A group of 16 textile artists have been working hard for some time, coming up with ideas for original work. They began a blog in Jan 2011 called The Sketchbook Challenge. They have now combined their ideas in a magazine format, that is available for purchase.You print it at home, and they even give you instructions for binding it, if you desire.
I have just looked over the first issue. 13 of the artists have contributed to issue # 001. There is a wealth of color, art, ideas and information to peruse. The artful look is a little different than most how-to magazines which makes it fresh and freewheeling. Each article carries the essence of the individual author and delights you with color and ideas. There will be something in every issue that you will find of interest. It will stretch your creative muscles. Mine need stretching! There are 83 pages, larger and more idea-packed than I expected.
The articles include:
- How to Draw a Pinecone by Jane La Fazio
- Make a Sketchbook Sleeve by Sue Bleiweiss
- Remedies for Blank Pages by Carol Sloan
- Take your Pencil Out to Eat by Susan R. Sorrell
- and the list goes on and on. Here is the link where you can check it out yourself: Ezine #001 to look inside the issue and order.
Do not let the plain brown wrapper/cover deter you from opening these magical pages. There is something wonderful inside waiting for you. Read Lyric Kinard's piece on Making Bad Art. I've made alot of what she is suggesting, but she encourages the reader to keep working!
Let me know how you like it.