Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Covering up...



Because I've been bemoaning the fact that I haven't been very productive in the art department recently, my lovely friend, Sandra, suggested that I have a go at simply sketching things. Not big fancy bells and whistles productions with a whole ensemble cast of pencil (and his very important sidekick, eraser), pen, ink, an array of brushes of varying sizes together with the whole spectrum of paints, no, just a simple sketch with a cast of one - the ink pen (thus removing the safety net of rubbing out any pencil marks that I wasn't happy with until I'd reached an approximation of "perfect" or more likely "that'll do") and instead having to concentrate that bit harder on getting it right-ish first time round, what with ink being permanent.




She even pointed me in the direction of Brenda Swenson and her 75 day challenge. I realised that I rarely, if ever, just sketched or practised drawing and decided this would be just the ticket to help me feel like I was doing something creative during these days of limbo before the Great Scottish Adventure begins.




Then of course I realised that the only sketchbook I had was packed away and, wanting to do it properly and not just on random scraps of printer paper, I took to Amazon to search out the perfect sketchbook for the task. The reading of many, many descriptions and reviews later, I discovered a little gem. A Royal & Langnickel A4 sketchbook with 80 pages (allowing for the removal of at least 5 really atrocious sketches when they inevitably occur) & the cherry on top - the cover is made of blank canvas inviting you personalise it!



It only arrived on Monday however and as we're getting the ferry to Scotland on Wednesday to begin the 8 hour drive to Thurso, it seemed silly to start a consecutive day challenge until we got there and got moved in.




Anyway, as the blank canvas cover was just crying out to be doodled on, I decided I could make a start on that, at least. Having decided that our country cottage requires patchwork quilts strewn across the beds in a shabby chic stylee but quickly being relieved of that notion on Googling said patchwork quilts and discovering how expensive they are, I decided to patchwork my sketchbook cover instead!  I think I'll add some colour to the cover and then next week I'll get started on that challenge!

Next time I post here I'll be in Scotland!! So excited!

15 comments:

  1. Love your sketchbook cover! And what a wonderful find. I also want to do much more drawing and sketching, and I think using an ink pen is an excellent exercise. Sometimes, it's good not to be too perfect. Looking forward to see your sketches!
    So excited about your move. Can't wait to see pictures from Scotland and your new home! And I know I said that before, but I really find your fulfilling your dream so encouraging. I hope that this time next year, I'll be living somewhere else too.

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    1. Thank you and I will send positive vibes to the universe that you find yourself in your perfect location this year too!

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  2. Its good to hear from you Nic and your sketchbook sounds terrific, loving the canvas cover already. Wishing you both a safe journey, hugs Annette x

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  3. Wonderful cover Art. What a great way to begin your new life. Hope you settle in quickly. You might try some second hand shops for those quilts.

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  4. I am SO glad you are taking on the challenge! And you already sound inspired! I'm on day 16 now and have sketched anything from a bulldog clip, to squished up paint tubes! It's a great way to sketch in the time you actually have to spare, whether it's minutes or more.
    I LOVE the idea of a blank canvas sketchbook. What a great idea! Your cover is gorgeous - Of course you don't have to post what goes inside - that's the beauty - it's for your eyes only, so no pressure. That said, I might post a few of mine when it's done - carefully chosen of course, lol! :0)

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  5. Love the doodle sketch. Yay, Scotland, so happy for you. Am off to checkout those sketchbooks, great idea.. :)

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  6. Cool patchwork cover on the sketchbook, Nicola. How frustrating to be between here and there. Ilike the idea of a sketchbook. Wish I could find time to sketch as well as paint but haven't figured that one out as yet. Guess I'd have to forfeit some of my reading time and am reluctant to do that.

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  7. I can't wait to see your 75 day challenge results. If the cover of your sketchbook is any indication, your work will be fabulous. I also can't wait to hear all about Scotland and your new adventure. Good luck to you and S.

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  8. Yay for Scotland! :) I'm so excited for you. :)) That cover looks awesome. Did you ruin your pen? I remember writing with a pen on a canvas and it literally ate it. There was no nib left. :))

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  9. Love this sketchbook cover! I would be going mad without some art supplies. Can't wait to see some photos of your new surroundings, and see how your art evolves in your new home.

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  10. You inspire me to get away from my 'formal' way of drawing and do some sketching for fun. I just need more time.... I go to bed later and get up earlier, but I never get a moment to do everything I want to do!!

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  11. Glad to know you'll be joining the 75-day ink challenge (I'm on day 47 already). It is freeing and fills you with a bit more confidence...getting it somewhat right the first time, yes. You'll do great, as you seem to work ink wonderfully. I'm loving the cover of your sketchbook. It looks professional, like everything else you do.

    Enjoy your trip and here's to new beginnings!

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  12. Very excited for you and hopeful to see what you put in your sketchbook!

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  13. Ooo, I got nervous just reading about the ink pen... 'cause I really should follow in your footsteps, but I am addicted to the eraser! So keep prompting me wit your sketches... I neeed the encouragement. Can't wait to hear and see more about your Scotland adventures...

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  14. this is definitely something I should be doing more of too! Great stuff!!

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