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Art Journal Every Day: A Peek into my Sketchbook

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If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, there is a short introduction here.  All of the previous posts can be found archived here.  Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day!  No need to finish anything or even like it. If you've done some art journaling this week, use the hashtag #artjournaleveryday so that we can all take a peek.  Even if you're not on social media, you can see everything (from twitter, pinterest, instagram, and facebook) that uses that hashtag here.

 

Today I wanted to share some pages from my sketchbook.  This is a tiny little moleskine that I use to do my version of plein air sketching and coloring.

As you know, I like to have an art project with me when I travel.  My sketchbook is particularly fun to take along because it does double, maybe even triple duty.  

  1. It helps me to pass the time.
  2. I get to practice my art skills.
  3. I come home with a captured memory from the trip.

Take a peek:

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from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday
from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday

This next page is sort of half-finished.  I abandoned it because I hated the way the white pen looked.  I may go back later or I may simply turn the page and forget it!

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday
from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday
from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday
from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday
from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday
from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday

This summer I taught my Sketchbook class at Kept Creations in Whitman and as a result, I did a bunch of demos in my sketchbook.  I went back after class and finished off the pages.

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from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday
from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday
from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday
from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday
from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday
from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday
from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday

I have found that my sketchbook has given me confidence.  I never considered myself someone who could draw.  So when I sit down and look at something I usually feel like, "Ugh.  I can't draw that."  And yet, after some time and patience, my finished sketch does look like something.  That's definitely the case with this lantern and branch:

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from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday
from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday
from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday

I hope you've enjoyed this peek into my sketchbook and that perhaps I've inspired you to give sketching a try!  There are so many ways to keep an art journal.  I encourage you to find the way that works for you!

Some sketchbook resources:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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