Sketchpack Project: Week 1, 2021

In years past I’ve created pretty sketch books during the Sketchpack Project,
But this year I wanted to push myself to work on something difficult for me.
(To see other years you go here!)

I created an accordion booklet from heavy unsized watercolor paper, which I’ve had for a long time and am very uncomfortable using.

The idea was to use brushes only, watercolor or inks, no linework!  Taking away my beloved lines, my life raft!  I wanted to see what I’d learn…

At his point I can tell you I was ready to throw in the towel.
Seriously, not liking this no sketching, no linework at all.
I am used to lines, love lines, love pencil, love ink.


What was I thinking?
Should I change and either size the paper or do linework?

No.  I persisted, unhappy and willing to see what I would learn.

No better for the duration…
Maybe better next week…


ABOUT SKETCHPACK PROJECT: The project began in 2011 to get folks to draw daily.
The sketchpack is a small zigzag journal with two usable sides, allowing one to sketch on both sides of 15 ‘pages’ to complete the month of August. There was much enthusiasm and the project is now repeated yearly in August, with a Facebook page for us to share as we go along.
(The page is closed for viewing but you can join to play along!)
There is an Exhibition held in October at the Artsauce Studio in
Cape Town, South Africa of mostly local Sketchpacks!

w15 sketchpack openingDrawn on handmade watercolor folding journal…
Sennelier, Holbein, and Daniel Smith Watercolors + Waterbrush.

 ©D. Katie Powell.
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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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