Left: What is likely to be my 2011 Minnesota State Fair Journal. It's 7 1/16 x 8 1/2 inches, covered completely with an expensive two-tone bookcloth that is Kelly green with black flecks (and a pain to photograph!). There is a debossed area on the cover which you can see if you look closely at the cover—a laminated label of some spin art will go there after I finish my time at the Fair—and of course create the spin art there. I used a discontinued drawing paper that's great for mixed media (still looking for a replacement and have some leads). The book contains 124 pages. Normally I start a journal by cutting pages out to make room for collage material, but I used exactly 123 pages last year (and a title page, 124) or so I recall (I really should go look that up) and so I won't be cutting any pages out to make room for collage material. I also won't be putting any photos in this year's journal, unless I get to the end of the book and have pages left over.
I know several folks think I'm obsessive about the Minnesota State Fair. Doesn't bother me a bit. I look forward to it all year long. And today it's only a little more than a month away! This year's fair starts on Thursday, August 25, and runs through Labor Day, Monday, September 5.
The THIRD ANNUAL MINNESOTA STATE FAIR SKETCH OUT
will be on SATURDAY, August 27.
There will be two meetings when you can connect and show your sketches and partner up with a sketching buddy if you want. It will be the same set up as last year 2010, but don't be confused by the date in that post for last year! I'll post a new post closer to the date. And YES, there will be a new button! Oh Joy!
If you aren't sure what all the fuss is, use my blog's search engine to look for "Minnesota State Fair," or use the category list for the same topic. You'll find tons of posts about the 2009 and 2010 fairs, in which I write about how to prepare for sketching at the State Fair. Then you'll find additional posts about the sketchouts, which contain artwork from other artists. You'll also find posts on my State Fair Journals from past years, showing the structures I used and the pages (or journal cards) generated.
If all that doesn't convince you that the Minnesota State Fair is the place to be in the final days of August through Labor Day, well then I'm thinking maybe you stumbled onto the wrong blog?
But if you are intending to go to the Minnesota State Fair this year, now is the time you need to go into training, bind that book, gather your tools, up your exercise program (so you can cope with the extra calories), and increase your sketching endurance. Oh, and pick up some antihistamines if you're allergic to hay!