Sketchbook With Me · How to Have More Time For Art in 2020 · ad · Fill a Sketchbook With Me! #9

Sketchbook With Me · How to Have More Time For Art in 2020 · ad · Fill a Sketchbook With Me! #9

Hello my loves and welcome back to my sketchbook. And huge thanks to Skillshare for sponsoring
today’s video. Today I’m working on a spread inspired by
some Poinsettia petals that I pressed while I was clearing up all my Christmas decorations,
I thought it would be nice to just write a quick little journal of my time this past
holiday season. I wanted to go for a vintage look- I’m finding
myself more and more drawn to that kind of style- I absolutely adore old books and just
the charm of found items and old relics. I actually got the idea to stain this paper
with watercolour from a Skillshare class I took that was specifically about adding a
vintage look to your journal. The class was taught by Helen Colebrook, who
I also avidly follow here on YouTube, you must check her out, but in this particular
class, she really went into her process and techniques, which in turn helped me feel more
confident in giving it a go myself. And I find Skillshare is wonderful for building
on your existing passions or skills, deepening your knowledge on things you’re interested
in while also providing so much room and potential to discover something entirely new to learn
and sink your teeth into. Skillshare offer thousands of classes on all
sorts of topics like illustration and design, building a business… even languages, I think
it’s the perfect platform to make the most of this year, to develop new skills and take
your creativity up a notch. As an online learning community, Skillshares
classes are easily accessible, nice and digestible in your own time, and affordable at $10 for
an annual subscription. As I’ve said, I’m really interested in getting
more into creative journaling, and I’ve already spotted a few classes on there that I think
can really help in that, more from Helen and a few others that I’ll link below. I’ll also have a link below that gives you
2 free months of premium access to however many classes you’re interested in, so check
it out if you’re looking to to make 2020 a year of personal and creative development. Now, onto today’s topic. If you do happen to want to improve your art,
one of the ways you’ll always be told is most effective, is to spend more time on it, work
on it every day… but somehow, life always gets in the way. You don’t *have* enough time in your day after
school or work, eating, socialising, exercising, cleaning, taking care of assignments or kids!…
to make time to just draw can sometimes feel like a waste, and if not, it might just feel
impossible. Now, I’m lucky. This is my job. I can spend time on drawing- I kind of have
to- but even so, I’ve found myself feeling guilty for making art when I could be being
‘more productive’, or, I get all my other work out the way, just to feel too tired or
unmotivated at the end of the day to sit down and create. So where do you find the time? I’m assuming you’re watching this because
you really *want* to make art, whether as a hobby or as a career- but I still think
it’s important to get clear on how much it means to you, in the scheme of things, and
why. When the issue is motivation, which it often
is for me, I find it really helpful to be clear on why I’m dedicating however much time
it is to this thing. Of course making art makes me happy- most
of the time- but there are times when it’s hard, when it’s boring, and when it all seems
a bit pointless- those are the times where you can talk yourself out of doing it at all-
and in those times, it’s good to be prepared, to have a reminder that this matters- because
you have something you want to communicate and you’re doing it through art, because art
is something you can escape into, because mastering a skill is something you’ve always
wanted to do, because you dream of building a career from your passion… So what is it for you? Because if this really does matter, then let’s
start looking at finding you some time. I would recommend spending a day tracking
how you’re spending your time outside of work or school. Be honest and be specific. If you can, I would even try and do this for
a couple of days or even a week. Have a notebook or use the notes app on your
phone, and whenever you go from one task to another, write down the time and the task
you’re starting. I’ve done this before, and it’s quite eye-opening
to see the hours of scrolling, of watching telly, texting, playing video games, general
faffing about, seeing those hours add up. I personally don’t believe in this idea of
constant hustle, of always doing something that *means* something. I do think we need down-time, we need to give
our minds a break, but it helps to put your day into perspective. If nothing else, to see that there is some
time in there. Now, you might do this and see that actually
there really isn’t much time in there. You could be a single parent, you could be
working two jobs, you could be doing your dissertation, in which case I would look at
whether you could delegate a task or two to someone else at all to free up any time, or
at least share it, and at the very least, if it’s all you can do realistically, see
if you can carve out an hour for art on a weekend or a day off. You don’t have to be making masterpieces,
at least not all in one sitting. Sketch on the go, in the in between times. Bring your sketchbook with you and doodle
on your lunch break or on the bus or on the sofa instead of watching YouTube videos- or
while watching YouTube videos! Don’t expect to me making tons of art and
be discouraged when you find you can’t. Commit to making a little bit when you can,
whenever you can. Add to a painting a little at a time over
the course of a few days or weeks. You’ll actually find that you’re making more
art, because you’re not putting that pressure on yourself to finish something. When you know you haven’t got time to finish
it, you’re probably gonna find it hard to even start. When you’re just taking each little step at
a time, you’ll find youself moving forward without even realising it. When you’ve found that sweet spot of time-
and it may just be half an hour before you head out for the day or before you go to bed-
and when you’re clear on your motivations, clear enough to not talk yourself out of trying
to make it work, then the final thing to do is make the act of making art habitual. Make it as routine as brushing your teeth,
or grabbing your phone to scroll through instagram first thing in the morning. I know I’ve done my Skillshare bit so I’ll
keep this brief, but if I could recommend another class, Thomas Frank has a fantastic
class on there about building habits that last. It’s a good hour of real, actionable steps
to really make a difference to how you approach building your positive habits this year and
I think it could really change the game for a lot of you guys watching. I truly believe this year is gonna see so
much growth and achievement. I don’t know, I just feel like we’re ready
for it. Let’s start with finding a small slot of time
we can commit to making art, a little at a time. Thanks for watching guys, and thanks again
to Skillshare for supporting creative channels like mine. Let me know what you thought of the video. In the future, I’ll try and talk more about
the art I’m working on, in this case it just felt a little self-explanatory. And if there’s anything you’d like me to talk
about in more detail like this, let me know. Check the description video for the tools
I used today, the link to 2 free months of Skillshare and the classes I mentioned. And otherwise, I’ll see you in the next video,


