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Towards the beginning of the summer, I was given an ecosystem notebook with the challenge to use it for the summer. I welcomed the challenge, because I used to always keep a notebook on hand to sketch in. Sundays were the day when I sketched most. I’ve not done that in a while! My sketching time has diminished incredibly since having Penelope. It happens.
I had a great time using my ecosystem book. I got the small, blank (artist) notebook. It was the perfect size to cart around in my purse and I just fell in love with the coated book cover, perforated pages, elastic closure & secret back pocket.
From a bookbinder’s point of view, this book is well made. It’s sewn, then glued (where many cheap notebooks are just single sheets glued together = not strong). My cover surely took a beating between getting tossed around in my grubby purse & being man-handled by Penelope’s grubby hands, but because of the coating, I could just wipe dirt & mystery sticky stains right off. It was great!
Here are some things that I did with my notebook:
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I’ve been on a pen & ink fix right now. I’ve been hand lettering and drawing every chance I get thanks to the inspiration from my friend and this talented lady. My brother-in-law thinks this looks like a squid of some sort, I agree. It does remind me of being under water. I’m really happy how it turned out. I also wanted to do something a little different, and started drawing leaves. I like how it turned out, I’m going to leave the drawing as-is and turn it into a pattern. I’m also on a pattern kick right now, too.
UPDATE: I finished the leafy pattern! Check out the pattern and download it for twitter/desktop here!
I’m thoroughly enjoying the recent surge of springy weather we’ve been having and therefore shirking in the blog posting department. :( I’ve had these flowers in my drawing book for some time (since my Idaho weekend), and haven’t scanned them in, thanks to living out of a suitcase.
Tomorrow Chris and I are heading down to Arizona to spend some time with the Esplin family, and I’m greatly looking forward to crafting with my in-laws, and hopefully get in some painting and drawing time with the sisters-in-law, too.
I think the drawings might make for some interesting paintings. Hopefully I’ll get around to painting soon.[side note: I think I've told Chris 99 times today that I'm apartment/house hungry--it especially manifest itself this weekend when I went thrifting with my cousin's wife, and nearly bought a set of fiberglass chairs for the home I don't live in. Thanks, Natalie, for oogling over vintage home treasures with me!] [other side note: I've had some stellar luck with some great second-hand finds, I found a cool wool coat for $5 (pictured above) and a metal cafeteria tray for $1 and a stellar stainless steel breadbox for $10--talked down from $12. The breadbox was a particularly awesome find because about 15 minutes later I found another one selling for $50!]