2×2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks//Week 56

Week 56
Red isn’t a color that I typically gravitate towards but I’m really enjoying it this week in our spread. I doodled with markers and Anne created an eye catching paper cut.
Week 56 Detail
I love that it’s different than any other week so far and it’s nice to get out the comfort zone.
Make sure to stop by Anne’s blog to see her post.

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2×2: 2 artists, 2 sketchbooks, a collaboration between artists Dana Barbieri and Anne Butera.

Dana and Anne met in an online painting class. Although they have never met in person they have become friends through regular visits to each others blogs. It was through this connection that this project began.

Wanting to move from friendship to collaboration, each spent two months filling one half of a sketchbook
before mailing it off to the other. Dana worked on the left-hand pages and Anne on the right. Each will be responding to the other’s work on the adjacent sketchbook pages over the coming year. Watch weekly as they reveal another page of their story.

About the artists:

Dana is an artist and crafter living in the foothills of the Catskill mountains two hours north of New York City with her husband, two children and little kitty. She is passionate about painting, knitting, crochet, color, pattern and design.

Anne is an artist, writer and crafter who finds inspiration and joy in the beauty of her garden and the magic of nature. Dissatisfied with and disheartened by the pace and lifestyle of the city, she and her husband (with their two rescued greyhounds and an aging Siamese) relocated to a small town in the beautiful Driftless region in southwest Wisconsin with the goal of living a slower, simpler, more intention.

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2×2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks//Week 55

Week55

Dana (l)Anne(r)


I love the little watercolor half circles that Anne painted and arranged so well. I kept thinking about a quilt. It inspired me to paint a little watercolor print. It was fun to do. I think it could be really cute at a smaller scale and I love all the colors this week.
Week 55 Detail
Visit Anne to see her post.

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2×2: 2 artists, 2 sketchbooks, a collaboration between artists Dana Barbieri and Anne Butera.

Dana and Anne met in an online painting class. Although they have never met in person they have become friends through regular visits to each others blogs. It was through this connection that this project began.

Wanting to move from friendship to collaboration, each spent two months filling one half of a sketchbook
before mailing it off to the other. Dana worked on the left-hand pages and Anne on the right. Each will be responding to the other’s work on the adjacent sketchbook pages over the coming year. Watch weekly as they reveal another page of their story.

About the artists:

Dana is an artist and crafter living in the foothills of the Catskill mountains two hours north of New York City with her husband, two children and little kitty. She is passionate about painting, knitting, crochet, color, pattern and design.

Anne is an artist, writer and crafter who finds inspiration and joy in the beauty of her garden and the magic of nature. Dissatisfied with and disheartened by the pace and lifestyle of the city, she and her husband (with their two rescued greyhounds and an aging Siamese) relocated to a small town in the beautiful Driftless region in southwest Wisconsin with the goal of living a slower, simpler, more intention.

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2×2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks//Week 54

Week 54
What a pretty and happy spread this week. I love these colors right now. So light and summery feeling.
Week 54 Detail
I could totally see these as fabric prints. Love!

Make sure to check out Anne’s post this week.
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2×2: 2 artists, 2 sketchbooks, a collaboration between artists Dana Barbieri and Anne Butera.

Dana and Anne met in an online painting class. Although they have never met in person they have become friends through regular visits to each others blogs. It was through this connection that this project began.

Wanting to move from friendship to collaboration, each spent two months filling one half of a sketchbook
before mailing it off to the other. Dana worked on the left-hand pages and Anne on the right. Each will be responding to the other’s work on the adjacent sketchbook pages over the coming year. Watch weekly as they reveal another page of their story.

About the artists:

Dana is an artist and crafter living in the foothills of the Catskill mountains two hours north of New York City with her husband, two children and little kitty. She is passionate about painting, knitting, crochet, color, pattern and design.

Anne is an artist, writer and crafter who finds inspiration and joy in the beauty of her garden and the magic of nature. Dissatisfied with and disheartened by the pace and lifestyle of the city, she and her husband (with their two rescued greyhounds and an aging Siamese) relocated to a small town in the beautiful Driftless region in southwest Wisconsin with the goal of living a slower, simpler, more intention.

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2×2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks//Week 53

Week 53

Dana (l)/Anne (r)

What a failure I’ve been lately. Just now posting last week’s pairing of 2×2. I’ve been pulled in many directions and somehow showing up here to post finds its way at the bottom of the list. I don’t think many (any?) are following along so much here anyway. But I’m sorry that I have been a bit behind.

This week I broke out my colored pencils and dreamed of the days to come.
Week 53 Detail

Please stop by and see Anne’s post from last week. Up next week 54.
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2×2: 2 artists, 2 sketchbooks, a collaboration between artists Dana Barbieri and Anne Butera.

Dana and Anne met in an online painting class. Although they have never met in person they have become friends through regular visits to each others blogs. It was through this connection that this project began.

Wanting to move from friendship to collaboration, each spent two months filling one half of a sketchbook
before mailing it off to the other. Dana worked on the left-hand pages and Anne on the right. Each will be responding to the other’s work on the adjacent sketchbook pages over the coming year. Watch weekly as they reveal another page of their story.

About the artists:

Dana is an artist and crafter living in the foothills of the Catskill mountains two hours north of New York City with her husband, two children and little kitty. She is passionate about painting, knitting, crochet, color, pattern and design.

