I used to do lettering challenges all the time, but one thing I’ve never done but have always wanted to is a sketchbook challenge. Until now, that is!
If you follow me on Instagram, then you may already know that I did a little 10-day sketchbook challenge at the end of September and beginning of October. I’m not quite ready to participate in any sort of organized challenge, but I had the best time creating my own daily challenge with the help of The Sketchbook Idea Generator.
If you caught my inspirational craft books blog post, then you likely already know all about The Sketchbook Idea Generator. If not, this book is chock full of subjects, mediums, techniques, and color palettes for you to test and explore.
A little excerpt from my original post featuring the idea generator:
What is so unique about this book is that it is split horizontally into three different sections: subject, medium/technique, and colors. The author suggests that you flip through the three categories until you find a combination that excites you. For example: a famous bridge (subject), gouache using a large brush (medium/technique), and soft yellow & iris (colors).
10-Day Sketchbook Challenge
With the help of The Sketchbook Idea Generator, all I really had to do to start my challenge is decide on the length. All the subjects, mediums, techniques, and colors are waiting in the book ready to explore!
For my first challenge, I went with 10 days, because that seemed like a decent time period. It wasn’t too short or too long.
Each morning of the challenge, I added a little sketching to my normal morning routine. In general, I didn’t spend more than 10-15 minutes on the challenge each day, so it was really easy to slip it in to my normal routine.
I had so much fun exploring new techniques, mediums, and colors during this sketchbook challenge. So much so, that I will be doing it again very soon with one small twist. In my next challenge, I’m going to keep the medium/technique the same every single day and swap out my subjects and colors. By keeping the medium/technique the same, I hope to build some muscle memory and eventually develop my own artistic style within those parameters!
First up you ask? I’m going to be focusing on brush pens with water added. That’s the medium/technique that I used for day 10 and definitely want to play around with that some more soon!
What about you? Have you ever done a sketchbook challenge? If so, I want to hear all about it! Drop a comment below with your experience and challenge preferences. And who knows, maybe one day I’ll host my own challenge that you’ll be able to participate in right alongside me!
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