ZenART's Membership Plans Terms & Conditions

(Updates effective 17/08/2020)

These terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) govern the ZenART Supplies Rewards & Referral Plan as well as Subscribe & Save Plan (“Membership Plans”), and members of the programs will earn zen coins in connection with the purchase of qualifying online products and online activities that are redeemable towards the purchase of certain products online. For the re-occurring members (Subscribe & Save Plan) this includes exclusive gifts & content.


  • Free. No purchase is necessary to obtain membership in the Rewards & Referral Program, but you must establish an account at https://shop.zenartsupplies.co/account/register . Please see our privacy policy, located here, to understand how information you provide us will be used. This program is void where prohibited.
  • Eligibility. In order to be eligible for the Rewards & Referral Program, you must create an account as outlined in these Terms and Conditions. You may create an account if you are at least seventeen (17) years of age, have Internet access, and have a valid mailing address. If you are between the ages of 17 and 18, you must have your parent’s permission to register for an account. If you choose to create an account, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account, username and password and for restricting access to your account. You are responsible for keeping such information current, complete, accurate and truthful. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account, username and/or password. You agree to provide only current, complete, accurate and truthful information. If you are accessing and using the Site on someone else’s behalf, you represent that you have the authority to bind that person as the principal to all Terms and Conditions provided herein, and to the extent you do not have such authority you agree to be bound to these Terms and Conditions and to accept liability for harm caused by any wrongful use of the Site or Content resulting from such access or use. You may only have one member account per natural person. Persons who are discovered to have more than one account forfeit their zen coins and will be unsubscribed from the Loyalty Program.
  • How To Enroll in the Rewards & Referral Program. (a) Create an account: Visit www.zenartsupplies.com (the "Site" or "Online") and become a registered user of the Site. Click here to be taken directly to the registration page. You will be asked for your first and last name, your email address, and a password. You will also be given the option to sign up for our newsletter. Once you have submitted the requisite information, you will be sent an email to the address you listed confirming your membership. Once you have confirmed your email address, you are automatically enrolled in the Reward & Referral Program and are a member (“Member”).
  • How to Access/Change Your Member Information. You must keep your personal information on your Account up-to-date. To do so, click on the "My Account" section and access your account by entering your registered email address and current password. From your dashboard you can access your account information; review your current and past orders; change your profile; manage your subscriptions and applications, and access your previous purchases.
  • How to Cancel Your Membership. You may cancel an account at any time. To cancel your account, please send an email to support@zenartsupplies.co and write “cancel membership” in the subject line. The email must come from the account currently listed on our servers as being associated with your Rewards & Referral Program. If you no longer have access to that email address, please email our customer service department and we will verify your status and cancel your account. Upon cancellation, you are no longer a member, and any unused zen coins accrued in your account will be forfeited and cannot be redeemed. Zen coins maintain their value only on valid accounts in good standing, and except as otherwise provided here for redemption, have no cash value outside of their redemption value on the Site.


