7/10/12

Sketchbook Challenge Book and Goodies Giveaway!



It's so gratifying to finally see the Sketchbook Challenge Book in person. I know you'll find it inspiring and delicious to browse for ideas. Sue Bleiweiss did a fantastic job of putting it together and I'm pleased as punch to have a terrific project in its scrumptious pages! You can get your very own copy of the Sketchbook Challenge Book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and ArtPlantae.

 Here's a little info on my mini scissors pillows created from sketches, and an opportunity to win the following prizes through a random drawing on July 13!
Winner #1
From Mistyfuse, a 10yd combination package that
includes 6 yards of White and 2 yards each of Black and Ultraviolet and a Goddess Sheet. Total retail value: $48!

Winner #2
From ProChemical and Dye,  a $25 gift certificate! I love love love their fabric dyes. There is none better.

Simply leave a comment below by midnight on July 12 and I'll pick two winners! And you can head over to Jane LaFazio's blog too for more drawings and prizes today!

Since I love tactile art, pillows, even mini pillows, appeal to my senses. Art to hold in the hand is my favorite kind. These little pillows can grace a bedside table, get piled in a bowl or with a ribbon can hang on a door handle. 

They were created in a multi step process that began with some basic drawings in my sketchbook. The drawings were collaged with old book text and then I thread sketched around the lines with the sewing machine. I scanned the pages and added color with a free software program called paint.net, simply filling in colors with the paint bucket.
I couldn't resist embroidering and BEADING the printed pillows.
Once I was happy with my designs, which you can see below...I printed them out on fabric, then proceeded to stitch up some cute little pillows.

Here are the original unadulterated sketches.

These are the back pages of the scissor drawings, where the back of the stitching was. I just added some quick watercolor washes so that no pages were wasted in my sketchbook!
Finally, I used these same sketches to create some thermofax screens and here I've screenprinted on hand-dyed fabric using white paint. Presto! There are so many uses for your sketches that every minute you spend drawing adds to your collection of fun images to play with over and over again. Consider either scanning them or taking a photo and using them in your art, the way I have with my little scissors sketches.
Thanks for joining us for the Sketchbook Challenge Book Blog Hop. To join us in a year of free sketching inspiration, hop on over to the Sketchbook Challenge site and soak up the creativity! We love to share! 

The Blog Hop schedule:

June 26: Jill Berry   Sue Bleiweiss
June 27: Violette  Kathyanne White 
June 28: Kathy Sperino  Leslie Tucker Jenison
June 29: Jamie Fingal  Lynn Krawczyk 
July 2: Jackie Bowcutt   Lyric Kinard 
July 3: Jane Davies   Kim Rae Nugent 
July 5: Carla Sonheim   Carol Sloan 
July 6: Susan Brubaker Knapp   Diana Trout 
July 9: Tracie Lyn Huskamp  Judi Hurwitt 
July 10: Jane LaFazio   Kelli Nina Perkins: 

The Sketchbook Challenge Book blog hop is sponsored by:
Mistyfuse
ArtPlantae Today
Gelli Arts
Joggles
My Creative Classroom
Sue Pelland Designs
ProChemical and Dye
The Thread Studio 
Blue Twig Studio
The Artist Cellar

104 comments:

  1. Love your art and seeing your sketches through to your finished piece! What a great giveaway.

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  2. This is a really great tutorial for leveraging the drawings I like! Thanks for the museical inspiration!

    edie

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  3. Love how you use your sketches for other media.

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  4. Love these pillows and LOVE the book. Thank you for this opportunity.

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  5. It's always wonderful to see how different artists accomplish goals in such a wide variety of ways! Just love the chance for a prize.

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  6. This has been the best hop, I have ever been on such amazing artist, I follow the Sketchbook Challenge page everyday, love to try different things, thanks for sharing love your pillows....

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  7. Love, love, love your work and use of color.

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  8. Your little pillows are beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  9. love the book and your pillows. thanks for the opportunity.

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  10. Love your pillows and loving the book!

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  11. Your pillows are very colorful. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  12. Wonderful idea Kelli! I think I'll go mine my sketchbook for ideas. Thanks for the chance at the giveaways!

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  13. You have such neat ideas. Love the way you carry them through to reality.

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  14. I'm sad that this is the last blog hop day ... this has been so much fun! Thanks for the opportunity to visit all these great artists and explore their blogs. Love your sketchbook to project ideas!

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  15. Thans for joining in with the blog hop, it has been such fun. Love the sketches, looking forward to some more when my book FINALLY arrives. Will definately follow the sketchbook challenge blog in future.

