Sketchbook Tour #1

I love flipping back through my sketches, observing my progress, & reminiscing over the memories captured. I hope you enjoy this little “tour” of my first completed sketchbook!


How to Kill Time While Your Husband Golfs

Let’s face it, I’m a terrible golfer! Earlier this summer my husband and I went on a short getaway to Salt Fork State Park and he wanted to try out the park’s golf course. So, while he golfed I soaked in the scenery and sketched the layout of each hole.

Golf Course Sketch

#videowkd Aug. 29-31

Capturing memories & practicing my videography skills (one of my roles at work is video production/editing). Enjoy this glimpse inside my weekend, inspired by this Wistia blog post:

By the way, this video features a few of the latest Sketchbook Skool assignments I’ve been working on and there’s more of that to come soon!

#videowkd August 29-31 2014 from Jamie Gregory on Vimeo.

How did you spend your weekend?

Sketchbook Skool: Kourse 1.1 Week #4

Recap of week #4:

  • Teacher: Jane LaFazio
  • Theme: Art heals. Sketchbooks are a great place for experimentation. Take your time and find a location that appeals to you. Start sketching with a pencil, then add detail with a pen or a water soluble pen, erase the pencil, then add watercolor in exaggerated/enhanced tones. Leave some white of the paper showing for “sparkle”. Frame your sketch with a pen outline. Art can take many forms (Jane makes amazing art quilts among other things) which can be inspired by your sketchbook. 
  • Homework: Use a grid method to layout the page composition of a fruit/vegetable sketch. Complete the sketch using the pencil, to pen, to watercolor process. 
  • My reaction: I really liked Jane’s philosophy of using your sketchbook for experimentation and to inspire other forms of art and crafts (I love crafts). I was amazed at how prolific she is with all of her sketching, art quilts, hand carved rubber stamps, mixed media collages, etc! Considering how creative and versatile she is I found her sketching process (pencil, to pen, to watercolor) and her grid method to be surprisingly rigid. I’ve gone so far down the Danny Gregory path of sketching in pen only, which has been a great learning experience, that it seemed like it would be detrimental for me to pick up a pencil again. So, I only used a pencil to layout the original grid lines on my page. When it was time to sketch the onion and the broccoli below, I only used pen and watercolor, no pencil. I’ve struggled with leaving white space in my watercolor paintings in the past and I only managed to leave a tiny bit of white space in the broccoli below, but it made a big difference and I’m going to continue working on that! Overall, I’m not sure how I feel about the grid method. It was an interesting technique to try, but I probably won’t use it on a regular basis.

My sketch from week #4:


Phase 1: You can see my penciled in grid lines in the background and my pen sketches of the onion and broccoli.


Phase 2: Here’s my final spread with the watercolor paint and some text added. I selected the grid lines that I wanted to keep and went over those in pen and erased the rest of the grid lines.

What forms of arts and crafts do you like to experiment with? What’s your opinion on sketching in pencil? I’d love to hear from you, leave a comment to share your thoughts!

Sketchbook Skool: Kourse 1.1 Week #3

Recap of week #3:

  • Teacher: Prashant Miranda
  • Theme: Sketchbook keeping is a way of life. Sketchbooks are great memory keepers. The 3 P’s: Passion, Perseverance, & Practice. How to use watercolor paint effectively.
  • Homework: Draw an image to capture the essence of today. Go outside and make a watercolor painting of the sky using the wash techniques we learned.
  • My reaction: This was an awesome week in Sketchbook Skool! Prashant is from India and all of his videos were filmed there. I was so intrigued by the scenery and the culture in his videos. Prashant is so charismatic, in fact his personality made such a big impact on the Sketchbook Skool students that everyone was sketching portraits of him! His philosophy of using sketchbooks as memory keepers to document your life really resonated with me because that is my main goal for sketchbook keeping. I was so inspired by the fact that Prashant has kept sketchbooks for over 20 years! I sincerely hope that I can make sketchbook keeping a way of life for many years to come! I also learned a lot about basic watercolor techniques from him that week (wet on wet vs wet on dry washes, how to push the pool of water/paint with your brush across the page, etc). As a parting gift he made a video of himself playing the guitar and singing “The Paintbox” by The Incredible String Band for us!

My sketches from week #3:


Left: I captured the essence of the day by creating eight mini sketches throughout the day. Right: I practiced some watercolor washes and added the sketch of the Staas coaster.


I sketched and painted my view of the sunset in my backyard on Easter Sunday.

How long have you been a sketchbook keeper? What are your goals for keeping a sketchbook? How do you use your sketchbook to capture memories? I’d love to read your thoughts, please share in the comments!