  • General Members can earn zen coins on the purchase of qualifying online products at zenartsupplies.co. To receive zen coins for your Online purchases, you must be signed into your account. You may check at any time to see if you are signed in to the Site by looking in the upper right-hand corner of the site. Gift cards do not qualify for zen coins. Other products that do not qualify for zen coins are noted on the Site.
  • Earning Rate. Members earn 5 sen coins for every $1.00 spent on qualifying purchases (in other words, one (5) zen coins for every one dollar ($1) spent). Zen coins are based on your order subtotal, after any discounts, only. Zen coins are rounded down to the nearest whole number. For example, if you spend $9.99, you will receive 9 zen coins. The calculation is as follows: $9.99 x 1 zen coins per dollar = 9.99 zen coins, which is rounded down to 9 zen coins. This program started on August 17, 2020, and initial levels were set on the 2020 amount spent on ordering products. Note: Shipping and Taxes are not taken into consideration. If an item is return and/or price adjusted that will also be removed from your rewards calculations.
  • Gift Cards. Gift card purchases are not eligible to receive zen coins. However, once a gift card is redeemed, zen coins will be awarded to the recipient for the subtotal after any gift card values, provided s/he is logged into the account, as outlined in these Terms and Conditions.
  • Addition of Zen Coins to Accounts. Zen Coins will be added to your Account under the following conditions, and will generally show up immediately. You will receive zen coins:
    • At the time of account registration
    • During the purchase of qualifying products
    • For other activities outlined on the Site that may show up from time to time. Note that for these other activities, including “bonus zen coins” accumulations and other zen coin promotions, zen coins may show as “pending,” depending upon the activity.
    • Joining the Birthday Club. Birthdate must be entered 30 days before your Birthday to qualify.
    • For Liking the ZenART Supplies Facebook page and sharing the ZenART Supplies Facebook page with your following. This is good one time only.
    • Following ZenART Supplies on Instagram. This is good one time only.
    • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Your account will be automatically awarded the discount only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying purchase. Discount will automatically be applied to account if stipulations are met.
  • Exclusions. Members earn zen coins only on the purchase price of: (i) qualifying online products. Calculation of zen coins excludes payment by the Member for shipping charges and all taxes, including without limitation, federal, state, and local taxes or use taxes. Zen Coins will not be earned on any discounts or other credits offered in connection with a product or service. For example, if a product that is normally $50 is on sale for $25, a Member will only earn zen coins on the purchase price of $25. Purchases of gift cards, redemption of vouchers, and any type of price adjustments, including merchandise returns, are not eligible for zen coins. All purchases made: (i) by a Member prior to such member joining the Program, (ii) Online without a Member being logged onto the Website with the Member's Account number linked to the Member's Online account, are not eligible for Reward & Referral Program credit. The purchase of ZenART Supplies products outside the Zenartsupplies.co website are not eligible for the Reward & Referral Program.
  • Returns/Order Cancellations. Zen Coins earned for a purchase that is then the subject of a return, cancellation, refund, declined credit card or gift card, or other credit will be deducted from your account in an amount equal to the zen coins earned for the original transaction, including any bonus zen coins that may be applicable. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return. Zen Coins redeemed on an order will not be reapplied back to your rewards account for any reason on a returned order. If a return/cancellation will cause your account to have a negative zen coin balance, you will not begin earning zen coins again until your zen coins balance is returned to zero (0), by making purchases, or engaging in other promotional activities offered from time to time. If an item is exchanged (different product) any redeemed rewards on the initial purchase may be transferred to the exchange one (1) time only. Rewards used on an order that is canceled cannot be reapplied as they are good for just one use.
  • Bonus Zen Coins Promotions. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may run certain bonus zen coin promotions. Under bonus zen coin promotions, Members can earn additional or "bonus zen coins" in connection with the purchase of certain online products. When you purchase these specially marked products or make the purchase during a bonus zen coins time period, you will earn bonus zen coins on each product, as specified in the offer. Bonus zen coin promotions are subject to the terms and conditions of the offer and may be offered at any time in ZenART Supplies sole discretion. Bonus zen coin offers cannot be combined with any other offer.
  • Limitations on Bonus Zen Coins and Zen Coins, Generally. These terms apply to zen coins and bonus zen coins accruals. If you purchase a product during a promotion and the product comes with an additional, free product, zen coins will not be issued on the retail value of the free product. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product and pay a portion of the retail price after the zen coin's redemption, you will receive zen coins only on the leftover retail amount you pay, and not on any value attributed to the zen coin you used. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product in an amount equal to the full price of the product, you will not earn any zen coins.
  • Non-purchase Options for Earning Zen Coins. You may also earn additional zen coins on non-purchase activities. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may offer you the chance to win various prizes, and earn zen coins, for entering into promotions. For sweepstakes promotions, there is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PLAY OR TO WIN. Rules and restrictions will apply to such promotions and may be found on the entry page of any promotion.
  • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Email a friend an $8 off coupon on $50 order by clicking “ Earn Zen Coins” then “ Refer a Friend”. Enter the email address of a friend who has not purchased with ZenART Supplies before (if your referral has shopped with us before the referral link will be automatically voided by the system). A referral link will be sent to your friend with an $8 off coupon on a $50 order. $8 off coupon on $50 order will automatically be rewarded to your account only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying first-time purchase with ZenART Supplies. Your Referral friend will receive an $8 off coupon on $50 order, 200 zen coins for signing up, and zen coins from their first purchase made while signed into their new ZenART Supplies account.


