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10-01-2010, 02:06 AM
Well I have started, I have selected the sketchbook and decided to do it on everything we do here on wetcanvas and some work from images in the RIL and from life. ALL MEDIUMS and I am going to try different techniques too.

So see ya tonight or tommorow with my first lot of pages:thumbsup:

Gentle Hugs, Stacey:grouphug:

10-01-2010, 05:23 AM
Yay for different mediums, techniques and subjects! That's what mine is - just whatever I feel like doing as long as it fills up the sketchbook. I'll go post your thread into the Index! Looking forward to your first pages.

10-01-2010, 07:01 AM
THANKYOU Robert!!!!!

Joan T
10-01-2010, 12:47 PM
Stacey - Glad to see you are jumping in with a sketchbook!

Vivien Maloney
10-01-2010, 01:44 PM
Stacey - Looking forward to seeing your Sketchbook.

10-01-2010, 02:13 PM
Get sketchin' :) :) :)

10-01-2010, 08:16 PM
Way to go! You will enjoy yourself I am sure!

10-01-2010, 09:04 PM
THANKYOU for the encouragement Joan, Viv, EP, and Jackie.

It is greatly appreciated as I am feeling a bit low at the moment. BUT I have made a start.... I JUST HAVE TO KEEP GOING.

Will post tonight what I have done by then!!!!!!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey

10-01-2010, 10:06 PM
Stacey, good you made a start, so have I but not much more than that.

10-01-2010, 10:09 PM
yes, different mediums :D

sounds like fun. I wonder if my paper will hold up to watercolors...

10-02-2010, 12:42 AM
Margo, if I don't stop commenting on everyones journals and start doing more work in my own, I am NEVER going to finish the front page, let alone anything else!!!! :eek:

Jen, I LOVE different mediums, especially mixed media.... seeing what will and will not work together, finding ways to make certain things work.... all fun experiments!!!!!!
The only way you will know if the paper will take watercolour is to try it.... remember it's a sketchbook, so buckling, mistakes and horribleness are all part of the good stuff too!!!!!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey

10-02-2010, 01:18 AM
if I don't stop commenting on everyones journals and start doing more work in my own, I am NEVER going to finish the front page

OMG--that's so true!! I was just thinking that I have a lot of threads...what is the count of participants at now? 28? 29?....to follow! :lol:
in fact, I think there are some more now that I need to go subscribe to...

I look forward to seeing your first entries! :D

10-02-2010, 03:48 AM
Whew! You are right about the comments, I just made it through a bunch! I hope I didn't miss anyone!

10-02-2010, 07:14 AM
Whew! You are right about the comments, I just made it through a bunch! I hope I didn't miss anyone!

The problem is no sooner do you catchup, that another thread is started, or another post is added to someones sketchbook!!!!:lol: :lol: :lol: :eek:

Gentle Hugs, Stacey:grouphug:

10-02-2010, 08:13 AM
I am wondering if it would be better to make a new thread for each day or just continue adding to our original. If we add it our original it could be 50 plus pages long by the time we are done!! I think we might be crazy, we will be reading for hours each night!

10-02-2010, 08:26 AM
I am wondering if it would be better to make a new thread for each day or just continue adding to our original. If we add it our original it could be 50 plus pages long by the time we are done!! I think we might be crazy, we will be reading for hours each night!

If we did that then we would have a minimum of 899 threads (that's with 29 participants)!!!!!! THAT'S A HELL OF A LOT OF THREADS!!!!!!!!

10-02-2010, 08:50 AM
Well FINALLY have something to show!

This is the FIRST page, the next two (will be uploaded tomorrow) show information about the page in creating it (thus my scribbly notes!)


This is actually an experiment (as each "stylised figure" is numbered. When I upload the other pages, you will see what I did to them.

Anyway, her's the start!!!!!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey:grouphug:

10-02-2010, 08:54 AM
Yay Stacey! Great stuff! The first collage for the month ;) Very colourful and fun, looking forward to seeing what you get up to in your sketchbook.

10-02-2010, 11:00 AM
ooohh..love it :clap: ....can't wait to see the notes on how it was done!

and, Stacey, I just wanted to say thank you to you...you are always so uplifting in your comments to others, and when I saw the word "inspire" on the bottom corner of your page, I thought, yep, she does inspire! :D

10-02-2010, 11:23 AM
Worth the wait! What wonderful colors, I can't wait to see more :)

10-02-2010, 01:44 PM
OH, wow! That is one very cool page. . . I look forward to seeing the info on how it was done.

10-02-2010, 11:14 PM
Interesting. Looking forward to the notes about this.

