Sketchbooks are wonderful places to explore creativity, to develop skills and to experiment without judgement.

Sketchbooks are great for;

  • Exploring
  • Gathering information
  • Playing
  • Recording an experience or place
  • Learning to see detail
  • Doodling
  • Writing down ideas
  • Gathering inspiring images
  • Visual thinking
  • Making memories
  • Recording a fleeting phase or season.

I am a fan of really cheap spiral bound sketchbooks because they lessen the pressure of creating a perfect masterpiece. I also tend to have minimal supplies for drawing in my sketchbook, ideally it all fits into a small pencil case that is able to be transported easily.

In my pencil case I have;

  • 1 or 2 soft drawing pencils 2B or 4B
  • Felt tip pens 1 Waterproof and 1 Water soluble. My favourites are the water soluble Artline 0.4mm and the waterproof Sakura Pigma Micron 0.8.
  • Charcoal pencil
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Small travel watercolour set (I have a Windsor and Newton Cotmans set that I refill as needed, Van Gogh also fit in this set) They can also be refilled from a tube.
  • Tube of white gouache paint
  • Round watercolour brush size 3,4,5 or 6.

The other great thing about keeping a sketchbook is that it allows you to be creative anywhere, in any amount of time that you have. I have done sketches in 15 or 20 minute sessions. It is truly a non-threatening, quick and easy way of accessing your creativity and having some artistic fun.

If you need a bit of motivation or just want to sketch with a group you could look at our Sketchbook in the Hills class.