50m tiled mural for Eastleigh Borough Council

This year I have been working on a public art project for Eastleigh Borough Council. I have been developing a design for a tiled mural for an underpass near to Fleming Park Leisure centre as part of the Parkland Improvements Scheme.

This has been such an exciting project to be involved in. The brief was to create something which illustrated how people use the space in and around the Parkland Development and to run some workshops so that the local community could be involved in the design. 

Part of the design features the meadow area of the Parkland development (what was the old golf course) and I ran two workshops for children to create the flowers and bees and butterflies for the meadow. 

My first class on Skillshare

Hi all, 

Well, during this month I finally, took the plunge and became a teacher on Skillshare.

Skillshare is an amazing learning platform for anyone creative. The lessons are all filmed, bite-sized and best of all you can do them at your own speed.

 

My first tutorial is called "How to colour your line art in Photoshop". It covers how to colour a pen and ink drawing digitally. I really enjoyed making this class and am pleased with the results. It was quite a learning curve but Skillshare walk you through how to do it with a step by step workshop "The July Teach Challenge" - there is a new Teach Challenge each month if anyone is thinking of becoming a teacher. 

Here is my Introduction taster of "How to Colour your line art in Photoshop"

To celebrate I am giving away a few FREE places on my class (there are about 10 left at the time of writing this) - just follow the link below if you would like to enrol. It won't cost you a penny!! :       http://skl.sh/29PoMvZ

 

There are literally thousands of courses at Skillshare. They range from art, crafts, recipes, film, photography, textiles....there really is something for everyone!

With this in mind, as a new teacher I have been given a link to offer you all a 3 month trial of Skillshare for $0.99. So if you'd like to see all the classes on offer just follow this link: http://skl.sh/2a9KCOP

 

 

 

Eastenders - fame at last?

Catching up with last weeks Eastenders on Iplayer and what did I see? My artwork in the Mitchells house  - no way!!!!! Ask anyone who knows me and they'll tell you I am a bit (huge) Eastenders fan. I just couldn't believe it! This piece is re- licensed every year for wall art which is how it comes to be in the Mitchell house - in the very room where Peggy Mitchell ended it all - I hope it wasn't a contributory factor!!;)

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Wall Stickers!!

I've been working with a great print company to extend my A Boy and his Bear range. I have been  working on designs for removable wall stickers for nurseries and children's bedrooms and am excited to announce that they'll be going into production next week. 

I couldn't believe it when I saw the proofs of the stickers and packaging  (pictured below) - it was just as I had imagined. I've tested them all round our house and they're perfect. Happy days!

Wall sticker proof!

Wall sticker proof!

Ned and Humphrey

Ned and Humphrey the bear are best of friends. They do everything together....a boy and his bear. 

Prints of Ned and Humphrey will be available soon. Just waiting for the frames to arrive. Watch the shop for news. 

Also very pleased to say that I shall be offering removable wall stickers of these characters for nurseries and children's bedrooms later on in the year. Can't wait. 

 

Bobbing Along Zentangle Workshop - Saturday 20th February

I had the pleasure of running one of my workshops at  The Sorting Office on Saturday.

This was the Bobbing Along workshop where we explore textural paint technique and Zentangle inspired art.  We created a Sea scene using acrylic paints to apply a wash for sky and plastic wrap to create our textured sea. We explored the art of the Zentangle using fineliners and even came up with our own unique patterns. Very importantly, there was also lots of cake, tea and friendly chatter. 

My aim is to run workshops suitable for people of all artistic abilities and show that everyone can be creative and more importantly  - enjoy it!! If you haven't picked up a paintbrush since school  these workshops will be a gentle introduction into being creative again. For others, with more experience it is a chance to relax and have fun with your art. 

Looking forward to doing the next one - Florals with loose, splattery watercolours and masking fluid I think!!! Can't wait!!

The Old Chemist, Southampton Vineyard Church, Bitterne Triangle

This Saturday I spent a lovely day with friends from The Sorting Office at The Old Chemist in Bitterne. The space is owned by the Southampton Vineyard Church and used for community events. It's a beautiful building, with elegant curved stained glass windows and a beautiful wooden floor. 

This weekend we were invited by Gina Hyams, to join their table-top sale  and promote our art studios there. We took along a good range of the type of work that is produced by our artists. Sheena Bond, a ceramist, displayed her beautiful bowls and mugs, Karen Head, felt maker, extraordinaire treated the public to her range of felt scarves (the softest you will ever find btw) and her fabulous felted pebble kits.  Iris Hill showed her latest and stunning collection of Christmas cards and Joanne Tinley Jewellery showed her beautiful silver jewellery and promoted her jewellery workshops. Jill Brennan  quilter, textile artist and painter (wow!) brought long her beautiful cards and textile art  and Carly Mann's glass art took centre stage at one of Carly's final shows in the UK for a while (she is off to New Zealand!)

Lovely customers, lovely venue and a lovely host - Thank you Gina for making us all feel so welcome. 

Look what amazingly clever and talented friends I have!!:)

Over the past few weeks I have been working on some new designs for my book illustration portfolio.  

My work involves making and finding textures and patterns which can be scanned in and used to colour up my illustrations. I am constantly creating new hand drawn patterns to use in my illustrations and am building up quite a library of them. I have some much fun doing this. Anything that involves playing with (and buying) new art materials can't be bad can it?

At the moment I am experimenting with Caran D'ache Neocolour watersoluble wax pastels. They are fabulous to use and the colours are really vibrant. 

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Off to add a few of these patterns to an illustration.