Creative Concertina Sketchbooks 3 - Abstracts

Learn how to develop mixed media techniques into Abstract compositions.
Thirtythree 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 third 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 I have developed from my own collage paintings and observation drawing.

On my first course (based around Buildings) I shared techniques using drawing and collage. In the second course  (based on Allotment/Gardens) I introduce more new materials, and we built on the techniques learnt in the previous course. 

I recommend that you complete Creative Concertina Sketchbooks 1 before 2 as you will build on techniques learnt.

You can take Creative Concertina Sketchbooks 3 Abstracts independently of the first two.

The course is divided into six lessons with thirty three short video lessons and instructions. It is suitable for new artists and those more experienced who want to get back to their sketchbooks to play! 

You may also benefit from the online community using a closed Facebook group, Sketchbooks with Karen Stamper where you can share your work with other participants as well as myself. You can also contact me in the comment boxes, after each lesson.

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 try abstract but don't know where to start?

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 continuous story of a concertina book?

Would you just like to take time to play with materials and see what happens?

Want more than tentative pencil sketches in your book??


What you will learn

  • How to use mixed media in your sketchbook
  • How to develop and exciting mark making from simple starting points
  • How to let go and play!
  • How to free up and respond to the marks that you make
  • How to easily fill page after page with exciting images
  • How to build on techniques learnt in Creative Concertina 1 and 2
  • How to develop ideas for bigger compositions


Course content

Lesson One -  Wallpaper Surface effects

Lesson Two - Corrugated Card compositions

Lesson Three - Tissue,Teabags and Coffee wash

Lesson Four - Brown Papers

Lesson Five - Maps

Lesson Six - Painting into Collage

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


I am so glad I took this course. I learned so many new techniques and ways to approach the blank page. My favorite topics were how to resolve pages and connect one section to the next. I have often struggled with forgetting that the sketchbook is a place for exploration and trying new things. You have certainly given me many ideas for that. Thank you for a wonderful course!!!




Thank you for a very stimulating lessons. It Is very interesting how everyone  interprets your instructions differently. I was somewhat out of my comfort zone as I normally like everything very ordered but there was an fantastic freedom doing the collage and I will definitely develop it further. So thank you for your time and enthusiasm.

-Jane B


Thrilled with this course. Bought months ago and just watched all the videos in the last couple days. I now actually feel I can open that concertina and work in it. I have not been able to commit to paper.r.

- Bonnie

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