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  16. I love your bold use of color in your work! All the artists associated with this blog hop have been so inspiring. I'm glad I tuned in everyday.

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  17. It's been so much fun checking out new blogs during the blog hop. I especially love your bright colors - and the carrot in the city makes me happy.

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  18. Your artwork and ideas are always so much fun! This has been a great blog hop.

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  19. Bright and cheerful, a great way to start your day. Thanks for your inspirational blog

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  20. I just love your blog. The little pillows are too cute. Thanks for sharing your part in the book.

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  21. I Love your Sketches! I would love a Chance to Win the Sketchbook Challenge Book. This book can give me so much Creativity and Inspiration! This would help greatly with my Fiber Art Projects! I would love to try the Pro Chemical Dye and the different kinds of Misty Fuse as well!
    Thanks for the Giveaway!

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  22. Cute pillows and a wonderful idea. Thanks for the inspirations Kelli! Judith, Texas

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  23. Thanks for the peak at your perky pillows!
    And for the chance at the book or ProChem gift.

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  24. The Blog Hop has been so much fun! Love your work...so perky!

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  25. The scissor pillows are lovely and dye is one of my favorite things too!

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  26. How perfect to use scissors images.

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  27. What a great idea - printing onto fabric. Your mini pillows are so fun!

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  28. Claudia7/10/2012

    SO creative! The additional steps you went to are so fun and inspirational. The colors pop and are so fun. I want to try this right now!

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  29. I like what you're doing - thanks for the inspiration, I want to play! Pick me for Winner #1, please! :D

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  30. You are such an inspiration. I love anything you create. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  31. what a great idea - scanning your work to use these as your finished product

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  32. You are so inventive -- I can learn some lessons from you, in just DOING it, and going with whatever. Love the little pillows, love the scissors-theme. I could see them quite large on canvas in a group on a wall!

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  33. what a wonderful way to end the Blog hop. I have enjoyed both books in the sketch work challenge, and hope to see more.

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  34. Your scissors series of sketches and pillows are so eyecatching. I especially like the embellishments. Thanks for the 2 prizes.

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  35. deanna7/10/2012

    I really like your blog..lots of great ideas and artwork..I have enjoyed the blog hop and i will miss it

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  36. Great idea! I love your scissors!
    This looks such a great book - it is at the top of my amazon wishlist!

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  37. I'm actually sorry to see the blog hop end - it's been such fun exploring what each of the artists does. Thanks for being part of the fun!

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  38. What a great HOP! Love your scissors!!! Love to have the book! Thanks, Karin

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  39. Cool post. Love the book. Thanks for a chance to win1

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  40. love those pillows thanks for sharing your process...

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  41. Love the little pillows with the scissor drawings on them... A friend that has cancer gave me a darling pair of scissors and they are a pin. going to put that on a friendship round robin quilt. Great Idea with the little pillows... thank you for sharing your idea. vivianhelena@sti.net

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  42. I absolutely love your work and am inspired to do more art everyday. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  43. I love your spoon tutorial -- great idea and beautiful, too. Wonderful project, to see your sketch turned into these great little pillows.

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  44. No matter what our artistic field - we all need scissors! Love the blog hopping and finding new artists.
    Erin

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  45. LOVE THIS PROJECT!!!!!!!!!!!!
    So interesting and cool combos of way of making the art sing!!

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  46. Love your blog, love your ideas, love this pillow!

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  47. Norma B7/10/2012

    Glad your scissor pillows are included in the book...they're definitely a "cut" above the best of the projects. I'll admit I might get "snippy" if I don't win one of those great prizes, and who could blame me?

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  48. I love what you have made. Love all the color and pazazz!Wow this book is certainly filled with lots of talent. Please count me in.

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  49. This is a really cool idea - so many possibilities. The mini pillows with scissors are sweet. Thanks for the giveaway as well. I've enjoyed your post on your sketchbook.

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  50. KELLI,
    Your directions are so explicite, your colors so vibrant it is hard to not 'jump right in' and make these cute pillows.
    THANKS for all your ideas and encouragement!

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  51. It's been a terrific hop! Enjoyed the projects so much. Thanks Kelli, for the giveaways.

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  52. Sharp scissors on a soft pillow and then jazz them up with bling! very cool!

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  53. LOVE your scissor pillows and the colors are simply stunning!! the blog hop has been awesome and I love the book! thnx for a chance to win!!

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  54. Love all your vibrant colors and the spirit of "happy" that they convey! Congratulations on being part of the book!

