Janne Robberstad

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By spotogspindel | August 3, 2015

I took a double Sunday this weekend, just relaxing and spending some quality-time with my art-journal. That is to say, my old art-journal, that´s been following me the past four year finally got filled to the last pages, and I made a new one.


The last two pages of my old journal. The details of my paintings are not all that great, that´s because I´m practicing painting with a large brush in a relatively small size paper. Another thing I practice is using not-realistic colors, concentrating on nuances in light & shade. (It´s funny to see the pages in even smaller size, here on the blog. All the faults and mistakes seem to pop out even more. I have to keep reminding myself that this journal is just for fun and practice – it doesn´t have to be perfect artwork!))


Detail with embroidered textile.

Onto the new book!


All the new pages waiting for creativity to be spilled out on them! All creative people have heard the phrase “the fear of the white page”. So I thought it might be a good idea to NOT have the pages white! I´ve used all sorts of different types of paper, some high-quality-watercolor paper, some gift-papers, some already painted on and left paper by my nieces and nephews. If I really want a white page, all I have to do is paint it white. No big deal.


I get so wrapped up in the process I forget to photograph while working. As with the other calendar-books, I freestyle machine-embroidered the cover.


The cover-girl. She has the basic stitches and coloring, but need more paint and details. And if nothing else, she needs a glimmer of light in her eyes!


The back-panel is made of the softest goat-leather (a leftover from a Perpleks-costume)


The first pages in the book are already painted! Grow is the theme in Illustration Friday this week, and I thought about Peter Pan. I´m doing the scenography for the show due in October, so he´s been on my mind this summer. The green painting is the background for the poster of the show.


The boy is inspired by my little nephew, who has just reached his “defiance-age”. Or let´s just say he´s practicing how strong his will is 😉

Both paintings are done with a fairly big brush… practice, practice!

Topics: arting, book-boinding, Illustration friday | 1 Comment »

One Response to “Super-Sunday”

  1. Siri Says:
    August 3rd, 2015 at 22:25

    Inspirerende! 🙂 Fin bok 🙂