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The First Page of Your New Sketchbook

Posted by Koosje Koene in Draw Tip, Draw Tip Tuesday, sketchbook on September 22, 2020

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!


I’m about to start a new sketchbook, and I am pretty excited about it. But I also know that for a lot of us artists, a new sketchbook can be a bit intimidating. All those blank sketchbook pages! They are waiting to be filled with amazing art! You might not even want to start because of the pressure your inner critic is putting on you by saying: “you better not mess up this first page, because that’ll mean you’ll mess up the whole sketchbook”.

So here’s a thing I do to get over that, and to shoo the inner critic away:

Materials used in this video:

-Hand Book Paper Co. Travelogue Watercolor Journal – (3.5”x8.25” / 9cmx21cm), Panorama
-Lamy Safari nib B, filled with Platinum Carbon Ink
-Pentel Aquash Waterbrush
-Daniel Smith Watercolors:
Permanent Red Deep
Quinacridone Rose
Transparent Pyrrol Orange
Hansa yellow medium
New Gamboge (=warm yellow
)Monte Amiata natural Sienna
Quinacridone gold
Sap Green
Hooker’s Green
Cerulean Blue, Chromium
Ultramarine Blue
Van Dyck Brown
Italian Burnt
Sienna Burnt Umber
Cobalt Turquoise

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Koosje Koene

Hi I'm Koosje. I'm an illustrator and art teacher in Amsterdam, where I was born and raised. I went to school to study graphic design, then worked for ten years as an award-winning professional photographer. But eventually my love of drawing and painting took over and I became an illustrator. My illustrations have been published in many Dutch magazines and in 2011, I began blogging and started developing and teaching online art classes. In 2014 I founded Sketchbook Skool, which is a flourishing community of artists from around the world of all skill levels.