Friday, December 30, 2011

Joey's Book; Melissa's Entry

See no evil by 3MW
The inspiration was Fairey's "MayDay" Mural. I've taken a "See no Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil" approach to the montage. Marker and paint. Going to give the paint a day to dry and decide if I need to do any touch up work anywhere. Hope you like this one Joey. I had fun getting to dig beyond what I already knew of his work.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Frida is on her way!


Keep your eyes peeled. The Frida book is on its way. I just put her in the mail today.


Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Mayday by 3MW
Mayday, a photo by 3MW on Flickr.

Just saw your post Joey, as I am knee-deep in your book. MAYDAY is all I can say for the moment. Happy 2012!

Happy Christmas and New Year !

I hope everyone's Holiday was good. Here's too an awesome coming Year for a great group of Artists ! :)


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Our books so far... (12/11)

This group is off to a great start! Check out all the gorgeous work done so far. (See it bigger here) I’m looking forward to digging into the 2 books that I have after the holidays. I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas/Hanukkah/Festivus and a happy New Year!

Frida Book: Joey

I finished my entry in Danica's Frida book. I decided to do a self portrait . Frida did a great number of self portraits. A lot of her self portraits had greenery behind her so I went with that. This is what I came up with. Watercolor, Gouache, White colored pencil, Pitt Pens, and a Sepia Micron.


Location:S Massachusetts St,Seattle,United States

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Albina’s Beautiful Beardsley Book

Now, I havn’t had a chance to start on this book...probably will be on hiatus from the project until after New Year’s. (Sorry gang) But I wanted to show how seemlessly this image flows so far...just gorgeous! Lovely work ladies!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Danica's Moly Is Here !

I came home today and had a present in the mail! :) I was starting to get jealous with all the updates about everyone getting moly's . Now I have one to work in ! Yeah !

It looks great. Time to do some research.



Monday, November 28, 2011

joey's book: take 2

... my work on this book is ... finished  :) and I will be ready to send it on in a day or two. Melissa, are you ready for more moly fun?!

moly_x_82: joey's book, albina's entry

moly_x_82: joey's book, joey's and albina's entries

I used paper for collage, acrylic, sharpie, ink, white pen, and bits of red tape with numbers in this contribution. Shepard Fairey's Commanda was an inspiration point, and I did use bits of the SF's printed design in the collage portion of my drawing. The rest of it is me, trying to stick to my own playful morbidity, while paying the homage and staying with a theme.

joey's book update

Hello, everyone. This is a detail of my drawing for Joey's book, photo taken with my phone. I am waiting for pages to dry to take more photos... Until  then :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Hi guys,
I finally finished my entry in Frida Kahlo book :) Sorry for the bad quality but it s taken with my mobile phone.
Please remind me, who should I sent it to?


Friday, November 11, 2011

Albina's Book; My Entry

Albina's Book; My Entry by 3MW

Think I'm almost done with my entry in Albina's book. Are sirens gods or monsters? You decide. Followed this image as my inspiration. I hope you will be pleased, Albina. I had fun working in your book...once I got over the fear.

Edgar Brandt's cards to keep with compliments from me.

Just a quick note to remind you that in the back pocket of Brandt's moly there are cards waiting for you. Please choose whichever you like. All the best!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Tim’s Mucha/Terra Mash-Up

I’m about 95% sure this is done, so I’m posting it and going to sleep on it. Here’s a few process shots...

Loved trying to mimic the beautiful typography that Mucha used. He employed so many different styles it was tough to settle on one.

After I got to this point it took a lot of courage to start the inking on Terra.

It took another leap of faith to add color, but I did a high resolution scan at this stage just in case I ruined it.

Since I did some of the work on this live in a Google+ Hangout, I think you should all enjoy Terra’s love-letter to G+, Hangin’ Out

I used just about every drawing and painting tool in the kit for this image, including pencils, Micron pens, Pitt pens, watercolor pencils (w/wash), regular colored pencils, gold acrylic ink (w/nib pen) and Copic markers! I think it all paid off and I can’t wait to see what you guys do with it next!

