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Pen and wash – a quick way to loosen up

If you are struggling to loosen up your work (and there is nothing wrong with tight work), try pen and wash. The pen or ink gives you the control you crave and acts as a scaffolding to hang loose watercolour … Continue reading

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Any umbrellas?

Today’s class topic was ‘umbrellas’, so I am feeling a little guilty that I may have caused the torrential rain… oh well, I did say it could be a cocktail umbrella, a parasol or a rainy one. As a reminder, … Continue reading

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All in a circle – alternative formats for watercolour

The trouble with painting in a pad of lovely watercolour paper is that each painting ends up the same format and size. Sure you might paint one landscape and one portrait, but until you finish that book, they are all … Continue reading

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Student collage

Today was the second collage session with my students, and they did brilliantly. Some used collage to add texture, some to add pattern, some to work on top of painting and some as backgrounds. Here are a few close ups: … Continue reading

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More watercolour collage…

Collage can be used to add texture rather than pattern or colour to your work, so I did this naive street scene to demonstrate a possibility. First I cut out shapes from mountboard and corrugated card and stuck them onto … Continue reading

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Watercolour collage

As you may have spotted, I love watercolour. I want to see how far you can push it as a medium, so I like to explore new ways of using it. I run a weekly class, and thought that watercolour … Continue reading

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Rainbow otter 🌈

If you fancy seeing how I painted this little otter, follow the link below:  

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