Rip it up and Start again

I'd got a growing pile of paintings on paper in the studio, some of which I'd done for DMTV video workshops and others that were just experiments. During a tidy-up session I ripped them all down to a consistent size and I've spiral bound them into a new sketchbook.

I love doing this with work. It's a great way to loosen up! Suddenly works that you've done previously take on a new life as they are dramatically cropped.

Many of the pages are painted with ink and acrylic. Some have bleach work done already which creates these lovely ochre colour marks. I think it's going to be interesting to continue to work into these dark pages. It makes a nice change from starting with a white sheet.

If you're intrigued by the idea of working with ink, acrylic and bleach on paper then do check out my latest video workshop over on DesignMatters

Other pages are cropped smaller, like this one, which already has a combo of print, photo and drawing. The challenge will be what goes on the facing page!

I'm looking forward to working into this book now. I'll let you know how it goes.
Bye for now,


  1. Laura - can you recommend a white pen or paint to work on dark pages? My pages seem to be getting darker in one of my sketch books but my pale colour pens are just pathetic!

    Love the idea of ripping up old papers too.


    1. Hi Hilary, I'm going to be working on some of these pages with a white pen so I'll dig out the ones I've got and do a post. I'm sure some will be more opaque than others. In the past I've had good results with a correction pen.

  2. Hi Laura. Looks great. Am really inspired to do my own book as got such a lot of printed papers I could cut down. Just wondered what equipment I would need to punch the pages.

    1. Hi Jacqui,

      You can get pages punched and bound at a copy shop, but if you think you might do lots then you could get your own punch/binder. I'm using a Cinch.

  3. What a fantastic idea! I think the pages look fantastic as they are and I'm intrigued to see what you add to them!

  4. re: the white pen, I use Sharpie paint pens, water-based. They offer great coverage and come in 2 different nib sizes. I'm not sure where they are available in the UK, but in the US you can get them via Dick Blick.


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