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Digital Subscriptions > Leisure Painter > Aug-19 > Your 31-day challenge

Your 31-day challenge

Here’s how to fill a sketchbook with 31 creative prompts and ideas for the month ahead and enter our summer competition, by Sandra Busby and Tara Roskell


Develop your drawing skills

Find creative ways to fill a sketchbook

Summer is here and what better way to make use of those longer days than to fill up your sketchbook? We’ve all done it, bought a lovely new sketchbook with the best intentions then never actually started using it. So here we are offering 31 fun ways for you to create art in your sketchbook. Remember, your sketchbook is a place to experiment, explore and have fun, so let’s get started.


1Make 10 different marks and textures with one tool Divide your page into ten squares and see how many different marks you can make with one tool. You’ll be surprised at just how many can be made, even with a simple Biro. Try creating lots of different tones and textures.

2 Continuous line drawing of a figure, by Tara
5 Five-minute colour sketch, by Tara

2Continuous line drawing of an animal or person Find an image you like of an animal or person and draw it without taking your pen or pencil off the paper. You will need to concentrate on how you can travel from one part of the drawing to the next without lifting up your pen or pencil. When you have finished, you could add colour.

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Welcome to the August issue of Leisure Painter, catering for beginners and amateur painters. This month we invite you to join our 31-day sketchbook challenge and enter your favourite three images on our online competition. There is more advice on how to fill your sketchbook from Ann Mortimer as she finishes her seasonal series on maintaining a garden journal, and Tony Underhill uses urban-sketching techniques to produce loose and lively line and wash sketches from photographs. We begin a three-part series on painting a stunning blue-eyed cat in watercolour, with tips and techniques on how to paint fur and eyes in all their detail. There are demonstrations for painting buildings and their reflections, a garden scene, boats and even a gorgeous old-fashioned teddy. With practical advice on watercolour, oils, acrylics, oil pastels and gouache, we hope you enjoy your issue of Leisure Painter.