the way it is and it would be fine...unfinished but fine.  Which is what I may end up doing.  :D



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on December 26, 2010 11:25:59 AM
I think that at some point today I'll distract boyfriend with Starwars or xbox360 so that I can work on my sketchbook a little haha.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on December 26, 2010 11:38:59 AM
When we did a swap for this craft a long I didn't participate because I have no job. Some one PMed me about a personal swap but I don't remember who! I think it was Tero?...Well, I've come across a little bit of money and want to do a small personal swap so if that was you please come forward. Also, please PM so we don't break any rules :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on December 26, 2010 03:25:36 PM
BethieB - so sorry to hear of your family's loss. Wishing you lots of healing and peace.

I am STILL working on holiday presents, so I will be working on my pages in between and after... I really don't know where the time went (but I have been saying that now for months). I had such high hopes for this when I started, and now I just hope that I have something to send in at all. Oh well, it is all a learning experience for me so it is all good for me! (but NEXT year I am starting to make holiday gifts in July).


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on December 26, 2010 05:16:00 PM
BethieB - take care and I hope the holidays aren't too stressful. My family was subdued, remembering those folks who couldn't be with us.

I am wearing my "Sketchbook" tee in hopes it'll kick start something - ideas, creativity, the will to finish?
Man , I hope to finish some pages this week.



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on December 26, 2010 05:46:39 PM
I hope your family is healing Bethie.  And good luck with going through everything. 

I have 10 pages...  count them 10!  That need some amount of color on them.  They are currently completely white and i think I'm going to fix that tonight while watching some Netflix.  After that - re-bind the book then collage and doodle here I come!  The whole book is going to Atlanta with me for New Year's otherwise it won't get finished because public schools start back Januar 3rd here.  Oh how I miss college!

Anywho - this will bring me to a grand total of 60 pages.  Which, in my opinion, is amazing for someone who doesn't do that much paper crafting.  Some of my pages are already completely done and the others will get finished!  This is one of those moments when I'm really glad my dad works for the post office...  he can take it on the 15th and make sure it gets postmarked on the 15th!  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on December 27, 2010 06:03:38 AM
Wow, Ffrogg! That's awesome! I'm doing far fewer pages... and I'm still worried I won't get done. But, I hate to waste the $$ I paid to have it scanned, and I already have plans to visit it on tour (where I'll get to see yours and the other Craftsters' books), so hopefully that motivates me to get it done!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on December 27, 2010 01:22:30 PM
I keep counting how many pages I have left and I think it's down to 14! Two weeks ago I had about 28 to do. My spreads are getting larger and simpler lol I'm going to finish the one I was working on yesterday which will make a total of three pages finished this weekend.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on December 27, 2010 02:17:41 PM
Lemme clarify...  When I say 60 pages I mean an 8.5x11 in piece of 98lb paper folded in half and treated as four different pages.  So....  I have 5 signatures of 3 large pages each.  I hope that makes sense.   :-\  I've gotten quite a bit more done between last night and this afternoon.  Some more pages are completely finished and some other pages have been started but EVERY page has color on it.   :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on December 27, 2010 02:47:15 PM
*peeks in*

I haven;t touched my sketchbook in months! I still only have the 4 or 5 spreads I shared here previously finished but now that the Christmas Chaos is over and the deadline is looming overhead my procrastinating should be over...  ::)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on December 27, 2010 06:39:17 PM
Ok - so - I'm sure we've covered this somewhere in our discussions however - I have no idea where it could be.  I'm working on the covers and I was going to cover the back cover with the same paper I used for the front cover but (obviously) we can't cover the barcode...  has anyone taken the barcode off the back and put it on top of your cover?  Would I get in mondo trouble for that?  The rules say (if I remember correctly) that the barcode has to be visable/uncovered...  it doesn't say specifically that we can't move the barcode.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on December 27, 2010 10:40:23 PM
I moved my barcode, Ffrogg - they said on the site that if you misplace your barcode or it falls off, they can make you another one, so I figured it was safe to move it.  I just lifted it up, put my new paper down, and stuck it right back on in about the same spot it was in before, just on top of different paper.  Hope that makes sense, lol.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on December 28, 2010 05:46:18 AM
Thanks Bethie!  It makes perfect sense!  And I would take care of my backcover this morning except I'm taking my car BACK to AAA since they can't seem to find the leak.  They've fixed two other leaks but they keep missing one....  After $1400 you'd think they could find all the freakin leaks!   >:(  Oh well.  I'll take yarn with me to keep me occupied and I'll work on my sketchbook later.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on December 28, 2010 06:47:48 AM
I have all of my backgrounds done. I think I ended up with only about 15 spreads. It just got overwhelming and I wimped out.

Now I'm perplexed on how I'm going to reattach the cover. My original idea probably won't work.



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on December 28, 2010 09:31:09 AM
That's what happened to me too amaryllisroze - my cover stumped me for over a month, made it to where I didn't even work on the sketchbook at all because I was freaking out about the cover.  I eventually recovered the whole thing with scrapbook paper (because I'd ruined the cover by then) and used a pamphlet stitch to attach all my inside papers.  Hope you figure yours out!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on December 28, 2010 11:42:23 AM
I've also got all my backgrounds done with waayyy less pages than the original book.  All the new ones are heavy watercolour so at least it looks sort of fat :D  I think I'll skip making signatures and just use a pamphlet stitch to rebind too.  with some spine reinforcement. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on December 28, 2010 12:59:16 PM
altered - I was pleasantly surprised by how the book seems to be holding up with the stitching.  I am going to reinforce it too, was actually thinking about kind of laminating the whole cover with packing tape so it stays safe.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on December 28, 2010 01:00:37 PM
hey that would be a good idea....I just found some clear contact paper in my pile of stuff that would work great for a cover! 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on December 28, 2010 01:11:06 PM
Score!! 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: malmow on December 28, 2010 09:50:23 PM
I am getting a little nervous...I'm leaving town from the 2nd-7th and have only done about 4 pages in my book! I might be pulling some crafting all-nighters when I get back.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on December 29, 2010 06:36:42 AM
With the deadline looming, I caved in and bought a pad of watercolor paper so I can cut new pages and re-bind the book. I didn't want to alter the book that much, but I was fretting over A) gluing the pages B) how well the pages would work with watercolor and C) the final pages sticking together if I used acrylic paints. So now, I'll just use my watercolor pencils  and my cheesy watercolor paint set along with some micron pens and I'll just let loose (as loose as I can, anyway... it helps that I won't have time to obsess over things).

I'm going to be dyeing yarn this morning, so I may cut the pages while the yarn is in the vat (sounds more technical than pot...).


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on December 29, 2010 03:03:27 PM
All of my pages are done with acryllic paint and I think I'm going to go search for the floor wax someone else suggested using to protect their pages.  I have 5 signatures of 3 pages each so I think I'm going to attempt the croptic binding after I get back to Charlotte.  I'm in Atlanta until Sunday.  I brought my pages and a lot of my supplies with me (poor significant other  ::) - he has to deal with my crafting  :P - I can't travel without it!) but I can't do anything because even though I remembered to bring the Modge Podge...  I forgot my freakin paint brushes!!!  ACK!  Going to Michael's tomorrow to fix this issue and buy extra yarn for another project.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on December 29, 2010 03:48:34 PM
I need to work on mine today :s


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on December 29, 2010 04:00:16 PM
With the deadline looming, I caved in and bought a pad of watercolor paper so I can cut new pages and re-bind the book. I didn't want to alter the book that much, but I was fretting over A) gluing the pages B) how well the pages would work with watercolor and C) the final pages sticking together if I used acrylic paints. So now, I'll just use my watercolor pencils  and my cheesy watercolor paint set along with some micron pens and I'll just let loose (as loose as I can, anyway... it helps that I won't have time to obsess over things).

I'm going to be dyeing yarn this morning, so I may cut the pages while the yarn is in the vat (sounds more technical than pot...).

Use some left over dye water to dye your pages!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on December 29, 2010 07:49:36 PM
With the deadline looming, I caved in and bought a pad of watercolor paper so I can cut new pages and re-bind the book. I didn't want to alter the book that much, but I was fretting over A) gluing the pages B) how well the pages would work with watercolor and C) the final pages sticking together if I used acrylic paints. So now, I'll just use my watercolor pencils  and my cheesy watercolor paint set along with some micron pens and I'll just let loose (as loose as I can, anyway... it helps that I won't have time to obsess over things).

I'm going to be dyeing yarn this morning, so I may cut the pages while the yarn is in the vat (sounds more technical than pot...).

Use some left over dye water to dye your pages!

Cool idea! I dumped what I was using today and most of it still had dye in it (the other day the dye had pretty much all been absorbed) and I may dye some more tomorrow, so I may give it a try...

All of my pages are done with acryllic paint and I think I'm going to go search for the floor wax someone else suggested using to protect their pages. 

Even though I'm going to be using watercolors, I wonder if I can still do this. I'm worried that the liquid will make the paint blotchy/runny. My sister is a watercolor artist, so I'll double check with her. I don't know if she fixes or seals her paintings with anything and I never really thought about it before!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on December 29, 2010 08:51:20 PM
CraftADDchick, a workable fixative spray will probably work best for you or a plain ol' fixative spray. The difference between the two are just as it sounds. The fixative spray is lighter and you can continue to work on top of it if you are working with charcoal or pencil. With watercolor if you paint over it it gets a funky texture. Non workable fixative spray costs more and can be hard to find. If you spray a few layers of the workable spray it should work fine. Be sure to spray it in a well ventilated area because it STINKS. Normally I spray it outside but today I did it in the bathroom. No one has noticed yet :p

Has anyone tried this? http://gomakesomething.com/ht/popups/circle-pop-up/ I want to include it in my book but I don't want it to tear or unglue.

I've been using lots of technique sites for inspiration. My goal is one page a day right now. So far so good.
Go Make Something: http://gomakesomething.com/category/ht/
Soul Journaling: http://www.souljournaling.com/prompts.php
GPP Street Team: http://michelleward.typepad.com/how_cool_is_that/

Pick a technique or two you want to try and make a page out of it.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on December 30, 2010 05:06:26 AM
RaeRae! Thanks for posting those!  I've never seen Go Make Something or the GGP Street.  They have so much stuff on them!  After our trip to Michael's later today I'll be able to do some stuff on my sketchbook!  Even though I don't have any of my paints with me.  I have LOTS of papery goodness though!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on December 30, 2010 06:33:02 AM
I got a book for Christmas that is about incorporating moving pieces into your paperbased art...and of course I can't remember the name of it. I'll keep digging and try to find it.

Here it is...
http://www.amazon.com/Interactive-Art-Workshop-Mixed-Motion/dp/1600610803

I haven't dug into it too much yet but it looks like its got potential.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on December 30, 2010 08:00:24 AM
Thanks for the tip raerae! I'm refusing to go to the craft store today, but maybe tomorrow ;) And, thanks for posting those links- inspiring ideas (but I don't have enough time to tackle any now... no more procrastination allowed!).

My goal for today is to get my book re-bound and then to start the backgrounds. Or at least plan the pbackgrounds...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on December 30, 2010 12:37:16 PM
Between trying to finish up my holiday gifts (yes, still working on them - next year I start in June...) I am also working on my sketchbook again! Yay! I started out by tearing out a few pages, just to get it to a more manageable size and I revamped my idea of what the book is going to be. I had this plan of a sub-storyline running through all of the pages - that is out. I have an easy topic (A Day in the Life), so I am going to let it be easy rather than fuss it all up.

While I don't actually have any pages done, I prepped about 4 spreads yesterday (I had a couple done earlier, so I am at about 6 spreads prepped). Since the pages are so thin and I am just too anxious about trying to rebind it, I decided that on the pages that I am going to paint on that I would gesso them first (and then use paint w/out a lot of water...). I may gesso more pages for stamping etc. The couple pages that I had gesso'd previously look fine after they dried and I pressed them flat.

While I am nervous about the amount of time left, I am excited again about the challenge (there must be something wrong with me - the adrenaline of such a late project shouldn't make me excited about working on it!)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on December 30, 2010 01:07:08 PM
o_o I don't remember where I put my sketchbook... I freaking lost it in my bedroom again D< *goes hunting for it*


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on December 30, 2010 04:31:55 PM
I got a couple of pages done today, but there's still a long way to go.

Is there anyone on this thread who hasn't either torn out pages or glued a few together? I'm a gluer.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on December 30, 2010 05:06:28 PM
I rebound it completely. My problem is I wanted to add so many textures and types of papers that I added a little too much. I'm not very worried though I have about 12 pages left that need to be done. If some are sent in blank I wont cry :p


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on December 30, 2010 05:35:08 PM
I haven't torn out or rebound or glued at all  :-\


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on December 30, 2010 05:38:58 PM
RaeRae - you could designate the blank pages as "signing pages" and invite visitors to your book to write something on the blank pages.  

I still have several pages that need something and I'm not sure what in several cases.  But I worked on bits of 5 different pages tonight and I'm going to work on a lot more tomorrow and Saturday.  I have to say that I'm glad we have a little over 2 weeks before send outs so I can get everything done that I want to get done.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on December 30, 2010 06:05:05 PM
RaeRae - you could designate the blank pages as "signing pages" and invite visitors to your book to write something on the blank pages.  

That reminds me that I wanted to make a "take a penny leave a penny" page with an envelope holding one penny to start off. I don't think I have enough time to order business cards. I may include some basic cards and finally get my etsy shop up and running.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: malmow on December 31, 2010 09:24:25 AM
I haven't glued any pages together...yet. I'll have to if I want my book to look full.
I like the idea of a signing page. My husband and I have a kind of running joke, where he gets on these kicks and signs everything within reach. My scissors, a box of candy, whatever he can reach. Maybe I'll let him have a page in my sketchbook.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on December 31, 2010 10:24:00 AM
When I had my bookclub do a couple of pages, two people signed their page. I like it.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 01, 2011 03:16:54 AM
Guess who decided at like 1:30am that her sketchbook needed attention? THIS DUDE! (lady lol)
(Oh, and yes I found it XD)

Still not super far along and I'm not pleased that the paper is so thin, but I don't know how to bind and rebind books and I was afraid to mess it up, y'know? In reality you don't see through the pages quite as much as my scanner makes it out to be. Also do not use Prismacolor Verithins if you want good blending. These don't blend as well as normal prismacolors :c OH! And this is blended a tad better than it appears on these pics.



Page one



Page two

I feel it's overly simple, but the story will be told nonetheless (Seeing as my theme is storybook, but really this is more like comic book haha)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 01, 2011 06:26:54 AM
That's a great start, Fullmoon!

OK, everyone, we have two weeks to get it done. Let's get moving!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on January 01, 2011 07:46:25 AM
2 weeks....  and reality strikes again Monday when Winter break is over and all my darling students come back.  I think everyday after school I'll be going home to work on pages...  must finish book!  Will finish book!   :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 01, 2011 04:37:52 PM
:( Same. But I am one of those darlings students going back to raise hell XD Well not really... My teachers love me and one of them flat out said in class that I'm her favorite (Total death right there since most of the class hates her)....

I'm gonna be working on this during random classes if I'm not busy (and probably even if I am busy XD) and since I'm down to one extra curricular now (I have the option to continue extra curricular #2, but I'm so busy with life and E.C. #1 that I think I'm fine with just doing one for now) I'll have a bit more free time to work on this. ^_^

I'm not sure if I want to include one story in it or two... Maybe three if I have the space? Ideas please?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 01, 2011 07:38:27 PM
Fullmoon, I love the look of what you have so far! Can you do 2 or 3 connected stories? Maybe a minor character from the first gets their own story for the second (or even tells the first story from their point of view)? And then a character from the 2nd gets their chance in the 3rd?

I planned out the order of my pages (26 "pages" for a total of 12 double page spreads, and 2 single pages) and wrote notes about what will be on each page. I changed a few things slightly to make things a bit more compact, but I feel like I can actually complete it now that I know exactly where I'm headed. I even did a little "research" to gather some information/inspiration for some of the pages.

I'm putting aside my hang-ups about my limited artistic ability and I'm just going to go for it. I'm hoping to work on my drawing skills this year. So, if they run the project again next year, I may do another one to see if my skills have improved.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 01, 2011 08:56:00 PM
I wish I could do connected stories but I'm not sure I'd be able to. The story I'm using for the first one is a short story I did for my creative writing class. Granted, the idea for it and a lot of the stuff was based off of a very very very long idea I had in mind for a long story, but yeah, I have no other stories connecting with this one at the moment. I was thinking that I might use another story I did for my creative writing class about an old man and a little girl, but to tell you more about this story, I'd have to include spoilers ^.^ I always get good marks on my creative writing stories, but most of them have some form of paranormal or fantasy element in them because I find it difficult to write without that somehow haha...