  • How To Use Your Zen Coins. Zen Coins must be used in increments outlined in these Terms and Conditions. The maximum number of zen coins that may be used in a single transaction is 10,000 zen coins. Zen Coins may only be used Online at the ZenART Supplies website. Zen Coins towards Products: Members can use their zen coins to reduce the purchase price of a product or to receive a product for free based on the following scale:
    • 500 zen coins = $5.00 off
    • 1,000 zen coins = $10.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 1,500 zen coins = $15.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 2,500 zen coins = $25.00 off your at least $50 order

    Zen Coins can only be redeemed in any combination of the zen coin and increment amounts set forth above. Redemption of zen coins towards purchases of products is subject to product availability. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return.

  • Gift cards. Once available, zen coins cannot be used towards the purchase of gift cards. Gift card redemption, however, is eligible for zen coins. Zen Coins accrued pursuant to the use of a gift card will benefit the gift card user, provided the user has an account in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
  • To Redeem your Zen Coins. Before you begin shopping with us, sign in to your Shop account on our site. Select “Redeem Zen Coins” from the red tab housed in the lower left-hand corner of the screen and select the amount of zen coins you would like to redeem. You will be issued a custom code that you can copy and paste into the discount bar during check out (Please note - only one code can be used). Your total payment amount will be discounted by the amount of zen coins you allocate to the purchase. Note that zen coins may only be redeemed for the purchase price of the product. Sales tax, shipping, and other handling charges assessed in addition to the price of the product are your responsibility and zen coins may not be used to discount these additional charges.
  • Exclusions. Only one account per natural person. Only one discount code can be redeemed per transaction. Rewards redemption codes may not be combined with any other discount codes. Zen Coins may not be transferred or gifted at this time. Zen Coins cannot be used on past purchases. Zen Coins accumulated on different accounts by different members may not be combined or aggregated to make purchases of products or for any other reason. Zen Coins earned in a transaction cannot be redeemed in the same transaction. Redeemed zen coins cannot be retroactively applied to any past order or receive a price adjustment on any order where redeemed zen coins were not applied. Zen Coins have no cash value outside of the ZenART Supplies website and are available only to members in good standing.
  • Zen Coins Expiration and Time Lapses. All zen coins acquired, whether standard zen coins or bonus zen coins, shall expire 180 days from the date the zen coins are added to your account. Zen Coins expire 180 days from the date in which they were assigned to your account. Specific onsite activities in which zen coins will be awarded are set to accrue zen coins based on a time-lapse at the discretion of ZenART Supplies.
    • Sign up: zen coins are added to your account instantly
    • Order: zen coins are added to your account when your order is placed.
  • Once zen coins are redeemed, a discount code will be assigned and we are unable to cancel the discount code and reapply the zen coins to your Reward & Referral account. Discount codes generated by redeeming zen coins do not expire until used. They are a one-time use code, so once it is used it is gone. If an order is returned zen coins will not be reinstated.

4. Subscribe & Save Plan

  • Re-occurring purchase. Purchase is necessary in order to participate in this plan. The plan is worth $6.95 and will be charged to your account on the same date of the month that you purchased the plan, i.e. if you purchased the plan on 19th of January, you will be charged for the plan on the 19th of each month you are a Subscribe & Save Plan member.
  • 15% re-occurring discount. As a member of the subscribe & Save Plan, you are eligible for a 15% discount every time you put an order in place. You are qualified for the discount as soon as you purchase the plan.
  • Cancellation. After a purchase made with a Subscribe & Save Plan, you are not able to get a refund for the plan for the month the purchase was valid for but you can cancel for the following months.
  • Free samples & accessories. These are included for members of Subscribe & Save Plan only. These are not included in each order but the member will be informed when they will receive "extras" in their order.
  • Access to exclusive content. Exclusive access to tutorials, guides, tips & tricks in video, pdf, or audio format will be part of the membership program. Not all exclusive content is available but what is and will be available is up to ZenART Supplies sole discretion.


