Sketchbooks Classroom Workshops

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Here are the workshops available in the Sketchbooks Classroom. Select the ones you’d like and add them to your basket. Once purchased, you’ll have instant, lifetime access.


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  • Oil Pastel Monoprint & Wash

    Using the basic Oil Pastel Monoprint technique, Linda's developing the process and using it in combination with wash. You'll already know that oil can work as a resist to waterbased media, see how Linda paints with watercolour adding beautiful fluid washes without losing control of the paint.

    Run time:  24 minutes

    Presenter: Linda Kemshall

  • Oil Pastel Monoprint

    This is a super technique for your sketchbook, or for use in mixed media drawing and painting. Join Linda to see how to make a monoprint using oil pastels. You can work freehand or make use of your stencils.

    Run time:  11 minutes

    Presenter: Linda Kemshall

  • In the Mix: Rubbings and Drawing

    Work along with Laura to bring more confidence to your drawing. Laura will show you how rubbings can be the basis for beautiful tonal drawings.

    Run time:  28 minutes

    Presenter: Laura Kemshall

  • Monoprint Image Transfer

    Laura experiments with her gelli plate and an image transfer mono printing technique. It's not foolproof, but it's lots of fun and you'll end up with a fantastic pile of monoprints and collage papers which can be perfect for your sketchbook, mixed media work, journals and altered books. In this workshop Laura demonstrates working on paper, this technique might work on fabric, but we've not tried it - yet!

    Run time:  30 minutes

    Presenter: Laura Kemshall

  • Photobook Finishing Touches

    Join Laura to see her completed Photobook including a look at the cover, and a page-by-page walkthrough with an insight into the thought processes and techniques she's used.

    Run time:  40 minutes

    Presenter: Laura Kemshall

  • Photobook: First Steps

    Now you’ve made your photo book is time to start working into those pages. Join Laura as she guides you through the first steps in her own book, and shares ideas for how to get started with simple media and a thoughtful approach to composition, mark making and colour.

    Run time:  41 minutes

    Presenter: Laura Kemshall

  • Photo Book

    Do you have a pile of photo prints that you aren't sure what to do with? Join Laura to bind them into a book that you can use as an album, or treat as a sketchbook.

    Run time:  21 minutes

    Presenter: Laura Kemshall

  • Mixed Media: Acrylic + Watercolour

    Experiment with layers in your painting and printmaking for sketchbook work using a combination of acrylic and watercolour. Linda will show you how you can exploit the properties of each to create interesting effects.

    Run time:  16 minutes

    Presenter: Linda Kemshall

  • Inspired by Nature

    Find inspiration in nature and see how Linda interprets a photographic source as a mixed media study in her sketchbook. She'll show you how to use watercolour, charcoal pencils and oil pastel to create rich surfaces sympathetic to the subject matter. Then working from her sketchbook, Linda interprets the mixed media study into a stitched textile. See how she uses opaque and transparent fabric scraps to build painterly layers adding texture with machine and hand stitching.

  • Using Masking Fluid

    Using masking fluid can be a versatile method for your watercolour painting. In this workshop Linda will show you different ways to apply it for great effect.

    Run time:  19 minutes

    Presenter: Linda Kemshall

  • Foiling on Paper

    Add metallic gleam to your sketchbook and other work on paper using foiling. Linda will demonstrate a number of ways to use the foil creatively to add shapes and painterly areas of metallic.

    Run time:  29 minutes

    Presenter: Linda Kemshall

  • Plant Printing

    Be inspired by nature around you and collect leaves to use for plant printing. Linda will show you how to make beautiful contact prints on paper. Laura will demonstrate how to make simply structured, but endlessly creative concertina books to house your prints. Finally Linda shares her ideas for working back into your plant printed sketchbook to edit, refine and add detail. The result will be a truly unique record of the plant material you've collected and a fabulous sketchbook for inspiration and further development. There are three workshops in this collection.

  • Designing with Collage

    Collage is the perfect technique for design work. In this workshop Laura will show you how you can use your painted papers, or create ones from your fabrics, to make designs that could be ideal for informing your next quilt. She'll show you how collage can be used to make the basis of your design with painting to add extra colour.

    Run time:  32 minutes

    Presenter: Laura Kemshall

  • Inktense Traced Print

    Drawing is often the best way to start a watercolour, acrylic or mixed media painting, but what if you you feel your drawing skills aren't strong, or maybe you just want a fast and effective way to get your image down on paper so you can quickly get started with your painting? In this workshop Linda will demonstrate her technique for creating that drawing which will be the perfect foundation for your painting.