I do really like the idea of connected stories however.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 02, 2011 06:58:32 AM
Fullmoon, I'm sure that whatever you choose to do, based on what you've shown us already, will be great!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 02, 2011 01:31:56 PM
Thanks :)

I realized after I did those two pages that I was no longer sure how many pages the sketchbook had, so I started counting, and was like "Nooooooooo 80 pagessssssss!!!! How the hell am I gonna have enough stories for 80 pages?!?!" XD But depending on how many pages this story takes, and maybe another and then maybe a 3rd takes, I'll just be awesome and leave blanks and steal the "sign here please" idea haha... I wanna visit the sketchbooks when they hit Portland, OR.... Maybe I'll convince boyfriend he should come see me and that there will be extra gas money (and maybe some other goodies) in his future if we can go on a date in Portland and go see the sketchbooks ^_^


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on January 02, 2011 01:40:00 PM
I am still working on the backgrounds, but have gotten about another 6 spreads almost done. Feeling nervous about the time crunch since work next week is going to be hell, but feeling good about the progress I am making (especially in comparison to where I was...:))

craftADDchick - I am with you on the insecurities issue. But, I have never experienced quite the same support that I see here, which makes the process of making mistakes and "less than perfect" much more tolerable to me. Also, the lack of time makes jumping in and just doing it much easier ;) )

Fullmoon - unfortunately, I believe that the project is going to Portland ME not Portland OR... but it is going to San Francisco and Seattle if either of those are reasonable drives for you.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 02, 2011 02:30:52 PM
DawnsTrees- I agree that this place is a super supportive community! I'm just way, way out of my comfort zone on this project, which is part of the reason I did it. But, you're right, the time crunch makes it easier to just dive right in.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on January 02, 2011 10:57:18 PM
I worked on pages this evening - I feel better about actually having something to submit by the deadline. I will post photos later this week when all ink is dry.

There's nothing like peer pressure - good, gentle, supportive peer pressure! Good luck all!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 03, 2011 12:28:18 AM
I am still working on the backgrounds, but have gotten about another 6 spreads almost done. Feeling nervous about the time crunch since work next week is going to be hell, but feeling good about the progress I am making (especially in comparison to where I was...:))

craftADDchick - I am with you on the insecurities issue. But, I have never experienced quite the same support that I see here, which makes the process of making mistakes and "less than perfect" much more tolerable to me. Also, the lack of time makes jumping in and just doing it much easier ;) )

Fullmoon - unfortunately, I believe that the project is going to Portland ME not Portland OR... but it is going to San Francisco and Seattle if either of those are reasonable drives for you.


Oh darn, it is in ME, not OR. >_< I'm like 3 hrs from Seattle, I don't think I could convince boyfriend we need a Seattle date for several months :c He promised me a weekend in Seattle when prom rolls around, because I can't take him to prom because he turned 21 in July and I can't take anyone older than 20 to school dances, and last year when he was 20 and I was 17, mom didn't like him cuz he was 3yrs older than me and so I wasn't allowed to see him (granted, I'd still lie about seeing friends and spend a day with my man until the summer when mom decided I could start seeing him, and I think she suspected I was sneaking around to see him haha, but I'm the good kid that rarely does anything wrong sooo.... ) so I wasn't able to bring him, we tried to devise a plan but it would take soooo much sneaking and some forging of signatures and other shizzle, so we were like "Not worth it... We'll do something together next year" cuz I found out this year about the no 21 year olds thing :(

And the tour is hitting in June for Seattle >___< Grrr.... I don't think I'll be able to go see it... T_T *hates being one of the only 18 year olds out here without a license or a car*


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on January 03, 2011 03:00:37 AM
In the last few days I haven't been able to work nearly as much as I'd like to because I was with the hubby and we haven't had time together (as in - a few days with no other people around - to just enjoy each other's company) in over two months so I didn't get a lot done.  But that's okay.  I'm not going to stay late at school today.  I'm going to come home, clean off the desk and get to work for a few hours on my sketchbook.  At least...  that's the plan.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: mouseatethekitty on January 03, 2011 11:21:09 AM
I've been out of school for about 2 weeks now and have been working on my book, I have to get some pics posted later, nothing is amazing but I guess it's better than nothing.
I would like to remind you all to be VERY CAREFUL with your exacto knives if you use them! I have been having a bad streak of luck with blades lately and I just wanted to pass on a friendly reminder that it's no fun to have a giant gash in your finger it's a toughie to work with :(


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on January 03, 2011 03:04:53 PM
The husband is constantly threatening to take mine away because of how often I cut myself! You get used to it after several years of bleeding.  :)


I would like to remind you all to be VERY CAREFUL with your exacto knives if you use them! I have been having a bad streak of luck with blades lately and I just wanted to pass on a friendly reminder that it's no fun to have a giant gash in your finger it's a toughie to work with :(


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 03, 2011 05:26:34 PM
I'm so clutzy with x-actos and even just razor blades and other shenanigans. Last year in design, I managed to slice open my thumbs all the way down pretty much while sharpening pencils w/ blades (that we were supposed to sharpen with blades) and my hands were in areas that were not supposed to be able to be cut. o_O


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 03, 2011 05:59:39 PM
Ick on the Xacto blade injury stories!!

Sadly, I didn't get to work on my journal today- I got home late and had to cook to use up some food before it spoiled, and then my sister called. We didn't see each other for the holidays, so we had to catch up. And now, I need to do some stuff for work... and then go to bed...

Hopefully I can stitch the new pages in tomorrow night while chicken soup is cooking on the stove...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 03, 2011 11:00:42 PM
I feel kinda awesome right now.

I have this project for creative writing that is I think due at the end of the week, well, at first I was like "noooooo" cuz I wanted to be lazy and relax and not do much. I wanted to use some classes to work on my sketchbook and swap stuffs. Well, I looked at the requirements for the project (it's an author project, started last month or so, the 1st part was just reading a novel by your author and doing double entry journals) and I was like "....I don't need a week for this, I could have this done in one night..." soooooo, I did all the book research and citing and stuff at school today, and then I did everything else at home tonight and finished the entire project, had mom look over it, had to convince her I didn't plagiarize because she was convinced I had because it all sounded really good (Who the hell plagiarizes when you have citations down to the T on the back of the project that she WILL be checking over and stated in the thing if you plagiarize you fail the project!! Seriously, who?!), and I know I'm gonna get an A on the project, I have everything needed, it sounds amazing, it looks great, and I know what she expects in there, so I'm set for it, soooo....

GUESS WHO HAS THE WEEK TO WORK ON HER SKETCHBOOK INSTEAD OF WORKING ON THE PROJECT DURING CLASSES?! (Oh and I also have my ssr period, so that's an hour and a half of school I'll be getting for free to work on my sketchbook each day, not to mention home time and other stuff)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on January 04, 2011 12:31:40 AM
I have another 3 pages almost done! In fact, if I don't get back to two of the pages it won't be the end of the world! They aren't the most "professional" of pages, but I am having fun and if I focus on the fun, then I don't stress about the end product, right? Right!

I also spent a bit tonight gathering the materials for a couple other pages... feeling good about my progress. :) I hope to post pictures later this week!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on January 04, 2011 02:55:37 PM
I wanted to work on my sketchbook tonight but sitting at the computer is about all I have the energy for....  I forgot (until about a week ago) that I had a dentist appointment today.  Which means I also forgot what they were going to me when I got there.  So....  long story short (because y'all don't want to hear about my teeth - I know) my face HURTS!  And I'm going to be restricted to mashed potatoes and soup for a while.  All I want to do is sit in this comfy chair and contemplate a nap.  Yes - a nap - even though I'm going to bed in like...  4 hours or so.  ::)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on January 04, 2011 03:30:46 PM
sorry that your face hurts ffrogg526 :(    You should definitely take that nap! I hope that you recover quickly.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 04, 2011 07:34:01 PM
I've been keeping my stories on my blackberry and anything I'd need so I'd be completely portable (I dont like taking my laptop to school, its heavy. >_< ) and I was drawing, right? Well... Guess who discovered she was missing the pictures of the rundown old abandoned barn on her phone but instead had them on her laptop??? THIS GAL! D: But I got some more of the art done. It's definitely going to be close though. I hope that tomorrow is a snow day or at least a late start day!!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on January 04, 2011 10:54:53 PM
Okay, long story short (I hope) but I spent a little of Xmas bonus money on crafty stuff from the Craftster web store link thing - from Joanne's. San Francisco does not allow "big box" stores so Joanne's seem like Mecca to me. I bought the Martha Stewart ABC punches and they arrived today. So 3 hours of punching, sorting letters, gluing letters, finished two more pages. But I have lots of glue under my fingernails.

Will post pics tomorrow from work - still can't find my g*&%^$& software for my camera to add to new laptop.
Feeling pleased about finishing but beginning anxiety about binding without ruining....

Oh, and I invented a nifty holder for the little letters.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ankhored on January 05, 2011 04:09:10 AM
hey all,

ive been watching everyones progress and all your pages look fantastic ! :) thanks for sharing photos of them.

 ive been hard at work on my sketchbook and have done 46 pages. My aim is 50 pages so I have 1 week to get the other 4 done, plus the cover - before the postal date.

...I just knew Id never get up to 80 pages :P but I think 50 pages is good enough. hehe, thinking of that many things that 'Im sorry I forgot' was running a bit thin afterall :P

 Next step is filling in the little brief biography on myself..not sure what Im going to write at this stage...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: KLKing on January 05, 2011 08:29:41 AM
I wish I'd have checked this out sooner! Now the sign-ups are closed! I hope I can do this next time around! I did notice, the same site has a photo share tour, and signups are going to March 31. I just sent my brother a link. He's a really talented photographer.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on January 05, 2011 04:32:38 PM
Promised pics. This is the cover, not all glued. And obviously, missing the words "Great Hopes and Massive Failures", my name and something else.



So I redid my first page and added to the other half of the spread - love rubber stamp alphabets!



Another redo:

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=419806)

Okay some new stuff. A two-page spread using my punched-out letters. I plan to fill the crossword puzzle with other words for "peace" and I love the Colette quote and my groovy fashion ladies:



Another two-pager. The art and the hand belong to my workmate's daughter - she's always ready to pitch in whenever I need something:



Last photo, I love this photo - I may add a crown to the little girl.



But wait - here's my super-fancy punched-out letter holder!

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=419802)

And I went thru my envelopes of stuff from the Sketchbook swap and found so much to add - I'll have glue on my fingers for the next week.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on January 05, 2011 05:43:46 PM
I love your pages and cover! You have chosen some fantastic quotes! I really like the Emily Dickinson page.
I am also excited that you posted your super-fancy punched out letter holder. I have been collecting cut out letters from magazines into a bag and trying to figure out a way that isn't too obnoxious to store them - I may need to make my own super-fancy letter organizer (and a couple more omelets...)

 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 05, 2011 05:47:52 PM
I'm working on finishing page 3. I added a little more detail to Mana's hair on pages one and two. Page three is slow because one of the panels is of an old barn. Well... Y'see, this old barn that I'm drawing is actually very real :D I live in the middle of nowhere and a few years ago, I was wandering my neighborhood with an old Nikon and was taking pictures of things that I could use as reference shots for stuff, and I decided to go to this old barn that was very rundown. There used to be two of them by each other when I was little, but the guy who owns them burned down one of them. So now there's just one. But anyways, I got like a million shots of it, so I dug them up on my laptop and I've been using them so I don't have to sit outside the old barn in the cold and try to draw it that way XD I suck at drawing buildings, so it's taking me a while for this. Page four needs some of it too. After that I'll be speedy and then once I have this story done, I may revise my idea.

Instead of having two or three stories in this, depending on page and time, I may use left over pages for character art and extras, ^_^ Then I'll leave the remaining blanks as sort of a guestbook haha. Totally a stolen idea but so brilliant.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 05, 2011 07:01:50 PM
Update:



The real photo of the old barn:



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on January 05, 2011 07:20:48 PM
Full moon - I can't wait to see your sketchbook in RL!! Please don't post the ending though - I want it to be a surprise :P


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on January 05, 2011 07:28:02 PM
This time crunch is doing wonders for my motivation! I finished 6 2 page spreads in the last two days and completely my first (minor) nightmare story line. I decided I want there to be a bit more texture for the next segment so I glopped some acrylic paint on the next two pages and am just waiting on them to dry to get drawing. I'm still tossing around the idea of doing some collaging, but am enjoying the sketching and painting quite a bit right now. :D

Despite my incredible procrastination, I think my friend coffee and I can get this sketchbook full! I'm aiming to send a day or two early.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 05, 2011 08:00:55 PM
Full moon - I can't wait to see your sketchbook in RL!! Please don't post the ending though - I want it to be a surprise :P

^_^ Yay! Haha, okay I won't post the ending. Chances are I'll probably only post a few more pages, then be ninja. But I do plan on making a thread in the More Art, Less Craft board after I'm completely finished, so when I do, if you haven't seen my sketchbook in RL, then no peeking, k? ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: mouseatethekitty on January 05, 2011 09:23:10 PM
Okay, so my book got super thick and I ended up having to rip pages out. I keep trying to tell myself it's quality not quantity buuuuuut I feel like everything looks like poop :(
Oh and I made a lot of double spreads and I feel like a big cheater or something I don't know.
Here is some of what I have so far in no particular order

Oh my fingers are pink from spray paint, I forgot my scanner at school and can't find a camera so I'm using my web cam sorry for poor image quality haha





Awww I forgot to rotate this guy









Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on January 06, 2011 02:59:40 AM
Mouseatethekitty - I love your pages!  The dogs howling at the moon page is my favorite.  Great work!

I called out from work yesterday and got some pages done.  My pages feel weird to me... not sure why.  I think it might be because I did almost all 1 page spreads.  Hardly any 2 pages spreads.  But I'm having trouble with the two page spreads I did do.  I can't seem to fill them up or make them feel right.  Oh well.  No sketchbooking today.  I have chorus rehearsal with my students until 4:30 so I'll probably just come home and pass out.  Definetly tomorrow though.  And all weekend!  yay!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 06, 2011 07:32:52 AM
Thanks for posting some pics, everyone! Everyone's pages look great! If I think of it, I'll post a couple of pages as well. I have a combo of double spreads and single pages in mine. Hey, anything goes!

T minus 11 days and counting....


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on January 06, 2011 08:23:51 AM
Well, I attached the cover to the book last night and it is NOT looking very promising. I thought I had worked out the perfect solution and it seems to have bombed completely.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 06, 2011 08:46:25 AM
Try again!

You MUST send your book in. I insist.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 06, 2011 11:19:18 AM
I really have been working on my book, but because of it, I have had zero time to take pics or even spend much time here!

I think I will get the cover back on and then post pics.  Hurry everyone!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on January 06, 2011 12:05:35 PM
aiiieee! 11 days?? Really??
and of course this week and next week are totally crazy at work :(  I am working 6 days this week, and yesterday I was there for 12 hours. By the time I got home all I could do was blink...
But, I had been making progress and I WILL finish and send it in!
Good luck all - I hope that you are all still having fun with this!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: spicytaco on January 06, 2011 02:03:25 PM
Well as expected I've totally left it till last minute. I'm working on it though. I'll try post a couple pics soon.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on January 06, 2011 02:07:29 PM
I'm still having fun.  That's for sure.  However, I sat down Wednesday afternoon, worked on a few pages and started flipping my lips like an idiot because I was just stuck!  ::)  So I got out ALL my scrapbooking goodies and managed to finish a few more pages after that.  Tomorrow night, Saturday and Sunday I'm hoping to get my book as finished as its going to be basically.  All my pages have some sort of color on them so there's no blank whiteness in it.  For me personally that means I've touched every page I plan on sending in and I'm pretty happy with that. 

Just out of curiosity...  what kinds of things is everyone writing on their bio card?  I haven't done mine yet and I have no idea what to write...  I feel like I sound boring when I start talking about myself.   :-\


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 06, 2011 05:10:05 PM
From here on out, I'm going to pencil sketch and then ink every page as quickly but awesomely as I can and then do the colors last. x_x I reaaaaally hope this story will fill up a lot of pages. I know I won't have time to do another story or two in it, so I'm definitely going with the character art plan and such. Augh! *rush rush rush*

Tonight:

Shower after I update Dr Who r4, PM OWS pplz, and post this
Eat dinner
Cut out Dotees and bags
Sew (Maybe, unsure at the moment)
Sketchbook until 9pm
Exercise with belly dance fitness videos on my xbox and then finish off the night with yoga
Go to bed at 10 because I'm so tired lately

That means I have.... 4h 50m *determined*


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 06, 2011 06:19:03 PM
Fullmoon, I also can't wait to see your book in person!

mouseatethekitty, I love the old lady page drawn with the squiggly lines!!

