Exploring drawing and painting on fabric - inspired by the beautiful blendings of colours that watercolour artists create, I decided to explore the effects of ink on wet fabric....
A small handful have become artworks in their own right, whereas others become part of a pattern, or composite artwork, combined with my drawings, and many are just a very faint background, you would hardly notice.
This is actually a technique I use in very many of my digital artworks to create an interesting, colourful and textured background for my artwork...
Learn how to draw anything by seeking out shapes - basic drawing skills to help beginners get started drawing quickly and easily...
Drawing Skills for Beginners - Making Shapes
I want to get you started drawing by sketching nature. The objective of the drawing lesson in this blog post is to understand how to sketch out the basic shapes of your drawing so that your drawing is recognisable and accurate.
This is important because although art doesn’t have to look ‘realistic’ you do want your drawing to look recognisable (unless you choose to play with the shapes and proportions for style and effect)…
It’s important not to give your viewer the sensation that “there’s just something wrong about it” which can often be the case when we get things even subtly wrong.
Accuracy is something even experienced artists still need to work hard to achieve! So do accept that this will need practice and however hard you practice you will still get it wrong sometimes…
But I’m going to show you the little drawing tricks and techniques that make it easier...
Hawthorn Meaning & Symbolism
My Celtic hawthorn art plus a look at hawthorn meaning, symbolism, stories, folklore and traditions...
Hawthorn, commonly known as whitethorn or may, is one of our most beautiful spring trees in the countryside, where you will often see it in hedgerows festooned with tiny, white, pungently-scented blossoms, during the month of May.
Hawthorn is a native tree to the British Isles and in Irish Brehon law, dating from early Celtic times, the hawthorn was known as a ‘peasant tree’.
Celtic tree calendar: 13 May to 9 June
Historic pollen records show hawthorn was in Britain at least as early as 6000BC.
The Gaelic name for hawthorn is ‘huath’ – which may also relate to the Anglo-Saxon word ‘haw’ which is believed to mean ‘hedge’.
Hawthorn is now widely used as a hedging plant after the 19th century General Enclosures Act, but in earlier times, the wood was used to make small personal items such as knife handles, combs and trinket boxes.
It’s a tree that grows alongside people and has become a part of our lives and traditions…
Fabric face mask sets of 2 or 4 are launching today in my Contrado store...
Delivery from the UK
Face masks are usually ready to ship in 2-3 days
Custom made to order - no stock shortages
Premium tracked delivery
Fast international delivery also available
UPDATE: new styles are now available from this stockist in addition to the DIY face mask kits described here, including shaped, sewn face masks and neck-gaiter style face masks - click here to see them all...
DIY fabric face mask kits to sew at home are now available in my Spoonflower store...
The DIY face mask kit includes everything you need to make two fabric face masks at home:
The finished masks are washable and re-usable.
Beautiful Celtic willow art prints and arty products – I explain willow tree symbolism and meaning…
The mystical willow tree is one of our ancient native British trees (White willow, Salix alba) and is a favourite in countryside and gardens.
The willow tree is beautiful – an elegantly-shaped tree that dances in the wind and grows in atmospheric, watery places – so it’s no wonder that people have always taken the willow to their hearts...
In ancient Tibet, the willow was revered as the ‘world tree’ or ‘tree of life’.
Our modern name for the willow comes from the Anglo-Saxon ‘wileg’.
Celtic tree calendar: 15th April to 12th May
Willow Tree Symbolism, Uses and Meaning
We have a long relationship with the willow tree – we’ve long recognised its usefulness and its special abilities as well as its inherent beauty...
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