    Run time:  17 minutes

    Presenter: Linda Kemshall

  • Moth Diary

    Work along with Linda to make your own visual diary to document your observations and collections. Linda's focussing on one of her favourite subjects, moths, but your diary can document anything you like!

  • Photographs + Sketchbooks

    Do you find yourself with a stash of inspirational photo prints, or numerous photos on your phone waiting to be printed? Photographs can be an exciting component of your sketchbook pages. See how Laura's been using photographs in her books as a layer in her collage and mixed media process.

    Run time:  32 minutes

    Presenter: Laura Kemshall

  • Polka Dot Papers

    Make your own beautiful painted papers with this easy batik technique. They'll be perfect for using in your sketchbook and mixed media work.

    Run time:  17 minutes

    Presenter: Laura Kemshall

  • More Monoprint

    Extend your monoprint technique library with this collection of video workshops. We'll show you how to create a painted monoprint, work with stamps to create pattern and a great method for monoprinted frames. All of these techniques are ideal for working on paper or fabric. There are three workshops in this collection.

  • Traveller's Journal

    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! There are three workshops in this collection.

  • 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. There are four workshops in this collection.

  • 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.

  • Ink Painting

    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. There are four workshops in this collection.

  • Mixed Media Drawing Techniques

    Experiment with a range of different media with your drawing approach. Try a painterly style with oil pastels, restrict yourself with a limited range of media for a sketchbook study, and experiment with layering in your drawing using pen, coloured pencil and wash.

  • 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.

  • Handprinted Sketchbooks

    In this archive collection of 5 video workshops Linda and Laura will guide you through the process of creating and filling a sketchbook in a whole new way. Forget blank paper, we'll use an exciting selection of printing to add colour and marks before binding with a hand stitched method to create a beautiful book. With the book bound Linda and Laura will then show you how you can add intrigue to the pages with cutting, build beautiful compositions with collage and add drawing with pen and wash.

  • Cardboard Etching

    In this archive collection of 3 video workshops Linda will show you how simple cardboard can be used to make a print plate which can be inked in a similar way to a traditional etching. See how to print from the plate without using an expensive press, and how you can finally tint the print to make each one unique.

  • Finding Inspiration

    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.

  • Art Diary

    Are you up for a challenge? How about working along with Linda as she records events, people and places in a visual art diary?  When this collection of videos was first offered on DMTV it was recorded over a period of three months and Linda illustrated many different subjects as they cropped up in her day to day life. 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!

    This workshop has five videos.

  • Rubbings: Sketchbook to Applique

    In this collection of four workshops Linda begins by demonstrating how to work from a source of inspiration to make a rubbing shape. Working with that motif, see how to compose in your sketchbook exploring borders and frames, before adding washes of colour. With your sketchbook work for reference further develop ideas into fabric using the same rubbing techniques and applique, before completing your piece with quilting.

  • Serendipity Painting

    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.

  • Handmade Books

    In this collection of three videos 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!

  • Pencilled In

  • Drawing Tricks and Cheats

  • Collagraph

  • Archive Three

  • Beautiful Butterflies

  • Making ATC Books

    What are you going to do with all those ATCs? In this workshop Laura will show you several ways to use them including making tiny sketchbooks!

    Run time:  34 minutes

    Presenter: Laura Kemshall

  • Trying Caran D'Ache Neocolor II

    Laura's been experimenting with Caran D'Ache Neocolor II for the first time. Join her to test them out on different papers, and see how she's been using them, both wet and dry, in her sketchbook pages.

    Run time:  27 minutes

    Presenter: Laura Kemshall

  • Page to Stitch: Painterly Poppies

    So you've been working in your sketchbook and are really happy with the pages, but how can you translate that to fabric? In this two-part workshop Linda will show you how she create a painterly study of poppies in her sketchbook then takes those pages as inspiration to create a quilted panel.

  • Handpainted Collage Papers

    Create your own handprinted collage papers, perfect for sketchbook and mixed media painting. Then explore how you can expand your collage and have fun playing with scale.

  • Sketchbook Samples

    Don't lose your stitched samples! Keep them safe and organised in your sketchbook. In this class Laura will show you how to add your stitched samples successfully into your sketchbook and build a lovely reference of technique.

  • Sketchbook to Textiles: Interpreting Marks

    Join Linda for a look through one of her sketchbooks as she talks about mark making and then how it's possible to interpret those marks into your textile work, in this case using dimensional fabric paint.

