May 2, 2016

Sketchbook Project: Week 17

Starting a new sketchbook, regardless of how many I've finished, will probably always feel like a bit of a hurdle to jump.  But, my apprehension was trumped by my excitement, and I dove right in.  The pages this week were half travel-inspired and half experimentation.  Firstly, we at a lot of tacos on the workshop tour, hence the cute taco pattern.  The peony bud was photographed at a botanical garden in Alabama. Most weeks, you'll find a simple pattern or abstract piece mixed in somewhere.  I usually need a day of less tedious, less detailed sketching.  That's where the blue pattern comes in this time around. 

But I really want to talk about the toadstool and coffee cup pages.  Those were painted with acrylics. I've never painted with real acrylic paints before.  (And by that I mean I HAVE painted with cheap craft acrylics.)  I bought an inexpensive set in Atlanta (a birthday gift to myself), and I couldn't wait to try them out.  You might notice that the toadstool is on a piece of paper that is glued into my sketchbook. Because I didn't know what I could do with this paint, and I was afraid that if I started painting directly in my sketchbook it might turn out terribly.  But it didn't.  So I cut that baby out and glued it in. High fives all around! The coffee cup was painted directly on the page, and I'm happy to report that this sketchbook (Moleskine Art Plus Sketchbook) held up beautifully to the paint. 

So here's to adventures and experimenting with mediums!  Now I'm off to play more with the acrylics!

Catch up on previous weeks here.  Join my new sketchbook community here--first newsletter coming SOON!
Micron Pens & Colored Pencils
Left: Micron Pen & Gelly Roll Pen     Right: Acrylic on Cardstock
Left: Micron Pen           Right: Acrylic Paint

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