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1. Getting the hang of it

That brown paper background seems to work really good with black pen, a pinch of white, grey brush pen and a dash of 1 colour.

I enjoyed doing this drawing of people listening to my husband's band playing. It felt like my pen caught up the rhythm.

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2. Rainy Days in Amsterdam

We're already deep into may, but I still think these April drawings are worth posting:
April 25 was the quarterly Worldwide Sketchcrawl day. In Amsterdam, we gathered with about 30 people and mostly sketched inside, avoiding the rain. We basically took over 't Blauwe Theehuis, which is a great tea house in the middle of Vondelpark.

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3. Draw Tip Tuesday - Adding a Background

Remember  drawing the item that was right in front of you last week? Well, It may be a good idea to add a little color to that drawing today.
You could color your flower like you would a coloring page, but let’s focus on the background, and see what we can do with that ‚blank canvas’ there.

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4. Oh well...

I felt kind of lucky with such a neat first entry in my toned paper sketchbook. Later that week, I carved out a little bit of time and found a street bench where I sat down to draw the bicycle that was in front of me. I got totally absorbed by the negative spaces, the shades and complex shapes and forgot about the possibility that the bicycle would be parked there forever. So it took me by surprise when the owner of the bike walked up and wheeled my subject away before I finished drawing it.
Oh well...
There are many bicycles in Amsterdam actually that look like this: with one of the wheels snatched off. So the drawing doesn't even stand out that much. But next time, I might better choose to draw a bicycle like that!

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5. Drink 'n' Draw

Even though I'm not much of a drinker, I like spending time in cafes, with my sketchbook of course.
I started the journal spread below while I waited to meet a friend in a cafe downtown in Amsterdam. Then, when she arrived, we had a lot to catch up on, so I put the sketchbook aside to chat with her, and also to make a quick blind contour drawing of her.

Then after dinner, another friend joined us, and while we chatted, I opened my sketchbook again to crosshatch my way through the spread. At first I thought they might think of it as anti-social of me, but when I asked them, they told me to go on and that they were fascinated to see the drawing come to life. I am happy to notice that by now I can do some drawing and talking at the same time, although it's still not 'fluently', but I'm learning!

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6. Digging deep

Lately, early mornings, I wake up at the sound of heavy duty labour. That's because this is what's going on in my street right now:
Fascinated by the machinery, one day I took a mug of coffee and my sketchbook outside and sat down on the curb (or what's left of it right now) and sketched the activity going on. Of course the workmen were curious, and the driver of the dragline actually came up to me to ask if it was okay if he would drive it further up the street. 
While drawing this, my coffee got cold, my body was warmed by the sun, and I was pretty happy.

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7. Drink 'n' Draw part 2

Drawing what's right in front of you is often a good way to fill a journal page with a daily drawing. So this one was done sitting at the bar, drawing my husband's drink and the bottles behind the bar.

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8. Urban Sketches

Sketches done in the streets, with people moving around, capturing the moment and atmosphere - that is basically the definition of an 'urban sketch'.
I like drawing in public. Especially when the weather is nice, it's a great excuse to look around you and to even stare at people and study them, listen in on conversations and enjoy the moment.

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9. Draw Tip Tuesday: Caffeine!

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Who needs fancy art tools when you have a simple sharpie and a little bit of coffee? And who needs inspiration? Just draw what’s in front of you - in this case: a cup of coffee!

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10. A fun little private comission! #pig #owl #pen #ink #Sketch (at...

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11. Challenge Accepted

This Strathmore sketchbook has been sitting on the shelf for a few months now. It's a sketchbook with a built-in challenge: it has toned paper.
I love using brown paper bags, or recycled cardboard boxes, as a background to draw on. So a whole sketchbook filled with brown paper must be seriously fun!
However, it's also a bit of a challenge. There are quite a few limitations to this paper and I need to find out which they are, apart from: the paper isn't white.
It will hold watercolors, even though the paper will buckle, but am I going to like it? Not sure - to find out, I'm gonna have to try.
For the first page, I sat down on a street bench late afternoon, listening to an audiobook on my headphones and diving right in with my black pen, trying to discover how much hatching/crosshatching I should add, and finishing with a few white highlights. A great start! If I may say so myself.

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12. Draw Tip Tuesday - Draw what's in front of you

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!
Do you ever hear yourself think: I have nothing to draw... draw what's in front of you!
It'll be a great opportunity to explore techniques.

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13. Journeys in your art journal

Traveling can feel like magic. You step into a plane or a train and a few hours later, you're in such different surroundings, and there can be so much to explore. Both while on the move and after arrival. But even without leaving, places like airports and train stations can be a fantastic place to hang around. On a Sunday afternoon, I sat down with sketch pal and while we chatted, we sketched. It really wasn't the other way around - we just had a lot of catching up to do.
While the hustle and bustle of people leaving and arriving went on one floor below,  I chose to draw part of the train station that felt a little bit like a museum. Silent, not much people in sight, and great architecture in sight:

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14. one of the issues of working with marker pens

That is all.