  • T hais says:

    i love it! thanks! very nice 2o2o!!!

  • Aditya Shet says:

    Again we are in same wave length… Love this video

  • Bangtwitter and Twicetagram says:

    Honestly, this series is just lovely 💜

  • T B says:

    I needed this video after a rubbish day, thank you for this little positive chat✨

  • Deborah Meyers says:

    Awe I dropped very thing to watch a Minnie Small video loved the artwork. Finding time to do art is a matter of scheduling in my monthly planner "ART" like it's an appointment I cannot miss 😇

  • KHOR ELLE says:

    I find that even if I am not in the mood to paint, if I force myself to start, it will eventually become extremely enjoyable. So everytime I am tired, or bored, or lazy, I just remind myself how much I love once I start. Also, having a watercolor set and a sketchbook next to my bed is helpful. I know it sounds crazy, but I have a small glass with water and watercolor on my nightstand so when I wake up in weekends, instead of scrolling on social media, I paint a little.

  • Hervonia Baker says:

    Just what I need.

  • FreeTheKhajiit says:

    this video is kind of an eye opener for me? not even in the way you intended im sure. but i always find myself wishing to do this type of journaling but I always put it to the side because i need to "focus more on like REAL art" and a common thought that follows is "this kind of stuff doesnt belong in a sketchbook." who said that??? nobody!!! theres no rules!!!! ugh thank you for freeing me 😭 sometimes it just takes watching someone else do it to realize youre being silly…

  • alex gray says:

    always great to end a busy day with a big ol’ cup of tea and your incredibly calming voice and beautiful art xx

  • Dr. Oto Kano says:

    So happy to see the Holbein pallet still being used 😀

  • gigigifts 1 says:

    Perfect video after my crazy day.

  • Art girl says:

    I love the way you fill your sketchbooks, so inspiring 💕💕

  • Ojousama says:

    You’ve inspired me so much! I began a YouTube channel because of yours and in fact my only video on it is art of studio Ghibli skies inspired by yours. Thank you for giving us quality content and a realistic outlook at what’s it is like living off of your art. Thank you for always willing to show us the scenes beyond the art work Minnie. Thank you!

