I turned an old "planner" into a recycled mixed media art journal, and it's helping me reduce my perfectionism. I explain how I got started with this altered/junk journal, and talk about some techniques that I'm using to prime the pages and then draw and paint over them. It's a continuation of my Moleskine mixed media sketchbook.
Things I've mentioned in the video:
I used this sketchbook from 2012 to 2020. This was a totally experimental sketchbook where I explored different techniques from simple pencil and ink drawing, colored pencils, water-soluble pencils and crayons, acrylic paint, gouache, oil and soft pastels, collage, and more.
The scans of some of my favorite pages are in my sketchbook gallery: Best of Mixed Media Art Journal #6. You can also see photos of some of the spreads from this one in my article: My 6 favorite mixed media art journal & sketchbook techniques.
There are also many posts previously published on this blog from this very sketchbook:
I started this one as soon as I completed the Moleskine watercolor sketchbook from the previous video – from 2017 to 2019 – mainly for seascapes, doodles, and quick character drawings using watercolor, ink, pens, and colored pencils.
I haven't published scans from this one save for the mermaid I did as a part of the Mermay challenge, but there are photos on my Instagram.
I completed one of my sketchbooks that I started back in 2012 and recorded a video of me flipping through the sketchbook and talking about what I did, what art tools I used, what I was learning etc. I used it mainly for quick watercolor cityscapes, city vignettes, seascapes, doodles, and some mixed media experiments.
If you want to get a better look at the images, there are scans of some of the drawings on my main website: Seascapes and urban sketches 2012–2016.
And here are some additional sketches that I posted here:
P.S. I updated my sketchbooks comparison post with many additional sketchbooks I've had the pleasure of testing over the years. I discovered several new favorites, as well as many duds.
Well, this blog hasn't been getting enough love ever since I started publishing my weekly posts on my official blog, but it's difficult to keep up with that many sites... and I noticed I still haven't shared this video with you.
This is a video of my drawing process in my sketchbook using ink and watercolor, from sketch to finish. The video is at 10x the normal speed, and the actual drawing took over an hour.
You can see the rest of the drawings from this series in this post.
P.S. Notice anything new here? That's right, I changed the design for the first time since 2007.
It should look good even on phones, but if you notice anything wonky, let me know in the comments.