10-03-2010, 12:29 AM
Very neat style Stacey... I like how the color and textures blend down into greens. :) can't wait to see more.

10-03-2010, 02:51 AM
wow! I like what you are doing with colour here, great page to start off with, can't wait to see how your journal develops over the month

10-03-2010, 02:54 AM
Really nice first page, Stacey! Looking forward to more!

WC Lee
10-03-2010, 03:31 AM
off to a nice start :) yah commenting in every sketchbook every day would take up quite a bit of time :D

10-03-2010, 05:10 AM
Love the colors! I'm interested to see the next set of pages and "the making of" :) thanks for sharing.

10-03-2010, 07:05 AM
Love the colours you used as well as the style - very creative!

10-03-2010, 12:09 PM
Such eye candy! Love the colors - Beautiful work~

10-06-2010, 09:04 AM
Hi all, been away as Computer and me have been having an arguement with my computer, so have not been around lately. WILL COMMENT ON ALL SOON!!!!!!

THANKYOU TO Jackie, Epoh, Jen, Rainy, Debby, Chuckcamo, Linda, John, W.C.Lee, Raymond, WYSIWYG, and Jeanne for your wonderful comments and encouragement!

Okay, the long awaited "information" pages...

Page 002

Page 003

Basically, you
1. cover the page with various papers, using gel medium (or similar),
2. draw the bodies/faces,
3. paint the skin areas with gesso,
4. sand when dry
5. paint with a thin coat of colourfix clear primer if using oil pastels for the skin (if using oil stick such as shiva paint sticks, than just wait 24 hours until they dry)
6. paint background using a brayer, removing paint here and there with a baby wipe
7. when oil pastel/oil sticks are dry, draw in features of face in pen
8. outline bodies and face/hair in pencil, smudging if desired with baby wipe
9. finally add any final details you like, like quotes, words, etc.
and volia - done!!!!!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey:grouphug:

10-06-2010, 10:31 AM
Awesome notes and info, thanks so much for sharing Stacey!

Joan T
10-06-2010, 11:02 AM
Stacey - I love the first page...so much color and texture!!!Thanks for including your notes and info on what you did!

10-06-2010, 02:46 PM
thank you for sharing your process...so interesting...I just love the way it turned out :)

10-06-2010, 06:08 PM
Stacey, the information on how you went about it is great - all pretty new to me! I wondered how people went with copyright issues when cutting up other stuff to make "new" works...... I suppose if you buy papers for scrapbooking etc it would be ok?

10-06-2010, 06:50 PM
oh my, that is a lot of work but the results surely are worth it

10-06-2010, 09:14 PM
A lot of work for a single page. Very colorful results.

10-07-2010, 04:21 PM
lots of fun experimentation - that's good :)

10-07-2010, 06:04 PM
wow, that is very cool. sounds like a long but fun process and the results are great. hope you had fun with it! Thanks for sharing.

WC Lee
10-08-2010, 03:18 AM
that is one long process, looks like you enjoyed it :D I would never have such patience to do all of that ...

10-09-2010, 01:08 AM
Your sketchbook is looking good... interesting steps to go through, looks like you have it planned out, and I'm sure it will turn out great.

10-09-2010, 02:15 AM

THANKYOU Denyalle, Joan, Epoh, Jackie, Jen, Debbie, Viv, Rainy, W.C.Lee, and Chuckcamo. Your kind words inspire and encourage me to continue, even as at home things with hubby and self are getting worse medically!

By Law, the people still own the copywrite, so you have to acknowledge the use of their papers. That's why I am thinking of making my own paper's for my works I want to sell in this style - JUST to save my Butt and JUST in case!!!!!!!

It may take a day or two, but the results are worth it, and it's FUN to do!!!!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey:grouphug:

10-09-2010, 02:25 AM

Another two pages done earlier on, but just have got printer to work with Windows 7, so have NOT been able to scan images until today! AND I am trying to catchup and comment on everyones sketchbooks too!!!!!:eek:

Anyway, here they are,

Page 004, Scavenger Hunt #194 Items 1 to 3
Support: Cartridge Paper, 110gsm, acid free
Medium: For #1 and #2 - Atelier Acrylics, For #3 - Office Max Ballpoint Pen

Page 005, WDE from 01 October 2010, and Acrylics Different Strokes
Support: Cartrdge Paper, 110gsm, acid free
Medium: For WDE - Atelier Acrylics, For Acrylics DS - Pen as this is prep work.

Well there WILL BE MORE later on, just need to do more commenting and scanning (and of course the adjustments needed to upload it!!!!!)


Gentle Hugs, Stacey:grouphug:

10-09-2010, 04:47 AM
Well Here are the NEXT TWO.....

