Moleskine Cover Art
I bought my first Moleskine sketchbook for my last birthday. It has sat in a pile of journals for the last five months. I finally decided to decorate the cover two weeks ago. I cut some hand-drawn letters out of scrapbook paper and one of my painted papers. I ran the letters through my Xyron Sticker Maker and adhered them to the cover. I gave all the letters a generous coat of Glossy Accents to give them some dimension. I used iridescent clear Stickles for the punctuation.
I started the cover painting by collaging pieces of sheet music on the front cover and part of the spine. I sealed the sheet music with gel medium then added two coats of clear gesso once it was dry. Clear gesso is very coarse, so I sanded off some of the grit. After that, I ran into a bit of a snag. I had originally thought I would paint a fox and some cherry blossoms, but I had no desire to paint that once the time came to actually do it. My next idea was to have a moon peeking out from behind cherry blossoms with a dragon/snake/koi hybrid racing along the moon. Again I couldn't summon up the desire to paint it. Finally, I decided on the sheep. This year is the Year of the Sheep in the Chinese zodiac and my astrological sign is the sheep. I played with the idea in my mind, and I decided to make the sheep cute and cartoonish with turquoise fluff. That's how this cover art came to life. I also decided to include the alchemical symbol for air, which is somewhat hidden in the background.
These are the media I used on the cover painting:
1. Antique looking sheet music,
2. Cretacolor Aqua Monolith in Delft Blue (drawing),
3. Copic Multiliner (inking),
5. Copic markers,
6. Colored pencils (Prismacolor Premier, Koh-I-Noor Tritone, and Faber-Castell Polychromos), and
7. Acrylic paint.
I also wanted to let you know that the round robin with my friend, Vanessa, has officially started. I will be posting more on this once we've both finished our first painting.