exchange

Cherrie and Jean August 2018

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Cherrie retuned me some inspiring pages – looking at Cherrie’s pages has made me start looking out for used postage stamps to use in my work. She took up the people imagery from what we’d been sent out in the monthly envelopes as well.

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Cherrie had begun to use an area where there had been an ink spillage and I continued with this making a pattern to go into and over it.

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We’re alos beginning to encounter the holes showing through to the other side that we put in in the early months of using the sketchbook.

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I finished with a pattern double page using book pages, while acrylic, Intense pencils, watercolour, pen and collage. Mine are much more rigid than Cherrie’s pages. I wonder if these squares were influenced by my working up towards September’s John Vernon Lord square inch a day drawing challenge run by the House of Illustration.

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Jean and Meryl July 2018

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I’m enjoying the space imagery that Meryl sends back each month. Its really a whole new area for me.

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I was able to pick up on some of her story this timed it lead me to the page below – which is perhaps one of my favourites that I’ve ever made.

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Cherrie and Jean June 2018

Cherrie had made some wonderful additions in May and we’ve moved to the other side of the concertina pages!

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Below is the joining page, I like the way the landscape and buildings continue and develop here!

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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.

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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.

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Cherrie and Jean April 2018

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!

Jean and Meryl March 2018

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:

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and it was put into the title picture of the Facebook group!

Jean and Meryl – January 2018

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.

Jean and Linda – September 2017

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.

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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.

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I also added to Linda’s page of stamps and her page of flower drawings.

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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.

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Jean and Linda July 2017

In June Linda had created some pages that invited me to work into them. Its great to have such strong starting points to continue with, picking on shapes, colours, materials or techniques and trying to devise a way to go further without losing a sense of the original.

Here’s the first example of before and after:

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and here’s the second:

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and here’s one from the previous swap:

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I wanted the new pages to perhaps give Linda the same opportunity to work into them further and that’s a challenge – to do something that’s enough, incomplete and open.

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Finally I returned to a familiar theme – Rupert re-imagined. In this version Rupert is behind a hill wondering what could be going on…fullsizeoutput_d91

Helen and Jean February 2017

In February I received  sketchbook from Helen. It was handmade sketchbook, with different sorts of paper for the pages and bound very sturdily, so I think it will survive our exchange!

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The pages inside were so interesting and I found that Helen’s approach and way of using collage is so like areas of collage I am interested in having come across the work of artists like Jo Urban, Alison Sye and Jeannette McEwan recently on social media.

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Looking at Helen’s pages I was interested in the storytelling nature of them and I wanted to respond in an around them as well as by adding my own pages to follow on. Doing this with a new partner is a big step because it is hard to know how they will feel about additions being made to their pages.

First I added an extra page that could be used to view pages through.

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I was a little more adventurous I added little details to the pages through using Washington tape, paper collage and drawing, trying to stick with the theme of the pages Linda had made.

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For my own pages I began with two story telling pages using a range of materials. I’ve been collecting paper materials for some time now and the challenge is to find, group and attach images and text together. It is hard to say what comes first – sometimes its text, other times its shapes, colours or images. In these two cases there isn’t much text but what there is is quite significant: “notes from our village green” (taken from a book) and “I draw a new world”made up by me. At the moment constructing imaginary landscapes is a recurring theme in much of the art I make.

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I also made a page based on an idea from Randall Plowman’s book “The Collage Workbook How to get started and stay inspired” published in 2012. This was to take three images, cut them into strips and stick them down in a mixed up pattern (right hand page). I left it to dry and returned to it several times feeling it was quite unsatisfactory but not knowing what to do with it. This morning I decided to “Fragment” it. Fragment is an app I use on the iPad and decided to use the same approach by cutting out and changing shapes within the image. I also ended up turning some cut outs around so that their patterns appeared on the next page.

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This led me to go further, cutting out shapes to leave as holes and adding wash tape letters. On the other side of the page (below) I used a white pen and add drawn detail which worked effectively because the page was black. The holes revealed some fragments of the previous brightly coloured previous page made using watercolours and Derwent Intense pens.

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For the second month I am ready to send my sketchbook on at the end of the month, quite a miracle! I wonder what Helen will make of it…