After much thought, dithering, angst, and the like, I finally finished my sketchbook. This was a real challenge. I decided to participate for many reasons, but it took me a long time to figure out just what that participation would look like.
I knew I wanted to use fabric. I knew the pages of the book would need replacing but the thought was somewhat intimidating and held me back for quite a while. I knew why I had chosen my theme, but wasn’t quite certain where to go with it. Ironically, after deciding to participate, I began to sketch regularly, but that was not the technique I wanted to use with this sketchbook. Here are some of the pages:
I replaced the paper with heavy interfacing. I used my own photos, printed them onto fabric, embellished them with watercolors and thread. Most pages included photo transfers, but after I did the Buzzards Bay one, I made a little Buzzards Bay quilt for the following page. It was fun. I learned a lot doing this and there are definitely some things I would do differently if I do this again.
- I learned that with my current printer I lose color and definition when printing photos onto organza.
- I learned how to use watercolors and colored pencils to enhance and extend fabric transfers.
- I learned how to replace the pages in a sketchbook. (Actually, through the blogs of many other participants I learned lots of ways of overcoming the thinness of the original paper. There are many techniques I want to try and will use next time.)
- I learned that it is ok to modify materials to make them work for you; and just because there may be 40 – 50 pages in the original sketchbook, it doesn’t mean you have to fill up that many pages.
- Looking though it, I can see that if I do this again, I would like to alternate pages so that each photo I use is followed by an original quilt based on the photo (as I did with my Buzzards Bay photo.)
- Even though you can go anywhere with your theme, I would give more thought beforehand about the way to work with the theme I choose.
Would I do it again? Yes. Since I have been sketching so much this fall, I signed up for the Fiction Project and plan to combine my sketches with a story. This time, I have a better idea of what I am getting into and how I will do it. In fact, I had much of the new project visualized before I had done more than choose a few pictures for the current project. I am excited about starting anew in the new year.