I’m delighted to let you know I’ve written an art technique book. Expressive Sketchbooks, Developing Creative Skills, Courage and Confidence.

Through this book, you'll find out what lights you up, what makes you curious, fascinated, and what makes you expansive. Discover how to magnify your creativity and enliven your art skills by using an expressive sketchbook as your creativity companion.

The book is published by Quarry Books and will be out in April 2020 but you can pre-order it now to make sure you are the first to receive it.

I’ve put lots of love, thought and effort into making this book for you and my biggest hope is that it will help you develop your own creative confidence and incorporate more art into your life.

In the book I share with you a whole host of creative ideas and prompts, tools and techniques for working in your own sketchbook.

PHOTO CREDIT: GEORGINA PIPER

PHOTO CREDIT: GEORGINA PIPER

WHO IS THIS BOOK FOR?

This book is for anyone who wants some help in getting started or keeping going with their creative practice in a sketchbook. We are all at different points on our creative and life journey.

It may be that you have never used a sketchbook, it might be that you are a lapsed user, you may lack confidence, or just need some inspiration, ideas, or starting points or want to advance your skills and creative practice into something more meaningful, more expressive and fulfilling.

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WHY I HAVE WRITTEN THIS BOOK

This is the book I wished I’d read when I was younger. I am now in my 40s and work as an artist, but for many years I didn’t do anything creative at all. I went from being a child who revelled in creating, colouring-in and playing with paint, to an adult who didn’t do anything artistic.

OVERCOMING EXPECTATIONS

For at least a decade in my 20s I rarely picked up a pencil or a brush. During those years, I occasionally attempted a small drawing. But I was always so ashamed of the terrible outcome that I’d throw it away and not do anything creative again for a few more years. The small things I did create were never good enough, accomplished enough or sophisticated enough in my eyes. The drawing would never ever look as good as I thought it should. A less than perfect first attempt was enough to prevent any more attempts. I was so critical of my abilities that I didn’t even give myself the chance to begin. The weight of my expectation was too heavy. I allowed fear of failure, fear of not being good enough to stop me even starting. I allowed my high expectations to steal so much joy, so much experimentation, so much development.

This is not what I want for you. I’ve written this book to help you feel more courageous and confident in developing your own artistic practice.

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EXPRESSIVE SKETCHBOOKS

Sketchbooks and art journals are magical playgrounds. They are not about faultless drawings or perfect outcomes, but about messy and joyful experiments along the way to finding your own style and artistic voice. Sketchbooks are where you develop an artistic practice, not where you turn-up fully formed. They are part of the artistic journey, they are not the final destination.

Sketchbooks have helped me to incorporate art into my life. In fact I would say my use of sketchbooks has been life changing. Sketchbooks have allowed me to develop my confidence, uncover my inner artist and express myself. They were a small corner in which my creativity and art could flourish. A place to develop my skills and a springboard to a more colourful and creative life.

In this book I share all I have learned long the way, so that you too can use sketchbooks as a springboard to help your creativity flourish and thrive.

Inside the book you’ll find techniques and creative exercises that incorporate mark making, watercolour, mixed media, collage, words and text, and more. 

The book unpacks some of the obstacles and barriers that you may face along the way and offers wisdom and encouragement to help you decide why and how to start your sketchbook and how to develop and expand your artistic practice.

The book is packed with ideas and exercises, including:

  • Exploratory drawing exercises

  • How to utilise colour in your sketchbook

  • How to create dynamic and varied sketchbook pages

  • How to find inspiration in nature and your everyday life

  • Ways to mix media and art supplies

  • Ways to kick start your creativity

  • How to find and develop a process which feels personal to you