Recycling and Contour Drawings

9/06/2010 08:39:00 PM Posted In , , Edit This 20 Comments »
OK, I'll start with the recycling part.  I have lots of paper from my printer of things that for one reason or another didn't work out for me.  Some things I used and then didn't need anymore, others just made crummy copies ... it doesn't matter - I just kept all that paper.  I use it sometimes to test colors on when I'm painting, I use it when I glue things to protect my drawing table, but mostly it just sits in a pile.  Then I started doing contour drawings (mostly blind).  I really didn't want to use my good sketch books for them, and then I had this idea.  I would make little books out of the used copy paper!

What I did was put two sheets together, printed sides facing each other.  Then I used double sided tape to tape together the 4 corners.  I folded them in 1/2, also folded an 8.5" x 11" piece of card stock in half, and then used my sewing machine to sew them together.  I put 3 of my folded sheets in each booklet, giving me 12 pages to draw on!

Here's a picture of my first booklet, along with a couple of my blind contours.  I've made notes to myself on some of the drawings if I took a peek along the way.  I marked where each line started and ended, numbering them so I can tell later on what I did.  Hope this makes some sort of sense to you!

20 comments:

Vicki Holdwick said...

Hey,

You're pretty good at these blind contours.

Why am I not surprised,

xoxo

Pooja said...

This is a fantastic idea! I tried this once but used glue instead of masking tape to stick the papers together and then decided it wasn't worth the effort. Masking tape sounds like an excellent idea :-)

Cathy Holtom said...

Good idea, and using the sewing machine to hold it all together...I'd never thought of doing that.

curiouscrow said...

Great idea for recycling! I use up all my prints that don't for sketching ideas out too.
I like your bcs too.

Johanna said...

What a great idea to recycle old printing paper like that. I just throw it out... And having small booklets like that, for different themes, is a wonderful idea too. Well done!

AutumnLeaves said...

Fabulous and wonderful idea for using those printer sheets. They do not go to waste here either, though your idea is better than mine! (I use them for coffee cup coasters in the a.m.)

travelingsuep said...

Great recycling and drawings Nancy.

Shirley said...

What a great idea and really nice contour drawings. And it will be so much fun to have them in little booklets!

bendelachanal said...

I like very much your blind contour drawings. They have the same quality as non dominant hand drawing , for me, very touching.
Great recycling idea!

raena said...

I recycle my printer paper too, usually just as paper to sketch and doodle on. Love this idea and I love blind contours! Yours are wonderful!

Deborah said...

This is great! A wonderful use of scrap paper! And your drawings are very good. I especially like the plant.

I love that you sewed it together on a sewing machine. I am asking for a machine for Christmas. I have never used one and I would love to learn. I think it would open up all sorts of possibilities.

btw, thank you for your comments on my blog and for visiting me :-)

Marina said...

I love this idea: I think I'll try it too.
Your blind portrait contour is really good... :-)

Alex said...

Sure is interesting! =) It's a lot of fun all over!

Evelyn said...

Sewing adds a nice touch to the book.

marancat said...

I am always pleased to see ideas for recycling - I shall try this myself. And the contour drawings are great - I don't know how you get them to look so good!

Anais said...

Your blind contours are fantastic.
What a good idea, Nancy!

Sarika Alvekar-Shelke said...

Good contour studies and booklets too. I have not tried contours yet, looks like its a fun.

jennifer said...

good for you! a fresh approach to seeing your object.

donna said...

You are a clever one! I have to try these contour drawings too!

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Nancy, Wow! I have my contour drawings stuck in a folder or loose in one pile or another. This is a terrific idea. These drawings can be a source of inspiration as well as an indicator of where you've been, drawing wise. Speaking of which, I like your contour drawings and think it's smart to put comments as you go.