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Sketchbook Project 2014 with Jen Matott


Every year I create a journal for the Sketchbook Project from the Brooklyn Art Library.  It's a traveling art show of art journals!   You can choose your own theme based on a variety of starting topics they give you.  Mine was based on "Borders and Lines" but I decided to title it "In Certain Circles..."  This is the cover of the book. 

When you purchase the sketchbook from the website, you get this adorable Moleskein book with about 16 pages to alter.  I chose to adhere mine together inside using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Textural Accents Gel Medium.  The cover is a sturdy chipboard which holds up under a lot of media.

Cover21I used the Textural Accents Gel Medium to adhere ledger and tissue paper to the cover.  I then stamped on the cover with circle stamps (Studio Calico) and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Stamper's Big Brush Pen in Black.  Some punched circles from sheet music were added as well.  Once all of the papers dried, I started coloring with Blueberry Gelatos®, Metallic Blueberry Gelatos® and Boysenberry Gelatos®.   



I cut a window using a craft knife tool in a pie chart sort of shape.  I traced a circle and then cut it in sections.  Using a masked fancy frame shape, I sprayed with a Gelatos® Color spray made with the Gelatos® Mist Making Tool kit and Black Licorice and Boysenberry Gelatos® Colors.

Once dry, I added Pitt Artist Pen outline around the stencil to define the edges a bit more and make it visible.



Textural Accents Whipped Spackle was applied through a dotted stencil with a palette knife to create texture and more circles!
Mango, Tangerine, and Bubble Gum Gelatos® Colors were added through the circle stencil to create a contrast of warm colors against the cool colors. 

I am so happy with how this book cover turned out and wish I could have kept it for myself but hope others are drawn to pulling it off the shelves at the Brooklyn Art Library and looking through my work of art!   I will go into detail with each page in other blog posts here using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® products! 


Material List:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gelatos® in Boysenberry, Blueberry, Metallic Blueberry, Mango, Tangerine, Bubble Gum, and Black Licorice.

PITT® Artist Pen in Black (small)

Stamper’s Big Brush Pen in Black

Gelatos® Mist Making Tool kit

Textural Accents Gel Medium and Whipped Spackle

Prima Marketing craft tool & stencils

Studio Calico stamps



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Laurie Finch

I look forward to following you on your journey with this project, Jennifer! A beautiful start!!

Linsey R

Yes, the cover is absolutely gorgeous Jennifer!!! Super inspiring!!! Can't wait to see the rest in upcoming posts!! :)

TracyM #6773

LOVE the colours, textures and pretty details, especially the window - WOW!!!

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