DIY Sketchbook Cover Design Idea + Q&A

DIY Sketchbook Cover Design Idea + Q&A


– Hey guys, since I recently
got a new sketchbook, I thought it would be fun to
decorate the cover together to show the sketchbook
some love while answering some of your questions
that you guys have asked. This sketchbook is by Moleskine,
it’s an art sketchbook where you should be able
to paint with watercolors so I’m curious to test it out. For the design I wanted
to do something mandala and dot art inspired. So I first sketched out
a design in Procreate so it’s easier to find
out the general design. Then I printed it out so I could trace it. Now I can just design it on
the paper and then just follow the same steps as I do here. For transferring the step, I
used this crayon type of pen by Stabilo which is great because it works on different surfaces
and if you have seen some of my videos, you probably
know this technique. So instead of this pencil,
I use this white crayon pen to add the crayon onto the
back side of the design. And then you can just place the paper onto your sketchbook
and transfer the lines by tracing the design with a pencil. You can also tape it to the
book so it doesn’t move around. And once you’ve traced all the lines, you can move on to painting them. Now my design was half
ready so I just thought at the middle of the
page I would just decide spontaneously what I want to draw. And for the outlines, I
wanted to use a gold color so I used a thin brush
and gold acrylic paint. But you can also use permanent markers in the color of your choice. So the first question
is from Madhu Lalwani. Whenever my art doesn’t satisfy me, I feel demotivated and I’m unable to make anything for weeks. What would you suggest
me to do at such times? I don’t really understand
that we always want to create a masterpiece
in one go and we can feel like a failure if the end
result doesn’t work out and in the end we end
up comparing ourselves to others thinking that everyone else is just so much more talented
and how easy it must be for them to create one
masterpiece after another. But in reality, we never see
the behind the scenes work of other artists and we always think that they are just
perfect in what they do. But it’s not like that at all. For example, you might see my tutorials and finished paintings
but usually it takes hours or days of preparation. Sometimes I have a great
idea and start painting it to test out the techniques and what not but in the end, I’m unhappy
with the way my art turns out. But instead of being
unhappy, I always try to see that as a challenge. I personally can never stop
trying until I figured out a way to make something work. I see every piece of art
that I’m unhappy with just as part of the process. Every new sketch, every new attempt, you always learn something new. How to create a better composition,
what colors work better, how much or how little you
should use, water or paint, just all these little things
that can help you improve. That’s why I would recommend
to whenever you are unhappy with your art, instead of
hating it, try to find out what exactly it is that
you don’t like about it. See this as an opportunity to
learn and to improve your art, not to hate on yourself. Whenever you try again,
you get better and better at what you’re doing so just keep trying. I really hope this helps. The next question is by Korridipity. What do you recommend to
people taking art class, how do you keep from
getting creatively drained from assignments? I think having art assignments can be fun because even though someone
tells you what to create, it still forces you to think creatively since the teacher gives
you certain parameters and you need to come up with something. If they would just tell you
to paint anything you want, you might have even more difficulties coming up with something. And thinking creatively
helps you to train your brain to constantly think outside
the box and this really helps. The next question is by elbite. Hello Mako, have you ever
experience an increasing fear of making an irreversible
mistake while approaching the end of a great work of yours? If you have, how did you fight it? Thanks, big, big hug. Yeah, sometimes I feel
like I overdid my painting or I think that I shouldn’t
have added this or that and sometimes you can’t
do anything about it, you can just paint over it. So I think that next time I just make sure to be more careful
because as I said earlier, I see everything as a learning process. But what you can do is, for
example, if you’re unsure about the next step, you can
for example use a transparent piece of paper, lay on top
of your sketch or painting and add the things you had in mind on top but were unsure about. So this way you can test
out if your idea works or it doesn’t work. Or you can also take a picture
and adjust things digitally to test things out. And once I outlined the
design, I went ahead and colored in the spaces
with acrylic paint. It’s okay if you slightly go
over the lines you created. You can simply go over everything later. once you’ve painted all
the areas you wanted. The next question is by mirha. Sometimes I feel like that the teacher are liking other students better than me and intentionally giving
them better grades and sometimes I feel like
others are much better than me and doing great at whatever they are doing while I keep failing at it. How do I keep myself moving
forward and stay positive? I had this problem all the
time when I was in school. Everyone was better, certain
people got good grades all the time while here
I was trying so hard and still not being good enough. And it was frustrating because
I was like I’m studying and working really hard
to improve my grades but it doesn’t help at all. I mean it did sometimes but
there were these subjects where I felt like I
deserved a better grade and I didn’t understand why the teacher gave me something worse. But in the end, I think
through all these struggles, I not only learned how
to work hard but also to be determined. If everything comes easy to
you without you even trying, you don’t really learn
to work hard, to strive to become better and I
think that’s important and I’m glad it wasn’t easy
for me because it taught me so much, it helped me in my life. The last question is by Manorama. Hey Mako, I’m in class 9
and I’m finding painting really interesting and I’m
thinking of choosing it as a career so can you
tell me did you face any struggle during making up of career? I always struggle to decide
what I want to become when I graduate. It just feels so scary because you think that it will determine your whole life. But nowadays it’s not usually the case because people constantly
change their professions or their jobs because
the time changed a lot. But the only struggle I had
was convincing my parents that what I do has actually a future. For example, I started
my Etsy shop years ago and I wanted to make it
work as a full time thing and my parents always tried
to talk me out of becoming self-employed due to
various reasons but my drive to become my own boss and to create things I’m passionate about was too strong so I just kept moving, testing, evolving and things might not work out the way you planned it out but it’s okay. As long as you’re committed
and passionate about it, you will find the path
you were supposed to be on and that’s part of life. I might not have my Etsy shop now but through it, I discovered
YouTube and other possibilities that I pursued instead
and without starting it, I might haven’t discovered
what I actually want to accomplish in life and
even if everything fails, it’s okay too. That’s also part of
life, to adjust, to adapt and to make things work for you again. I really hope these answers
helped you in some way. It’s important to know
that you are not alone and that the things you go
through, others go through as well and we will all
get through it together. I made a mistake because I used
a non permanent gold colored pen later to outline
everything so when I wanted to seal everything with the
varnish, the ink started to melt and bleed so I had to fix that with a black permanent marker later so in case you’re afraid of
your design to be ruined, please make sure you use permanent pens. And this is the final result. I think it looks really pretty, what do you guys think? I really hope you enjoyed
hanging out with me and decorating my art journal. A lot of other questions
you can find the answer to in my other Q&A videos so check
out the playlist right here. Thank you so much for watching, guys. Have a wonderful day
and I will see you soon. Bye.

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