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I don’t think I’m the only one who has the issue of the BLANK FIRST PAGE in a sketchbook. It’s so intimidating – it’s really tricky to figure out exactly what to put on the first page that won’t “ruin” the sketchbook. My neuroses around sketchbooks run even deeper, though – once I fill out that first page, I feel intimidated by the next page, and the next one afterward! I hate flipping through a sketchbook and seeing a series of bad sketches during art block or periods where I’m busy or just not producing work up to my top quality. I know that’s a very silly attitude to have around sketchbooks, given that they’re meant for practice and mistakes, but that’s just the way it is with me.

I discovered something that really helps, a technique that has made me infinitely more prolific in my sketchbook and less stressed about it too. I wanted to pass it on for anyone experience art block or feeling neurotic and paralyzed while using their sketchbook.

Don’t go in order.

No really. Flip to a random page and fill it in. If you feel weird about that, date it or number it. Then, the next time you use your sketchbook, flip to a random other page. Rinse, repeat, and you’ll notice a huge difference in your stress level and your use of your sketchbook.

Just give it a shot, I promise. And let me know if you try it in the comments!

COMMENTS: 1
  1. January 20, 2018 by Tara Reply

    Huh, I never thought about how some people would feel that way about their sketchbook! Your suggestion on flipping to a random page is actually a good idea. It kind of reminds me of a random plot generator or a random word generator to use for inspiration when writing drabbles and such 🙂 So I can see the similarities, and I did have an easier time writing when I took that route!

    Oh, and yay for the new blog! ^_^

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