It's been so humid here in New England; the gesso and paint I'm using in my sketchbook does not want to dry. I put scraps of parchament paper between the pages so the pages don't stick to one another.
And I wait.
My book is part of the Sketchbook Project.
Click the link and you can find out the details if you haven't heard about it.
It's been fun watching artists get started with their book, so I thought I'd show you a little about mine.
I went through the book and glued the pages together two by two. I have 20 pages to work with now. A few may end up having to be removed if the book gets too fat.
I painted each page, front and back with gesso. Then added a different water color to each facing page and gessoed over that. You can see why my book is taking so long to dry.
I've never done this type of work before - I'm kind of making it up as I go.
Below you can see one of the painted pages. The pages are pretty sturdy now and once they are completely dry I think I can put a weight on the book to get the crinkles out.
This gives you a clue about how I will turn my book into a 'sketchbook'.
Right now I'm using a water soluable stabilizer...
I think I've heard of an iron out or steam out stabilizer... Has anyone ever heard of this or used it?
It might be a better option for this project.