What’s on my drawing board, Oct 14 2017

Leaves, vines and new watercolour paints. This weeks drawing board is full of patterns featuring leaves and vines and pink flowers, inspired by a recent trip to country Victoria. Combined with 2 products new to me: Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints and De Atramentis waterproof drawing ink. Top row: Sketch book with colour swatches, colour copy of a nearly finished … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, Sept 06 2017

Greens and Purples This weeks drawing board has preparatory work for some new tropical watercolour paintings. I’ve been looking at deliberately planning complimentary colour schemes to help make my tropical compositions pop. I’ve been adding purple, which is the complementary of yellow, and this works with the Lemon Yellow I often use for initial colour washes. A true complementary of … Read More

July #WorldWatercolorMonth challenge

#WorldWatercolorMonth A painting a day Since the 1st of July I’ve been taking part in #WorldWatercolorMonth, the challenge is to paint and post a watercolour painting every day – I’ve made it to day 20, its been a stretch – but that’s exactly what its all about. I have mostly painted pictures that are approx 6 x 8 inches and … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, June 24 2017

Lots of leaves This weeks drawing board is full of tropical leaves as part of my Palm House series of watercolour paintings, sketches and large acrylic works, inspired by the architecture and exotic tropical vegetation of the Sefton Park Palm House – a three tier dome shaped Victorian iron glasshouse in Liverpool, England. Top row: Sketch book with practice colour … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, May 26 2017

Practice makes perfect This weeks drawing board centres on an A3 size inked drawing of an ironwork spiral staircase surrounded by tropical vegetation in a glasshouse, part of my current Hot House Palms theme of artworks and designs. For this type of artwork I like to undertake quite a bit of preparation work practising colours and techniques, helping me to … Read More

using Inktense pencils with an airbrush

I have been experimenting with my Derwent Inktense water-soluble colour pencils again.   I’m obsessed with their luminosity and intensity, but must admit am finding it hard to maintain those attributes across a large area of work without things getting diluted on every stroke of my watercolour brush. [siteorigin_widget class=”kad_gallery_widget”][/siteorigin_widget] Inktense pencils are easy to use, but I find when … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, March 17 2017

I’m mostly experimenting Top row: Sketchbook with studies of houses for large pen and ink study currently under way. Cow parsley & daisy small watercolour experiments using household candles as a wax resist – it works surprisingly well – I just need to work out the sequence of masking items in the composition. Far top right – my small inspiration … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, March 02 2017

I’m mostly experimenting Top row: Sketchbook with studies of houses for large pen and ink study currently under way. Cow parsley & daisy small watercolour experiments using household candles as a wax resist – it works surprisingly well – I just need to work out the sequence of masking items in the composition. Far top right – my small inspiration … Read More

So what is Kumihimo?

Until a few months ago I had never heard of Kumihimo, and now the disks used to practice this ancient Japanese craft are top sellers on my Etsy shop. Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands. Kumi himo is Japanese for “gathered threads”. source:Wikipedia I designed and developed my Kumihimo disks after … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, Feb 07 2017

I’m mostly experimenting Top row: Sketchbook with studies of houses for large pen and ink study currently under way. Cow parsley & daisy small watercolour experiments using household candles as a wax resist – it works surprisingly well – I just need to work out the sequence of masking items in the composition. Far top right – my small inspiration … Read More

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