2x2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks -- Week 29

I don't even have words for this week's pages.

sketchbooks, collage, embroidery, 2x2 Sketchbook, Dana Barbieri, Anne Butera
Dana (l), Anne (r)

Ok, that's not true.

When I look at this week's pages I see absolute joy radiating from them. They are playful and fun and just the sort of experimentation that this project is all about.

sketchbooks, collage, embroidery, 2x2 Sketchbook, Dana Barbieri, Anne Butera
Dana (l), Anne (r)

So delightful. So unexpected.

In Dana's email this week she called her page "wonky", but isn't that what makes it perfect?

Trying new things, working through ideas, playing... this collaboration, at its best, helps us do all those things. Sometimes the pages are more successful than others, and yet, the finished page isn't really the point. And that is what's been so wonderful about our collaboration.

Don't forget to check out Dana's blog for her take on this week's pages!

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.

*photos in this post by Dana Barbieri


  1. I like how your ideas both bounce off each other and give you a starting point for your own page. Being monochromatic is the unifying factor in this for me. :-)

    1. Thank you, Simone! You're right. The color palette pulls it all together. :)


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