It's been awhile since my last posting, but I have been busy with a lot of mail art plus this wonderful new project called Sketchbook 2011. Thousands of artists from all over the world have signed up and have either picked a theme that the Brooklyn Art Library offers, or have received some random theme when they receive their blank moleskin journals. After all the books are completed and sent back to the library, they will go on tour at galleries and museums across the United States. After the tour, they'll return to the Brooklyn Art Library where they'll be barcoded and can be checked out like a regular library book. Thousands of artists are participating and the last day to order a book is Oct. 31st. The book must be postmarked by Jan. 15, 2011 to be returned so that only leaves a few months to complete it.
The US tour begins March 2011. If you're interested, check out http://arthousecoop.com/
I chose the theme "Below the Surface" and have begun to make a dent in my book. I had a lot of ideas for the topic, but I decided to keep it really easy and focus only on ocean life. The pages are very thin and I'm having to do a little experimenting as I work in the book. I'm gluing two pages together due to the thiness of the paper and also to keep within the dimensions. The baby turtle pages has an underlay of Prismacolor marker and then it was burnished and further colored with colored pencils. Unfortunately, the marker went through the two layers of paper. So, I gessoed the next pages and painted jellyfish in acrylics. Before I glue the next two pages together for following art, I think I will use a backing paper to lay down the Prismacolor backing so there will be no bleed through.