recently in the sketchbook

 

Keeping a sketchbook is a concept that I have pretty much grown up with. Having done art classes for most of my life, the practice of having a sketchbook and drawing in it often was something that was sort of ingrained in me. I found it daunting to follow through, though. I loved the idea of keeping a sketchbook, but the pages were big and I was worried about making things look good. 

A couple of years ago I decided to take some of the pressure off of myself- nobody said I had to have a big sketchbook! So I purchased a small sketchbook, mod podged a cute collage on the cover, and suddenly, it was fun to have a sketchbook! It has been a great place for me to explore watercolors and lettering especially. It's just for fun, but I have had good ideas for final pieces come from my sketchbook and flipping through it is inspiring. I screenshot a lot of instagram photos, especially of color combinations I like and quotes to practice later. 

Here are some recent pages from my little sketchbook. I'm going to have to start another one soon! 

I'm super into moon phases right now. I've always been a fan of celestial stuff and it's starting to show through in my art! 

I want to make a large version of this to hang above my bed. 

One of my very favorite song lyrics- I practice writing this one often. 

My small sketchbook makes it a lot easier to tote it around with me, so I'll bring it with me various places, along with my travel watercolor set, and favorite brush

 

october wips and fos

 

I'm not one of those crafters that does just one thing at a time. I aspire to that and I am getting close to that, but typically I have a few projects going on at the same time. I try to keep it to a minimum, though, and to have just one project from each genre, if you will, going at the same time. Here are some things I'm working on/recently finished these days:

Calligraphy: just some practicing. 

Drawing and painting- my sketchbook tends to be a conglomeration of all sorts of random stuff- sewing and quilting ideas, calligraphy practice, doodles, tons of flowery paintings, testing out new supplies. It's a fun place to play around and not care how anything turns out. 

some fall doodles in pen

and with some color

Knitting: Seed Stitch Wrap in Worsted Twist from the purl bee. I'm going to dedicate a whole post to this one eventually because it took nearly a year to complete! 

That's what I've got going on these days. I've got a knitting project and hand sewing project in the queue as well that I'm hoping to finish before Christmas, but I know better than to put deadlines on myself.