My Little Black Book

Years ago, my mom gave me a little black drawing book.  I think it’s about 5″ x 5″ filled with a wonderful black card-like paper just perfect for soft pastels.  I’ve returned to swiping the luscious colors around on these pages and thought I’d share a few.  These two are from Piano lessons.  Not my lessons, but Maddie’s.  Every week I get to sit out in their “outdoor room”…a wonderful open space so comfortable for sitting and viewing their backyard.  So while Maddie plays piano and learns from Ms. Randi…I get to draw and paint! Come to think of it…I’ve made a good many drawings from this little outdoor space, here and here and here! Perhaps I shall make copies to put in a little book to give to them.

I’ll share some of the other drawings in my little black book soon.  Several of them are of “My Field”.  I may be pairing them with poems I’ve written, both recent and from a couple of years ago.  I have a serious backlog of stuff I want to share with you, so please do come back and visit soon! I just love it when you do!

0 thoughts on “My Little Black Book

  1. Liz Adams says:

    Black paper is wonderful! I love to do chalk drawings on black, and did a whole series of life drawings in a tiny little book I made, using black paper. Now you’ve made me want to do it again!

  2. Jussara says:

    Well, that’s a good way to wait for piano lessons! 🙂
    Feels like you had a good time playing with these colours!

  3. Marie Singer says:

    How you keep on drawing is really inspiring to me….I have to put my inspiration to action….that is the challenge. i look forward to each posting of yours….so glad to see what can be done when one consistenly draws and paints….Marie

    • jenpedwards says:

      With your love of the outdoors, Marie, I would think you could hardly keep from sketching a bit of that in a book! I also am hugely inspired by the Beauty outside. And though my drawings hardly come close to emulating it, they still allow me to enjoy nature on an even deeper level. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment!!

  4. nancy t says:

    I have a large sheet of black drawing paper that I’ve had for a long time. I intended to make a sketch book out of it, but never did. Your post today with the lovely art got me thinking about it again – I think I’ll go for it! nancy

  5. freebirdsings says:

    Somewhere I have a book with black paper. I was thinking of colored pencils when I bought it but I don’t think they show up well enough. I should look for it and try again.

    I think a book made from all these sketches would be a terrific gift! It would be super sitting on a table for others to look through and to realize they are looking at drawings of the very room they are in! How fun.

  6. Vicki says:

    Hi Jennifer, Can you tell me what you put over your soft pastels so that they don’t rub off on each other when you close your book. I made myself a book out of Mi Teintes paper and am having great difficulty keeping the pages from rubbing off on one another.


    • jenpedwards says:

      Hi Vicki! I actually try not to spray anything, and yes it does rub off some on the facing page. When I do spray, it’s either a cheap aerosol hair spray or an actual art fixative spray. These work fairly well, but they can also darken your image and you may feel you need to go over your picture again to brighten it. Either way though, there is some residual leftover on the facing page when you close the book. I’d LOVE to see your book you made…I’ve been wanting to make myself one also! Thanks for visiting!

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