And, can anyone tell me why, even though you've told everyone (in person and in several e-mails) that you're not available to do anything until after the 15th, everybody still invites you to do everything? Sigh... so, knowing my week ahead will be a busy one, I MUST DO MY JOURNAL THIS WEEKEND!!! I'll just have to crank it out and if I have time next week and want to fuss with additional details, I can. But, since my journal style seems to be like my writing style (leave it to the absolute last minute and then bust it out in one big marathon session and to hell with any editing!), I'll probably leave it be and just send it in!

I only have 13  2-page spreads to do and 2 single pages (I originally thought I had 12 2-page spreads, but I needed an extra to make the page count work out right). Entirely doable in a weekend, right? Especially if I am mostly drawing with some doodles and hand-written text thrown in. Right?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 06, 2011 06:26:21 PM
I really want to see the sketchbooks in person :c
I hope I can do a Seattle trip....

craftADDchick, your theme makes me think of the old 80s movie Airplane!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on January 07, 2011 03:42:33 PM
I'm loving everyone's pages they've posted!! I sure hope I can make it to the Atlanta stop...

I've been working on my book as MUCH as possible, which isn't much... I'm confident I'm going to be able to put at least SOMETHING on each page, but I know I'm not going to be 100% satisfied with it.... Ah well, bad timing. I'm glad I've been able to participate, though :)

I've got some pages to post. One of these days, soon, I promise.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 07, 2011 05:07:31 PM
Been spending all my free time at school (and class time whenever I can) working on the sketchbook. >_< I'm so freaked that I won't get it done in time....

Hey, if any of us don't get them done in time we could do like a sketchbook round robin and mail to each of us and that way we can all see each others X)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 07, 2011 05:49:47 PM

craftADDchick, your theme makes me think of the old 80s movie Airplane!

LOL! Surely, I'll have to include some sort of reference to it.

And, last night, I went out for Chinese food and my friend's fortune cookie read, "Flying is easy. Hitting the ground is hard." So, that'll be stuck in there somewhere, too.

I've been whacked by a cold (which is why I had no energy the other night), so tonight is for resting and sniffling and tea and toast. Tomorrow morning is for snow shoveling, sketchbooking and paper grading. Ditto for Sunday... except for the snow shoveling ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 07, 2011 06:16:13 PM

craftADDchick, your theme makes me think of the old 80s movie Airplane!

LOL! Surely, I'll have to include some sort of reference to it.

Yessssss XD


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on January 08, 2011 09:02:46 AM
I think everyone is doing great!  I've decided I'm just going to send what I have, be it 5 pages or 20 pages (ha, its NO pages right now but I have big plans for the weekend) and just have fun with it.  No stress in art is my 2011 motto ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: FishStikks on January 08, 2011 09:30:28 AM
Sooooo, I've been completely absent from this thread and let's face it, from my sketchbook too. It's been an extremely hectic few months for me and to be honest I mostly forgot about my sketchbook until I got that little email reminder letting me know I only had little more than two weeks left, hehe.

Needless to say I've been working like mad to get it finished. Started working on it on December 30th and have completed 5 full spreads and have another working right now. I did re-bind my book, (upside down i might add) so i have fewer pages to work with. 15 full spreads and 2 halves.
I may attempt to get a couple scanned in this weekend to share if I hit a slow spot.

It's funny, I had a direction I wanted to go in and somewhat managed to go there but yet not so much. Funny how that happens isn't it.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on January 08, 2011 09:45:13 AM
hey babs, I was wondering how you were doing with your book!  Eleventh hour art is the best I think ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: myklia on January 08, 2011 09:54:25 AM
Just learned about this thread.  My theme is "In five minutes".  I had them select one for me.  I like the randomness of that.  Since I haven't started yet, it may just all be done in five minutes.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: FishStikks on January 08, 2011 09:54:57 AM
Hi AM!!

I have unfortunately always been better under pressure so this may actually work out really good for me.  ::)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on January 08, 2011 09:59:08 AM
oh I know what you mean jelly bean ;D  I hope I get something done this weekend on the pages because I still have the cover and binding to do as well. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on January 08, 2011 12:31:18 PM
I'm chuggin' away on my pages!  I got a few more finished today.  Still taking over the kitchen table with all my materials.  ::D  hehehehe  Going to go work on more pages now and I'm binding tomorrow!  I'm hoping to send by Wednesday or so because I'm leaving to go out of town on Friday. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on January 08, 2011 03:47:36 PM
26 pages down, 54 to go! :D

I've hit a good flow with this and am just sure that I'll be at least 75% complete by send outs! I've always been exceptional with waiting until the last minute on things, it's when I do my best work!  ::)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on January 08, 2011 04:33:48 PM
is craftalong another word for procrastination?  ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 08, 2011 05:27:27 PM
I've been working on iiiiit, but I'm still nowhere near done. D:


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on January 08, 2011 05:42:05 PM
is craftalong another word for procrastination?  ;D

As far as my thesaurus is concerned, yes. :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 08, 2011 06:08:40 PM
is craftalong another word for procrastination?  ;D

As far as my thesaurus is concerned, yes. :D

We must have the same thesaurus! ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: KLKing on January 09, 2011 08:00:15 AM
I wish I had signed up in time.
BUT:
 Here's something I remember from a fashion design sketching class years ago:
 We had to do 100 sketches very quick. The key was, just sketch fast, without laboring over it, and without worrying about it. Just go for it. Very suddenly, your hand loosens up, and you get "Into The Zone"
  Just thought this might help anyone who is struggling!
Just fill paper, and you will be amazed at the results!
Look forward to seeing some more posts!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on January 09, 2011 08:29:16 AM
I took photos finally of my book! Instead of battling it out with the poor lighting in my house I had the genius idea of taking photos outside. Haha only took me five years to figure that one out.

Which brings me to the question I always have when I photograph a large project? How many pictures are too many pictures? Also, I don't think I want to post all the photos I took because I want to encourage people to see it in person. How many photos do ya'll think I should post? :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on January 09, 2011 11:14:36 AM
I'm not going to be seeing these in person (unless something happens to where I actually end up in Frisco at the right time on the right day, which is so highly doubtful I'm not even going to hope for that) so I personally don't think there is such a thing as *too* many pics.  That could just be me though!  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on January 09, 2011 11:50:46 AM
I paid to have my sketchbook scanned. I can post a link on this board when it is done.

This page (on the left) was done using the prompt that went something like "Sum up your weekend in symbols."
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivicamirrors/5339629011/)
DSCN0387 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivicamirrors/5339629011/) by vivica_mirrors (http://www.flickr.com/people/vivicamirrors/), on Flickr
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivicamirrors/5340238008/)
DSCN0385 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivicamirrors/5340238008/) by vivica_mirrors (http://www.flickr.com/people/vivicamirrors/), on Flickr

Posted an In Progress photo a while back. After finishing a couple of drawings with wings I was sick of drawing feathers. Originally the woman was going to have angel wings but I chose to go without.
 
to change your image viewing settings please click here

I'm really proud of this spread because of the details put into it. The legs are movable. I used Nooo's tutorial on movable ATCs. The rooftop on the left (and the porch) is made of paper thin wood. Arranging the shingles took a long time but was worth it.
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivicamirrors/5339638283/)
DSCN0383 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivicamirrors/5339638283/) by vivica_mirrors (http://www.flickr.com/people/vivicamirrors/), on Flickr

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivicamirrors/5339631059/)
DSCN0388 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivicamirrors/5339631059/) by vivica_mirrors (http://www.flickr.com/people/vivicamirrors/), on Flickr


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 09, 2011 12:34:10 PM
Looking good, raerae! I like your different backgrounds. "Dr. Horse" is awesome.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on January 09, 2011 02:13:47 PM
raerae - I love the sketch of the woman with the birdcages! I am planning on going to the Seattle showing - I really want to see the thin wood shingles in person. I bet it added some great texture!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on January 09, 2011 02:30:56 PM
I've worked on mine all weekend.  I'm so close to being done.  I had to take a short break so my eyes didn't pop out of my head but I'm going back to it now.  I'm having to force myself to remember that less is more.  It can be an awesome page and only have a few elements on it.

DawnsTrees - I hope the package I sent you in the Sketchbook Project swap is coming in handy because I know yours is amazingly useful for me.  I love all the little goodies I re-discover every time I open my paper-crafting boxes!

ok - back to work on my pages! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 09, 2011 02:40:28 PM
I tried to work on mine in the car yesterday but I couldn't do it very well, so I'm working on it today.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 09, 2011 03:37:06 PM
Whacked with a cold, my weekend of sketchbook accomplishment did not come to fruition. All I could do yesterday was sit on the couch and hold tissues up to my nose. I couldn't do any crafts (I didn't want to touch anything...ick...), or read and barely surfed the net. I watched a smidgen of TV, but that's about it. Today is better, but now I'm way, way behind. The potential for a snow day exists on Wednesday, so I'm half keeping my fingers crossed (the downsides are that I have to shovel and that we miss a half day but have to make up a full day).

Soup is on the stove, so I'm hoping that once I have some, I'll be a bit more motivated...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on January 09, 2011 05:01:34 PM
nearly done - just need to stich in the pages and finish the inside cover - going to work on the inside bit tonight

here are three of the pages I have uploaded - will get the rest in a bit.

I went with fabric, with gel medium transfers and paint layers.








Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on January 09, 2011 05:10:12 PM
yummy!  what was your theme gg?

I've done 2 pages so far today and hope to pound out a couple more.  This thread is so inspirational, I LOVE everyone's pages so far!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 09, 2011 05:10:22 PM
I love it, gg!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on January 09, 2011 05:11:01 PM
Ffrogg526 - I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying what I sent you :)  I have definitely found your package helpful and fun!

craftADDchick - so sorry that you are so sick! :( I hope you feel better quickly!

goatgoddess - those pages are great! I keep looking at gel medium in the stores and they samples that they have... I really want to buy some to play with since it seems so versatile.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 09, 2011 06:06:13 PM
goatgoddess, your pages look wonderful! I'll have to explore gel medium transfers for a future project. I love they way it gives such depth to your pages.

DawnsTrees, thanks for the well wishes! I'm feeling a lot better than yesterday, and now I'm feeling even better than this morning. I've been gathering images while I've been plopped on the couch, so it hasn't been a total waste of time ;) I should be able to make definite progress tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday. I'm hoping to finish up Friday night and hit the PO first thing on Saturday


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on January 09, 2011 06:26:58 PM
craftADDchick - hope you get to feeling better

such great pages posted!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on January 09, 2011 06:30:24 PM
What are you all doing with that back pocket? I'm thinking about just putting fabric over it and sealing it off.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on January 09, 2011 06:31:13 PM
Would be cool to put a few doz atcs for people to take but there is no way I have time to get that done <G>


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on January 09, 2011 06:49:36 PM
I sealed that back pocket up.  I spent lots of the day working on pages so my book is still not bound.  *sigh*  Hoping for a snow day tomorrow so I can bind the book!  I'm mostly happy with my pages though.

GoatGoddess - your pages are amazing!  I'm so envious!  I don't feel like mine are that nice but like I said, I'm still happy with them for the most part.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on January 09, 2011 07:23:44 PM
I can't believe how fast the deadline approached! I feel like it was just yesterday that I had a month left to work on it.

I have a few pages left, but I'm running out of ideas that won't take much time. My backgrounds are all finished, so I think I'm going to have my boyfriend write a poem on one of the pages.

I'm TERRIFIED of starting on the cover... No time like the present to start, eh?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on January 09, 2011 08:50:11 PM
Love the pages Rae, especially the chicken foot houses. I may be biased though, since there's one in my book too! :D

GoatGoddess, I love all the depth and texture that your pages have! Gel transfers always have such a neat effect. :)

Here are some of my most recent pages. If you remember from waaaaaay back when, towards the beginning of the thread my book started out with a girl falling asleep and 'waking up' to a peaceful dream where she's feeding birds. But as is the case with nightmares, things go badly quickly. If you want to see them, you can refresh your memory by checking my flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/danniquee/sets/72157624637113572/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/danniquee/sets/72157624637113572/)

Anywho, here are the newer pages that finish out that nightmare. As it's the first of the night and she isn't deep asleep yet, it is sketchy and shifty and a bit washed out. The next ones will be more vibrant and detailed. :)






I have one spread to go to wrap up the second nightmare and 20 more spreads after that to finish the book. I'll be busy painting and drawing the next few days for sure. :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 09, 2011 09:11:03 PM
I'm glad I waited to start on mine until I had a really good idea in mind, but I wish I'd started earlier than I had. >_<;;;

Anyways, I have a complaint that I need to post....

MY FREAKING INKING PEN IS DYING AND MY OTHER ONE IS TOO AND I CANT FIND MY OTHERS!!!!!!! FML

However, my art is coming out surprisingly well in my opinion, but I'm not sure if I like the way I designed Luxion, I had such a different image in my mind, but I couldn't properly sketch it out, so I redid him in a fashion I could do, but I'm not sure how well I like it... I'll post pictures of this page as well as the previous one soon so you can see what I mean.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on January 09, 2011 10:51:31 PM
DanniQuee your nightmare sequence is awesome! 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 09, 2011 11:24:25 PM
o___O That is freaking AMAZING!!!!!


---

Also, 10pgs down. 70 to go LOL
Has anyone else noticed that the last 40-60pgs are perforated pages and can be easily removed??? o_O Me: Wtf, why are these perforated?! *examines* Oh well, it'll make it easier when I finish :D <3

I've been sketching like a mad woman. What I'm going to do is sketch out a ton of pages, use school time to add details and ink, and then go from there XP I can do iiiit! Especially if I get lucky and have snow days Tuesday and Wednesday ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on January 10, 2011 12:43:35 AM
DanniQuee - your pages are great! I love the last one where she is sitting up in bed - I really recognize that feeling of waking up from a nightmare!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on January 10, 2011 02:24:28 AM
Danni - your pages are wonderful!  Hey - maybe we'll be able to see each other in Atlanta when the tour comes!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Riechan on January 10, 2011 06:29:32 AM
I wonder if it's okay for me to pick my own theme? Or am I missing the point in that way? I wanted to dedicate a sketchbook to a musical camp I followed but with sketches and lyrics and such... or is that more something for the Altered journal a-long... *hasn't got the slightest clue*


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on January 10, 2011 07:25:57 AM
At this point you can't sign up for the project anymore (the due date to send them in is Friday YIKES!!) but that doesn't mean you can't create your own book with your own theme to keep.



I wonder if it's okay for me to pick my own theme? Or am I missing the point in that way? I wanted to dedicate a sketchbook to a musical camp I followed but with sketches and lyrics and such... or is that more something for the Altered journal a-long... *hasn't got the slightest clue*


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 10, 2011 04:11:11 PM
DanniQuee your nightmare sequence is awesome! 

Ditto!

And now I may have nightmares of my own tonight because of it ;)


... but not about finishing my sketchbook... honest! I've got the pages stitched in, and I'm going to slap a piece of fabric over the binding, I think (but not tonight), and I trimmed them so they wouldn't stick out past the edge. I was going to hit the pages with a corner rounding punch, but mine is lame and I didn't want to fight with it, so the heck with that. I realized that I don't have any gray in my watercolor pencil set or in my cheap-o watercolor paint set. So, I came down to find my bin of markers and colored pencils, because I'm pretty sure I have a sweet set of watercolor crayons hiding in there, and I'm pretty sure I have grey, plus a few more colors...

I have to go and make up a few batches of Jell-O for an earthquake experiment tomorrow, and if I have time, I'm starting on my title page tonight. Tomorrow is an IKEA run, and Wednesday is looking like a snowstorm, so I should have the day to work on it... fingers crossed...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on January 10, 2011 09:27:01 PM
DOING A HAPPY DANCE!!!!!!!!!!!  My book is bound!  To be perfectly honest its not that pretty...  but its BOUND! And the pages are all "done"!  All I have to do is finish decorating the covers! And since we have another snow day tomorrow I'll be doing that tomorrow!  So I'm taking a break, watching Hawaii5-0 on OnDemand and working on some embroidery!   :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 10, 2011 09:57:41 PM
*cries* I'M SCARED I WON'T GET DONEEEEEEEE TT__TT I'M PANICKINGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!! SOMEBODY SLAP ME!!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on January 11, 2011 12:33:41 AM
I was going to hit the pages with a corner rounding punch, but mine is lame and I didn't want to fight with it, so the heck with that. ...

