Author: Alison Hazel   –   Published: December 2021   –   Revised: January 2024

Sketch Journal Page

This time I’ve created a simple bookcase for my sketch journal. 
You can follow along with this video.

My Process

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.

Gathering Materials

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.


Art Supplies

See the art supplies I use here.

Sketch Journaling

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.

Alison Hazel

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.

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