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Sketchbook Saturday Week #11 – Wine Time!

Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while know that I am currently counting down the months until my first batch of wine is ready. In the meantime, I’m making do with store-bought wine and dreaming up a label for my own bottles of the noble rot.

wine, homemade wine, wine bottle

What to do while waiting, waiting, waiting? Sketch!!

WEEK #11 PROMPT: Wine Time

This week’s sketching prompt is all about making your own wine label. Even if you don’t ever plan to make your own wine (or beer or liqueurs), coming up with a product label allows you not only to play with images, but to play with words as well.

Have fun with this and remember that wine doesn’t have to be made from grapes; it can be made from any fruit you can imagine. So toss around ideas that include strawberries, oranges, chocolate (it grows on a tree therefore it is a fruit), or even the legendary Smurfberries (actually, that one could be quite fun).


Of course a glass of wine or two while doing this week’s sketch could be a tasty source of inspiration.


If you’re dead set against anything alcoholic, feel free to design a label for your own soda, tea, or even your own fancy brand of spring water.

Have fun with this and I can’t wait to see your sketches (see how to share below)!

MY WEEK #11 RESULT: Mad Scientist Cellars 

I got a little carried away with this week’s sketch and went beyond a label and into the realm of an entire ad campaign for my new imaginary winery called Mad Scientist Cellars (named not only for my years spent as a chemist in a research lab, but also for the mad scientist feeling I get when making anything new in the kitchen).


My first batch of wine is a pear wine and I did have a good time playing around with the word “pear.” What ended up on the sketch was the tamest of the play on words. I still have to design a label for my grape wine, but here’s how the pear label came out…

tammie painter. wine label, pear wine

This week’s sketch was primarily done using Derwent Coloursoft pencils and my tiny collection of LePen markers.



Once you’ve sketched this week, be sure to show off your work. The best way to do so is to join in on the Sketchbook Saturday blogging event. Here’s how…

How Do I Participate?

The easiest way is to follow this blog so you get each week’s prompt right in your email Inbox (see sign-up thingie at the right side of this page). After each week’s prompt, have fun with it. These are sketches and are meant to be enjoyable, not something you try to make perfect. Then, please share what you came up with (go on, be brave, if I can do it, so can you!).

You can share your creation by blog or by Facebook (for those of you who don’t want to clutter up your blog with sketches).

Participating By Blog

  1. Post your sketch on your own blog (even better…write a post to go along with it to describe how you came up with your sketch).
  2. Include a link somewhere within your post to the week’s prompt on my blog that inspired you.
  3. Leave a comment on the Sketchbook Saturday post with the prompt you used. In the comment, add a link to your blog post.

Participating By Facebook

  1. Go to my Facebook page once you’ve completed your sketch.
  2. Scroll a bit to find the post for the prompt you used (Week 11, in this case).
  3. Leave a comment with a snapshot of your sketch.
  4. Share the Sketchbook Saturday post with your friends and followers (this is optional, but it’s a great way to get others to play along).

What If I Don’t Draw?

Don’t judge yourself too harshly. You can’t get better at drawing if you don’t do it. Plus, this is meant to be fun and simply to get your creative juices flowing, so give sketching a shot.

If you find your creative juices flow in other ways, such as writing or crafts or collage, I’d love to see those works as well. Simply create something based on the prompt and share following the guide above.

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TAMMIE PAINTER is the author of THE TRIALS OF HERCULES: BOOK ONE OF THE OSTERIA CHRONICLES and an artist who dedicates herself to the tedium of creating IMAGES with colored pencil. Click HERE to learn all about her first solo exhibition.



4 thoughts on “Sketchbook Saturday Week #11 – Wine Time!

  1. crawcraftsbeasties says:

    Hahaha! Love it! Boyfriend and I make sloe gin every autumn (sloe harvest permitting) and labeling the bottles is half the fun… My favourite so far has been “Sloe Train to Oblivion”, but this year’s “Sloe Motion” hasn’t been bad either 😀

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