Penny and Jean 2019

Receiving a new sketchbook is always interesting and this time I was receiving from some I know from social media! I was enthralled by the deep vibrant colours on the pages Penny sent me. They also have a great mixture of drawing, pattern and collage that is so interesting to work from.

I wonder if the colour was from Brusho but I also came across Anilinky colours via a friend on Facebook so I used these on my pages, seeking to continue the deep colour.

It was great that Penny left me space on the pages to add and change so out pages can overlap and collaborate. That’s one of the best things about sketchbook circle working.


Jean and Hannah 2019

A new year, a new sketchbook circle and partner! As always its a step in the dark this first time!

I chose a quite small khadi paper sketchbook. We’ll be able to add to it if we run out of pages though. I’ve just used collage, drawing and painting to try things out and play to see what happens. Hopefully Hannah will see something to work with…

Jean and Meryl September 2018


Meryl sent a double page back for August – I love the bold colours and shapes and the exploration into another aspect of space imagery. In September I sent a double page back. I think this will help us stay within the sketchbook for this year. I love sci fi and I’ve not really explored the imagery and words related to it in art before so this sketchbook experience is proving new and enjoyable.


Cherrie and Jean August 2018




Cherrie retuned me some inspiring pages – looking at Cherrie’s pages has made me start looking out for used postage stamps to use in my work. She took up the people imagery from what we’d been sent out in the monthly envelopes as well.



Cherrie had begun to use an area where there had been an ink spillage and I continued with this making a pattern to go into and over it.


We’re alos beginning to encounter the holes showing through to the other side that we put in in the early months of using the sketchbook.


I finished with a pattern double page using book pages, while acrylic, Intense pencils, watercolour, pen and collage. Mine are much more rigid than Cherrie’s pages. I wonder if these squares were influenced by my working up towards September’s John Vernon Lord square inch a day drawing challenge run by the House of Illustration.