  • Liz V. Art says:

    Ah this spread turned out so lovely! I second tracking your time! I did a while back and like you say, it's so eyeopening.

  • Rachel Burns says:

    This is so lovely! I recently read a book about the history of botanical prints. Super fascinating teaching tools!

  • Allison Acosta says:

    Omg Minnie you describes me to a T

  • oil on paper Steffi says:

    I find that sometimes we're really bad judges of how much something means to us and why. I neglected art for years thinking it wasn't important, but I'm not healthy when I don't create. Took me forever to learn that lesson. 🍃

  • Marie Halflants says:

    Gorgeous spread * _ *

  • Lana Turner says:

    I loved this and needed. Thank you for sharing so much valuable and applicable information!

  • Adi says:

    I love this spread, especially the inked poinsettia petals, and this topic is something I really want to tackle myself too. I've made it a habit to draw every day, but so many days when I don't feel in the mood, it ends up being nothing more than a scribble. It at least keeps me from quitting (not that I would now, but when I first started drawing I'd go on and off with it, and in order to make it a steady hobby I've been drawing every day for years), but at this point my focus is not just on sticking with it but improving. The past few weeks have been pretty awful art-wise, I've been really busy and my skills aren't what I want them to be and all that, but my painting class started today (YAY!) and I'm going to put a lot of effort into painting every day. I probably won't start with a time goal at first, just so long as I paint something at all, but eventually I'd like to challenge myself to spend even more time on it, especially since it's my goal to sell art and have a career from it! Thank you for your helpful & motivating videos <3

  • Poppy Marleau says:

    I love your vids soo much! You're soo talented and the reason I enjoy making art!

  • Sophie says:

    a thing of beauty is a joy forever / its loveliness increases it will never / pass into nothing *john keats—- ur channel, ur art, u

  • Phianett says:

    I love skill share, it's taught me so much. I've taken Helen Colebrook's class Journaling for Positivity, and I can't wait to get into more of her classes. And my reason for doing art? All of the above! I work a regular nine-to-five and during my breaks I'm doing art; on my lunch break I'm doing art; when I get home from work I'm doing art. LOL. I try to squeeze it in just whenever I can.

  • Lauren Temple says:

    I really love making little sculptures. I was discuraged from doing it because i'm not perfect at it but like i relize now that i should be making them simply because i enjoy making them x

  • Pixie with pens says:

    i keep a small sketchbook in the inner pocket of my jacket, with a pen loop and a ballpoint pen in it, so i can easily access it on the go when im commuting 🙂 another tip i would add regarding finding time – maybe theres something you need to give up to make time, something that doesnt make you as happy or fulfilled or serves your goals. perhaps cancel netflix, make easier/quicker meals, or stay home instead of going out partying. i dont know your life!
    but i would also add that ten minutes can be enough to do a sketch and keep the practice going. i truly believe you can find ten minutes to draw if you allow yourself to 🙂

  • olkin85 says:

    This so good. Botanicals by You is something special. Gorgeous colours and composition so gorgeous so much!

  • Diane O says:

    Definitely has that vintage look that I love. Beautiful!
    One thing I learned from Inktober is that having a daily completed drawing does not work for me. The pressure of that daily deadline took the fun out of it plus I was often disappointed in the quality of the art. So, instead, I plan to make drawing a daily habit but not a completed work. Maybe work on the same painting or drawing each day until I feel it is finished. That kind of habit is much less daunting for me.

  • Karen Bruder says:

    So beautiful ❤

  • luluarts says:

    I study fine art so I have to make art all the time, so in my spare time I now make art youtube videos! I cannot seem to get away from creating art in some way

  • Melanie HP says:

    January has been my reading month, after work I watch some videos, but then I shut off everything and grab a book. 😊

  • Ashely Kitanna says:

    Yes its true we need down time after my work day its about 7 i try really hard to get some art and writing in but i worked through December and the start of January so i am taking these few days after work to myself and just relax because that is something i am not good at. But i am still journaling and planning for next month to get back to my art. ❤❤

  • jalopy2222 says:

    wow. very cool piece!

  • Britta Mai says:

    This is sooooo beautifull! I find myself gravitated to this kind of bulletjourneling-style, too. I love your videos and being happy about every new one. But now I am really excited, when a new one with sketchbook related content goes online, that inspired in this way.

