Artful Reader’s Club: May Edition

For May I actually read 4 books for the Artful Readers Club; but, I did art for only 2 of them because they were in the same series: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (book 1 in the series) and Forever In Blue (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 – which is actually book 4 in the series) by Ann Brashares. Both these books had movies made from them with the 2nd movie having excerpts from the 2 middle books. There are actually 4 books in this series, which I learned later.


I did an art journal spread that is mostly in water color, some color pencil, black gel pen and permanent marker were added. Here is the link to the video demonstrating how I did the background:

In the process of creating this art journal spread, I made the pants first; I also wrote out my favorite quotes from the book on index cards, which I didn’t use directly on it.




Finished Art Journal SpreadAKO-Sisterhood05

The books, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (book 1) and Forever in Blue (book 4) are worthwhile books to read especially if you enjoy reading about the trials and tribulations of teenage girls. The four teenage girls: Carmen, Tibby, Bridget and Lena were each so different from each other in many ways, yet they complimented each other; furthermore, they became the best of friends because they were all September babies. Their mothers were pregnant at the same time and took pre-natal (exercise) classes together. It was their mothers that started the “September” group. Again, the mothers were each so different from each other with their only bond being their due dates.

Carmen came across a pair of jeans while thrift store shopping with Lena, bought them and forgot about them. The pants didn’t appear to be anything special; but, as Carmen was packing for her trip to South Carolina with the help of her friends, they came across the pants and decided to try them on for size. Each of the four girls are built differently, yet the pants magically fit each one of them beautifully, giving them each a boost of confidence. Bridget and Lena were also going away for the summer (Mexico and Greece, respectively), while Tibby was “stuck in D.C. Later that night, they established via a ritual the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, whereby each of the girls would take turns with the pants (2 weeks) as a way to keep them together even though they were physically apart. At the end of 2 weeks they mailed the pants to the next person in the rotation. There were TEN rules they created regarding the pants like writing a letter about what they did while they were in the pants and not washing the pants. Ultimately, the TENTH rule and most important rule: . Remember: Pants=Love. Love your pals. Love yourself.

Forever in Blue had a similar theme. They rotated the pants over that summer after their first year in college, while going through more trials and tribulations. Forever in Blue did a great job of putting closure to the series. I loved the ending. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the books as it really touched my heart as it made me reflect about my own friends I had in high school and college. The movies were also good, but not as good as the books (typical). The next book I will doing is 74 Seaside Avenue by Debbie Macomber; followed by The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, since I already read them this month. I intend to do 2 art journal spreads because I really would like to delve into Raw Art Journaling by Quinn McDonald and Tonia Davenport; and Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed Media Mapmaking by Jill K. Berry.

Be sure to catch me on-line, Sunday, June 2nd and June 16th (2013) when I will be having a live creativity and art discussion at 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Here is the link:

I hope you will join me in the fun! You do not need a webcam to in the discussion unless you want to be seen and heard. There is a live chat box. You do, however, need to have the latest Flash update.


13 thoughts on “Artful Reader’s Club: May Edition

  1. I’ve never heard of the movie, or any of these books, but I thoroughly enjoyed your review. It was clear, concise, and I could tell how much you enjoyed it by your synopsis.

    Your journal pages were exceptional, and put a lovely perspective to the story.

  2. The idea about the pants from the thrift shop is so interesting. When you’re young, which I am sadly no more, it’s amazing how much your confidence is affected by what you wear so a fantasy spin on this is so interesting. I loved your review and your art very much. Thank you also for sharing those great quotes. i shall come back to them again, I know. You know, thinking about it, sometimes still I put on something I bought from a thrift shop and it makes me feel great.x

  3. I’ve enjoyed The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants several times lol. The first time, I was young, so of course I had to get pants just like it. And after high school, my best friends moved back to Argentina and Japan, so… yeah, we started to share a pair of pants. After reading your review, I am seriously thinking about devouring the books again 😉

    And your art? Well, I hope you make them in denim and in size four. That journal page looks AMAZING!

  4. What a novel idea for a story, your review is excellent makes it sound like a good read. Great journal pages.
    Jen x

  5. They didn’t wash them? all summer?? Ewwwwww 🙂

    But I would definitely like to find a pair of jeans like that that fit and flatter any size and shape body 🙂

    Neat journal page, and I love some of the quotes you collected too

  6. I remember when these films came out, they didn’t appeal to me at all, but i think I might actually like the books. Great journal page, the jeans are fabulous, would be awesome to share those. Though the ‘not washing’ rule would kinda put me off lol

  7. Love your journal pages Angela, they make the books sound so much fun, and remind me that I too was a blue jean girl back in the day 😀 XXX

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