I haven’t done a prompt with challenges in a couple of years.
I have no trouble thinking of things to sketch and time is what makes
filling a sketchbook hard — I work at our business full-time.
So why do a challenge when I was swamped and stressed over a deadline on a huge project? Because sketching is my second form of meditation (first is actual meditation), and it provides me a way to free my mind, calm my stress, enjoy my day.
To up the ante, I did no pencil —
NOT that I think pencil is a no-no — I’m not one of those people —
but pencil does slow me down, make me prepare mentally for a “good” sketch.
I wanted to just make it through the month still sketching every day, because I am doing a sketch a day even if I don’t post them (sometimes I can’t for privacy reasons.)
I chose a too-small Hahnemühle Watercolour Book —
I ordered the A6 size by accident — I don’t like small journals —
because as I started this I thought of the exercise as a throwaway.
It was a throwaway —
I threw away
judgements and perfection (10-minute sketches do that for you)!
I gained a fun finished journal, sanity during a long push,
an appreciation for small journals,
and even a few tricks I will continue with —
like more colored ink-in-waterbrushes (besides the greys for grisaille.)
My cover and commitment on the inside cover… …my test pages for inks (you can really see that I started with my normal inks in waterbrushes — browns and greys — but then added a whole other page of colorful inks.
I started using them in waterbrushes two years ago, so I had color for the middle of the night! Then I loved them for grisaille or brunaille…
And finally, my thoughts — which I often record at the end
of a journal looking back — but rarely share.
You can run through these like slides…
Jutta and admins, thank you for the best EDIM ever!
Hahnemühle Watercolour Book,
Pilot Metropolitan with Platinum Cassis Black ink,
Lamy Al-Star with Platinum Citrus Black ink,
Pilot Desk Fountain Pen – DPN-70 or Lamy LX pen with De Atramentis Tobacco ink,
Pilot Preppy pen with Noodler’s Lexington Grey Ink,
Lamy Al-Star with Diamine Ancient Copper ink,
Pilot Metropolitan with KWZ Ink’s Foggy Green,
Pilot Metropolitan with Super5 Australia,
Platinum Carbon pen with De Atramentis Document Brown ink,
Pilot Metropolitan with Super5 Frankfurt,
White Uniball Signo, Pitt White pen, Platinum Japanese Art Pocket Brush Pen,
Lamy Al-Star with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges,
liquid watercolors and inks in a waterbrush.
©D. Katie Powell
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