As I mentioned yesterday, I am taking part in the Sketchbook project again this year. I haven't left it as late as last year, but the deadline is approaching! (If you want to see the sketchbooks from the last 2 years, you can go to my page on the site.)
So, here is how the idea developed. Last year I used different paper in the book because I wasn't really happy with the work I started on the pages. But I kept all the paper. The book contains 16 pages (front and back one page). Last year I kept thinking of things to do with the alphabet, but didn't have enough pages.
So, this year I am adding the pages from last year that I didn't work on...which, surprisingly enough, is exactly 10 pages.
So, letters. I have enjoyed the work on the letters for the other book project I am doing. So, I looked in one of my Medieval Manuscript books and found one set I liked. I enlarged it several times till I got the letters big enough for the book. I decided to place them on an old book background. I had these blue pages from a foreign language book. The letters would fit just right if I cut the blue pages in half.
I am sort of following the 365 Creativity book *(see description below) I got for Christmas...but not as my daily project prompts. More like using it as a connection to something I am doing that day. For yesterday, it said use paper but don't glue or use scissors or draw on it.
So, I cut out all the letters with a scalpel. Then I coloured them with a gold pen.
Now I am stitching them onto the blue paper with black crochet thread!
I am thinking to make it more interesting I will cover the white pages with red tissue paper. The faded blue pages will stand out much more. As it is no longer day 4 - don't use glue, I might glue it. But I am toying with the idea of using acrylic gloss medium or acrylic wax. It isn't glue!
I might do a bit more stitching across the top and bottom of the red part of the pages with the variagated pearle cotton.
*365: A Daily Creativity Journal - a gift, but one I requested. The book has 365 prompts for getting ideas to make things. There is a blog run by the author Noah Scalin called Make Something 365 and Get Unstuck. Unstuck is another book by him.
I am linking this to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday. Not specifically an Art Quilt, but it is really priming the pump as I sit and work on it. I am definitely getting ideas for how to get started with a piece I will be starting soon. and maybe ideas for continuing more work related to the Communication series I worked on before.