From My Sketchbook: Trail Treasures

I recently finished the Make Art That Sells course with Lilla Rogers, which was a five-week e-course that gives artists everything they need to know to make and sell commercially-viable art in the hottest markets, such as bolt fabric, home decor, children’s books, wall art, gift, and more.

The topic for this project was the gift market. Our first exercise was to gather the things we collect, so I gathered all the trail treasures I have been hoarding.

collection of trail treasures collection of bark collection of trail teasures collection of feathers collection of trail treasures collection of leaves

Then we had to draw our collections which just happens to be my favorite things to draw and illustrate, along with a few flourishes and swirls.





Then we had to arrange our collection of things into a hyper lush design for a zipper pouch. I used a couple previous pages from my sketchbooks for inspiration on layering and layout for my new design.

sketchbook forest floor drawingsketchbook painting forest floor

I’m so happy with how this design turned out!

trail treasures

I ended up experimenting with three color palettes and submitted the most hyper-lush (crazy bright) palette for the course project. But the color I’m showing here, which I call Frost, is my favorite. I’ve got plans for this new illustration, so stay tuned!

Trail Treasures collection in frost

Hope you’re on the look-out for things that inspire you and challenge you!


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