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.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

drawing leaves

Sue B here...

One of my favorite things about living in New England is watching the leaves turn from shades of green to shades of yellow, orange and red.  We had a really bright vivid leaf changing season this year with really vibrant color on the trees.

This tree on the back of our property turned the most vivid shade of orange and red and whenever I looked out the kitchen window to look at it, it took my breath away.  Suffice it to say there was no lack of inspiration for me to use for this months theme so I pulled out my colored pencil caddy and...

I like to draw leaves because their uneven shapes and rough edges mean that no matter how you draw them they look like a leaf.

Whenever I sit down with my colored pencils it reminds me of being a kid again and sitting down with a big box of crayons and a stack of construction paper.   Go ahead and break out your colored pencils (or crayons) and draw some leaves!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Capturing Fall Colors

Hi Everyone, Desiree Here!! I love this months theme, thank you Leslie! This is also one of my favorite times of the year, FALL! The warm colors, the changing leaves, crisp night air all come together to remind us that the holidays are close at hand. Although I live in southern California, I planted trees that are known to color up in our area.
Here are some of the leaves I have collected during Fall.
I sketch and paint them onto fabric

I stitch them onto fabric

We get just enough of a cold snap to encourage the leaves to perform their magic. During this short magical time I take every opportunity to capture their transformation from green to their wonderful shades of Fall.
I sketch them and let the paint dance across the paper, running with color and water across the surface, trying to capture this blast of color that is so fleeting.
No two leaves are alike, much like us! Each uniquely different and yet beautiful!

A page in my sketchbook from a windy fall day. I remember driving down the street and seeing the leaves dancing across the street in a wild show of color. I thought up this poem as I watched them dance across the road in front of my car. 

Keeping a sketchbook is like freezing a moment in time and recording it, I remember everything about that day because of my sketchbook page. I can't wait to see what wonderful leaves you will paint this Fall!
Rejoice, Fall is here!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Whimsical Leaves

Jamie Fingal, checking in.  Love this theme.  One of my favorite things to draw in my sketchbook are leaves.  Fun and whimsical.  Being a constant doodler has led me down this path to create these leaves.

My imaginary leaves with polka dots and triangles

Vines of leaves in a two page spread inside by Moleskin Notebook

Detail of one page

In my 'Tag' sketchbook, a little watercolor drawing from Fall

Simple leaves on a vine.  This is a stencil design that I created for StencilGirl Products for their June Stencil Club.  It was fun to embroider the design on linen.
Other fun leaves and flowers
Flowers and Leaves stencil by StencilGirl Products, my design!
More leaves and flowers from an early sketchbook.  I hope I have inspired you!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Theme: "Fall Leaves"

Leslie here.  I grew up in the midwest where fall means gorgeous, glowing leaf color.  I find that I miss all the splendor of fall with its colored leaves in my San Antonio location.  This year I was able to get a "dose" of fall beauty in two places:  Tuscany and Ohio.
I traveled to Italy in late September/early October and was just in time to see the grape leaves begin to turn brilliant red to bright yellow on the vines.  Maple leaves seemed to glow along the Ohio highways.
Do you love fall colored leaves?  What are your favorites?  Please join me this month as we embrace this wonderful palette.  I am looking forward to seeing your work!
here is a leaf I picked up and tucked into my sketchbook near Lucca, in Tuscany.

A quick sketch of the grape vines with fields of grapes and olive trees on the distant hills

I was taken with the unusual tint of the pomegranate fruit (and surprised that the leaves were so small!

We were allowed to pick some bay leaves from a large shrub on the 
property of one of the vineyards we visited.

I tucked a bay leaf in my sketchbook, too!

and also some of her lavender.  I loved to smell the 
aroma of this as I opened the sketchbook!

Another small watercolor painting of the beautiful grape leaves and grapes of Italy.

Show me your leaves!

Please share your images from this months theme in The Sketchbook Challenge Flickr Group, and don't forget to tag it with the code nov852 so it can be included in the end of month slide slow on this blog.