29 June 2012

sketchbooks, coffee & an AWESOME giveaway!!


You've heard of the Sketchbook Challenge, right? If you haven't, you're missing a really great time. The project is in its second year and the concept is simple - gather a group of artists and look inside their sketchbooks. After all, sketchbooks are playgrounds for artists and a real look at what goes inside their head.

Sue Bleiweiss is the organizer behind the project and now she's taken one giant fabulous step forward. Behold the Sketchbook Challenge BOOK!


I was super happy (like the jump up and down kind) when Sue sent me an email and asked me to be part of the book. She offered me, along with twenty other artists, a list of themes to choose from with the request that we dwell on them a bit in our sketchbooks and then translate the page into a piece of artwork.

I chose Simple Pleasures and I'm sure you will be quite shocked that I produced this:



Coffee anyone? (My love for it runs deep and I'm not at all sorry.) The way I keep a sketchbook is very different. In fact, you'll get an up close and personal view of that in the next issue of Quilting Arts, they invited me to write the Off the Page feature they are running in each issue. (Totally geeked about that!)

So I approached my contribution for the book from the angle of making a small dedicated art journal and creating another piece off that. Here is the art quilt I made from the journal up above:



I had a total blast creating these pieces for the book and obviously everyone else did too. The artwork and range of styles is truly astounding. I got a copy of the book a couple of weeks ago and have been slowly working my way through it and loving all of it. Plus - and this might be a weird thing that only I would put in the plus column - its a quirky size. Its smaller then the the standard size book, which makes it great for hauling around.

And because Sue knows how to throw a party, she's organized a wicked blog hop to celebrate the book. Today is my day to give away something of awesomeness and I'm proud to be the host for an 8" x 10" Gelliarts Gel Plate:


Just leave a comment here (about anything, just give a shout out) and you'll get in the drawing. I'll announce the winner on July 3 so don't wait - get commenting.

And don't miss out on the rest of the blog tour. There are two artists giving away stuff on each date and its really good stuff. Here's the full list:

June 26

From Joggles - $25 gift certificate to Joggles.com

Prize:  From Mistyfuse Three 10yd packages of Mistyfuse: a white, black and ultraviolet and a  BIG Goddess Sheet.

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June 27
 
From Mistyfuse - A 10yd combination package of Mistyfuse that includes 6 yards of White and 2 yards each of Black and Ultraviolet and a Goddess Sheet.

From ArtPlantae Today - The book Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms by Alisa Golden

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June 28

From Sue Pelland Designs - A Leaves Galore Grande size template, a Quilter's Chalk Line and the pattern of their choice from her website with free shipping (Continental USA) to the winner.

From Mistyfuse -  A 10yd combination package of Mistyfuse that includes 6 yards of White and 2 yards each of Black and Ultraviolet and a Goddess Sheet.

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June 29

Prize: From Mistyfuse - A 10yd combination package of Mistyfuse that includes 6 yards of White and 2 yards each of Black and Ultraviolet and a Goddess Sheet.

me! :) 

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July 2




From Mistyfuse - A 10yd combination package of Mistyfuse that includes 6 yards of White and 2 yards each of Black and Ultraviolet and a Goddess Sheet.  Total retail value: $48!

and

From ProChemical and Dye  - A $25 gift certificate to ProChemical and Dye


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July 3



From Mistyfuse - A 10yd combination package of Mistyfuse that includes 6 yards of White and 2 yards each of Black and Ultraviolet and a Goddess Sheet.  Total retail value: $48!

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July 5

From Joggles - a $25 gift certificate to Joggles.com

From Mistyfuse -  10yd combination package of Mistyfuse that includes 6 yards of White and 2 yards each of Black and Ultraviolet and a Goddess Sheet.

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July 6

From Mistyfuse - A 10yd combination package of Mistyfuse that includes 6 yards of White and 2 yards each of Black and Ultraviolet and a Goddess Sheet.



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July 9

From Mistyfuse - A 10yd combination package of Mistyfuse that includes 6 yards of White and 2 yards each of Black and Ultraviolet and a Goddess Sheet.

and


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July 10


and



From Mistyfuse - A 10yd combination package of Mistyfuse that includes 6 yards of White and 2 yards each of Black and Ultraviolet and a Goddess Sheet

and

From ProChemical and Dye - A $25 gift certificate to ProChemical and Dye



Incredible list, right?? Have fun!!


132 comments:

Harmony Hopes Studio said...
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Harmony Hopes Studio said...

Okay, take two, I'm still in my stunned early morning mode. I'll be back on the weekend! Cheers.

Colleen Kole said...

A gelliplate would be a fun summer toy-this is a great giveaway that has been organized.

Love coffee too even when it's in the 90's!

Lynda said...

