Blog Archives

Here are archived blog posts (pre-Sketch 50 3.0):

Sketch50 4.0 – Start Here! (3/26/2020)

Calling all educators, students, parents – oh, heck – CALLING EVERYONE! You’re invited to come join us for the 2020 edition of #SKETCH50!

#SKETCH50 is 50 days full of inspiration to build your visual vocabulary and help you find success in visual note-taking. This year’s 4.0 version is following the tradition of 2019 and is using #Sketch50 4.0 Icon Grid.

The grid is made up of SEVEN rows and SEVEN columns. Of the 49 squares on the grid, we are providing prompts 42 prompts. The remaining 7 squares are the sketcher’s choice of icon. We have even provided a place on the grid for you to draw your face as well as where you are from.

You can sketch with pencil/pen/paper or digitally with a tablet device, it’s your choice! Do whatever is comfortable for you.

Download the grid:

As you finish rows and/or columns, consider sharing your work on social media.

  • If you are an analog sketcher, take a picture and share on social media using the hashtag #SKETCH50.
  • If you’re a digital sketcher, you upload into the social media platform of your choice from your device. Don’t forget to tag with #Sketch50!
  • If you are a teacher using #Sketch50 with your students (and your school allows it), we would love to see the grids of your students.

Do you HAVE TO share? Nope! Share what you are comfortable with. It is about the process not making something pretty. We all have to model letting go of judgment and putting our work out there. Especially as educators, the more you model your process for students the more likely you will see students leaning into sketchnotes themselves.

Adding Layers Inside the Procreate App (3/27/2018)

In full disclosure, I have used the support of my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil throughout my sketchnoting journey. I have loved the flexibility that it gave me and how “finished” the end product appears. Here’s a short video introducing you to the Procreate App ($9.99 inside the iOS App Store) and the power of adding layers!! Enjoy!!

Love, Cate

Stay Tuned For #SKETCH50 2.0 Prompts (3/25/2018)

sketch50 2.0

Day 50! (5/15/2017)

Day 50 – May 15, 2017:


Day 49 (5/14/2017)

Day 49 – May 14, 2017:


Day 48 (5/13/2017)

Day 48 – May 13, 2017:


Day 47 (5/12/2017)

Day 47 – May 12, 2017:


Day 46 (5/11/2017)

Day 46 – May 11, 2017:


Day 45 (5/10/2017)

Day 45 – May 10, 2017:


Day 44 (5/9/2017)

Day 44 – May 9, 2017: