Wednesday, June 17, 2015

2x2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks -- Week 10

I flip-flopped around with what to do for this week's page. I had one idea. And then I had a brilliant brainstorm. I started working on that, but soon realized it wasn't really thrilling me. I put off finishing it. And waited. And waited, discarding ideas and possibilities. I finally went back to my first idea.

2x2, #2x2sketchbook, sketchbooks, Dana Barbieri, Anne Butera
Dana (l), Anne (r)

And I think I like how it turned out.

2x2, #2x2sketchbook, sketchbooks, Dana Barbieri, Anne Butera
Dana (l), Anne (r)

I liked playing with the negative space. I was thinking about sun prints/cyanotypes. I was thinking about pattern design and fabric design. It made me think of lace. And aplique.

Imagine the design repeated. As tiles, or patchwork squares.

2x2, #2x2sketchbook, sketchbooks, Dana Barbieri, Anne Butera

The more I thought about it and looked at it, the more I liked it.

Don't forget to stop by Dana's blog for her take on this week's spread!


About the project:

2x2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks is a collaboration between artists Dana Barbieri and Anne Butera. Dana and Anne met in an online painting class. Although they have never met in person, they have become friends through regular visits to each others' blogs. It was through this connection that this project began. Wanting to move from friendship to collaboration, each spent two months filling one half of a sketchbook before mailing it off to the other. Dana worked on the lefthand pages and Anne on the right. Each will be responding to the other's work on the adjacent sketchbook pages over the coming year. Watch weekly as they reveal another page of their story.

About the artists:

Dana is an artist and crafter living in the foothills of the Catskill mountains two hours north of New York City with her husband, two children and little kitty. She is passionate about painting, knitting, crochet, color, pattern and design.

Anne is an artist, writer and crafter who finds inspiration and joy in the beauty of her garden and the magic of nature. Dissatisfied with and disheartened by the pace and lifestyle of the city, she and her husband (with their two rescued greyhounds and an aging Siamese) relocated to a small town in the beautiful Driftless region in southwest Wisconsin with the goal of living a slower, simpler, more intentional life.

8 comments:

  1. I can't figure out how you replicated the design but it is wonderful! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Simone.

      I guess I can let you in on my secret. ;) I used tracing paper and then cut out the main shape, traced it onto the page and colored in the background. I bought tracing paper a while back and hadn't used it yet so I figured now would be the perfect time.

      It was fun!

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  2. Thank you for letting me in on the 'secret' Anne! They look great as tiles also! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Simone! I did that in Photoshop. Just a quick job of pasting them together. I didn't want to get too carried away making it look perfect (sometimes I can spend way too much time on something like that!).

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  3. Beautiful design and creativity!

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