Black and White Sketchbook Pages

It’s been nice to get reacquainted lately with one of my favorite things to do, drawing black and white illustrations in my moleskin sketchbooks with my favorite mechanical pencil and a Micron pen.

I finished the last page in my recent sketchbook (above), and started a new one (below).

In looking through my last few sketchbooks, I discovered I like to go big on the first page. I used to have such a phobia for messing up that first page!

I managed to squeeze in a little coffee shop sketching around the holidays.

Happy drawing!


Tiny Art: Week 4

I’ve managed to keep up with creating a new tiny piece of art almost every day lately.

It’s fun to experiment on such a small canvas (2.5″ x 3.5″) with watercolors and gouache, along with Micron pens, a Tombow marker and white gel pen to add a few details.

Here’s week 4, days 22-28.
You can follow my progress on Instagram as I participate in Victoria Johnson’s project called A Little Art, where you create a tiny piece of art everyday. These tiny pieces of art measure 2.5″ x 3.5″ or scraps of watercolor paper leftover from other projects.

Happy tiny drawing and painting!


Click here to see Week 1.

Click here to see Week 2.

Click here to see Week 3.

From My Sketchbook: September Doodles

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’ve been doing is a monthly doodle calendar, but instead of using it like a diary, I’m using it to do a daily doodle.

For the month of September, I went with a theme centered around the woods and things you might see and find in the forest, since we usually start hiking again, now that it’s less buggy in the woods around here. It’s one of my favorite subjects to draw!

sketchbook page for september doodles

I’ve never drawn some of these little doodles before, so it was a good challenge, and I’m so happy with how this turned out! Happy drawing!


Click here to see my August doodles

Click here to see my July doodles

Click here to see my June doodles

Click here to see my May doodles

Click here to see my April doodles

Click here to see my March doodles

Click here to see my February doodles

Click here to see my January doodles

Inspiration Wednesday: From My Sketchbook

I’ve been enjoying making more time lately to experiment in my mixed-media sketchbook. As usual, once I get going, I realize how much I miss this creative freedom to just experiment, paint, draw and doodle with different media.

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.

sketchbook page for january 2015 doodles

It’s a great way to get started with my drawing projects for the day. I’m hoping to have a theme for each month’s doodles. It’s growing to be one of my new favorite things to do!


Doodle Pages

I’ve been doodling more lately, practicing my drawing and filling up sketchbook pages. I get carried away when I start out with a theme, and then I end up filling up a page with some kind of crazy illustration or just capture ideas for future design projects. Once I get started, I never know where the story will take me. I’m also trying to be brave by doodling more with pens rather than graphite pencils (i.e. no erasing with pens).

Tropical Fish




Trees Over Cityscape


Check out this post for inspiration on some phenomenally awesome doodle art!

Thanks for stopping by.


Sketchbooks – Make Your Own

For my concept development class, we had to make our own sketchbooks over spring break.

We had to make one large size, so I cut apart a Lucky Charm cereal box (one of my favorite cereals), cut paper to size, and took it to Office Max to have a spiral coil added for the binding. (This one was a hit at school so I might have to make more!)

On the inside front cover, I glued a piece of red cardstock to cover the cardboard.

On the inside back cover, I glued a piece of yellow cardstock to cover the cardboard, and added an envelope to use as a pocket.

We also had to make a pocket size sketchbook, so I took the opportunity to use this perfume flyer I’ve been saving because I love the sexy imagery.

For the inside, I hand-sewed my blank pages like you might see in a moleskin cahier notebook. (I used a pearl cotton thread ball in black and a regular sewing needle, the same one I use to hand stitch binding onto a finished quilt top.)

My favorites are these moleskin covers, which I made using prints from the Circa 60 Beach Mod organic cotton collection by Birch Fabrics. Such cool retro and outdoorsy prints!

Since we had to make our own sketchbook pads from scratch too, I also made a few moleskin-type notebooks to insert into these fun covers, using pages from a drawing sketchbook I had left over from last semester.

I have to admit, I adore these! I love those fabrics, and I love that I can reuse these covers over and over again by inserting new moleskin notebooks as I fill these up with doodles, drawings and inspirations. This set was also a hit at school! I received several suggestions to make more and sell them in my shop and in local stores, so they have been moved up on my list. (I will let you in on a little secret – I look forward to the day when I can make these with fabric I designed myself!)

We have to commit to a certain about of drawing in these sketchbooks each week. The idea is the more you like your sketchbook, the more you’re willing to make the time to draw and doodle in it. Fun stuff!