Sketchbook Revival: Day 7 Session 2 (after)

There were a couple of sessions that I just could not bring myself to do on the day. This was one of them because it meant working with acrylics (not too bad). As I started to watch the video, however, I discovered I would be attempting to use new tools and I would be mixing a lot of colors.

This was a workshop that needed more than a bit of time in the midst of a busy day. I wanted quiet time, and I found a while early this morning.

I’m going to grade myself gently at a C+ or maybe a B-.

Then I remembered this is my sketchbook, so it is meant for experimentation and learning.

There were some supplies that I just didn’t have, and I didn’t have the experience to compensate. There was a point at which I had a fist full of palette knife and two paintbrushes while I was grabbing a tube of paint to squeeze another blob. It was chaotic, and there was no resurrecting the painting.

If it had been painted on a canvas, I would have painted over it already. Instead I set it aside to dry and wrote notes about the lessons I’d learned.

After you critique the work you do, step away for a while and then take another look.

In this case I was able to find three happy notes for myself. It assuages the frustration, and reminds me that nothing that happens in a sketchbook is all bad.

Sketchbook Revival: Day 15 Closing Session

The final session was with the founder and organizer of Sketchbook Revival, Karen Abend (

This was the 5th Sketchbook Revival—a notable time of celebration for Karen, and that was her theme “Creative Celebration With Characters”.

I was celebrating the new techniques and happy accidents I enjoyed along the way.

Sketchbook Revival: Day 14 Session 2

Abbey Sy’s ( session “Collage Travel Jounaling” is my happy place but for one key point…I haven’t travelled anywhere in years! ARGH!

I’m the journal geek who starts her journal for a trip months before the actual trip, so all the anticipation and planning go in the journal too.

I ended up having some fun with ephemera from magazines. I cut an envelope flap in half to make “fickets” (fake tickets).

“Flight: 2,469,321. Time: 1ish or 2ish. Leaving: MKE. Arriving: We hope so!. Destination: Elsewhere.”

The return ficket: “Flight: 37,492,337.51. Time 2:29 am. Leaving: RRG. Arriving: That’s the plan, don’t jinx us! Destination: MKE.”

Then there are some photos from places I’ve never been. That said, I have absolutely sat in a park with a cup of coffee—in a lot of places actually.

I labeled the town street picture “Anywhere, U.S.A.” Then I saw the Main Street in the corner….of course it is.

Why not a picture of Mongolia? That piece of ephemera has been in my ephemera envelope for 13 years and 7 months (I have no idea how long, but it’s been a loooong time). It came out of a copy of National Geographic…they have great maps! I love maps. The Trip Not Taken travelogue page even says so. It must be true.

Sketchbook Revival: Day 14 Session 1

Viddhi Saschit ( instructed us in “Gouache Pattern Designs”.

This was a fun and relaxing exercise too, but I was working with acrylics since I don’t have any gouache.

Viddhi’s results were so clean edged. That would take practice and maybe less coffee.