Creative Concertina Sketchbooks 2 - Allotments/Gardens

Learn how to develop stunning mixed media sketchbook on the theme Allotments/Gardens.
Twentysix short videos and instructions

From Karen:

Welcome. Please watch the video on the right to hear all about the course.



Are you ready to let loose and have a bit of fun in your sketchbook?

Hello and welcome to my second online concertina sketchbook course.

I am a professional artist and teacher who loves nothing more than travelling and collecting in my sketchbooks. I have taught 1000's of people on workshops, art holidays and in the classroom. I truly enjoy sharing the sketchbook techniques that I have learnt through the years, which have developed from my own collage paintings and observation drawing.  

On the first course (based around buildings) I shared techniques using drawing and collage that I use in my concertina sketchbooks. In this second course I will introduce more new materials, but you will also build on the techniques learnt in the previous course. I thoroughly recommend that you complete Creative Concertina Sketchbooks  1 so you will be familiar with my way of working and some of the techniques that we will be using in Creative Concertina Sketchbooks 2.

I want to give you the tools and confidence to develop your books in a loose, creative, collage way. The theme for this course is much more organic and flowing - Allotments/Gardens, but you can apply these techniques in an open ended way to any subject.

The course is divided into six titles with twenty six mini lessons and is suitable for new artists (ideally having completed Creative Concertina 1 first) and those more experienced artists who want to learn new techniques. 

You will also benefit hugely from the online community using a closed Facebook group, where you can share your work with other participants as well as myself.

If you would like to find out a bit more about my art practice and studio time I do have a monthly art newsletter Arty News


Is this the course for you?

Are you...

Stuck?...Not even opened your lovely new sketchbook and don't know where to start on those pristine white pages?

Wanting to add more interest than just a drawing?

Desperate to loosen up but don't know where to start?

Too busy to attend classes and cannot find a suitable sketchbook class?

Happy to work around your own commitments?

Ready to fall in love with the concertina book that enables continuous 'drawing' - page after page of changing scenes?

You can work from images/photographs or the real thing. I provide some downloads for reference. There is no need to kneel in the allotments!

Completed Creative Concertina Sketchbooks 1 and want more??

What you will learn

  • How to use mixed media in your sketchbook
  • Lots of creative techniques and exciting mark making.
  • That you don't have to be able to draw perfectly to fill your book!
  • How to free up and respond to the scene around you
  • How to easily fill page after page with exciting images
  • How to build on techniques learnt in Creative Concertina 1


Course content

Lesson One - Let's get started 

Lesson Two -  Altered magazine pages

Lesson Three - Edges, tape and scratch

Lesson Four - Drawing into your prepared pages

Lesson Five - Distressing pages with paste resists

Lesson Six - Drawing into your pages


Don’t miss out!



It's the most creative concertina sketchbook course 
Check out our growing sketchbook community


God I’m enjoying this, rewind and more rewind... pen and think.... it’s the best learning and positive procrastination! I’m so with you looking at how to use things in a different way... thanks Karen super excited all over again like the 1st class

-Susie Knowles


I hugely enjoyed this journey and course Karen. It has enriched my idea of sketchbooks hugely with wonderful, easy techniques, great guidance and fascinating results. The places I can go with these and have memories to keep from those places. Really excited and I think I will now always have a sketchbook with me.

-Lisa Palmer

”Thankyou for a wonderfully inspiring course ..& giving of yourself Karen !
The information of techniques & especially of how to get yourself out of mess , is nothing short of brilliant

- Jilly Jarvis

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