Limited Edition Sketchbook is done!

I finished filling up my sketchbook for the Limited Edition Sketchbook project the other day. This project, put on by the Art House Co-op was limited to 5,000 artists participating. Find out more about this project HERE. Sign-ups closed a while ago and all sketchbooks are due to be postmarked April 30th. The exhibit and tour for this Sketchbook project will begin in June, 2012. There is something different about this project: Every contributor to the Sketchbook Project Limited Edition Vol. 1 will be included in a series of art books documenting the project. Together, the series will provide insight into the imagination and process of each artist participating in the project. Bound by the Brooklyn Art Library Press and hand-finished in our Brooklyn workshop, the book series will be published in the fall of 2012. Cool! You can click on any photo to see more details, if you see a plus sign "+" you can click again.

more photos are found HERE. This post will be on top so scroll down for earlier ones!
Questions and comments are welcome. 
I will send this off to the Art House Co-op in the next day or two - EARLY!! This book will not be returning to me. It will become a part of the art house co-op's library after it's tour and I am okay with that! I like the experience of creating it more that being able to keep it. My house is very small and already overflowing with art!   : ) 

The difference between the right word and the almost right word 
is like the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
   ~ Mark Twain

2012 SKETCHBOOK PROJECT now on tour!

(photo courtesy of the Art House Co-op)
My 2012 sketchbook project -The Encyclopedia of How and Why, is now on tour with all of the 2012 sketchbooks! The tour starts with an opening exhibit at the home base: The Brooklyn Art Library. You can see my sketchbook digitized HERE. Very exciting! You can read more about the opening and view photos of the opening HERE, especially fun if you've ever wondered what all the sketchbooks look like on exhibit together. Check it out!

I've already gotten an email notice that my book has been viewed . . . whoo hoo!

Remember? It is this sketchbook I was working on late last fall, due in January.

My book, along with thousands of others will be going on the tour below. Any venue near you?

Tour Dates

Brooklyn, NY
Opening April 14th, 6pm - 10pm
April 15th-29th, 12-8pm
Brooklyn Art Library
103A N. 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Chicago, IL
May 3rd, 3-7pm
May 4th-5th, 12-4pm
Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615

Portland, OR
May 11th, 4-8pm
May 12th-13th, 1-5pm
The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel
1022 SW Stark St
Portland, OR

Vancouver, Canada
May 15th-16th, 3-7pm
W2 Media Cafe
111 W Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC

Los Angeles, CA
May 24th, 4-8pm
May 25th-26th, 5-9pm
2147 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

Oakland, Ca
June 1st - 20th, 1pm-5pm daily
Pop-Up Library

Greater Boston Area
July 6th, 3-7pm
July 7th-8th, 12-4pm
25 Exchange Street
Lynn, MA

Portland, ME
July 12th-14th
SPACE Gallery
538 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

Toronto, Canada
July 18th, 3-7pm
July 19th (opening reception), 6-10pm
July 20th-22nd, 2-6pm
The Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St. W
Toronto, ON

Philadelphia, PA
Aug 23rd-25th, 1-5pm daily
The Painted Bride
co-presented with InLiquid
230 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Atlanta, GA
Aug 29th-31th, 4-8pm
Sept 1st, 1-5pm
MASS Collective
364 Nelson St. SW
Atlanta, GA

Winter Park, FL
Sept 4th-5th, 2-6pm daily
Full Sail University
3300 University Blvd.
Winter Park, FL

Austin, TX
Sept 12th-14th, 4-8pm
Sept 15th-16th, 2-6pm
Co-Lab Project Space
613 Allen St.
Austin, TX

London, England*
October 12th-28th
Canada Water Library
co-presented with The Albany
and Southwark Council
21 Surrey Quays Rd.
London, SE16

Melbourne, Australia*
November 10th-21st
NGV Studio
Federation Square
Russell & Flinders Sts

*As of now, the London and Melbourne exhibitions will be limited to books from their respective continents. All other tour dates will include every single book submitted to this year's project.
Dates and locations subject to change.

I love the art house co-op! 

My LIMITED EDITION Sketchbook is now complete, scanned & ready for me to share!
I will be back with that soon. xo lenna 

When you get into a tight place hang on - for that is just the place and the time the tide will turn.
  ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

limited edition coming into the home stretch

I have made great progress on my limited edition sketchbook project which I only started 10 days ago. Now, there are no blank pages in it anymore! I will share what I have done since my last installment and be back later with the finishing touches on each page before sending off to the Art House Co-op before April 30. I've really enjoyed this!