Speaking of which...where does this get sent off to?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Barbara's book - work in progress

Just started working on Barbara's "Pierre Alechinsky" book... I already got some fun with it - I really like Barbara's style and her interpretation of Alechinskiy. I tried to follow the same lines, colors, etc.. Bit have to think a bit about what else to draw - it's not so easy! ...

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Mucha Book (Work in Progress)

So, I’m finally rolling on my Mucha book. Here’s a detail shot of the pencils to tide you over until I get the inks and colors done. (Hopefully by the end of the week)

I was inspired by Mucha’s famous posters of Sarah Bernhardt and thought I would try to update the look with a contemporary artist and choose the amazing singer, Terra Naomi. Check her out if you aren’t familiar with her. She has a gorgeous voice. (I love this version of the Leonard Cohen classic, Hallelujah)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Option 1 or 2

I have forgotten to ask you all which option we have decided on? Could you remind me please? I am a bit unsure, but it seems to me that majority is for developing each book in its own chosen artist's style. Thanks for your help with this one.

Edgar Brandt's moly ready to go to Slovakia!

My interpretation of Edgar Brandt's style is laden with heavy black lines and thick textures underneath. My aim was to create a stylistic feature which would interwove my style with his. In the back pocket of my moly, you will find little cards with Brandt's lamp (just like the one you can see glued to the back of my moly's cover). They are for you guys. I have put in the pocket enough cards for each artist in this exchange. Take care.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

one more ready to go

Finally i also finished my contribution... will try to send it tomorrow.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Gods and Monsters, ready to go

It is done, and it is going out to Melissa on Monday! It took a little longer than anticipated to complete because I have, obviously, gone a little OCD on it trying to keep with the spirit of Beardsley. Book's theme is "Gods and Monsters", have fun with it! 

Gods and Monsters: Huntress: moly_x_82, albina's book, albina's entry

...a bit of randomness: in one of Beardsley drawings there is a dog in a "jacket", I simply could not resist...

Gods and Monsters: moly_x_82, albina's book, entry page

...sign up page...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

checking in

Hello, everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I am lagging a bit behind... but I am still at it. My moly should be ready for shipping by the end of the week :)

Saturday, October 8, 2011


Here is my sign in page and first entry in my Shepard Fairey book. I had to add some of the giant images and a take on the Obama poster with one of my characters. I chose to hand draw everything as opposed to wheat-pasting in the book. I think if I get another entry in this book I may try and do a little wheat pasting action. Hope everyone likes it. It will be awesome to see everyone's interpretation of Shepard's work.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Barbara's book ready to leave

So I prepared my book and it is ready to leave for BelleVue! Now I just have to find back her address... :-)
Here are pictures of the front pages and of the first 3 pages with the Alechinsky theme. I painted some memories, choices of life and some favorite moments of every day and of always, trying to figure out who I am. What are your choices of life and are you happy with them?
The central painting is on a collage with watercolor paper and the promenade marginale is with ink and watercolor on japanese paper collage.
Have fun !

Sunday, October 2, 2011

I'm very sorry, but I still haven't got my japanese moleskine :( I ordered it from one slovak store and they promised to mail it 'till the end of september but it's still not here :-/. Im going to call there tomorrow so I hope I'll get my moly very soon.
Thank you for your understanding :)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Arcimboldo was a gamer

Arcimboldo was a gamer by 3MW
Arcimboldo was a gamer, a photo by 3MW on Flickr.

As you can see, I finally settled on an artist. I chose to work in the style of Guiseppe Arcimboldo with a composite marker rendering. Instead of food, I select favorite games from my childhood. Cannot wait to see what the rest of you are up to.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

Sample Rotation Chart

Hello all. Hope this is self-explanatory. You will mail to the person whose name is below your own. (Danika mails to Joey). I have started with West Coast USA and books move across the US and then to our two ladies in Brussels to minimize international shipping.

