What Am I Getting Myself Into?

For years now, I have watched and looked at and pondered doing The Sketchbook Project for the Brooklyn Art Library.

For years now, I have talked myself out of it.  The Critic Voices in my head…never good enough, won’t finish it, won’t compare, can’t compete…yada yada yada…

Guess what?  I have better voices in my head this year.

This year the voices in my head were all saying–do it–you can’t say no-it’s going to be fun and interesting and exciting.  It’s going to open so many doors for you–even if only in your own heart.  You deserve to do this.

So, I signed up.  My Volume 15 journal is on its way.

They have themes to help get you started, but they are not hard and fast things.

So, I am pondering themes.  I am pondering media (since acrylic and gesso are frowned upon).  I am pondering rebinding a journal I haven’t seen yet.  I am wondering what it will be like, what it will feel like.

Are you wondering too?

Then, please, come join in.


Another Week Of #100FunFabFaces

The journal I am using–isn’t really meant to be an art journal.  It’s a simple 8 inches by 6 inches book, filled with thin brown-toned kraft paper.  The pages are thin–and they do not seem very thrilled with wet media…They are going to have to suck it up anyway because that’s what I fancy working with at the moment.

You can learn more about the #100FunFabFaces challenge that Karen Campbell is hosting (for FREE!) here.

Here’s my second set of faces:

Karen actually had two reference photos for that week (watch her video–you’ll see why)…and this is just the set I made from the first reference, using sharpie and water color…because my Jane Davenport mermaid markers are finicky.  Some pages in this journal, those markers work fine.  The color moves effortlessly with just a touch of water…on others, that stuff doesn’t move if I use a bucket of water on them, several times….so I turned to my watercolors to play with these faces.

My next set of faces will be coming…soon…

Karen Campbell’s #100FunFabFaces Challenge

#1–I am wicked behind on this challenge.  I started it with everyone on time–then my husband went out of the country on a business trip…and then the December holidays hit…along with my being sick, then the small boy being sick, then my husband’s annual ski trip–and he brought back some horrible germs from that trip–although I am deeply thankful our youngest didn’t get it…I did though–and am still fighting off bits of it to this day…

#2–I mean to finish this challenge, one way or another, lol.

#3–I don’t count other faces/etc that I do elsewhere for this project.  If I don’t make them in my specific to this challenge journal…just…because…that’s how I’m doing it.

And so…if you are interested in playing along–it’s all free…you can follow along on Karen’s YouTube channel here. You can get all the details and more there.

Here is what I did for my first week…


I started working, trying to do something more like what karen did…and then allowed myself to evolve and play with things.

Some of these I love; some I like; some I am not happy with…and I decided I would just go with whatever came out, depending on the products I used.

I’ll have another post ready to show you soon…