Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Starting a book for doodling

It seems that lately I've been starting up all kinds of new books that kind of originated in the journal. As you know my journal this year has mostly been a mix and match of all kinds of things. I've been drawing more and doodling more in it and now this has made me want to do books with only drawings and sketchings and ... a book for doodles. I showed you my field notes and the sketchbook I started in previous posts and today I will give you a peek at the doodle book I've begun.

This is the opening page:




The book is a HahnemĂźhle Sketchbook measuring 25x25 cm (10x10 inches). The paper is quite good and thick and perfect for drawing and less perfect for wet media. But it's okay, since I will not really be painting in it much. My doodling is mostly done with pens and pencils anyway.

I left the inner cover blank, because I may want to make a fabric cover for the book at some later time. The original cover is just black linnen, so not very interesting.

So far, apart from the intro page, I only did one spread:





My goal with this book is basically to loosen up and just play and make pages that make no sense whatsoever. I'm going for stream of consciousness art, haha. It's not easy for me though, being the control freak that I am. However, I think for a first attempt the first spread isn't bad. I like the fastness and messyness of it. Where the opening page took hours and hours of work this whole messy spread was finished within an hour.

I'm hoping this book will allow me to let go of my own preconceptions and just go with the flow of whatever mark I feel like making. We'll see how it goes. I'll keep you posted.

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day!


10 comments:

  1. You're killing me.
    I mean, INSPIRING me! ;-)
    I'm going to start a doodle book today. I really want to do it. I think I am just mad that I don't do it as well as I wish I did it.

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    1. Oh Lynn, I didn't mean to kill you with inspiration, but now that I have: make the best of it, haha!

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  2. I love your patience from which I am seriously lacking, but when you love something nothing else matters. Love your designs have you ever thought of doing fabric designs?

    Annie v.

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    1. The first page took patience, the spread didn't, that was done within an hour. Thank you for your kind words and yes I have looked into books on fabric design and thought maybe I might have some printed some day, though of course there's a lot more to fabric design than a little doodling. Making matching patterns is a bit more complicated and these days involves some digital work too. Still, who knows... ;-)

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  3. The face is really nice. I like that you are using pens and colored pencils. With all the products now on the market, the colored pencil is really nice. Have you ever given any thought to doing tutorials on your blog?
    Barb
    USA

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    1. I have some tutorials on journaling and mixed media work (see the tutorials section in the menu above), but I really have no idea how I could teach doodling. I could do a show and tell or a step by step or something, so you can see how I work or how a page develops over time. I'll keep it in mind.

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  4. We are so alike! Once I designate a particular book for a particular art form, I cannot change in mid-stream. I have to start a new book if I want to do something different. Sometimes that is a bother for sure, but I cannot help it. I have books just for collage, books just for drawing, books just for stamping, etc. etc. etc. But I have no book for doodling. I do not have the patience to keep on filling a page with small patterns the way you do. I just love all you do, though. I am so glad I have followed your blog since you were featured on Jennibellie. I always "click" onto your page as soon as it comes up in my email. Thank you for sharing your work

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    1. I think what I like about that approach is that you have a wonderful book with similar things in it. I love my little pattern book for instance which is just patterns, patterns and more patterns all done in markers or my composition book with abstract collage compositons. . The same way I would like a book with sketches, and a book with doodles and yes, also a book with 'regular' collages (which I have not started yet). As for patience, I know you all think I'm some incredibly patient person, but really I'm not, it's kind of the opposite: doing such doodles and other slow work (like fabric journal covers) is teaching me patience! ;-)
      Also thank you so much for your sweet words about my blog and art work and for being such a loyal reader. It's much appreciated.

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  5. I love that first page in your doodle book...what "eye candy"! I would love to see videos of you at work on your drawing. It is such fun to watch a drawing develop on the page.

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    1. I may do a step by step some day, but a video is still a bit out of my league.

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