Sketchbook Explorations: A 4-Part Series
All levels | 1 hour 9 min
02:30
Sketchbook Explorations: Watercolor Backgrounds and Line Drawing
01:00
02:14
08:15
06:38
02:28
Sketchbook Explorations: Collaged Backgrounds and Line Drawing
00:44
01:33
04:44
05:22
05:26
Sketchbook Explorations: Layered Abstract Drawing with Brush and Gel Pens
01:34
00:46
03:48
03:05
04:39
Sketchbook Explorations: Mixed Media on Paper
00:43
00:42
03:49
02:26
07:26
Taught by Lisa Congdon
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The habit of keeping a sketchbook is an important exercise, whether you are deepening your artistic practice or starting a brand new one. In this series, Lisa Congdon delves into her personal practice, sharing techniques that she employs in her own mixed media sketchbook. Best of all, you won’t be limited to one medium. Lisa explores ways to incorporate pen, watercolor, collage, brush pens, and more, allowing you to play with techniques that go beyond your comfort zone. As Lisa tells you “Just let go of the fear and dive in.”
Here’s what you’ll need:
Materials for Part 1:
  • Mixed media sketchbook (Lisa uses Strathmore sketchbooks with watercolor paper or thick mixed media paper)
  • Gluestick
  • Watercolors in a variety of colors
  • Gouache in neon colors
  • Paintbrushes in a variety of sizes (Lisa uses a flat-tipped paintbrush)
  • Jar of water
  • Paper towels
  • Micron pen (size 08 or 05)
Materials for Part 2:
  • “Found” papers for collage (such as old letters or book pages)
  • Solid-colored paper (Lisa uses green)
  • Scissors
  • Acid-free glue stick or wet glue and brush
  • Wet paper towel
  • Micron pen (size 1 and 05)
Materials for Part 3:
  • Water-based brush pens in a variety of bright colors and medium gray (Lisa uses Koi Watercolor Brush Pens)
  • White gel pen (Lisa uses Sakura Souffle)
Materials for Part 4:
  • Watercolors in a variety of colors
  • Paper towels
  • Jar of water
  • Flat-tipped paintbrushes
  • Watercolor paper (Lisa uses 9” x 12” Strathmore paper)
  • Micron pen (size 05)
  • Scissors
  • Papers for collage
  • Gluestick

Sketchbook Explorations: Watercolor Backgrounds and Line Drawing

  • Mixed media sketchbook (Lisa uses Strathmore sketchbooks with watercolor paper or thick mixed media paper)
  • Gluestick
  • Watercolors in a variety of colors
  • Gouache in neon colors
  • Paintbrushes in a variety of sizes (Lisa uses a flat-tipped paintbrush)
  • Jar of water
  • Paper towels
  • Micron pen (size 08 or 05)

Sketchbook Explorations: Collaged Backgrounds and Line Drawing

  • Mixed media sketchbook (same as for Part 1)
  • “Found” papers for collage (such as old letters or book pages)
  • Solid-colored paper (Lisa uses green)
  • Scissors
  • Acid-free glue stick or wet glue and brush
  • Wet paper towel
  • Micron pen (size 1 and 05)

Sketchbook Explorations: Layered Abstract Drawing with Brush and Gel Pens

  • Mixed media sketchbook (same as for Part 1)
  • Water-based brush pens in a variety of bright colors and medium gray (Lisa uses Koi Watercolor Brush Pens)
  • White gel pen (Lisa uses Sakura Souffle)

Sketchbook Explorations: Mixed Media on Paper

  • Watercolors in a variety of colors
  • Paper towels
  • Jar of water
  • Flat-tipped paintbrushes
  • Watercolor paper (Lisa uses 9” x 12” Strathmore paper)
  • Micron pen (size 05)
  • Scissors
  • Papers for collage
  • Gluestick
Downloads:
Learn how to:
  • Select the ideal sketchbooks for mixed media
  • Add water to watercolors and test opacity
  • Create an allover circle motif with watercolors
  • Draw over the watercolor background with pen
  • Create your own watercolor and pen designs
 
What you’ll get:
  • Learn water coloring basics and techniques
  • 17 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supply list
  • Step-by-step instruction by expert designer and author Lisa Congdon
  • The ability to leave comments, ask question and interact with other students 
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Sketchbook Explorations: A 4-Part Series Reviews
5836 users recommended this class to a friend
Liz S
Lisa is such a great instructor. I love her classes! She shares her process, but encourages students to explore their own path. I refer to her often when I need a boost and a calm voice.
April 15, 2024
 
Janet Lasky
Excellent. Progression made it easier to develop skills and techniques. Many good ideas to follow exactly or extend and alter. Highly recommend her classes.
April 7, 2024
 
Denise Currie
Beautiful. Thank you, Lisa.
More than 3 months ago