Small Wordless Sketchbook 2020 Pages 8 and 9

In March-June 2020 I created a sketchbook full of art made from odds and ends I had saved. The book has no words, just pictures. I am showing you the whole book, two facing pages at a time. The book was finished in June. I made it to help myself feel better as I passed through the early days of the pandemic.

Here are the project’s specifics.The book is a mixed media sketchbook that’s 5.5″ x 7.5″. I used collage materials including magazine pages and scraps of my own discarded artworks, as well as acrylic paints and inks, India ink, and pens, regular brushes, and bamboo brushes.

Here are pages 8 and 9 as they appear in the book, and below in more detail.

8 thoughts on “Small Wordless Sketchbook 2020 Pages 8 and 9

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you, I have an ongoing sketchbook always around, and things get put into them at random. I just let it happen. You are right, a great antidote to the world in 2020! As for page 8, I washed India ink over the page and then blotted it, so it was kind of patchy. Then I used the printing technique in which I take waxed paper, roll paint on it, lay it gently down on the surface paint side down, and write or draw on it using a knitting needle (you could use anything, even your finger). Then peel it up to see what you have got. If you are sort of sloppy with the paint, it will be thicker in some areas than others and will make blobs and feathery patterns like you see here, as well as the lines you draw. Really easy and fun to do.

  1. Nancy Bell Scott

    Thanks so much, Claudia. At various times, and in various ways, I’ve used waxed paper too, but never thought of trying what you describe here. It feels like a New Year’s gift! And I’m about to experiment with it today. Happy 2021, oh yes!

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