Beginner | 1 hour
Taught by Lisa Congdon
Getting started in a new sketchbook can be the biggest hurdle in the creative process. In this introductory class, Lisa shares tips for selecting a sketchbook that is just right for you. She also shares techniques for working with watercolor paints, then shows how to draw over the paint with Micron pens. This class is all about embracing multiple mediums and adding layers of detail–open the sketchbook and let’s get started.
Learn how to:
  • Determine the ideal sketchbooks to use 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


Chapters
02:30
Part 1: Watercolor Backgrounds and Line Drawing
01:00
02:14
08:15
06:38
02:28
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 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)
Discussion
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Transcript
Sketchbook Explorations
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Part 1:
Sketchbook Explorations: Watercolor Backgrounds and Line Drawing
Lisa Congdon
Getting started in a new sketchbook can be the biggest hurdle in the creative process. In this introductory class, Lisa shares tips for selecting a sketchbook that is just right for you. She also shares techniques for working with watercolor paints, then shows how to draw over the paint with Micron pens. This class is all about embracing multiple mediums and adding layers of detail–open the sketchbook and let’s get started.
Part 2:
Sketchbook Explorations: Collaged Backgrounds and Line Drawing
Lisa Congdon
Your mixed media sketchbook is the perfect place to experiment with collage, and in this class, Lisa shares her favorite way to combine collage with line drawing. Using a mix of vintage paper and solid-colored paper, you will learn how to cut out geometric shapes and apply them to the page, then draw floral motifs over them to create an organic, juxtaposed design.
Part 3:
Sketchbook Explorations: Layered Abstract Drawing with Brush and Gel Pens
Lisa Congdon
Brush pens are an ideal portable sketchbook tool. In this class, Lisa shares her favorite ways to use them, making vibrant, layered designs in her sketchbook. Lisa begins by demonstrating how to create a field of color, then uses gray brush pens to create an overlay design. Using a white gel pen, you’ll add simple embellishments at the end that make the design pop.
Part 4:
Sketchbook Explorations: Mixed Media on Paper
Lisa Congdon
Great ideas typically begin in sketchbooks, and in this class, Lisa shows you how to take the techniques you’ve been practicing and combine them to make larger, frameable artwork. The finished example Lisa demonstrates combines watercolor, collage, line drawing, and more. Pick and choose any techniques you please to create your own mixed media masterpiece.
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