Using old sketches for warm up exercises


Its important  not to throw away old sketches or for that matter paper which has been marked.

Use throw aways for warm up exercises, which is what I have done in this post.

Frame 1

A piece of old watercolour paper – perfect for warming up.


Frame 2

Using felt tip pen, I sketch a teacup and saucer. This is a fun exercise and so I picked something close at hand with an interesting shape.      It could just as easily have been an apple……..


Frame 3

In frame 3, I add watercolour, treating the subject as I would normally and allowing the marks on the paper to integrate with the whole design.


Artists are like athletes and dancers, needing to warm up each day.    When I give workshops, I encourage participants to use newspaper, wall paper lining or old sketches to start the day.

Because the fear of spoiling a good piece of paper is removed, its often happens that this is when people relax, and do their best work.

Places are still available in the watercolour workshop in April on the Algarve, Portugal.    For more information go to

A Bientot

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