Cherrie had made some wonderful additions in May and we’ve moved to the other side of the concertina pages!
Below is the joining page, I like the way the landscape and buildings continue and develop here!
Unfortunately I let time run out and rather rushed my pages in June! I tried this green experiment below and stamped some leaves onto it using a stamp pad and some leaves that I carved into lino. Unfortunately the ink would not dry so I had stick on top so that I could return the sketchbook. The surface was quite shiny and gluey so it wasn’t quite right for that type fink perhaps.
Just before I sent the sketchbook back I had a collage idea using some of the inspirations we were sent a few months ago and ended this month’s pages with this, at the last minute.
A late blog post to catch up with April’s sketchbook circle pages. Firstly below are Cherrie’s from March. I love how the colours and collage materials create a connection between our pages.
I like this collage train ticket – reminds me that if I run out I can make my own!
This is the joining point for our pages, where flow from March into April using the landscape from Cherrie’s last page, into a landscape of mine and then some mark making using my Inktense pencils.
I visited Copenhagen during this month and went to an exhibition at Nordatlantens Brygge. One of the artist’s work caught my eye because of the intensity of colour and pattern and this was my memory of it.
I finished with a collage using some tickets and other collage materials – quite subdued after the last few pages of intense pink!
When I got the sketchbook back in March I was surprised and interested by Meryl’s additions which were unlike any others I’d had so far.
Meryl had added some graphic novel like pages set in space – I context i often use in collage, from interest and because I have a pile of Sky at night magazines. The three photos below are of the pages hen they arrived.
While I decided what to do on my pages I couldn’t resist adding some colour to Meryl’s pages.
Meryl had left space on her last page for me to continue. I was luck yo to sport some superhero wrapping paper in Tesco who came in handy, along with my trusty Sky at night magazines, wash tape and contrasting with this watercolour.
I like the idea that Meryl has begun of a loose storyline and I left the next page for her to continue on with.
Meryl added this great PicCollage of the pages:
and it was put into the title picture of the Facebook group!
Receiving a sketchbook for the first time from a new sketchbook circle partner is always a bog step. This time I opened the envelope and found a concertina sketchbook from Cherrie.
Working a in a concertina sketchbook provides all sorts of interesting opportunities for continuity and using both sides of the pages. Cherrie has already begun cutting holes into the pages.
I love the pages Cherrie has opened our sketchbook with – they have lots of the elements that I like – text, pattern, images, layers, ink, collage and printmaking.
I’ve tried to create some continuity between Cherrie’s last page and my first page y continuing the linear patterns and the colour scheme. I used some wax resist, collage and drawing too. I’ve also punched through the aged and added collage that can be seen through – hopefully we can incorporate these into the art on the back pages when we arrive at them.
I then added a different page using train tickets – half drawn onto and half not. I hope this hasn’t broken the flow too much.
I then continued with the layered theme from earlier pages using collage and adding some Gelli plate mono printing straight onto the pages – always a huge risk and all the more so when the sketchbooks pages are continuously joined!
I hope Cherrie was able to make something of the pages this month. After I had posted the sketchbook I continued to use the inspiration from the pages in my daily drawing leading me to some watercolours with additional drawing that I hope to take into printing.
Starting a new circle always involves a big decision – choosing the sketchbook to exchange across the year. This year I found the inside of sketchbook made from Khadi paper in Paperchase and added my own cover. The paper is a nice texture and I hope there are enough pages to last throughout 2018 in my year long exchange with Meryl.
I made some pages using collage, watercolour and drawing just to get the exchange going. Starting an empty sketchbook might be the most challenging part of the circle because as we exchange there are always pages to look back on and take ideas and inspiration from.
I’m eagerly awaiting a sketchbook from my other sketchbook circle partner, Cherrie – I’ve a seen a glimpse of a page in the Facebook group.
I received Helen’s sketchbook at the beginning of December and the month whooshed by with no work in the sketchbook until the last days of the month.
Helen’s pages were wonderful in their colour and pattern.
I began with some collage and cutting, none of which I was very happy with it.
In late December I took part in a twitter reading group based around Susan Cooper’s novel The Dark is Rising. I made some collages in response to the reading of the early chapters. The collage on the right hand page below is one of these. You can see more about this reading group by searching #the artisrising #thedarkisreading and looking at the twitter account of poet Julia Bird @juliamarybird
Later I made some more imagination based collages – then of the left hand page is using material from astronomy magazines I was given. Both of these, I now see, may have been influences by watching too many episodes of Stargate SG1!
I have enjoyed my partnership with Helen and I was sad to return the sketchbook. Luckily I have a full photographic record to remind me of the exchange.
This month when I received the sketchbook Helen had made some great Gelli plate prints!
She had add some line drawing to this one which I continued.
The natural detail and colour on these prints is lovely. I’d like to try this myself soon. My additions were also based around Gelli plate printmaking, onto tissue dress patterns and maps. I like the way the text on dressmaking patterns can be part of the image. Printing onto tissue also allows for drawing onto and onto the print using the quality of the paper.
I’ve been experimenting with small (A6) monoprints onto maps lately and above is a trial of a larger version for this sketchbook. I’ve been mainly blocking out using cut and turn shapes, looking for parts of the map to allow to show through, and later in the process, looking for parts of the print to show through. Drawing onto the prints often then turns them into a more pictorial form.
On the final page I included some map cutting. Initially I was going to use this to print throughout seeing it on the black paper page I was struck by the colour and detail of the map against the dark of the page.
I received the sketchbook that I began back from Linda – we’ve managed to keep it in the same envelope since the beginning I think.
Some of Linda’s pages allowed me to respond on the page and others gave me ideas to respond on new pages. The page with black pen drawing reminded me of the work of two artists who I’ve come across and liked for a while. One is Jan Brewerton whose strongly patterned drawings and prints are so striking and the other is Fiona Humphrey, an artist printmaker who makes linocuts with strong linear marks and patterns.
I liked the facing page made of papers from a visit abroad. I had just returned from Norway so I tried to use things I’d brought home to make a similar page. I made a new page using some marbling that I drew on to following up the mark making approach from the earlier page.
I also added to Linda’s page of stamps and her page of flower drawings.
One of my new pages was made from collage from various sources and the other followed up Linda’s black pen page so I hope she’ll want to add to it. The different ways we all interact with our sketchbook partners is of great interest to me and something I hope to investigate more fully.
When I received the sketchbook from Helen I had good intentions about what I would add. There’s some much to respond to in the pages – the detail and pattern in the drawing, the pale and interesting collage and the natural forms.
As usual I am both satisfied and dissatisfied with my pages. The one I like least is the yellow, green and blue page with collage lines running down it. The facing page is the one I like best – made from leaf prints onto a Gelli plate onto a piece of map and then drawn onto. i’m a bit obsessed with colours and patterns of some maps I was recently given after a clear out at work. I haven’t quite settled on how to use them yet.
Helen had been using her linocuts in the pages of recent months and at the last minute I remembered to add a recent collagraph experiment. This coming academic year I want to reignite my interest in collagraph printmaking by learning new techniques and experimenting with different ways of marking the plate. In this one I printed with PVA and bubble wrap (white spots) and added carborundum to another PVA print (draw circles).