No-pressure teacup sketching

May 17, 2023 | 7 Comments

In Monday’s article I shared my recent everyday pages and they contained a number of teacups. But the fact is that I’ve done many more teacup sketches in the past few weeks!

I decided last month, when I started doubling down on my Teacup Course prep, that I would do some no-pressure loose teacup sketches. The goals were to record the cups that I was drinking from, explore further some of the concepts and techniques that I’m including in the course, and just have fun.

The above photo shows the first of my Teacup Combo pages and it includes my mantra for this personal mini project “This week… sketch every cup and don’t worry about it being a good sketch”. And so you can see that there are some fun experiments in this sketchbook spread – using Daniel Smith Wisteria, markers, Neocolors and watersoluble ink. I loved doing this spread so much that I continued the project beyond the first week.

In fact, at the time of this article, I’ve completed 17 of these Teacup Combo double-page spreads in the past 6 weeks!

Here are a few of them:


BTW There are a few new cups contained in these pages – including some ‘new’ vintage cups!

And finally, here are some other isolated teacup sketches that were also done with this ‘no-pressure’ and ’embrace-the-wonkiness’ approach.

Doing a quick sketch of my brand new LyndalT teacups. It was late in the day and I was tired. so I just did a loose sketch with a couple of watery watercolours washes and a few fude lines over the top.

As for the cups… I wanted a classic plain cup to use for the course – the Lavender one is perfect for this and it also matches my Zanzibar teapot. I also love the Navy Stripe and Leopard patterns and LyndalT’s XL size teacups are wonderful.

Most days my desk looks like this in the evening… lots of teacups and saucers everywhere. Another very loose sketch this time starting with some Neocolour II marks.

And the last sketch for this article is this one that I did while on a Zoom call with Suhita. I wasn’t really concentrating on what I was doing and was really happy when I looked at my page at the end of the call.

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  • Ginie Udy says:

    Lots of fun coming up!

  • Maria Bergman says:

    Sooo excited to start Teacups!!

  • Sarah Neglia says:

    Hi Liz!!! … I’m So Excited too for Teacups! And Thank you for the suggestion to check out T2 … I found a couple of cups that I love, one of them being a lovely gift for my new Daughter-in-Law!!! 🙂

  • Jamie C says:

    I’ve wondered for ages what the lavender cup looked like in a photo as opposed to the sketch! I love your combo pages, and that is a lot of tea cups on the desk at the end! I hope that isn’t a broken one?

  • Liz Steel says:

    Thanks Maria and Ginie – I hope you are enjoying the course!

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