Use a sanding block or nail file. It will give the paper a slightly fuzzy edge but I accept that it contributes to the hand made look.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on January 11, 2011 05:01:38 AM
I've got my second nightmare completed! It's 11 pages long though and I don't want to be a total thread hog! I'll just share the first three pages:




If you want to see the whole sequence it's up on my Flickr in my Sketchbook Project set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/danniquee/sets/72157624637113572/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/danniquee/sets/72157624637113572/)

It's been sort of a pain using the Moleskine paper to do this since none of the supplies I have seem to work overly well on it. I'm hoping next year I end up with one of the books that is sewn together rather then the one that is multiple signatures bound with glue so I can re-bind it.  ::)

I have about 18 spreads left to go and plan to finish up quite a few of them today! I'm heading into my third and final nightmare and the only one that will be about things that actually give me nightmares aside from that damn falling dream. (I'm honestly not afraid of birds, or trees or Baba Yaga)  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 11, 2011 06:05:35 AM
Ffrogg, CONGRATULATIONS!!

Fullmoon: *slap* (I hated to do that, but hopefully it helps.  :D)

DanniQuee, I love the way your Nightmare book tells a story so effectively without words.

I'm hoping to finish up today. I will also try to put up a few pictures.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on January 11, 2011 11:36:46 AM
If I do send my book (which I am still debating about, honestly - I know that was the entire purpose of this project but I seriously don't know if I can part with it, especially since I'm not very satisfied with it) there will be quite a few pages that are only painted backgrounds.  Which annoys me so much.  But two deaths in the family and an extreme round with the flu haven't left much time or energy for working on my book.

Danni - your sketches are AMAZING.  I am in awe.  Love it!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 11, 2011 12:11:36 PM
I'm in creative writing right now. I'm working on my sketchbook, I'm determined to get a lot done today. I wanna get all the sketches done by tomorrow night or Thursday morning by ssr. Then I'll use Thursday to ink and color everything and mail out Friday cuz the post office in my town is closed Saturday and idt I can go to the one in the next town just to mail this. But I'm actually a bit farther along than I thought so I should maybe be fine, so long as I stick to one story and then character art. I'm also thinking of hot gluing something over the top of the cover so it won't be as plain. ^-^


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on January 11, 2011 02:43:55 PM
Yesterday, I thought - I'm not gonna send it in - it's unfinished and I know that I did most of it in the last 2 weeks.

Now I am determined to finish; if it's only 20 pages - so be it.

And, Fullmoon, I'm adding in a half-hour (and $20. more) to color-copy it at Kinkos before sending!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on January 11, 2011 02:44:57 PM
BethieB - I am thinking that it is very likely that I will have a couple of completely blank pages in my book as well (I don't even have the backgrounds done on some of them). I am thinking of writing something "witty" (ie dumb) about the pages symbolizing this or that in relation to my theme. Maybe, if you don't have too many pages you could do something similar?  (I am also absolutely stealing the idea of a couple of signature pages in the back! :))


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: BethieB on January 11, 2011 04:55:27 PM
Hmm.  I didn't think of that DawnsTrees...I could probably make that work very well!  Thank you for the idea. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 11, 2011 05:20:02 PM
Three more days!

I hope everyone will be able to send. I have a few finishing touches to mine, and then I'm done. I tried to get pics today, but we are having some weather, and I need to get better light. Maybe tomorrow.

Work hard, everyone. We can do it!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 11, 2011 05:24:45 PM
x___x I'm sleepy, working on my sketchbook, waiting for two or three people to call me, and trying to decide what I wanna make for dinner. I think I may watch something from TiVo so I can have some background noise, I would put on one of the many old movies I borrowed from my Gran, but that will distract me too much so I'll put one on later when I can relax a little and work a bit slower.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 12, 2011 06:24:11 AM
I'm almost done, so as promised, here are a few pages of my "I'm a scavenger" sketchbook:

Scrap page. This is what I do with all the little bits and pieces left over when I do papercrafts. I have a book at home full of pages like this. It helps clean up my desk and reduces creative block.


Bird page. I did this yesterday. I was pretty sure all the last pages of my book would be slack, just so I could get finished, but somehow this one pulled together well, and now it's one of my favorite pages.


Guest artist page. My daughter, BananaAmbush, did this page for me. SHE should have done a sketchbook!


And, one of the last pages. The text reads, "I should not have waited until the last minute to work on this sketchbook".  :D


I want to add more detail to some of the pages today, and send this sucker off tomorrow or Friday. Whew!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on January 12, 2011 06:28:54 AM
Gorgeous, racky! I love that bird page!

I still have a couple of pages to finish, but I'm hoping to send tomorrow. I need to get busy and take some photos. It's a bit of a weird sketchbook full of odd things and oddly shaped pages, but hopefully it'll be interesting enough for people to look through, which is all you can hope for really!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 12, 2011 06:30:30 AM
Post us up some pics, Phizz!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on January 12, 2011 06:46:01 AM
I'm going to try and get it photographed this afternoon, so I'll post a few for ya in a bit...poke me if I forget! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on January 12, 2011 07:10:49 AM
Love those pages Racky! I feel like a lot of us should have the 'I shouldn't have waited until the last minute' page in our books. :D

Phizzy, get some photos up! ;)

I'm priming the last of the pages today. I want to do the final pages with my micron pens and don't want to glue pages together (I don't have enough left!) to hide the bleeding through, so I'm slapping some gesso down first. Drying times are driving me crazy, but at the very least I'll have all of my drawings done, though they might not be colored, by send outs. Having something that looks finished on each page will be good enough for me!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on January 12, 2011 08:40:03 AM
I have been in such a hurry for drying times, that I've blasted my pages with my hairdryer - works great with acrylic paint, and I don't really mind the chunky look they have.

I have three pages left and COVER. I've been putting it off, and with only a day and a half, there's not much time left. We're also having some crazy weather, so hopefully I'll be able to make it to the post office before Friday.

I think I'm going to follow suit, smmarrt. It'll be easier for me to part with the book itself if I have some good color prints made.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 12, 2011 08:46:02 AM
raerae, that's a good idea about the nail file. It should soften the corners just enough that they'll look like they belong.

And, Smmarrt, I was thinking of getting mine scanned or copied before I sent it, as well! Even though I paid for the "official" scan, it'll be nice to have my own copy, just in case. Mine doesn't have as many pages, so hopefully it won't cost too much :P

I'm snowed in, and while I'll have to shovel when the storm ends, I have a solid chunk of time to work. I couldn't connect to the internet for a bit, but it turned out to be the wireless router, so as long as I'm directly connected, all is good. I need access to the internet for some reference images!

Good luck to everyone on the final push!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on January 12, 2011 09:06:28 AM
I finished a bunch of pages last night - still drying at home. But the book will be super-thick, you'll all be able to see it from space. But I am determined to finish pages tonight, copying and binding tomorrow, and sending on Friday. Booyah.

And I think we should have a thread somewhere: "Lessons I learned while completing my sketchbook"
including sections on glue, finishing, planning, backgrounds, drying times, pens, embellishments, binding and procrastination.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on January 12, 2011 09:54:06 AM
I love your bird page too racky!  And of course your fabulous guest artist is awesome as usual ;D

STill working...I have high hopes for today and tomorrow!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on January 12, 2011 10:01:22 AM
And I think we should have a thread somewhere: "Lessons I learned while completing my sketchbook"
including sections on glue, finishing, planning, backgrounds, drying times, pens, embellishments, binding and procrastination.

That's an awesome idea. I tried out so many different types of watercolors and pencils in this thing and had varying success with different brands and even colors. Ugh!

I'm breaking out the hairdryer... :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on January 12, 2011 10:11:46 AM
I use my heat gun that is supposed to be for embossing....super dry in seconds ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 12, 2011 11:24:56 AM
My sketchbook is no longer blank...

I have FINALLY started!

I only did the title page, and may go back to add to it, but at least I have taken the plunge. Now, on to the next page... my first 2-page spread.

Maybe I'll have actual pictures to post this evening... to prove that I have really and truly done something ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on January 12, 2011 11:35:55 AM
Congratulations to all of you who are done (or near done)!

I love your pages rackycoo! The bird page is beautiful!

I had two major projects hit me at the same time at work last week and have been basically working 10+ hour days (Monday I was at work for 12 hours...). By the time drive all the way home and do all of the other things that I have to do, I am so exhausted all I can do is stare at the internet...  I am a bit disappointed with my progress on this project, but am trying to stay positive - it is all about having fun, right? (okay enough of my pity party. I am doing fine, I have about 10 spreads left so it certainly isn't the end of the world).

I will be working on it tonight and probably on Saturday morning and will mail out what I have on Saturday afternoon. I hope to take it to Kinko's before I mail, if I have time. I will post pictures if I do!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: nicoleburdsall on January 12, 2011 01:07:32 PM
I. Have. So. Much. Left. O.o But I'm happy with the few pages I DO have done. Also, I have a plan for the the second HALF of the book, so I hope that will help kill pages :] I'm going to be working on it practically nonstop these next few nights.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 12, 2011 02:49:27 PM
You can do it, all of you!

I put mine in the mail today. Whew! That's a relief! It feels good, so keep up all your hard work. I want to see everyone's book when they come through Atlanta.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 12, 2011 03:32:58 PM
I might be able to go see the tour in Seattle now!!!

Y'see, my boyfriend and I have been developing a points system with each other, and I told him that I'd give him somewhere between 100 and 500 points if he'd take me to the tour in Seattle in June, and if we could spend the night up in Seattle and have an amazing date the next day, I'd double or triple his points, and when it hit him that he could potentially earn 1,500 points, he was like "Holy shit! I'm going to do my damn best to take you!!!"

So I kinda win ^-^

And since I stayed home from school today, I have more time to work on my sketchbook ^_^


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on January 12, 2011 04:07:59 PM
Fair warning - I'm going to post several pictures...  all full size.  :D

My cover - simple, nothing fancy, actually kind of boring.  But done!


The binding!  Not the prettiest thing but its bound, and done!  Very proud of myself!


The very first page.  No words.  My theme is lights in the distance.  I'm not sure you can see it in the picture but there are fairy lights along the hilltops on this page.


This picture is one that I took in Asheville, NC.






The backside of this page says "We get burned by what's on the floor next to us"




I'm about to pack this up in an envelope and send it off!  Not sure I'll try this again.  But it was definetly a once in a lifetime experience! I'll stick with my own altered journal that has NO due date!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 12, 2011 04:18:48 PM
Congrats, rackycoo for getting yours officially in the mail! And, Ffrogg, yours looks fantastic!

I got my title page done and my first 2-page spread. Then I had to go out and shovel (I think it was about 2 feet deep). Even though I paid a guy to plow out most of my car, and one of my neighbors had already made a pass with the snowblower down the sidewalk, I was still out there almost 3 hours! I did help my neighbor clear out her driveway, and I had 2 sets of my own stairs to shovel, plus the side walkway. And of course, as soon as I wrapped up the cord to my little snowblower (which did the walkway and part of my neighbors driveway and some of around the car), a plow came by and packed more snow up against the car, and plowed my neighbors driveway back in. So, I had to break out the shovel again and get it cleared. She rewarded me with cookies and beef stew ;)

Now that I've had dinner, and am halfway thawed out (a cup of cocoa and some cookies should finish the job), I can plan my next two 2-page spreads, which go together.

And, my drawing skills are definitely lacking, but it's motivating me to seriously think about taking a basic drawing class (maybe even from my sister). I'm definitely not fussing about it, which is evident, but at least I'm putting pencil (and pen) to page...

Now, for that cup of cocoa, some cookies and some ibuprofen...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on January 12, 2011 04:19:51 PM
Beautiful pages! I love that first one with the trees!

Here are a handful of mine. Not necessarily the best ones, but the ones I photographed quickly before it went too dark :D

Cover:


I'm a night owl and prefer to work on things at night. Since my theme was 'Sleepless' I just worked in my book as if it were a normal journal...so it's pretty random, and full of cut-outs and moving bits.









Still lots of work to do!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 12, 2011 04:25:44 PM
Ffrogg and Phizz: Beautiful!

Ffrogg, I love your burned page, and Phizz, the "reach out and create something" page needs to be recreated in poster size.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 12, 2011 04:28:36 PM
Your guys' sketchbooks are so pretty ^_^ I'm taking the hot glue gun to mine to beautify the cover :3


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 12, 2011 06:37:47 PM
Phizzychick, your pages are stunning! I can't wait to see your book in person.

I just finished my 2nd 2-page spread- it isn't what I originally planned for the page, but I like it better. It makes my story flow a bit better.

So, if you promise not to laugh at my elementary school art skills...






I'm happy enough (keeping in my mind my limited drawing ability) and I'm looking forward to getting started right after work tomorrow. I'll be home relatively early and will have about 5 hours to work on it. I think Friday will be a late night, but that's okay. As I started on things this morning, I made a couple of mental modifications to what the pages will look like. It will mean a little less picky drawing for me, I think...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on January 12, 2011 06:45:43 PM
Craft: I love how to chose to use the theme "flight"!



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 12, 2011 07:33:35 PM
Craft: I love how to chose to use the theme "flight"!



Thanks! I picked it because I figured I could sneak more science in there than in any of the other available themes ;)

I was all set to do one more spread tonight, but I just sort of crashed. And my ibuprofen doesn't seem to be working and my shoulders are sore from shoveling (the only downside to a snow day).


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 12, 2011 10:55:22 PM
I'm going to work on my sketchbook like mad tonight and tomorrow so I can mail out Friday since I don't have a post option for Saturday.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on January 12, 2011 11:28:42 PM
I have 3 spreads left for tomorrow and need to bind it up and mail it on Friday!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: nicoleburdsall on January 13, 2011 01:01:49 AM
All of these are wonderful! Seriously amazing work by everyone.

Sorta picture heavy. Sorry :/ I haven't been posting. I have SOOO much left to do, but here's a few. Oh, and I just got a new set of Prisma colored pencils... I will NEVER go back!

First page: Once upon a time



Snow White page



Fairy page. I got a bunch of REALLY PRETTY SHINY PAPER! You'll see it again.



Pony spread. The pony is cut out, so no I didn't draw it



Mermaid page. Look, more shiny paper!



Aaaaaand a Winnie the Pooh spread. Of course :D



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on January 13, 2011 01:40:04 AM
Ffrogg - your pages are great! I love the first one with the trees and the burning one! (and your binding looks great to me!)

Phizzychick - wow. I LOVE your cover. All of your pages are gorgeous!

craftADDchick - your squirrels are super sweet. I like the story that you are starting!

Nicole - your pages are fantastic - I love the fairy one especially!

I am now very apprehensive about mine - I think that I am learning from looking at all of your pictures that I need to intensify my colors... but, here are a couple pictures. I wish I could add more to these pages, but I still have a lot to do elsewhere!

My theme was "A day in the life" so these are all about pretty mundane things. I have a page that I used to write my "to do" lists for three days (not pictured), and a few pages dedicated to waking up in the morning (not pictured).

My coffee page:


My shower page: (what you can't see is that the writing is all the random thoughts that go through my head in the shower, like "do I have time today to go through the library?" and "When was the last time that I shaved?"...  ::))


My flowers page:


and my photography page: (the fun thing on this page is that I actually took all of the photos myself. Not necessarily my best photos, but mine none the less!)


I still have a ton to do! Good luck everyone (and congratulations to those who are done!)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on January 13, 2011 05:32:44 AM
Nicole - I really love that first "once upon a time" page.  Its really amazing!

Phizzy - like so many other people have said, I really like your cover.

CraftADDChick - I think your drawing is beautiful.  I don't feel like I can draw that well either.  As long as you're happy with what you did that's all that matters.  :D

DawnsTrees - I think your pages are great!  Even if you think they're not vibrant enough they're still awesome.  And I love the flowers you drew!

Good luck finishing up everyone!  I'm off to the post office to mail mine!  ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on January 13, 2011 07:29:45 AM
Wow! Everyone's made some great progress, I love seeing all of the pages.

Ffrogg - I love the burnt page, the page with the tree and your binding! I've attempted coptic before and it wasn't pretty.  :-X

Phizz - I love the way you ran with your theme and made it all about you being a night owl! The cover doesn't even look like it was ever a moleskine cover anymore.

Craft - I don't know what you're talking about... your squirrels are very well drawn! And cute to boot. I like that you're sneaking in some science too!

Nicole - Love how bright and colorful your pages are! The little black raincloud one is by far my favorite, but I'm a bit biased because it's my favorite pooh moment! :D

Dawn - I think your drawings are great! I like the way you did the shower page with words rather then raindrops, it's so clever!

