07 May 2014

Working in my sketchbook AGAIN!

I have been developing ideas that might spur me on to new work and thought I would share it with you.

One of the things I thought intriguing was trying to think up all kinds of edge treatments.  For me, trying to stretch my mind and think up new things is a great way  to increase my creativity.






These are Prairie Points in actual fabric. I used some of my hand dyed fabric left over form the circle quilt and attached the prairie Points to a strip which I sewed onto the paper page.




On this page edge I placed staples at varying angles. Imagine them as stitches perhaps.
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This edge got the hole punch treatment. I could even make a pattern with the holes and thread wool through them. Remember those cards we had as children?
















Did I already show this? It was an India Ink study in preparations for the dye experiment. It came out better in ink (smile).


I can tell by the lack of comments (like none) when I post pictures from my sketchbook that not too many are interested in sketchbooks. You should become friends with a sketchbook. They are lots of fun and become the repository of all kinds of ideas. This is a cloth "page" I added to my sketchbook. I used matte medium to "glue" it in.


This is a new image transfer technique I just learned about on DMTV (the Kemshalls). At least on this one I remembered to mirror image the text!!



Not so much here but then I reprinted the text and mirror imaged it. The wonderful raven was a photo image transfer.


A drier sheet with paint on it, tissue paper, red fabric and a gold candy wrapper with fusible on the back ironed on to the fabric.


My rope stamps make a faint print after having the dye washed out. I thought I'd made an impression in my sketch book


Here is that stamp I showed a few days ago and some prints made with fabric paint on cloth


I really like this image


10 comments:

  1. I have a love/hate relationships with sketchbooks. Tried them several times, but it is something which simply does not work for me. Everybody has their own way of working and a little doodle or some words on a piece of paper works for me :-)

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  2. I love sketchbooks. As long as I don't have to do it myself ;-). But in fact, it is so worthwile to try it myself, will give it another try, seeing your great results! New dutch word: Schetsboek

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  3. Beth, I love seeing what you do with your sketchbooks! If I weren't so caught up in making things to sell I would probably be trying to play along, especially with the stamping experiments. I just got inspired with your fabric beads to try those again... need some embellishments for my latest coil pot. Whatever you're up to and posting about, I'm interested!

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  4. I love seeing your sketchbook pages Beth - I really should comment more!! Please keep sharing them!

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  5. The staples are great! I thought they were stitches until I read the description.

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  6. I have to admit that I am very poor about commenting and I know that I always like to have feedback. You are very creative and I really enjoy what you post. I always have good intentions about a sketch book but time and life always get in the way. Guess I just don't put enough of a priority on it. gjeneve@gmail.com

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  7. I like seeing what you're brave enough to share with the world. Don't know that I could. I never seem to be able to keep at it. That's probably why I can't get my thoughts for new quilts pulled together!! You've given me a reason to try again. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I often think about starting a sketchbook, but I never seem to get beyond doing more than a little drawing on the back of an envelope or a piece of scratch paper. I think I lose ideas because I don't get them down where I can come back to them. Maybe I try things that don't work more than once because I don't remember! Thanks for the inspiration - I plan to get started on a sketch book today!

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  9. Love your wild creativity, you are so open to trying such a variety of media & ideas. I never was so bold, but maybe I will expand a little with your inspiration...Making Marks... Yes, sketchbook as repository...

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  10. This is my first time, seeing inside your sketchbook. Many of the pages look like finished pieces of art. They're wonderful. I especially like the prairie points and paper punch.

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