In order to fill up more sketchbooks, which is on my bucket list for 2015, I’m having fun coming up with new drawing prompts, so I’ve been trying to sketch A LOT more lately. One thing I’m doing is a monthly calendar, but instead of using it like a diary, I’m using it to do a daily doodle.
For the month of October, I’m going with a new theme centered around the spookiness of October.
As you can see, I usually just fill up every square in this grid, rather than just the days of the month. Stay tuned for my progress!
In order to fill up more sketchbooks, which is on my bucket list for 2015, I’m having fun coming up with new drawing prompts, so I’ve been trying to sketch A LOT more lately. One thing I’m doing is a monthly calendar. But instead of using it like a diary, I’m using it to do a daily doodle.
For the month of April I’m taking inspiration from what I see outside in my part of the world right now, which are spring flowers – crocus, daffodils, forsythia buds opening, vinca vines and soon, tulips, magnolia blooms and crabapple blossoms.
Here’s my progress so far. I got a little behind at first so then I got a little ahead.
Time just slips away when I’m working in my sketchbook, especially when I have a techno / electronic beat going in the background! I’m on a roll so I’m just going to keep going.
Click here to see my January doodles
Click here to see my February doodles
Click here to see my March doodles
In order to fill up more sketchbooks, which is on my bucket list for 2015, I have been coming up with lots of drawing prompts. One thing I’m doing is a monthly calendar. But instead of using it like a diary, I’m using it to do a daily doodle.
I’m happy to report that I completed my January calendar of doodles in the month of January.
And my February calendar is ready for a month’s worth of new ideas and new doodles!
I’m hoping to have a theme for each month’s doodles. It’s a great way to get started with my drawing projects for the day.
I’m excited to show you the awesome 2015 calendars I made over the weekend from the photos in my Instagram feed. I used a template from this post with a few tweaks.
One version features photos of my weekly fresh-cut flowers and a couple flowers from our garden.
The other calendar version features scenes from our yard from each month. The exception is February, which will commemorate the one year anniversary of when we lost our Angel cat.
They printed beautifully on my favorite cardstock Epson Premium Presentation Paper. I trimmed them to 5″ wide by 8.5″ high.
It was fun to look through the photos from 2014 and discover a couple themes. It was also a great reminder to keep taking more photos, especially highlighting the seasonal changes around here throughout the year. And to keep buying fresh-cut flowers each week.
I haven’t posted anything new from my sketchbook in quite awhile. The truth is I haven’t spent a lot of time experimenting in my sketchbook until just recently.
I had some catching up to do with a calendar for May,
and a calendar for June.
My vision for June was berries since they are usually in season this month, so I sketched and painted a page with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries in mind. When I was finished, I liked the page so much, I decided I couldn’t cover it up.
So I ended up doing another page, similar in style to cover up with my calendar pieces.
I’ve also been working on quite a few flower sketches lately too.
I really love working like this, starting out with a pencil sketch using a Verithin pencil, adding some color with acrylic or watercolor paints, and finishing off with some dimension by adding pen and colored pencil.
I have missed experimenting in my sketchbook, so I’m happy to have the time and energy and inspiration again. I have at least three more pages in progress, and lots of ideas to fill up many more pages. Feels great to be dreaming up and illustrating my own ideas again, outside of an assignment or a homework deadline.
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I kept up with my January calendar by filling something in for each day. It’s kinda like a diary, which is nice to look back on. Sometimes I have a hard time remembering what I did yesterday, so this will be a great reference to have.
For my February calendar page, I painted the background with a pink watercolor paint. While I was in the waiting room at the hospital during Dave’s eye surgery, I finished it by just doodling freely all over the page.
February is one of my least favorite months of the year, so I’m hoping we can cruise through this month quickly and uneventfully. We’ve had a very mild winter, so I’m hoping we can continue that way until Spring is ready to reveal itself. It’s been wonderful to have dry roads lately and see the snow melt on our lawn, even though the grass is all matted and brown. I love that time of year around here when the natural world comes back to life.
Ever have those moments when you discover something or someone, like an artist, and you want to share this new discovery with everyone you know? That happens to me all the time. But most of my coworkers aren’t interested in the same things as I am, and sometimes I think my husband must get tired of hearing me babble on about this, that and the other.
I know I’m supposed to be sharing with you what I’m thankful for today, so today I am really thankful I found these artists! Since all of my blogger friends have the same interests, I’m dying to share this with you!
Have you heard of Nichole and Evan Robertson of the littlebrownpen? They have the most wonderful idea! First, they have a blog written by Nichole who is a freelance copywriter. Next, they have an etsy shop that sells PDF downloads of these adorable works of art that you can print on your own paper – stationery, calendars, bookplates, and other paper crafts.
Notice how small this calendar is – it’s the size of a business card or credit card, perfect for reference in your bag.
No shipping costs, no waiting for your package to arrive. Just buy the item from their etsy shop, download the PDF, and print it on nice card stock.
It’s so nice to see others loving and supporting them too. Go check out littlebrownpen! You can also follow their adventures as Americans living in Paris.
What are you inspired by today?