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A small group of friends decided we would set ourselves a sketchbook challenge.  That challenge was to fill a small (A6) sketchbook in seven days.  We could choose our own theme and work in any medium – the only proviso being that if anyone used photos in their book,  you would have to do three sketches to each photo used.

I chose to go with a theme that arose in a spread I did for the soul journal project which is “In Gaia’s Garden”.   It is a theme I will continue to explore and develop, definitely using some of the ideas that were very quickly put to paper during this challenge.  I haven’t included every single page of the sketchbook as there is a fair bit of repetition.

It was a great idea and a good experience – one I shall certainly do again.


3-45-67-8block print carved from polystyreneBorage leaf print acrylic on paper and linenleaf print - inktense pencilmulti leaf rubbing on linenLino block printseed studies 1seed studies 2seeds couched on leaf rubbed linenseeds couched on leaf rubbed linen

Ivy outline over leaf printed paperivy outline on leaf-printed paper

Cactus study from magazine pictureCactus study 2 + 3Cactus study 4Tree - colour study watercolourTree - colour study pastel 1Tree - colour study pastel 2Seed openingseed opening-earth



Sister circleSister Circle

Imagination sketchSeed-human doodleseed-human doodle

sketch on thoughts of healing handsthoughts on healing hands

Sketch - expanding on thoughts of humans as seeds

more playing with the human-plant connectionmore playing with the human/plant connection.

That’s it ……….seeing these again fills me with ideas once more – ideas sketchbooks are definitely a great asset.


My contribution to a book made for a friend who was not at all well – many friends made pages and the book was an absolute beauty, the recipient was more than happy with the surprise .

Page for Claire March 09

The quote I used on the back is one I love and one which said what I wanted to express:

“Each friend represents a world in us,

a world possibly not born until they arrive,

and it is only by this meeting

that a new world is born”

Anais Nin

I have been neglecting this blog for far too long, mainly because I have been concentrating on the story cloth quilt I am creating/obsessing on, apologies.

However, I didn’t realise it had been so long since I had posted here – well slap my wrists!

So, what have I been doing?

Firstly there is this:

A page for a friend’ s Travelling Colour Journal.  I chose green….this was way back in February.

Spread for Elizabeths journal