Monday, May 16, 2011

Etsy Metal Blog Carnival: From my Sketchbook

This months Etsy Metal Blog Carnival has us all sharing some pages from our sketch books! I love thumbing through sketch books. It's like a window into someone's artistic process.

Sometimes I sketch just to sketch. I start without a plan and see where it takes me. I usually start with a line or a movement that I repeat over and over until something starts to take form. These alien plant forms emerged in that way and I have revisited them many times over. I'm not sure that the forms will find their way into my jewelry work, but it's nice to have something to work on when I'm taking a break from creating with metal.

Sometimes I sit down with a specific project in mind. For the Etsy Metal charm bracelet to raise money for Japan, I knew I wanted to work with flowers because they are so important in Japanese culture so I mapped out some one by one inch squares and started brainstorming. I ended up going with the first sketch for the flower form and refined it a bit to the right.  I'm pretty pleased with the way they came out.

Find out how other Member of Etsy Metal use their sketch books:

Michele Grady
Elizabeth Scott
Su Trindle
Evelyn Markasky

Rebecca Bogan - 
Shirlee Grund - 
2Roses - 
Beth Cyr -
kate jones


  1. Beautiful charm - that fish sketch looks pretty interesting, too. :)

  2. Wonderful sketchbook, Erin! Thanks so much for showing us.

  3. Your flower charms are beautiful! Interesting to see how they developed!

  4. Thanks everyone! I'm always very shy about my sketchbook, so the positivity is greatly appreciated. :)