Sketchbook

I recently saw Carla Sonheim drawing her Zoom meetings. What a stroke of genius! I don't know about you, but I definitely think better and listen better when I'm drawing. I was enchanted by Carla's idea of creating a drawing (and a record) instead of the random doodling I often do. I had a Zoom meeting yesterday and so I gave it a go. As you can probably tell, these are not actual likenesses of anyone who was at the meeting. But, they were super fun to draw and a great way for me to practice my observation skills while... Read more →


Another wonderful Design Boot Camp has wrapped up! During Design Boot Camp I always spend a lot of time in my Studio Notebook -- aka my sketchbook. It's a place to think out loud, experiment, make mistakes, and learn. I rarely share the pages from my studio notebooks for a bunch of different reasons -- the biggest is that they're usually pretty ugly. My sketchbook is full of thoughts and ideas, but not finished work. Nevertheless, I thought I'd share a little behind-the-scenes peek into some of the work I created during this round of Design Boot Camp: As you... Read more →


During this month's Member Livestream, I taught a section on mixing neutral paint colors to coordinate with your palette. I swished the colors all around on a page in my sketchbook (to show how they looked together) and ended up with this mess: Well, I took a few minutes this week to clean up the mess and turn it into a composition. And I looooove how it turned out: Simple patterns will always be on my love list. If you'd like to learn more about composition, check out the upcoming season of Design Boot Camp. Thanks for stopping by! Read more →


Back in 2014 I wrote a tutorial on how to make a watercolor palette in an Altoid tin using an empty gum wrapper. Thanks to evolving technology, lots of folks on Etsy are now offering 3-D printed watercolor palettes that fit inside an Altoid tin. They range in price from $8-20 and they fit the tin perfectly! Here are three that I bought to try out: There are lots of different kinds of configurations and features. Some have a single layer and some have a double layer. When you're using the palette, you can place the second layer in the... Read more →


I've been eyeing the Derwent Push Button Water Brushes for a while now. The push button seems like such a great idea. When I decided to teach my Sketchbook Habit online class, I determined that I simply *had* to buy the brushes in order to be a good teacher. After all, what if a student asked me about them and I hadn't yet tried them? I was super excited when they arrived, but after trying them out, I have to say: meh. Watch the video for more: Supplies: Derwent Push Button Water Brushes Sakura Water Brush QoR Watercolors Mijello Air... Read more →


I recently decided to invest (and it is a bit spendy) in a fancy bag meant for sketching. For many years, this has been my sketching bag: But when I stumbled across the Darsie Beck bag, I knew that I had to try it. I put together a video all about it: I don't think that everyone needs a fancy bag. I've been happily juggling my art supplies since I started sketching in 2011. I look for spots to sketch where a table or a chair (and therefore my lap) is available. I sometimes even carry a sketching stool with... Read more →


On today's podcast Mom and I are chatting about sketchbooks! We share lots of tips for starting your own sketchbook process along with some of the reasons (artistic by mostly personal) that you might be interested in adding a sketchbook to your repertoire. You can either listen to the podcast recording, as normal, or you can watch the video: There are two major categories of sketchbooks in my experience — Workbooks which are used as a place to explore ideas for later works of art. They tend to be filled with scribbles, notes, color swatches, drawings, and aren’t usually meant... Read more →


If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, the concept is simple: It's a commitment to take ten minutes each day to do something in your art journal. No need to finish anything or even like it. It's about making the time to nourish your creativity every day! If you have the time to flip through your phone, you have the time to Art Journal Every Day. If you'd like to share what you make, use the hashtag #artjournaleveryday so that we can all take a peek. I'm currently working on a new self-paced sketchbook class that's all about how... Read more →


If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, the concept is simple: It's a commitment to take ten minutes each day to do something in your art journal. No need to finish anything or even like it. It's about making the time to nourish your creativity every day! If you have the time to flip through your phone, you have the time to Art Journal Every Day. If you'd like to share what you make, use the hashtag #artjournaleveryday so that we can all take a peek. You can find new Art Journal Every Day posts here on the blog... Read more →


I loooove art supplies. I keep buying art supplies. I hoard art supplies. I covet art supplies, But the truth is, you don't need anything fancy to make art. This is a sketch I did in a hotel room back in 2012. All I used was a ballpoint pen and a piece of paper. Nothing fancy. I 100% believe that whatever you think is limiting your creativity -- supplies, time, inspiration, talent -- is an excuse. Supplies don't have to be fancy. You can use any paper, any cardboard, any pen, any paint, anything you want! Lack of time is... Read more →