Click for more details, click again if you see a + sign. Questions or comments welcome.

If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living.
 ~ Seneca

limited edition sketchbook fun!

I am working . . . hmmm . . . rather I am playing at a slow but steady pace in my sketchbook that is part of the limited edition project hosted by the Art House Co-op. So far, I have put fabric of my own design over the cover and I am covering the blank pages of the journal with paper, paint, ink and even embossing powder. I cut holes in the pages first to give viewers a sneak peek at the photos I inserted throughout the book. These are my own photos and I am enjoying mixing them up with paint and paper. I have written an intro and inserted it on the inside front cover but other than that, I notice that I have not done any journaling yet. I think when I finish arting up the pages I will revisit them and add some words. My most recent pages follow, please click on any photo for a larger, more detailed one. Thanks for stopping by!

I like playing with paint and paper in this sketchbook/journal and feel it is helping me connect back to art journaling again. For more info on art journaling, I would highly recommend Julie Balzer's site and the section Art Journal every Day, yay! 

The love we give away is the only love we keep.
  ~ Elbert Hubbard

more limited edition sketchbook

If you missed the first post about this particular Art House Co-op project, you can find it here. I have added to a few of the pages I started and showed you in that post, and then some. If you have any questions please leave me a comment! Click on any photo for more details.

I added more lace paper around the opening here . . . 

I love how the embossing powder on the page looks like sand and the lace paper looks like waves

when you turn the page to see the whole photo, I have added more paint and pigment powders.

On this set of pages I added paint and stardust glitter to this page, then brushed over the glitter with matte medium to make sure it stayed in place.

more rubber stamping and some embossing powder

more to come!! 
This is an Art House Co-op Project and I am really enjoying it! 

sketchbook project: Limited Edition

I finally got started and literally dove right in! That was a good thing, as this sketchbook/art journal project for the Art House Co-op is due to be postmarked by April 30. Two things happened. I had been looking through my journals from when I was doing Art Journal Every Day and was feeling like I needed to start art journaling again . . . and then, I saw what my dear friend Frieda had come up with for her Limited Edition sketchbook on her blog, view hers here. So yummy! I simply fell in love with what she did and seeing her work really pushed me to get my blank sketchbook out and play. I started with the cover; so odd but true. It was Frieda's cover that gave me the idea to work with fabric.

I chose a piece of fabric I had printed up from one of my own art journal pages at You can see both of the designs I created from art journal pages here.

On the front cover (above) I added one of my favorite photos I had taken in the last 6 months . . . You can see a better photo of it here - a feather caught. Then, I started working on the inside of the journal. Since my theme for the project was "Create and Capture" it led me to the idea of creating on the pages as well as showing a few of the beautiful images I have captured lately with my photography. 
I got the idea to cut out windows so to "hint" at the images first.

I chose my images, printed them and laid them out through the journal with windows, and then today I started to "art up" the blank pages using watercolor crayons, paint, rubber stamping and paper collage -click on any image for more details.

water color crayons, circle template and circle stamps
by Balzer Designs!

1st layer

more layers of paint and rubber stamping

I used embossing powder over white ink for the texture, below. That is a map of the area here on the left, Palma Sola Bay, FL. I took the photo of the starfish while walking in De Soto memorial a few weeks ago. De Soto is located in the area of this map -this was not planned!
and glued on some lace & string paper around the window.

On the left I glued on marbled blue & gold paper first, then added ripped bits of "lace green with white thread" paper I found at Jerry's Artarama.

There is more to come, but I will save that for another post!
Don't forget to check out the Art House Co-op ~
I highly recommend their wonderful art projects! 

sketchbook project fun!

It was really so fun to actually see a photograph showing my sketchbook had landed at the Art House Co-op! When I went to visit their blog today, I saw my very own sketchbook in 2 photos that they had posted! View the post here . . . You'll see mine in the first photo, in the middle of the basket and also in the last photo, third row down, all the way to the right. My sketchbook 2012 looks like this:

That was really a nice feeling to 'see' it had landed there! 

They also sent this to me via email, "Thanks for sending in your project for The Sketchbook Project: 2012! We just wanted to let you know that your project has now been cataloged into the Brooklyn Art Library! It can be found on the shelves with a call number of 141.3-2."

