Sketchbook Revival: Day 9 Session 2


This was a wonderfully taught session by Barbara Baumann ( entitled “Drawing Dynamic Dancers with Ink and Watercolor”

Dynamic was the word of the day, and Barbara’s technique is all about dynamic and fast pencil marks, pen marks and playful color.

I didn’t nail a single part of the tutorial. Flamed out in glorious fashion.

“Nan, whhhhyyyyy would you share this with us???”

Because the true nature of the world and our experience on it involves a lot of failure. I’m not willing to share all my failures…I’m a bit sensitive about some of them. This one, though, is too bad not to be shared. It’s a clunker…a real dog…WOOF!

This tutorial has shown me an area I can work on to see if there is improvement. Barring an improvement in my technique, I will have gained a deeper understanding, appreciation, and respect for what artists like Barbara Baumann achieve.

Sketchbook Revival: Day 9 Session 1

This is a great loosening up exercise for anyone facing a blank page wondering what to draw.

Esté MacLeod’s “123…Let’s Draw Cats” starts with the numbers 1-9 on a piece of paper…with 3 and 8 written sideways.

Space them out cuz each number gets incorporated into a cat drawing. How? That’s up to you.

Please pardon my stitches…apparently, I’ve filled half my sketchbook already! That happened fast!

Sketchbook Revival – Day 8 Session 2

You’ll notice I’ve skipped a couple of sessions:

Day 7 Session 2 with Renée Mueller ( is an abstract landscape using acrylics. I’m saving that project for a moment when I have a longer window of time.

Day 8 Session 1 with LaQuisha Hall ( “Confidence Through Creative Journaling” is semi-done, but kinda personal. It’s also still in my head nod will require further work. Her 5 points: Affirmation, Scripture (or other text if you prefer), Inspirational Quote, Gratitude List; and Pondering sections journaled with visual embellishments is a feast of thought. Pondering should be given its own page.

This morning I completed Day 8 Session 2 with Rachel Hazell ( “Alphabet: Pocket: Book”

Rachel led us through creating a pocket for a small concertina book. The folding of the concertina book, and the creation of a sketchbook page to house our pocket book. It was a fun process.

There’s homework to do on this page too, because the book is empty. There is decorative text on the “outside”—this is where the alphabet came into play. We wrote the alphabet in colored pencil over and over again—neat or sloppy. I flipped the page upside down now and then. We wrote it in different colors.

One page of letter (or A4) paper. Write on one side. Separate one third to fold into a pocket. The other two thirds were folded, cut most of the way, and refolded into the concertina book. Yep, there’s a little more to it than that, but it is her workshop to teach.

I’ve really been into creating pockets lately. Mine required tape, and this one didn’t…coooooool. Now I have it to unfold so I can remember how to fold it! Woohoo!

Sketchbook Revival: Day 7 Session 1

Love this!

Wonky scale…yay

Not making it all look the same…yay

Wacky, surreal background…yay

Working in portrait instead of landscape…yay. This surprised me because I didn’t hate working in landscape on the other pieces, but I realized I missed it.

Just a good bit of fun thanks to Karen Stamper ( in “Collage the Street.”

Sketchbook Revival: Day 5 Session 2

Yesterday was a day full of making art, and I’m still behind. That is wonderful!

The marvelous fact about registering for Sketchbook Revival is the flexibility of the program. Karen Abend puts together an intense schedule of workshops with two a day. However, she gives registrants access to the videos for a week or two beyond the event so everyone can work at their own pace.

The Day 5 Session 2 workshop was “Watercolor Collage Fodder” presented by Tiffany Sharpe (

I’ve heard fodder referred to as ephemera as well.

Tiffany breaks her collage work into two parts. The first part is the creation of fodder of all types. When she has a pile of materials (not necessarily related) she proceeds to the second part—composition.

For the purposes of this workshop she combined the two.

There is a lot going on here, and from your perspective quite a bit of it will make no sense at all because there was fodder that briefly appeared on the page and then was removed.

This was another collage I did not like as a whole.

The bits I did like:

The mushrooms were fun.

I am a collector of ephemera.

Last night I went to dinner at my friends’ house. While we were snacking and hanging out, I pulled out my pen and pocket notebook and drew the flower arrangement on the table.

This morning I added watercolor, a bit of cloth from the dog groomer, some scrap construction paper, and an idea, and made a different collage in my altered book.

All the tones are earth tones.

I think the large format of my sketchbook has been working against me where these collages are concerned.

Both of the instructors for the sessions have used smaller format pages for their collages, and in the hour or less timeframe, a few key elements can combine to fill the page.

What I have not liked about mine is they feel incomplete, and the compositions haven’t been coming together overall.

Solution: If there is another collage session, I’m still going to work in the big sketchbook, but I’m going to frame the piece from the very start. Probably a horizontal frame placed on the page in an asymmetrical manner. Hmmm, maybe I won’t wait.

But I have more sessions to do! This is a nice problem to have.