Thursday, July 10, 2008

Hibiscus Sketchbook

Hibiscus Sketchbook, (5.75" x 7")
Fannie Narte

This sketchbook has a combination of ivory Canson drawing papers, kraft acid free papers, and white 110 lb. acid free cardstock, about 30 pages total. A Hibiscus image was stenciled onto one of my fabric papers using black pigment ink and embossing powder.


Leave your name in the comment module to this post if you want to be entered in a drawing for this sketchbook. The name of the winner of this sketchbook will be posted on July 13. That's three days away! Whoa!



If you invest time in a project such as creating a tutorial or if you've collected a massive amount of research about an artist or any subject matter, you can publish your findings in a Squidoo Lens--for free--and make your research available to others.


If you're interested in driving traffic to your website, a Squidoo lens is a great marketing tool.


However, if you're like me and you enjoy sharing your knowledge while simultaneously donating to a good cause, creating a Squidoo lens may interest you. Advertisers to the Squidoo site pay dollars, some of which are passed to lens authors. An author can then choose to pocket their earnings or donate it to a charitable organization of their choice. It's a win-win situation.


I've created three Squidoo lenses. Two of them are: How to Make Fabric Paper and Creating Art Using "Neocolor II Watersoluble Wax Pastels."


My first lens was Georges Seurat. I wrote a paper about Seurat for one of my classes, which resulted in an enormous amount of research. I was fascinated by Seurat's pointillism studies and saddened by his death at the age of 31. One can only imagine the works he could have produced had he lived longer. Instead of tossing all this research into the trash can, I decided to share it and created a lens.

However, I believe that the Seurat's lens is lacking and requires more information. If I were to rate my own lens, I would give it a "1" for effort with "5" being the highest. An option would be to delete it.


Indecisions . . . fix it, delete it, leave it as it is.

I go through the same process in my art life. When I create something which I'm not happy with, I decide to fix it, trash it or leave it alone. Sometimes when I try to fix it, it ends up a mess and gets tossed in the trash. Sometimes when I leave it alone, it turns into a relentless stalker that follows me around with a sad face . . . . And I don't like looking at sad faces. ;-D

Some days I don't feel like talking. Today is not that day. ;-D


Regina said...

Once again, I'm learning so much from you.

The journal is beautiful.

ikkinlala said...

Thank you for the links to your tutorials!

Brigitte (SE. Louisiana) said...

Hey Fannie....thanks for the info on Squidoo Lenses. I had never heard of it before. Also, I loved your tutorials on the Neocolor II's.

This piece of paper fabric is gorgeous! I love it.

Melissa & Emmitt said...

hi fannie!
i had never heard of squidoo either. thank you for the information.
i just started using my hibiscus journal today. it is myfavorite things journal. i cut and paste pictures of thing i really like and glue them in. it is wonderful! thank you again fannie!

Jacq said...

Hi Fannie, I have missed you. You have been busy since I left ten days ago to go to Alaska. Your changes look wonderful and I love all the good info.

laughingwolf said...

a bit 'girly' for a guy, but i like it anyway :)


Scrappy Cat said...

My goodness, this is just the best one yet - I hope I get this in your wonderfully generous giveaway!!! It's really beautiful - I love hibiscus anyway, and I love the way you've stenciled it.

Lisa M Griffin said...

I have such a hard time throwing pieces away too. Often, I just set them aside and see if there is a part of the item that I could use for an idea elsewhere, or cut a chunk out and use it on a card or in a collage.
Glad you felt like chatting today! =) Have a good weekend.

TracyB said...

Fannie, this journal is so beautiful. I have to tell you if I'd win this, I'm not sure I could use it. :) It's SO nice!!!

Michele P. said...

Beautiful journal! I agree, donating to a charitable or non profit organization is a good thing. I work for a non-profit and last year we had several donations made in regards to fuel assistance, it made all the difference as to whether an elderly or low income person was able to stay warm last winter. Thanks for reminding others, its a good thing no matter how you do it!

Diana Evans said...

wow Fannie....these links are awesome and I love your piece on Georges Seurat and the details about making fabric paper and creating art with

AMAZING as always Fannie....I am so happy to know you dearest friend...


quiltcrazygal said...

Fannie - I'm catching up on the blog world and I just love this entry! My fingers are crossed:) When I create something I don't like, I usually try to fix it or accept it. And yes sometimes trash it. I don't like looking a sad faces either so I try to make them smile:) Cheers, Jenna Louise

Heather P said...

I love your Hibiscus journal! It's gorgeous!