A few weeks ago, I joined Sketchbook Skool, where people are rediscovering their inner artist. This is a great class that won't teach you what to draw, but will teach you how to draw.
The six-week classes include instruction by six different artists. In the Beginnings class, instructors include Danny Gregory, Koosje Koene, and Jane LaFazio. The course is about keeping a sketchbook journal and drawing images from our daily life. Each week begins with videos from that week's instructor, which include sketchbook exercises.
One of the first exercises involved sketching in public. Here is my drawing from Pinafore Park in St. Thomas, Ontario:
And here are a few more of my drawings from the class.
The class focuses on drawing images from real life. If you have ever wanted to keep a sketchbook journal, this class is for you.
[Disclaimer: I was given a free seat in the Beginner class.]
Tangle Stitches is a new book by Australian quilter and Zentangle® teacher Jane Monk. I had the pleasure of meeting Jane in October 2010 when we were in the same Zentangle certification class.
This book is for anyone who would like to incorporate the repetitive patterns that are at the centre of Zentangle, in their stitching projects.
The first half of the book contains an introduction to Zentangle, as well as detailed instructions for 41 patterns.
The second half of the book is devoted to a collection of projects.
Now I don't have any sewing machine experience, so I chose one of the hand-stitched projects in the book, a journal cover.
I adapted the instructions a bit to do the whole thing with Nicole's Bead Backing which is my favourite bead embroidery foundation. It is stiff enough to work as a journal cover. I also adapted Jane's design to bead embroidery. Here is my front cover.
For a giveaway of a copy of Jane's book and one of the pin cushions from the cover, see this post on Craftside. (U.S. and Australia only.)
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book to review. I will be donating this book to the Canadian Embroiderers' Guild in London, Ontario, of which I am a member.
This is my third project in the Gelli Jam Art Journal Workshop with Joanna Grant, part of the Artful Gathering Online Art Retreats.
I started with five sheets of 9x12" Bristol paper, and my 12x14" Gelli Plate. Here are the prints at three different stages (click images for a larger view):
I then cut the sheets and created these two journals:
This is my second project in the Gelli Jam Art Journal Workshop with Joanna Grant, part of the Artful Gathering Online Art Retreats. We made a journal with recycled greeting cards.
These are all the Gelli prints I made for the journal:
(Click the images for a larger view)
This is the front cover:
The front spread:
A two-page spread:
I used a paper punch to create windows:
Some of the homemade tools I used:
And some of my stencils:
...And on to the next project. Stay tuned!