Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sketchbook Project

Today, I'm going to share an art project I created for the Sketchbook Project 2011 put on by Art House Co-op.   I decided to participate in this project after my DT Coordinator sent a link for it.  It sounded like fun!  I persuaded my sisters to participate, too!  

The Sketchbooks are now on tour across the country.  Here's the remaining schedule for the year:

June 10-12, 2011 Seattle, WA Form/Space Ateller
2407 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

June 18, 2011 San Francisco, CA 111 Minna Gallery
111 Minna Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Unfortunately you must be 21+ years of age to enter venue

July 14-17, 2011 Chicago, IL Hyde Park Art Center
5020 South Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615

July 29-31, 2011 Winter Park, FL Full Sail University
3300 University Boulevard
Winter Park, FL 32792

In between tour dates, books will be on display at Brooklyn Art Library between the following dates. Open Tues - Sun from 12:00-8:00pm.
March 22nd - March 27th
April 19th - June 7th
June 24 - July 10
July 20th - July 24th
Starting August 5th books will be permanently located at Brooklyn Art Library .

My Sketchbook became more than a "sketch".  Those of you who know me know I don't often do simple!  That definitely applied to my Sketchbook!  I chose the theme "In 5 Minutes" thinking I would do pages that had elements created in 5 minutes.  Not so for my book!  There are a few pages that I did quickly and others that I spent a lot of time!  See for yourself.......

Front Cover
  The sketch book is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and started with kraft color covers.    I removed many of the pages and glued my pages together for strength.

Since the theme was "In 5 Minutes", I chose to put a pocket watch on the front.  I stamped over the whole front cover with a numbers stamp from Tim Holtz and embossed it with various Distress embossing powders. I stamped the watch image from Tattered Angels on craft foil.  I trimmed around the outside with a scissors and cut the inside with a Spellbinders circle die template.  I added color with StazOn Jet Black ink and embossed lines into the foil.  I cut a duplicate of the watch from fun foam and glued it to the back for dimension.  There's a piece of acetate over the watch face to protect it.  I cut "5" and "MINUTES" from fun foam with foil stape stuck over it.   I've used StazOn inks to add color.  Finally, I added a chain and "altered" charm from Tim Holtz.

Inside Front Cover and First Page
Inside the cover I've stamped some swirls and sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer mists. 
The first page has a vers from Artistic Outpost's Happiness set.  I glued a copper butterfly over the stamped one.  The leaf branch is from Spellbinders On the Vine Border Grand.  Lots of color added with Distress inks and Glimmer Mists.

Pages 2-3

Page 2 has lots of definitions stamped on it with a few swirls and "artist" across the bottom.  Again lots of Distress inks.

Page 3 has a clock from Tattered Angles.  The verse and city scape from Tim Holtz.  More Glimmer Mist and Distress inks.

Pages 4-5

Page 4 is covered with assorted watches and clocks.  The verse says "Time is priceless"

Page 5 features a verse "Take time to laugh, it's the music of the soul".  I've stamped music behind it. The frame was cut from craft foil and embossed.  Lots of different colors and background stamps across the page.

Pages 6-7

 Page 6 has a circle city scape surrounded by embossed craft foil. 

Page 7 and 8 are the center of the book.  I created the inside of the watch on these pages.  I cut many gears from craft foil glued to card stock.  They're fastened to a piece of acetate.  The back of the gears from page 8 can be seen on page 7.  This was a little tricky to keep the glue and foam adhesive from showing.  I colored the back of the gears with a metallic gold marker.  I cut a frame of gold craft foil with Spellbinders circle die templates.


Pages 8-9

 Page 8 shows the other side of the gears framed with a circle of gold craft foil.

Page 9 has the world stamped in gold.   Embossed gold craft foil at the top and bottom of the page frame the circle.  I used adhesive to stick the craft foil to fun foam for dimension.  The raised foil fits around the gears on page 8 making the pages fit together when the book is closed.  

Gears mounted on acetate

 This photo of page 8 shows the see through effect of the gears on the acetate.

Pages 10-11

 Page 10 features a verse stamped and framed.  I cut the frame with Spellbinders Labels Seventeen and Curved Rectangles out of gold pearlescent paper.  I used many different stamps from Tim Holtz on this page.  There are gold embossed designs on the corners of the page.

Page 11 has a unique heart on a chain.  This is a Zentangle creation of mine.  I added color around it with a Copic marker.  The frame was cut with 2 sizes of Spellbinders Labels Eleven out of gold pearlescent paper.
The verse and background swirls are stamps from Tim Holtz.


Pages 12-13
Page 12  has the verse "the journey awakens the soul" stamped in black and heat embossed with clear EP.  The little poem was stamped and the paper distressed to look vintage. It says:

"When we embrace the quiet times, we open our hearts to the gift and the profound purpose of the moment. Often this is when we discover the real beauty our souls are made of, the undaunted strength of our faith, and the wonderous miracle it is just to be alive."

Page 13 displays a stamped verse from Tim Holtz.  The frame was created with Spellbinders Labels Eighteen and Labels Four.  I think I rubbed ink over it and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  All the background stamping was with Tim Holtz' stamps and various inks.

Page 14 and Inside Back Cover

 Page 14 has butterflies and grasses stamped over it.  I again stamped the butterflies on scrap cardstock, colored them with Distress ink and cut them out to glue on the page.   I hand wrote the various words on the strip of paper.  The verse at the bottom says "take time to enjoy the simple things".

On the inside of the back cover I glued a piece of paper on which I wrote some of my thoughts about this sketchbook.

Back Cover

 Finally, on the back cover....the back side of the watch, of course!
I've embossed the craft foil over 2 shapes from Spellbinders Parisian Accents  and Parisian Motifs cut from lightweight chipboard.  I sanded the foil to show off the images.  I've added StazOn Jet Black ink to make the watch look old.  The cover itself has the same number background as the front cover stamped and embossed with Distress Embossing Powders and a touch of copper EP.

 This Sketchbook was a journey in creativity!  I never intended to put so much time into it!  It just turned out that way.  I really enjoyed putting it together with whatever came to mind along the theme of "time".  Only fragments of it took me "5 minutes"!!!

I hope you've enjoyed it!  If you're interested in participating the Sketchbook 2012, go to Art House Co-op for more details.



Heavens2Betsy said...

Beautiful book and pages. I love the gorgeous backgrounds you create. Penny

Christine said...

That is amazing, love it and a copper butterfly too! x

Joanna McDonald said...

Oh my, I Love, Love your book!!
Would you teach me how to make
one - cover pages, inside and how
to bind it?! I know you can't but
its' fun to dream - I'll get it
figured out one of these days!
Really enjoyed every single page!
Thanks for sharing---------

Holly - Wild Wyoming Art Cafe' said...

This is the most incredible book I have ever seen Judy!!! I hope to get to see it in person some day! Truly amazing. Drooling on my keyboard right now.

Elizabeth Allan said...

Judy your book is amazing. Each and every page is a work of art!

Windy Robinson said...

Oh Judy! This is AMAZING! I'm just have to keep revisiting it to take it all in:)

Gloria Stengel said...

Oh my! This is beyond stunning! I love it!

stitchinpixie said...

This book is amazing!! I have to bookmark this and at least give this an effort. I love this!! You are so talented!!!

Sue Fraser said...

Judy this is absolutely awesome! You have created a masterpiece; love it.

LaVon Dozer said...

Love, love, love your work. You said something about a journal traveling around the country. Does that mean that you're in a group that works on a page and then mails it to the next? I would love to be a group that does that. Any suggestions?