It’s no secret that I prefer to work in a journal or sketchbook over single sheets or canvas. Partly because a book gives you a built-in support so you can draw on your lap. Partly it’s a matter of storage–single sheet work tends to go all over the place when you try to stack them, while a sketchbook fits neatly, out of the way, on the shelf.
Most of all, though, I just like being able to flip through a book later.
For this reason, even when I do work on a single sheet, I often find a way to incorporate that piece into a sketchbook. I try to fit it onto a larger work, using textures or colors or even other paper to frame it.
Over the next few days, I thought I’d share some artwork that you may have seen on my blog before–only now it’s been incorporated.
To begin with, I’ll share what I did with a piece done for one of my Viva Las VegaStamps! design team posts.
I had page that I covered with black gesso. I had experimented with adding strokes of acrylic paint and shutting the book to smear it. I planned to build on this, but I really liked the result, and didn’t want to cover it up.
After I’d done the Alice in Wonderland piece, I realized the colors in the corner of the page coordinated nicely. Hmmm, I thought. If I glue down the drawing, that background looks like it might be the tunnel that Alice fell through.