20 Nov

The Sketchbook Challenge

I’ve recently been invited to join the bloggers at The Sketchbook Challenge. You can now find me over there at least once a month. The blog is inspired by Sue Bleiweiss’s book of the same name, and encourages readers to work in a sketchbook as often and in as many ways as possible. There is no one “right” way to use a sketchbook and the variety of contributors is intended to demonstrate that.

November’s theme is an autumnal Spice of Life. I wrote about creating a new sketchbook with spice colored pages. Recently, my friend Terry blogged about gathering and preserving Fall leaves. Serendipitously, my family and I had just been out hiking and gathering our own autumn leaves, which I used in my spiffy book.

Filling in Leaves

I traced each different kind of leaf we collected, overlapping them as I went. Then I used a black pen, two brown markers, and a white charcoal pencil (because I can’t find my opaque white pen) and filled in the sections doodle-style. Looking back at the November SC posts, I see that not only did Terry post about leaves, but Frances posted about Zentangles which are essentially the same idea of filling in shapes with patterns. I love it when things all come together!