Beginner | 2 hours
Taught by Pam Garrison
In this first class, Pam Garrison shares simple exercises for releasing creative inhibitions in your sketchbook. You will use both your dominant and non-dominant hands to create blind contour drawings that look like mere scribbles on paper, then use a colorful paint palette to transform those scribbles into thoughtfully painted shapes. This exercise results in aesthetically pleasing sketchbook pages that are created through the process of intuitive creative exploration.
Learn how to:
  • Do dominant and non-dominant hand blind contour drawing
  • Fill in your blind contour drawings with paint


Chapters
Playing with Pens and Paint
01:19
01:07
01:37
Sketching and Painting
03:27
02:32
20:49
Final Details
12:28
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Two sketchbooks of any size with paper that can handle water (Pam uses a mixed media sketchbook and a watercolor sketchbook)
  • Waterproof ballpoint pens
  • Black and white gelly roll pens
  • Uni-ball pens
  • Variety of paintbrushes (Pam uses a simple variety 6-pack from Michaels)
  • Paint palette
  • Variety of colors of craft paint (Pam uses a vibrant selection of neon and bright colored paints, but you can also use primary colors or any colors of your choice)
  • One sheet blotter paper or watercolor paper
  • Discussion
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    Transcript
    Creative Sketchbooking
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    Part 1:
    Creative Sketchbooking: Playing with Pens and Paint
    Pam Garrison
    In this first class, Pam Garrison shares simple exercises for releasing creative inhibitions in your sketchbook. You will use both your dominant and non-dominant hands to create blind contour drawings that look like mere scribbles on paper, then use a colorful paint palette to transform those scribbles into thoughtfully painted shapes. This exercise results in aesthetically pleasing sketchbook pages that are created through the process of intuitive creative exploration.
    Part 2:
    Creative Sketchbooking: Painted Backgrounds and Responsive Drawing
    Pam Garrison
    Now that you’ve had a chance to practice with pens and paints, let’s play with a few new mediums. In this class, Pam shows how to create watercolor backgrounds in a variety of colors and brushstrokes. Allow yourself to see whatever shapes come to mind and loosely outline them with pen. Add pops of color with brush pens and colored pencils, or leave your composition as is—let your creativity take the lead.
    Part 3:
    Creative Sketchbooking: Playing with Collage
    Pam Garrison
    Now that you’ve created several spreads in your sketchbook, learn how to add elements of collage and hand lettering. Using cut out cardstock shapes or old paint chips, learn how to use collage to cover up unwanted doodles or to add extra dimension to your background. To complete your composition, use hand lettering to fill in blank spaces with a favorite word or quote. Best of all, Pam shares various techniques to create your own unique lettering style.
    Part 4:
    Creative Sketchbooking: Out of the Sketchbook and Onto the Canvas
    Pam Garrison
    Combine all of the techniques you’ve learned in this course to create a cohesive and stunning piece of wall art. Before you get started, you’ll need to decide which mediums and techniques you’d like to use in your artwork. Once you have a rough plan, Pam will walk you through the process of pulling these elements together to create an expressive statement piece.
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