Welcome to the Sketchbooks section of the Archives. Here you’ll find lots of information and inspiration to create sketchbooks packed with drawing, colour, collage, prints and more. Don’t worry if you’re new to keeping a sketchbook, we have plenty to get you started.
About Working in Sketchbooks
Your sketchbook can become an invaluable resource. It’s a place to house inspiration and ideas that you’ve gathered from myriad sources, maybe with drawing, painting, printing or collage. We love to work into our books with a wide range of techniques and media so you’ll find all sorts of approaches and ideas in the workshops. Most importantly, if you’re one of those people who think they can’t draw, or are nervous of that blank white page, fear not! There are many ways to get your ideas down on the page. Our free video Don’t Draw? Trace! is a great place to get started.
Find yourself eager for more? Our extended course Creative Sketchbooks might be for you. There are four Modules with over 45 video demonstrations. During the course we’ll cover ways to gather inspiring visual material and record it using a wide range of mediums and techniques. The resulting work will form a unique and personal resource for future work which could be developed towards any fine art or craft route, or simply to enjoy as beautiful, colour-filled journals. This course is ideal for beginners or more advanced students requiring a structured framework within which to develop creative skills and good practice.
A traveller's journal or notebook is an ingenious idea of a refillable cover which can hold a range of booklets. In this collection of workshops we'll show you how to make your own beautiful fabric cover and binding. Next you'll learn how to make booklets to pop inside and we'll share ideas of what to fill it with!
A Glint of Gold
Who can resist a touch of gold? Discover how to add that metallic gleam to your paper and fabric projects. In this workshop collection we'll show you how to add gold using a variety of media from pens to ink and gold leaf. Learn how to apply gold to your sketchbook pages and to fabric.
Working with Inktense
Do you have a set of Derwent Inktense pencils, or blocks? In this collection of videos we'll demonstrate a diverse approach to using them in your work on paper and fabric. See how to make rubbings, use them to colour fabric, add colour to your altered books and even print with them. There are four workshops in this collection.
In this collection you'll find a selection of workshops exploring the use of ink. We'll show you how you can combine acrylic ink and acrylic paint, use gouache as a resist for Indian ink, and make mixed media drawings with watercolour pencils and writing ink.
Sketchbook to Stitch: Collection Box
Finding inspiration from a collection of objects, Linda works with bleach, ink and soft pastels to create a sketchbook page before developing the ideas onto fabric with fabric pastels and stitch. There are three workshops in this collection.
In this archive collection of 5 video workshops Laura will guide you through one approach to finding inspiration for your next project, from sourcing inspirational images to creating interesting layered sketchbook pages.
Are you up for a challenge? How about working along with Linda as she records events, people and places in a visual art diary? It's a fascinating way to approach a creative challenge - you just let your imagination respond to each day as it happens. In this archive collection you'll be encouraged to collect inspirational material, write, draw, print, paint and stitch - before you know it you'll have experimented with a huge range of art techniques and you'll have a sketchbook bursting with ideas to inspire future work!
Rubbings: Sketchbook and Applique
In this collection you'll discover four video workshops where Linda will demonstrate everything you need to know to use the simple technique of rubbings in a variety of creative ways to make beautiful pages in your sketchbook. Linda will then demonstrate how she uses the sketchbook ideas to inspire a lovely stitched appliqué panel using the same rubbing technique directly to fabric.
Are you always nervous about getting started in a new sketchbook? Do the pristine pages scare you? Let me reassure you that you're not alone! In this collection of three videos you'll learn how to lose the blank, white page quickly and easily. Laura shows how she gets lots of glorious colour on her pages using water based paints, drawing inks and soluble pastels. She demonstrates step by step how she produces fascinating background effects for her sketchbook and art journaling work and how she constantly evaluates and responds to what she's created on the page.
In this collection of three video workshops Laura demonstrates exciting techniques to design and construct your own unique book forms and decorative covers. She explains exactly how to achieve a simple stitched binding, how to create totally unique folded books from multisided geometric shapes and how to personalise the covers of an altered book using a decorative felt wrap. Watch these step by step instructions and you’ll have everything you need to know to make your own highly individual examples!
Learn how to use watersoluble pencils on paper and fabric.
Drawing Tricks and Cheats
Learn some simple tricks, cheats and techniques to help improve your drawing skills.
Inspired by butterflies, Linda demonstrates creative ways to fill your sketchbook with exciting and vibrant images. Techniques include ink resist, collage, masks and stencils.
FREE – Plant Printing Concertina Books Flip-Through
A flip-through video two concertina books made using plant printed pages. See how Linda's worked into the plant prints with collage, drawing and painting.
An extended course of four Modules which includes a printable PDF instructional workbook and over 45 video demonstrations. Sign up any time and work at your own pace.
New on DMTV
Making a Log Cabin Quilt – Part 1
Linda's first quilt was a Log Cabin. That was back in the 1970s and while a lot has changed since then, we still love Log Cabin. In this video workshop she'll show you her first steps in making a new Log Cabin quilt.
Designing with Honeycomb Grids
In this workshop Laura shows you how to explore different design ideas for piecing based on hexagonal grids. She'll show you how to draw them using good old graph paper and a pen, but also with your iPad.
Stamped Sketchbook Textures
Use your favourite stamps and stencils to add texture to your sketchbook. Linda will show you how this simple method creates interesting surfaces on your pages which are just perfect for accepting generous washes of luscious colour.
Paint Pounded Scarf
Create beautiful hand painted cloth with Linda's special fabric painting technique, then selecting from your palette of fabrics make a unique scarf with hand worked, kantha style stitch.
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