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  55. Enjoyed going through your blog.
    How fun to have created this book with everyone!

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  56. I love how you included text on these pillows!

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  57. Love the color you use in your work.

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  58. These are 2 great giveaways today which I can't readily put my hands on without ordering online. Shipping really adds a lot of $$$ to the price of these treasures for those who live in rural areas!

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  59. Love your themes, Kelli! Hope I win!

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  60. What a great idea this blog hop is. I really like your blog. Would also lovse to win anything as sometimes supplies are hard to get here.

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  61. Your scissors pillows are so cute! :)

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  62. Totally cute pillows, Kelli!

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  63. It is interesting that today's bloggers from Sketchbook Challenge have both used ordindary objects as their theme. Jane did a variety of pieces and you have done a series with the scissors. I love the series and am going to do one of my own. I once did a series of scissors which were distorted out of shape and will use those sketches for my piece. Thank for the inspiration. Your series is great!

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  64. Love the text on the pillows!
    Would love to win either of the giveaways

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  65. Love the pillows and how your created them.

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  66. I am one of you biggest fans!

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  67. I love your creations. Thank you for sharing them with me.

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  68. Your scissor pillows are fantastic! They are so adorable and happy (pillows can be happy, right?). Thanks for always being such a huge inspiration in my life. You're the best!

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  69. Your art is just so cool!

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  70. Thought I'd left a comment earlier, but I guess it didn't "take". I appreciate seeing your process..very cool!

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  71. I love your scissors projects! How special and creative.

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  72. only wish I could be as creative as you! Estelle

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  73. this sounds so fun, love all your color.

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  74. I love your little pillows. This whole project with sketchbook challenge is fabulous.

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  75. I love being creativity and this is a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

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  76. Adorable little pillows! I'd love a chance to win one of the prizes!

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  77. Thank you for the chance (and loved the peas tied on trees!!).

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  78. wow I love those neon colors you used and what a great idea to make them into pillows. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Grace

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  79. Thank you so much for sharing your process! I can really make good use of this idea for a baby gift today, and other uses later. I really enjoy your use if text in your projects.

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  80. Your artwork is so inspiring. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  81. Coloful and fun, and great ideas for using the sketches and displaying the hand-fulls of art.

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  82. I really appreciate how you share information about what you do. It makes so many more things possible.

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  83. Thank you for sharing your art. It is inspiring! My book has been ordered, cant wait to get it. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  84. WOW.. your work is amazing..
    So many entries but I sure could use your give aways :)))
    Thanks for the opportunity
    xoxo
    ((((hugs))))
    Maggie

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  85. Love your work - thanks for the opportunity!

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  86. This has been an awesome blog hop and I love meeting so many different artists through their blogs. It would be an honor to win and I will keep my fingers crossed.

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  87. I love the bright colours and the whimsy in your art. My fingers are crossed for the draw!

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  88. You always have the most beautiful and inspirational projects to share! Love these!

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  89. I've always liked your work in Cloth, Paper, Scissors and Quilting Arts. Thank you for sharing your ideas and processes. Very inspirational.

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  90. Congrats on your contribution to the book. Enjoyed the blog hop and look forward to reading the book!

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  91. Fun with scissors, Kelli! Creative project. Thanks for joining the blog hop.

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  92. These are beautiful, and so original too!

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  93. Anonymous7/12/2012

    Kellie, I love your use of colour and such great clever ideas. The little pillows are so cute!!
    Licia Politis
    licia_politis@yahoo.com.au

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  94. Hi Kellie... LOVE - just love your Sketchbook contributions. I have the book in my hands and just can't help going back to your pages over and over. Really FUN! Would love either of the give-aways to use in my small studio!
    Bethany

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  95. The Sketchbooks are wonderful! Very creative and colorful. I enjoyed your photos - what fun ...

    Always, L

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  96. Your scissor pillows are very creative! Loved seeing your process. Thanks for the chance to win one of 2 very generous prizes! I can't wait to see the book.

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  97. Anonymous7/12/2012

    love the brightness and playfulness of your work. Fun to find you. Nancy G.

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  98. I really enjoyed discovering your work!

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  99. So cool to see how you turned your sketchbook pages into mini works of art......love to see the process.
    Sue's book looks like it is chock full of wonderful inspiration!!!!!

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  100. Scissors... Can't wait to see your work in the new book.

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  101. Thanks for sharing.

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  102. I love your blog - really like the idea of blog hops - love the idea that you share your work - you inspire me
    thanks

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  103. Love, Love these Kelli! Thanks for sharing the process!

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