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HOW TO MAKE A COIL POT

A coil pot is made up of long sausages of clay, coiled on top of each other to the desired shape.                                    

Watercolour and Mixed Media Techniques

The first thing to learn about watercolour is that is essentially a translucent medium that is traditionally built up in washes to create a ‘glazed effect.’  However, it is also a very versatile medium that can be used successfully in mixed media techniques.  The first thing to remember is that if you buy cheap, your paint …

Ink and Bleach Effects

  It is possible to use ink and bleach to create exciting effects in your drawing. It creates vivid highlights and a sense of drama through contrast to your work. The example below by Jenny Johnstone uses the technique to create light.     It doesn’t work with all inks and only with black quink …

How To Build Colour Depth with Coloured Pencil

We have been looking at colour in our children’s classes and applying it to our dragon drawings.   Try these complex mixes to create vibrant colours: green – add blue to darken and yellow to lighten  orange – add red to darken and yellow to lighten purple – add blue to darken and red to lighten  To …

Drawing From Your Point Of View

The ability to draw cuboids extremely useful for drawing and painting!  For example look at the next example.. how many cubes and rectangular shapes can you find?  It is not enough to learn how to draw a simple cube, because the cube will appear differently depending on how you view it. It will also appear smaller …

Drawing Cylindrical Objects Using Spirals

One of the basics of drawing well is to understand how to break down objects into shapes. For example, a house is a cube, as is a box or a ball is a sphere, as is an apple. This sounds easy, but simply put, it isn`t! For example, drawing a cylinder involves complex ellipses, which …

Whats new for September?

Whats new for September? Well, firstly I have some happy students  who had great fun on my Raku workshops in August. Some pieces survived the fire and I am looking froward to giving them to the students next week. I have had lots of interest in the classes over the summer and and am looking …

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