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.
I feel like these posts are pretty self-explanatory, so… let’s just get into it. Sit back, relax, and enjoy some art! 😀
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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. 🙂
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. 😀 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. 🙂 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.
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. 🙂
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. 😛 Right: a hobbit hole painting for another envelope set. 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. 🙂
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. 🙂
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!