I'm pushing to finish up today so I can send it with the DH to mail out on his lunch break tomorrow. The PO is closed on Saturdays here and we're down to one car at the moment, but it's going to get mailed in on time! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on January 13, 2011 09:03:59 AM
Everyone's books are so awesome! Mine isn't like my normal stuff and I'm not thrilled with a good chunk of it, but at this late date it is what it is...it will go in the mailbox as late as possible on Saturday.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 13, 2011 09:08:38 AM
I think I will actually have this done!!!! :'DDDD

Also, I feel so envious of Nicole's amazing cover. >_< My cover also reads "Once upon a time" but it's so boring looking until I get awesome winsauce hot glued to it....


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: nicoleburdsall on January 13, 2011 09:33:46 AM
Fullmoon, That's my first page. My cover is actually this



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: spicytaco on January 13, 2011 10:48:54 AM
I'm gonna be honest....I'm not so happy with my sketchbook. I knew this would be hard for me. I can't draw well I'm I'm not a paper crafter. Then I went and I did my usual and have left it super late. I think that if I had of paid for my sketchbook I'd probably not even send it in, because I don't love what I've done. But since I actually won my sketchbook I feel like I really have to power through and send it in. I don't want to totally waste the opportunity.

I decided to rebind, which I still so happy with. I did make three signatures, but am only going to use one, so it won't have nearly the number of pages as originally. I have yet to actually attach the cover...eek. My theme is coffee and cigarettes, but it's turned out mostly cigarettes.

I really wish the due date wasn't so close after Christmas, as that's a big part of the reason why I haven't put more into it. Anyway, that's where I am right now. After this I'm not doing any more projects like this or swaps for a while. I just won't to craft on my own without any due dates.

Some of the sketchbooks on here are awesome guys! I'm still hoping I'll magically get to go see them in person, but I doubt it. Keep up the good work.



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on January 13, 2011 11:25:56 AM
Don't stress, just do what you can!  Being a first class procrastinator myself, I didn't even start my book until this week ::)  and have ended up with only 9 double spreads....way down from my original intention of 20 double spreads.  That is if I get 3 more done today...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 13, 2011 11:29:36 AM
Don't get discouraged. I think it's great you are giving it a go. And we're all our own worst critics, so I'll bet it's better than you think.

I'm glad you're going to finish and mail it, even if it's not as long as you hoped. (You would laugh if you knew how many pages I either ripped out or glued together!) It's the best feeling when it goes into the mail. Go for it!  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on January 13, 2011 11:32:12 AM
Don't beat yourself up Spicy! I wouldn't have nearly as many pages finished as I do if it wasn't for the recent bought of insomnia I've had. Seems to me we should have changed the name of this to the 'Sketchbook Procrastinators Craft-a-long' or the 'People who are mostly ok, but not thrilled with their books craft-a-long'. ;)

Just send in what you have! This isn't the best work I've done, but I cannot wait to put it in the mailbox and be done with it! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on January 13, 2011 12:26:28 PM
I'm going to post a few more pics - and, yes, I am intimidated to be in the same company as some of my Craftster heroines, but I am determined to finish this project. I don't really think of myself as an "artist", but I am proud to call myself a crafter, and Craftster-er.



One-half of a sewn page - I had hoped to do more of these. And when in doubt, add a dictionary page.



The other half of the sewn page.



Another vintage photo (from last summer's flea market.)

That's it - I won't titillate thrill show you anymore. You'll just have to see the rest in real life. Thanks rackycoo for organizing and supporting all of us. I look forward to seeing all of the books - finished, unfinished, fabulous and super-fabulous in San Francisco.




Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 13, 2011 01:42:02 PM
Thanks for all of the positive feedback, folks! I'm still in awe of the work that you guys are all doing and am inspired enough to want to start a separate journal (with no deadline ;) ) after this is through.

spicytaco, you can do it! I didn't start until yesterday, and hope to get 5 pages done today and the rest tomorrow night!

I agree with the procrastinators sketchbook craftalong! That's totally me! Even yesterday, with almost a whole day to devote to it, I still got a late start...

But, I can get started now and work for several hours as long as I don't let myself get distracted ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 13, 2011 01:59:06 PM
Ha ha, DanniQuee, you are right. I should have started this thread up at the end of December and called it the Sketchbook Procrastinators Craft-a-long.  :D

Great pages, Smmarrt! I love the way you're stitching some of your elements in.

Keep it up, everyone! I want to see everyone's books when they come through town!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 13, 2011 03:39:14 PM
Okay, one more page because it made me chuckle (aside from the deformed trapeze artist {and I just realized trapeze only has 1 "e" in the middle... oops!}).



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 13, 2011 03:54:40 PM
I love it!  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on January 13, 2011 04:21:03 PM
You can do it!  You can do it!  You can do it!

That's for everyone that's doubting themselves and still working away on their sketchbook!  It can be done!  I stopped by the post office this afternoon after I left school and mailed mine away!  In some respects I was kind of sad to see it go but in other respects...  I was sooooo glad that it wasn't sitting on my table staring at me anymore.  ;) 

Keep working!  Don't give up! 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 13, 2011 05:16:13 PM
I've been sketching mine like mad alllllllllll day. I'm going to finish sketches, ink it, color it, and fix the cover to be pretty once I'm done eating dinner.

Aaaaaaand....

TO INSPIRE ME I'M GOING TO WATCH JOHN WAYNE MOVIIIIIIIIEEEEEEESSSSSS!!!!!!! <3 (and maybe the Big Lebowski again <3 )


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 13, 2011 05:49:21 PM
I finished another 2-page spread! I'm waiting for it to dry (really!) and then I'll try to knock out another one before bed. I was hoping to do 5 2-pagers tonight, but it's a school night (I really should be prepping for my lesson tomorrow...).

Go team, go!

rackycoo, is there an organized way for us to get each others sketchbook numbers so we can look them up if we get to see them in person? I'm not sure how the check out process works when you go to the exhibit, but I'd like to make sure I get to see each of the sketchbooks from folks here!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 13, 2011 05:56:41 PM
That's a great question, craftADDchick. I've already sent my book off, but I still have my "library card", which has a four digit number on it. Can someone look and see if they have four digits on the UPC on the back of their book? If so, I guess that would be the best way to track the books. Let me know, and if so, I'll post them up on the first page, and everyone that wishes can print that out for reference if they get to go to a show.

Also, I'll be happy to post who's planning on going to which show in which location, so if you include that, I'll start up a list and perhaps people can plan to get together in cities near them.

SO, check on the back of your book, let me know if that's there's a four digit number there, and then post both your number, and where you're going to see the show (if applicable), and I'll update that first post with the info.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 13, 2011 05:59:36 PM
On the back label I have a 5 digit number, not a four digit...

It's 2 1 5 6 4

Also, I'm hopefully going to the Seattle part of the tour since I promised boyfriend the potential of earning 1500 points if he took me :)<3


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 13, 2011 06:02:10 PM
Maybe I got my book way before you? I'll go ahead and put the numbers down on the first page. Hopefully they will do us some good.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on January 13, 2011 06:15:55 PM
One page left to complete!! I've made the deadline (although quite a few pages mysteriously fell out of my book....)  ;)

My number is 24604. Hopefully i'll be going to the Brooklyn show.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 13, 2011 06:19:24 PM
My code is 28340 and I'm planning to go see the books in Portland, ME.

My "library card" is upstairs, so I can't check to see if it has the same numbers, at the moment. I'm afraid to go near the bed for fear I will fall into it...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on January 13, 2011 06:23:57 PM
Done with all of my drawings with only 6 empty pages at the back of the book. Not bad! I didn't rip anything out, or glue anything together but my story ended just shy of the pages. Maybe I'll write something about the book on them, or doodle if I have the time. If not... at least they're perforated! ;D

I'm off to start coloring them now, and begin to do something with my blank cover but thought I should point out that my library card # and my book # aren't the same. The sticker on my book is so faded it's completely illegible (which is weird, considering I haven't touched the cover yet) so I looked my number up on their website, it's listed in our bio cards that they had us fill out about 2 weeks ago. Since their website is confusing and I was unable to find it, I found the email they had sent telling me to fill it out and clicked it.

My book # is 24825

I'm planning to go to Atlanta come hell or high water. :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 13, 2011 06:46:51 PM
I'm inking the sketched pages and going to color them before I sketch the remaining pages (Odd system I know but it will make it go by faster)

I'm wearing my glasses now so you know I mean business hahahaha. McLintock! is almost over so I'm gonna watch Scott Pilgrim VS The World afterwards :)<3


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on January 13, 2011 11:31:18 PM
My sketchbook is in the mail!! I'm not particularly proud of my efforts, but I am proud that I actually did enough and sent it away on time!

My theme pretty much turned into "napkins"  :D :D

Here's a few of them. Please excuse the terrible phone photos, I didn't have my camera with me.

Covers:


A tribute to one of my favourite shows:



Mae West napkin quote:


Folded napkin - because I ALWAYS turn my serviettes into origami creations:


Another tribute, this time to one of my favourite comedy groups IMPROV EVERYWHERE and one of their funniest stunts (http://improveverywhere.com/2008/03/09/food-court-musical/).


And bluetooth has stopped working, so I guess that's all i'm sharing with you guys today  :)

When I first got my sketchbook I had so many plans for what I wanted to do. Instead I left it until last night to complete so instead of watercolours and prettiness like I had planned, I got crayons and textas. Ugly lettering since my thumb is all swelled up and I can't hold a pen properly. My hands were stained black from the ink. I felt like a little kid making a mess. So depsite the childishness of my book I had so much fun!!  :D

Plus I did my first even zetangle. As a double page spread.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 13, 2011 11:55:56 PM
11:34pm, still working, have a test in the morning, gonna be mega tired and grumpy, sleepy, should lay down and attempt to sleep... However... My insomnia has been kicking back in lately (Bio mom thinks it may have something to do with all the stuff going on in my life that's been on my mind and whatnot) so I wouldn't be able to sleep if I tried, so I'm drinking water, eating pretzels, and working as quick but precise as I can!

I may have to just beg my parents to let me mail it in Oregon on Saturday....


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: starfish13 on January 14, 2011 12:24:42 AM
What a lot of amazing books.  And secretly I'm so hglad to hear that so many of you have left things to the last minute.  I'm frantically reassembling my book, so haven't had time to post any pictures, but basically I left about 80% of the book until last week!  And then I had lots of extra things on. I'm manically gluing so that i can post it tomorrow, and I hope that they'll accept it with a UK postcode with the cut off date!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on January 14, 2011 12:50:20 AM
pages are drying and I just have to finish up a couple and bind it back together tomorrow!

The number on the book label is completely different than the number on my library card....although the bar codes look the same to me.  I wonder if we can track by name as well?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on January 14, 2011 04:08:44 AM
My numbers are different as well.

My book only has 16-ish spreads in it but the pages ended up so heavy that its still about 3/4 inch thick.

I assume I got a message about the bio we were supposed to do but I didn't notice it and haven't filled it out.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 14, 2011 05:37:08 AM
beckashell, I love what you showed us! And, I'd be happy to have your lettering skills...

I have tons of stamps and paper supplies that I could have used on this project if I had actually started way back when. Now, the time it would take to gather it all up just isn't available. But, I'll have it in the mail tomorrow. I'm about halfway done (because I'm lumping in the last pages as "completed" because I know they'll be so easy...) and will have coffee and adrenaline to keep me going tonight.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 14, 2011 06:54:52 AM
Emergency postal question. Dad agreed to mail my sketchbook tomorrow (aka deadline) so that I wouldn't skip sleep and or school. Well, the big post office, they don't have window service but they have the automated postal center. If I use that it can post it, but does it count for being postmarked? I think it would, especially cuz last collection is 5pm... But it'll show a postmark date right? Like I got other packages that all say the date by the price of postage paid, so when I use the APC, it will do that too?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 14, 2011 06:59:15 AM
Fullmoon, I would think that would count.

Thanks for letting me know that the library card has a different number than the back of the book. I checked my bio online and found my correct number. That's the way to go if you've sent off your book and want to give me the number so other Craftsters can find your book at the show.

I've got the front page updated now, but still needs lots of code numbers! And remember, if you'd like to try to meet up with other Craftsters at a show, you need to tell me where you're planning on viewing! Once I get a couple more people announcing, I'll break us up into groups so everyone can see who will be near them.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on January 14, 2011 07:36:19 AM
I love seeing all the new pages from everyone. I wish I could come see them in person!

I've sent! ;D Finally got it all photographed this morning so the full book is here on flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phizzy/sets/72157624501056186/) I can't find my card either, but my submission number is #24595. not sure if that's the same as the back of my book or another... ::)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on January 14, 2011 07:39:05 AM
I just got this email. Wahoo!

Sketchbook Project postmark deadline has been extended to Monday, January 17th
Due to terrible weather conditions and natural disasters around the world, we have decided to extend the postmark deadline to January 17th to make sure anyone affected can get to the post office.
 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 14, 2011 07:41:09 AM
I just got that email too!! I was about to post it but you beat me!!!! I'm so happy, I don't have to rush as much, I can work 'til Sunday and mail Monday now!!!!!!! Right? Or is it only if I'm in a bad weather zone?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on January 14, 2011 07:49:15 AM
I read it that everyone has until the 17th.

I just got that email too!! I was about to post it but you beat me!!!! I'm so happy, I don't have to rush as much, I can work 'til Sunday and mail Monday now!!!!!!! Right? Or is it only if I'm in a bad weather zone?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 14, 2011 07:49:41 AM
Look at that! A reprieve!  :D

Can someone who still has a book check to see if the number on the back of your book matches the number on your bio page at the Sketchbook website? Thanks.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 14, 2011 07:52:12 AM
Really?! That's what I was thinking but I wasn't certain. Cuz idt I can get it done by tomorrow. But Monday is doable!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Phizzychick on January 14, 2011 07:52:37 AM
Not only do we delay finishing until the last minute, but we apparently all lose things, and are not good with numbers :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on January 14, 2011 08:13:12 AM
HA! Even better...

CORRECTION: deadline extension is Tuesday, January 18th
Whoops! Monday is Martin Luther King Day in the United States. So, postmark deadline extension is now Tuesday, January 18th, 2011.
 


I feel like I got a stay of execution.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on January 14, 2011 08:17:13 AM
That was awesome news to wake up to!

I like this (were they reading this thread.....)

Quote
Is your book not completely finished?
That's okay, we still want to travel with it! Finish it up as much as you can and send it in to us!

Yes racky the number on the book matches the number on the bio page at the Sketchbook project sight.  The deadline for getting your bio is now Feb 1, of course after I did mine while half asleep last night....


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on January 14, 2011 09:01:12 AM
Soooo happy to have more than 24 hours to fill those last few blank pages - was just going to fill them tonight with just the words peace, hope and love in different languages but now I can be more creative!

Whoooooooooooohoooooooooo.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 14, 2011 09:04:13 AM
Yay! Deadline extention just got better! I am sooo happy since I'm not done :)
Glad to know there is no doom xD


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 14, 2011 10:10:53 AM
Oh, also, I did the bio half asleep too lol, but I was conscious enough to do it correctly ^-^


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: TheMadMel on January 14, 2011 11:34:58 AM
I started out this project with some big elaborate plan mapped out.  Then 2011 rolled around and my pages were all still blank.  (EEEP!) 
So I thought about it, and how I really wanted to get this accomplished before the deadline, but how?

I had a bit of an epiphany.  I noticed that I have two ways of going about things.  First, I come up with these elaborate plans that never happen, and the second is I don't plan, I just dive in and start doing things, short term planning on the fly, and things actually get done.  As cool as it is to have these elaborate plans, they are too much bitten off to chew.  I am coming to terms with the knowledge that I need to just dive in and make a mess and to hell with plans, if I want to finish making anything.

So, I threw my plans out the window and wondered how to get so many pages done in such little time.  Thinking outside the box, I decided to cut out the middles of all the pages and stick them together.  Considering my theme, I figured adhering most of the pages together should be totally legit.  Then I thought I'd put something in the void in the middle.  Covered the whole thing in paint. Ran string through it to form a sticky web in the page middles.  And I figured "Adhere to Me" needs a touch of romance, so there is a heart stuck in the web on each side, and the whole thing is a drippy looking blood red.  It looks romantic in that stalker kind of way.  It speaks of codependency, drama and pain.  Love isn't adhesion or codependency.  Love isn't dark, painful or heavy.  Codependency is.

Now I'm pretty much done. (WOOOO!!!!)  I just need to seal it with some Dorland's wax, scan it for my records, and mail it in.  Thanks to the deadline extension, I have just enough time to do that.  I'll try to get the pictures posted soon so you can all see what I did. 

Does anyone have any tips or instruction for how to use Dorland's wax to seal acrylic painted pages?  Thanks!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 14, 2011 01:33:21 PM
Whoo-hoo on the deadline extension!!! But now, I can't allow myself to procrastinate even further... And, I'm actually not sure if I can make the post office on Tuesday, but I may have an option or two (one involves sneaking out of the after school program a bit early to make the PO by 6:00 and the other involves asking a friend to mail it for me). Did anyone get a DC#? I'm so worried mine is going to get lost in the mail...

