Friday, September 28, 2018

Playing with Scale - Part 2

ATC - Fruit Salad

In these Artist Trading Cards featuring "fruit salad", I continued to play with scale.

ATC - Fruit Salad2

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Playing with Scale - Part 1

ATC - Coffee Cake

I was so inspired by the really good collages that I collected at the September Artist Trading Card swap, that I made a few of my own.  In the first few, I played with scale.

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Stamp by Amuse

Monday, September 24, 2018

Japanese Double Pamphlet No. 2

The journal that I made a month ago is almost full.  I love the size and the paper, so I made a second Japanese Double Pamphlet, decorated with acrylic ink in warm fall colours.  This one also has a split cover.

With the leftover bits I made a couple of bookmarks too.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Tiffany Lamp ATC's

I forgot to take pictures of all the ATC's I made before swapping them, but here are a few leftovers.  The swap last weekend was very inspirational; I got lots of great collages and have been inspired to try a few, so stay tuned!

Monday, September 17, 2018


I love to draw chairs.  They're a mini-perspective-exercise, while also conveying an invitation to sit down, rest awhile and be in community.

This sketch was done in my How Small is Too Small? journal, which turned into a journal that I keep in my purse for "sketching emergencies".

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sketch Now, Think Later

I'd be flattering myself to think that when Mike Yoshiaki Daikubara wrote Sketch Now, Think Later, he was thinking about me.  However, he does seem to sum up many of my natural tendencies when it comes to urban sketching.  I'm usually critical of my tendency to start sketching immediately, without thinking or planning or using a pencil to lay out big shapes; if I had been tempted to write a book like this it might have been called How Not to Sketch in 1 Easy Lesson.  How nice to find a book that tells me how to do what I do better!

Daikubara's book is subtitled:  Jump Into Urban Sketching with Limited Time, Tools, and Techniques.  (My book might be subtitled:  How Impatient People Sketch.)  My method right now is an extreme example of Daikubara's.  Not only do I start straight in with pen without thinking, but I rarely add color or text when I'm out.   Later, when all the errands are run and the chores are done, I finish the page with color, titles and descriptions.  Maybe I can do this after all! 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

August Calendar

Two years ago at the Westcoast Calligraphy Society WOOL conference I took a Word Art class with the talented Carollyn Dallaire.  My August calendar page became "numeral art".