Friday, June 23, 2017

Sketchbook Pages: Assorted Collages

For the last month or so, I've been cleaning up and organizing my craft room; we've been using it as a sort of junk room and it was getting out of control. It's finally at a point where I can sit down at my desk and paint. Success! I can also sit down at my other desk and sew, or I can sit down and exercise on our rowing machine. There's still tons of work to be done, but it's so nice to have this room in a more or less usable state!

Anyway, this week I went a little crazy down there (my craft room is our basement) and worked in an assortment of sketchbooks, mostly creating mixed-media collages. I have SO much paper and ephemera that I gave myself a challenge to just use as much of it as possible. No more "saving" special papers. No over-thinking. Just play.
I found this sketchbook with one final blank page... done. It felt good moving it from the "unfinished" pile to the "finished" shelf.

I also found another wide, green sketchbook. It is nowhere near full - I think I was saving it as a "good" sketchbook. No longer. In the first page I show below, I used up some extra special papers I've been saving for a long time.

Lastly, I have this handmade watercolour sketchbook that I use to lay down any leftovers as I work on other things: paint, collage papers, whatever. Here's what I have from this week - the purple paint and collaged tissue paper are from a page I'm working on in my Amber art book (more on that later). The green I added for fun.
I have no idea where this page will go... and it doesn't matter. I'm enjoying the process right now and completely letting go of any "final" products. It doesn't matter what it looks like in the end - the point is to create art for the simple sake of creating. And I'm loving it.

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