• Helen Colebrook

My First Finished Sketchbook


Paint and Doodles

I've started sketchbooks a few times, but never actually finished one until now. I thought you might enjoy having a peek inside and I hope it may give you some ideas for your own sketchbook or journal.


I'm using a Khadi pad, which is made from cotton paper and has a slightly rough texture, which is great for watercolour. Both the Khadi pad and the watercolour paints I used are from London Gifties.


I used this book to experiment, follow-along with online classes and start to learn more about my own personal style.


Watercolour Feather

I created this feather after taking a class by Yasmina Creates on Skillshare and was really happy with how it turned out. If you are interested in taking creative classes in topics like watercolour, sketching, journaling or even online marketing, you can try Skillshare out free of charge for two months here.


It's one of my favourite places to learn and I also share my own classes on there too. If you enjoy the classes, then the cost after the trial period is currently £10 per month.


Cutie Foods

I completed these pages after taking another class on Skillshare. I enjoyed creating them so much that I did several pages in this style. I found it fun to try out different facial expressions and add them to food sketches.


Painted Toadstools

The inspiration for these pages came from Pinterest. I lightly sketched the outline in pencil before adding the paint. I enjoyed trying to improve my skills in adding shadows and the appearance of texture. I find that nature is a great place to look for inspiration when filling up a sketchbook.


Galaxy Theme

For these pages, I just had some fun creating a background and then adding some doodles and white dots with a gel pen. I try not to put too much pressure on myself in my sketchbook, as it's simply a place to have fun and relax. I learn something from every page I create and that's enough for me.


Paint and Doodles

I love watching Creations CeeCee on YouTube. She has a lovely style and I followed along with her video to create these pages. I really enjoyed using a limited colour palette and playing around with how much I diluted my paint. For the doodles I added to the rectangles, I used my own book for inspiration.


Art Deco Painting

I really like the kind of Art Deco style on this rose. I saw some illustrations that used white space within the painting itself, so decided to try it out. I used a very limited colour palette and then matched it with the rectangles on the opposite page. I enjoy doodling inside painted shapes and often do this in the evening on the sofa, to relax.


If you enjoyed seeing these pages and would like to have a look at all of the pages from my completed sketchbook, you can watch my YouTube video below.



I hope you had fun seeing inside my sketchbook and that it inspires you to take a little time to get creative. This book lasted me from August 2019 until April 2020 and I already can't wait to get started on my next one.


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