Sunday, July 7, 2019

Sketchbook Revival 2019

The Sketchbook Revival classes came at just the right time for me. I was desperately needing some motivation to get back into the creative groove, when I received an e-mail announcing the event from Karen Abend. It was the first time that I have participated in this online event and it was absolutely wonderful! I didn't have time to complete all of the classes, so when time allowed I selected various ones to watch. One of the classes, How to Draw a Bird in Five Easy Steps, was so much fun. It was taught by Julia Bausenhardt. She has some amazing nature journaling classes that I'd love to enroll in one of these days.

During the Sketchbook Revival session, Julia taught us how to sketch a Blue tit bird and watercolor it. I haven't sketched birds much, but found her teaching style was very easy to follow and ended up creating a cute little bird in my sketchbook!

After the session was over, I went back and looked at my sketchbook page and decided to create a version for my dad for Father's Day. Once completed, I placed it inside a little hand made paper frame. He loved it!

Original Blue tit bird with handmade frame box. 

Since then, I've gone back and played with the framing options in Photoshop Express. I think both of the frames below give it a really nice look as well.

Photoshop Redwood Frame

Photoshop Multi-Colored Frame
Besides this class, I also completed the Sidewalk Cracks lesson with Carla Sonheim. It was also fun and such a creative idea! I definitely don't look at all those cracks in the sidewalk/street the same now. I'm always telling my husband that I need to take my camera along with me on our evening walks! If only I could remember that when we are heading out the door. ha! Once I have a few of these completed I will share them, along with the other fun things that came out of this event. 

Both artists have amazing websites and classes to offer! It's definitely worth a stopping by and checking out their sites. 

Hope you all are having a great weekend!  Happy PPF...just a few days late. ;P


  1. Love your little bird, gorgeous! Hugs, Valerie

  2. Your bird is beautiful Courtney and it's gorgeous as a card :D)

  3. your watercolor painting of the blue tit bird is beautiful Courtney!

  4. Your watercolored bird is beautiful. I know your Dad will treasure it forever, no matter what frame it's in. Thanks for your visit to my blog and happy PPF!

  5. What a beautiful bird painting ~ love the colors too!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  6. I love birds and your blue tit is wonderful. I am sure your father loved ypur gift. For the frame, my favorit is the second one.

  7. Beautiful.

  8. I would love to find some more classes in my small town. Unfortunately many are in a series and I can't guarantee I can make all of them. Thanks for visiting my post this week. - Margy

    1. It's fun attending live classes, but I also enjoy the online classes. I've taken a few that have been fee based courses, but also many that have been free. You should check out classes offered online. :) Especially the ones that you can attend/watch at your own pace...those are really great and allow for completion when you have the time. Have a great week!

  9. Looks like you have made great use of your classes. Such a pretty bird and a great Father's Day gift!


  10. Thanks for all the wonderful comments. I appreciate your kind feedback and the time you took stopping by to say hello!


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