Page 006, WDE 01 October 2010 by KreativeK - St Ives Art School in Cornwall UK, and Red Geranium. Weekly Drawing Thread 041010 - Valley River Barn by jemgold.
Support: Cartridge Paper, 110gsm, acid free
Medium: Office Max and Unknown Coloured Ballpoint Pens

Page 007 WDE 01 October 2010 by Kreative K - Lily Pad with Bee, and Image from Sept2010 PP (this is preliminary work)
Support: Cartridge Paper, 110gsm, acid free
Medium: WDE - Mixed Media (Pitt Artist Brush Pen and Manyo Water Soluable Oil Pastels), Image - Pen


Gentle Hugs, Stacey:grouphug:

10-09-2010, 08:57 AM
Ooh, these are so nice, Stacey! I especially love the waterlilly with bee!!

10-09-2010, 10:39 AM
Stacy - that first page is sooooooo fun and interesting. I love your experiments and the great notes you made. I never have the discipline to go back and make the notes, so then I can't remember how I did something. Great start!


10-09-2010, 11:27 AM
Stacey, I really enjoy your journal. Your approach to drawing and how you write in it is very refreshing. It has such a positive quality to it. Keep going.

Have fun!


10-09-2010, 12:01 PM
Love seeing your journal sketches!

(Ooops I got to peek at your plan for the Different Strokes doggie painting... I won't tell .... :) :) :) )

10-09-2010, 12:06 PM
Very fun compositions and sketches, and well done! Love the colorful lily pad!

10-09-2010, 06:43 PM
Your sketches and notes are splendid. Great seeing how you work things out.

10-09-2010, 07:22 PM
oooh, flowers and puppies and... tape measures?

Oh my :)

10-09-2010, 09:25 PM
I really like your notes on future pieces that you plan to do, they seem very well thought out so that when you do get to doing the actual piece you remember what you wanted to do! I always look at the list I write and am wondering how I was planning on doing that! :)

10-10-2010, 12:43 AM
great pages, I love Angel in Antique Store, it works beautifully

10-10-2010, 07:13 PM
Great stuff Stacey, your sketches and notes are very interesting - I particularly like the waterlily with bee too, nice colours and style. :)

10-10-2010, 08:05 PM
really love array of sketches! I also love the notes you are making for works you plan. . . that is a great way to use a sketchbook. Wonderful idea. The flowers with the colored pens are so whimsical and love the planned composition of the dog on the boat. . . that will be so cute.

Joan T
10-10-2010, 10:17 PM
Stacey - I like the recent sketches especially the angel and the waterlily. Looks like you're having fun experimenting with different mediums.

10-11-2010, 12:00 AM
I'm really liking how you are working in your sketchbook Stacey! it's wonderful to see how ideas unfold and trials in media take place. (btw, I've been having trouble with my mixing of greens in acrylic too...I need to do a test page on them before I get back to a canvas on my easel!)

and I really love the water lily with bee...it's quite beautiful!

10-11-2010, 12:58 PM
that last pink one is interesting :)

Vivien Maloney
10-11-2010, 01:11 PM
Stacey - I love the way you plan out your paintings in your journal. I wish I was that organised. It's a brilliant way to go about it. You have all the information there when you want to begin a project and your initial thoughts too! I copied your collage method (on your first page) and I'm going to try it for Ai's Scavenger Hunt as I've never attempted collage before. Thanks so much for sharing.

10-12-2010, 02:57 PM
What a great idea to incorporate the photo into the pages as well! I will be steeling that idea!

10-12-2010, 10:03 PM
such a great variety of work Stacey, a very interesting journal.
hope things are improving at home

10-14-2010, 10:26 PM

Well it's been very crazy here, not only am I TRYING to get this journal done, but home life has taken another twist, with both hubby and I been sick, mum's remission is in question and yesterday my great aunty was put into ICU and isn't expected to live:crying: !


THANKYOU to ALL who have commented on my journal thus far. I am both humbled and greatful for your encouragement's and am especially greatful for your liking my ideas and methodology.

So THANKYOU to Leslie, Jean, Diana, EP, John, Debby, Jen, Linda, Jackie, Denyalle, Rainy, Joan, Epoh, vhere, Viv, and janine:thumbsup: :D :wave:

EP - oooops.... that wasn't meant to happen!!!!

Denyalle - I have found this the best method to prevent me from forgetting what I plan on doing... otherwise I am up the creek without a paddle!!!!!!:eek:

Epoh - yeah greens are a pain!!!!

Viv - you are WELCOMED!!!!!! Have to check out your attempt!!!!!!!

