Keeping A Daily Sketchbook

I started an online class this week with Cat Bennett, hosted by Carla Sonheim called, “Sketchbooks: Making Art A Practice.”  You can find out more about it here.  It is a six-week course.

I started keeping a daily art journal this year but then felt stuck so I haven’t kept one up.  So far, I am really enjoying the class and I’m creating in my sketchbook each day!  YAY!

I thought you may enjoy seeing some of my pages.

Here is one color in watercolor:

day 1 - 2 in Cat's Class

Two colors in watercolor:

Day 2 - 1 in Cat's class

Soft pastels – no limit on color:

soft pastels - day 3

Neocolor wax pastels:

wax pastels

Mixed media – watercolor, Neocolors, acrylic ink:

Day 4 - 3

Watercolor, ink, Neocolors:

Day 4 - 2 mixed media

Watercolor, acrylic ink and Neocolors and a little bubble wrap:

Day 4 - 4

I’m enjoying the process of making marks without trying to create a finished product.

Do you have a favorite?  I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Creating!  🙂

30 responses to “Keeping A Daily Sketchbook

  1. Catherine Johnson

    Ooh they are beautiful! So glad you are back with your sketchbook.

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  2. Lovely pages, some of the lines are quite eloquent. Delightful seeing creativity take flight and the artful marks on the pages.

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  3. I like the 5th one best…more fun! (K)

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  4. I totally agree with enjoying without the pressure of the finished product. As time goes on I’m finding my sketchbook is more and more important for trying different versions and for doodling. great pages!

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  5. I’m with Kerfe…the 5th one was my favorite as well! I like the beautiful sparseness and simplicity and the lines are so expressive. But they’re all intriguing and wonderful. So happy you’re enjoying the class and making so many lovely things Jill!! 🎨❤️😃

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  6. Your style in color and form is recognizable! I ebvy you and othe sketch book lovers…somehow it does not work out for me. Thanks for showing yours, xo Johanna

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  7. Jill my favorites are the last two. Especially the one with bubble wrap. They are so busy and the colors are wonderful.

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  8. The fifth and the last one are my favorites! I need to follow your lead and keep a fun and random journal just for colorful squiggles and patterns!

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  9. I think this is a great idea! It must be freeing to just let go and let your mind and your hand wander.. Did it feel awkward at first? I should try it.. 😊

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    • Hi Kari! Yes, it did feel awkward at first so I turned on some music. Starting with just one color was also difficult for me since I LOVE color so much! But it really helped me to slow down and I started getting into a groove. Now I look forward to doing a few pages each day! 🙂

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  10. I love Carla and she really has some great artists that run classes on her blog, too. Mark making is great and a wonderful warm-up for getting going when you’re not sure what to do. Looked at several post here on your blog and your sketches and watercolors are B-U-T-ful!! Wow! You have a great eye and your colors are superb!

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  11. Nice to see your sketches together Jill. I love one with ink, the simple lines. And number 6, the full one with pieces of wet media, lots of orange.

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  12. Experimenting with color, textures and shapes is a great way to loosen up the creativeness of the day. Your pages show your free creative spirit.

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  13. Looks like fun! I’m drawn to the movement of the mixed media sketch. It has a simplicity along with interesting shapes.

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