I'll let Tracey take over now and share her story in her own words:
I have to be honest and say this is my very first sketch book for a very long time. I started this summer to try and keep up my daily artwork while my teenage sons were off school and we were away on holidays, and I am now hooked, before this I was creating everyday but just on sheets of paper.
Just as the holidays began I finished the one hundred day project and I wanted to keep up the habit of producing something however small on a daily basis. I am now wondering why I didn’t start a sketchbook a long time ago.
It is so great to have a small space where it doesn’t matter if you make a mistake, you can just create away without being too worried about how it turns out.
I am a collage artist so my favorite tools are a pair of children’s scissors, because they are nice and small; old magazines; my box of hand coloured tissue paper and some PVA glue. I don’t really need anything else.
I read somewhere it takes 30 days to form a habit, so my advice is work a little each day until you are hooked. Allow yourself as much time as you have available, don’t make it a chore, it is supposed to be fun and enjoyable.
Just play and maybe some new ideas may come out of what you are creating. I have used some of my sketchbook pages to develop into surface patterns.
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Thank you, Tracey, for sharing your sketchbook and your story with us today!
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*Photos in this post © Tracey English. Used with permission.