Making some more recycled sketch pads

Making some more recycled sketch pads

Oh yes, still making more recycled sketch pads from paper trims from my office.
Sincerely I feel good when I can recycle everything and why not, even more if I can use something coming from my office and I can recycle for my creativity.

So making this recycled sketch pads is something special, funny, and easy overall.
I used this time trims from bad prints of photocopiers paper, wrapping paper, envelope carb box used for international deliveries and old blue thick paper from old folders.
I made different sketch pads recycling different materials, and mixing them in the same booklet so to have from time to time  a different challenge. For example I made a sketch pad with paper taken from photocopiers paper and some brown wrapping paper. But I did also the opposite, I made some wrapping paper sketch pads with few white sheets.

recycled sketch pads

So I made this sketch pads, I binded with a linen thread (I like linen thread) and I binded with the simplest way to bind, the pamphlet binding. Again this kind of binding is quite easy to make and it’s easy to bind even in the lunch break.
I just need a bigger paper-cutter, so to trim more paper like this one or better like this one that is sturdier (too pricey for now indeed), or to find a good paper-cutter to trim at least 20-30 pages thick sketch pads.

Hope you like my recycled sketch pads!

Sketching at the dentist

Sketching at the dentist

Even sketching at the dentist! In these days I feel like unstoppable!
Yesterday another full afternoon at the dentist. Me first and later my wife.

I was with my wife, and so the doctor was curing her slowly. Obviously going slowly, my wife cannot talk for obvious reasons: great match for sketching the doctor operating. 🙂

sketching at the dentist

I sketched very quickly, and between pause showing the becoming results to my audience there. I was reluctant to do it but she wanted also to make a picture so it’s okay. More over the time while sketching fled so fast…

I did this sketching not using my grab bag but using my Micro Kit. I wasted my cheap pigmented pen because I left it uncapped so I used my Pilot V-Pen (Varsity in US markets), that probably is the best disposable fountain pen in the world. But the ink, excellent for any use, is quite average for art because it smudges a bit as you can see here. Than I did just a couple of washes with my watercolors of my micro kit (6 colors are quite enough…) and et voilà!
I hope you will like it!


Sketching live music a fantastic duo

Sketching live music a fantastic duo

Sketching live music is one of the most challenging task for a sketcher. Even more if you are listening to a fantastic duo that plays a lot in very expressive way.

So, yesterday night we went to listen some good live music from this fantastic duo Musica Nuda. We know this duo since the origin, many years ago and the main features are that it’s a duo, voice plus a fantastic guy playing contrabass. It’s one of the most interesting musical projects in Italy but also they play a lot all over Europe, mainly in France.
She has a very charismatic voice, incredible tonal range, and a lot of presence on stage. He has great talent in playing contrabass, in many ways not only the “classical” way.

It was a real challenge to make sketching in this live concert because… they are simply mesmerizing me.
I just was able to make two sketching with  my cheapie pigmented pen and only couple of watercolor washes.

First of all some warm up
at the concert musica nuda 02

But after this “warm up” above the sketching ended with this one, and I was not able to make anything more because she is so capturing and moving on stage and the voice… so I felt to not lose all these nuances in the voices. So for these night sketching is over.
sketching at the concert musica nuda


Happy sketching day today

Happy sketching today

Today is not a sketching but is Happy sketching day!
We went this morning to the doctor for a visit that we were waiting for since some time.
It’s mainly a visit that show the morphologic status of the baby, so everything went sound and safe. But she was waiting for the sex of the baby growing inside the belly and… tadaaaaaaaaaaa! It’s a baby male!
And we are very happy!
So I sketched this on my dear journal, sketching straight from the pictures taken from the visit with the magic sonar.
I used the Rotring Art Pen filled with Noodler’s Black, the Pentel Brush Pen, and most of all the Stabilo Woody Pencil that is something new that I love a lot.
sketching today news its a male

Here is written in italian that “finally we know that in our life there will be a cute baby boy. Mum and dad are very happy”.

Then later I had a session of three hours at the dentist but this is not worth to mention so much…

But I had also some time for sketching something else. I was alone in the balcony enjoying the fresh air, and after three hours of continuous phoning to all parents, relatives, friends and colleagues, the wind was chilling my brain and my ears. And finally is not that hot. So I was captured by a very common image in any family, that I love really a lot: clothes drying.
sketching clothers drying

I did this sketching very quickly going into ink straight without thinking. I sketched also looking at the ink not so often, trying to make as right brain training. And it’s not my best but I’m pleased of the results overall. Sorry for the crappy picture but I felt relaxed only about the sunset and so I started sketching this.
I used my lovely Lamy Safari and my Winsor & Newton Watercolors over the SeaWhite of Brighton sketch pad.


Sketching camping sea sun nature day four

Sketching camping sea sun nature day four

Sketching in the camping with sea sun nature has reached the day four. Technically tomorrow is the last day but since we have to dismount all things before ten o’ clock, we think this night as the last night and day here in this beautiful camping near the sea.

Today was also another nice day to stay here, we did a lot of chatting and talking as usual and I can let you imagine about what. Also we did a lot of sketching, and drawing, most of them during the morning.
Here there is here drawing the bet of today: will be a baby girl or a baby boy?
Notice how he loves to be surrounded of colors… because she is colors!
sketching my love at camping sketching and drawing 02

So it was a productive day talking about sketching journaling and drawing. Not productive at all in any other meaning. I don’t care 🙂

Me I was also focused in sketching that small things that made our life better here in camping. An old lamp like the ones the you can see in car workshops, very useful, because the gas lamp is dead.
sketching lamp at camping

And also the mini fridge that we loaned in the camping. Small but effective since we are drinking liters of water per day. I’m so grateful for that. It’s under a pine tree, and I have a deep love for him. Dunno why.
sketching fridge at camping

Our relax devices are also gone even in the dear journal… Today I liked a lot the sketching with pencils. I was inspired to do that.
sketching chair and more at camping

And above all sketching about birds, flowers and plant I place this one, obviously for very sentimental reasons. I’m very tempted to put all sketches made today on this post, on every post on the blog, but I must choose: otherwise reading and watching is too boring I think.
sketching my love while drawing and sketching at camping

I realize how much I was sketching and drawing only at the end of the day, seeing how much I produced only at a very later view. Because to me, sketching, drawing, doodling, or something like this, it’s like entering in another state of mind, like a trance where time and space are non-sense. I lose and I free my self. It happens also to you? I’d like to read some comments about that from you.

Ok, end of silly questions. 😉

Today I sketched using a plethora again of art supplies, my Lamy Safari is my faithful companion (and so my Platinum Carbon Ink) with my Winsor&Newton Artists’ Watercolors, and Faber-Castell pencils over Seawhite of Brighton sketch pad and journal.