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Create a Summer Sketch Journal

Create a Summer Sketch Journal
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At the start of summer I like to head to an art supply store and pick out a spiral bound sketch book.  Throughout the summer I bring this book with me on hikes, road trips, and other adventures. If there’s an available moment, I draw doodles, stick figures, and even sketches of things I have seen that day. I also add comments, quotes and memorable stories.    If the day is busy then I wait till I get home to do any of the journaling.  By the end of summer the journal is full of words and pictures that encapsulate  our favorite summer moments.

My favorite sketchbooks are the ones I created when my son was younger—these journals are packed full of funny moments and amusing drawings of our daily adventures.  If you create a summer sketch journal for your own child (or a young person you spend a lot of time with), you can add spaces in the journal where they contribute their own pictures and stories.

Snippets from a summer sketch journal

Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Snippets from a summer sketch journal

Summer sketch journal samples

Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Summer sketch journal samples

Now that my son is a teenager I tend to do more sketches of nature and landscapes with an added story here and there.

A page of mushrooms from a summer sketch journal

Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
A page of mushrooms from a summer sketch journal

Drawings from a summer sketch journal

Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Drawings from a summer sketch journal

As much as I love photos and social media, nothing compares to looking over summer sketch journals (especially years later) and reading stories about all of our activities, encounters with wildlife, social gatherings, and reflections on the magical moments of summer.

Materials to Make a Summer Sketch Journal

  • A spiral bound sketch pad
  • Watercolor pencils or color pencils
  • An ink pen
  • A pencil with eraser

    All you need for a summer sketch journal-- a spiral bound sketch book, colored pencils or watercolor pencils, and an ink pen

    Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
    All you need for a summer sketch journal– a spiral bound sketch book, colored pencils or watercolor pencils, and an ink pen

Directions to Make a Summer Sketch Journal

Draw, doodle, and sketch any types of drawings that tell the story of what you have experienced this summer.  You can use stick figures, realistic sketches, cartoons, etc.  I like to draw my pictures using an ink pen and then add splashes of color with colored pencils and watercolor pencils.  Some people will prefer pencil drawings—anything its fine.

Add comments or brief anecdotes about the highlights of your summer moments. Mix it all up—it doesn’t need to be organized!  Just have fun with it!

Drawings from a summer sketch journal

Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Drawings from a summer sketch journal

 

 

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Bonnie Thomas shares her ideas and instructions for simple Yankee crafts. Bonnie Thomas works full time as a child and family therapist in Southern Maine and is also an established artist and author. She has published two books via Jessica Kingsley Publishing, titled Creative Coping Skills for Children: Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities and Creative Expression Activities for Teens: Exploring Identity Through Art, Craft and Journaling. Don't miss her latest book, How to Get Kids Offline, Outdoors, and Connecting With Nature
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