How wild is your garden?

Every year I work with Karen Abend on her Sketchbook Revival series of artists workshops. This is a fantastic sharing opportunity for artists and participants alike. Every day for two weeks two artists teach mini lessons, these range from technical illustration to messy gardens!

This year 2020 Sketchbook Revival came at just the right time, as the world went into lockdown. For many people staying creative was/is really hard so these workshops seemed to hit the right note and kept our minds focused for a while. 

 I have heard heart warming stories from participants: of adapting materials to fit my lesson (charcoal from the Australian bush fires) of permanently stained fingers, of letting loose and getting lost, of never daring to be so free. In these strange days of limbo and loss of momentum, sketchbook artists have honestly lifted my heart and soul, and kept me focused each day. It has been fantastic to see so many beautiful gardens growing, some from imagination and some from observation.

This mini lesson is the one from Sketchbook Revival, it is around 25 minutes is not a repeat of techniques from previous courses. In this lesson you will find at least 20 new ways to make marks, quickly and freely.

Below you can see quite different examples of sketchbook pages from fellow artists: Jennifer Mary Lehm, Tracy Wozniak, Anne Scott, John Tordoff and Kate Gatti.

Don't miss out
A 25 minute lesson full of ideas!

What you will learn

  • How to use black and white mixed media in your sketchbook
  • Lots of creative techniques and exciting mark making.
  • That you don't have to be able to draw perfectly!
  • How to free up and respond to your imagination/or images provided
  • How to easily fill page after page with exciting images


Absolutely inspirational never used or ever thought of using a sketchbook as you have shown how to. Many thanks for your generosity and humour, am at stage of selecting collage papers, I always have so many I spend hours on a state of indecision in future I will be more selective and prepared as I am now confident.

Loved Karen Stamper's lesson. First I tried it outside but it was super cold and I was amazed at how much I forgot to try! Next I went back to the lesson and drew along with Karen. I was amazed at how much more layering I did! I love the depth and texture so now need to think more about composition. Thank you to Karen Stamper for the best lesson so far. Deborah

Karen this was so much fun!! I love how everything just flows from one messy thing into another and yet something beautiful emerges. Heather

Well here I am, ready to go. I’ve been promising myself the Allotment course for months! However a Birthday beckons so my dear children are buying it for me....only I’ve not told them yet! 😀🥂🎂👏 Anne

If I were a poet, I’d write an ode to Karen... This was an obscene amount of fun to do- I risked a substantial police fine going out to ‘throw the garbage’/grab the first leaf I could find near my house and it was worth it! Cindy during lockdown

Wonderful Karen. Thanks for this course once again packed with ideas and inspiration to give confidence to not be afraid to start and experiment. No right or wrong just go with the flow. Cathy 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in 25 minutes or take things slow. It's your choice!

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at

What materials will I need?

You will use quite simple materials such as ink, charcoal, pens. The most expensive items are your sketchbook (you can make your own), Artgraf is a drawing tool, shaped like tailors chalk. The materials list is based on my demonstrations and what I use, but of course you can develop these ideas with other materials. Following is what you will need to buy and rough prices. Links to suppliers are given on the course. Concertina sketchbook ( or make your own) £10 Ink £5 Ink pad £5 Spray bottle £2 Pva glue £3 Artgraf £5 Equipment that you will need, but probably have - scissors, brushes, kitchen roll, candle, pencil, masking tape, pritt, eraser, scrap paper, leaves, twigs.

How much time will I need?

This is a 25 minute lesson but I advise that you watch it through first and then gather your equipment and take your time.

Do I have to be able to draw?

Not at all. My sketchbooks are much more about mark making and exciting surfaces, with as little or as much drawing as you like.

What is included in the lesson?

It is one 25 minute lesson in a video close up of my sketchbook. There is a materials list and 10 pdf examples to print off.

Can I share content, videos, notes from the lessons?

As I am sure that you will appreciate it takes a lot of time and energy to prepare online courses. Please do not share any of the content. All the information is for the sole use of the individual subscriber and not to be used in any form without written agreement from Karen Stamper. This includes direct teaching to others. I am happy for you to share your work on social media, please tag/give me a mention.🙂

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. As part of the course you will be invited to join a closed group on Facebook, this is where you can share your work and ask questions - to me and the concertina sketchbook group.

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

Once you have signed up, I am not able to give refunds. But if you're really unhappy with the course email me.

This sounds just what I wanted. Where do I sign up?

Right below, just press the signup button. Happy sketchbooking!

Is this the same lesson as shared in Sketchbook Revival April 2020?

Yes, it is this lesson from Sketchbook Revival 2020. The techniques shared are different to the Allotments/Garden online course.

Don't miss out
A 25 minute lesson full of ideas!