i finished my sketchbook for the sketchbook project. whew. that was a project. i had actually given up on it (none of my ideas seemed right or to work) but was given a burst of inspiration in the final stretch and managed to pull through.
i'm glad i did it. it was a good exercise in stretching my creativity, and sending it off will be a very good exercise in letting go of the need for perfection. the latter because my sketchbook includes a thing or two that i am good at doing - along with a few other things that i am not so good at doing.
some things i learned during the process:
i don't love drawing, particularly with thin writing implements.
paper burns quickly so, if you don't watch out, you may burn your treasure map more than expected. (case in point, there used to be an arrow on my map that indicated north.)
i love painting without brushes more than i love painting with brushes.
when you run out of ideas, go for a walk.
tea does not age paper nearly as well as coffee does.
you can paint on the paper in a moleskin journal. i now have a painting journal that i might actually paint in regularly because it seems much less intimidating than painting on a fresh canvas.
it is easier to draw leaves if you actually have leaves in front of you. of course, i did not think of this until after i had drawn all my leaves.