Anne is an artist, writer and crafter who finds inspiration and joy in the beauty of her garden and the magic of nature. Dissatisfied with and disheartened by the pace and lifestyle of the city, she and her husband (with their two rescued greyhounds and an aging Siamese) relocated to a small town in the beautiful Driftless region in southwest Wisconsin with the goal of living a slower, simpler, more intention.

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2×2 Sketchbook turns 1!!

1 year collage
On Wednesday we hit the 1 year mark of 2×2 Sketchbook. Today we’re celebrating with a fun announcement, our two favorite spreads and some questions and answers. Anne will be answering the same questions over on her blog.

In addition to the 2×2 Sketchbook, what other sketchbook or sketchbooks do you keep?
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Earlier this year I completed my year long daily sketchbook project. I hate to admit it here but I haven’t been working in any other sketchbooks besides 2×2 lately. In the photos below you see a painting in my sketchbook I did for something exciting that I will share in another post and two other pages and that’s it. Looking at these though makes me want to start working in it again.
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How has your sketchbook practice changed over the past year?
Well, I guess it began with lots of excitement and activity and then dwindled down to not much use. I do plan to use my sketchbook to plan out some embroidery designs for knitting project bags I’m sewing up. I had also considered starting a nature journal but so far that hasn’t happened. There’s always so many things I would like to try but only so many hours to try them in.

Now for my two favorite spreads since our half way mark. I’m interested to see what Anne will say are her two faves.

Week 44
Week 44. So pretty with the Anne’s beautiful painting and the colors! They are lovely.

Week 34
Week 34. I think I just love this one because it makes me happy to look at it. It looks like we both had a lot of fun creating the art and I know I did. It’s fun to see how one thing informs the other.

That was truly hard because there were other ones I really liked too.

And now for our fun announcement. Not long ago a very awesome magazine had a call for art. It’s theme was book arts. I thought we should submit 2×2 sketchbook as a possible inclusion. I wasn’t sure if our project would fit in with the book arts theme and thought perhaps the focus was going to be on the actual making of books. We decided to submit our project anyway and not only are we included, we are the FEATURED sketchbook! 4 pages of our project grace the wonderful Uppercase Magazine! We are so excited to share this with you. I’ve long loved this magazine. Janine Vangool creates such a beautiful publication and it’s an honor to have our project featured in it.

I haven’t yet received my copy but here’s a lo-res preview of the issue.


You can also subscribe or renew today with the code “hoorayforspring” for $15 off.

Thank you following along on our journey this year. We still have some more pages to complete before we wrap up our project.

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2×2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks//Week 52

Week 52

Dana (l)/Anne (r)

I had completely forgotten this page I drew so long ago. I really like that texture Anne created to go with it. Super pretty!
Week 52 Detail
Go check out Anne’s post for the week and come back Friday as we wish 2×2 a Happy Birthday.
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2×2: 2 artists, 2 sketchbooks, a collaboration between artists Dana Barbieri and Anne Butera.

Dana and Anne met in an online painting class. Although they have never met in person they have become friends through regular visits to each others blogs. It was through this connection that this project began.

Wanting to move from friendship to collaboration, each spent two months filling one half of a sketchbook
before mailing it off to the other. Dana worked on the left-hand pages and Anne on the right. Each will be responding to the other’s work on the adjacent sketchbook pages over the coming year. Watch weekly as they reveal another page of their story.

About the artists:

Dana is an artist and crafter living in the foothills of the Catskill mountains two hours north of New York City with her husband, two children and little kitty. She is passionate about painting, knitting, crochet, color, pattern and design.

Anne is an artist, writer and crafter who finds inspiration and joy in the beauty of her garden and the magic of nature. Dissatisfied with and disheartened by the pace and lifestyle of the city, she and her husband (with their two rescued greyhounds and an aging Siamese) relocated to a small town in the beautiful Driftless region in southwest Wisconsin with the goal of living a slower, simpler, more intention.

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2×2: 2 Artists, 2 Sketchbooks//Week 51

Week 51

Dana (l)/Anne (r)

I’m behind in posting but this pairing has me wanting to visit places that I have never been. I looked over Anne’s collaged map and then did a Google search of some of the places that sounded interesting.
Week 51 Detail
My page began to take on a travel scrapbook/journal feel. It was fun and now I really want pack my bags and go exploring.
Stop by Anne’s blog to see her post here.
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2×2: 2 artists, 2 sketchbooks, a collaboration between artists Dana Barbieri and Anne Butera.

Dana and Anne met in an online painting class. Although they have never met in person they have become friends through regular visits to each others blogs. It was through this connection that this project began.

Wanting to move from friendship to collaboration, each spent two months filling one half of a sketchbook
before mailing it off to the other. Dana worked on the left-hand pages and Anne on the right. Each will be responding to the other’s work on the adjacent sketchbook pages over the coming year. Watch weekly as they reveal another page of their story.

About the artists:

Dana is an artist and crafter living in the foothills of the Catskill mountains two hours north of New York City with her husband, two children and little kitty. She is passionate about painting, knitting, crochet, color, pattern and design.

Anne is an artist, writer and crafter who finds inspiration and joy in the beauty of her garden and the magic of nature. Dissatisfied with and disheartened by the pace and lifestyle of the city, she and her husband (with their two rescued greyhounds and an aging Siamese) relocated to a small town in the beautiful Driftless region in southwest Wisconsin with the goal of living a slower, simpler, more intention.

 

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