Saturday, 21 March 2009

Sketchbook stuff .....

I recently purchased Maggie Grey's Book Textile Translations, in which she suggests trying some doodles in your sketchbook, so .......... I must admit I was pleasantly surprised how they turned out, due mainly I am sure to having painted all the pages in my sketchbook with brusho paint, and on this spread I used a white gel pen. I thought the doodles looked a bit like lace.
The pages themselves are rather thin paper (should have bought one with watercolour pages!) so I am trying to use 'dry' medium instead of more paint. Here I spread some gesso with a palette knife (still a bit wet though) then embedded some painted tyvek pieces into it. I then added 'dry' paint to the gesso when it was dry, and on the red side some oil pastels. On the gold side I added some markal.

I also had a go with the oil pastels to draw from a photo I took in Dubrovnik last year. The painted background seems a lot more 'user friendly' than a blank white space!


10 comments:

Jackie said...

Oh I love those white doodles. What a great idea.

Heather said...

Your white lacey doodles are so beautiful and very inspirational. I love the textured pages too as well as your drawing from a holiday photo.

quiltchick said...

Very scrummy sketchbook pages Val. Love the lacy look.

Sandy said...

Wonderful pages. They make me want to rush to my sketchbook.

dot said...

Go Girl, I like the white doodle's, lots of inspiration there for further work, and the sketch from the Dubrovnik photo is delightful.

Alis said...

Oh such wonderful work Val. The white doodles are just fabulous.
I love your sketch from the photo too.

maggi said...

Lovely doodles - works of art in themselves.

sharon young said...

Great sketch book pages, Val, I love the 'lace' doodles and your sketch is charming :-)

MargaretR said...

Those white doodles are fantastic!

MargaretR said...

I bought myself a white gel pen today because I loved these so much!