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15. Is it summer yet?

Okay I know, it's just spring since a few days - still I wonder: Is it summer yet? I'm so looking forward to have one of those Shakerato's on a warm day!

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16. Music to my ears - and eyes

Music can influence the way you draw. In a positive way.
The drawing below, was done while listening to this singer songwriter's performance, which was kind of intimate and relaxed. Everyone was silently sitting and listening closely, so I had a lot of life models to draw while enjoying the music:

At first I was kind of intrigued by the percussionist, playing 'the chair' (yes he was actually using a simple wooden chair and his brushes) but once the trio below got into their jazz improvisation, my pen started moving in their rhythm and it was wonderful a wonderful feeling. After drawing the Jazz combo, I looked around and noticed a lot of people in the audience were tapping their feet in the air, following the music. So I drew some of those moving feet:

At home, there's a lot of music every day. Even though the drawing below doesn't show any resemblance of my husband, this is a precious sketchbook spread, because it's a memory of a moment in the day where the both of us are doing what we love:

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17. Drawing and Chatting

I filled this art journal page in a bar, while listening to and chatting with my companions. I always thought I couldn't draw and talk at the same time, but every now and then (depending on the subject of both drawing and conversation) I try to and I don't mess up; neither my drawings nor my sentences. I guess, that too, is a thing that needs practice.
The great thing about keeping an art journal, is that you can take it with you anywhere. All places, every object, each situation can be an opportunity to draw. In my 4-week online workshop 'Awesome Art Journaling', you can get many ideas for drawing opportunities and subjects. It starts April 6 - don't miss it! You can find more info and sign up by clicking here.

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18. Sushi!

Sushi can be a great excuse to fill a page of your art journal.
I can help you make more excuses to draw - in my online workshop 'Awesome Art Journaling', starting April 6. 
For $69 you will get 4 weeks of drawing fun, drawing prompts, techniques and tips, and after the workshop has ended, I will help you to keep going with the special Awesome Art Journaling Workbook. You can get more info and sign up by clicking here.

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19. Blind Contour Fun

In Late January, I was lucky enough to visit Lapin in Barcelona, to film his videos for Sketchbook Skool's new kourse 'Stretching' *
I saw him do many quick blind drawings of the people around him, and since then, I've been doing a lot of this exercise as well.
The exercise is simple, fun and quick, and it allows you to not think about the result, but simply focus on the shapes and lines that you see. The fun thing is, that if you do a few in a row, you can see quick progress. Very rewarding, and so much fun. And a nice intimate moment between you and your model.
Barbara x 4
Barbara, me, Pascal

Mom and Dad

*Sketchbook Skool is an online art school and global community dedicated to teaching and inspiring people to tell their stories through illustrated journaling. A six-week course costs only $99, so what are you waiting for? To learn more and to join, click here

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20. Journal Spreads

Even if you're filling pages in your sketchbook pretty randomly, you can still make them combine well, by choosing the right colour or background.
Today, my online workshop 'Awesome Art Journaling' starts, and you can still join me to fill your art journal pages every day during April. It's only $69 - find more info and enroll by clicking here.

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21. Staying Inside

Even though spring is finally here, staying inside can be oh so relaxing. I like being home, and even though we've lived in this apartment for over 5 years now, there's still plenty of things around that I want to draw over and over again.

Wanna stay inside and draw too?
It's not too late to sign up for my online workshop 'Awesome Art Journaling' - you get to the classroom by staying at home. Cozy slippers and yoga pants are allowed in the online classroom! Find out more about the online workshop and enroll by clicking here

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22. Draw Tip Tuesday - Stretching!

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!
Today's Draw Tip looks a little different.
A little over a year ago I teamed up with Danny Gregory to found Sketchbook Skool. Since then, we've been growing a fantastic and supportive community of artists of all levels, from all over the globe. We now offer 4 Kourses that are each $99* for six weeks of amazing online, video based lessons, taught by a different teacher each week. You will learn from these teachers, but also from your klass mates, since you will have access to our online community platform, where you can share your art and find/make friends from around the world.
I am so excited that this Friday, our brand new Kourse called 'Stretching' starts. It's a six week online course that will get you out of your comfort zone and into a whole new world of inspiration, surprise, exciting techniques, materials and ideas.
Watch this preview and click here to sign up today!
*plus VAT for EU residents

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23. Art Journal Spread

The 'I Amsterdam' icon was temporarily just around the corner of where I live. So I had to draw it before it traveled to the next location. After dinner I made myself a cup of coffee, took it outside and sat on a bench to draw this right before it started to get dark.

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24. It’s an Animal Party today at the studio! #illustration...

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25. The best excuse to leave the dishes

 Don't you just hate doing the dishes? Here's a tip! Drawing it is the best excuse to leave them!

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