Next week my office will be hosting ‘learn and be well week’, a really lovely initiative where any members of staff volunteer to host a workshop or share a craft with their colleagues. The programme is packed with fantastic activities, with some people offering yoga lessons, massage, car maintenance skills, meditation…the list goes on. So… Continue reading Serendipity
Whether you have a fancy dress party or a wedding, making your own fascinator can be a lot of fun. You’ll have a piece that will perfectly match your outfit (as you are choosing the materials) and it will be a great talking point. Don’t get me wrong though, a professionally-made hat, skillfully crafted by… Continue reading How to make your own fascinator – in 5 steps!
May has been an incredible month, busy and stressful at times, but also full of new experiences and excitement. To cut a long story short, I ran my first ever webinar, and also taught a group of 19 excited hens how to make their own fascinators. On both occasions I was surprised at how calm… Continue reading Forays into teaching: infographics, fascinators…yoga next?
Some really good crafty events to keep you inspired this spring
Larobby makes her first real hat!
I was very critical of iPad drawings, you should have heard me talking after Hockney’s exhibition. But now that I’ve had a chance to experience the potential, I must say it’s pretty cool! I would not go as far as saying that it can ever replace the feeling of pastels on paper or paint on canvas, but it definitely has its advantages. For starters, the effects are pretty realistic, in this drawing I have used paint and pastels, shame you can’t really mix the colours together, but I’m sure that day is not too far. The other great thing is being able to ‘undo’ your last few moves, a very digital concept for sure, but handy nonetheless. Although I am not entirely sold to the idea of digital painting, I can definitely play with it, and I have really enjoyed coming up with this illustration.
Tomorrow I’m going to learn some real canvas stretching from a real painter, so more news to come!
Gouache, ink and oil pastels on paper, collage