The website is: and the Limited Edition Sketchbook project (the next project) still has about 1,000 spots left to be filled. (It is now filled).That project is being limited to 5,000 participants. A book of artwork is being produced from the project and you would need to have all sketchbooks in to the Art House Co-op by April 30th.

Good stuff.

purple section: sketchbook project 2012

I've been working away on my 2012 sketchbook project, finishing up the 3rd section of folded pages (out of 4). This section was painted with purple Lumiere. I cut circles earlier in it while working on the second section and I know some of you wondered what I would do with them? Here is my diary of sorts to show you: in process photos and some notes.

I cut out a vintage postcard image in the same circle size 

I glued it in place and also stitched around it and on the page

I added more rubber stamping to peek out through the circles I cut

Now you see the postcard image with the page unfolded

The page is tucked back in again and more stamping is added

This is the back of where I sewed my images.
I've added a painting of Lenna Glackens, by my great uncle, William Glackens.

This shows the next section coming up, brown . . . I have added the cut out
purple circle to this section of pages!

The purple section folded up, next to the brown section 
journaling in my sketchbook 
more journaling
the cover, with my theme spelled out
Just a couple of more views of the way the pages fold & spread out . . .
That's it for now! I have one section, the brown & gold section left to complete before sending this sketchbook in to become part of the Sketchbook Project 2012 hosted by the Art House Co-op. The 2012 project is closed for sign-ups, but the Special Edition project is OPEN! I would highly recommend signing up. This is my 2nd Sketchbook project and I am already registered for the Special Edition. If you are just joining me or want to look back at what I have done in the 2012 project, use this link to view all of the posts tagged with: Sketchbook Project 2012. This post will be first and then the rest will follow. If you are interested in what I did last year for the 2011 project, just visit my portfolio on the Art House Co-op!

Go make something - anything!!  : ^ ) lenna

sketchbook project 2012: blue to purple

More progress. I am just going to share the photos I took while working along, if you have any questions please leave a comment and let me know. I'd be happy to answer. 
If you are just joining me with this project you can read this post and ALL the others tagged with Sketchbook Project 2012 by clicking here. If you reach the bottom of the page and want to read more, click on Older Posts! Ok, here goes . . . . the photos start with the other side of the painted blue pages I last ended with. I rubber stamped and I wrote - on the fly. Click to enlarge.

I really am talking to myself, but it goes with my theme -
the encyclopedia of how and why!

moving from the blue section to the purple section . . . 
This is a single page that flips over revealing another folded section. The photo is me at 20 years old and one of my favorites. I realize now I also included it in my Sketchbook 2011 project. Hmm, perhaps I should include it in every sketchbook project?? 

The purple pages are not done yet, but started. For me, that is KEY. Just START! I will be back with more, of course.... after I finish the purple section, there is only the brown section left. I think I will be sending this off a month early -whoo hoo! To find out more about the Sketchbook Project, I will direct you to the Special Edition project which is still open for registration at this time. Visit the Art House Co-op - I encourage you to join! And, I will leave you with one of the songs I was listening to while creating this, I hope you enjoy.

yours creatively, lenna young

sketchbook project 2012: next section

I have started into the next section that I created in my 2012 Sketchbook, which is due January 31st. The special edition sketchbook (due April 30th) has already arrived so I am deinitely interested in working along in the 2012 project!! Plus it is fun. While you can still join the Sketchbook Project Special Edition, the 2012 deadline has passed. Below you'll see my photo diary of moving from the first folded section of pages (green) to the next folded section (blue). If you are just joining me, I removed the pages of my sketchbook, taped then together into longer sections and re-bound my book before starting. 

 I worked on the painted surface I had prepared and used rubber stamps with white ink -fabrico or versacraft. I also used a white sakura glaze pen, stickles glitter and sand from the beach.

I added a photo from my Nia movement class, held on the beach.

The entire spread of pages, first side.

A view of my sketchbook from above . . .

close up . . . i love the blue painted bankground

what are you doing?? whatever it is, dive in! : ^ ) lenna

Limited Edition Sketchbook registration - a treat!

The Sketchbook Project Limited Edition Vol. 1 is a collaborative series of art books created by 5,000 artists (the project is limited to 5,000) from around the world. I am one of them! My theme will be create and capture. It will be the next sketchbook I work in after completing my current sketchbook project: Sketchbook project 2012 ~ all organized by Art House Co-op.