  • By registering with Zenartsupplies.co and joining the Reward & Referral Program, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth in these Terms and Conditions, as well as any other terms that may be associated with the Reward & Referral Program. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to cancel, modify, suspend or restrict the Reward & Referral Program, your account, the redemption of zen coins, or any aspect of the Program, including, without limitation, the zen coin conversion ratio and the zen coin expiration policy at any time. Any changes can be made without advance notice. ZenART Supplies may make these changes even though such changes may affect your ability to use zen coins already accumulated. You are responsible for remaining knowledgeable about the Program Terms and Conditions. A Member's zen coins balance, as reflected in ZenART Supplies records, shall be deemed correct. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to determine the amount of zen coins in any Member's account based on ZenART Supplies' internal records related to such Member's account. In the event of an inconsistency between the amount accrued in a Member's account as stated on any Member's receipt and ZenART Supplies internal records, ZenART Supplies internal records will control. ZenART Supplies assumes no responsibility for errors caused by incorrect Member information. Your right to transfer zen coins earned or granted under the Program is strictly limited. The sale of zen coins is prohibited and may result in the confiscation or cancellation of your zen coins as well as suspension or termination of your membership, which in each case shall be final and conclusive. All transactions involving zen coins and all Member accounts are subject to review and verification by ZenART Supplies. The zen coins balance in a Member's account may be unavailable for use when an account or transaction is under review. ZenART Supplies may revoke any Member's membership in the Reward & Referral Program at any time if such Member engages in abuse of the Reward & Referral Program or fails to follow the terms and conditions of the Program. Fraud or abuse relating to the accrual of zen coins or redemption of rewards may result in revocation of membership in the Program and may affect a Member's eligibility for participation in any other ZenART Supplies program, present or future. Zen Coins are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. The interpretation and application of the Program's Terms and Conditions are at the sole discretion and determination of ZenART Supplies. For more information or other questions, click on Contact Us.
  • The Terms and Conditions of the loyalty program are subject to change at ZenART Supplies’ sole discretion at any time and without notice to customers. Upon customer’s at-will termination of their Zenartsupplies.com registered account, or if a customer is termination for violation of these Terms and Conditions or other activities in violation of the intent and good faith intended use of this Site, all zen coins will immediately be forfeited and will no longer be redeemable. ZenART Supplies will make reasonable efforts to award zen coins as outlined above to all 1. registered and 2. qualifying Zenartsupplies.co customers but is not responsible for any technical or unforeseen errors that may occur.
  • Zen Coins are nontransferable, nonredeemable for cash, are nonrefundable and are not valid outside of Zenartsupplies.co. Purchases made outside Zenartsupplies.co are not valid for zen coin accrual (this includes, but is not limited to Facebook resell groups, Ebay, and Amazon).
  • Employees of ZenART Supplies are not eligible to participate in the Reward & Referral Program.

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Sketchbook Ideas: How To Find Inspiration For Art

Sketchbook Ideas: How To Find Inspiration For Art

As artists, we oftentimes find ourselves holding a blank sketchbook; eager to fill it up with sketchbook ideas, drawings, and random doodles to the brim! We get all giddy, buying these beautiful art materials which we can use in our new creative project. And then, the inevitable happens – we get paralyzed and anxious by the fear of starting. What if I ruin the notebook? What if I don’t do this right? This article talks about overcoming this roadblock, developing a regular sketching habit, and the different ways on how to find inspiration for art, everywhere around you!

I know that it can be quite daunting to just begin this habit, but I am here to help you overcome whatever it is that’s stopping you. With that, I will also provide you with very practical tips and bits of advice that you can use on how to find inspiration for art, broaden your list of sketchbook ideas, and begin your creative journey. Continue reading along!

HOW TO BEAT THE CREATIVE BLOCK? The key to success is to just ask why.

It comes as no surprise that every artist suffers from a seasonal creative block. Yet, the duration varies from person to person. Don’t fret though, because creative blocks are not something to be fearful about! Rather, we must accept the universal fact that like our bodies, our minds also need to recharge and recover once in a while. Creative blocks are your mind’s way of telling you that you need to get out there, rest your mind, and be inspired again.

