Strathmore Sketchbook Flip

I’ve filled my mixed media Strathmore sketchbook and thought I’d share a flip of its insides with you.

  • Media used includes a whole bunch of stuff including
  • Indian ink
  • Faber-Castell Gelatos
  • watercolors of different brands
  • Prismacolor colored pencils, markers and water-soluble pencils
  • Sharpies
  • Sakura Gelly Roll pens
  • cheap acrylics
  • charcoal in black and white
  • and some other stuff I’m probably forgetting 8D

Altering a Book of Prose into Found Poetry

altered book Over the weekend, I came across a discarded library copy of one of Tess Gerritsen’s books. Her book Gravity (a story of engineered pathogen that makes its way aboard the ISS and proceeds to wreak havoc in spaaaace) is one of my all-time favorite books. So I had this copy of The Sinner. The title had me worried to begin with. I love crime, fictional or not, but I swear this book was either written in the 80s or this woman needs to get the hell away from crime dramas forever. It was the most cliché thing I’d ever read, and I used to read more fan fiction than you can shake a stick at. Every crime drama cliché you can image makes an appearance in the first 10 pages of this book: from the emo medical examiner than prefers the company of the dead (because they “can’t hurt you”–not making this up) to the feminist detective with a heart of gold and a hot temper. I swear she was a shoddy, thin version of Benson. I didn’t want to just stop reading this book; I wanted to destroy it. SO! I decided to make an altered book of found poetry out of the thing. I already like where this going way more than I liked where this dumb book was going.altered book: Sin altered book: part i found poetry: part i

part i.
Andrah refused
the chemical.
The pavement complained
under recent rains
Objections knew
the reason.
Choice would speak,
caught in dark eyes,
wait here

Sketchbook Studies

These are some recent pages from my sketchbook: attempts to comprehend sheer fabric, lace, the anatomy of a face. I screwed the first woman’s face up and decided to save her lovely dress by dumping glitter on her head in the shape of a drizzling cloud. I don’t know.glitterface study study

Last but not least is this cute little guy: a poison dart frog who’ll make his way into some greeting cards and planner inserts soon. ❤poison dart frog

Color and Texture in a Ring-Bound Sketchbook

ring-bound sketchbook

Over the weekend, my mind was opened to a very interesting kind of ring-bound sketchbook. I bought another set of Faber-Castell Gelatos, this time with samples of textured pastes to experiment with: whipped spackle, glaze, glass bead glitter gel (?!) and the usual gel medium and gesso. Inside came this metal ring and different types of paper, all cut to make some sort of bohemian-looking sketchbook. I love it. It came with different types of chipboard, canvas paper and watercolor paper, and I added in some scrapbooking papers and more watercolor paper.

ring-bound sketchbook page 1Truthfully, my sketchbooks are getting full and my myopic love for notebooks has left me broke with so many notebooks and so few heavy cotton-paper sketchbooks. Wooo, go me! So now I can chop shop whatever’s left over the stick it on a ring! As a bonus, this thing doesn’t care about bulk, so texture ahoy!

ring-bound sketchbook page 2 ring-bound parakeet closeup ring-bound sketchbook detail

Painted Hills

When I started this collage, I was going somewhere completely different with it. But I’m very glad it took this turn; it was incredibly fun even though I’m not quite sure how I feel about it as a whole. Collage is so freeing! ❤