Most of the time we take this to mean “What supplies will I need?” I’m going to give you some suggestions about supplies, but I encourage you to consider other things you might need to get the most from this course:
Of course, you’ll need time to work on each module, but you may also want to build in time between modules to
There are 30 modules in this course. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you should do one module per day. I’m recommending you don’t go any faster than one module per day. If you have a busy life, going a bit slower may work better.
But not too slow! If you decide on once a week, it can help to have a scheduled time, and an alternate catch-up time, in case something interrupts your scheduled time. You don’t want to lose your momentum.
How do you want to remind yourself to make time for working in your studio notebook?
Some possible approaches:
When I say “studio”, that’s shorthand for wherever you keep your supplies and work on your art.
Your studio could be:
That said, if one of your struggles is giving yourself permission to make time in a busy schedule for your art, it can really help a lot to make it as easy and enticing as possible to sit down for just a few minutes to work.
Clearing a space where you can leave your journal and a small tote of supplies on or next to your favorite chair is a good strategy.
Do you only get to work on your art after all your chores are finished? You know where I’m going with this: there is no end to the chores we “should” do.
If you want to grow as an artist, you need to give yourself permission to explore, experiment, and brainstorm freely. It can help to identify—and maybe write down—some reasons why making art and continuing to grow as an artist matter to you. (My top reason: It keeps me sane!)
A studio notebook can be a little like a compost pile. Ideas that start out ugly can develop and combine with other ideas in unexpectedly useful ways. This takes time, and plenty of compostable materials. Try not to rush to judgment.
Keep your everyday setup simple. You can always bring in other materials as needed.
Note: In the last lesson in this section, I’ve added a short video showing you my current studio notebook and everyday supply kit, plus some of the features I add to all of my studio notebooks. This is just to give you some ideas; trust your own instincts and choose supplies you think you’ll actually use. You can always add or subtract as you go along.
As you plan how you will use this course, it’s worth considering what rules you want to break instead of what rules you want to make. I call them “anti-rules”.
Here are some of mine to get you started thinking:
Where do you find yourself getting stuck? Can you create an anti-rule to free yourself to work the way you want to work?
What else do you need to make the most of this course? How might you go about getting it?