I have spent the past couple of days developing a sketchbook. I have the large typical one for basic sketches but this one I wanted to make a sketchbook art journal style.
I fished around on pinterest for a while and came across this GORGEOUS blog HERE called "A Year to Inspire" The blog right now is centered around sketch challenges that are posted every Sunday. I went back to the first post and started with "What you see". It was my cactus that I had placed right next to my desk. This was the perfect project to keep my going and in the style that I preferred.
But before I worked on the challenge with my cactus, I broke into my sketchbook by adding of course some random sketching along with some stamps by Rae Missigman which you can go check out HERE.
The evening that I was working on this particular sketchbook page was especially beautiful. The trees sparkled and gleamed like gold and I just had to capture that. By no means am I a water color professional. It is a medium I have not used much at all but I still enjoy playing around with it.
This space that I created for my sketchbook work is very small, small enough to fit below my bed in my room. I have missed being upstairs next to the windows while I work, so I moved a small desk up to the windows just for this particular project to mix up my surroundings a bit for inspiration.
This particular page is my front cover. It still needs a little bit of work but I'm liking the effect so far.
Last but not lease, the page to the left with the cactus is the take of my first challenge "What you see" like I mentioned above. It has that sketchy look to it which I want to be paramount in this book. The page to the right is another quick study of a technique creating loose blotchy watercolor strokes and drawing over the spots, doodles of a flower. It really turned our to be one of my favorites so far.
This is a journey I really was to continue doing. It is such a tranquil past time and helps me calm down after a busy, long day. Sometimes I come home dog tired and yet still want to desperatly create something quick. This little sketchbook allows that small ounce of creativity to happen quickly. I feel more accomplished and satisfied.
Challenge yourself to keep a sketchbook, art journal style and see how accomplished you feel even if it is just a moment of your time.
Enjoy the rest of your day and May God Bless You Always!
Check out my video process of these pages below: