Recently I came across the work of Samantha Dion Baker on Instagram and I was instantly transfixed by the images of her work that she was posting. Drawings of the everyday ordinary things she comes across throughout her day done in her sketchbook done in such a way that you can’t help be charmed and intrigued by them . I have been missing the days of the sketchbook challenge that a group of us did years ago and have been thinking about making 2019 the year I get back into a regular sketching habit. So I picked up Samantha’s new book “Draw your Day” and I find myself definitely inspired by what’s in it’s pages. You won’t find step by step directions on how to draw in this gem of a book but what you will find is plenty of inspiration along with some great information about tools and materials to get you started on developing your own sketching practice. She has a very approachable writing style and you feel as if you are sitting across from the author sharing a cup of coffee flipping through her sketchbooks. You won’t find any photographs in this book – it’s entirely illustrated with the authors drawings taken from her own sketchbooks. It’s a beautifully done book and I highly recommend it! Find it on amazon here.
There is also a companion sketchbook available. Filled with pages illustrated with small drawings of the authors which helps make the white pages seem a bit more approachable for those who suffer from fear of the blank page. There are also prompts on some of the pages – “draw a piece of fruit, take a bit of the fruit and draw it again”, “what does your favorite storefront in your neighborhood look like?” , “what have you eaten today?” and “draw your art supplies” to name a few. I am going to enjoy filling the pages of this 8″ x 7″ watercolor sketchbook with my own drawings. Find it on amazon here.
And while you are filling your Amazon cart with books you might think about treating yourself to one of these foldable portable watercolor sets. My expectations of the quality of the paints were pretty low – after all, at only $16.99 for a set of 42 how good could they be I thought. But I have to say I am pretty impressed by them. The variety and vibrancy of the colors is beautiful and the compact size makes it easy to toss them in my bag so I can take them with me when I travel.
The set comes with a water brush included that slips into a handy little slot on the side of the paint case and there is an empty palette tray to use for mixing and blending colors. There’s also a little detachable sponge (held on by a velcro strip) on the top of the case that you can use to dab the color off the water brush. This is a really terrific little travel watercolor set! Find it on Amazon here.
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