August 16, 2010

sketchbook fun. . .

A few thread sketches to add to my sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project.

I came up with a better solution to the wash out stabilizer.
I layered lightweight, tear-away stabilizer and a piece of Misty Fuse together. On the top, I layered the  fabric.
Before pressing the fabric to the stabilizer I finished the thread sketch and let the air erase marker disappear. 
When pressed together the stabilzer gave the fabric a great weight that will hold up to being stuck on the page and flipped through.

On darker fabrics I will use the BOHIN chalk pencil, which is my favorite white chalk pencil. 
(if you don't have one, you need one)

You can see the air erase marker on the pencil sharpener sketch.  I could wet it, but I'd rather not.  Eventually, it disappears.

So far, the thread sketches I'm putting in the sketchbook are taken right from my sketchbook. 
Although, it would be easier to just stitch out a sketch I like that I'm using my actual little sketches.  In some cases I will have to resize them, but that's okay.

It's fun picking which sketch to do next. . .

. . . will it be the Evening Grossbeak?
(he looks more like a hawk doesn't he?)

. . .the wren who set up home in the birdhouse I used for my first one?

. . . the laundry basket?

. . . or Terrance? who is right outside as I type.
thanks for posing, Terrance

The great thing about this project is you don't have to be an artist to play along.  And the end result, is this great little book that you've made!
Now, go get your pencils, markers, crayons, paints or whatever and get sketching.
It's fun!


Sue Bleiweiss said...

what, no hummingbird sketch?! You're sketches are awesome Kathy and what a great idea to use the tear away as the stabilizer.

Connie Rose said...

I love what you're doing for the sketchbook project, Kathy. Really fabulous!

Debra said...

Sketching is one part but then threadpainting them is a step above! Wow!