This delay is often caused by a lot of factors, and we know the picture quite well: You’re confused. You don’t know where to begin. You had your mojo on and the discipline to do your art a few weeks ago, but now you seem to have completely lost the creative flow. Hey, you’re not alone! It happens. And though it might seem difficult to get over this phase, we’re here to let you know that with the proper mindset and environment, you most definitely can! Beating creative blocks entail that we do what makes us feel relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated mentally, whatever that may be.


“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein

Accomplishing any task begins with the right mindset. We can train and condition our mind to think about what we want to achieve! In this case, we want to develop the proper mindset the get our creative and artistic juices showing and flowing!

You might find yourself asking this question often: How to find inspiration for art? The first rule in beating a creative block is to have a curious mind.

“Curiosity is the very thing that pushes us forward through life, driving us to learn more and develop ourselves. It can be defined as a strong desire to know or learn something. We are born curious – children learn about the world around them by pushing this, testing that, learning from their mistakes along the way.” – George Loewenstein, “The Psychology of Curiosity.

Curiosity fuels growth and this is even supported by Albert Einstein’s statement above. Curiosity means that you are always in search of things, looking for new answers to old questions, and new solutions to old problems. It is the hunger to always know more, and the same concept applies to art-making. When we are in a state of mental stagnation, developing a mind that is always searching and asking can help us overcome that mental roadblock.

How to find inspiration for art

The good thing about this? All artists are naturally curious! However, it is our duty to keep this curiosity alive. Now, going back to our question — how to find inspiration for art? Here are a few tips to remember!

  1. Keep an open mind. There are a lot of things we don’t know yet and have not discovered the answers to, so open yourself to different possibilities of doing things. Understand that there is no ultimate, correct way of doing something.
  2. Listen and observe: When we keep quiet and let others talk, we understand more of them and their thoughts. Seek first to understand, not to explain.
  3. Be adventurous. Try a different technique in your sketchbook ideas, read a book in a genre you usually avoid, go to an art exhibit you wouldn’t normally go to! Each of these activities opens up your mind to new ways of seeing.
  4. Ask questions: Ask other artists about their techniques. You will always learn something new from someone.

All inventors, artists, and revolutionaries in history had very curious minds. They became themselves because they had some level of curiosity. They didn’t just fall into their chosen careers, but rather, something inside them asked a question that needed to be explored. One curious mind who changed the world for the better is Martin Luther King, whom many artists adored for his heroism and his quest for peaceful conflict resolutions, positive social interactions, equality for all people.

This desire to find answers, to discover the truth, to be the best that we can be is what drives a seemingly ordinary human being to become someone great! To start, all we need to do is to wonder.

Sketchbook ideas. Urban sketching

Urban sketching with #zenartsupplies on a NYC adventure for @kelleewynnestudios.


“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” – Thomas Edison, world-renowned genius and inventor of the light bulb.

When you begin to think that there is really no failure in life, but rather mere stepping-stones to success, you begin to see things in a different way. All the great leaders of the world will tell you that failure is only failure when you think of it that way.

When you see ‘failure’ as a discovery, you’ll know that encountering these things will also show you countless possibilities and discoveries. You might not find what you are looking for in that specific instance, but you will discover something else! How wonderful is that? Nature works that way.

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Being around friends, family, and acquaintances who encourage us in our dreams is an epic key to success. Stay with people who give you the drive and encouragement that you need. Put up words of encouragement on your bedroom wall, mirror, and gadgets! These little nuggets of positivity will help motivate you on a daily basis. Write down fun and positive sketchbook ideas which will help you answer how to find inspiration for art. When feeling down, remind yourself that the journey to creativity is always fun, inspiring, and uplifting. At the end of the day, there are no losses; but only gains.

Sketchbook ideas

According to @rachels_shoppe, warm up sketches on her ZenART Sketchbook = playtime 💓 


Once in a while, it helps to check our goals in doing the things that we do. Are they aligned with what we want to achieve in the long run? Do you want to produce the perfectly symmetrical, visually striking, and balanced drawing composition? Or do you want to have fun, be better than you were yesterday, and the best that you can be today? Hey, you know what they say — Great things take time!


