A picture is worth a thousand words, we’re told. Adding sketches to your journals, or making sketches of your daily life events, can enhance the way you create your life’s story on paper. Engaging with your world through drawing and writing provides a wonderful way to weave creativity into your daily life.
- Use basic drawing skills to create images of daily activities or major life events.
- Learn basics of page layouts and design to add variety to your journals.
- Make visual maps, image lists, and use decorative lettering and borders to pull a page together.
- Explore themes, such as food travel, people, gardens, pets, and incorporate texts, poems, quotes, or scripture.
The workshop will be part lecture, part working exercises.
$10 materials fee is included in the cost of the workshop!
Sketchbook at least 5X7”, paper weight at least 80-90 pound: Fabriano, Arches, Hand.Book, Stillman & Birn, Strathmore (400 or 500 series), any others you prefer
Black waterproof pen, such as Fine-Point Sharpie, Sakura Pigma Micron pen, Prismacolor Fine Line Pen, Staedtler Pigma Liner Sketch Pen, Faber-Castell Pitt Pen. Test for waterproof quality before you buy.
Lead Pencil, #2 is fine.
Eraser, rubber kneaded eraser or other not-smear soft eraser
Watercolor palette: If you have none, here are colors to have in a simple palette: The 12 color watercolor palette commonly consists of the following: warm and cool versions of the three primary colors (yellow, red, blue), violet red, a warm and a cool green, two earth tones, and a black or neutral grey. A simpler beginning palette consists of warm and cool versions of the three primaries, an earth tone and a green. Thus: Hansa Yellow Medium or New Gamboge, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Red, Perm. Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Burnt Sienna, Veridian or Sap Green. Good additions: Quinacridone Gold, maybe Sepia, Payne’s Grey, Manganese Violet, Cobalt Blue. Use Artist Grade paints, preferred: Daniel Smith, Winsor & newton, Schmincke, M. Graham. (Cotman is student grade.)
Brushes: Watercolor brushes #8 round, ½” flat;’ or bring whatever you usually use.
Misc.: Paper towel, water brush if you have one.