MadMel, what a brilliant idea! I can't wait to see it (in pictures and in person).


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on January 14, 2011 01:43:39 PM
I'm kind of hoping mine will get lost in the mail.  :)

Whoo-hoo on the deadline extension!!! But now, I can't allow myself to procrastinate even further... And, I'm actually not sure if I can make the post office on Tuesday, but I may have an option or two (one involves sneaking out of the after school program a bit early to make the PO by 6:00 and the other involves asking a friend to mail it for me). Did anyone get a DC#? I'm so worried mine is going to get lost in the mail...

MadMel, what a brilliant idea! I can't wait to see it (in pictures and in person).


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 14, 2011 01:54:43 PM
I'm kind of hoping mine will get lost in the mail.  :)

Shut your mouf.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on January 14, 2011 02:02:16 PM
Oh thank goodness! I had planned on getting very little sleep tonight, but now - I think I am going to take a nap! ;)

I am actually becoming fond of my journal. The pages aren't perfect, and the grand plan that I originally had did not happen, but the pages that I have made in the last couple of days do speak to me in some ways... Once this is over, I actually have the start of another journal brewing in my head. :)  


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 14, 2011 03:06:36 PM
I can't wait to see either :) Sounds so neat!!!

I spent my creative writing period and ssr period working on my sketchbook as usual and was beaming excited telling people the deadline was extended xD my friends were like "???? Ooooh your sketchhbook"

One of my friends lectured me about procrastinating and I was like "I know tons of people who procrastinated!!! They'll be fine, I will too!!!" Her: ....you guys are odd xD

Now that I'm out of school and at moms office I'll work on it til I can go home.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Maimun on January 14, 2011 06:10:46 PM
I actually got my journal into the mail yesterday, so I'm going to go ahead and post it here then catch up with this thread!  The theme is Trading Forever:
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/munltstmpr/5353763742/)
cover (http://www.flickr.com/photos/munltstmpr/5353763742/) by MunLtStmpr (http://www.flickr.com/people/munltstmpr/), on Flickr
When I do a project like this, I avoid looking at works by others also participating.  I'd hate to end up stealing, even if I didn't realize it.

The rest of the book is here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/munltstmpr/sets/72157625693230913/with/5353722968/

I especially like how this page came out:
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/munltstmpr/5353725336/)
page14 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/munltstmpr/5353725336/) by MunLtStmpr (http://www.flickr.com/people/munltstmpr/), on Flickr
"Public and Private"


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: nicoleburdsall on January 14, 2011 06:35:22 PM
MunLtStmpr: LOVE the book. The cover is beautiful!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: TheMadMel on January 14, 2011 07:40:57 PM
I wasn't sure about the Dorland's Wax, so I just rubbed it on and rubbed it off. Hopefully that's enough to keep the pages from sticking together.  It's the first I've ever used it.

I scanned my book, so here it is:








And then here is an alternate view of pages 2-3 so you get a better sense of how they are:






Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on January 14, 2011 08:11:39 PM
Wow, MunLtStmpr , your cover is gorgeous! I'm going to go peek at the rest of your pages on Flickr. :)

MadMel, I love your interpretation of your theme and how you created an art piece out of your sketchbook. Great job!

As for me... I'm finished! I ended up with 45 spreads, although the last two are definitely cheat spreads. My last story page had started to tear out because of the darn perforations, so I had to tape the back of the seem and then reinforce it by gluing it to the next page. Then I decided to add an 'appendix' of phobias I drew on for my stories and a permanent artist bio with my mugshot on the last few pages... after gluing them to each other so the pen wouldn't bleed through of course.  ::)

I'm going to go scan and upload them now and then drop it off at the post office in the next town in the morning. I'm actually sort of sad to see it go, but happy to be done with it! ;D I'll share some photos tomorrow. :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: nicoleburdsall on January 14, 2011 08:37:01 PM
TheMadMel: I LOVE that!

I got some more pages done!

Pirates!


Umm... I did this one at like 2 in the morning... as you might have guessed


It's hard to tell, but the left page says things like "Evil witch" and "Crystal ball" And the right says "Would you like to know your future?"


Scary stories!


Sorry for the glare. It says "The Universe is made of Stories, not of Atoms."


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 14, 2011 10:54:21 PM
These are so pretty :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: nicoleburdsall on January 14, 2011 11:58:51 PM
Just pumped out another one! Yeah, the background is plain, but the paper is SO shiny I figured I would just let it be.



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on January 15, 2011 01:37:09 AM
MunLtStmpr - I love your cover!

TheMadMel - I really like your book - it turned out fantastic!

nicole - I really like the crystal ball page!

I have done a few more pages. I will get some pictures up probably tomorrow. I am also hoping to send tomorrow, so I should probably get back to my last couple of pages!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 15, 2011 01:50:46 AM
So I think I might be kind of a bad person (But in a way not really since I procrastinated for months and months and months)

I knew I needed to work on my sketchbook, but when I got home, I'd been so tired because I hadn't slept much lately because my insomnia had been kicking back in.... Well... I decided that since the deadline was extended and I was so exhausted.... I ate dinner and then took a nap for a few hours >_<;;;

I'm going to use Sat/Sun/Mon for sketchbook time. :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: starfish13 on January 15, 2011 05:01:59 AM
I was frantically colouring-in in my pyjamas this morning, then at 11.45am I stuffed the sketchbook into its envelope, threw on some jeans and sprinted down the street to post it before the post office closed at noon.

Then I log on here and see that there has been an extension.  Ach well, its done now, and it feels great to have finished it.  Pics will follow after I've had my lunch and tidied up the floor of the living room, which is covered in paper cuttings, used glue sticks and a messy paint palette.

Phew.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 15, 2011 05:41:12 AM
It's great so many people are finishing up! I'm so proud of us.  :D

Don't forget to give me your registration number so those of us lucky enough to get to a show will be able to see your wonderful books in person! The registration number can be found on the barcode on the back of the book, or on your bio page at the Sketchbook site.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on January 15, 2011 12:09:33 PM
I love all those pages Nicole, especially the super shiny dragon! :D

So, I packaged up my book, drove to the next town to get to the post office just a bit after it opened... and it's closed for no reason that I could see! No signs on the door to explain the closing and the hours read 9am-12pm.  >:( Looks like I'll be sending on Tuesday now.

Anywho, here are some photos of the finished book and the the last nightmare (and intermittent non scary dream!) All the rest of them are here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/danniquee/sets/72157624637113572/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/danniquee/sets/72157624637113572/)

Cover:


Finally went back and put something on the first two pages since I skipped them initially.


The intermittent dream:





The last nightmare. This was the only one that includes something that creeps me out. While I'm not phobic of clowns, I am a bit weirded out by them. These were done with my trusty micron pens and a stash of cheap markers I haven't used in forever. I really like the way they came out. :D






Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: nicoleburdsall on January 15, 2011 01:16:01 PM
Those pages are amazing! LOVE the clown nightmare!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: IdlersDesign on January 15, 2011 02:17:28 PM
So nice to see all your (almost) finished sketchbooks! And I'm happy to read I'm not the only one who's left the book in my desk for a loooong period and has to do some last minute artwork now. Hope to post some pics soon  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on January 15, 2011 03:01:41 PM
I love those clowns! I was kind-of creeped out by the first one in the boat (...but that is my own phobia of sharks...), but I really like the ending of it, it is actually very sweet!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: TheMadMel on January 15, 2011 03:09:12 PM
My husband took my sketchbook to the post office today.  And I am officially done!
I've enjoyed seeing everyone's sketchbooks and it has been so nice to have a group of people to chat with as we all worked on the same project.
Everyone has done such a great job!  I'm so proud of us  ;D

Yay team!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on January 15, 2011 04:24:43 PM
Bought Dorland's Wax and rubbed it over my painted pages today. It makes certain pens run! Especially all my metallic paint pens. And if one page with wax touches another with certain markers it will rub on to the wax. So artists beware :(


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on January 15, 2011 04:51:26 PM
Those pages look great Danni!  Sorry you were thwarted by the post office.  All post offices close at either 12 or 1 on Saturday.  When the economy tanked and everyone had to start cutting back, that's one of the cuts the post office made.  My dad works for the USPS, that's why I know. 

I'm kind of bummed that I could have had a few more days to work my sketchbook but really...  this is probably better.  This way its just gone and I don't have to worry about it. :D  Keep plugging away everyone!  You can do it!  And it'll be awesome! :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 15, 2011 05:46:54 PM
The big post office in Longview stays open 'til 5 on Saturdays, but you can postmark things 24-7 w/ the APC thing. :D (No window service on Saturdays though)

My lil post office needs an APC...

After I move a few movies from my laptop to my external and then hook the external back onto the xbox360, I'll go back to work on my sketchbook.

I also hafta brag about something that is not sketchbook related.... I got my 1st power tools today :D I got a dremel and an engraver! (I also got a ton of dremel bits and speaker wire too :D Oh and a gold coin and a necklace cord so I can make a necklace w/ the coin)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 16, 2011 10:59:34 AM
I love, love, love the latest pages to be posted! And, kudos to everyone who actually got their journals in the mail by yesterday!

I've written on every page in my journal, so I've locked myself in to what is going on each page. I really do need to finish today- we're supposed to have icy conditions Tuesday afternoon, so a dash to the PO probably would be unwise. So, tomorrow evening, I'll put my trust in the APC and get it in the mail. I want to head to the copy center first, so I'll need to make sure I leave time to get there. I miss the days when Kinko's was open 24 hours!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 16, 2011 12:27:10 PM
Working on iiiiit ^-^


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 16, 2011 03:35:08 PM
Not counting the cover, I am officially over halfway done! Seven 2-page spreads finished, plus the title page, and writing on all of the other pages. As soon as the last spread dries, I'll be moving on! Well, maybe I'll eat dinner first ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 16, 2011 03:37:23 PM
Yay, craftADDchick! Keep up the good work!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 16, 2011 03:57:49 PM
I realized something, as a rough estimate, I'm thinking my entire story will be between 40 and 60 pages :) I like that. Then with another 5 - 10 pages of character art and sketches, that will be lovely. To top it off the stolen guestbook idea, my sketchbook will be ready for business.

I have a small request for suggestions. I plan to leave the designed words "Once upon a time" on the cover, but I'm going to hot glue something to the cover to decorate around the words.... Anyone have any cool ideas for what might look nice?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Maimun on January 16, 2011 07:49:41 PM
I did a fun thing with hot glue a while ago...gold leafing.  Put the hot glue down and let it set up so it's touchable hot and holds it's shape.  Apply the gold leafing, rubbing it down with a brush.

As I'm typing that, I realize that using pigment powders would also be a neat effect.  Or maybe even shiny eye makeup?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on January 16, 2011 08:09:02 PM
I've got to add test to 3 more pages plus finishing the cover to go. Hopefully I'll get there.   ::)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 16, 2011 08:56:40 PM
Except for the cover, I am done! It isn't as beautiful as the ones that have already been posted, but I'm pretty happy with most of it. I made a couple of mistakes that I wouldn't have made if I wasn't rushing it (or been distracted).

As soon as the last page dries, I'm going to slap a strip of fabric over the binding on the outside of the cover, throw a title on the cover and call it finished.

If I am up to it, I'll take a picture of 1 more spread that I'm particularly happy with and share it before I go to bed.

I'm planning to hit Staples tomorrow morning to make a copy of it, and get a mailing envelope. Then, I'll drop it in the mail on my way home tomorrow night (I'm hoping I can access the APC... if not, I'll have to get up early on Tuesday).

I should sleep like a baby tonight! Too bad I have to get up early tomorrow to tutor for 2 hours...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on January 16, 2011 09:07:06 PM
Nicoleburdsall: Your clouds are beautiful! – I love your use of rainbows and color!

MadMel – I love your concept - how original!

DaniQuee – Your drawing skills are fantastic! I especially love the giant squid (He looks a little lonely, and wants to be friends with that girl on the ship - how terrifying!)

Everything looks great. I'm pretty sure I'll be working on my book up until Tuesday morning. I have a little bit of a... plan... for seeing the tour in Seattle.

Here are some of my most recent pages:






The triangles are actually Mirror paper - it didn't scan well.

ANNNND - I tackled the cover! I'm really happy with it.




Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on January 16, 2011 09:17:48 PM
I also had a semi crazy thought for seeing the tour in Seattle... this is completely hush hush...

My boyfriend and I have been dating for 3 years, and have been talking a lot about "forever" and "the future" and "our life together"... I've been toying with the idea of proposing via my sketchbook!

I have ONE page left in my book (the theme is "Boys & girls") and doing a non-traditional proposal would be fitting. I was thinking of making a cute page that says "Will you marry me? Circle yes or no" and having a pen available when we look through it together.

I wish I had thought of this a while ago, and not A DAY before the book is due to be postmarked. Is this completely crazy?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 16, 2011 09:36:46 PM
prettyinpaisley, what an awesome and totally sweet idea! What a great way to end off your book!

And, you should bring a pen so you can sign it when he says yes!!



Okay, I have to go to bed, but I wanted to post this one picture...



Can you see the little squirrel on the front steps of the Air and Space Museum?

Yes... I'm a geek... and proud of it...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 16, 2011 10:08:54 PM
I wish I'd been with my man long enough to do something amazing like that! My goodness, that is seriously a brilliant idea!!! Also, prettyinpaisley, if you do for certain do that, pleaaaaasse tell what day you'll be doing it on the Seattle portion o:


It's 10:08pm, I'm still cooking... I think dinner will be ready in about 15-20min. After I eat dinner, I'll be sketchbook-ing until about 2, maybe 5am. *sips Mtn dew*


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on January 16, 2011 11:05:37 PM
I also had a semi crazy thought for seeing the tour in Seattle... this is completely hush hush...

My boyfriend and I have been dating for 3 years, and have been talking a lot about "forever" and "the future" and "our life together"... I've been toying with the idea of proposing via my sketchbook!

I have ONE page left in my book (the theme is "Boys & girls") and doing a non-traditional proposal would be fitting. I was thinking of making a cute page that says "Will you marry me? Circle yes or no" and having a pen available when we look through it together.

I wish I had thought of this a while ago, and not A DAY before the book is due to be postmarked. Is this completely crazy?

I can just imagine a whole bunch of Craftsters waiting at the side watching eagerly as your BF flips through your book!!  :D :D I do hope you do it. I think it's a great idea.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 17, 2011 06:43:28 AM
prettyinpaisley, I think that is such a great idea. How romantic! Make sure you take a picture of that page to post, if you decide to do it. The rest of your pages are really great. I love how you worked your theme.

craftADDchick, the little squirrel is so cute.  :D

Last day to work on things, everyone! Get them done!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: malmow on January 17, 2011 11:47:03 AM
Love those pages Racky! I feel like a lot of us should have the 'I shouldn't have waited until the last minute' page in our books. :D

I definitely have one of those pages! It says, "I'm sorry I forgot you, sketchbook."
The extended deadline and the fact that there is no school today gives me an entire day to work on my sketchbook! Minus laundry and homework and cooking dinner, but those are optional, right?
So my sketchbook hopefully won't look so forgotten.
I am still intimidated by my cover, so I think I'm going to leave it plain.
I'm not really sure what to put on the first page, either, so maybe I will leave it blank, too.
nicoleburdsall, I love the clouds and the intense colors on your first page!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on January 17, 2011 12:06:05 PM
I just ran across this quote from Calvin & Hobbes and find it completely appropriate...

“-You can't just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.
-What mood is that?
-Last-minute panic.”


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 17, 2011 12:54:50 PM
Dear beloved sketchbook that secretly I hate a little because my art takes forever,

I promise that you will be finished today. Please don't kill me. Just make sure you give me an allotted time slot for my honors art project, my swaps, and my own necessities, such as eating and showering...

Yours truly,
Fullmoon


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on January 17, 2011 01:14:55 PM
I just ran across this quote from Calvin & Hobbes and find it completely appropriate...

“-You can't just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.
-What mood is that?
-Last-minute panic.”

:D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on January 17, 2011 01:39:40 PM
I'm all about the last minute panic!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 17, 2011 01:42:08 PM
Today's inspiration while working on my sketchbook: Hanazakari no Kimitachi e

I'm tired -_-; Back to the art....


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 17, 2011 05:17:43 PM
My sketchbook is officially in the hands of the USPS! I used the APC and dropped it into the slot. I just realized that I dropped it into the bin labeled "stamped mail" instead of metered mail, but there's nothing I can do about that now! I was hoping to get a DC#, but it wasn't an available option. Hopefully, it makes it there safe and sound by the end of the week!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 17, 2011 05:47:12 PM
STILL NOT DONE :'(


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on January 17, 2011 06:26:03 PM
Congratulations craftADDchick!

