Rachel Macdonald Design - My sketchbooks and Daily Art Journal extracts
For 2017 I started a 365 day art challenge - a sketchbook for daily paintings. My project involves drawing and painting 365 random objects from around the house and garden to get me painting every day. Hopefully my journal pages will inspire you to start your own daily art journal.
I also have a pen and ink doodle sketchbook, a pattern sketchbook and sketchbooks with black and brown coloured paper - not quite daily updates for any of these! ...just as and when the impulse strikes. :)
Daily Art journal - Day 23. Just a small bottle of, slightly wonky, Scottish whisky - ready for Burn's Night on the 25th. :) I opened it to make some Cranachan for dessert tonight to get us nicely in the Scottish mood. ...please excuse the American 'whiskey' spelling! Oops - don't tell my husband! ..such sacrilege! ;)
Daily Art Journal - Day 29 - Pentel Aquash brush. This pen is fantastic. I am happy drawing with pencils and pens but painting was always a major hurdle for me. This pen has helped to change that. It just feels better to use than a traditional paintbrush - like I am using a pen. It puts me back in my comfort zone.
Daily Art Journal - Days 30 - 32. Sewing theme. I love sewing! When I was at school girls did sewing classes and learnt to follow patterns and make clothes etc. but I didn't enjoy it. I don't really follow patterns much now - the only clothes I've made over the years have been fun ones - costumes I designed myself and hashed together as and when the kids ever needed them for school. ...but sewing for art! ...that's a whole different thing. I love free motion machine embroidery over fused…
I have different sketchbooks for different types of art. (my 365 day art project; doodle sketchbook; pencil sketches; pen and ink sketches; a black paper sketchbook etc. ) This is my sketchbook of painted patterns. For this art journal technique I paint the page with watercolours, let it dry, then sit with a fine-liner and doodle outlines around the shapes and colours. It's my way of relaxing ...art without having to think, or worry about proportion/ellipses/ perspective. :)
The excitement of starting a new sketchbook! This will be for a record of the random objects that catch my eye each day - nice packaging; difficult shapes to challenge me and so on. My everyday things and things I encounter along the way.