2x2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks -- Week 49

I had forgotten about this week's page and looking at it now makes me want to do some more micron pen drawings of plants and flowers and vases.

Looking at Dana's bit of dyed fabric makes me want to experiment with dyeing fabric. (One of the prompts for the Spoonflower challenge was "Dyed" and my piece for it was more or less faked, but I do want to try a Shibori project -- curtains! -- this summer).

2x2 Sketchbook, #2x2sketchbook, Dana Barbieri, Anne Butera, Sketchbooks, collaboration, artist collaboration, drawings, fabric design
Dana (l), Anne (r)

I can't help but have summer on the mind when I look at these pages. They're taking me to the heart of summer, imagining tie dye projects in the backyard and baskets filled with cut flowers to arrange in vases for every room of the house.

2x2 Sketchbook, #2x2sketchbook, Dana Barbieri, Anne Butera, Sketchbooks, collaboration, artist collaboration, drawings, fabric design
Dana (l), Anne (r)

I can think of few things more joyful than that.

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 love the contrast of your detailed pen drawings against Dana's bold colour design. I look forward to seeing your Shibori curtains this summer! :-)

    1. Thank you, Simone! The surprising contrasts in our pages have been so fun for me to see. I'm always delighted and surprised when I see Dana's response to my page.

      I'll be sure to share my curtains once I've made them. I think it will be a fun project!


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