  • Rebecca Iofis says:

    Yess let's bring back pressed flowers and plants into journals! It's so funny I just recently got my first pen pals and I've been sending letters with pressed flowers and decorating the envelopes to have a vintage look. Love your work as always minnie <3

  • T KikParish says:

    Great message. Thank you for inspiring us. 😍 I am excited to move forward creating art. I am currently designing my very first work space. The area is not very bright and I can use any advice on a lamp I can purchase for adequate lighting. Is there any specific one you could recommend? HAPPY 2020!! Let’s make art!!!!

  • Cat Scott says:

    I love Thomas Franks classes. His first one, about workflow, helped me create a system that impressed my boss. Now when we get new hires, she has them shadow me and see how I use that system. I really liked what you said in this video!

  • Becca says:

    how… did you just make something SO beautiful

  • Nina Willebois Designs says:

    Love your work! Thank you for sharing it with us! Have you seen geninne zlatkis her work I think you would really like it 🙂 Big Hug for all the positive inspiration!

  • MsMoem says:

    Wonderful tips! Thanks so much!

  • Fallen Gabriella says:

    "How to Have More Time For Art in 2020"… Actually have it? Hahahaha. My university classes have sucked all my humor away. * – * They're not so hard, or terribly boring (except maybe geography; the professor's voice makes me want to fall asleep), but they take so much of my time. Luckily, I have a Ceramics class, so I at least have some time to focus on art, and art alone.
    Thanks for the chill time Minnie, your advice reminds me of what's important. I need time to breathe, and not feel as if I have to do this, I have to do that. You make me not feel guilty about taking time to do… nothing. Just to take a moment, do something 'meaningless', when that meaninglessness is integral to my mental/physical health.

  • Julie C. says:

    Your page turned out beautiful! I’m hoping you’ll revisit the series where you fill your sketchbooks (in whatever form—progress on it, completed books or your thoughts on if the goal has not been completed yet.)

  • Josie says:

    omgosh i loooove this video!

  • Noreen Kellett says:

    Nice spread, good and relevant chat

  • Sydney Diane says:

    lovely work as always <3

  • xaris says:

    I appreciate how confident your expressions and ideas come off… lovely spread, I think it would have looked beautiful before the paint splatters too. There was something very timeless about that clean look

  • I. G. says:

    So lovely~

  • Chastity C. P. says:

    Another wonderful video.

  • N i X says:

    Me and my friends decided to do an everyday drawing, we actually made a contract. Since our course is digital arts, we have to build our portfolio. We just need to draw everyday even if its just a doodle. It helps but yes sometimes other tasks consumes our time.

  • Elin Jona says:

    yes tracking the day is an amazing exercise. I struggle doing it because Im very easily distracted, but when I really try I feel more present 😯

  • leafninja247 yeet says:

    Gosh I cant wait to see more journaling videos from you!

  • TheBujoist says:

    Thankyou so much for sharing your valuable tips on making time for art..I completely agree with whatever you said..I always like your videos.they are so motivational for being productive as an artist…🧡🧡

  • Kimberly Jeffers says:

    Thanks so much Minnie small. I’ve been on this art journey with you these last 3 years and I have to say that everything you talk about resonates with me. I’m having this struggle and is comforting to know that I’m not alone and it’s ok it’s part of the growth process. I wake up 2 hrs earlier every day to work on my art. I’ve realized that I have to plan and do prep work so that time can be maximized. Hoping to do better at that this year. Loved the video, keep doing you

  • Jen’s Wild about art says:

    I adore creating , I’m so lucky that my kids are grown up now and art can now be my focus , for many years I slotted creating in where I had a spare minute , I’d have a sketch book in my car so I could draw in the 15 minutes whilst I waited to pick kids up at school
    I love your videos and always come away inspired 😊 thanks again 😍

  • Kat Brown says:

    Instead of using watercolor, you could also use tea bags.

  • Clay Disarray says:

    Inspiring stuff, Minnie! I definitely need to spend more time on drawing away from my clay work. Not least because it's enjoyable but I'm starting to get real eye strain at mindlessly (and needlessly!) staring at screens for hours in the evenings.

