Sketchbook update

* * UPDATED 17/09/2016 with better photos!**

My sketchbook is coming on apace.  I did an intro page for it covering all the types of stuff in it (isn’t ‘stuff’ a useful word?).  No doubt I will add to this in the coming weeks:

sketchbook page with inspirational words

The left hand page below is one of my latest.  I stamped the background with the home made ‘fence’ stamp which I see makes great texture as well, stuck an old railway ticket on it and drew a rather inept set of railway tracks.  They are a bit wonky – I expect that if an actual train tried to travel along them it would derail pretty quickly!

fence sketches
I’m using train tickets even now! (see trainticketart project)

This sketch is based on a photo I took in the tropical biome at the Eden Project.

sketch of palm leaf from Eden Project, Cornwall
This palm frond looked amazing with the sun shining through it!

For these, I’ve stuck some of my screenprinted fabric on and a smaller layer of polyester organza printed with the same screen in yellow acrylic paint.  I like how I’m using this sketchbook to try out possible fabric designs.

I haven't used this particular colour combination on any of my work so far...
I haven’t used this particular colour combination on any of my work so far…

I did this sketch this afternoon – it is based on a photo I took the other day when I went for my monthly reeds walk, showing a curve in the fence by the river and its shadow.

fence and shadow - sketch done for sketchbook project with watercolour pencils

I thought I’d post some pictures of the tools I’m using in my sketchbook.  As well as PVA glue to stick some of the pages together and make them thicker and more able to take paint without bleeding through to the opposite side; and clear gesso too.  I was introduced to these woody Stabilo water soluble pencils when I did the online course run by lk ludwig and I absolutely love them.

a set of fat stabilos

You can see which colours I’m using the most for this sketchbook!

blue, green and yellow fat stabilo watercolour pencils
Love these colours!

I also love these Neocolor II watersoluble crayons and I like the fact that they make so many different shades.  Drawing shadows, I’ve bought several different greys!

a line of neocolor watercolor crayons
Landscape colours!

And here is a pic of my box of pens.  That grey Pitt pen is getting used a lot in the sketchbook!

box of markers, pens, pilot parallel pens, silver pens
pens, pens and more pens!

4 Replies to “Sketchbook update”

  1. my goodness, you’re putting me to shame!! I’ve hardly achieved a thing with it. Do love the tropical leaves drawing… I bet there’s lots of inspiration at that bidome… one I’d love to visit.

    just a little note to add… I’m changing my blog and webpage to if you’d like to update your link.

    looking forward to reading more
    Helen S

    1. Thanks, Helen, yes there was lots of inspiration! And I think you have been rather busy lately and have an excuse for not filling yours:) I changed your blog link.

  2. Well, I must say that your sketches and sketchbook (and all those lovely pencils and crayons) are tempting me to start my own sketchbook — when I come up for air.
    Love what you are doing, Liz!

    1. Thanks, Rayna! I wouldn’t be doing it without having to for this sketchbook project… I am very good at starting and not finishing them. But this is pushing me to fill all the pages. Or glue them together:)

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