It's an blank slate.
When it comes to creating your Sketchbook, anything goes.
(Except for a few understandable rules out of respect for the global Sketchbook community: Please refrain from submitting wet, sticky, glittery or abrasive materials in your Sketchbook. Also, no dangling objects. Sketchbooks that break these rules may be prevented from joining the Library.)
Tools you could use.
This list is by no means exhaustive. But, here are some ideas for items you probably already have around the house that you can start using to fill the pages of your Sketchbook.
- Pens: Ones that bleed and ones that don’t, black, colored....
- Regular pencils and colored pencils
- Hole punch
- Tape: Duct tape, masking tape, decorative tapes...
- Watercolor paints
- Watercolor pencils
- Acrylic paints
- Found items: Candy wrappers, gift wrap, old maps, book pages, envelopes, decorative/handmade papers, magazine images, postage stamps, ticket stubs...
- Fabric scraps
- A workable spray fixative – to secure chalk, charcoal, pencil etc. to your pages
- Glue: Elmer’s or Mod Podge
Start filling your Sketchbook.
There are infinite ways to fill your Sketchbook pages. Every story is unique. But, just in case you need a nudge to get you started, here are some ideas for ways to jump-start your artistic breakthrough...and keep you going when a creative block strikes.
- Fill small parts of your Sketchbook at a time.
- Build your content on random bits of paper and glue them down later.
- If you don’t like something in your sketchbook, just cover it up.
- Doodle when you are stuck.
- Switch mediums.
- Start on a different scrap of paper.
- Observe things you might want to draw: leaves, grass, bugs, birds, squirrels, bubbles in the springs, water, people/children in action (gestures/contours), flowers, trees, sculptures, garbage, architecture, clouds, your favorite things, the contents of your refrigerator
- Abstract something from nature: Draw as if you’re seeing things under a microscope. (Use a magnifying glass for help.)
- Make rubbings of interesting textures (tree bark, leaves, etc.)
- Seek shapes that appeal to you. Copy them.
- Make paint blots, then draw in to them.
- Paint a background, and then draw or write on it later.
- Draw with crayons, then watercolor over it. (A white crayon will “magically appear.”)
- Draw on black paper with white pencils.
- Add white to paints that are going on black paper.
- Scribble down your thoughts.
- Jot down what you hear people saying around you.
- Create custom stencils to draw and trace over and over. This lets you explore repetition, movement, and density
- Look to magazines for inspiration, then create a drawing or impression of the first object that catches your eye.
- Draw someone without them knowing it. (This works especially well in coffee shops & airports.)
- Draw your pet.
- Make lines: dotted, curved, fat, skinny, zig zags. They may transform into pictures or words.
- Copy a line from a map. (It might have meaning?)
- Listen to music. Capture what you hear.
- Create your own symbols, like petroglyphs or hieroglyphics.
- Stick different textures into wet paint for new effects (foil, bubble wrap, salt).
- Carve your own stamps from bike tubes, corks, erasers or potatoes. Stamp with them.