bye bye Sketchpack Project
I should have written this yesterday as it was the last day of August but I didn’t have any energy left in me. I also know that nobody will really mind so I should act the same :) Yeah, be gentle with yourself Nina!
Last 7 days of “Sketchpacking” went quite smoothly. Sadly I wasn’t joined by others, so I missed the excitement of seeing what they would find on the same page, but I am very glad I at least got to experience it last week.
Today, I am going to share my final pages only and then in the end, I will share a few of those pages that were done by others as well. And I’ll post them side by side with mine so that we can all get lost in possibilities :) Shall we?
Days 25 and 26:
That dancer really took me by surprise and the left page turned out quite happy so I was happy too :)
Days 27 and 28:
Left page called for some color and the right one was a bit harder to do. If there’s less variation or color differences or if there is too much white or blank paper, then there really isn’t much to lean onto in the sense of shapes. And that’s what makes it harder. One could, in this case, go for something completely out of the blue though :)
Days 29 and 30:
Now these were quite fun, especially the right one. Interesting ladies there for sure.
And the last final page, day 31:
Not much happening but enough to get a story going and that’s really good in my book ;)
If you would like to see how the empty pages of these looked like, have a look at my previous post as they are all there. You can also print them out and have some creative fun on your own with them. I’d love to see what you find!
Findings of others
Here’s one page that inspired Kathy Jay and Janet Kingwill to give this creative thing a go. I wish Kathy made it vertically too but it was really interesting how we all found sea related things.
And here’s another one, with only Kathy and me:
Isn’t it cool? Same base and totally different results. I know that this result changes during the day as well. Because it pretty much happened every single time I was posting these in FB group. I saw something completely different on the base page and would be able to go into totally different direction. And all this without page rotation!
August is now over and Sketchpack Project is behind us. It will be back the same time next year so if you are interested in joining in the fun, drop in. I will write about this here for sure so you will be prompted at the correct time.
I was also pondering on about why it was so hard to keep up with this after a certain amount of time. I think for me, it was all about being in summer as opposed to South Africa where the Sketchpack lives and winter was still present. There’s so much happening in summer that it’s really hard to keep up with such a project after spending all day outside for instance.
There was also a sense of boredom present. It sneaked in after the initial fun of finding things on the page worn off and when I kept finding the same things. Many birds and little dog/cat like creatures in my case. But still. I can see a huge value in this technique. When I relaxed, things started flowing again. I see it as perfect starting point for mixed media pieces because one really talks to the page/paper and responds to things showing up. Jup, it’s a cool thing to do and I will come back with a different paper (watercolor one or mixed media paper) and lots of art supplies and see what happens then.
Oh, and I will definitely have to leave Expectations outside my studio and only invite Play and Fun in :) Who else is with me?
As days are getting cooler my favourite season is approaching. I adore Autumn. Probably because of the pumpkins and mushrooms and cosy tea drinking times and all things cute and magical that start creeping in. Which reminds me, there are odd things one can find in the woods:
I got a nudge to needle felt again and if time permits, or I get asked to, I shall go looking for more Amanita Hearts out there ;) They would look great on a Christmas tree, wouldn’t they? And they bring luck if I remember correctly. Certainly good to have around.
And lastly, here’s a quick question before I wrap this up: How do you feel about Autumn? I’d really love to know. Especially if there are interesting things you like to do or see. Do let me know in the comments please.
See you soon-ish.
With much love,
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I like the idea of the sketch pack very much. And I can see how it may only hold glamour for a week or two though. How much though was I tickled by the cat in the bikini top!
I adore your devotion to engaging others in your process like Facebook. It really is that creating in community thing that sparks joy. And it's kinda not always fun creating alone. As for Fall, it is my favorite season. And yet it feels like it will be forever before we get the true Fall weather here. Sigh!
Much gratitude to you Nina!