Monday, December 15, 2014

Just a few tidbits I learned along the way...

Hi! It's Deborah Boschert. What a delight it has been to participate in The Sketchbook Challenge! I've really discovered that I like using a sketchbook AND there is no right way to do so. You know that, right? It really is true.

One of my favorite posts was from the Into the Woods theme in November 2013. I set myself a challenge of drawing a tree each day of our nine day summer road trip. Here are my "nine trees."

I really enjoy doing a daily challenge, but I definitely am most successful if I keep the time period relatively short. Nine days is totally doable!

Another thing I discovered that I really prefer... just black pen. I know lots of people use markers, water color paints, collage and all kinds of other materials. Since I really do only "sketch" in my sketch books, pen and ink is comfortable and adequate.

And lastly, another wonderful thing about sketchbooks is paging through them again and again. It's a wonderful way to remember ideas, events, places and possibilities. Just like paging through the archives of this blog. Goodness! So much inspiration! Even though we won't be posting, it will always be here as an incredible resource. I know I'll be checking back regularly. I hope you will too.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Good Memories

Although only recently a contributor to the Sketchbook Blog I have joined in with the Challenge since it started in January 2011. I think we have all had a lot of fun and had our creativity stimulated by the themes over the years; for that a big thank you to Sue for starting the blog, and for all the people who have joined in here or on Flickr.

Here are a few of my favourite themes from past years all tied up with good memories of having fun creating.

If you are not sure where to go from here, don’t cry just get the Sketchbook Challenge Book out and follow along with some of the ideas and themes in there. Jackie.

Monday, December 1, 2014

all good things...

Sue B here...

It's hard to believe that it's been four years already!  I never imagined when I came up with the idea for the Sketchbook Challenge back in 2011 that it would last so long or touch as many people as it has.   We've all had a great time but like all good things,  it's time for the sketchbook challenge to end.  This month will be the last theme we post and in keeping with the saying all good things must come to an end, our last theme is going to be...

All Good Things

Fill your sketchbook pages with good things - the things that make you smile, bring back a warm memory,  the traditions and rituals that you begin and end your day with, connect you to the ones you love and want to preserve for generations to come. Fill it with the things that make you happy.

And even though this is our last challenge I do have some good news: this blog will stay up  indefinitely so you'll have access to the last four years of themes and inspiration to inspire you for a long time to come! 

Here's a few good things from my sketchbook from over the last few years ...

My very first sketch was for the challenges first theme "highly prized" :

My sketchbook pages have come a long way since then.  At the time I wasn't really using my sketches as a springboard for my quilts but that changed pretty quickly once I realized the value of playing on paper first before cutting into any fabrics.  Now three years later every quilt I create starts on the pages of my sketchbook first...

This sketch above was one of many that eventually resulted in this quilt:

I love to draw buildings, houses and dwellings in my sketchbooks, it's my favorite subject to work with.

 and this one was a starting point for a quilt to celebrate my garden and the arrival of the hummingbirds each summer - definitely a good thing in my area because it signals the end of winter and the arrival of warmer weather
This sketch eventually became this quilt:

Another good thing you'll find in my sketchbook pages are sketches inspired by my dogs.  

I wanted to create a dog quilt but I wasn't looking to create something realistic.  I wanted something whimsical.  So I started by sketching a lot of dogs...

I made quick rough sketches of a lot of dog faces...

and eventually all those sketches resulted in this quilt:

If it wasn't for the sketchbook challenge I may never had discovered the value of working on paper first.  Now I can't imagine working any other way and that, for me is definitely a good thing!

Has participating in the sketchbook challenge changed the way you use your sketchbook?

Please share your images from this months theme in The Sketchbook Challenge Flickr Group, and don't forget to tag it with the code dec735 so it can be included in the end of month slide slow on this blog.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

November 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!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Leafing Through My Sketchbooks

Jamie Fingal signing on.  This week I actually cleaned out my Sketchbook shelf that was literally spilling over.  It was time to see what was there and reorganize.  This is my shelf of sketchbook that have substance in them. I admit it, I am a sketchbook hoarder, but my addicction was caught in time, and now mostly draw in a small Moleskin Journal, like the ones on the right.   I found some treasured thoughts and drawings, that would be good for this months theme of leaves.

Leaves cascading through another scene of objects inspired by the West Elm catalog

From the backyard with the hummingbird feeder

A simple circle of leaves

Leaves behind windows

Leaves in a small mixed media book that I made out of a tall and narrow calendar

Shoe art.  Not a sketchbook in a literal sense, but a sketch or doodle on a pair of high heels.

More leaves

and even more

and the not finished zen doodle shoes

and from 2011, when the Sketchbook Challenge started, some leaves from the theme of one of those months, with leaves and other fun stuff.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Jackie here with more from my leaf sketchbook, we have a lot of these dotty leaves around at the moment, I really like the black spots although they are probably  some sign of disease in the tree. Lots of inspiration from the lovely colours of autumn leaves as you can see from the previous posts and ways to use them in your sketchbooks.

 I took a photograph and then used the background colours and the leaf shape made into a ‘brush’ on the computer.

I also used the ‘Glaze’ app on the ipad to work on the basic images and these were then printed out to make a concertina fold out in my sketchbook.

Earlier in the summer I placed fine muslin over fern leaves and rolled over them with black fabric paint. The leaves were then cut out and machined onto a background which I had patterned in a similar way by rolling paint over various textured surfaces.

So make the most of the leaves all around.