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Friday, April 8, 2011

Paint Party Friday- April 8th!

Eeeeee!  It's Paint Party Friday again, and I'm SO jazzed!  I've had a blast meeting people each week and discovering some really amazing (new to me) art!  For this week, I've been working on my Sketchbook for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Sketchbooks- my new and first round robin.  I felt really behind in beginning because I had a really hard time finding the right book to use.  Who would have thought it'd be so hard?  But, we have very specific requirements to meet, so it had to; have 60+ pages (we each get 4 to work with) and had to accept multi media.  The first one I got was wonderful for mixed media with really heavy duty watercolor paper- but, alas, it only had 50 pages.....the second I got online from Dick Blick and they promised that it was great for mixed media, well the paper was about the thickness of printer paper, so, no go.  On my third try, I FINALLY found a book at Sam Flaxx that actually met both requirements, so on Monday, I was ready to go!!!
Luckily during my trials of finding a book to work with, my brain was going overdrive with ideas for the cover, sign in and "all about me" pages.  You guys saw the beginning of the "me" spread with my self portrait last week.

For the cover, I turned to one of my favorite sources of inspiration; Gustav Klimt
And while I'm not quite done with the sign in pages, I have enough to show.  I love interactive art, I'll probably do at least couple of pop ups in the sister's books as they come to me.  In the meantime, my sign in page consists of 12 squares that flip up for the ladies to write their names, where they live and which month they did a spread for.
So that's my Paint Party Friday entry for the week- now I'm off to PARRTTAY!  Hope to see you there :D
Stephanie

43 comments:

priti.lisa said...

Sooo Good, Stephanie, very Klimt-y :o)
I love the sign-in pages, what a great idea, you've set the bar sky-high!!! I can't wait to see your book in person...Happy Weekend, and XX's

Yvonne said...

What a wonderful and fun project round robin. I've been in doll round robins, but this one seems right up my alley even more. Love what you did here as I love Klimt. Happy PPF.

Pam Tucker said...

The cover is PERFECT! Very Klimt-esque. Your sign-in pages are a stroke of genius. Just painting each square looks like fun. Oh, I love the idea of this project! I hope you'll keep us updated as you work through yours.

art2cee2 said...

Wow this is soooo nice. I really like this idea. :-)

Diana Evans said...

oh this is super fantastic work Stephanie!!!! so great to meet you and I love your blog!

Mila said...

Uao! Wonderful idea Stephanie!
Have a wonderful week-end!
Hugs & Smiles,
Mila :)

Jennifer Pride said...

I love it!

Marlene said...

This is a wonderful sketchbook. Love your cover and very clever sign in pages. This sounds like a very fun round robin collaboration and should give you all wonderful memories for a long time to come.

WrightStuff said...

That's just so cool Steph - love it!!

I know what you mean about getting the right paper. One day I'll find a book with the paper I want then go out and buy 100 of them!

La Abela said...

They are very original work I like, I also love Klimt, I was in Vienna and saw "The Kiss" is a magic painting. Greetings

Kristin Dudish said...

What a beautiful start to your traveling sketchbook - it sounds like such a fun project!

xo
Kristin

p.s I am so jealous of your beautiful gardens... Hopefully I'll be seeing some of that soon ;)

Nicola said...

Hi there, LOVE your cover and your sign in page looks fantastic too what a great idea to have pop ups in the books!!!! It's going to be so fun seeing everyone's different styles thought these books! Brilliant start!!!! :0)

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Yay...so beautiful...gorgeous work..i love the energy and feel and movement of these journeying beings..wonderful! and wow..so cool about all you have created here..pretty magnificent!
Shine on Stephanie!
Victoria~

peggy gatto said...

Lovely ladies!!! the work and detail in your book is wonderful!!!

Healing Woman said...

Love your Klimt inspired cover~ You gals will have a real treasure to behold when the tour ends. I know each and every one will be special.