I received a newsletter today that had a Thanksgiving treat in it from Art House Co-op:
Use the coupon code: GOBBLEGOBBLE for 15% off any order — from now through Sunday, Nov. 27!
Go here to read more about this project and register.

Anyone — from anywhere in the world — can participate in the project. Sign up to receive a blank sketchbook in the mail, then fill it up and send it back. Your work will be cataloged in the Brooklyn Art Library and published in the Limited Edition art book series. As of this moment I know for sure that my friends Elizabeth Duke, Frieda Oxenham and Joanna Urbani have registered for the Art House Limited edition Sketchbook project -and we did not even tell each other. We just did it on our own and found out afterwards! Frieda's theme is Surface and Threads, Elizabeth's is Stitch and Fold and Joanna's is Words & Pictures. The themes change (you may not find the same ones) and you don't have to decide on one straight away. Even though we all have different themes the coolest thing is this: Every contributor to the Sketchbook Project Limited Edition Vol. 1 will be included in a series of art books documenting the project. Together, the series will provide insight into the imagination and process of each artist participating in the project. Bound by the Brooklyn Art Library Press and hand-finished in our Brooklyn workshop, the book series will be published in the fall of 2012.

won't you join us?? I'd love to have my sketchbook artwork in a bound printed book along with yours!

yours creatively & thankfully, lenna

moving along: sketchbook project 2012

I have made some progress in my 2012 Sketchbook Project and that is a very good thing because the Sketchbook Project Special Edition arrived in my mailbox the other day! The 2012 sketchbook project is due at the Art House Co-op January 31st, 2012 and the Special edition sketchbook project is due April 30th, 2012. Which ones are you doing??

I have reconstructed my sketchbook for the 2012 project. I removed the journal pages and taped them together to create a larger surface to work on, then returned them to the cover. I painted the pages and began working on them. While sometimes it feels slow going to me, I know I am getting back into the groove of working in art journals/the sketchbook project and other mixed media fun. I must say that my father's passing had (and still has) an effect on me, but we are all finding our way.

After bringing my sketchbook to my Nia class on the beach the other day I had an inspiration. A comment was written recently about using sand like glitter and it gave me an idea. I found tiny shells with sand I had collected and used fluid matte medium to create a beach inspired page. 

You'll see later in this post what the page looks like when dry.

Next up, I continued on the other side of the green pages . . .

I used many of my rubber stamps, a variety of inks and another NASA image!

The quote is a "tape transfer" - originally from a magazine:

I added more stars to the first side of the pages I worked on . . . .

I wrote a haiku and then added it to the page with a white jelly roll pen:

i see moon + stars
a shimmering paper sky
swirling energy . . .

 ~ the beach page!

There is still a little sand sticking to the pages -
of course, it's from me doing this! 

I have taken yet even more photographs and a lovely way to view them is via flickriver. 
Click on the Sketchbook Project 2012 photo set once there and you'll be ready to easily view! Thanks for joining me here.

Yours creatively, lenna

intro and first page: sketchbook project 2012

okay, more diving in. I typed up what I wanted to say and used my xyron to adhere the paper to the painted pages of my sketchbook/journal. Click to enlarge & read.

The text typed on the second page: 
How? When I go to create it is usually because of a deadline I have given myself or that someone has given me. I may have a loose idea or a starting point, but no set plan. I like to start and see what connections I make as I am creating. I’ll evaluate as I go and see what the piece needs. For me, the most important tool for my creating is simply to START. 

Why create? This is a funny question I think because there are so many reasons, but since the theme I have given myself is encyclopedia of how and why, here are a few that resonate with me – To feel good * to exercise your brain * to build self confidence * express yourself * add beauty to the world * to fine tune your creative side * to share * to let go * to learn * to find like minded friends *
I hope you enjoy my 2012 sketchbook project!

Practicing my rubber stamping!
It is always a good idea to practice first - gets you and the stamp
warmed up! This is a quote of my own design, from my own
company LennaLines (2000-2003).

The shiny particles are pigment powders, 
sprinkled on when the paint was wet.
Repeated rubber stamping with StazOn Ink.

Photo of NGC 7822 in Cepheus from NASA: Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Thank you, Donna did it! (click for a better view)

Separating a paper napkin:
3 layers, take the top one!

Testing the napkin out for size.

Done for now . . . there is another side to work on and 3 more sections. 