As you create every day, you will dabble on many different techniques that work for you, and discover how to find inspiration for art. What medium do you work best with? What gives you inspiration? Which sketchbook ideas spark your creativity? No two artists are the same! Knowing the answer to these questions will not only help you discover your artistic identity, but allow you to broaden your horizon as well.

Wabi-Sabi: the beauty of imperfection 

There is a traditional Japanese philosophy called “wabi-sabi” that is a world view centred on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”.

Sketchbook Ideas: How To Find Inspiration For Art

Today, the term “Wabi” connotes rustic simplicity, and we can encounter it in both natural and man-made objects of underrated elegance. It can also refer to the accidental beauty that we sometimes encounter upon accidents, random occurrences, and broken material things. “Sabi” is the beauty and charm that is carried in the wear and tear, in the impermanence of things, the fleeting moments. In today’s Japan, the meaning of wabi-sabi is often condensed to “wisdom in natural simplicity”.

In art books, it is typically defined as “flawed beauty”.

According to the Zen philosophy, there are seven aesthetic principles in achieving wabi-sabi:

  • Kanso — simplicity
  • Fukinsei — asymmetry or irregularity
  • Shibumi — beauty in the understated
  • Shizen — naturalness without pretence
  • Yugen — subtle grace
  • Datsuzoku — freeness
  • Seijaku — tranquillity

Now, how does wabi-sabi help on how to find inspiration for art?

A great example of wabi-sabi in creativity is the art of kintsugi, where cracked pottery is filled with gold-dusted lacquer as a way to showcase the beauty of its age and damage rather than hiding it. The fault is not hidden but highlighted.

“Wabi-sabi is a different kind of looking, a different kind of mindset,” explains Robyn Griggs Lawrence, author of Simply Imperfect: Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House. “It’s the true acceptance of finding beauty in things as they are,” he says.

Wabi sabi, the beauty of imperfection. Yee Sookyung

Translated Vase Thousand, Yee Sookyung, 2012. Ceramic shards, epoxy, 24K gold leaf. Dimensions variable, Korea Artist Prize, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea.

What does it take to embrace Wabi-sabi in your life?

In order to practice wabi-sabi in life and art, you just need to embrace yourself! You don’t need money, or any special skills to appreciate your imperfections and make the most of the life you are living. It takes a mind that’s quite enough to appreciate muted beauty, courage not to fear bareness, and the willingness to accept things as they are — without ornamentation. It depends on the ability to slow down, to shift the balance from doing to being, to appreciating rather than perfecting — accepting yourself and building on what you already have in life.

Embracing wabi-sabi is as easy (or as difficult) as understanding and accepting yourself — imperfections and all. It’s about being compassionate with yourself as you are, and building on whatever there is — not feverishly trying to rebuild yourself in order to pose as something else entirely.

How To Find Inspiration For Art 

Now that we have discussed the most effective ways to combat creative blocks, and applying wabi-sabi in life and in art, where and how do we find inspiration for our art-making? Let us discuss!

Collect Sketchbook Ideas

A good practice of artists who have built the habit of constant sketching is bringing a visual diary wherever they go. But first things first — Don’t let the term intimidate you! A visual diary is simply a plain notebook where you dump your scribbles, thoughts, and random sketchbook ideas. A good size would be a notebook that you can fit inside your everyday bag. Ideally, you will bring this out each time a random creative thought enters your mind. It can be while you’re inside the train, when listening to music in the park, or even before you go to bed. It must be handy, sturdy, and since you’ll be needing a lot of this — choose a brand that’s affordable and sustainable! You might want to check out ZenART’s B6 sketchbooks here.

Sketchbook Ideas. ZenART Supplies B6 sketchbook

ZenART Supplies B6 sketchbook with spotted cover

Your visual diary can be a point of reference when brainstorming on how to find inspiration for art-making. Each of our thoughts is unique and special, so do not let them be forgotten! Immortalize your ideas with a simple scribble on your visual diary.

