Sketch Journal Page
Step 1: Pencil Sketch and Layout
First I do a pencil sketch. I use a 2H pencil and light lines.
Step 2: First Ink Over
Then I ink over with a fine 0.3mm pen.
Step 3: Watercolor Wash
Next, I add a light watercolor wash. This can be several layers asnd I may let it try in between coats.
Step 4: More Pen Over
Again I pen over aand this time with a 0.3mm and a 0.1mm pen for the finer details.
Step 5: Touch of Gold
I typically add a touch of gold. This is eithre with a glod gel pen or with me gold watercolor paint. I only put a little here and there but I do enjoy embelishing my artworks with gold. It’s almost like a style thing.
Getting Organized for Art
Creating sketch journal pages can be a wonderful and mindful way to express your creativity. Start by choosing a sketchbook that resonates with you—perhaps one that feels good in your hands or has a cover that inspires you.
I collect my favorite pens, pencils, markers and any other tools I enjoy using.
Let Go of Perfection
I embrace the free-flowing nature of sketch journaling. My pages don’t need to be perfect; they’re a reflection of my thoughts and feelings. I allow myself the freedom to experiment with different styles and techniques.
Incorporate Mindful Techniques
Since mindfulness is important to me, I try to incorporate mindful techniques into my sketching process. I focus on my breath, stay present in the moment and let my intuition guide your artistic choices.
Experiment with Layouts
I like to play with the layout of my sketch journal pages. I often mix full-page illustrations with smaller doodles and I’m not afraid to experiment with different arrangements. This dynamic approach keeps my sketchbook visually engaging.
See the art supplies I use here.
Sketch journaling is a way to document what happens in your life, once or twice a month. A sketch journal is a beautiful memory book for how life was for you in any given each year.
What do you think?
Reflect and Connect
Before I finish every sketch journal page I take a moment to reflect on each completed page. I consider how it relates to my current experiences and emotions. This reflective practice enhances the connection between my inner world and my creative expressions.
Share your sketch journal pages with us on the hashtag #AlisonHazelArt so we can find your images. I’d love to see what you create.
Author Bio: Alison Hazel
Alison Hazel is a hobby artist and she shares her ongoing journey about becoming an artist later in life. She creates simple art that anyone can make. She hopes to inspire you to reach your creative potential in the area that suits you.
Author: Alison Hazel - Published: January 2024 Overpainting Last month I decided to paint over, or overpaint, a large Ikea artwork I had in my living room. Over painting is a technique used by many of the great artists when supplies were short and canvasses hard...
Sketching outdoors at English Bay beach in Vancouver and then home for the studio sketch with colored inks.