Sketchbook Challenge – Session 2

 

Join Laura in the studio for the second session in the Sketchbook Challenge. This time it’s all about getting a first layer of colour down on your sketchbook pages. Laura will demonstrate a variety of options using acrylic and watercolour.

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Approximate run time: 1 hour, 2 minutes

Presenter: Laura Kemshall

Join Laura in the studio for the second session in the Sketchbook Challenge. This time it's all about getting a first layer of colour down on your sketchbook pages. Laura will demonstrate a variety of options using acrylic and watercolour. 
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To work along with Laura this session you’ll need:

Paint – acrylic paint, acrylic ink, watercolours or gouache will all be fine. If you have no white paint you can use household emulsion paint.
If you have it, you might also like to use acrylic glaze medium

Brushes
Thick card or old credit card

Optional – oil pastels

Sketchbook Challenge – Session 1

Join Laura in the studio for the first session in the Sketchbook Challenge. She’ll start by showing you through a few of the many sketchbooks in her collection and share her tips on what to look for when choosing a sketchbook. Next, make a start on your book working along with Laura to quickly lose the white pages by integrating other papers. These will be the perfect background for working onto later.

Sketchbook Challenge – Session 3

Let’s start to build some structure into your sketchbook pages. I’ll start with sharing some examples, then show you how you can use stencils and rubbings to add a layer of pattern. We’ll also use larger simple shapes as a compositional device to help with constructing the layout of your pages.

Sketchbook Challenge – Session 4

In this workshop we’ll explore collage in our sketchbooks. Work from your stash of made and found papers to add colour, pattern and shape to your pages. Consider working with photographs and photocopies and learn how you can edit them for a more thoughtful result in your composition. 

Sketchbook Challenge – Session 5

Let’s work into those sketchbook pages. We’ll use drawing and mark making with pens, pencils and pastels. I’ll show you how you can use tracing and stencilling to build your confidence with drawing and get started quickly.

Sketchbook Challenge – Session 6

Experiment with adding monoprint to your sketchbook. Laura will show you two methods of monoprint that extend ideas from the drawing session last time. Use your gelli plate to print from your stencils and create silhouettes you can draw into, and use a linear traced monoprint using oil-based inks. Laura also shares ideas for taking work you’ve already done and making it work harder for you by making copies to build new pages from.

Sketchbook Challenge – Session 7

Let’s explore adding text to your sketchbook. Maybe you’ll use your book as an art journal to document your daily life, as a notebook to jot down reference information, or perhaps you’ll use text as a decorative element. Laura will show you lots of examples and demonstrate different techniques for adding text, from collage, to handwriting and stamping.

Sketchbook Challenge – Session 8

In the last session of the Sketchbook Challenge join Laura to see how you can edit your sketchbook using paint and cutting. Consider composition and ideas for creating rhythm and cohesion through your pages. Finally, take a page-by-page look through Laura’s book.