Be inspired in the mundane things

Inspiration comes in many ways, but the most accessible ones are the things that we see and encounter every day. Let us take a look at some of the things that bring us joy and inspiration, and let’s begin to fill up our visual diaries with sketchbook ideas of these!

1. Photographs

Take photos of the places you visit and things you do that spark joy and imagination in you. Glue them on the sketchbook, and write down the date, your experience, and your thoughts besides the photo. You may also do a few doodles on the side to style the photograph! Photos can also be used as a reference – You can start painting/sketching en-plein-air, then finish the paint or sketch at home by using your photo as a reference!

2. Little trinkets

Bring home some of the things you loved from the places you visited. It could be shells from the beach, flowers from a garden/park, etc. Find ways of using them in your sketchbook ideas –  like draw them, dry and glue them, etc! There are no rules to this, so do what makes you happy. Looking at these things closely, they will also help you in your quest on how to find inspiration for art.

3. Natural things

When you look at nature close enough, you will see a lot of wondrous things. Seeing a flower grow, the chirping of birds in the morning, the leaves that have fallen on the ground, the details of random rocks you see on your way to work. Practice seeing the beauty in the tiniest details of nature. With a pencil, start sketching this on your visual journal in your own artistic style. You can even get a petal or a leaf that you particularly like, and paste it on your journal as a reference and a reminder.

Sketchbook ideas: how to find inspiration for art - nature

4. Home elements

They say that our homes are a representation of who we are, and what we love. What better way to get the creative juices flowing but by finding it among the things we love the most! Create a still-life set-up of your favourite things, and do a quick sketch of this. It will help you see them in another way, and surely your love for your treasured items will show in your work. Get inspired by the food you prepare, the presence of your family and loved ones, and the experience of waking up and sleeping on your bed. These things, the ones that go unnoticed — are also the ones that give us life and inspiration. Take a closer look, a better look, and appreciate your surroundings.

Play with texture, colours, and materials

Another way on how to find inspiration for art is to unleash the inner child in you and play. Bring out those graphites, coloured pencils, markers, paints, what have you! Use them in your sketches and random markings on your visual diary. Remember: The idea is to just begin and explore. You don’t need to follow any rule. This visual diary is as private as the good old journal diary, where you write your most private thoughts and feelings. These sketchbook ideas are completely yours.

If you see a texture that inspires you, do a graphite transfer of this. It automatically creates a work in your journal, which you can play around with! Try mixing inks with watercolors, and pastels with graphites. The possibilities are endless when you begin to wonder. This way, you can also see the properties of the different materials, which medium works with what, and this will help your understanding of mixtures when you create your actual painting.


What does the term ‘mixed media’ mean? Basically, it’s a combination of different medium or materials in your artwork! Mixing and joining media that are not usually used together can create a lot of diversity and interesting points on how to find inspiration for art in your sketchbook ideas.

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Playing with Watercolor and ink on my ZenART Supplies B6 and B5 sketchbooks

Ink + Watercolor/Gouache

This is one of the most interesting media combinations to use! In your visual diary, do a random sketch of a still-life set-up. Colour your work with washes of watercolour and gouache (be sure not to make your brush too wet, to prevent your paper from tearing apart) and let dry. After which, make doodles of anything under the sun on your composition! Outline your painting, write notes on the side, etc. Explore what effects you can come up with in combining these two. You’ll be surprised at the beautiful outcome of this sketchbook idea!

Acrylic + Graphite/Charcoal

This is one of our favourite media combinations, too! The stark, opaque effect of acrylic paints blend so beautifully with the ephemeral property of graphite. For starters, try painting the entire page with an acrylic colour of your choice, then write all over it with graphite. Explore with the effect of the strokes and pressure you put when writing. You can also try to use white graphite/charcoal with very bold colours of acrylic paints like reds, blacks, etc. Combine with the natural lead graphite, and this will create a very interesting dimension in your work.

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Graphite pencil, black marker and acrylic gold marker for @lolmaloneart on the 120gr white paper of ZenART B6 Sketchbook

Pro tip: Make sure that all of your pages are completely dry before turning them and working on the next one! This is to make sure that the pages don’t stick to one another. You can also try putting onion paper in between pages, even after they have dried, just to make sure that the colours don’t blend through the pages.

