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Rainy days are perfect for baking banana bread

It’s raining and I get the day at home today. I decided on some spring cleaning instead of working. And rainy days, when one decided on spring cleaning, are perfect for baking banana bread. This is the situation at my place: Some days all…

February 18, 2016
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Hello from Sunday night, video edition

Hello from Sunday night guys. I made you a little “watch me paint” video. It’s 10 minutes long and so I hope it’s not too boring. Last night we had a lovely open fire to warm the house. It’s a bit of a challenge…

December 13, 2015
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Wood burning, Chloe inspired art

This afternoon I finished my work and was contemplating playing with some art. Round here, it’s not about missing the tools, here in the studio there’s almost everything I would like to use, but the key ingredient usually is inspiration. Chloe called me at…

November 13, 2015

Practical class: Glass engraving

Finally! I know! I do take my time, don’t I? Well I’ll tell you something. My father bought an engraver years and years ago with the idea of engraving his name, contact details etc, on his electronics at about the time he bought a…

August 3, 2015
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Practical class: Realistic botanical illustration in watercolour

I think that I can just about draw myself anything, (this statement is open to debate…lol), so when I decided to take this practical class on realistic botanical illustration, I hoped it wouldn’t be a waste of my time, (I’m such a cynic!) What…

July 25, 2015
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Practical class: Egg Tempera painting

Ah, the richness of raw pigments. Are you like me, an alchemist at heart? I’m not talking about turning lead into gold…well, not exactly…although one could argue that that’s exactly what we can do here. Do you see all these beautiful golden yellow pigments?…

July 24, 2015
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Practical class: Willow basket weaving 101

Hello everybody, I’m just back from a few days in Somerset and ready to begin our practical classes. I will give you all the information I have so you can try a few new art forms, and I will link you to teachers and…

July 23, 2015
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How to make a found poetry journal from an old book

Last week I had a brilliant Twitter chat with some members of my writing gang Wordsmith Studio. We’ve been good social media friends since we came together three years ago. There was a thought that I might show how I make journals out of…

July 4, 2015
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A seed of Mischief … a handmade sketchbook

Yesterday I said to Chloe that I wanted to get a new sketchbook to take with me to visit Nick and Joyce Bantock this weekend. I told C that it has to be a Goldilocks sketchbook…you know…not too hot, not too cold, just right.…

May 14, 2015

A bespoke pencil case

Here’s some terrific fun! Recently, I booked us a week away in Mexico, and, having C’s children’s art class self portraits and Frida Kahlo on our minds, we thought we’d make a couple pencils cases to take with us. After all, how hard can…

March 6, 2015