Sketchbook Challenge

What is the project?

  • Work along with Laura to fill your sketchbook
  • Eight practical video workshops
  • Inspirational ideas
  • Technique demonstrations
  • Choose your own theme
  • Use art materials that you already have

I’m so pleased you’re interested in the Sketchbook Challenge. Here’s a bit more about what it’s all about:

I thought it would be great fun to take an empty sketchbook and see if we could fill it! Originally I set this challenge over a one month period with two video workshops each week. You can follow that timeframe or work entirely at your own pace. When you purchase the workshops, all eight classes will be immediately available, and you get to keep them forever. Take the challenge of filling a sketchbook in a month, or take your time, it really doesn’t matter!

I’ll guide you through selecting your book, those important first steps including losing the blank white page, establishing a theme, and strategies for getting things done. Along the way we’re going to play with paint, print, collage, stencils and drawing. Don’t be nervous though, you can be a complete beginner and I’ll show you everything you need to know. If you are already an avid sketchbook keeper I hope you’ll enjoy the structure of the sessions and my take on how to approach working in a sketchbook.

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What do I need?

I’ve tried to keep the materials requirements for this challenge as simple as possible, and I know the list still looks quite long! Please bear in mind this is what you’ll need to try everything in the challenge, you might want to leave some techniques out if they don’t suit you, or you don’t have the materials and that’s absolutely fine. I would really encourage you to use what you already have to hand. Now is the moment to use up that acrylic paint that you have somewhere! Inevitably though you may need to get a few things, especially if keeping sketchbooks is a whole new adventure.

The essentials are:

A sketchbook
An assortment of loose papers, this can be magazines, envelopes, packing paper, tissue
Acrylic matte gel medium ( I like Liquitex or Golden)
Acrylic paints (to include white)
Glue stick, ruler, scissors or craft knife and cutting mat
Paint brushes
Thick card or old credit card
Stencils (anything you already have, or some paper to make one)
Solid graphite stick
Tracing paper
Pens (artist drawing pen, or any permanent marker like a Sharpie)
Any alphabet stamps you already own (homemade or commercial)
Acrylic ink or drawing ink (just get black)

For the monoprinting (session 6):
Gelli plate
Laminate plate (a piece of laminated paper)
Oil based printing ink (I like Safe Wash Relief Ink by Cranfield which is cleaned up with water, no solvent required)
Printing roller
Kebab skewer or ball point pen
Photocopies of your subject matter
Thin paper (tissue/pure greaseproof/deli paper)

Optional extras:
Sewing machine and thread
Watercolour paint
Acrylic glaze medium
Oil pastels/Inktense blocks/Neocolor (if you already have them)

The classes...

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