It feels good to do this. Steven was teasing me about "diving right in" -whoosh! I must say that after my father passed away (10/1) I just did not feel like working on any mixed media art. It was not that I did not have inspiration, I just did not feel like doing it. Taking photos was okay and much to Steven's delight I started taking over more of the cooking and doing creative things with that. But recently I started thinking about the Sketchbook project I had signed up for and I started wanting to do it. Then I truthfully made myself start. It is a pretty familiar pattern with me and we'll see where it takes me . . . . I appreciate you stopping by - please say hi, comments & questions welcome.  yours creatively, lenna

painting and preparing

Sketchbook Project 2012: I decided to paint the pages of my sketchbook . . . and paint them I did!

There are 4 sections that fold out now, since I transformed the pages by taking them out of the moleskine journal and taping them together. See here if you missed.

Too boring, don't you think?

That's better!

That looks even better!

I tried to do a different color for each section and used pigment powders liberally!

Ahhhh . . . I felt like i was diving into COLOR! 

*There are more photos if you are so inclined and you can find them on my flicker account.*

I do not have a plan on what comes next per say . . .  I do know I want to write a little something about what I am doing, and what I have done with the pages. I think I am going to type something up and insert it in the inner front cover. I may do some paper collage, or stamping, or both! I just felt I had to paint the pages before I did anything else! Kind of like making myself dive in, just to get started. Do you know what I mean? My husband is really a great artist, but he is totally different than me. He likes to plan, draw and sketch, pretty much figure things out before starting. We did some collaborations together and he tells me he learned a lot from me because I work very differently. I do think a lot about what I might do, but not so much as in planning -- more exploring for ideas and then when I start working, that is when the "ah-ha" moments come: Oh, I could do this! What about that?! I'll try this, and so on. It's fun and I have gotten used to it. How do you work?? Share in a comment or email if you like, please! 

yours creatively, lenna

transformation: sketchbook project + our garage

Today was a busy day because before I even got working on my sketchbook project, Steven & I spent time together cleaning the garage and unpacking and sorting from our move last September. We had moved so many times since we've been married and relocated to Florida that Steven requested no complaints if the junk (oops, important stuff!!) piled up in the garage in our new home for a while. Of course I said yes because I would hear about it otherwise: "5 moves in 5 years"!!  But we did decide together that it was time - and that we would spend one of our "date days" cleaning, tossing, straightening & organizing so that perhaps I may even be able to get my car into the garage! It went from this:

To this! Wow.

Then while Steven was taking a break before we went out to dinner to celebrate our new found space, I dove back into my sketchbook project. I had been thinking since yesterday about the extended pages I had created by taping 2 sets of pages together, and how I wanted to re-insert them into the cover. I had been laying them into the cover "nested" and realized perhaps in a dream or maybe the early morning hours that I wanted the 4 signatures of pages I had created separate, not nested. This would mean sewing the 4 signatures of pages together, slicing the cover in half and gluing the first and last pages to the front and back cover -eep! I also wanted to "prime" the pages a bit and when cleaning the garage I found a new can of spray primer which worked wonderfully, laying down a very thin coat of primer paint on the pages. 

This was my test piece -always test first!

These are the actual pages now that I have taped them together.

It had been a while since I had sewn any pages together so I reached for Unique Handmade Books by Alisa Golden. I found directions for a decorative stitch book with weaving that looked like it would work even though it called for 5 signatures and I was working with 4. 

Creating the holes for sewing with a cradle 
so that all the holes will be in the same place. 

The stitching is similar to the Star Book class I have taught many times.

I use waxed linen to do the stitching.

The weaving part was different, interesting.

Finished! All 4 sections (signatures) of pages are sewn together.

Now to get very brave . . .  and cut the cover in half! 

 I trimmed the cover just a bit, then attached it to the sewn signatures 
of pages in the front and back.

There are 4 sections of pages just like the one above in the sketchbook now.

I finished the basic structure by adding tabs to make it easier to pull the folded pages out.

Now I get to fill this sketchbook up! You may wonder WHY I went to all this trouble of preparing the sketchbook like I did? Hmmm, I could have just worked in it the way it was, right? Well, I did that last year. This year I wanted to challenge myself and do something different. Last year I was satisfied to work in the moleskine the way it was presented to me because I had never really worked in an artist's journal before. That in itself was a new experience for me. I feel good already that I took the challenge I gave myself to do something different with the sketchbook. And the HOW will be here on my blog and I will also add journaling to the sketchbook about my process. Thanks for listening, I needed to get this down!

yours creatively, lenna