  • Loupa57 says:

    Love your work, love your positive spirit. You wear it well. Wise words here thanks

  • Morgane Baud says:

    I've been tracking my time using Google calendar and another benefit is that after a while it makes you want to do things instead of scroll through Instagram because at the end of the day when you look at your calendar you don't want to see mostly one color that is associated with procrastination

  • EvelineUK says:

    Your videos are always so relaxing and inspiring, always love seeing them pop up on my subs list. I gifted myself Skillshare this year for Christmas and I'm already loving it. So much to learn! Have you ever thought of teaching your own classes there?

  • Gemma Küsel says:

    Love this spread! It's so calming and gorgeous. Xx

  • Shawn Shartley says:

    Love the paper effect

  • Helen Colebrook says:

    Oh my goodness! I just sat down to watch your video and nearly fell off my chair! Thank you so much for featuring my Skillshare class and mentioning my YouTube channel. You've absolutely made my day. Your journals pages are absolutely stunning. xx

  • Jara Projects says:

    I track my time and activities several times a year, especially if something in my life is changing.

  • laurie sturdevant says:

    The information is so good on this video that the title doesn’t do it justice. That’s only because I needed to hear this right now and I’m selfishly taking it as a message aimed toward me.
    And I’m Sure others feel the same. I hope this came across the way I intended.
    Before I come across even more awkward -thank you so much for the inspiration!

  • Tess Boland says:

    I’m packing to go back to uni so I’m just gonna binge watch any of your videos I haven’t seen already! I love your content so much 💜

  • CherryA19 Johnson says:

    HI Minnie —LOVE your channel. I have Skillshare & need to utilize it more this year. Thanks for listing the channels that you took. You did an absolutely BEAUTIFUL journal spread. I LOVE the vintage look also.

  • Manon Bastiaan says:

    I work 7 days a week with 2 jobs but I’m so motivated to pursue a carreer in art that even 1 hour of sketching a day works for me.

    Thank you for this video! And I love your art and soft voice💋

  • Organized Planner Chic says:

    These are very good tips, and your art is gorgeous as well! Tfs

  • Alicia's Artland says:

    Wow! Turned out so beautiful!!

  • Ally Ribeiro says:

    My goodness, if this isn't one of the most beautiful journal pages I've ever seen! <3 Love to see how you use your materials to create such unique things – now I'm inspired to take that class and improve my journaling! Who knows, maybe I'll stop seeing it as something "useless" if I can look at beautiful journals instead of plain ones after a couple of years 🙂

  • Ruba Abdul says:

    i signed up to skillshare in 2018 thanks to you!!! its the best platform :))

  • ROVNA art says:

    Wow from the moment you've started drawing green shapes of the leaves I knew it was poinsettia! Such a great job, but also so pleased to watch the timelapse ❤ the dried leaves will change in colour but not too bad 🙂

  • Pamjournals says:

    Thank you so much for this inspiring talk, it inspired me so much to start tracking my time to see if I can make time for art ❣️

  • Stephanie Does Stuff says:

    I started a time blocking journal in a Happy Planner mini and it is eye opening on how my time is being used. It really puts things in perspective and I can now see where I am wasting my time. With that knowledge I can practice where I want the time to go and put it to good use.

  • Leah Poston says:

    Hey Minnie 👋
    I wanted to compliment you on how effective you are in getting ads in your video and making them not feel like ads. I am so used to hearing an ad in a video and immediately skipping through it to the content. With your videos, you are genuine and have wonderful delivery, so I never am feeling the need to skip through. I love your content and hope 2020 is rewarding for you!

  • Juan Camilo Vallejo says:

    Annoying voice

  • Art by Louise Huntington says:

    Your videos really help me to unwind, they are always beautifully executed, relaxing and inspiring. Thank You!

  • Kim's Paper Creations says:

    Did you say a $10 annual subscription for Skillshare? Am I missing something? Why is it $141/yr or $11.75/mth in Canada?

  • Lisa Schmit says:

    Would you recommend very expensive watercolor like daniel smith 30€ for only one color? is it worth it?

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