I’ve been playing in my sketchbook and have a few pages to share with you. I layered watercolor shapes with markers. It was a fun and easy exercise that I hope you will try as well.
I’m always inspired by watching Shayda Campbell videos on YouTube. She has so many great ideas for filling your sketchbook. I love her style and enjoy her watercolor tutorials.
I painted simple watercolor leaves and flowers all over the page. I love the combination of peachy pinks and soft browns together.
Once the page dried I used my dual tipped Tombow markers for some detail. I’m always amazed how adding detail with a pen or marker really wakes things up. I tried to keep the detail all very simple but I did get carried away with a few of them. 😉 Looking over my page, I really like the simple flowers much more.
Note to self…whether painting or drawing with markers, you have to know when to stop.
For my second page, I switched up the colors. I covered the page with a variety of leaves. I ended up with a nice little playful pattern.
Wow, the fuschia really added a nice punch of color. Nothing shy or boring about that color.
These dual tip markers are really nice to work with. They have a fine tip on one end and a larger brush pen on the other. I do need to practice more to learn how to control the brush pen though.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Art is for everyone and I hope you play and fun in your sketchbook too.
It’s been a while since I opened up my sketchbook for you. Today I have a variety of sketches made using pens and markers.
It’s been challenging getting nice photos of different pages in my sketchbook. It always seems to be either too bright or too dark when I’m taking photos of my artwork in winter… 🙂
I layered tiny flowers and vines in this sketch using both Tombow markers and Micron pens. The little unexpected blue leaves and flowers make me happy.
A practice page of flowers and leaves. I love how this little sampler turned out. It was a good way to try different colors together and see what works. Most importantly, it was fun and very relaxing.
A simple little bird sketch found its way into my sketchbook. I think I’m going to start adding more birds in my sketchbook.
Tulips with marker pens. I love how the stripes of different green markers look on the leaves. I played around using the large and small tip of the markers. Parts of this sketch I really like and other parts not so much but this is a sketch and it’s important to explore and try different things.
This was an in progress piece. While prepping the photo for this post, I accidentally rotated it to the left and now it feels complete. In my sketchbook the top of the page has the three magenta vines on top. I really like it better with them on the left as you see here.
I’m going to have to remember to try this with my paintings as well. Sometimes simply changing the orientation can make all the difference.
I hope you enjoyed this walk through my sketchbook. I encourage you to play and have fun sketching. I really need to remember to do more of this myself.
I have been having fun sketching and painting leaves and vines lately. Today I have a few different styles to share with you.
Happy Sunday, friends! 🌿💚
This first piece I created using Tombow watercolor markers.
I started sketching the the vines adding more and more neon colors. Then I outlined them with a black pen.
These leaves remind me of Fruit Stripe gum from back in the day. I loved that gum!
9 x 12 Bee mixed media sketchbook
For this piece, I painted with watercolor first and then added ink detail on top. I like to keep the painting loose and not worry about perfection with shape. Then the last step of outlining with ink cleans things up a bit.
6 x 9 inch Bee watercolor paper
Using a large round brush I painted simple vines using different shades of yellow, green and blue. I love the color palette and simplicity here. This is probably my favorite of the four pieces.
7 x 10 inch Arches watercolor paper
Using a large 1 inch flat brush, I played with large leaf shapes. The Arches cold press paper has a nice texture and creates some interesting patterns.
Each piece has a different style and feeling. It’s fun to take the same subject and create something totally different by switching up supplies and technique.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Thank you for following me on this creative journey. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!