Love your pages and the quilt! Can't wait to see this book. Love this giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Awesome coffee pages! Congrats on the book, and thanks so much for a chance to win some fabulous supplies! :)

<3 <3 <3

--Mina

Roxanne said...

I'm a coffee addict too. I like your art quilt!I'm enjoying this blog hop.

Genie said...

Nice work.

Quilter422 said...

love the pages and the quilt. i'd substitute diet coke, though. :) thanks for the opportunity!

Susie said...

Lynn,

You are awesome! Love it!!
Susie

Mary Fish said...

OOOO a gelli plate!
Even without the prizes, I would be hopping around like a bunny - I've discovered so many new sites. What a great idea!

Peggy Mascher said...

Ah..taking advantage of the quotidian! Excellent transition from the mundane to ART! Love it. Thank you for your participation.

M. Austen said...

Congratulations on your contribution to the book! Can't wait to get my hands on it...

Tom and Candy said...

Thanks. I love your journal piece. More up my line. I m enjoying my coffee now as I read. Candy

LindaD said...

Gel plates add a great deal of flexability in the creation of art. You have done it so well with your quilts. Coffee, quilts and chocolate. What could be finer?

TinaW said...

Love your art quilt!

thesewinggeek said...

Just found your site through Lisa Calls link for the studio habits questions.
Can't wait to read your articles in my favorite magazine.
I love coffee in the morning but not at night because then I spend to much time roaming around the house when I should be sleeping.lol
I have wanted to try gelatin printing but have not had a chance to yet.
Thanks for participating in the blog hop.

Sewbig said...

Nice project for your contribution to the book.

Crazy Art Girl said...

Saw a post in FB and really liked your coffee pages. That is some great artwork!
Belinda

Mary K. McGraw said...

Been lusting over Gel Plates. What you did with them are fabulous.

Teresa Richardson said...

I'm also a huge coffee lover. I use a 32 oz mug as my home coffee cup

Teresa Richardson said...

I'm also a huge coffee lover. I use a 32 oz mug as my home coffee cup

primdollie said...

love your blog and the piece you created for the book! I love it!! (and coffee too!!) thnx for a chance to win!!

Jean said...

I've been having a great time with the sketchbook challenge! Thanks for the inspiration!

Pamela said...

I rely on your posts for my motivation. Thanks for your generosity.

Christie - Fine Lines said...

I have been wanting to try a gel plate project --this would be a great opportunity!!

Shirley said...

Love your pamphlet stitched book - and can fully appreciate your LOVE of coffee.

Kira said...

I've seen people using the Gelli plates but I've never tried them myself. They look really interesting.

Vivian Helena said...

this is great fun, and thank you for participating, and sharing. vivianhelena@sti.net

deana said...

I am loving hopping. lol so much fun so many interesting blogs. Yours is great.orycht

Ronni Hunter said...

I just love your blog and I "hop" here all the time. Coffee is a wonderful thing and I totally understand celebrating it. Great work!

Jamie said...

Love your quilt and can't wait for the book!

Fibreartist said...

Everyone needs coffee, to jumpstart their art. Love you book, Lynn!

Redonna said...

Love the Coffee layout. I also want to try the Gelli Arts Gel Printing plate so very much! I hope I can win one! Thanks for the opportunity!

dwright33055 said...

I love some coffee, and your quilt, thanks for sharing, would love to win some gel plate, cant wait to see the book, excited.....

Kristin said...

I'm so with you on coffee! My one true vice. : ) I love your work. Thanks for the chance to win the Gelliplate.\

Sandy said...

I love your way of working.

Ross Overcash said...

Really like youe technique, of course I love coffe so...

Connie Rose said...

Love your work in this great book, Lynn!

Valerie Brown said...

Your excitement shines through in your post! Can't wait to see the book!

tink-ink said...

I love that you used one idea for two very different products - your journal and the art quilt!

Barbara L. said...

Loved the book. Can't wait to try the gelli plates and would love to win one.

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Incredible List, Yes! It's been a real fun blog hop! Thanks Lynn!

Lori Wostl said...

Love the little journals - and I love more toys! Lori W at Art Camp for Women

RoseofSharonStudio said...

I am inspired and ready to try something new, thank you for the give~away. My book is ordered and on its way!

liberal sprinkles said...

I love the quilt and the "coffee marks" on it!
Grace

Jennifer said...

I love the coffee marks. I would love to try the gelliplates, I have been very curious about them. Now, back to my sketchbook!

Sandy said...

I am loving these books and houses -- and the colors.

Meg in Albuquerque said...

I've been following the challenge and enjoyed the 1st book, looking forward to #2. Keep up the good work.

I've wanted a gelli plate for a long, long time (seems long anyway).

Catherine said...

I can't believe how many wonderful and talented artists I've been introduced to through this blog hop! I can't wait to get the book! Thank you all!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the chance to win.

