What to put in a sketchbook

for beginners by Saskia Wariner

Your sketchbook is a secret place

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Samuel Beckett

A sketchbook is very useful for everyone, especially for artists, students and kids. It boosts your creativity. To achieve that, use your sketchbook like a journal; make it a secret place. It’s very important to work freely inside it. Make sure you carry it everywhere.

make it personal

Sketchbook supplies

  • a sketchbook
  • something to draw
  • glue or stickers
  • scissors
  • foldback clips, paper clips, staples
  • different kinds of other paper
  • sticky notes

How to start a new sketchbook:

  • start now
  • make a personal cover
  • don’t start at page one
  • destroy it’s beauty for example with a crappy drawing
  • or use the following tips
My friend Ruby and her sketchbook

Some topics for your sketchbook:

  • ideas
  • thoughts
  • shopping list
  • feelings
  • phonenumbers
  • recipes
  • mood
  • photography
  • problems
  • to do lists
  • food
  • dates
  • watercolours <3
My birthday sketchbook page from my Instagram

Things you can do in your sketchbook:

  • fail
  • glue
  • ripp
  • splash
  • make
  • keep
  • collect
  • write
  • scribble
  • cut
  • add
  • break
  • explore
work in it

That doesn't belong in your sketchbook

  • the fear of drawing in it

Challenges & drawing games:

  • draw what you see
  • make a collage from rnd. stuff
  • draw with your left hand
  • illustrate your day
  • make it a travel journal
  • write about your feelings
  • take your sketchbook for a walk and draw outside
  • draw with anything except regular drawing supplies
  • self portraits
  • draw your favorite animal
  • make a comic with 4 panels

Secret Tips:

  • use a ruled sketchbook from Muji for example, when you’re afraid
  • don’t show it to anyone, keep your freedom and release pages you really love
  • cover your face with your sketchbook, when you have a zit and your crush is looking
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