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Sketch Journaling

a downloadable PDF workbook (33 pages)

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Nature & Sketch Journaling Workbook...          Have you always wanted to journal and sketch about your life, your yard or garden, or your adventures on vacation, but haven’t any idea of where and how to start? Or maybe you've been sketch/journaling for awhile now, but you're not satisfied with your results?

       Then this workshop workbook is what you've been looking for, starting with how to choose an empty book or journal that suits you, then taking you step-by-step through the process of deciding how you want it to look ~ and what you can do to make it happen.

       Ideas and practice pages help you turn the average sentence into a fascinating account of what happened, illustrated with a simple contour drawing that will knock your socks off. Of course, if you’re already an artist, you can take it to any level you want!

Travel Journal Vine Flower, Costa Rica...        Filled with examples of Irene’s vacation sketchbook pages, this workbook shows you ways to become the journalist-cum-artist you’ve always dreamed of being, then starts you on your way with step-by-step instructions. You can take it at your own speed, and only adopt those ideas you like, so it’s truly a workbook for all levels of sketch/journalists.

Waiting room amusements...        This workbook will show you how to create a well-designed and colorful journal. You’ll discover how to dress up your observations with lively sketches and fun mementos ~ and express yourself eloquently with creative writing, poetry and haiku.

       You'll explore all manner of ideas for co-joining journal and sketchbook into a fascinating record of your life ~ well worth reading and re-reading far into the future. We're not talking scrapbooking or a major journey into design elements ~ but a way for you, artistic or not, to create a sketch journal that you can claim with pride. If you want more drawing instruction, download Irene’s Nature Sketching Basics workbook.

Banana Tree with Initial Caps...        This workbook has instructions for attaching ephemera, and inserting captivating captions and tasteful titles to your pages with a "fun font" invented by Irene. There’s even a calligraphy alphabet if you’d like to try your hand at that! A one-page basic introduction to watercolor pencils will show you how to add touches of color to your drawings.

Borders and motifs...        What about the writing? A tutorial will help you explore ways to express yourself, then combine your creative writing with drawings, photos, and colorful column dividers to make an interesting practice entry (click on the image at right for a sample workbook page you can print out and use, even if you don't download the workbook). There’s a guide to cool initial caps and simple, colorful titles for your journal pages. You'll finish this workbook with a head full of ideas and possibilities, and with your right brain primed with new experiences and skills.

Supplies you'll need to complete the projects in this workbook include:

  • sketchbook or journal with good quality unlined paper pages (if you don't already have one, read in the workbook about selecting your journal before buying one)
  • ballpoint pen with black ink, fine to medium point
  • .5 mechanical pencil loaded with HB lead
  • kneaded eraser
Recommended, but not essential if you don't plan to add color:
  • a 12-pencil set of watercolor pencils
  • waterbrush
  • tissues for wiping waterbrush

This workbook is in the form of a PDF which you can download with Adobe Acrobat,
save to your computer, and print out immediately on heavy-weight 8½ x 11 paper.
It is priced at $9.95.

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