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

What’s on my drawing board, Jan 09 2017

Sea to sky Top row: Sketchbook with studies of houses (Looe, a coastal village – Cornwall, UK) for planned large pen and ink study. Set of Inktense pencils by Derwent (a Christmas present) and colour swatches in sketchbook; Inktense pencils can be activated with water to deposit vibrant ink colours onto the paper.Middle row: Strip picture experiments, depicting sea to … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, Dec 16 2016

Back to botanics Top row: Sketchbook with leaf patterns, birch tree designs, Flemish flower painting inspiration, Moroccan tile design examles in scrapbook.Middle row:  Pink chrysanthemum watercolour flower study, on cotton watercolour paper (with reference photos above). Pencil sketch of ivy leaves around a wooden post. Banksia, gum leaves and agapanthus watercolour studies.Bottom row: Holly wreath sketchbook design ideas. Banksai watercolour … Read More

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