Sunday, January 1, 2012

Book of Days: Welcome 2012

Wow, the 4"x6" format of this sketchbook is a real challenge. It feels positively tiny even compared to a 5"x7".

I liked the jester image and spent FOR EVER cutting him out. All those little tiny curves! Oy. Once I had it cut out, it faded right into the page. Hmmm.... I added the collaged papers and tried him again. He was...well...OK. So I glued him down. Still kinda lost, so I outlined him with a 90% cold gray pen. Much better, but the pen bled all over his nose. Sigh. Decided to think about that later.

I added the clock as a nod to time and the fish cuz I liked him. The upper right was a bit bare, so I added the tulips. The tulips and smaller fish over the clock tied the corners together. The black art tape is from taping the front pages together to make a pocket. I like it, but it made the tiny pages feel even tinier.

Back to the jester with the gray nose... What to do... I dug through my collage materials looking for a face the right size and pointed in the right direction. Ta dah! No more ruined jester face. Yay!

Anyway, I think I was right when I declared to the group that the size of this book was going to be one of my challenges. Hopefully, I'll get into the 4"x6" groove soon...


  1. Wow - you are fast! I'm still working on my New Years spread - it's still a work n progress.

    I love the reds in your spread and the fish that is swimming anti-clockwise towards to the clock...for some reason that tickled me :)

  2. Well, it's all I did today besides eat and drink. LOL!

    Hadn't thought about the direction of the fish. What an interesting observation! Wonder what my brain was thinking.... :)

  3. I like it!
    My size is a bit smaller than I am used to as well. An odd size. 4.5" x 7.5". But I think it is good to work in a different size sometimes. We get locked in our ways, and pushing the limits of what we normally do is good for us!
    I haven't started on my New Years spread yet. But I did get both covers and the inside pockets done! Yippee!

  4. Definitely good to step out of the old art ruts. I'm amused that 4"x6" is such a challenge. I have decades of experience stamping 4.25"x5.5" cards. Funny how the quarter inch one way and half inch the other are just enough to cause discomfort.

    Love your covers. Yummy leaves!