Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sharing a Sketchbook

My sister and I have sketchbooks that we share. Of course, I have a sketchbook I keep for myself, but it is interesting to share one with another artist. She is a watercolor artist, and we find we share the same joys and sorrows in our art! I write something in my sketchbook about what I am working on, then mail it to her. She writes something, often reacting to what I have written and sends it back. We started this several months ago, and have really gotten a lot out of the process. We write about what inspires us, what frustrates us. Of course our entries include things cut out of magazines we think the other person can relate to, pictures of something we are working on, something we remember from the past that relates to the present.

My main problem is that I need to have it sitting out so I see it, then I remember to write in it! I am finding it interesting to look at what I have written as I get better as an artist, and it is fun to hear what someone else thinks. Is there someone you can share a sketchbook with?


  1. What a great idea. I bet you are learning so much more about each other too.

  2. I love my sketch book - although any real potential designs go into a binder. I've always struggled with keeping a process journal until I started blogging. Its like now that I'm sharing my creative process with other quilters - I take more time to document it.

  3. that is a great idea, I am glad I found your blog. I did not know you started one. I hope all is well and it looks like you have made some great quilts!

  4. I am a regular reader of your blog and have to just begun to dye my fabric. In an earlier post you mentioned using "Melody's method" and the success you had. What is that method? I am really enjoying the process, but am currently using the "traditional" methods--but I seem to not be getting consistent "brightness". I have some pics on my Thanks in advance for any help you might give.


  5. You always inspire me and I am thankful for our collaborations through our sketchbooks! ~Diane


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