Sketchbook Sunday

Sketchbook Pages – 26 April 2020 ©Angela Porter |

Over the week I’ve been adding to my sketchbook- notes and images, ideas and reflections.

Each page has been coloured with combinations of Distress Inks, applied using the black side of a piece of Cut and Dry foam, followed with a spritz of water to bring out some water-staining grungy loveliness.

All the little drawings have been done on either Daler-Rowney Smooth watercolour paper (300gsm) or mixed media paper, either from Claire Fontaine or Daler-Rowney. The papers have been coloured with Distress Oxide Inks, Distress Inks, or a combination of them. Most of the pieces have had the inks applied with the foam, but some were made by brayering Distress Oxide inks onto a gelli plate and taking a print of them.

The reflection about what I like, what I don’t like, and ideas that arise is important to me in my sketchbook/journal. I do reflect on my art, a bit too much in my head. When I write it down, it forces my sometimes abstract and swirling thoughts into some kind of order. When I make these thoughts a material manifestation by writing them down, it helps me to recognise the thoughts, sift through that which is useful, and still record those that are not particularly useful at this moment but may be in the future.

I think I need to find a way to do this with my digital art. My mind goes to using One Note to do this. I shall think on this one, and make a note of it in my physical sketchbook/journal.

4 thoughts on “Sketchbook Sunday

  1. Marie-Céline 26 April 2020 / 11:21

    Fabulous 👍
    I get on really well with One Note. Have a good day!


    • Angela Porter 26 April 2020 / 16:26

      Thank you! One note is just fab! I’ve been trying to get stuff done on it this afternoon … but have been interrupted 🙂
      Be safe and be well x

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  2. luciakwolfer 26 April 2020 / 15:01

    I see a few possibilities… apply the distress inks and/or watercolor on mixed media paper first, then print out your digital art on the colored background. Finally, enhance or embellish once it’s in the sketchbook. OR download digital images in the size you want on a USB drive and let a copy store like Staples or Office Depot print them out on high quality paper. 🌷


    • Angela Porter 26 April 2020 / 16:28

      Thanks for the ideas! The printing by staples had crossed my mind too. However, that’s not possible while we’re in lockdown. I don’t think I could print on the backgrounds myself. I have a laser printer and I’m not sure how it would react with the Distress or Distress Oxide Inks.

      I do enjoy working both digitally and with traditional media, and I particularly like combining them too.

      Thank you once again, be safe and be well,


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