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"Sketchbook Journaling Explorations" with Leslie Fehling

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"Sketchbook Journaling Explorations" with Leslie Fehling

$225 + $20 fee for full color handbook.

Watercolor, Pen & Ink

Friday-Saturday November 2nd & 3rd, 2018 from 9-4pm.

Price includes a full color spiral bound handbook.

See extended description below.

Availability: In stock


Suggested supplies

The supplies for this workshop are flexible and depend on personal preference. I’ll be sharing some new items with you that you may not have thought to try in your sketchbooks, but you don’t need to buy all of them before the class. San Clemente Art Supply will have many of them available to purchase if you decide you like them after seeing them in class.


Here are some general recommendations for what to bring:

  • Sketchbook suitable for ink & watercolor. Choose spiral bound, hardbound, or softcover.Size is up to you, but I suggest at least 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”. My preferred size is generally around 10” x 7”. 140 lb. paper is best.

      Sketchbooks I like and recommend include:

Stillman and Birn Beta series (paper has a slight tooth)

Stillman and Birn Zeta series (smooth hot-press style paper)

Handbook Field Watercolor Journal

Pentalic Aqua Journal (140 lb. watercolor paper)

Strathmore Art Journal – Watercolor (140 lb. paper) 

There are many other brands that will work as well.

  • Practice watercolor paper (if you don’t want to do practice exercises in your “good” sketchbook)
  • Pencil (I prefer a mechanical pencil with HB lead)
  • Eraser (Kneaded eraser, white retractable style, and/or “MOO” eraser)
  • Pen with waterproof ink, such as…

                        Faber-Castell Pitt Artist’s Pen, size S or F

                        Sakura Pigma Micron pen, sizes 005, 01, and/or larger

                        Optional: I often use a fountain pen for sketching. The Platinum Carbon Desk

Pen with Platinum Carbon black ink and Extra-Fine nib is one of my favorites.

(Available from Goulet Pens or Amazon.com)

  • Palette

I prefer the Alvin (also labeled as Heritage or Mijello) 18-well watercolor palette for everyday use. For travel sketching, I use an old Winsor & Newton plastic palette that I’ve refilled with artist’s quality tube paints, but there are lots of other options available for empty plastic palettes that you can fill with your own color selections.

If you’re just starting out, you may want to buy a prefilled travel palette. Here are some good options:

                  Winsor & Newton’s Artists’ Watercolor Compact Set (artist’s grade paints)

                  Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Watercolor Compact Set (student grade


Winsor & Newton’s Painting Plus Travel Set (24 colors)

                  Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Pocket Plus set (student grade paints)

                  Koi Field Sketch Kit (student grade paints)

                  Koi Pocket Watercolor Field Sketch Box

                        Van Gogh travel watercolor sets



  • Watercolor paints    

I recommend artist’s quality tube watercolor paints, squeezed into a palette and allowed to dry. Good brands are Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith, Holbein, and American Journey. Color selection is up to you. I generally tend to use the following colors, but they are not a requirement for the class. This list is just for your information.

Hansa Yellow Medium

Cadmium Yellow Light

Raw Sienna and/or Yellow Ochre

Quinacridone Gold

Permanent Alizarin Crimson

Winsor Red or Daniel Smith Perylene Red

Permanent Rose

Quinacridone Violet

Shadow (American Journey – Cheap Joe’s)

Ultramarine Blue or French Ultramarine

Cerulean Blue

Cobalt Blue

Cobalt Teal Blue

Pthalo Blue or Marine Blue

Sap Green

                        Earthen Green (American Journey)

Olive Green

Burnt Umber

Burnt Sienna

Payne’s Gray

  • Brushes

Watercolor brushes, synthetic or sable. Bring whatever size and type you like to work

with, such as these options:

            Rounds: #2, 4, 6, 8, 10  

            Flats: ½”         

  • Miscellaneous drawing and painting supplies

Eberhard-Faber” Ebony” Pencil

Toothbrush (for spattering) OR

Spatter screen (or a piece of window screen)

      Painter’s tape or artist’s tape, ¼” and 1” wide

      Scotch Artist Tape for Curves

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser



Tracing paper

Small spray bottle for water or paint

White colored pencil or watercolor pencil (You may wish to bring a colored pencil set, if

       you already have one.)