Photographs + Acrylic Paint

A beautiful and unique combination that can easily go down as one of your favourite sketchbook ideas! Whether you have a Polaroid film, a developed photograph, or just a print-out of your favourite shots — cute and paste your desired photo on a page in your visual diary. It’s better to fill up the entire page, and leave just a few spaces on the sides that will serve as margins. Next, get your acrylic paints and paint on your photograph! Yes, you read that right. Sounds like a crazy idea? Of course not! But don’t go overboard and paint the entire photo, but rather start by adding a few elements of acrylics on some parts of the photo. From there, you will see how combining the two media will affect your work, and you can decide how you want it to turn out from that point on.

Leaves/flowers + Oil Pastel + Graphite

When you have oil pastels lying around the house, but you don’t know how to put them to use, now’s a perfect time! When you see an interesting petal or leaf, keep it so it can be used for your sketchbook ideas. Paste or glue this on your notebook, then using your oil pastels, create drawings that accentuate this element. You can even use q-tips or paper to spread your oil pastel around and create a gradient effect. With your graphite, write down notes beside your artwork. This will bring out the unique beauty of your chosen element, and you can immortalize your thoughts by writing them down, too!

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One of my oil pastel sketches on ZenART B6 sketchbook


Now, it’s time to do the actual work! Another roadblock that most artists encounter is the lack of self-discipline when it comes to creating their work. One of the ways to ensure that we will be able to carry this habit through is by delegating specific time in a day just for journaling.

Set a sketching schedule every day

When you set a designated drawing/sketching schedule for yourself, there are higher chances that you will adhere to this. Squeeze it in your daily schedule as a 20-min sketch in the morning while waiting for the bus, or even a quick 15-min sketch in between lunch breaks. Open your visual diary and check out your sketchbook ideas on how to find inspiration for art.

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15-minutes Mandevilla sketch on ZenART B6 Sketchbook by @sonaln

Carry your visual diary at all times

I will repeat this again, and again: when you think of something creative, write it down. When you see something beautiful, sketch it up. Don’t be afraid to whip out your visual diary. Jot down your notes, and give life to your ideas. Having it handy with you will also build the habit of getting the work done.

Join an artist’s community

We all know the importance of having a support group and friends in our lives. In this case, it’s important to have an artist’s community where you all encourage one another, help your peers on how to find inspiration for art, and motivate each other to strive for your goals! Like I’ve said above, surrounding yourself with like-minded people will increase the creativity and boost the confidence in you. Join the community of ZenART artists that will propel you to begin your journey in art!

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Join ZenART Supplies artists community!

Life, and the world around us, was created in an awe-inspiring way. With the right mindset, tools, and people around you — It’s not hard to find inspiration for art, if you just know where to look and what to do. That’s why we’re here to help you every single day! We hope that with the help of this article and the sketchbook ideas we stated above, you begin your art journey today, because there is really nothing to worry about. The first step is the decision to begin.

I hope you liked this article! Do you already have a sketching habit? If so, do you have any suggestions on how to find inspiration for art that you would like to share with our community? And if not, I am excited to know if you’re going to start with your sketchbook ideas after reading this article! Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. 🙂

Ardak Kassenova, ZenART Supplies co-founder, @ardak_zenartArdak Kassenova is mother, artist and ZenART Supplies co-founder. “My heart and soul were always with Art, and since my childhood as long as I remember myself, I was dreaming to be an artist. I was painting after work, when I had time, and teaching myself through the books, videos, visiting art galleries and museums. I’ve been very curious about different techniques and styles, and therefore accumulated knowledge and experience on a variety of mediums”. 

After 20 years of a successful corporate career and with becoming a mother to two wonderful girls, she decided that it’s time to make drastic changes and link her life with Art. She started to paint again and decided to create her own art supplies brand that would help artists to fulfil their creative dreams and achieve their best results since the beginning using high-quality art materials without wasting their precious time and money. Say hello to @ardak_zenart on Instagram!

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