Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sketchbook project and Big thanks to those who sponsored me

Well I dirtied my sketchbook :) I did a big smudgy blob of black on the inside front cover and shut the book :) Had to get over the newness some how. I have chosen below the surface for my theme and have decided to look at stone inscriptions. So after a mega net trawl this is what I have started with. I intend to visit the Margam stones (local display of inscribed stones) but haven't done that yet. I used Michelle's "Strip ease" challenge as the basis of these 2 pages. So I set forth to make some stoney backgrounds, I used acrylics and a piece of clear film packaging from a toy to do some mono printing, fast and loose as I think I needed freeing up. I tore this and added it to my splodgy page. I used an old cotton reel to print in copper the border. I then set forth with the biro - LOVES A BIRO :)
Oh and I deliberately left the inside front cover quite sparse as they intend to stick a pocket on there so was futile to do more.
Next page, I layered my torn pages, taking care to follow Michelle's advice on tearing with and against the grain. I added some old dictionary page - with the word permanent on one bit - and then as a lucky find in the dictionary colour plates I found a picture of radar, well I thought it looked like my cup and ring markings so commandeered it for this page.
This was how the page stood, but knew the black square was too "stuck" on so I set out with the trusty biro and colour pencils to tie things together. I love how this turned out, has the subtlety and wearing of the rings just like in some pics I have found and the mono prints have been given their rightful centre stage.
Love the way this is going but craving colour now, so have to work away from the literal soon and start playing.

Now then a HUGE thanks to those who have sponsored me, a great cause Cancer research. I did my 5 K in 46 min which is a mega achievement for the 20 stone girl of a year ago, here's me my work colleagues, the stunning Bindy and Kay( Far right - mother and daughter magic) they have got me through the last few months, and the gorgeous girls from my gym. Nicky in the centre came 5th the little demon :) and of course my little Ellie who plans to run next year. I really enjoyed it, was not easy but feel so empowered :)


Papoosue said...

What can I say? You did GOOD girl, awesome in fact!!! You must feel fantastic and rightly so. Am SO proud of you xxxxx

michelle ward said...

Carol - bravo for the run, and bravo for getting started in the sketchbook. Love the colors you've put together - love the repetition of the circles, and your drawings. Super!!! Thanks for sharing with the team!

Gina said...

Fabulous sketchbook pages... and cngratulations on the run!

Dale Anne Potter said...


And, a GREAT start to your sketchbook!!!

Julie said...

Fantastic achievement on the run Carol!

I am in awe of your sketchbook pages! I have bookmarked the link to Michelle's site, it may just be a life saver! She has some great ideas there to get you playing and I need all the help I can get with my Sketchbook!

Jackie said...

Carol, your page is great - wonderful colours and the strips work so well.
And, congrats on your run!

Lenna Young Andrews said...

I think that is a great way to get started in your sketchbook Carol. I am in the sketchbook project too and just did Michelle's challenge for the first time! : ) lenna