Nela's Sketchbook Adventures

What's in my sketching toolkit?

What's in my sketching toolkit?

Let's welcome the new outdoor sketching season with a little art supplies geekout! I'm always voyeuristically scavenging blogs and Pinterest to see what sketching tools other artists are using. I've only mentioned my sketching kit once before on this blog, so I decided to create a post about this topic alone. Read more...

Month Of Fairies: Week 3

Month Of Fairies: Week 3

For the entire month of November I'm drawing a fairy a day and posting it on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #MonthOfFairies. Here's an overview of the artwork I created during the third week of the project, from November 17th 'till November 23rd. Read more...

Month Of Fairies: Week 2

Month Of Fairies: Week 2

For the entire month of November I'm drawing a fairy a day and posting it on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #MonthOfFairies. I'm now officially half way through the journey, and here's an overview of all the artwork I created in the past week, from November 10th 'till November 16th. Read more...

Month Of Fairies: Week 1

Month Of Fairies: Week 1

For the entire month of November I am drawing a fairy a day and posting it on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #MonthOfFairies. Here's an overview of all the drawings, paintings and sketches I created in the first week. Read more...

Using Art Journaling To Beat Perfectionism

Using Art Journaling To Beat Perfectionism

I this video I talk about how art journaling can help with releasing perfectionist tendencies. I call myself a recovering perfectionist, I'm still not completely completely over it, but I saw some progress and I'm really happy with how it's working so I want to share some of my tools and techniques with you so you can see this progress in yourself as well. Read more...

Why I Think Every Visual Creative Should Keep A Sketchbook (+ Video sketchbook flip)

Why I Think Every Visual Creative Should Keep A Sketchbook (+ Video sketchbook flip)

I'm a huge fan of sketchbooks, so I'm very passionate about this subject. I hope that in this post I will give you enough reasons to finally start using them, and of course even if you don't consider yourself a visual creative, sketchbooks are a lot of fun! In the end I'll also share some tips how to get the best from your sketchbook practice, and I'll show you a video of my sketchbook flip. Read more...

Inspiration from Nature: Maple Elemental

Inspiration from Nature: Maple Elemental

Stuck with ideas on what to draw or paint? Wondering where do I get my ideas? Here's a post in which I describe how I got inspired to do one of my latest works. Of course, every work has a unique story and I don't go down the same route twice so it's hard to compile a 'recipe' - but I hope you'll find these tips helpful anyway! Read more...

Sketching in the museum — a new adventure!

Sketching in the museum — a new adventure!

I've been planning to go sketch in a museum for a very long time. But I always had something 'more important' to do, and I was so very 'busy'... As I was going through my to-do list for this year, a bullet point "draw in a museum" caught my attention. And I said to myself, 'Tomorrow it shall be. I'm going on an artist date in a museum.' Read more...

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