Jan 11, 2016

My Sketchbook Project

I didn't intend to make this a public project.  I didn't intend to make a big deal out of this.  But at some point yesterday, I decided to share a page of this sketchbook and ask folks on instagram if they'd be interested in seeing the pages of my sketchbook fill up.  The answer was a resounding YES. 

Here's the backstory: I've been listening to lots of podcasts and reading posts about creating daily habits.  Learning about others' creative and artsy daily projects was very appealing to me.  Though I'm creating daily for my business, I don't create for myself. Actually, I rarely create for myself.  So, this sketchbook is for me.

Even though I'm sharing it, I'm going to do my best to be selfish about it.
To create what I want. To not judge my art.  To not compare my art to others'.

My only rule is to add to it daily.  I don't care how much I add--it can be a full page, partial page or multiple pages.  So far, my mediums and subjects have ranged greatly in just the past ten days. I've been choosing my subjects from something that inspired me that day or something that happened.  So, in a way, this sketchbook will also serve as a sort of journal.

This will be a vulnerable process, but I look forward to how it will help me grow.  And I'm very much looking forward to having one (but hopefully more) FULL sketchbook!

So here are my entries for January 1-10.  I'm making a goal to share an update on this sketchbook every Monday.

copic markers with white gel pen

pencil on watercolor paper taped into book--the black cat background soaked through
colored pencil, white gel pen

Japanese brush pen, colored pencil

left: Japanese brush pen, watercolor  right: Japanese brush pen

left: gouache and watercolor  right: gouache and watercolor

Japanese brush pen, white gel pen and watercolor

I hope you enjoy getting to peek in my sketchbook.  (You can watch a video flip-through here.) See you next with with the next update. 


  1. Dani, you're so very talented!


  2. This is such a lovely idea. Especially like the cat and flowers. I rarely create for myself any more either!


  3. I love the butterfly! Did you use wax crayon to make the negative geometric shapes?

    1. Hey Jess! It's white gel pen--forgot to put that in the caption. ;)

  4. I was drawn to your sketch book through Instagram as I have begun the same process just about a week ago. It looks like we are using the same moleskin sketchbook. Are you having difficulties with watercolors and markers leaking through to the backside of your pages? I will be posting more of my pictures as well on Instagram @hanover73. Interestingly, I'm very interested in the fiber art as well. Got to keep busy all the time with some project or another

    1. Hi! So far, the only medium that has leaked through the pages has been the alcohol based Copic markers. Watercolor, brush pen, or other pens or water based markers don't soak through. Though, with watercolor, the paper does get overworked easily and will start to deteriorate a bit, leaving texture behind. I hope this helps! Good luck with your book!