A Tour of My Sketchbook {April 2021}

Hello, my friends!

I’m super excited to show you this sketchbook flip-through because I love how so many of the paintings in it turned out! I mostly used this sketchbook for watercolor/gouache artwork, but you’ll find a few graphite sketches and ink drawings too.Β 

I feel like these posts are pretty self-explanatory, so… let’s just get into it. Sit back, relax, and enjoy some art! πŸ˜€

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In case you’re wondering, this is the Stillman & Birn Zeta sketchbook. It worked great with every medium I used on it, although I think cold-press paper is still my pick for watercolor painting. Still, I like how these two first watercolor pages look on the smooth paper!


I made these for an e-magazine I contribute to called Christ’s Light Magazine. I duplicated the hand artwork in Photoshop and flipped it to make a full painting with a heart in the middle. πŸ™‚


If you don’t know what to paint, doodle some patterns in your sketchbook. Just a few simple shapes repeated over and over make for a simple yet pleasing spread.


On the left: more watercolor pattern doodles. On the right: bunny puns. πŸ˜€ Which is your favorite?


Oops, I painted this one upside down… Anyway, this was a practice piece I made before painting the same scene on a vintage milk can for my grandmother. πŸ™‚ I love how the painting turned out in my sketchbook too!


A random practice page with shell doodles, cow sketches, and some watercolor portraits.


Another fun drawing idea: make a bunch of overlapping boxes and fill them in with different angles and views of one subject, like these cute little gourds. I add color swatches around the edges for extra interest.Β 


I love the vibrant colors in both of these! The cute plant just makes me happy, and the sunset was incredibly fun to paint. I painted them both with my favorite Himi gouache set.


For a little while there I was really into painting with black ink. There’s something so satisfying and simple about it! Unfortunately, this page got really smudged, but… you still get the minimalist portrait thing I was going for.


Another super fun ink painting! Now I want to do more of these…


I love the way this spread looks! I got the painting on the right printed onto a custom phone case, which I still have and love. The right page was just me practicing hair because… I need a lot of practice with that.


Left: some fun little watercolor portraits. That pen + watercolor style is a comfortable one for me. Right: Hogwarts castle, painted for some decorative envelopes to put in my shop.


More Harry Potter art! The little elements on the left were quite fun to paint. I love how detailed you can be with gouache.


Left: a graphite study for one of my art students. Right: Another gouache floral pattern that I made into a phone case – for my mom’s birthday this time. πŸ™‚


If I don’t know what else to paint, I’ll probably just make a bunch of flowers. I used only the leftover colors in my palette for this one so the color scheme turned out quite unique and vintage-looking.


Left: another study from one of the art classes I teach! Right: more elements for the CLM e-magazine, winter edition.


These are also both for the e-magazine. I think the lettering on the right is the only colored pencil piece in here, haha.


Left: I love how this cute watercolor piece turned out! I started with a sketch in red pencil and it ended up giving such a cute “rosy glow” to the character. Right: some elements for one of Megan’s snail mail kits!


And a continuation of the winter birds stationery collection


Left: yet another art class study. πŸ˜› Right: a hobbit hole painting for another envelope set.Β I LOVE how it turned out!


More LOTR paintings! Check out the finished envelope set here.


I’m not a huge fan of the way these paintings turned out, but that wasn’t the point. I painted this spread just for fun and I sure enjoyed making it!


Left: guess what? Another art class study! Right: I didn’t finish this page yet; I’m working on some dog paintings for another stationery release in Megan’s shop.


Another still-to-be-finished page for the dog paintings. And a gouache landscape I really like, painted from one of the travel photos in this post.


Another just-for-fun, leftover-paint spread. Painting this made me so happy. πŸ™‚


I hadn’t done a realistic watercolor painting like this in a while, so I decided to try a pomegranate. The seeds were certainly tricky, but I like how it turned out.


This last spread is a similar one – a sunny citrus painting! Citrus is so fun to paint. Side note: I love how I can paint over the center seam in this sketchbook since it’s not spiral-bound.


Welp, that’s it for today, guys! I hope you enjoyed looking through my sketchbook as much as I enjoyed filling it. Feel free to pin this post for future inspiration. πŸ™‚

Which page or spread was your favorite? What is your favorite art medium to use?

Thanks so much for reading, my friends, and have a lovely day!



77 thoughts on “A Tour of My Sketchbook {April 2021}

  1. Eeeeeppp! I LOVE THESES POSTS! All of your paintings/drawings were amazing but I really loved that road one based off a photo from your trip. So cool! Thanks for sharing these photos Allison πŸ˜‰

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  2. I love the pomegranate one, the gauche flowers, and the cows-at-pasture .. ahhhhh! *delighted sigh* They’re all so beautiful though!!

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  3. I really enjoyed your artwork. They are all lovely. I loved the funny, creative bunnies and the purple flower pattern — is that the phone case design? — and the Hobbit house. πŸ™‚ I also really liked your Proverbs verse. I’ll have to check out the ezine you mentioned.

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    1. Aww, thank you! Yes, that’s the phone case design. And yes, the ezine is great! They are taking a break at the moment because of software problems, but I think you can read past issues in the meantime. πŸ™‚

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  4. You are an AMAZING artist! Thanks for sharing your artwork! seeing other people’s work is very uplifting inspirational for me!


    1. AHHH THANK YOU! My tips for artists… oh goodness, that’s a big topic. I would say don’t be afraid to make “bad” art, because the messy sketches and ruined pieces get you to the good ones! Just make a LOT of art; all kinds. Experiment and play around with it and don’t give up when you don’t like a piece!
      Thanks for the comment, dear!

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  5. I loved this post! You are so gifted, and so amazing at being an artist! I love to watercolor, but I usually just do it for my Pen-Pal envelopes!
    I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend! ❀

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  6. Eeep, these are the prettiest!! You are so talented!😍😍😍 My favorite was the smiling hanging plant with the amazing sunset next to it!😁 Also, I always love and am grateful for your lovely art for CLM!❀️

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  7. Gosh, you are such a great artist! I love all of these, they are so, so, so very nice! I’m going to have to try and paint a citrus. It looks so great and fun! I love your blog, it’s nice. I love your attitude and you remind me of one of my good friends. Kinda look like her too. Continue to have fun!


    1. Ahh, thank you so much! Yes, citrus painting is super fun – especially those white highlights at the end. πŸ˜› Aww, really? Well that makes me happy! I’m glad you’re enjoying my blog, Deanna! Thanks for the lovely comment.

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  8. Wow!! I’m absolutely in love with your style – you are so talented! I can’t even pick a favorite because they’re all so amazing. I love the birds, and the Harry Potter stuff looks amazing. The scene you painted for your grandmother was really beautiful too!

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  9. These are all so beautiful, my word! I especially like the cow landscape and the bunny puns, and those black and white portraits, and the Harry Potter art! AND THAT POMEGRANATE! WOW!


  10. How absolutely lovely – well done! Thanks for sharing – you’ve inspired me to do some drawings myself! I’ve not picked colours or paints in a while


  11. Oh my goodness! These were all beautiful! I want to comment on every single one, but this would be a very long comment if I did. πŸ˜‚ I absolutely love the pomegranate! And the gourds were beautiful!!! I love the LOTR ones, and the flowers you made using the leftover paint were so gorgeous. 😍

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