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Sketchbook Challenge, workshop 3

This week Laura took us through stencils, rubbings, focal points and lots of other things too. It's difficult not to get carried away and resolve each page as you go by filling them up! There are 8 workshops in the course so plenty of space needs to be left to add upcoming ideas to the pages.

A series of pages bringing the blue across for balance. Rubbings and stencils.

A couple of slices of photos had welded themselves to a piece of paper that was a bit pritt-sticky, so I left them and coloured around them before sticking the sheet into the left hand side of my book.

Quink on gesso

Acrylic paint.

At crack of dawn earlier in the week we had this lovely sunrise, which I photographed and stuck into my book. I added washes and colour using acrylics and glazing medium. Not sure I've left enough to do here but will come back to it later I expect to see what can be added/taken away.

This is the photo taken at dawn.

The long dark night with a cry of the wild

Here's a few pages from the sketchbook that I've put a bit of paint on. I'm about half way through the book but won't bore you with all of it! I'll do a video or two when I finish the course.

I was up at 3 am doing a spot of painting as I'd given up on sleeping and thought I may as well do something productive. The nights can seem long and dark, but yesterday they weren't quiet as I had a fox and an owl to keep me company. Their cries have welded themselves into the pages and created an atmosphere in red and blues. 

The long thin pages are proving to be an inspiration not a hindrance - I've no idea what they'll become of course as there are many layers to add on top of these, but can see lots of potential.

Adding paint to the sketchbook - workshop 2

This is turning out to be a cracking little course!! I've just watched the second video which is about adding paint to the sketchbook pages.

The explanations are lovely and clear with lots of fab details and examples as well as demonstrations. If you were a beginner, or experienced but wanted to try something new, or just to do something different in lockdown, I'd recommend this. It's a step by step process, so the picture below is not the finished article - it will have very many more layers added I've no doubt! The section on the left was a printed paper I'd stuck into the sketchbook; I then added watery acrylic paints allowing them to flow and drip. The right hand page has been torn to be shorter than the other pages, and I've let the paint run over to give a splash on the underlying page.

Other pages are more vibrant as I ladle on the colour in spades!

At the moment I'm following Laura closely on the painting thing, using similar colours in a limited palette. But, lucky old me was given this lovely box of acrylic paints and mediums as a birthday present and it has everything I need in it including a shot of shocking pink. Perfect!

Choosing and prep of the sketchbook

I've chosen an existing sketchbook in a format I've not used before. I've always found the shape slightly awkward - A5 landscape - as when the double pages are open they are very long and thin. 

Following Laura's 1st video I've made a start on prepping the book with some printed papers from my stash. There's not a huge lot to see at this stage! It's going to be very eclectic.

OK so what am I like?!


Having just said that it's not possible to do much creatively at the moment, I am going to try a new sketchbook project being run on DMTV.  

I might not be able to do a great deal but it's important to try especially as the next few weeks might otherwise be cheerless!! I will of course post here.

There are worse places to be in lockdown.


Above: Taking a walk through Warwick.

I have been a little crook lately and haven't been able to do much except mope around feeling sorry for myself! It's impossible to do much for now, but thought I'd just share this lovely photo of Mill Street in Warwick - the castle towers over the houses at the end of this street. 

It looks as if we're going to go into lockdown again at the end of this week which is sad, but at least there are some lovely places to walk around in my neck of the woods.

Take care everyone, and stay safe xx