A little while ago I came across a class over at Creative Bug that really inspired me to get back into playing in my sketchbook! I was looking for a fun art project that my daughter and I could work on together and discovered Lisa Congdon’s wonderful Sketchbook Explorations courses. They have really inspired both of us to start playing in our sketchbooks, in fact my daughter has nearly filled hers with doodles, patterns and drawings over the past month!
It has been really freeing for me to just play with colour and pattern and shapes, without feeling that I need to make something finished (something I always struggled with when at college!) or make something to turn into a product for my shop. I had got out of the habit of using a sketchbook just to explore ideas and I am really happy to have been inspired to take it up again!
As a result, I’m making sure that I make time each week to devote to just playing about with colour and shape and relaxing with my pens, paints and sketchbooks!
I’ve also been inspired by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s approach to her Art Journal Everyday project, where she encourages setting aside small amounts of time every day to create. I’ve been enjoying grabbing ten minutes here and there to work in my sketchbooks, maybe laying down some watercolour circles one day and then coming back to it later in the week to ink over. I’m thinking of my sketchbooks almost as an art journal project – it’s more about the process of playing with ideas and materials than the finished result!
If you are interested in drawing, surface pattern design or just spending some time relaxing and getting arty with a handful of basic materials I would strongly recommend taking a look at these classes: Sketchbook Explorations and More Sketchbook Explorations. If you are interested in seeing more of my art journal experiments, you can follow along with my sketchbook spreads over on Instagram!
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