Fullmoon - you are not alone. But, you (we) will all get done as much as we can and be happy that we tried our best (even if it isn't perfect). [obviously I am speaking to myself here as much as to you  ;)]

I am actually working on the last page that I am going to do!! I have no more inspiration though, so I am probably going to wait until after dinner to focus on it (mmmm... yummy home made salsa!)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on January 17, 2011 06:51:27 PM
STILL NOT DONE :'(

I have 4 pages left to finish after goofing off all day and movies and a few cocktails - ugh, Cosmos, why do you tempt me?

And I mean Cosmos - vodka, not Cosmos - Carl Sagan. I've got 4 hours or so until bedtime....


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Maimun on January 17, 2011 06:57:01 PM
everyone keep in mind that they'll continue accepting sketchbooks after tomorrow and it'll be in the collection.  They'll try to get them into as many tour stops as they can.  I assume they'll be online too.

I just wish I could get to a show :(


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 17, 2011 07:07:04 PM
Congratulations craftADDchick!

Fullmoon - you are not alone. But, you (we) will all get done as much as we can and be happy that we tried our best (even if it isn't perfect). [obviously I am speaking to myself here as much as to you  ;)]

I am actually working on the last page that I am going to do!! I have no more inspiration though, so I am probably going to wait until after dinner to focus on it (mmmm... yummy home made salsa!)


If I don't finish, I'll try to be happy that I did my best, but knowing me I'll be a little pissed that I didn't finish. T_T I'm working like mad though.



STILL NOT DONE :'(

I have 4 pages left to finish after goofing off all day and movies and a few cocktails - ugh, Cosmos, why do you tempt me?

And I mean Cosmos - vodka, not Cosmos - Carl Sagan. I've got 4 hours or so until bedtime....

Yum! If I were old enough to drink, that would totally be my poison of choice XD I love virgin cosmos, and on one of our trips my mom let me taste her normal one and I was like "...This is probably the only boozy drink I'll ever want when I'm old :D" But my grandma and my aunt each had one too, and this other table of people kept staring at us thinking mine was an alcoholic on like theirs, and the daughters seemed pissed off and also freaked out. It was really funny. But my family gets very silly on trips, especially at dinner, so they ended up thinking all four of us were drunk. It was sadly really funny.

HOWEVER.... Since I'm underage, and would also not like to imagine trying to drink and work on this (I'm ditzy enough as it is haha), I am drinking a Mtn Dew livewire and watching more of my favorite Japanese tv show while I draw ^_^

------

My current running totals:

Pages sketched: 36
Pages inked: 13
Pages completed: 7

Estimated pages remaining to be sketched before story is complete: 6 - 10

(Then I'll do some character sketches and the guest book. Maybe an artist page haha, and on it, I'll have the should-be-required "I shouldn't have procrastinated" statement :D)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on January 17, 2011 08:01:58 PM
I'm not overly happy with a lot of the spreads in my book but here are a couple I like. I'm going to take an extra day and send a little late so I can tweak some of them in an effort to bump them into a better place. Better late than never!

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/amaryllisroze/5366139064/)
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/amaryllisroze/5365524911/)
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/amaryllisroze/5365525535/)

This is one I'm going to try to clean up a bit. I really like it but it needs something else. The stamping is messy and bothers me.
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/amaryllisroze/5366138540/)

And one that isn't finished but I love it so far...
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/amaryllisroze/5366139700/)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 17, 2011 08:15:36 PM
That looks awesome!!!!

40 pages sketched, 5-10 more to go, then I can go shower, then ink everything, then color everything!!!! :D


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Updated:

Ick, I feel lame.... I should draw out each part from this, but it would take a lot more effort than I have the time for at this point (I still need to shower and wear my white strips, clean my room, finish the damn sketchbook, try to get some of my honors art project done, find my stamps, and a couple other things... )

If I were to draw out each of these, it would take a few more pages, but it would seriously be a lot of detail and effort in a style I'm not so good with certain details in.
Spoilers if you want to know what I'm referring to: (( "Memories suddenly flooded my head. I saw it all, my father and brother leaving, afraid to be near me after the death of my mother; me crying to my mother after what happened to Koji when my powers awakened; my mother trying to smile despite the pain... I saw it all..."  ))

Now if you read the spoiler.... You may wish to read this explanation which is somewhat of a hardcore spoiler too: ((  You'd have to read the entire story (and know the back story) or the sketchbook for this to fully be understandable, but the short story I wrote, it's based off a full on novel length idea I have, and a huge part of it is this nightmare
that Mana Librada has. This little girl has a bandaged up arm, it's meant to be assumed she was injured by the other children who are bullying her. Well, the only one of these children who doesn't torment her is this boy, and she runs to him and hugs him. But after a lot of pressure and laughter and other issues from these other children, he shoves the little girl off him and she falls to the ground. As she's on the ground crying, her eyes suddenly start to glow red and something happens to the boy and it's sort of like a krrsshshh and blood goes everywhere. He's laying on the ground bleeding to death, and the little girl is covered in blood. She's terrified because she has no idea what just happened. I forget if I decided if she ends up accidentally killing the other children or if they run off. But anyways, when she's back home, as she's crying to her mother trying to tell her about what happened and how horrified she is, and that she thinks the boy is dead, something goes wrong and she does something similar to her mother. Her mother understood what was going on, about her powers, and tried her best to seal them away as she struggled to smile and calm her daughter as she painfully died. Well, her older brother, and her father are absolutely terrified of this little girl now. They leave her to live with her aunt. Soo... Anyways, this causes like hardcore amnesia from PTSD and the type of amnesia she has, I forget what it's called... But it causes you to have horrifying nightmares of the event, but you don't know that it's from your memories, you don't know where this comes from. But she doesn't really remember much of anything throughout her entire life, but she constantly has this nightmare. Now, were gonna flash forward to her late teenage years. Mana and her aunt are moving, and the town that they've moved to is the town that Mana was born in and lived in with her parents until her mother's death. She starts school and ends up meeting this boy, Koji. She doesn't remember him AT ALL, but he feels familiar to her. Well, Koji remembers her from their childhood and tries his best to avoid her. But she sort of loved him as a child, and she slowly starts to love him again, but anyways, as he slowly starts to fail at avoiding her, and she's starting to be around him a little more, it causes problems with the seal. I have about three variations from this bit, but yeah, that's sort of the back story a bit....  ))


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on January 17, 2011 11:37:15 PM
I am as done as I'm gonna be with my book, just need to bind it up and hopefully get out of our cul de sac which has not been plowed from the 2+ feet of recent snow so I can get to the post office.  I was going to scan tonight but can't make my scanner work so it'll have to wait until the morning....

aroze, I'm liking the messy stamping :)  your pages look fabulous!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 17, 2011 11:46:51 PM
I FINISHED ALL MY SKETCHES!!!!!!!

Running Totals:

Sketches: 64 (The remaining 16 pages are my guestbook) 52 (I tore out the character sketches because they were eating up too much time and were such a bitch to do!! Remaining 16 are still guestbook!)
Inked: 16 18 16
Colored: 7

Current Time: 11:46pm 12:02am 12:40

AUGH I SET MYSELF BACK LIKE AN HOUR!!!! D;


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 18, 2011 12:50:56 AM
everyone keep in mind that they'll continue accepting sketchbooks after tomorrow and it'll be in the collection.  They'll try to get them into as many tour stops as they can.  I assume they'll be online too.

I just wish I could get to a show :(

What do you think the chances are of it getting into the tour if it gets sent a day late? :s
It's 1am, I'm kind of exhausted, I have to get up for school at 6am, and I still need to clean my room. -_-;;; I think I may have to call it quits for the night and get it shipped out a day late, but I'll priority mail it so I can have it get there mega fast!!!

EDIT:

Yeah, I surrender. I'd rather send it a day late and actually have it all done as opposed to sending it half finished and being grumpy the entire time, and also as opposed to skipping sleep entirely in hopes of having it done, getting sick-ish again, having to miss school, and have to make up a class or two again because I have poor attendance (I get sick a lot)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: starfish13 on January 18, 2011 02:04:08 AM
aroze, those pages are beautiful.  I love your style.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 18, 2011 02:59:40 AM
amaryliisroze, I love the way your pages came out! I wish I had bothered to dig out my alphabet stamp sets- it would have looked way better than my handwriting! I love the quotes you've used, too!

Fullmoon, don't stress anymore!! You've been working so hard on your journal, that I'd hate for you to lose the joy you should experience from working on it.

I live in MA, and we just got another snow day- snow and ice for the day expected- so maybe they'll be understanding (at 8:30 last night the APC still posted it with yesterday's date, so that could be an option for you!). A friend of mine (I got her the journal as a brithday gift) was stressing over not having hers finished yesterday (although the pages she does have are great!). If she does finish today, she is within walking distance of the post office (however, she has to travel along a steep hill) so she might be all set. But, I didn't want her to feel obligated just because I paid for it. As long as she goes to Portland, ME with me to see them, I'll be happy!

So, do what makes you feel happiest!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on January 18, 2011 03:50:48 AM
Thanks! I've never liked my handwriting so I picked up several kinds of alphabet stamps. The style is a little messier than I normally do in general.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on January 18, 2011 04:32:49 AM
I'm wondering if maybe I should look into getting some alphabet stamp sets.  I don't have any and I think I'd like to try them even though my handwriting is generally very neat and legible. 

amaryllisroze - I love the way your pages turned out!  They're awesome!  Great work!

I hope everyone is done or nearing done with your sketchbook!  Good luck!  Don't let the panic ruin all the fun you had making your sketchbook! ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 18, 2011 05:13:43 AM
Your pages are gorgeous, aroze!

I think if you send a day late, you're ok. It's going to take them a while to catalog all the books they receive. Don't stress, but get them in the mail as soon as you can! I can't wait to see everyone's work in person.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on January 18, 2011 06:27:00 AM
I think I'm going to use that Calvin & Hobbes quote on my last page.  :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 18, 2011 06:52:58 AM
The reason I stress a lot is probably cuz I've developed quite a bit of paranoia lately from a lot of problems in my life along with a sort of OCD tendency to need to make anything art wise look perfect haha... Made worse by my years of art classes at the high school with a perfectionist teacher who gives you hell if your art has even tiny flaws. I had a charcoal that I was really behind on because my art teacher wouldn't let me start until a week after everyone else did, I get sick a lot and missed several days of school, and on the weekends I had a lot of stuff going on with my family along with other things I had to do, so I couldn't always work on my charcoal 24-7 like she expected of me, like she was mad cuz I took it home on a weekend but didn't work on it a lot because one I was celebrating my birthday with my family and my boyfriend/best friend, and then the next day I was tired so I slept in a bit and then had stuff to do with my mom, so I didn't have much time. I still worked really hard and also spent the first month feeling like I was going to puke during that class because she literally would make time in her schedule of looking over both classes (it became a dual art class of honors art and advanced ceramics) to specifically give me plenty of hell. -_- so anyways, despite working rly hard on it whenever I could, I barely got it done in time and she was not amused that it wasn't 109% perfect despite the fact that it still looked wonderful, especially considering I didn't have a lot of time. This year has made me a lot more anal about my art lol. :P Despite this, I actually do love how my sketchbook is looking but now I kinda regret tearing out the character sketches cuz it's making the book a lil wonky.

Oh, and I literally found the PERFECT way to end my book. After the last panel of the story, you flip and get two Edgar Allan Poe quotes about dreams that fit it sooooooo perfectly!!!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on January 18, 2011 07:08:52 AM
amaryllisroze - I love the script lettering that you did on for feet, wings, fly and blossom. It adds so much to your already beautiful pages. I also keep looking at the little dots you did around the pages... did you outline each little dot by hand?

Fullmoon - I am glad that you found the perfect way to end your book! Art is not always perfect, so I really hope that you are able to find joy in the creating process again.

I finished. Very late last night because I just couldn't seem to get inspired for the random page that I had left. I was also able to add one element that I had originally planned for on the opening and closing pages (basically two disembodied voices talking to each other at the start and close of the day). It is sort of sappy - but it was like 1 am and I just went with it.

I plan on scanning it on my way in to work and getting it to the post office this evening after my daughter's viola lessons (we have a post office that is open until 10 pm near the airport). Yay!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on January 18, 2011 08:39:34 AM
The script is also done with stamps. And yes, I'm silly enough to do all the dots by hand. I'm kind of obsessed with them.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on January 18, 2011 09:53:36 AM
I've beaten my scanner into submission...here are my 3 favourite spreads (out of my meager 9 spreads....one of which is an "add your mark" spread)  The book turned out way more random and less cohesive as a story than I had originally envisioned, but I kind of like that.  All the "story" prose was taken out of my most prized collage book-a moldy old 1910 Alberta School Speller that I found in an auction box a few years ago.  It has some of the best weird lines ever ("The angry monkey tore the ladies bonnet" is one of my personal faves ;D) so I went with the idea of found short stories that make absolutely no sense whatsoever.  I did collages that are reminescent of the favourite pieces I've done over the past year on heavy watercolour paper or canvas paper.


I'm trying not to do more to this one....


my favourite background and "story"



The rest of the book can be seen on my flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alteredmommy/sets/72157625728177551/)  I am so glad that this is done.....


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 18, 2011 10:07:00 AM
DawnsTrees, I'm still enjoying working on it, just less so when I'm tired haha.

I'll just keep working on it (the one bad thing about it being comic-ish is there is a lot of repeating the art haha that gets a little boring) and hopefully have it done tonight. I hate hands though. I can draw a hand if it's realism and requires such crazy detail, but in an anime/manga style I was NEVER able to master hands or feet.

I kinda wish I brought it to school with me today, but I felt I kinda needed a break so I could focus on other things for once.

I'm sitting in ssr working on stuff for a swap I'm angeling for. it's kinda relaxing. ^-^

But anyways, I know that I'll like the sketchbook once it's finished.

The main thing I'm not looking forward to though is drawing in a daaaaark background for the temple scenes and trying to illuminate with flames and have ____, ____, and ___ be all slightly darkish but slightly not. I've done a lot in this sketchbook that I like never do. O_o_


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 18, 2011 10:43:51 AM
I love your pages, am, with your weird little stories! They look great.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: malmow on January 18, 2011 11:04:11 AM
I didn't put it in my sketchbook, but maybe I'll put that calvin and hobbes quote in my altered journal. It really sums it up!
I just taped up my envelope and will be mailing before work today!
I'm happy we got the extra two days to work (3 for me, really, because I was thinking Friday was the 15th for some reason and was planning to mail then) because I did a lot of awesome work yesterday. Since I was sort of "in a hurry" I didn't agonize so much over what to put in my book and I just filled it up and ended up loving some of the things I did.
I scanned all my pages and will try to post some here soon, since I don't think I've posted a single picture in this thread.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 18, 2011 01:59:57 PM
alteredmommy, your pages are awesome! I love how you collaged the women and then altered them. I also really like your backgrounds!

I think it just hit me that I mailed off my journal and will only see it one more time in person. I made color copies of it, but they came out kind of dark, so now I'm wishing that I had made the time to scan it (or have it scanned before I sent). I paid for the digitizing, but I don't know how long that will be, or if we'll be able to print them out.

Sigh... I didn't even work on it for very many days, but I already miss my journal...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: starfish13 on January 18, 2011 02:21:24 PM
I started the project by pulling my book apart, then sticking bits together to make 5 larger spreads.  But I couldn't think of something to do for one of them, and then started running out of time, so I did 4 instead.  Then I folded it up and rebound it and filled in the blanks in between.

Big spreads:

Butterflies

End of the Line

Ashes

One Life


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 18, 2011 02:22:37 PM
Very cool, starfish13! I love the idea of big spreads like that.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: puamelia on January 18, 2011 02:39:10 PM
My gosh such beautiful work you all have done... congratulations!

Life has quite got away from me and that is what I did my book on... It's in the mailbox, and I have to admit that it is very true to my life, my project timeline/style and my theme "If you lived here..." After weeks of planning and storyboarding, months of procrastinating and experiencing life, in one week I doodled, scrap-booked and sketched a bit, with a running dialogue all the way thru... and some blank pages and an invitation for readers to add something of their own.  My DH says "it really is you" so I am happy. 

And there goes the Mail Lady, so there's no more touching it. *sigh* so glad it's done!  I'll try to get some pics up soon.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on January 18, 2011 03:29:52 PM
I am finished! Whoo hoo.

Racky - My number is 29543, but anyone will recognize the loud orange lottery ticket cover.

I'm off to the P.O. at 4:30. I copied at Kinko's during lunch and it only cost $12 - so I think I completed 11 sets of pages? Something like that.

