My first Botanical Printing on Leather workshop was a great success! Here’s some info on what we covered and the students prints along with a link to an ebook I’ve written so you can get the same great results if you want to have a go yourself. … More Botanical printing on Leather Workshop
My two passions meet, upcycling and eco printing. See how to transform a bedsheet into a leaf printed kimono. … More From bedsheets to Kimonos…
Born out of COVID lockdowns this is the book I dreamed of when I started my eco printing journey! … More Eco printing ebook- everything you need to know as a beginner.
As with most things there are pros and cons to taking on painting commissions. Mostly I enjoy the challenge of painting to achieve an agreed result and it’s certainly helped me improve my realism as I’ve taken on new subjects such as aviation art. The downside is not having enough time to explore and loosen up … More Loosening up with ink.
I love the Huon River in all it’s moods. Here it is on an overcast day , full of atmosphere and quiet beauty. The grasses and bushes on the river bank add another layer of interest and texture against the backdrop of misty mountains and gentle reflections.Here’s the reference photo to go along with my … More Huon River Painting Demo
This concertina artist’s book displays mini garden paintings in graduated windows on each page. You can cut any size window you want but I like the way this book seems to zoom out from the flowers to the full garden as the windows get progressively bigger. Materials: fabric scrap or piece if scrap canvas decorated … More How to make a folded window artist’s book
This is a step by step tutorial on how to frame your pastel painting using a ready made chain store frame.If you choose a well made wooden frame you can save big dollars and still have a tastefully framed painting. Materials list: a ready made frame with a mat ( the opening to be slightly … More DIY Framing a pastel painting.
I shared a tutorial on a hand made concertina sketch book earlier this year which was inspired by a trip to my local art store. Just last week I popped in again and came away with an idea for this years travel sketch journal. Of course the art shop had a lovely little number but … More This years handmade travel journal
I fell in love with pastels for their bright and glorious boldness but as our relationship developed I began to appreciate more and more the quiet beauty of the muted greys. So in this video I explore the more restrained colours that can help develop a more subtle mood.
Painting with pastels is very intuitive. I think this is because it takes us back to our childhood when we used crayons and chalks in a very fluid way. We hadn’t started judging our art yet so we were happy with every picture we drew. For me, picking up a pastel stick takes me right … More Intuitive Mark Making with Pastels