Last week I mentioned that I was doing a workshop (Thursday and Friday) uptown with Carla Sonheim. We were making Blobimal Artist Books. I also mentioned that on Thursday I had a Slippery Mojo thing going on. Now, there were 9 people in the workshop, including Carla and me, and 8 of those people had absolutely no problem finding the animals in the blobs and then painting beautiful, interesting, fantastical, imaginative, each one different from the others, animals.
Except me.
I couldn’t find an animal in my watercolor blobs if it was carrying a sign that it then knocked over my head. Nothing. Nada. Zero.
But, at the same time, I was having mucho fun. I had no problem picking out the animals from the blobs found on 89th Street. Easy peasy. I was able to draw all the toys she put in front of me. Easy peasy. Carla’s exercises in drawing, etc. were putting smiles on everyone’s faces. What a hoot she is.

So, I obliterated all the white from my watercolor blobby book pages (book was already bound with a simple pamphlet stitch) by overpainting everything with either a transparent wash of yellow or burnt sienna. Felt happier.
Went home.
Realized what the problem was.

When I boarded the train Friday morning I was carrying my cotton back-pack thingie filled with the solution.
After eating breakfast in the station I took out some of the papers and explored the feasibility of my idea. Yep. It seemed that it would work.

At the studio I didn’t even bother sitting down. The book came together effortlessly, without thought. I used the scissors fearlessly.
I was in the zone.

Back cover, front cover:

Pages 1&2:

Pages 3&4:

Pages 5&6:

Pages 7&8:

Pages 9&10:

You see, these images are culled from all the 1 and 2 minute scraggely pencil drawings I’ve been scribbling every Wednesday on newsprint and meant to toss out. I schlepped the mountain of folded wrinkled, very questionable drawings and a large piece of tracing paper and that, up above, is what happened.

Mojo and Serendipity were friends again.

Watercolor, Fabriano Artistico 140 lb hot press, waxed thread, pencil, tracing paper, Sharpie very fine point and the biggest markers, scissors.