2019 Sketchbooks are Available

I picked up the printed copies of my newest sketchbook project for the Brooklyn Art Library last week. Several friends and patrons had pre-ordered books to support my participation in the project.

I will be posting the original art from the book in a series of posts highlighting the individual spreads in order to keep the posts brief and highlight the individual pages.

I am extremely grateful to everyone who has already ordered a copy. All purchases moving forward will help me develop my Positivity Journaling Workshop further, and cover the cost of supplies for a large painting that I am working on for a local human trafficking shelter.

I have started the series off with the cover page featuring a peacock illustration on beautiful Italian paper that my friend Betty sent me in one of her pen pal packages. The line drawing here illustrates the initial process of drawing the peacock out on a book page before coloring in the details with metallic gel pens and cutting carefully around the drawing. It is then adhered to the decorative paper and the journal cover using clear gel medium.


This year, I picked a theme that inspired me to dust off my sewing machine and stitch my page components together. Consequently, my book turned out rather thick this year, requiring a ribbon to compress it into the 1″ limit for thickness required to participate in the project.

If you haven’t heard of the Sketchbook Project, here’s the link to their page:


and the link to my project from 2018:


If you are interested in purchasing a copy of your own, please contact me directly: frances@libertasamericanaart.com
Booklets are shipped in an enveloped embellished with collage elements. $25 includes the booklet and shipping.
In order to save overhead and limit storage issues, these booklets are printed to order. Please allow at least one week for printing, packing, and shipping of your booklet. I will communicate with you directly through the entire process to insure the best service possible.

Do you keep art journals as part of your creative practice?

Feel free to post links to your pages in the comments so my followers can see your process.

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