Unknown said...

HI! Thanks for sharing your fabulous art!

Erin in Morro Bay said...

Mmmmm... coffee! Most of us can relate to that! I'm having mine now. Great pages!
Erin

Gayle Dowell said...

I love coffee too, especially when I'm working on my art journal in the mornings!

deborah said...

Congratulations on The Sketchbook Challenge book! Wonderful idea and opportunity. thanks from all of us! deborah stanley

Joy Manoleros said...

This is awesome! Love your work, girl. Can not WAIT for the next issue of QA, now!

janice said...

Love your creations and of course the colors and topic are so you

Elisabet said...

Wowza, you gals are blowing me away with your amazingly unique takes on a book! I love it! Oh, and thanks bunches for a chance to enter your giveaway!
Hugs,
Beth P

Heather said...

Wow, all this hopping is either going to put aches into the knees or improve the waistline!! Love you journal ideas. Now owning one of those geli plates has always been a dream of mine, tried to order one but they do not suppliers in South Africa , so winning one would take the aches out of my knees anyway. Thanks to all the artists for sharing their skills. Heather Basson. cape Town South Africa

HeidiHey said...

I've never understood the need for a cup of coffee. I know, you're thinking what planet did you come from! I'm a water drinker, boring but not a costly habit. Now, chocolate on the other hand would be my go to at any time of the day!!! Great pages on the topic of your passion. Thanks for being a part of this interesting and fun blog hop. - Heidi

sewbeit said...

What a fabulous blog hop!! Can't wait for my book.

Szamóca said...

Gelliplate..., that should be fun to work with. Especially for my kids.

trisha too said...

Wow, this is one heckuva blog party, and the new book--AMAZING!!!

Wonderful pages you posted here!

:)

Jeannie said...

Coffee. The nectar that gives bounce to my step and keeps me from bouncing off walls. Excellect journal page, but your fiber piece just floored me. Fabulous!!!!!! Have a great weekend and thanks for the chance to win a Gelli plate. (Hey Dooley, what's up?)

Lisa Chin said...

Can't wait to see your articles in QA!

Judy Nolan said...

I had never heard of a Gelli Gel Printing Plate until I read your post. Now it's on my wish list! Thanks for offering a giveaway.

Marcia W. said...

Coffee is a must have morning beverage for me -- and when it is hot weather, coffee is hotter and I then feel cooler. Thanks for the great giveaway. Have a great pre-holiday weekend.

Dotti said...

Love your work...and it's great to see you get it published!

Karen said...

Congrats on being in the book.

Eileen Cox said...

Your pages made me laugh, as I was finishing up my Starbucks from this morning! Love the work - been following the Sketchbook Challenge since it started and it is so inspiring - am highly coveting the Gelli plate and would LOVE to win one! Even if I don't, it's on my list to buy this summer.....:)

Angela Grasse said...

I so want to try a gelli plate! They look so cool!

Kathleen said...

Recently on a trip to Ocean City, Maryland I was quite amazed that some of the coffee shops there actually CLOSE at 1pm! I was very disappointed and coffeeless. Can you imagine? I love your sketchbook - if only I had those images in my head then!

Eileen Lockard said...

I love your blog.

Barb S said...

Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win.

Deb H said...

I'm looking forward to seeing your article about sketch books in the next Quilting Arts. My sketch book is a random collection of terrible sketches and paragraphs to describe an idea. Sometimes I'll paste something in to remind me of a color or texture but as to it's esthetic value - frankly it's UGLY. I thought about the Sketchbook Challenge but when I tried to do a page that I thought someone else might see - I froze up. I guess I'll stick to my practical but not art-worthy scribbles.

Anonymous said...

I like all three things, sketchbooks, coffee, and gel printing!!

Debi Bright
Goddess of Flame

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Ahhh - another coffee lover!! Hot, iced, lukewarm - however it's in my cup makes me happy.

Sharon S. Newby said...

Oh yes it's hot in Kentucky and a good day to do some "Gelli" printing...

Dana said...

I love that you're unrepentant about your love of coffee! Me too! Thanks for all your work on the Sketchbook Challenge... you're an inspiration... can't wait to see Quilting Arts!

ale said...

it looks like such fun

LuAnn Kessi said...

A Gelli Plate would be instant FUN!

LuAnn in Oregon
luannkessi.blogspot.com

Bee said...

I can't wait to see the Sketchbook Challenge book! This blog hop is so much fun. Thanks for the chance to win some very generous prizes! I love your coffee theme quilt....also my favorite Simple Pleasure.

LindaSchiffer said...

This blog hop is giving me a chance to visit a lot of new-to-me sites. How fun yours is!

:) Linda

Debbi said...

Can't wait to see the book! Love the thought of getting a chance to play with a gelliplate!!!

Sharon said...

