Saturday, April 13, 2013

Sketchbook Challenge - Natural Surfaces

The theme for the Sketchbook Challenge of March was right up my alley, namely 'natural surfaces'. Since I'm already fascinated by those I often take pictures like these:



These are close ups of tree bark that I took on my walks. I spent a whole walk especially taking pictures for the challenge so I could do something with them in my sketchbook. I took a couple of dozen pictures and here's what I did with them:

I printed them as a contact sheet and filled an entire spread with them.

I did a mixed media spread with paint and collage and markers, much fun was had with this one!

I tried to turn the shapes of one of the pictures into abstract art in different media.

All the above spreads were done in my Studio Book by the way and this book measures 25x25 cm (10x10 inches). It's nice to take a theme in different directions and see where it might lead you. I like the differences in the looks of the spreads and the variety in materials I used and yet it's also obvious they belong together. That's what a theme can do for you! ;-)

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy weekend!


12 comments:

  1. Your photos are beautiful Caatje... love the texture... and gorgeous art journal pages... especially love the tree... happy weekend...

    Jenny ♥

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    1. Thank you Jenny, such surfaces fascinate to no end.

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  2. Fantastic!!
    Beautiful journal pages Caatje. Love this concept :]

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  3. Wow, I love your natural surface journal pages, especially the contact sheet one - grids AND natural surfaces are clearly a winning combination!

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    1. LOL! This just proves that natural surfaces will go with anything. ;-)

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  4. Happy Spring Caatje... it is spring there too, right?
    I love what you've done with the bark photos. Reminds me of my own redwood tree bark. The abstract you did as referral inspirations are beautiful. I love doing and viewing that sort of interpretation. Thanks for your inspiration!
    hugs, Chris

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    1. Well, officially it is spring, but it is taking it's time. Winter has stayed very long here and everything is still very much into winter mode. But... the last few days have been better, so we are getting there. Thank you for your kind words.

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  5. Interesting! I didn't even think about the juxtaposition of natural surfaces and grids until reading Viv's comment above. I have a very hard time working with prompts, so I like seeing how other people make it work.

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    1. I honestly didn't really think about the juxtaposition of natural surfaces and grids either. It was more like: "I have all these tiny pictures, now what do I do with them?" ;-)

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  6. gorgeous colors on those pages :)

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