Wednesday, October 26, 2011
A Tree House .. A Free House ..
I am excited to say that I have finally started on my Sketchbook Project .. I only received it in the beginning of the summer ! I think part of the reason it has taken me this long to get started is the theme that I chose. I saw Treehouse and was immediately drawn to it due to my love for these fun and out of doors type of home. I always wanted a treehouse as a kid but never did have one .. probably because there weren't really an trees that would have been a good fit for one.
So I am living vicariously through my sketchbook and I am really liking how it is coming out ! I wanted to keep the cover somewhat simple .. I used a rub on of a tree and a stamped image of a house that I colored with golden acrylics and outlined in black with my Pitt pen. I found the words Tree House on a vintage children's book page so I knew it was waiting to be used for this project !
I added a piece of Tim Holtz's masking tape and cut the text from a vintage storybook page.
The first 2 page spread is pretty much how the sketchbook will progress.. using different color themes for the backgrounds, trees and houses .
The backgrounds are pieces of scrapbook paper glued on top of watercolor paper which I deckled on the edges. I wanted to make the pages a little more "heavy" since the actual journal pages are quite thin. I like how the added pages are really giving the book a thicker and more sturdy feel when you hold it .
The trees were free online templates that I found which I cut out and traced onto vintage dictionary pages. I colored them with colorbox inks and copic markers.
Dylusions line .. she has some of the best stamps .. I would love to have the whole collection ! Coloring them in with paints and markers is so fun .. some of the color combos I used are quite quirky :)
The poem I am using throughout the journal is from Dr. Suess's "A Tree House "
I will be back throughout the week with more page layouts and I hope to have the book done within the next couple weeks so I can get it sent safely on it's way to the Brooklyn library :)