What a generous prize. I would love to win this. Then I won't have to write "don't eat" on the molds I've made with gelatin. My family would thank you! LOL

Anne Lawson said...

Love your wonderfully unique houses. Beautiful colours, and a slightly off-beat idea! Great!

upstateLisa said...

Love your sketchbook spreads! I would love to win a Gelli plate!

Diane said...

Love your pages, especially your use of the alphabet stamps and circles.

Kathy said...

I'm really fascinated by the Gelli plate - would love to give it a try.
Saw a news report the other day about a coyote attack on a Westie in Plymouth. So glad it wasn't Dooley. The little guy will be OK but what a huge scare.

Jean Baardsen said...

You're really in impressive company these days! Congratulations on being included in the book!

Beverley Baird said...

What gorgeous pieces! Would love to try the gelli plate.
Congrats on the book!

Kathie said...

Love all these wonderful pages of art, and many ideas. Having my coffee.

Vicki said...

That sketchbook look so inspiring. I look forward to reading your article in Quilting Arts. I have a brayer and would love to win a Gel Plate.

charli said...

beautifully done!

terarla1 said...

I love coffee, too. Your book is awesome.

hjs said...

jell printing is not something I've tired but winning a jell plate would certainly offer me an opportunity to try. bought the book; looking forwards to seeing all the challenge results.

Cheryl Gebhart said...

Looks like a great book and what generous sponsors!

Steph said...

I happen to be a tea drinker and have made a couple art quilts focused on tea. Looking forward to reading your article in Quilting Arts. Love seeing everyone's sketchbook pages in the book. Just started sketching daily & am finding great inspiration from each of the artists in the book. Thank you!

Jo D said...

Love your quilt and inspiration!

Unknown said...

Looks like just too much fun. I sure would like to try the gelliplate. I have done gelatin mono printing and it can be a pain. No coffee for me, BUT iced tea all day long

Unknown said...

Yes, yes, a breat book and gelliiplate too,

Diana said...

Learning the gelliplate technique sounds like fun!

CJD said...

This is a great blog hop. I'm finding lots of cool blogs. Thanks

Sandy said...

I want a gelli plate so much! What a great giveaway!

Susansews said...

Awesome!

Valerie R said...

I too am a coffee lover. My husband roast his own coffee beans. Mmm. Can't wait to see your article for Quilting Arts.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Hmmm, don't know what to do with a gel plate but I'm sure I can learn! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Erin Fish said...

This book is fabulous with wonderfully creative ideas to keep you busy for a very long time. This book is a read and read and read. Thank you for this opportunity.

Sandy said...

Everyone's art is so inspiring; can't wait to see the book.

Hilda said...

Coffee is always good! Thanks for the giveaway--would love to try your techniques.

Sketch Gurl said...

A gelli plate - may the lucky one win!

Lynda said...

Lynn, I love your blog, DVD and your newest art quilt! Keep inspiring us, hugs, Lynda in Canada

Lynda said...

I have never done a comment before, hope it works! Lynn, I love your work! Your DVD, blog and spirit inspire me.... lots! Your giveaway sounds wonderful! hugs,Lynda who turned 65 yesterday!!!

judi said...

Love to win a chance to try the Gelliplate! thank you!

emma-alittlebitofeverything said...

It would be great to win - my pack of gelatine is still in the cupboard....

Linda R said...

So much fun would love to win!!

Bev said...

wow great have seen this about lately and it looks amazing and love your blog and im also used to coffee stains lol

hugz bev

Barbara said...

Just found your blog. It is great! I look forward to following you and a prize would not be bad either!

Carol Soderlund said...

Love gelliplates! Congrats on the book!

Marybeth said...

It would be fun to be a winner

Sandy said...

What a fun book -- love the typewriter keys!

Doreen K. said...

Have been drooling over the gelli plate. Would love to give it a try.

pcoxdesign said...

Hey! Congrats on the inclusion in her book! Awesome work as usual!

Terri said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Amanda Berry said...

Woot! I enjoyed your blog - and am of a like mind when it comes to the found beauty in spilled substances. thanks!

Denise said...

I would be so pleased to win the giveaway of the Gelliplate! ~Denise

Fibreartist said...

awesome book and quilt Lynn!

Fibreartist said...

love your work lynn!

Anne-Marie said...

This book looks so interesting and inspiring! Thanks for this giveaway!

Arlene said...

Looks like a lot of fun! Thank you for promoting it.
arlene_bauman@sil.org

Sue said...

Thanks for the giveaways and the inspiration.

Shu said...

The Sketchbook Challenge jump-started my languishing sketching. And happily, brought me to your blog. Love your work! I'll surely be checking your posts regularly. Congratulations on being published in this welcome book!

Peacock Tea and Coffee said...

On those cold winter nights, a cup of Gourmet coffee is exactly what we need!