Sunday, December 14, 2014

It's Here! Grab a Copy of "Sketchbook Journeys: Italy"

Ever since I finished my Italy travel journal, I've been wanting to publish it as a Blurb book, just like I did with my Ireland sketchbook back in 2011. But it's been over a year since I put the final brushstroke on that last sketch of Pisa, and this project just kept getting pushed to the back burner. Finally, a few weeks ago, I made up my mind to just do it...and here it is, just in time for your Christmas stocking!

The book has 70 beautiful full-color pages and includes every page of my travel journal from my two-week trip to northern Italy and Tuscany in 2013. It was a wonderful, amazing trip, and I fell in love with the country, so much so that I decided to go back in 2015 and share it with my sketching buddies. I'll be teaching two different workshops in Italy next year. Read all about them here.

Click here to order your copy of Sketchbook Journeys: Italy

If you're like me, you love to peek inside other artists' sketchbooks to see how they do what they do, so here's your chance to peek into mine. It's filled with ideas for page layouts, borders, lettering styles and interesting subject matter. The books are priced at just pennies over cost, and, if you'd like to purchase one, be sure to check for Blurb coupons online.  To buy a copy locally, stop by Artbeat gallery in Waynesburg, PA.

I hope you enjoy this armchair trip to Italy, but watch out! You might just find yourself on Travelocity looking up airfares to Florence. Give in to those impulses - come and paint Italy with me!


  1. Hi, Leslie. I have your Ireland book and love it, so I'm definitely going to order this one. I tried to use several different Blurb coupon codes, but they were all rejected because I'm "not the author". All the ones I could find were for authors wanting to publish with Blurb, not for customers wanting to buy the published books. Still going to treat myself to your Italy book though. :-)

    1. Oh, I'm sorry to hear that the codes didn't work for you. And with shipping added on, it does get pricey. But the quality of their printing is really good, and I love that I can do the preview feature for people who may not be able to buy. I hope you'll enjoy my sketches - sit yourself down in a nice comfy chair with a hot cup of coffee and some Christmas cookies and be carried away to Italy!

    2. No worries, Leslie. Since I have your Ireland book to go by, I can attest to the quality of Blurb printing. I love your Italy posts so much, I've been hoping you'd do another book for those sketches. I can't wait until it arrives!

      Merry Christmas!

  2. Yay! I look forward to getting one of these!

  3. my favourite pages are 57 and 61~ what a lovely book... you detail it all so very well


  5. Yes, do, grab a copy of Sketchbook Journeys: Italy! I treated myself to a copy before Christmas and have finally had a couple quiet mornings to sit down with it and meander through the pages. Not only are your sketches beautiful to look at, Leslie, but they're full of such thoughtful details we sketchers can learn from (borders, lettering, layout, etc.). Each page is a pleasure to explore. And your adventures are so much fun to read. Thank you for sharing!


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