Monday, July 31, 2017

Artist Made Sketchbook Journal

While waiting for artwork to dry in my repurposed magazine sketchbook journal (here and here), I got the wild hair to make a smaller sketchbook journal. This one measures approximately 8"x6" closed and 8"x12" open. It's made using gesso coated muslin. There are 3 groups of 3 "pages" sewn on the inside of a painted fabric cover. Very raw, handmade looking.

I see why artist, who work in sketchbook journals, have more than one going at a time. It helps keep the momentum going when you're in a creative groove. 

This artwork started with 3 images torn from magazines and adhered to the gesso muslin with gel medium. The pages are in the upper left, right of center and bottom center. 

This WIP artwork started with the magazine page in the lower left. Unfortunately, the gel medium covered paper did not dry smooth. Note to self: take a few extra minutes to smooth then smooth some more.

I'm not at all happy with the cucumber shape in this WIP. I didn't notice it until I took this photograph. Other than that shape, I like the direction this artwork is going.


This WIP is a style I have wanted to develop for awhile. There are a few more details I would like to add but I'm letting this artwork rest for a bit before finishing.


I love incorporating bleeding tissue paper in my artwork. These pieces are leftover from other projects. With the addition of asemic writing, i consider this arttwork finished.


Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Am tremendously enjoy8ing the path that your sketchbook pages are taking.

    1. Thank you, Linda! I'm having fun going back to one of my first loves...painting!