Sketchbook Challenge — Episode 1: Watercolor Herbs

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I’m starting a personal challenge to fill up this entire sketchbook and I'm sharing the process to hopefully help inspire others, and to hold myself accountable. Each time I work in my sketchbook, I'll share the process—the good, the bad, and the ugly. I've never finished a sketchbook before, which makes me feel rather guilty as an artist. So, I intend to see this one through. I want this sketchbook to be more refined and well thought out than my two other "junk" sketchbooks—books that act purely as scratch paper, for practice, or for brain dumps.

I'm in love with this Stilman & Birn Delta Series 5.5 x 8.5” sketchbook. It has premium, think, ivory pages that can withstand a lot of wet mediums. I didn't use too many layers of watercolors today, but I will definitely try more watercolor washes in the future. It lies completely flat while you work, and is bound by a dark green soft cover. It only has 26 sheets (52 pages) because the paper is so thick. That makes my goal of filling up this sketchbook totally doable!

For today's watercolor herbs, I used a Prismacolor Turquoise Drawing Pencil (4B), my trusty Sakura Koi Watercolors Pocket Field Sketch Box Set, the Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections: Decadent Pies set, and two Utrecht Taklon Watercolor Brushes in sizes 6 & 0.

To see a timelapse of the process and my rather chatty voiceover, check out my YouTube video!

Stay tuned for more process videos from my Sketchbook Challenge!

Supplies

Stilman & Birn Delta Series 5.5 x 8.5” Sketchbook (Amazon)
Prismacolor Turquoise Drawing Pencil (4B) (Amazon)
Sakura Koi Watercolors Pocket Field Sketch Box Set (Amazon)
Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections: Decadent Pies (Amazon)
Utrecht Taklon Watercolor Brushes in sizes 6 & 0 (Utrecht)

 

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