With 8 artists, we would only have one rotation. In a traditional moly, there are 30 pages. So if you're doing a small size that would give each artist a little over 3.5 pages. If you have a large one it holds 25 pages, so that would be about 3 each. Do we want a uniform size or let each artist choose his or her own book size? It's important to note that larger books may add to the shipping for each person that has to send it on. What would you all like to do? Last thing to vote on is our first ship date. It's almost Sept 1st. Does October 1st work for everyone? I recall that many of us have posted some unhappiness with poor communication and lost books. To be fair, we could post an image by Oct 1st. Once the person below you posts their picture, feel free to mail your book to them.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Site Notifications

I just set it up so everyone should get an email when anyone posts or comments on this blog. Please confirm with a comment that you received an email. It will help us stay organized.

Also , wasn't someone talking about making up a schedule in Excel for exchanging? That would be really helpful. I cant wait to get working on these books :)

Oh I also linked all our names to our flickr pages.


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Barbara's intro : Pierre Alechinsky

Hi Everybody!!!

Trying to catch up coming back from some holidays!
I am really axcited about participating in this group!
So I wil introduce myself :
I am 39, living in Brussels, exercising as an architect doing conservation and restoration of monuments and art works and doing some art myself in my free time :)). I do mainly watercolor.
My Flickr page :
I am also in another moly exchange group that is working quite well :

As artist I hesitated a long time and finally choose Pierre Alechinsky :
I like his painting and the structure of his painting especially, with mostly the contrast of a coloured paint in the center of the artwork and then a "promenade" in the margin around the colors with a "story" in black ink like a cartoon. So feel free not necessarily to imitate his forms but you can use your own style of painting and make a story about your view of life in the Pierre Alechinsky structure style. Like for example his great painting of central park here above. Feel also free to make a collage! (he does it as well: mainly japanese paper on canvas for the promenades in chinese ink).

I would also like to propose for this particular moly theme to use the large folding moly? What do you think? I know it's more exxpensive to send probably...

Looking forward to start!


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Tim's Intro

Hey gang, I’m Tim, an artist and graphic designer living in northern New York State. I really love these kinds of collaborative art projects and have participated in several since I first saw the 1000Journals project years ago. I really love the Moly_X concept and even drove halfway across the country to see the exhibit that Marty (the project’s founder) put together in Minneapolis! You can see some images from the show on the Moly_X_Life blog. I also filmed several of the books on display there and you can find those on my YouTube channel.

I’ve had variable success with Moly_X but I’m hopeful for this group. I think we’ve got an exciting concept and as long as everyone communicates we should have a ton of fun. I chose Alphonse Mucha as my artist. His elegant Art Nouveau style has long been a favorite of mine and I’m hoping I can put an interesting 21st century spin on this master.

You can find my work at my flickrstream, on my infrequently updated blog as well as Moly_X Portraits#2. I just joined Google+ as well and have been having fun posting about art and music and other random internet stuff.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

List of artists

Hi all,

Seems we already finished with list of artists - please correct me, if I'm wrong.

- 3MW - Guiseppe Arcimboldo
- Barbara Luel - Pierre Alechinskiy;
- Belle_vue_ - Gustav Klimt;
- Joey463 - Shepard Fairy;
- Outofhands - Aybrey Beardslay;
- Prawnpiri - Edgar Brandt;
- Sajuri - Frida Kahlo;
- Tim Clary - Mucha.

that looks nice - very different styles, very different artists :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011


Hello, everyone!

Just a note of introduction: my name is albina (you will see me as "outofhands" on various sites, like flickr). I live in Chicago area. You can find more info and also see my artwork and photos here:

I am happy with the new idea of different artists for different books, and think option 1 is the best -- it will give each book a very lovely cohesive quality. Since it appears that Klimt and Mucha were taken, I am calling dibs on Aubrey Beardsley (just google him if you are not familiar with his art and style).

I am with Joey on the e-mail notification set-up -- perhaps our moderator can set it up, it would be great to get updates without having to run to the blog all the time.

And one last thing, as preference goes, I would love to send moly books to someone in the US, as I had international destinations in 4 previous moly_x exchanges... That is if that can be arranged.

Looking forward to this exchange!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you very Mucha :)

Post & Comments

Hi Everyone,

First I want to introduce myself. I am Joey. I live in Seattle, Washington. I like to draw and paint. I also paint Murals when it is nice out (Seattle: it rains alot here). I have a blog of my drawings and other stuff @ . Check it out, it is good for a laugh. I am also a part of Moly_X_81 . I am excited about this exchange. It should be fun.