  • Items I’ll be demonstrating or talking about.

If you have any of these items, please bring them along. If you don’t already have them, you may want to wait until after the demo to decide whether to buy them. That way you can judge whether it’s something you think you’ll use.

Washi decorative tape

ClearSnap Magic Stamps

Tombow Dual Brush Pens

Elegant Writer Calligraphy Set

Joseph Gillot Art Pen Drawing Set (fountain pen)

Fine-Tec Gold & Silver watercolors

White gouache & watercolor paint

Dr. Ph Martin’s BleedProof White

Daler-Rowney Pro White opaque watercolor

Circle and ellipse templates

Lettering stencils

Plastic patterned stencils

C-Thru ruler with inches, centimeters, and centering line

Grafix All-Purpose Frisket Film

Grafix Dura-lar Wet Media Film

Toned paper, such as Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper or Stillman & Birn toned paper


  • Other items you may wish to bring:

Water container


Paper towels


  • Items to sketch

Bring the following items to class to use as subjects for your sketch projects. We may not use them all, but this will give you some good possibilities for meaningful, personal sketchbook journal pages.


1. Something that makes you happy. 

Think about something you’d like to sketch that makes you happy. It could be your morning cup of coffee or a warm chocolate chip cookie. Or how about your pet or a favorite pair of jeans? The ideas are endless! Bring the item or a photo of it.


2. Travel photos. 

Pick a few of your favorite images from a vacation. You'll decide in class whether to feature just one on a page or do a composite of 3-5 images. It might be good to include a variety of subjects such as a landscape, a close-up of some detail you liked, a photo with people in it, etc.


3. Favorite room in your home 

Bring a picture of your favorite room in your house, or just a corner of it. You might want to take several photos, then choose one in class. Print out the photos or bring them on a cell phone or tablet.


4. Favorite quote

Choose a favorite quote that inspires you, makes you laugh, or summarizes your philosophy of life. You’ll be hand-lettering it on a sketchbook page with painted borders.


5. Something that tells a story

This could be your childhood teddy bear or a picture of your first car, a family heirloom or a favorite book that’s been read so often it’s tattered and torn. Storytelling is what sketchbook journaling is all about, so for this project, you’ll tell the story of your special item.


6. Anything you would like to paint and journal about.

This one's up to you! I’d like you to bring the actual item, if possible, because drawing from life is a whole different experience than drawing from a photo. But if that’s not possible, bring some photos to sketch from.




I'm looking forward to seeing all the wonderful sketches you'll create with these items. Come with an open mind, ready to play, explore, and grow! 


See you soon -




QUESTIONS? Contact Leslie Fehling at ljfehling@gmail.com

To see samples of my sketches and watercolors, stop by my blog at www.lesliefehling.com


A final word...

Come a few minutes early on the first day of the workshop, so you'll have time to get settled in before class begins. I have so much I want to share with you, and I'd like to get started on time at 9:00.



Open your mind (and your sketchbook)…

Explore tools and techniques that will take your sketchbook journaling to new levels of creativity. In this fun two-day workshop, you’ll learn creative ways to use supplies you already have on hand, and we’ll try out some new materials that just might earn a permanent spot in your sketch kit. I’ll show you techniques for creating borders and page layouts that will make your pages stand out, and, along the way, I’ll be sharing practical tips for making the process of sketchbook journaling easier and more efficient, so you can fit more sketching into your day. You’ll complete several sketchbook pages in class, but your favorite part of this workshop just might be the “Boo-Boo Bible”, an encyclopedia of techniques for fixing those pesky mistakes that are inevitable when we’re sketching and operating in right-brain mode. We all make them – now you’ll know how to handle them! Each student will receive a full-color spiral-bound handbook containing all the information presented in the workshop, making it a valuable reference for years to come. So, come and join me for the premiere of this brand-new workshop at San Clemente Art Supply!


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