Wednesday, April 20, 2016

2x2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks -- Week 54

We're still chugging along with our sketchbooks and I have to say that this week's page was one of the most fun I've done lately.

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Dana (l), Anne (r)

I love the bright, springy color palette Dana created with her leaf sketches (though I still feel bad about the fact that the blue marker from my page two weeks ago bled through onto hers).

I had so many ideas of how to respond to her page and they all went out the window when I considered making a page of plaid swatches.

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Dana (l), Anne (r)

The fact that we both used the same markers (Koi Watercolor Brush Pens -- the same markers I was playing with in my sketchbook) really tied the two pages together.

If you're looking for an idea of what to do in your sketchbook, creating plaids is simple, fun and extremely satisfying. I like that the wonkiness of hand-drawn lines gives the designs personality.

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

And take a look at the web page I put together for our 2x2 Sketchbook project. It's an easy way to see all of our pages at once, to learn more about the project and to visit your favorite posts.


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.

4 comments:

  1. I love these colors and patterns together so much. I could totally see them as fabric prints. Wouldn't that be so cute?

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    1. I love them, too!

      Yes! I can totally see them as fabrics, too. And you've given me an idea!

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  2. Wonderful as usual! If I was to add a third page I would draw plaid leaves!!!:-)

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    1. Haha! Yes, plaid leaves! I can imagine creating fabric sculptures of leaves with plaid fabrics, too. So fun! Thanks for the idea, Simone. :)

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