Art Journal Every Day 2018 · 5 Sketchbook Journalling Tips · Document Your Year with Art


Hello my loves and welcome back to my channel,
or welcome if you’re new here. If you’ve been with me a while, you’ll
know I love to document my travels in an illustrated journal, and I’ve also spent the last few
months, on and off, accumulating the souvenirs of every day life, sticking them in my sketchbook
and letting my art be inspired by my experiences. It’s been a great practice to challenge
me to draw new things, to draw consistently, and to have a treasure trove of colourfully
tangible memories to look back on, which is why I’m gonna be making this even more of
a focus for 2018. Since the New Year is closing in quickly,
I thought I’d share my tips for journaling in your sketchbook, while I catch up on some
old entries from this year. This particular day I’m working on is one
you might have seen briefly at the end of my September vlog. Ozzy took me to a really cool exhibition his
aunt was involved in held in this beautiful building, and on the way there, the sunset
was just mindblowing. It was the kind of evening that I find perfect
to capture visually, or even just in writing, because in your memories, when you look back,
it almost just seems too good to be true. So I suppose my first tip is to always have
your eyes open to potential inspiration. There won’t always be otherworldly sunsets,
but when you really look, when you’re consciously seeking something standout, you notice that
even the most mundane, everyday things can spark an idea. I spoke about this in another video called
‘Drawing Your Experiences’ where I mentioned the brilliant urban-sketcher Liz Steele who
paints her cup of coffee almost every day. It’s a brilliant creative routine, a great
practice in consistency and a really effective way to show progression over the course of
a year or more. You don’t necessarily have to paint the
same thing every day, but having a go-to subject can stop you from stalling on those days where
there’s nothing much to write home about. In the same vain, and this might not suit
everyone, but I love to collect anything I can that I can stick into my sketchbook to
support the spread and spark more memories. I love the interactivity in a sketchbook of
bits that you can flip and pull out of envelopes, and having something to stick in is often
a great first step; something to take away the glaring blankness of the white page and
maybe build from into your drawings and writing. When it comes to writing, you really don’t
have to. I share most of my sketchbooks with you guys
online, so writing personal thoughts and feelings in there isn’t something I’m particularly
comfortable with, but notes that will support your artwork, maybe a story from the day that
you can’t quite capture in a photo or drawing, are great ways to fill empty space and add
an extra element of interest to a spread. Speaking of photos, I’m trying to take at
least one every day next year. That kind of challenge forces you to really
pay attention to each moment, going back to the first tip of always being aware, always
on the look out for the beauty in every day moments. The more photos I take, the more I’ll have
for reference when I’m drawing my day, or as an extra element to stick in. In the past, I’ve waited until I’ve accumulated
a few photos and then printed them from my regular printer, cut them out and stuck them
in, but I was recently gifted this amazing photo printer by a company called Prynt. It has made it so much easier for me to instantly
have a physical copy of any photo straight from my phone. You can print them on their sticky paper and
just paste them right in. Printing photos from my printer genuinely
worked just fine for me but the thing that really makes a difference with the Prynt Pocket,
on top of the convenience, portability and instantaneousness of it is this amazing feature,
where you can scan a photo taken from a video with the Prynt app and it plays the video
right there. I can just imagine flipping through this sketchbook
in years to come and being able to relive those experiences in the most interactive
way possible. So thank you for this Prynt, I wasn’t sponsored
for this but it’s a genuinely cool product so I’ll have a link below to their website
if you want to check them out. The only other thing really is to decide how
and in what book you want to do your journalling. It’s all up to personal preference, what
media you tend to use, if you’ll be doing more writing than drawing, or more wet application. I think watercolour or mixed media paper sketchbooks
are always a safe bet to hold up against whatever you throw at them. Next year, I’m so excited to be using the
sketchbook I received from Autumn Chiu. It has such a special, story-book look and
feel to it, and with it being handmade and completely unique, I can’t think of anywhere
else more suited for all my best memories. And that’s it. No need to overthink it, just make memories
and make art. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just get it
down on paper, however the mood takes you and enjoy the process. Before I go, if you want a more in-depth chat
about the tools I’m using, I’ll link one of my travel journal videos where I talk through
them in more detail; it’s pretty much the same set-up here. There will be a link to Autumn’s Etsy shop
if you want to get your hands on one of these sketchbooks and a link to the Prynt website
as well. I’m looking forward to making 2018 a year
worth painting about. And I hope you are too! Thanks so much for watching and I’ll see
you soon for the next video. Bye!

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