And everyone else - I think your work is magnificent. I'm happy to be a part of the group. Next year, we'll all be better organized!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 18, 2011 05:10:31 PM
I'm at knowledge bowl practice. When I get home I'll work on my sketchbook.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: FishStikks on January 18, 2011 07:10:08 PM
Sooooo, I got to the post office, book in hand, roughly 20 minutes before they closed and got that sucker on the way! Thank heavens they gave us an extra couple days, I totally used them and needed them too. My book would not have had anything on the covers had they not,  ::)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fishstikks/sets/72157625731596835/

I have a couple shots up and as photobucket refused to work with me tonight I went ahead and posted them to my Flickr, in case anyone wants to see what I came up with.

Racky, I believe my number is 25011.

Will come back tomorrow after my cold pills have worn off and wander about looking at fantastic artwork!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 18, 2011 07:51:24 PM
FishStikks, I love your drawing style! I'd hang some of those pages on my walls!

I'm really looking forward to seeing the books in person!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 18, 2011 08:10:16 PM
; w ;
So tired.... I haven't slept well in weeks, and I feel sickish. :/ I'm gonna lay down for a few hrs and then work on my sketchbook in the middle of the night. x_x I'm most creative then anyways :) haha. I rlyyyyyyyyyy want it mailed out tomorrow.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: malmow on January 18, 2011 08:36:58 PM
I am LOVING the One Life spread by starfish.
My number is 33055!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: nicoleburdsall on January 18, 2011 09:18:27 PM
Sending out! Number is 27157

Last "page." It's actually like over half the book glued together and cut out.



Close up



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 19, 2011 06:50:22 AM
nicoleburdsall, I love the layering of your rabbit hole! So cool.

And fishstikks (babs!), geesh. Your illustrations are awesome.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 19, 2011 08:05:07 AM
:'( I was sicker than I thought last night.... I seriously slept for 10hrs or so... Fml I will work on it today. I NEED to finish it or I'll go nuts lol. XD
Also, I loveeeeee having a loud iPod with a full battery. I'm in criminal justice drowning out the stupid people around me. :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on January 19, 2011 08:40:26 AM
I'll have to go home and look for my number after my faculty meeting today.  I know I still have my library card "somewhere" ::)  Just not exactly sure where. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on January 19, 2011 08:43:43 AM
You can get in online as well when you sign in to do your bio...

I love the "outside the book" ideas you guys are having...the big spreads and the rabbit hole!!

babs, your book is as fabulous as I expected it to be ;D

I can't wait to see everyone's work in person....woo hoo!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 19, 2011 08:58:55 AM
I'll have to go home and look for my number after my faculty meeting today.  I know I still have my library card "somewhere" ::)  Just not exactly sure where. 

The library card number is evidently different from the number on the back of your book, so please give us the number from your profile, which is online.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on January 19, 2011 10:03:10 AM
Well, for better or worse its done and gone.  :)

And I so envy those of you who can draw!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: malmow on January 19, 2011 01:40:49 PM
The rabbit hole is perfect!
Here are some pictures of my book. I bent the theme quite a bit to include things you forget in general. And there are some pages that don't fit the theme at all!
The page on the left is one of the earlier ones I did...I ended up really liking it! The page on the right didn't get as much attention as I would have liked.

I found this hand but wasn't sure where to put it. Then I made the homework page and was almost finished and realized that the hand fit perfectly! I had almost forgotten about it.

Another early page: the birdwatching one. It was my way of forcing myself to use a bunch of my pretty papers that I was hoarding. The left page is my dog! He's supposed to be sitting outside, peering through the screen door at me. I let him out sometimes and get distracted while he's sniffing around, but he just sits and waits patiently for me.

One of my original ideas was about forgetting birthdays. I'm really proud of that page. There a bunch of dates stamped in the background, a bunch of meaningful ones and some random ones.

I have quite a few more pictures, but I don't want to be a thread hog!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on January 19, 2011 03:15:40 PM
Love the birthday page - the older I get, the more I forget birthdays. I sent my 13-year-old nephew a "Happy 12th Birthday" card and he teases me about it wach time we're together.

Fishstixx - those drawings are lovely. I can't wait to see these books in real life.



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 19, 2011 03:25:36 PM
I love all your collaged pages, malmow. I don't think anything's missing from the friend page. It's just right.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: malmow on January 19, 2011 06:24:52 PM
Your compliments mean a lot coming from such talented paper-crafters! Thank you.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: starfish13 on January 20, 2011 04:32:45 AM
And thank you for your lovely comment too, malmow.

Some of the fill in pages in my book...  please excuse rubbish photos - I was in such a rush to get them done!
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=423451) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=423450)
Front Page and Don't Panic!


Hitched, lying on the manky carpet in the living room.


And close ups.  Sorry for hogging the thread!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 20, 2011 10:21:31 AM
Hog away! I love to see everyone's photos. What a beautiful way to illustrate that quote!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 20, 2011 11:30:56 AM
O_x *still hasn't sent due to busy-ness and light illness*

Everyone has such amazing sketchbooks ^_^


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 20, 2011 06:01:21 PM
starfish13, I love that page! I love that quote, too! What a neat idea to have it fold out in a double spread like that.

Fullmoon, sorry you're still not feeling well! Keep plugging away at your journal, because I can't wait to see more of its awesomeness!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Fullmoon on January 20, 2011 06:34:38 PM
I don't care if it's lateish I'm sending priority mail Monday (Maybe I can convince dad to overnight it lol)

I also don't hate my design for Luxion so much anymore.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on January 21, 2011 12:30:13 AM
My book barcode is 27738.

starfish13 - I love that quote and the page is beautiful!

I am finally able to post a couple last pages that I did before sending off. My final page count was 30 spreads!  ;D 

My Driving page:


My Stories page: sorry for my wonky writing... The quote says "We are all made of stories. When they finally put us underground, the stories are what will go on. Not forever, perhaps, but for a time. Its a kind of immortality, I suppose, bounded by limits, its true, but then so's everything. - Charles DeLint"


These next two are not really obvious in their relation to my theme. I know why I put them in, but I don't think that it came out in the execution. All I can say is that things got a bit crazy toward the end there and I wasn't being as clear as I thought I was ;)

My "Bug" page - the quote says "The question is not Can they reason? Nor Can they talk? But Can they suffer? - Jeremy Bentham"


My inspiration page


I have to say, as sappy as this sound, that last quote also applies here. Thank you fellow Sketchbook Project Craftsters for all of your inspiration and support during this process!



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: starfish13 on January 21, 2011 02:28:10 AM
Thank you all for your kind words.

Dawn, I love your bug page.  And everyone has had such fantastic and creative ideas.  I wish I was able to go see the exhibition, I'm so envious of you guys that will.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 21, 2011 07:24:03 AM
Those are great pages, DawnsTrees! I will add your number to the list on the front page. Anyone else want to share?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on January 22, 2011 12:24:09 PM
been sick the last couple of weeks but did get mine sent in on time - need to check and be sure it got there - will post pics in a bit of the finished book - it turned out pretty good I think <g>

have to be sure to drive down to Austin when they get there so I can see everyones in person  :)

love all the pictures posted - will be looking closer at them later today :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: malmow on January 23, 2011 09:26:16 AM
I love the bug page, too! The intricacy of the wood juxtaposed with the simplicity of the ladybug are really neat.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ffrogg526 on January 27, 2011 07:44:36 AM
starfish - that page is amazing!   I love it!!  I wanted to do some things like that I just didn't because I ran out of time and already had the pages cut, etc. 

DawnsTrees - those pages are great!  I love the books!  And I'm such a huge fan of quotes that of course I love all of those. :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: cherryrose on January 30, 2011 11:55:49 AM
I want to start a journal to, already bought one. I just have one question: how do you prep your  pages? I'm afraid the pages will tear when using wet paint, tea and that sort of thing. And wont the journal fall apart with all the extras to the pages? I'm a bit afraid of ruining the journal.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 30, 2011 07:37:48 PM
I just checked out the tour dates for the sketchbooks and they'll be in Portland, ME from March 30th- April 2nd. I'm hoping I can head up there on the 2nd with a couple of friends (it's a 2.5 - 3 hour drive). Then, we can shop and eat in downtown Portland ;)

Would it be too geeky of me to wear my t-shirt when I go? ;D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on January 31, 2011 05:06:48 AM


Would it be too geeky of me to wear my t-shirt when I go? ;D

No, it would make it easier for other Craftsters to spot you in the wild!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on January 31, 2011 04:35:56 PM


Would it be too geeky of me to wear my t-shirt when I go? ;D

No, it would make it easier for other Craftsters to spot you in the wild!

LOL! ;)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on February 05, 2011 11:00:08 AM
Question: Has anyone else received a conformation e-mail from arthouse that says they received their sketchbook? I know it arrived weeks ago, (I got a DC# and tracked it) but I haven't heard anything from them!

I'm just being extra nervous about my book being there, because guess what... I proposed via my sketchbook! OMG.

I'm still coming to terms with keeping the secret until June when the tour is in Seattle. Hush hush though!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on February 05, 2011 11:04:27 AM
prettyinpaisley, I couldn't get a DC# for mine! How'd you do that?

I haven't received a confirmation either, but I'm guessing that they've been inundated with sketchbooks (and snow), so it's probably taking longer than they expected. The exhibit opening is in a couple of weeks, so maybe you'll hear soon!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on February 05, 2011 12:18:49 PM
I haven't heard anything either. I'm sure they're all got there safely.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: amaryllisroze on February 07, 2011 06:32:47 AM
I got an email from them last night saying they had received it.

I shipped mine via priority mail with a DC number and got the email from USPS that it was delivered but nothing from the CoOp.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Nooo on February 12, 2011 06:18:20 PM
I got an e-mail this week too, mine got there safe and sound :) Now I can quit worrying.

PrettyinPaisley, that's crazy awesome! Best wishes  ;D I'd go crazy keeping a secret like that.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: IdlersDesign on February 13, 2011 10:44:50 AM

I'm just being extra nervous about my book being there, because guess what... I proposed via my sketchbook! OMG.

I'm still coming to terms with keeping the secret until June when the tour is in Seattle. Hush hush though!

Exciting! (But what if he proposes first.....?  ;))


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on February 14, 2011 02:12:58 PM
My sketchbook is officially received! Yay! Plus, the one my friend sent has been received, as well! Hers is #28341 and I only got to see a few pages of it, so I'm looking forward to checking it out in ME!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on February 14, 2011 02:15:32 PM
I got an email stating mine has been received too.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: alteredmommy on February 14, 2011 03:31:19 PM
me too, yay!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Maimun on February 14, 2011 05:10:43 PM
I got my email too!  My ID # is: #32504

I'm jealous of everyone who'll be able to see the books in person!

PrettyinPaisley, I'm seriously impressed at your patience.  I almost wish someone would secretly video it so we could see it happen.  Best Wishes!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on February 14, 2011 06:23:21 PM
Me also - a nice Valentine's message.

I'll be at the San Francisco showing next month - wearing my t-shirt (maybe). I still haven't assembled my copied pages into a book yet.



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on February 14, 2011 08:22:27 PM
Got the e-mail too. PHEW! That's a breath of fresh air!

In case you're wondering - my book is #31230

I'll be at one of the Seattle dates - not sure which one yet.

Also - just wondering... for those of you who had a page where people can sign/write in your book -- are they going to allow that?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Maimun on February 14, 2011 08:26:13 PM
I hope they do allow folks to sign the book.  I fit those pages into my theme.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Smmarrt on February 15, 2011 11:48:27 AM
I glued a few pages onto back cover - and I already had two friends sign it - so I hope so also.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: starfish13 on February 16, 2011 06:50:51 AM
My book has been recieved.  I'm insanely excited, even though I'll never see it.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on February 16, 2011 01:43:12 PM
I just got the email that it is opening this weekend! I wish I could go to the opening events! If any of you are going, please let us know how it is!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: raeraethejetplane on February 19, 2011 01:21:37 AM
I got a little sick of looking at the book after I pushed myself too much on it...It was sent out today. Also, the only job I was able to get in almost a year fired me after training so I have decided against going to any of the tour dates. I hope the sacrifice well help me finish school much quicker. :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: prettyinpaisley on February 26, 2011 12:55:12 PM
I got an e-mail today saying:

"We just wanted to let you know that bradley m. just viewed your sketchbook (#31230) at Brooklyn Art Library in Brooklyn, NY!

Your book has been viewed 1 time so far.

Sincerely,
The Brooklyn Art Library Librarian"

How many other sketchbooks have been viewed? This is so exciting!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on February 28, 2011 09:24:35 AM
Mine was viewed once.  :D



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DanniQuee on February 28, 2011 10:27:21 AM
I received a message saying my book was viewed once too! Given the amount of books at the event, I'm pleased as can be about that single view. :D


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: DawnsTrees on February 28, 2011 01:36:08 PM
I got a message that mine was viewed once as well! I am so pleased! I have to admit that I couldn't help but wonder why they picked my book out and what their reaction to my book was...


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: beckashell on February 28, 2011 04:16:06 PM
Mine was viewed as well!!

I never made it to the show before I left the US. The only day I was available was Presidents Day and the library wasn't open. I'll have to live vicariously through those that do get to visit!!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: craftADDchick on February 28, 2011 04:31:09 PM
I plan on checking out all of the ones that I can from this craftalong next month (in just about one month, actually!). So, if your code is listed on the first page of the thread, I'll try to get a peek at it!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on March 01, 2011 10:54:30 AM
going down to Austin (3 hr drive) to see the sketchbooks! March 12th

can't wait to see some of them in person :)

haven't checked my e-mail in a while will need to do that (usually just full of store ads)

oh and get my pictures posted too :P


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on March 12, 2011 04:11:19 AM
off to Austin to see sketchbooks :)

got my pics in photobucket finally - will get them posted here later this weekend.


and finally figured out my ID number - 24981


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on March 12, 2011 06:51:04 AM
Have fun, gg!


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ankhored on March 14, 2011 01:18:48 AM
 Its nice to know they are on they way and able to be looked at now. I got an email a few weeks ago saying mine has been viewed once. And I got another email today saying it had been viewed again :D

 I would love to know what they thought :)

 I


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: Ankhored on March 14, 2011 01:21:52 AM
argh - it posted without me finishing what I was writing,

 I never put any photos up of mine in here..I was a bit nervous :) 
But I paid for the scanning so one day it will be up on the arthouse sight.

 my number is #25935 'Im Sorry I forgot you'



Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on March 14, 2011 09:15:45 AM
We got down to Austin  ;D

it was suppose to open at noon - but they had a mishap with the journals in the truck down and had to resort

they opened at 2pm - we were there just before 2pm - a mass crowd was there - the journals were in a small room - there was two computers to sign up for cards

lucky I had a card so we got to check out journals

one at a time because I didn't think to copy down themes - just had the numbers. If you have the theme (has to be in the same theme) they will let you take two at a time.

it was soooooooo packed in there - wall to wall people - so I got to see maybe a 3rd of the journals I wanted to see and it was hot because of all the people in that room.

everyone working the show was very nice and helpful but there was at least 3 times more people in that room trying to look at journals than there should have been. And the line was packed out the lobby and down the block.

we went thru the museum and the museum store after seeing the journals and the room was still packed solid and the line was still down the block. 


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on March 14, 2011 09:20:01 AM
Wow, it sounds hectic.

How did you get a card? Is that something they sent us with the journal? (I remember getting something with a number on it.) Any tips for a successful viewing strategy?


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on March 14, 2011 09:22:40 AM
Even so it was a thrill to see the journals I was able to see  ;D


I did get to see
Mine, rackycoo, FishStikks, Phizzychick, alteredmommy, beckashell, and MunLtStmpr

and missed so many more  :'(


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on March 14, 2011 09:25:32 AM
Yes it's that card with a barcode on it - you got it with your journal

TAKE it <g>  otherwise you have to wait in a line to get one.

write down the numbers you want to see and themes - I didn't even think about themes - you can check out two from the same theme at one time.

get there before the time of viewing so you can be up front and not caught in a long line.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on March 14, 2011 09:28:48 AM
Thanks for the tips! I have that card handy, so I'll be sure to take it with, along with a printout of the front page of this thread.  :)


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on March 14, 2011 09:30:26 AM
I'm hoping it was just because they started two hours late - so fingers crossed it won't be so darn packed at the next viewing. They were suppose to close down at 5 pm - hope everyone got in that wanted to get in to see their books.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: rackycoo on March 14, 2011 09:38:08 AM
Wow, that was a short show. Maybe by the time they get to Atlanta the kinks will be worked out.


Title: Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010
Post by: goatgoddess on March 14, 2011 11:20:40 AM
finally pictures to post <g>



























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