Hi all, Diana Trout here with a couple of Derwent Watersoluble Sketch pencil (dark wash and light wash) and my trusty waterbrush. I got super excited about the word "grid" from one of my fellow sketchbook challenge artists. Sometimes, all it takes is one single word to set me on a dead run for my journal. I love making these "doodle grids." No stress, no rulers (although go ahead and use one if you like 'em). I just freehand draw the grid and then begin to fill in the little squares with all kinds of sketchy lines. Cross hatch, single hatch, scribbles, circles, dashes, dots. This is a great way to stretch your mark making skills. Grab that waterbrush (or a wet paintbrush) and soften the lines. You can also draw into wet paper with the pencils. I LOVE those sketch pencils. Really squishy and nice. I found them at my art supply store - a couple of bucks well spent.
A tip on the waterbrush: To fill it, fill a small container of water. Squeeze the brush on the barrel and then immerse the end into the water. Release so that it sucks the water up. Hold it upright again, give it a squeeze and invert into the water again to suck up more water. Continue until full.
This is Nudge 14 over on my blog. The Nudges are a part of The Creative Revolutionaries group that I started a couple months ago. You can get a list of the Nudges here on my blog. If you go here, there are a pair of soup recipes as well.