Simple Sketchbook Prompt to Kick off the Day

Circles and Watercolor Paint | A Simple Sketchbook Prompt | TinkerLab

Today I have a fun and simple sketchbook prompt for you. This one is for all of my tinkersketch friends, new and old. I've been trying to make a habit of getting up before the kids so that I can have a little time to breathe before the day begins. A few weeks ago I picked up these new Canson Mixed Media journals (Amazon affiliate link), found on sale at Michael's,and I … [Read more...]

Reason #1: Why I Carry a Sketchbook

Why I carry a sketchbook

Do you carry a sketchbook around in your bag or purse? I have one with me almost all the time. I say "almost" because today I found myself without it -- left behind in my art studio -- and I furiously scrambled for scraps of paper to entertain my 3-year old during an impromptu meeting. Thankfully she was happy with a book I had in my bag and found a way to keep herself busy … [Read more...]

Tinkersketch Challenge: Draw Into Wet Paint

glue pages together

It's been a while since I've posted a Tinkersketch challenge on our blog, and since we've been getting some great tinkersketch feedback on Instagram I thought I'd share a favorite low-stress way to get some paint and marks on paper. I'm all about low-threshold art-making, and don't want anyone to walk away because they're overwhelmed, so I'll always try to offer easy ways … [Read more...]

Crushed Flower Experiment

Crushed Flower Experiment

Now that summer is coming to an end (sniff -- I'm kind of in denial -- you?), it's a good time to harvest some of your last blooms for some flower-painting experiments. We took a walk around the neighborhood and picked some weeds from wild roadside gardens, and also selected a handful of flowers and leaves from our own yard. Materials For this project you'll need: … [Read more...]

Do you Keep a Journal or a Sketchbook?

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary

Do you keep a journal? I'm juggling a bunch of projects at the moment -- did I tell you that I'm writing a book?  Gasp. That's a post for another day! -- and I'm trying to keep this blog going without killing myself in the process. One of the things that grounds me, and my kids, are our sketchbooks. When we have an idea, it goes into the sketchbook. When we buy new … [Read more...]