More of my journal next post......

Gentle Hugs, Stacey:grouphug:

10-14-2010, 10:35 PM
Well here is the long awaited update (well some of it.... more later on!!!!!)

Page 008
Landscape Challenge - Big Cottonwood Canyon by Davkin
Pen and Ink Challenge - Calf by mc53
Support: Cartridge Paper, 110gsm, acid free
Medium: Landscape - Mixed media (Pitt Artist Brush Pen and Watersolouable Oil Pastels), Pen and Ink - Office max and unknown coloured ballpoint pens

Page 009
Pen and Ink Challenge - Covered Bridge by debwills
Southwestern and Western Challenge - Klein Karoo by sueparot
Support: Cartridge Paper, 110gsm, acid free
Medium: Pen and Ink - Office Max Ballpoint Pen, Southwestern - Office Max and unknown coloured ballpoint pens

Anyway, more later on...

Gentle Hugs, Stacey:grouphug:

10-14-2010, 10:41 PM
Very nice sketches... Cottonwood Canyon looks great!

10-14-2010, 11:41 PM
Nice work, Stacey! I like the landscape particularly.

10-15-2010, 02:43 AM
THANKYOU Chuckcamo and John for your wonderful comments and encouragement!!!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey

10-15-2010, 04:26 AM
you say not very well done but you have caught the massiveness (is that a word?) of the skull of cow/bullock, which is good :)

10-15-2010, 01:23 PM
Stacy, love the cow! Also I love that your book is really a "sketchbook" challenge with all sorts of stuff, rough, finished, notes, taped in bits. It shows the act of drumming up ideas and having lots of jumping off points for future use. Brainstorming with a pen or pencil! Keep it up!

10-16-2010, 12:44 AM
Another couple of pages.....

Page 010: Botanical Challenge - Western Australia Floral Emblem, and Practice run with Derivan Liquid Pencil
Support: Cartridge Paper, 110gsm, acid free
Medium: Botanical - unknown ballpoint pens, Practice - Liquid Pencil in Sepia

Page 011
Scavenger Hunt #195 hosted by Eye
Support: Cartridge Paper, 110gsm, acid free
Medium: Derivan Liquid Pencil in Sepia

More to come later tonight.

Gentle Hugs, Stacey:grouphug:

10-16-2010, 12:55 AM
It's fascinating watching your processes and experiments. Good for you carrying forward in spite of life's setbacks. I am sorry to hear about all that life is handing you.

10-16-2010, 09:02 PM
Stacey - wow! You have been busy - nice selection of medium and subjects. I particularly like the Cottonwood landscape - the colours are really nice. Hope things improve, have sent you a PM re that request :)

10-16-2010, 10:45 PM

THANKYOU to everyone who is offering support with what is happening at home, it is VERY GREATLY APPRECIATED, not just from me but also from DH (Don)!

Vhere - THANKYOU for your encouragement!

Candace - THANKYOU! Yep ALL of my journals kind of end up a mixture of everything, I feel this way I can learn MORE and makes it more fun and interesting (thus more tempting to actually complete it) and to do!!!!

Debby - THANKYOU! And THANKYOU for your kind words - right now Art and this Sketchbook when I can is helping me soooo much to cope better!!!!

Jackie - THANKYOU!!!!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey:grouphug:

10-16-2010, 11:09 PM
Well here is the last four pages to catch me up to now.....

Page 012
Weekend Drawing Event - 08 October 2010 by artastic
Stained Glass Window in London
Little Dog Waiting at Market in London
Support: Cartridge Paper, 110gsm, acid free
Medium: (stained glass) mixture of various ballpoint unknown and stabilo pens. (Little Dog) Liquid Pencil in Speia

Page 013
Southwestern and Western Challenge - Desert Home by loobyteacher
WDE 01 October 2010 by KreativeK (catchup) - Pub Guys in Cornwall
Support: Cartridge Paper, 110gsm, acid free
Medium: (Desert Home) Liquid Pencil in Sepia, (Pub Guys) Oil Pastels

Page 014
Weekend Drawing Event 08 October 2010 by artastic
- Pastoral Scene in France
- St Paul Cathedral in London
Support: Cartridge Paper, 110gsm, acid free
Medium: Oil Pastels

Page 015
Oil Pastel Challenge
- Father and Son by halthepainter
- Gundalow and Sheafe Warehouse by halthepainter
Support: Cartridge Paper, 110gsm, acid free
Medium: Oil Pastels

More to come when I get them done, just 50+ pages behind:eek: LOL!!!!!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey:grouphug:

10-16-2010, 11:49 PM
Gosh, Stacey. I am SO sorry you are dealing with so much illness in your family!!! That's so difficult. Please take care of yourself in the midst of all this stress. I hope your family members are in recovery.
I love the window with the sunflowers behind it!

