Sketchpack Project: Week Three

ABOUT SKETCHPACK: The project began in 2011. The original idea was to get folks to draw daily. The Sketchpack is a small zigzag journal with two usable sides, allowing one to sketch on both sides of 15 ‘pages’ to complete the month of August. There was much enthusiasm and the project is now repeated yearly in August, with a Facebook page for us to share as we go along.  (The page is closed once the sketching begins, so if you would like to do it next year you need to check out the pages in June or July.)  There is an Exhibition held in October filling all four windows of the Artsauce Studio in Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa of mostly locals Sketchpacks!

My Sketchpack was flipped over and the last half of the month began!


One of Mitchell’s favorite twines from the 20’s to the 50’s: for some strange reason the boxes are collectible without the twine!  Go figure.  Every so often I find a box for him.
We work with many different twines, most often Italian or French.

A seriously wicked leather knife that slices through leather like butter,
and leather sewing tool for hand stitching.

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This is the tack remover I see Mitchell use most often; maybe it is the gentle curve that allows it to roll against the furniture just so and not mar the frame easily.

Mitchell uses the Osbourne webbing stretcher all the time.
The rubber that acts like a sticky yoga mat and protects the furniture can be replaced as needed.  The big tines push into the webbing and assist them in being stretched to the proper tension, while Mitchell spits tacks.  YOU HEARD ME.  Spits tacks.



I have to do these two days together too . . .
The pretty, sweet, funny pincushions (he has several, above) versus the workhorse magnetic kind.    You can pick up 100 pins when you spill them on the floor!
They save my bare feet — and I am always kicking off my shoes.
Once a beachgurl, always a beachgurl!


Drawn on an unknown paper itty-bitty folding journal with (mostly)
the fine point Platinum Carbom pen and Daniel Smith watercolors.


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3 Responses to Sketchpack Project: Week Three

  1. susanissima says:

    Love looking at the tools used in Mitchell and your work, Katie. We used to have one of those cute pincushions. Somehow those funny little guys around the edge may have actually carried it away.


  2. Kim says:

    Hi Katie,
    This reply is actually for your Zenkatwrites “Waking in the morning” post. But I don’t do Facebook or Twitter or WordPress (because I already spend entirely too much time in front of electronic screens) and it won’t let me respond there.
    Gotta love synchronicity. I have kept journals since childhood and this effective journaling question was brought up to me in something I read a couple weeks ago. Writing to work through something vs the writing keeping too much attention on the issue so it can’t go away. Intentional release vs law of attraction. This summer I went through a cancer scare (it appears surgery was fully successful) during which I just could not write about it or include it in my art. I couldn’t even think about why I wasn’t expressing it. I asked myself, and it did not feel like denial, it felt like intuition telling me to leave it alone. I have learned (repeatedly) that if I ignore or try to 2nd guess my intuition I will be sorry, and I feel that I was able to keep a more positive and healing attitude by not putting my fears on paper. So I have decided that whether or not journaling will help depends on the person AND the issue. The important thing is to remember to trust ourselves.


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