Tuesday, July 9, 2013

PLAYTIME SKETCHBOOK

Hi Everyone!

Nothing better than PLAY TIME in a sketchbook or journal!  I love to spend time with my glue stick, stamps and watercolors.  It is good to spend time creating without any purpose whatsoever! You never know where it will lead you creatively.  I don't feel the need to finish a page or make it pretty. In my sketch books and design journals you'll find lots of unfinished pages, some with stamping and nothing else. Like this page below created when trying out new stamps and deciding between black or brown ink. Personally I like the look of both on this page. 



Whenever I purchase a new stamp(s) I always try them out in a sketchbook first! Stamping the designs over and over again helps me visualize other ways in which they can be used. Using different color ways also is a wonderful way to see how color effects the design. I enjoy doodling around designs and writing any ideas down next to the stamped images. 



I use watercolor pencils, ink, craft paint, scribbles, crayons, etc. Nothing is off limits.  


Mixing stamps designs is fun! Here's a page where I was experimenting with houses, drawing trees, stamping with feathers and even a birdcage. Yep, I know it's upside down! Who knows what THAT'S about. 


Being a quilter, I love pattern and fabrics and they sneak their way into my sketch books too!  Here's a little pattern for a bug quilt I made for my great-nephew. The fabrics are glued into the book with a glue stick and the curly cue antenna was a practice applique piece cut out and glued on to the page.

As you can see, anything and everything goes into the design sketchbooks. I so enjoy looking through these pages and getting new ideas and using some of the old ones too! 

Hope you are having a wonderful week!  Go glue or stamp something in your sketchbook!  WHAT??? NO! You don't have a sketchbook?  Well head over to the nearest Joanne's or Michael's and pick out an inexpensive sketchbook! Get your glue stick out and glue down a random piece of fabric or paper, add color or a nice doodle....get started now! Have fun!

Happy stamping & glue sticking!
Suzy

6 comments:

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Cute bug. I like your creative play. xox

Lynn Cohen said...

Sounds like a good way to process your ideas! I agree the bug is cute, would love to see the finished quilt!

Anne Payne said...

No, I don't have a sketch book! The quilt is adorable!!! I am so glad that you made it for my grand baby. All of them have loved playing on it and discovering the bugs :)xoxo

Photocat said...

hah Suzy, came to visit your blog once I was done reading your comment. Pleased to meet you. I loved the pages in your art travel journal of the national Park ayellowstone if I am not mistaken. I am in awe of your handwriting...

Jeanna said...

Cute pages! I've never thought of fabric in a sketchbook before. Now I know what I can do with all those itsy bitsy pieces of scrap :)

Sketchbook Wandering said...

I am picking up on the joy and fun that you are having. How wonderful to be able to play as an adult...lost in the act of expressing & creating....