My first newsletter

August 6, 2014 | 3 Comments
Yesterday at 8pm Sydney time my first newsletter went out to all those on my mailing list.

It felt like a momentous occasion! Not only because doing a monthly newsletter is something that I have been wanting to do for ages, but also because it announced my SketchingNow classes!

It also is a great sense of achievement for me to do a stocktake of what I did in July and what is on the cards in the coming weeks.

I have decided to share the first newsletter in full here on my blog – but from now on these newsletters will be emailed to my subscribers only. I have plans for exciting content and am also looking forward to having a more personal way to share with my regular readers.
So please subscribe to the mailing list if you want to receive my monthly newsletter

  So here we go..


Welcome to my first newsletter!

This is something I have wanted to do for a number of years so am very pleased to be finally doing it.  I will be sharing this first newsletter on my blog later this week but from next month onwards, the newsletter is just for you … the people on my mailing list.


The big news of the month is that my online classes are coming!

12 week course – one concept a week –  each week building on the previous
Explanatory diagrams – notated sketches – video demonstrations
Step by step on-location sketches from recent adventures

Read more about the concept and format at my new  SketchingNow Site.
Full details and registration for the first course will be released in September – and you will get first notice of it here in my newsletter.
Other news – Getting Serious about my blog
I have always loved blogging but right now I am spending time – planning, scheduling, and well… really getting serious! I am putting more into my daily posts and also changing the blog itself.  I will be doing it slowly over the next few months but some of you might have noticed changes already :
– a general clean up
– updated banner to reflect my palette
– social media icons (if you want to follow me on IG, twitter, flickr and facebook)
– a video page (my own video content coming soon)
– a new camera and crisper photos (happy girl!)
I will keep you posted as I add more features –  features that will make my blog more interesting and helpful!

I would really love to hear your thoughts on what you would like to see on my blog.

And if somehow you missed it…..
I am giving away an original Teacup sketch. To enter the draw for “My Pink Melbourne Cup” please leave a comment on this post before Tuesday 19 August  (Sydney Australia time)


Announcing: Another 2 day workshop

Sketching on Location in The Rocks Sydney (Australia)
Thursday 9 – Friday 10 October.

more details on the workshop page
If you are interested and live in Sydney (or can make it to Sydney) please let me know asap. The last time I ran this workshop it filled up in a few days with a long waiting list.
And yes…..Those on this mailing list will hear about these workshops first!

Wrap Up: July

Local Houses Series: Making time in my work day to get out for a sketch and walk and finding inspiration in the heart of Sydney suburbia.
Port Macquarie Break: Visiting tearooms and sketching at the beach. There is something very special for me about sketching those ‘Port Rocks’… it is not just sand and surf but the rocks that I am drawn to.
Daily sketches this week: I am really enjoying the reflective nature of these combination posts – seeing the variety in composition and colour that I used over a few days. I am also trying to make my daily sketches say more about the events of each day (rather than just another teacup!)
Just for fun… Teacup count for the month: 21 teacup sketches shared on my blog (not including photos of me sketching teacups or teacup sketches done by others) This one and this one are my favourite for completely different reasons. Can you work out why?

Art Tools and Supplies

It is fairly tragic that I have a whole section devoted to this – hey?
I think July was ‘sketchbook month’:
Moleskine Watercolour sketchbooks:  A big review of the new paper in the moleskine watercolour book. There was a new development on the weekend (one of my friends has a new labeled book with old paper in it) so I am currently trying to get to the bottom of it. Stay tuned for more.
Three new sketchbooks: Initial testing of Fabriano Venezia, Travel Sketchbook by Hahnemuehle and Leuchtturm 1917 Sketchbook
My current sketchbooks: I have finally updated the details of what I use regularly and given them a page of their own
Beta and Zeta:  I ended the month by testing Stilman & Birn Beta then switching my daily book to a Stilman & Birn Zeta book. (always changing, hey?)

Looking Ahead: August

A big month coming up….
Sketchbook Skool: This Friday 8 August my week goes live. I am so excited to be part of this amazing online school … and also a little anxious about how crazy it will be. Can I survive the whole week without sleep? Warning: there are going to be a lot of teacups sketched all around the world next week ….I get excited just thinking about it!
If you missed it, Danny put together a little video that shows my two demos (of course there is a lot more content and instruction than this in my week)
Brazil: Later in the month, I will jump on a plane heading for the 5th international Urban Sketchers Symposium in Paraty, Brazil, where I will be teaching a workshop called Feeling the Edges: A tactile Approach to Sketching architecture. I shared a preview here

So keep an eye on my blog this month … I love the feeling that you are all coming on the journey with me!

Happy Sketching!


  • MiataGrrl - August 6, 2014 reply

    Liz, the link to doesn't work. Excited about your newsletter and just subscribed!

    - Tina

  • Liz Steel - August 7, 2014 reply

    thanks TIna - the url redirect is taking time to come through... seems to work for australians....

  • Fabiana - August 7, 2014 reply

    Love your newsletter, received it today. It looks so pretty and also so informative! No problems to access your domain here. :)

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