Coastal Art Supply.
On the first day, we started by drawing small boxes of various sizes on a page in our sketchbooks. Then we headed outside with just our Micron pens, pencils and sketchbooks.
My goals for the students included learning how to sketch quickly, how to make color notes and in the end, completing their pages with color and decorative lettering. We started filling the boxes with 30 second and 1 minute sketches. Sometimes we splurged and stayed in one spot for 5 minutes.
After lunch we'd work in the studio and finish our morning sketches
using watercolors or watercolor pencils. Check out these results!
The second day, we approached our journal pages differently. We used multiple images to create flowing vignettes on a single page. I picked the subjects and taught them how to decide where to position each item on the page.
The third element was the cafe sign. I made it a size to tie into what was already on my page. The type was added back in the studio. The page was screaming for a border.... type is perfect for that.
After lunch we hit the streets again with another page of boxes - they were a big hit and perfect for quick sketches.... and, what a flavor of Beaufort we captured!!
Here is the colorized version of my top b&w page:
If a blank journal page puts you off.... try a page of boxes. They don't have to all be filled in the same day... perhaps one a day? They are perfect for the travel sketcher. Or even keeping tract of your gardens growth. The possibilities go on and on :) Enjoy! That's what it's all about :)