Sketchbooks Classroom

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.

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Sketchbook Samples

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Mixed Media: Art Journal Pages

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Sketchbook to Fabric

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Adding White

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Line/Shape

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Rubbings: Frames and Windows

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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

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Collagraph Monoprint

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Printmaking: Trash to Treasure

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The best paper for making a Concertina Sketchbook

We love working in concertina sketchbooks. In this post we’ll share our tips for the best paper to use when making your own concertina books and you’ll also find a link to our worksheet of instructions to make your own.

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.

Sketchbook Challenge – Session 8

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Sketchbook Challenge – Session 7

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Sketchbook Challenge – Session 6

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Sketchbook Challenge – Session 5

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Sketchbook Challenge – Session 4

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Sketchbook Challenge – Session 3

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Sketchbook Challenge – Session 2

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Sketchbook Challenge – Session 1

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Handpainted Gouache Resist

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ATC Book – Night and Day

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Working in ATC Books

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Making ATC Books

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In the Mix – Plant Printing and Plants in Altered Books

See how Linda’s combined ideas from two workshops for great results. She’s using techniques from Plants in Altered Books and working into her Plant Printing pages.

A Flip-through Laura’s Sketchbook

Free – Take a quick flip-through tour through Laura’s sketchbook. This one isn’t finished, but we hope you enjoy seeing how the pages are shaping up so far. This book makes use of a lot of monoprint, collage and drawing with pen.

Oil Pastel Monoprint & Wash

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Oil Pastel Monoprint

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Monoprint Image Transfer

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Photobook Finishing Touches

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Photobook: First Steps

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Photo Book

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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

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Foiling on Paper

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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.

Designing with Collage

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Inktense Traced Print

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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! In Linda’s book you’ll see a selection techniques used in combination to record what you find. There are three workshops in this collection.

Photographs + Sketchbooks

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Beautiful Painted Papers

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Polka Dot Papers

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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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Sketchbook Stories

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Mixing it up!

Variety of art mediums is the way to get lots of mileage from a single source of inspiration in a sketchbook.

Handprinted Sketchbooks

In this archive collection of 5 video workshops join Linda and Laura to print, bind and work into your very own sketchbook.

3D Printed Rubbing Plates

We’ve been experimenting with 3D printers to make rubbing plates. Take a look at how we’ve been getting on…

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? 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.

Drawing and Painting

Linda’s enjoying more sketchbook drawing and painting today. With spring in the air the garden provides the inspiration.

Working into Printed Sketchbook No. 2

See how Linda is making one of Laura’s printed sketchbooks her own!

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.

Sketchbook Pages

Take a peek at pages from Laura’s sketchbooks.

Handmade Books

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!

Art Kit Essentials

Laura’s art kit essentials for sketchbook working on the go.

Sharpen those Pencils!

Get your workspace ready! It sounds like procrastination, but seriously, sharpen those pencils…

Getting Started on a New Project

Laura shares her tips for getting started on a new project.

Developing a Habit – How to start a sketchbook

Laura’s tips for developing a sketchbook habit.

Pencilled In

Learn how to use watersoluble pencils on paper and fabric.

Poppies in Graphitint

Don’t waste a moment, draw while the dinner is cooking!

Linda’s Art Essentials

Find out what Linda’s art essentials are for sketchbook work…

Drawing Tricks and Cheats

Learn some simple tricks, cheats and techniques to help improve your drawing skills.

Scraping Colour

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Collagraph

Think of collagraph as a mix between collage and print. In this two-part workshop find out how to make your own collaged plate from simple materials. Then see how to ink and print the plate using nothing more than a pasta machine in lieu of a print press.

Archive Three

In Archive 3 you’ll find a lively mix of some of the very first shows we taped for DMTV. Ranging from discharge printing, through altered books and free motion quilting, there’s lots to inspire.

Beautiful Butterflies

Inspired by butterflies, Linda demonstrates creative ways to fill your sketchbook with exciting and vibrant images. Techniques include ink resist, collage, masks and stencils.

Introduction to Papermaking

Linda demonstrates how to make sheets of recycled paper at home using simple equipment.

Creative Sketchbooks

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.

Don’t Draw? Trace!

Free Video Workshop – Whether you’re nervous of drawing, or are just looking for a new sketchbook technique, why not consider using tracing?

Waxing Papers

Waxed papers are perfect for paper and stitch projects. Join Linda to find out how to make your own.