Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Random sketchbook stuff

As you may or may not know I keep three regular sketchbooks. Two big ones measuring 25x25 cm (about 10x10 inches) and a small carry on sketchbook of 15x15 cm (about 6x6 inches). Can you tell I love a square format?

My three main sketchbooks all together, which rarely happens.

There's my Studio Book which lives in the Studio and often gets played in between other projects. It's also good for writing down ideas while I'm working on something, because that's how most ideas come to me. Then there's the Out of the Studio Book which mostly lives downstairs near my journaling table. On the cover its says "Me and my big ideas", which is a little joke on myself, since I always have way more I ideas than I ever can put into practice.  I will mostly work in this one while sitting on the couch, but sometimes I will actually pull it out at the journaling table itself. And the little one I carry in whatever bag I'm using, usually my pink backpack and it is very much an on the road or on the boat journal. ;-)

If you look very carefully you can see that the Studio Book has suffered some water damage. At some point while I was away my untrustworthy assistant knocked over a container of water and I didn't notice until days later. Now the cover is totally warped, but thankfully the insides are still okay, so it's not ruined or anything. I think it adds character.  ;-)

Anyway, today I wanted to show you some random spreads that have been done in these sketchbooks lately. Sketchbooks are instruments and should be treated as such. They are not for making perfect spreads, they are for practicing ideas and playing with materials and also for taking notes and pasting in stuff I find fascinating. Let's see what I've been playing at lately.

A silhouette of a city. I did these a lot several years ago and rekindled my love for them.

Little houses. The original is brighter than this.

A collage of found ephemera and left over stuff.

Some spreads are just messy collections of trying out materials and rubbing off left over paint.

A little test to see if liquid watercolor in a mini spritzer will serve as a spray paint. It does!

Just some nonsense with crayons. See that little 'with love' stamp on the right page?

Another silhouette city, this one in the small book.

Brainstorming very ambitious ideas. Nothing may come of them, but that's so not the point. ;-)

System work. I keep loving to do these.

This is actually an old spread I hadn't show yet. Ideas on the left. A little hand drawn patchwork on the right.

I love the fact that my sketchbooks are such a mix of various things that have nothing to do with each other. It takes the pressure off and it leaves you with a book that is full of surprises! I hope you love playing in your sketchbook(s) too!

Hope you enjoyed this peek and I wish you all a wonderful and artsy Wednesday!

23 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your journal pages. I love looking at other people's pages.
    Aloha, Kate

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  2. I really like your pages. I especially like the silhouette cities. With your permission I would like to do this. I have done silhouette people and animals and even trees but never thought to do cities. Maybe cause I'm a country girl! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Go right ahead Terri. Enjoy! I actually got the idea by looking at silhouettes of little towns from the train on a foggy day.

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  3. Beautiful sketchbooks Caatje... and so lovely that each has a different purpose... adore your city spreads as well... gorgeous pages... as always...

    Jenny ♥

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    1. Thank you Jenny! Sometimes the purpose is just to serve as a place to wipe of my brush, but that's a purpose too, right? ;-)

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  4. My favorite is your little whimsy town I like how you use them to play with colors and ideas.

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    1. Thank you Mary. I must love those too, cause I keep coming back to them.

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  5. So much fun to see. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for dropping by. ;-)

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  6. These are wonderful! Thank you for sharing them.

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  7. Yes, I have more than one book, but don't think that any are as colorful as yours. Now I have a new direction for filling those pages. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. The important thing is that you enjoy working in them. Glad I gave you some ideas though.

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  8. Enamored of your work, as always. My 2 favorites are the first cityscape (I'm in love with the pink and blue stripes with moon and stars, and the borders), and the system work. Love the colors and the patterns. I want to be you, when I grow up! Now that I have gessoed my atlas, I suppose I need to get to work in it!!

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    1. Haha, just know that if you grow up to be me you will never grow up! :-)

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  9. beautiful pages Caatje! Thank you for sharing your inspirational work.

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  10. Thanks for the peeks into your sketchbooks, Caatje! I especially love your houses and cityscapes; these have always been my favorite! That patchwork page looks great too. Fun to see your good ideas and brainstorming...nothing like seeing a great mind at work!

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    1. Haha, a great mind...more like a very full mind! ;-)

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing your sketchbooks and how you use them. I may have to purchase one just to play in like you do. I have my art journal and a sketchbook I draw and watercolor in, but nothing for random bits and ideas...

    Love how you write down ideas even if they don't come of anything...

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    1. I write them down so I don't forget about them and so they are out of my head. Sometimes I will come back to something years later and sometimes nothing ever is done with them. I just think it's important to keep the ideas flowing.

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    2. Your page with all the little houses inspired me to do one of my own and if you like you can see it here.... http://365artjournal.blogspot.com/2012/11/fun-with-houses.html

      I really do look forward to seeing all of your blog posting even if I don't comment every day!
      Love Dianna

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