April 29, 2011

Every Day in May...

I joined an on-line Flickr group called "Every Day in May." The challenge consists of 31 different drawings - one for each day of the month.  (Once you join, you'll get the list.)  I thought this sounded like fun.  To help me meet the challenge, I made a sketch book.  I love the way it turned out.


Here's what I did:

arranged some watercolors, brushes, pencil, erasure, pencil sharpener and took a picture 

scanned an old calendar page (in PSE, I added 31 since the scanned page only had 30 days!)

crumpled up some brown paper and scanned an image

filters, layers, brushes and text added in PSE

The cover image printed on heavy drawing paper.  Front and back covers made using left over drawing tablet board, covered with cover image as well as decorative paper.

The inside pages were also created in PSE and printed on watercolor paper.  Once all of the pages were printed, holes were punched and book bound using the Cinch machine.

The drawing challenge printed for each day of the month - examples below



an envelope on the inside back cover housing the Flickr group info

The method to my madness - after all the effort putting the book together, it would be a shame not to meet the challenge.  I plan to post my drawings during the month of May.  There's still time for you to join in on the fun!

Go to Pink Saturday for more inspiration.

30 comments:

Char said...

That sounds perfect for you, I know that you will not only have fun, but you will do a beautiful job of painting. You have so much talent.
Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Holly said...

This looks like so much fun and you are off to a wonderful start. can't wait to see the follow-up pictures.
Happy Pink Saturday!

Marydon said...

Anxious to see your drawings after all of this pretty pink ...

Happy beautiful PS weekend ~
TTFN ~
Marydon

LV said...

You did a great job on your project for this event. I am sure there will some very interesting things to show up.

Maison Mutt said...

Genius. Oh, & i'm jealous, just learning PSE! Can't wait to see the drawings. Happy PS!
Licks & Wags, Niki

She'sSewPretty said...

How fun!! Happy Pink Saturday!

Light and Voices said...

Have fun! Just show up everyday and do it. You can do it!
Joyce M

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, I love this! And I hope you enjoy creating each day in May--your work is beautiful!

XO
Cindy

Terri Morse said...

Wow! I love the cover you've created! That sounds like a really fun challenge. I'm looking forward to seeing how your book develops. Have a wonderful weekend!
Terri

Aunt Snow said...

What a great idea! I look forward to seeing the ddrawings. Happy pink Saturday!

Cindy Adkins said...

P.S. Happy Pink Saturday!! Your work really turned out fantastic!!!

Jennifer said...

Very cool! Love that you have the prompt right there on each page. Just don't forget to pack it when you come up ... T-10!

Deidre said...

PAT....what a great start to MAY! Can't wait to see how each day unfolds...TFS! DEIDRE

Nancy said...

I so envy this talent! Beautiful.

Happy Pink Saturday!

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

A great idea! Looking forward to the rest...

Riet said...

That is beautiful Happy pink Saturday

Catherine Denton said...

What an amazing notebook! That would make the challenge doubly fun. I can see how it'd motivate you to sketch. Good luck!
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Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Happy Pink Saturday and thanks for stopping by my little blog. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

NanE said...

What a great idea and your tut was wonderful! I bought a Cinch about 2 months ago and it has never been out of the box:(. Maybe I will check out the list too. Have a great weekend, Nan

Gabriela Delworth said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

What a great project!


~ Gabriela ~

Doreen said...

Hi Pat,
I love your creativity. Your work is beautiful as well as your blog. Thanks for visiting my blog, especially since I am just getting started. I will be sure to stop back at yours. I've become your newest follower. have a wonderful weekend!
Doreen

Sarah said...

Wow! What a great way to organize and remember your fun challenge this coming month! I hope you have a great time! Thanks for visiting my blog today :)

HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!
Sarah

Cottage Touch said...

Your talented with Pshop! HPS too

Rebecca said...

Sounds like the perfect way to start your challenge-can't wait to see what you come up with each day!

Susie Jefferson said...

Great tutorial, lovely result! RE the challenge: go for it!

Happy Pink Saturday, and thanks so much for visiting. Hugs from the UK.

Sinderella Studio Designs said...

absolutely awesome... very inspiring. Alias, I don't know how to layer all those images...don't think my printer will take watercolor paper (my main medium) and on and on I go! Maybe next time - your book is great!
cheers, dana

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

What fun! I'll enjoy seeing some of your pictures over the month. Me - I do MUCH better with my easy to use digital camera as I can barely draw a crookedy line - and forget the straight ones. :) It's a good thing I'm a grandma - coz all my pix LOOK like a grandkid drew them. :) I'm in awe that you can draw so good. A gift from God!

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

This looks like so much fun! I love the crumpled paper and can't wait to see what you do this month. Happy Pink weekend ;O)

dana said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

OMG....I just spent a LONG time on your blog. Can I say I'm crazy about yot? :)

I love the variety of interests and talents you share here..from your creation of journals to your interest in sewing! I LOVE your new sewing machine (my Bernina is ancient, but still a workhorse) and that awesome table you had made for it...and the great drawers from IKEA (wish we had one of those in KCMO!). I, too, have those plastic tubes on the legs of my cutting table..you are right, it's such a backsaver!! I also love that work table top you made!

I liked learning about the CINCH and think I will have to get one of those....and also the PSE 9. I just got a MAC last summer. I had PSE 6(I think) on my old PC...and really miss that (although I was not really putting it to its fullest of uses)...now I am so ready to get the Elements 9 (especially since I have a gift cert. to pay for half of it already!! :).

I know your painting a day will we wonderful and look forward to seeing how you fill that journal.

Happy Pink Saturday! Dana

Kathy said...

This will be terrific! What a wonderful challenge - gets you in the swing of things! So creative,
Kathy