the weekend artist inspiration #3 Sketchbooks Collection

As I have shared in my previous blogpost Im in love with sketchbooks
and planners so I'm sharing here some of my faves from my collection.
This is my 'it will be' sketchbook it also comes with a planner of the same size.
I use it for my art projects and mini-doodles and sketches.
It's been with me for 3 years already but only started using it this year.
I bought it at LCX harbour city in HK.

I use this Berkeley sketchpad for sketches I transfer on another paper/canvass etc.
I've had it for almost a year already.

This sketchbook is still blank and it's been with me for a year already.
I bought it as a replacement for a sketchbook which my nephew
ended up bringing with him to the US.
I made a couple of sketches on it for him so he asked me for it.
The replacement sketchbook I bought is wuite big in size
I'm keeping it for preliminary sketches for bigger canvass artworks.
I bought it at NBS I can't remember the price.

 This is my Montval sketchpad which I use for my watercolor creations.
I've featured this before here in my first few posts.

Last but not the least is my 'Sketchbook Project' sketchpad 
which you can see in previous posts.

I think it's important that you like the materials you work with.
Whether recycled or new. It keeps me excited and makes me not waste the paper
I'm working on thinking it's just one page of the whole pad.
I'll post my planners next time!

-the weekend artist-


the weekend artist inspiration #2 Sketchbooks: The Fashion Sketchpad

Im in love with paper! I may say I'm addicted to it
and I have mentioned this over and over again here.
My love is visible in my collection of sketchbooks and diaries/planners.
When I am working on a new project I'm always excited to start on a new notebook.
I specially love the feel of the paper and the crispness of it. 
I go through a lot of sketchbooks and planners in a year. 
It feels nostalgic when I browse through old pages. 
So you could imagine my excitement when over the weekend I found this 
'Fashion Sketchpad' for half the price($18.95 US) and 
double the size of  'Fashionary'(which is still on my wishlist).
I found it on display at NBS Rockwell. 

 Like 'Fashionary' it has an illustrated garment encyclopedia.
A recommended reading section is also included. 

 It's not that clear here but all pages contains different figure templates 
which make it easier for me to sketch.
Plus the templates disappear when scanned or photocopied! 
Am so excited to use this on another future project 
so help me cross my fingers that it will push through! 
That's it for now! 

-the weekend artist- 


the weekend artist crafty case #01 A Recipe Scrapbook Progression 3

Here's another progress post on the Recipe Scrapbook. 
I added simple scrap-art. 
Images from a paperbag and from crafty-cuts of Papemelroti.

I had a hard time with this page because I didn't know what to do with it.
I placed a leaf to add texture but that's it adding hand-drawings or scrap-art didn't work.

So am putting this aside for now to work on something else. 
Hopefully I'll get it finished in time though. If not I hope it will find it's way to her soon!

-The Weekend Artist-


the weekend artist crafty case #01 A Recipe Scrapbook Progression 2

Here's the progress on the Recipe Scrapbook am doing for a dear friend.
I added hand-drawn flora shapes on the cover.
 You can a sneak peak of the photo inserted inside.

A page dedicated to a wonderful time in her life. 
I hand drew the cursive strokes on the sides, 
did a couple of stamping around as well as a hand written note. 
Also peaking inside the envelope is a special picture.

A celebrations page! I added cards dangling 
and handdrawn some designs on the background.

A fave pic of mine because of the vibrant colors.
 I added metallic details and hand drawn shapes(not really visible in the photos).

A page which I still intend to re-do am not very happy with this in particular.

My fave page so far because of the vintage feels it ended up with. 
I added a couple of cards to the recipe pull-out to add texture.
The paper flowers I think was a cute touch.

Have a great Weekend!
-The Weekend Artist-


the weekend artist fave art materials

1. Scout Books

I love paper and notebooks am always on the lookout for new stuff when I go out.
 I got my first Scout Book(sketchbook) through the 'Sketchbook Project'. 
It's been with me for sometime now(though I still haven't uploaded progress 
on my book yet...soon!) I didn't notice the branding until the other week. 
I actually was salivating on a set a few months back and was deciding 
if I would buy a set or not. It's a practical size and easy to carry 
plus the paper feels good. They have tons of options for covers.
Though this comes on 2nd to my top fave brand Moleskine!

2. Le Franc and Bourgeois Watercolor Varnish

I was actually on the look-out for a protective mask or spray for my watercolor artworks when I found the Le Franc and Bourgeois Watercolor Varnish. I used it as a finishing touch for my paintings.
It provides a protective layer. I only spread it thinly so that it won't get shiny.

So there so far are my current fave new art material finds. Am always on the scout for more and will post them soon!


the weekend artist crafty case #01 A Recipe Scrapbook

I have a friend who is so dear to me and who is about to go on a life-changing trip of her life!
I made a promise to her before that I will visit her soon. We were planning my trip before she leaves in September. And to my great dismay I will not be able to visit here due to my hectic sched at work. I have an upcoming business trip outside the country, a show to organize and a shoot all in 3 weeks span of time. So I need to make it up to her with a SUPER! going-away present. I decided to make her a 'Recipe Scrapbook'.
Did I mention that she is a great chef and an artist? So this is what my scrapbook will be about a compilation of her 2011 recipe photos and recipes. I'll add more pages for her to fill-up in for the months ahead. 

I'm almost 1/2 done with the number of pages but halfway done on all the pages since I need to put-in all the DIY elements. For the Cover I placed her logo plus added a pull-out picture(see the ribbon) with her picture on it.
For this page I inserted an index card on top which pulls-out to show the recipe. Needs more work with titles and additional detailing on the page. I love the vibrant photo on the background.
On this page I added a twine inserted to the paper and used the photo of the recipe as a pocket for the recipe card itself. I added a cute mini clothespin to pull-out the recipe.
I added the index card for the recipe like a keychain on the page itself and inserted it to the envelope. Did I mention that am using envelopes as the pages so all pages can actually hold more surprise items inside.
I added bugs and floral scraparts which are all from my scrapbooking goodie box...some are so old I forgot I even have them.
This is the last page I was able to take a picture of before my camera battery died down. I forgot my charger in my office table so I wasn't able to take photos of 2 more pages I started on. I used the photo as the pocket to pull-out the recipe from. I added a leaf on this page to match the recipe photo but I wasn't able to take anymore photos.

Well, so far that's what I have on my table this week. I'll be very busy but need to get this done and sent asap before she leaves so that she can carry this with her and fill it up on her trip.
I'll update the rest of the pages soon and won't upload the altogether finished outcome until it reaches her.

Enjoy the rest of the week!
-the weekend artist-