As for this blog, is it possible to set us all up for emails when there is a new post or comment. I would do it myself but I dont have access to it.



Thursday, August 11, 2011


Hi everyone.
I see that Anna Denise has set up our blog. Since I will be leaving for vacation this weekend I wanted to make a quick introduction so that if you don't hear from me next week, you know I am still very interested in this group.

I am Melissa from Pennsylvania (USA). I'm a high school art teacher and currently participating in two other groups - mxportraits1 and molyx25 and am a moderator for some of the moly groups and the flickr group. Looking forward to getting to know everyone in this exchange. I'm pretty handy with excel and have made progress charts for some of the other groups to keep the artists organized. Will be glad to help out in this exchange in any way I can.

In the initial comments I had posted another artist's name, but I have been rethinking my selection. Currently thinking I would love to have everyone do an Eric Carle style entry in my book (does not have to be a child theme, however).

Be back in touch after August 20th.

Melissa (3MW)

Hello moly x-82!

Hi all,

I will make no long introduction - just want to say that we are now 8 and we can start ;)
"We" means:
- 3MW (Melissa, tell us pls where are you based);
- Barbara Luel (Belgium, Brussels);
- Belle_vue_ (Belgium, Brussels);
- Joey463 (Joseph are you from USA?);
- Outofhands (Albina, your country?);
- Prawnpiri (Ela, same question);
- Sajuri (Slovakia in profile?);
- Tim Clary (USA?).

We have to decide who will send moly to who.

But before sending we all have to decide on theme.

My proposal:

Option 1: we can choose 8 artists, 1 per participant and the moly of everyone will be done in the style of this artist. For example, I will choose Klimt and Tim will choose Moucha. That means that my moly will be dedicated to Klimt and all participants of this x-change will draw in my moly whatever they wants but trying make an imitation of style of Klimt. In the moly of Tim everyone has to draw in Moucha's style, etc.

Option 2: we still choosing 8 artist, 1 per participant, but then everyone is following only the style of chosen artist in the moly os other participants. For ex., Sajuri will choose Frida Kahlo and she will draw in style of Frida in all molies.

I'd rather like to take the 1st option because it's more difficult (you have to draw not only in style of your favorite artist but try to do well something you maybe don't like so much) and due to this more professional and more interesting. Mollies will be also more harmonic.

We can also think about theme (apart of style) - each will have his own theme for his moly or we can take 1 common theme and (if we choose option 1) check later how different same theme can be interpreted using different but known styles.

All your ideas are most than welcome!

I can only start the list of artist - to be completed / commented by you:
- Gustav Klimt;
- Alphonse Moucha;
- Frida Kahlo;....

So... will be waiting to your ideas, and we can't wait to get this ball rolling! :)

PS: I've already started with my book :)

Moleskine Exchange Group 82

This blog will follow the adventure of a group of artists around the world, in a Japanese fold Moleskine sketchbook exchange.

Each artist will set off with a small Japanese (accordian) folded Moleskine. Creating a drawing, collage, or painting, then send on to the next artist. Each artist will draw on a spread (2 or 3 pages) then send it on to the next artist. When the artists book is filled, it will be returned to the owner with images created by artist around the world. Each artist has a month to make an entry. The outcome will be a pleasant and surprising adventure, as artists are encouraged to interact and merge their art with others.

The concept:
1. The artists start with the Japanese fold Moleskine - Name, address, email address written in book. 

2. Each artist gets 1 month to make a sketchbook entry, and mail it to the next person. The order is listed to the right.

3. Each artist will do 2-3 pages each round.

4. Artists are encouraged to interact with other images in the book. Please be respectful.

5. When the book is full, when one side of the unfolded book is filled, the book will be sent back to its original owner. That artist may continue by buying a new book and sending it to the next person.

6. If a person decides not to continue, she will simply keep her book when it comes back to her. She should email all of the participants to say she is not going to continue. We will decide, then, if we want to find a new person.

7. Please communicate regularly via email. Let each person know that you have received/sent the book. The goal is to have a dialogue. Any comments and questions are welcome.

More information on the original group can be found here.
Please visit the Flickr-group here.