Let’s talk about page edges

On the right, you can see a monoprint of a guitar worked direct to the page of the sketchbook. The curved shape really draws the eye when the edge is cut away. Rather than throw the rest of the page away it’s been glued it to the next page. That can form an interesting starting point for what might happen on that otherwise blank page.

If before you paint on the colour you rub the paper with the side of an oil pastel you can create a different but equally rich effect. Make sure the colour of the pastel contrasts with the colour of the paint you intend to use. Here I used a metallic gold oil pastel and wished over it with two different blues. The pastel resists the watery colour and creates grainy texture where it sits on the tooth of the paper. Using a white pastel preserves the white of the paper and can look lovely with a colourful wash over it!

The simple leaf shapes shown in the photo on the right have been cut to create an interesting edge that reveals the bright colours of the following page.

This is probably not a technique that would suit every page but could be used selectively where the intention is to emphasise a shape or to partially reveal the following page – of course you also need to consider what is revealed when the page is turned to the left as part of that preceding page will also be revealed! Lots to think about!

Bye for now – Linda

When we buy a sketchbook we are usually presented with a set format – either a landscape or portrait rectangle, or perhaps a square. Without much thought we probably just start to work within those given proportions but we can also consider altering them in a number of ways. Today I’d like you to think about edges. Your pages have straight edges but it doesn’t have to be so!

The generous curves of this collaged pear have been echoed by cutting away some of the page it sits on and also by punching little holes to follow the cut edge. Metal eyelets secure the pear photograph to the page but also form a decorative element. The following page also features pears with holes and eyelets – both layers can be viewed at the same time.