The practice of keeping a sketchbook is a common ritual for artists or creative minded people in general. This practice is also commonly referred to visual journaling or art journaling.
It is true that the practice is more prevalent with artists that use dry media such as pencil, ink or copic, simply because drawing with dry media takes less effort and time to start. Having said that, there is nothing preventing watercolor artists in following the same practice. In fact, some well known watercolor artists such as Jean Grastorf recommend practicing all the time by keeping your drawing instruments ready.
In this article, I want to outline some tips on keeping such a watercolor sketchbook, but before I do that, let’s have a look at some benefits of doing such practice.
Remember that keeping a watercolor sketchbook or journal is really a place for ideas and practice, the drawings themselves are not meant to be perfect. The practice is a journey and it should not be confused with the destination.