Now that the Sketchbook Project is finished, I really want to make it in cloth before I have to send the book off in January. I made a start, using lots of layered sheers to strive for a soft painterly look.
The page size is about 8″ x 10″. Since there will be 32 pages, in the spirit of a standard picture book, it will help to keep the dimensions manageable. I’m hoping all the pages will be finished by Christmas. I intend to make a few minor changes to the original design and will probably cut out or merge a few of the pages.
I’ve been reminded of how much easier it is to stitch something for which there is already a completed, coloured design, as opposed to making it up as you go along – although that too has its place sometimes. The stitched version has a totally different quality from the painted version, which, of course, is why I choose textiles as my primary medium. You just don’t get the same depth, texture and emotional response from the painted image on paper.