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Well it’s time to draw the competition to win one of my handmade pocket sketchbooks!

Thank you to everyone who commented your name was printed and placed into the  draw along with an extra entry for those who promoted the competition!

The first batch of books based on some of your suggestions are just being finished and should be in my new store on Artfire this week.

I’ve babbled on long enough… let me just stir these entries up a bit!

And the winner is….

Sherrie Roberts!

Congratulations Sherrie! and thank you again to everyone who entered.

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Recycled Leather Journal

Recycled leather, kraft paper interior, interior of leather os printed with my hand carved block print .

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Thank you everyone for your entries – The competition is now closed   – the Winner was Sherrie!

Another chance to win a Handmade Sketchbook.

I have received so many wonderful Comments on yesterday’s post – it’s so great to hear everyone’s likes, dislikes and wishes for the perfect sketchbook.

In fact, the responses have been so good that I decided to give everyone an extra chance to win!

All you have to do is mention my competition in a post on your blog and link to my blog or  tweet about my competition on to your artist friends on twitter. If you mention my blog on your blog leave a link within a comment below and if you tweet send an @ message to janicemarie

Bindery Progress

Well last night I began sewing and have three book blocks completed, I wanted to take a photo but I left my camera cable at work… The style of binding for these first books is sewn onto tapes. I find linen tape to be a durable but flexible Lay flat style of binding. And from your comment you all want your books to lay flat. I’m with you there I really can’t work in spiral books anymore!

I also went and stocked up on some different colours of book cloth. More of the linen look above plus some sky blue, very very pale mint green, and a royal blue. Of course I’m stocked up on basic black and I have metres of burgundy from a previous project!

Off to pottery class tonight so I will talk to you all again tomorrow!



PS: If you haven’t already entered here’s the link to the competion post again

PPS. Don’t forget you can follow this blog by adding my rss feed to your reader. It’s a great way to stay tuned for more competitions.

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Magnani Journal

Magnani Journal

Thank you everyone for your entries – The competition is now closed   – the Winner was Sherrie!

So Last night I was on a Binding Blitz and cut the paper for 7 new sketchbooks, 3 around pocket moleskine size, 3 about 18cm (7″) x 12.5cm (5″) and one 25cm (10″) x 18cm (7″). The papers are varied from arches 88 and bfk rives printmaking paper to saunders waterford and fabriano drawing papers.

I’ve often been told I should sell my journals and sketchbooks but before I do I’m asking all the artists out there to tell me what they look for in a sketchbook. In return I will send one of my hand bound pocket journals to one lucky responder anywhere in the world.

If you aren’t inclined to bind your own, what books do you buy and what draws you to them?

Please excuse my blatant market research but what size books do you like? does the number of pages matter or are you drawn to a good book?

And the big one – what do you pay for your sketchbooks?

Don’t forget One lucky reader will receive a pocket sketcbook from me for answering my questions!

Conditions of comp:

Tell me what you look for in a sketchbook in the comments below – size? Price? Type of paper & cover?

Make sure to leave an email address – I will draw the winner on Sunday 13th December at 8pm Australian eastern daylight time.

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Well It may have been quiet around these her blog parts, but my household has been a hive of activity.

Clicking the above image will take you to my flickr photos tagged with AEDM, of course I have been Creating a lot more than just these sketches.

This month i have…

  • taught a bookbinding class and written the class materials!
  • had three pottery classes where R. and I are trying to get things finished for christmas gifts.
  • had a mini sketchcrawl with the group.
  • Design a calendar for a Brisbane real estate agent,
  • played with some hand lettering – thanks to Roz for the inspiration, nothing to share yet, just playing.
  • Cleaned my kitchen cupboards out with R’s help (those of you who know me know that this requires herculean effort!)

It’s been a bit of a stressful time at work with the economic downturn, we have had some downsizing which I have been so far unaffected by except for losing an assistant. In these times you have to have your outlets and give them the respect they deserve and not turn to the tv for distraction.

So it’s a big Hurray! from me to Leah for encouraging us to create Art Every Day and reminding us to turn away fromt he box for a little while.

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Sample books for a bookbinding workshop I am hosting at CAE’s Streetpress gathering.
Not art as such but I still spent the evening creating.

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Well it’s been a hectic few weeks, working on prints for exchanges, making christmas presents, doing pottery and tai chi, christmas parties and oh yeah, working!

New Printing pressThe ever talented R. has built me a press based on Charles Morgan’s design I have to say based on because R. is an engineer and as such, engineering has happened.

Click the photos in this post for bigger images because I think there might be a few!

So far I have printed a lino cut and a drypoint with it. There is fine tuning in the printing process to be done but they are certainly getting there! In the image of the drypoint you can see the inked plate and the print (the print being the lighter one).I think my paper was a bit too damp still.

For christmas presenst this year I made a gingko screen print and made a journal and bags for R’s sisters. I was thinking the journals might work on etsy any thoughts?

Anyway iIm going to dash off, I’ll be back with some art goals later!

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