Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sketchbook Project: Cover

Front cover

I'm nearly complete the 2012 sketchbook project. This is good news as it needs to be in the mail before the end of January. I have one spread left, the inside and outside back cover and then minor touch ups.

I put down a layer of blue and brown watercolour on the cover and then added self portraits. One of present me and the other when I was little. (Yes, that is an 80s mushroom cut.) The text reads "If I spoke to my younger self and said ask me how I can help this is the advice I'd pass along".

Inside front cover and first page

On the inside front cover I began by printing out a pattern of photos onto T-shirt image transfer paper. I sprayed it with alcohol and rubbed it onto the kraft paper. Once removed it has a old and weathered look. I glued down the transfer paper to the first page and hand wrote "ask me how I can help". I added a bit of the same brown and blue from the cover to the inside.

On my last stage of touch ups I may change a bit on the cover. I'll let it sit for a while and see how I feel in a few weeks.

If you're also participating in the Sketchbook Project, do you create your cover first or last?

... J


  1. I bite my nails nervously every time you post about the sketchbook project. I have only done 2 drawings so far - OOAK got in my way. I am hoping I will turbo through it come the new year. I love that transfer technique - somewhat has the look of solvent transfer but you instead have COLOR!

    Last year for my cover, I bound it in a dyed rabbit pelt that was black... althought no one ever got to see it as it ended up lost... This year, I am approaching my sketchbook as a TRIBUTE to my one from last year that got "lost" ahem*stolen IMO*ahem, so all of the images & sketches will somewhat relate to the spread from my previous book. This is why i chose the theme "I REMEMBER YOU." I am planning to bind my book in a fantastic furry white cowhide. The leather is cut down and ready, but I probably won't ATTACH it on there until my drawings are finished.

    Keep up all the hard work jeannine!!!

  2. Thank you Jessica! I'm sure if you have be so well prepared for the epicness of OOAK, you can kick that sketchbook's ass without too much worry. :-) The cow hide sounds fantastic & I look forward to your posts all about your book. :D

  3. What a cool interpretation of the theme! Your front cover looks awesome. I did my cover first, and it's kind of a hot mess. Oh well, I keep telling myself its a *sketch* book, not a perfect masterpiece book;)

  4. Thank you, Lori. It's true, there isn't a wrong or right when it comes to the sketchbook. Part of the joy is playing, discovering and sharing.

  5. This looks like its filled with Amazeing things! I so wish I could leaf through it!

  6. Thank you, Jasmine!

  7. Maybe you can if the Sketchbook Project comes through your city!

  8. I love the cover and the inner page! They're a great lead-in to all the fun spreads you've shared over the past months. You have such an entertaining interpretation of the theme ~ congratulations on nearly finishing!

  9. It looks fabulous! wow wow wow. i so wish i had had time to participate this year. i can't wait to see more!

  10. Thank you, Kimi!

  11. Thank you very much, Rhya!


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