10-17-2010, 01:26 AM
Fun and creative work with the different media! Nice to see you getting this done to help alleviate some of the stress. Hang in there.

10-17-2010, 08:21 AM
wow you've been working hard! good stuff

10-17-2010, 12:29 PM
That sad little doggie is so cute :)

10-17-2010, 04:26 PM
Your journal pages are great. I like the work you are doing in oil pastel, I have only had a play with these and ended up with a big mess, so I am super impressed!

I like the perspective of St Pauls Cathedral, lovely drawing. I agree with you that the Pub Guys in Cornwall would work up well, I like what you have done with it so far.

10-17-2010, 06:10 PM
Stacey, I've finally got to having a good look at your sketchbook. I've really enjoyed looking at all the work you've done here. Its a REAL sketchbook working things out on the page, and its all so full of your own energy. And good for you keeping it going during a difficult time. Its all terrific visual food.

10-17-2010, 06:17 PM
Love the experimentation. Your notes to yourself are a great insight.

10-20-2010, 09:06 PM
great stuff Stacey - good to see you are still finding time for creating ;)

10-20-2010, 09:50 PM
Great oil pastels and WDE sketches, so many good ones! Sorry I haven't been commenting, have been offline a lot for a while with a cold/flu that finally went away.

10-21-2010, 07:04 AM
Cool, I've seen the liquid pencil in the catalogs but I haven't ever seen it in use. The results look great. You said it was hard to use?

10-23-2010, 07:50 AM
What a cool sketchbook! So many different media, and such a wide variety of subject matter. I've really enjoyed looking through it. Nice work!!!!

Joan T
10-23-2010, 11:07 AM
Stacey - Sorry to hear about the medical problems. Health/poor health can really disrupt things. You have so many challenges that you've worked on in your journal...BRAVO!!!! You are really experimenting and pushing yourself. I love the landscape challenge and the floral challenge.

10-24-2010, 01:31 AM
Hello. . . so sorry to hear of your family's health problems :(
Sending you and yours all my best wishes and prayers.

Very cool journal pages. I love how much OP you have used. They are my fav medium but I've not used them much in sketchbook and not sure why. You are motivating me though and I plan to do so next month (but the book I am using this month is just rather small for them unfortunately!)

Really enjoying viewing your journal! Love the doggie

Vivien Maloney
10-27-2010, 10:55 PM
Great job with your sketchbook. Sorry to hear of your family's health problems. Art is a wonderful thing to take your mind off your problems for a time, and by doing so many terrific sketches, I'm sure it would have helped you.
"Gentle hugs back to you Stacey".

10-27-2010, 11:50 PM
Stacey, I'm thinking about you. I hope things are okay- haven't seen you posting in about a week, I think.

10-28-2010, 03:55 AM

I need to APPOLOGISE to ALL for my absence during my own art journal. This was due to the fact that both myself and hubby have been in hospital at different times over the past 2 weeks. And although we are both out, Don is still in poor health and I am not much better.

As those that know me would know, I do take my resposibilities seriously and I feel horrible that I was unable to fullfill my promise of filling the sketchbook in a month.

However, I am going to continue through to next month with the same journal, along the same lines, trying different mediums and experiementing a lot!

So hope to see you all next month, I will upload the remainder of the pages towards the end of the week (like sunday!) as I am still very light headed and feeling quite ill.

Gentle Hugs, Stacey

10-28-2010, 03:21 PM
sorry to hear you've both been ill :( your health takes priority so I think you shouldn't stress about the sketchbook - there will be other times.

Concentrate on getting better :grouphug:

10-28-2010, 03:38 PM
Oh, my goodness, Stacey!! I'm SO sorry you have both been in hospital!! As vhere says, don't worry about not completing the sketchbook. Your health is more important. I'm glad you are home and pray for a swift recovery for you both!

10-29-2010, 12:05 PM
Feel better soon!

10-29-2010, 10:22 PM
Take care of yourself and take it easy, Stacey. You did a lot anyway, and no one can avoid getting sick - getting sick schedules itself. I'm just glad you're pulling out of it and going to be all right!

Awesome that you're going to keep going and complete it in November. Heck, why not subtract all your sick days and replace them with November days before saying that you didn't do a sketchbook in a month? 31 days is 31 days, the ones you were in the hospital or convalescing and couldn't paint don't count! You only had half the time, so don't beat yourself for not finishing. Just see what happens if you give yourself those two weeks back!