Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Theme

Hello everyone!
Carol Sloan here, bringing you this month's theme.

Our theme will be “trees” this month.

It's no secret that I love trees.
For climbing, sitting under, sitting in, collecting leaves, picking up bark and acorns (or fruits).
I love to photograph them, paint them and draw them.
I've created several series of artwork around the topic of trees.

If you spend more than one or two minutes looking around my blog, you will see that I spend a lot of time drawing or painting trees.

I have several thermofax screens in my shop that have pieces of a tree on them –  several different leaves and stems.
You may even find one or two drawings of a complete tree in there.

One of my Etsy shop customers requested a Christmas tree thermofax screen to use in making Christmas cards.

I sketched out several quick tree ideas for her, then ask her to let me know which ones she wanted me to “flesh out” for her. Here's a look at the preliminary sketches.

The following are a few of them that I sketched in my sketchbook as potential designs.

Whether you draw a life-like tree or a stylized one, you could draw your own tree for use on a card or use it as a reason to get in some sketching time.
Either way - pull that sketchbook out and get to sketching!

Please share your images from this months theme in The Sketchbook Challenge Flickr Group, and don't forget to tag it with the code oct489 so it can be included in the end of month slide slow on this blog.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September slide show

Show time! The last day of each month we have a slide show of the Sketchbook Challenge Flickr group's work for that month's theme. To have your work in the slideshow, be sure to tag it with the theme's tag for that month, given on the first day when the theme is announced.

Thank you to all of our followers for playing along!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Adding Words to my Watercolor Travel Journals

Hi! Jacqueline here.  I love to combine words with my sketches and paintings in my watercolor travel journals.  It is like keeping an art diary.  I look for interesting painting shapes giving places for my words to wrap around and to go in and out.  Often, before I start a watercolor painting, I will make sure that there is a nice design to the painting just so I can write down my thoughts and feelings about the places that I am visiting.  Here are a few examples of how I combine words and watercolor in my journals:

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Text, words, the artistic chalky way!

Hi everyone, Desiree here! Haven't you heard the saying a picture is worth a thousand words? Well maybe its worth more if the text and words are also added to the artwork!

I love text in art, art made from text and text on fabric too! Its all good. It can tell a story, add to a painting or even be the painting.

I thought for fun I would share some chalkboard art with you!! It is all the rage and so easy to do! I have several tutorials on my blog about different ways to create your own chalkboard art. I will post the links at the end of this post. Its a way to use your sketches and text to create wonderful signs, menus, etc. Here are some basic chalkboard backgrounds, green, blue and black. It think the resolution is high enough you should be able to download but if not I can post a link or you can easily make your own if you have a photo editing software. These work well for online cards or messages. I made my background in photoshop and on a different layer I added text and sketches. But there are so many different ways to do it! Here are just some fun examples with Halloween coming up its a great way to do your menus!

I then did some sketches and changed them to white, with the smug tool I smudged them to look like chalk.
 Make sure you pick some scary fonts and images if your doing Halloween Menus

 You can always do nice saying too! This is a saying I wrote for other cards I made also.

A fun project that I was licensed to create for wall art.

These are fun ways to create chalkboard art via your computer but…. you can make some great chalkboard art using chalkboard and chalkboard pens!! Here are the tutorials I promised. Have fun!!! I hope you will sign up to follow my blog while you are there! Text and art is such fun!

Here is the link to my sketching blog where I have a weekly challenge to keep you motivated to sketch more often! Join me and post you sketches right on my blog!

Saturday, September 27, 2014


I hope you have had a go at this month's challenge and tagged your work on flickr with sep237 to make sure that it is included in this month's slideshow.

Over on my blog I have added a brief tutorial of one way in which you can  make layered images on fabric or paper using words and writing. Do show your results if you have a go.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

where to find the words...

Sue B here...

Grab a stack of old magazines and a pair of scissors and cut out words and phrases that catch your eye...

Toss them in a paper bag and when you're stuck for an idea pull one out randomly and paste it into your sketchbook and let it inspire you...


pilot marker pen


This can be a great way to get unstuck when you're feeling overwhelmed by a blank page.

Check my website here for the schedule of where I'll be teaching this fall!