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Friday, January 27, 2012

i have been wanting to participate with the sketchbook challenge for quite a while. i haven't followed through because i felt like i had to be committed enough to sketch on a daily basis and i knew that was unlikely. recently i re-read their guidelines and realized that i could join in on a far less regular basis and still grow creatively. my goal (for now) is to sketch at least once a week and to post a minimum of two examples within their flickr group each month.
the prompt/challenge for january 2012 has been "doodles". i have managed to get my sketchbook out as planned and although my doodles aren't impressive in any way i am pleased to have finally jumped in.

you can tell that i've been heavily influenced by the zen doodling practice that i've done . . .  and i see a bit of quilt-like mark making . . . i guess it's a start.

Lyric Kinard recently posted (within the sketchbook challenge blog) on the topic of turning doodles into art. she explained as well as stepped out exactly how she uses the thermofax process to print unique fabrics from her own sketches. she then pieces these prints into beautiful abstract fiber art.
her question at the end of the post "What ways can you think of to make use of your doodling?"  got me to thinking . . .

i've become very interested in combining traditional art techniques such as drawing/doodling, stitching, photography, painting, etc with the more contemporary field of digital art. and so i played with that as a jumping off point for how i could use my own doodling . . .

and so i isolated one element off of my doodling pages . . .

combined it with photographs that i have taken of some of my paper/mixed media hexagon work, subtly layered in my own textures and within a reasonably short period of time came up with a digital image that i could live with.

and best of all: i had fun.

i'll get my chosen images into flickr tomorrow and have met my goals for the month of january.

recent gifts include:
  • celebrating 31 years of life together with my wonderful husband
  • making a start with the sketchbook challenge
  • a faster internet speed (~!!!!~)


  1. Most importantly...you had FUN!

  2. This sounds like a very do-able challenge. I find that drawing every day helps my creativity - even if it's only a doodle!

    Good Luck!

  3. You are so creative!! How nice to step into a creative challenge!!

  4. Sounds interesting. I used to doodle a lot when I was in school and worked. I tried again last year and felt very self conscious. Since I'm trying to add meditation to my routine I don't want to commit to another thing, but something to think about for the future. Fun!

  5. I like this challenge - quite relaxing!
    Thanks for the link, I'll probably doodle the evening away. Connie.

  6. I love your dooddle and the way you used it in the last picture. Is it possible to see more ot this ?

  7. Hello darling Libby Q!
    Your new blog look is VERY fun!
    I love your doodles, of course!
    Happy anniversary!

  8. I very much like that leaf you chose - great start, enJOY

  9. Yes- FUN!!
    As I read the first part of the post I was thinking...quilting design for FMQ - then I read on - and you were thinking in the same vein.
    Just curious - did you doodle on your schoolwork as a child?
    Thank you for sharing and Happy Anniversary!

  10. I'm blown away by all your talent. I really want to sew but I'm somewhat intimidated by my new Janome machine or any machine for that matter.


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