Julie said...

Really gorgeous!

Heather B. said...

Looks like a fun project! I like the little flip up squares. Lovely faces!

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

oooo... I see that metallic paint in there... omgoodness it's like you threw down the gauntlet for the sign in page. I can't wait to see it!

xx,
Jaime

Pointy Pix said...

I love the idea of the travelling sketchbook and your cover is gorgeous! Just so you know I had to click on your name on a comment you left on another blog as when i tried to click on the link on the Paint Party Friday blog it just took me to a blogger sign in page?

Hybrid J said...

What a great idea of a traveling sketchbook! The cover is wonderful, especially the hair work, such wonderful motion. Well Done! ;)

Deanna said...

The cover is fantastic! I love the angels. What a neat idea to have a sketchbook that you get to keep with works from various artists. :)

Melisa said...

Love the little face squares for the sign in pages! I hope you'll be showing us your work in these sketchbooks as they come to you. I think they will be wonderful!

ileana said...

If that cover is a preview of what's to come I'll be back. It's amazing! Great job on the chicas...love the flow in this painting!

Kat W said...

Oh wow this is looking gorgeous. I love the cover art and the sign in pages - gorgeous images, colour and style. I love it all. I think my favourite bit is those angelic ladies with their pearly wings.

Kat X

dthaase said...

great post and beautiful art

Fallingladies said...

OOOh, so nice, can't wait to see it up close. and I love your idea of the sign in page, I was just going to leave it plain,,, now I need to think of something!

Fallingladies said...

Oh, and I'm afraid I'm using the sketchbook you didn't like. I'm not happy with it either, from dick blick, but I started and it didn't do too bad for the watercolors, it just wrinkled a bit, but I hope it takes the other paints OK.

Gloria said...

I think that's a great project. Love your pages of the travelling sketchbook. I just got back a mini book that had been out over a year. It was awesome to see it back. Fun!

Lynn Stevens said...

Oh I LOVE LOVE LOVE this, what a great idea to have flip open pages for each of the gals info. Your gong to have some very happy swappers !!
hugs Lynn

Netty said...

Oh wow am so loving your Klimt painting and a great idea with the flip over pages, such fun. Annette

lisa fulmer said...

awesome project - love a good collaborative!!

Carmen said...

Oh wow just gorgeous. Love the sign in page and your cover is so beautiful!

Annabelle said...

A stunning and beautiful piece of art work! Luv the title!


Annabelle ~^..^~

Christine said...

very nice work!

Carrie Wachter~Martinez said...

This is such a fun project...the cover looks beautiful, full of dreamy possibility. I love the blue background of the faces spread...and how each face has a different style. Lovely!

Carola Bartz said...

Stephanie, I love your cover. Those colors are so beautiful. The women look so peaceful as they float along - they dream, being comfortably and safely carried by the water? Each one separate and still together.
Wonderful work!

Jenny Blair said...

what a fantastic idea! I love the idea of your travelling sketchbook and your pages look lovely.I'm a big fan of Klimt too and your girls are certainly reminiscent of his work..very dreamy...beautiful :)

artbrat said...

Your cover is so cool and I adore your sign in page. I can't wait to get these moving and see everyones work up close!!
-Brandy

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Delightful cover. Love the project´s name! So dreamy, full of energy and possibilities.

SHERI C said...

What a great idea!!! Enjoy the journey with this project! Happy PPF!!!

artangel said...

This is wonderful Steph - they seem like sleeping angels, so lovely!

It's a fab idea, interactive art. I'd love to take part in something like this (though with everything I'd like to do I need about 12 more hours in the day!) x

EVA said...

Looking so forward to seeing your book in person! I have my pages done but haven't had time to post and am incredibly late visiting from PPF!

I LOVE the sleeping ladies!

Kathy said...

Beautiful Stephanie.. can hardly wait to see this in person.. love those sleeping ladies..
Kath
xx