What began as a way for me to unstick myself from a creative block a few weeks ago has now become one of my favourite art journals! As you can see I even had to write myself an encouraging little note on the front cover just to remind myself that a sketchbook is actually for sketching in and not for sitting on the shelf waiting for someone, anyone to come along grab it and fulfill its potential. Since I have been doing art so consistently for a few years now, I can allow myself to be that someone, that anyone. I am my own hero so I grabbed the journal and  and did these…

and then I did these…

and after that I did these…

It takes a bit of courage to leap into the unknown and that’s what a sketchbook can feel like sometimes when it is new but when it is a sCATchbook, then things become easier, paper is less precious and other people can join in.

So here I started playing around and then Rohan came along and had some good ideas about patterning so he helped with that and then he and the baby sitter one night made their own art page together.

I think a few of us creatives out there (maybe all) have some trouble now and again with perfectionism and the fear of the white (or in this case, cream) page. I’m not saying we are scared but sometimes we are a bit scaredy cat.

I’m using a Stillman and Birn mix media paper book for my sCATchbook and I could listen to my inner anxiety Jane who says ‘oh you should be doing more in it besides just playing with a black pen and some paints you know this is quality paper and deserves more to be done with it’ but she’s is SO annoying. I know it is my inner critic trying to be helpful but I really wish she would just sit in the corner quietly and let me get on with the creating because when she is quiet some really interesting things appear like weasels with magic wands and funny looking dogs.