  • Mixed Media: Art Journal Pages

    We always encourage you to save your scraps, but what to do with all those bits of paper? They are perfect for using in a mixed media art journal page. In this video workshop Laura will show you how to quickly colour your sketchbook page using scraped acrylic paint, create a frame, add collage elements and draw linear details. The pages you'll make will make the perfect home for your art diary writing, photos and collected ephemera.

  • Sketchbook to Fabric

    We're often asked how to translate successful sketchbook pages into fabric techniques. In this video Laura demonstrates how easily that can be done with a little sampling and experimentation.

  • Adding White

    We're used to working from light to dark in our sketchbooks so let's mix it up and start with dark backgrounds and add white. Laura will show you how you can use a range of white and light media to add highlights and pattern to your sketchbook pages.

  • Line/Shape

    Considering the Elements of Design can seem daunting, but really they are just the ingredients in any project. Learning how to use them can boost your design confidence. In this workshop Linda discusses ideas for creating shape using a variety of lines, but no outlines!

  • Rubbings: Frames and Windows

    Having used rubbings to create frames and windows, see how Linda is working into them with collage and drawing. The focus of this video is on taking existing artwork and sketchbook pages and making photocopies to develop ideas and create perfect collage material.

  • Stamp and Draw on Paper and Fabric

    Some detailed subject matter can be daunting to draw from scratch. In this workshop Linda will show you how it's possible to use a subtle stamped shape as the base for your drawing. Take all the guesswork out of getting the shapes right and instead enjoy creating a design and drawing the details. Then building on the sketchbook work that Linda did using stamps and drawing, she demonstrates how it's easily possible to translate those ideas to fabric to make a stitched piece.

  • Accidental Frames

    Break the ice when starting a new collage on paper or in your sketchbook by making use of accidental frames! Laura uses the papers which protect the table when printing as a starting point for new work.

  • Collagraph Monoprint

    Learn how to use collagraph to make prints without a press. In this workshop Laura will show you how to make your own plates and then print them to paper or your sketchbook using a Gelli plate.

  • Printmaking: Trash to Treasure

    Challenge yourself to make printing plates from materials found in the recycling bin! In this workshop Laura will demonstrate how to make plates from polystyrene, cardboard, Tetra Pak and milk bottles. Working small with this experimental approach you'll achieve great results from rubbish!

  • Concertina Sketchbook

    Choosing the right format of sketchbook to suit a project can really help get you off to a flying start. In this mini course of three workshops, Linda first demonstrates how a concertina format can be ideal for documenting a journey or landscape subject. See how she prepares the pages with mixed media and wash ready to add drawings and further painting in the second class.

    Then take a closer look at Linda's concertina sketchbook and see how she's using pen with body colour/gouache to add artwork to the pages. Finally Linda works with the concertina format to explore a landscape theme with soft pastel pencils, graphite blocks and watercolour wash.

    There are three workshops in this collection. Linda will guide you through the process so this mini course is suitable for complete beginners or those looking to expand their sketchbook work and skills.

  • Sketchbook Challenge

    Take an empty sketchbook and work along with Laura to fill it! Starting with tips on selecting a sketchbook, losing the blank white page, collage, adding colour, drawing, print, text and more, we'll pack that sketchbook with ideas and techniques. Suitable for beginners or avid sketchbookers looking for structure in their approach.

    Work along with Laura as the workshops are released or at your own pace. Once you purchase the workshops, and they are published, you'll have unlimited lifetime access.

    Series of eight video workshops

    Presenter: Laura Kemshall

  • Handpainted Gouache Resist

    Linda demonstrates how you can combine gouache painting with Indian ink with a fascinating resist technique. The results are full of drama and richness.

    Run time:  21 minutes

    Presenter: Linda Kemshall

  • ATC Book - Night & Day

    Join Linda for a page-by-page look through her themed ATC book, 'Night and Day'. She'll show you how she's worked in the tiny pages and some of the techniques and materials that she's found most useful when working at this small scale.

    Run time:  27 minutes

    Presenter: Linda Kemshall

  • Working in ATC Books

    Join Linda in the studio for a page by page tour through her ATC sketchbook. She'll talk you through her tips and techniques for working in such a small book.

    Run time:  25 minutes

    Presenter: Linda Kemshall

  • Sketchbook Stories

    Take a page by page look through one of Laura's sketchbooks as she describes the media, techniques and ideas she uses. Get a feel for the different ways you can use a sketchbook and be inspired to start your own.



Here are the workshops available in the Sketchbooks Classroom. Select the ones you’d like and add them to your basket . Once purchased, you’ll have instant, lifetime access. Single workshops are £1.50, collections are priced accordingly.

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