Slamseys Sketchbook Challenge – Start Sketching

I would love to be the sort of person who wanders around with a sketchbook and can imagine myself sitting in a sunlit courtyard, sipping my iced tea as I effortlessly sketch the charming scene before me. Alas, the reality is that my drawing skills are limited and I lack the dedication to practise and so improve. But during the summer holidays, when activities in The Barley Barn quieten down, Ruth has set a Slamseys Sketchbook Challenge, which I thought I’d join in.

slamseys sketchbook challenge

The Slamseys Sketchbook Challenge is open to anyone who wants to be creative during August but perhaps needs a little motivation or inspiration. Throughout the summer there will be ideas and themes posted on the Slamseys blog and the challenge is to use them as a springboard for some creativity whether you’re a painter, printmaker, card maker, parent looking for some inspiration for your children over the summer holidays, potter, photographer …

I’ve eased myself in gently with the Start Sketching prompt. It would be unrealistic to set a target of sketching every day or sitting down to make a detailed study of something so I did a Quick Draw Exercise, which only takes about fifteen minutes. It involved making a series of 60 second sketches on a double page spread of my sketchbook using different techniques such as heavy and light lines, looking at the object but not the paper and vice-versa, drawing with your non-dominant hand, large scale, small scale, silhouettes and the like. Well within my concentration span. By the end, my pages were filled with drawings, many of them overlapping to make interesting shapes in themselves.


quick draw exercise

Ruth’s next challenge was to look at silhouettes. Rather fortuitously, I had a group of silhouettes from my Quick Draw session so I opened up a window envelope and placed it over them to frame the view and then traced the shapes to make an abstract pattern. Ruth took this exercise a lot further and did some rather wonderful screen printing so I feel I’ve taken the easy route by simply colouring in my silhouettes. But then, who knows what I might use them for in the future. (Certainly not me!)

If you want to  join in, you can share your artwork using #SlamseysSketchbookChallenge




17 thoughts on “Slamseys Sketchbook Challenge – Start Sketching

  1. Mrs Thomasina Tittlemouse says:

    What a wonderful idea! Going to dig out my sketchbook and have a go. Not holding my breath as to the quality of the results but who knows?! Thank you – you’ve just given my August a real lift of inspiration! E x


  2. rusty duck says:

    Go for it Anne. I once read a book about drawing with the right side of the brain and completed some of the exercises therein. It had me amazed at what I could actually achieve, even though I started out thinking I couldn’t draw at all.


    • Anne Wheaton says:

      I’m going to try to fit in just fifteen minutes a day, which should be manageable. Mind you, I also wanted to try to take just one photo every day and failed within a week.


  3. e / dig in hobart says:

    I would love to be that kind of person too…I used to draw a lot as a kid, but now I don’t even doodle. maybe I need to think about picking up a pencil again. i’ll follow thru to the link to find out more.


    • Anne Wheaton says:

      I don’t draw very often but the paper next to the phone is filled with doodles. It’s what stops me screaming when I get put on hold listening to awful music.


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