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Welcome to DesignMatters TV
Think of DesignMatters TV as your personal online design school! Presented by artists and experienced tutors, Linda and Laura Kemshall, DMTV is a vast library of video workshops covering subjects as wide ranging as altered books and watercolour painting to surface design, art quilting and sketchbooks.
Oil Pastel Monoprint
This is a super technique for your sketchbook, or for use in mixed media drawing and painting. Join Linda to see how to make a monoprint using oil pastels. You can work freehand or make use of your stencils.
Reverse Applique Quilting
Are you looking for new ideas to help with your quilting? Knowing how to quilt a piece can be one of the hardest parts of a project. In this workshop Laura will demonstrate a creative technique for quilting your work that introduces texture and colour by cleverly combining free motion quilting with reverse appliqué.
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Quilting with Grids
Grids can provide you with an excellent basis for your quilting. Linda will show you how to quilt grids with a walking foot and shares her tips for success with this method. Next, with that grid in place, you'll see how you can work within it using freehand quilting to add beautiful patterns.
Inspired by Nature
Find inspiration in nature and see how Linda interprets a photographic source as a mixed media study in her sketchbook. She'll show you how to use watercolour, charcoal pencils and oil pastel to create rich surfaces sympathetic to the subject matter. Then working from her sketchbook, Linda interprets the mixed media study into a stitched textile. See how she uses opaque and transparent fabric scraps to build painterly layers adding texture with machine and hand stitching.
Be inspired by nature around you and collect leaves to use for plant printing. Linda will show you how to make beautiful contact prints on paper. Laura will demonstrate how to make simply structured, but endlessly creative concertina books to house your prints. Finally Linda shares her ideas for working back into your plant printed sketchbook to edit, refine and add detail. The result will be a truly unique record of the plant material you've collected and a fabulous sketchbook for inspiration and further development.
Birds are such an inspiration to us, whether it's big black crows in the fields, or the pretty garden birds that visit the feeders outside the studio. In this collection of workshops Linda will show you her methods for painting birds using acrylics on wooden panel and canvas. Suitable for beginners or the more experienced artist, Linda will guide you through, step by step.
Work along with Linda to make your own visual diary to document your observations and collections. Linda's focussing on one of her favourite subjects, moths, but your diary can document anything you like! In Linda's book you'll see a selection techniques used in combination to record what you find. There are three workshops in this collection.
Free Video Workshops
Create a layered painting in acrylic with a messy underpainting of bright colour, stencilled pattern and brush marks. Then overpaint with a negative painting of your own hand to make a personalised piece of art that'll look beautiful in your home. This is an easy painting technique that even a beginner can try, but experienced painters will love too!
What is Compressed Sponge?
Discover one of our favourite print block materials - compressed sponge. It's easy to mark and cut out into any shape you like. Then simply immerse in water to create a sponge printing block to use with acrylics or fabric paints.
FREE – Plant Printing Concertina Books Flip-Through
A flip-through video two concertina books made using plant printed pages. See how Linda's worked into the plant prints with collage, drawing and painting.
Laura’s back home and I’m keeping on keeping on
Catch up with news of Laura and what Linda's working on right now.
News on Laura, a look at a few highlights of our garden and early days of a new patchwork.
Laura's on the mend after her op and Linda's back in her workroom making a scrap quilt!
Life Goes On
Linda's still adding to her Creative Sketchbooks' course. This time she's inspired by the plants and flowers she has in her home and garden.
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