Today I’m pleased to share my collection of sketches done during my two-week break inside my Greenwood Journal. These are very different from the sketches in the large Goldline sketchbook, but they are just as important.
This notebook (Melbourne based company) has a gorgeous vegan leather cover, smooth paper that is great for writing, dry media and light washes, and opens totally flat. Sam from Greenwood sent me a journal with my name on the cover last year. I’m so happy to be finally using it.
The idea I had for the use of this book was for quick sketches using ink and pencil – with a little water added to watercolour pencils (WCP). These sketches were all done in less than 5 minutes… some even quicker – and many of them were done standing up, often mid-walk. In many ways, they would be more accurately described as big thumbnails!
I absolutely loved using this Greenwood Journal (it’s so gorgeous) and doing these quick, no-pressure sketches. They were fresh and spontaneous, reminding me of design-sketching when I was an architect. This super rapid type of sketching is very important to me (as a way of visual note-taking) so it was great to have a sketchbook where I felt free to create in this way.
Okay… enough preamble. Please let me know if you have any questions about these sketches (or the sketching) in the comment section below.
Here are most of the pages of my Greenwood so far. (A few pages have notes and other random stuff.)
I’m posting these as unedited photos so that you have a sense of the bleed-through and buckling when using a little water. It’s not as noticeable in real life.
How fun is this collection of sketches?
And finally, to bring you up to date with what has been happening inside my Greenwood in the last week or so…
I have a new strategy which I will explain in full next week… but, in summary, I’m still using my Greenwood for quick sketches during my walk.
During the first week back, I continued using ink and watercolour pencils with a little water via my waterbrush. I even tried a little watercolour (as seen in this sketch above) but think that it’s best just to activate WCPs for washes rather than use watercolour paint.
However this week something else radical (and very exciting) happened…
I started using Copic markers again!!! Woo hoo!
I haven’t used these markers for sketching since 2012 and I’m really loving using them in this Greenwood journal. More about this next week, but I just wanted to share this first here with you, on my blog. How’s that for a tease?
Note: By Copic markers, I’m referring to alcohol-based markers – I mostly use the Copic brand but also have a few by Promarker, Pantone and Chartpac. I used this type of marker in the office when I worked full time as an architect.
And oh! I’ve started using De Atramentis Sepia Document Ink as well! 🙂