Developing Sketchbooks



I am happy to announce that this is now a Self Directed ONLINE Developing Sketchbook workshop! Learn and create in the comfort of your own home. This workshop has, without doubt been my most successful online workshop to is the right time to release it as a self directed workshop.

This workshop consists of a series of videos and downloadable PDFs which will guide you through the development of an exciting and stimulating sketchbook. You will be part of a supportive online classroom [aka Private Facebook group] full of fellow students who, along with me, will help you on your way. Online interaction with your fellow students is very beneficial and this will be a key point of contact and feedback: the private Facebook group where you can share images of your results.

Once you have booked you will receive all the information you need. [Please keep this safe]. You will then have unlimited access, so you can take your time and re-watch videos as often as you need So that you truly engage in the workshop environment I suggest you set definite time aside for yourself to create – after all if this were the studio version you would spend a complete day engrossed in creativity – give yourself that time!

Explore a series of easy and exciting practical exercises which you can add to any design project – they’ll help you develop imagery and are key elements to any sketchbook.

What's included in the price?

There are 7 sessions in all each containing a 10-15 minute instructional video & task [supporting notes and PDFs if you follow on/extension ideas too]
Here’s an overview of the areas we’ll cover:
Lose the fear: starting a new book is full of woes, let me show you how!
The essential ingredients.
No panic drawing/observation
Found and abstracted
Cut and enhance
Repeat and play

"Thank you Dionne for another spectacular course. I don’t think I have ever enjoyed on-line classes as much as yours, for content, for inspiration, for your considered, considerable and considerate on-line presence and for the way we have all made such great connections. It’s been great feeling a part of such a wonderful community."

What you will need

Spiral bound sketch book – you don’t need to go too big.
I’m using a 15cm square book from Pink Pig Ltd
An individual hole punch
The rest of the elements can vary from this list – you don’t need to stick to it too religiously, there is a bit of flexibility here but the more you have available the better
Mark making tools: pens, pencils, graphite sticks, charcoal, chalks, oil pastels, oil bars, marker pen, tipped pen [or emulsion paint & a small brush could work]
Brushes, sponges or stamps
Paints, dyes, brusho inks, drawing inks – something of that kind.
A collection of found papers, possibly a few hand made papers of varying weights, an envelop or two, cartridge paper, possibly a bit of plastic or tissue.
Cutting mat, craft knife, scissors
Refillable Marker pens
You don’t need to go crazy buying new stuff – you can use what you’ve already got, with a few extras to enliven your stash!
If you get in touch I can send you a link to a little supplies video!


Dionne at Dionne Swift: Textile Artist

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users
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