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Student Tips For Taking Beautiful & Creative Notes During Class

Almost all good speakers- whether professional speaker or classroom instructor- structure their presentation similarly, moving seamlessly, between information and illustrations. They use stories as examples to capture our imaginations and weave them within periods of information presentation. This rhythm of speaking is the space in which beautiful notes have the space to grow. One of the…

Hand Drawn Laurel Wreath Doodles

Laurel wreaths are (one of) my recent doodling obsessions. Although I’m working my way through Umoto’s Drawing Cute Animal Illustration Book, I keep coming back to laurels in my sketchnotes and on the scrap pages in my notebook that I doodle on when a speaker is reviewing, answering questions, or telling stories. In my sketchnotes and…

How to: Create a Shaded Doodle Note Banner

  In this post I’m going to demonstrate step by step how I create a banner with folds and shading. If you prefer to watch my process sped up, scroll on down to the video at the bottom of this post. For step by step instructions slowed down and broken into bit size pieces- keep…

Cheat Sheet of Hand Drawn Banner Doodles

I volunteered at a counseling conference at school this weekend. The material presented was fantastic, but also a lot of review from courses I’m in or have taken at school, so I didn’t take very detailed notes. I always like to keep my pen and paper at hand for when a new idea is presented…

How to Draw Antler Laurels in 4 Easy Steps

  Problem: Drawing Antlers is Hard I love drawing antlers in my sketch notes to frame a quote or concept but, let’s be real, antlers are really hard to draw freehand. I’ve been trying to intentionally practice sketchnote elements I don’t use often because of previous not-great results- and antlers definitely qualify for that category.…

Graduate Course Notes – Counseling – Psychopathology – Wk 9

I mostly like my header, but otherwise I’m not loving notes from psychopathology this week. I’ve been using a 7″x10″ mixed media notepad for most of this term, and while I’m happy with the paper, working on a page smaller than 8″x10″ is impacting my spacing and letter size, I think- either I am trying…

Graduate Course Notes – Counseling – Psychopathology – Wk 8

If I had an FAQ, one of the questions would be “how do you take notes in class and keep up?” I like how these two photos provide some insight to my process. The key is not stressing about finishing one element before moving to the next. If I know how I want to structure…

patterns can be one way to color adult coloring book pages more mindfully

Using Pen & Ink Patterns to Bring Creative Challenge to Coloring Pages

Election night was a rough one, this year. I was thankful for the distraction that being in class till 8 pm brought, despite it being very obvious that the entire class was tracking election results as they came in and collectively consumed with anxiety over what was occurring. This is, perhaps, one of my favorite things…

White Gel Pen Sketchnotes

Graduate Course Notes – Psychopathology – Wk 7 – Depression

A 50 page paper due on Halloween Day was scary enough, so I decided to try something playful and just a little spooky with my notes on Monday. Black cardstock plus a Sakura Gelly Roll pen and a White Sharpie Paint Marker worked to challenge my skills via note taking with white ink on black…

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