Rabbit Rabbit: Woodland Valentines for February

Rabbit Rabbit February, digital serigraph © 2015 by Lisa Firke.

Rabbit Rabbit February, digital serigraph © 2015 by Lisa Firke.

Rabbit Rabbit everyone. After several weeks of very hands-on (and sticky) paper mache work in the studio, I turned my hand to some digital graphics in advance of Valentine's day.

Show & Tell

Sketchbook "Somethings"

It is developing into A Year of Somethings. That is, a year made up of many "read something", "write something", "make something" and "share something" bits. I'm still leaning into a more sustainable way of doing the sharing part, at least when it comes to this blog. Here are some patterns I created in my sketchbook this month:

Sketchbook patterns #sketchbook #yearofthespark

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Another all-over pattern. #sketchbook #yearofthespark

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Night and day leaf pattern. #sketchbook #yearofthespark #inky

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Last one today. A more muted all-over leaf pattern. #sketchbook #yearofthespark

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Those of you who have been following the INKY 500 will see that the preoccupation with overall leaf patterns rendered in brush pen continues!

Playing in a New Sketchbook

New "Dylusions" Sketchbook Journal from Ranger. Cover embellished with my own leaf design in ink.

New "Dylusions" Sketchbook Journal from Ranger. Cover embellished with my own leaf design in ink.

I have three or four sketchbooks going at the moment, including this new one from Ranger. It is similar to a Moleskine, but has thicker paper, and a sturdy Kraft paper cover with a button-and-string-closure pocket on the inside front flap. 

Although I have a few "Inky 500" sketches to go, I'm also going ahead and combining what I love best about the inky brush approach with other ways of drawing. The first spread in the new sketchbook is an attempt to marry the really loose expressive mark of the brush with a somewhat tighter and more regular mark of a micron pen.

First spread in new Dylusions sketchbook. Brush pen and micron pen.

First spread in new Dylusions sketchbook. Brush pen and micron pen.

Partly inspired by my previous village house work and partly by Lisa Congdon's newest video tutorial on CreativeBug, here I layered pen over watercolor, which is always fun to do.

A happy little village. Watercolor and micron pen.

A happy little village. Watercolor and micron pen.

I didn't know until I had completed this page that I was partly evoking one of the lighthouses we saw in Maine this summer. To reach it, we had to walk along for about half a mile on a narrow boardwalk over a rocky jetty. Mostly obscured is a large Nessie in the mid-ground, covered by tissue and gesso. Nessie often shows up in my drawings, but here she was stealing focus from the bits I liked best (the music paper collage).

Jetty House. Musical score paper collage, with torn tracing paper, watercolor (mostly covered), gesso and book paste.

Jetty House. Musical score paper collage, with torn tracing paper, watercolor (mostly covered), gesso and book paste.