I've tried to keep a regular sketch book before but my ability to keep the practice regular has never quite worked out. So why is this different?
I think it's because I'm keeping the materials simple. Only a little watercolour palette and my pencil case with a few ink tense pencils thrown in for good measure.
And I'm keeping those materials all together in a little grab and go bag, so it's been with me on a recent 'day job' outing.
And I'm also keeping the images simple - flowers and leaves.
A few recent pages for you to enjoy.
This one was very popular on Instagram. The white is simply resist created with torn strips of masking tape. Ok, that wasn't technically in my bag, but it was in the bureau behind me so easy to just reach for in a moment of inspiration.
Another trick I've worked out is to lay down some colour first and then go back later to fill in the detail.
Why have I not succeeded with this before?
Here is my recipe for success (I know it's early days, but let's be positive):
Small sketchbook A5
Simple materials - watercolour palette a few brushes and pencil case
All together in a grab and go bag
Keeping the content simple - in this case just flowers and leaves
Not really thinking about it - just going for it
Laying down a few pages of colour to come back to later
And finally, a little confession. I haven't actually quite managed something every day. A few times life and family etc. have got in the way. So final ingredient for success - don't be too hard on yourself.