Our tree is up and Christmas preparations are in full swing. Amelie’s list is growing by the minute and I’ve made the cake (it’s too late I know, but it’ll be fine).
I know at this time of year there never seems to be enough hours in the day, but I always like to set some time aside for creativity, for the sake of my sanity! I hope you will be able to do the same.
This week we have a brand new video workshop for you where I’ll show you how to make this beautiful bauble. If you’re in full-on Christmas mode, then be sure to head to our Christmas Classroom
where you’ll find lots of inspirational videos and posts. Most of the content there is free too!
First let’s take a look at Module 3 of our Creative Sketchbooks course. Here’s Linda…
I promised a few words about Module 3 of our Creative Sketchbooks’ course this week. Students taking the course will discover the first video in this module is Laura reviewing the coursework covered so far. We’re always here to offer advice and guidance but I think if you watch Laura’s video it will explain so much about how a sketchbook becomes a very personal and valuable visual resource when you develop ideas and begin to explore the possibilities that arise with a thoughtful combination of techniques.
The main focus of Module 3 is print. We demonstrate block printing, printing with compressed sponge and of course our favourite monoprinting techniques. Sketchbook pages aren’t just a place for sketches – they are the perfect place to explore design and composition. If a page of your sketchbook is successful that’s an end in itself but it will almost certainly translate into other mediums, whether that be a quilt, an embroidery or a much larger painting. With that in mind Module 3 also looks at how pattern, frames, edges and borders can complete a page effectively.
In devising the activities, writing the workbooks and making the samples to illustrate the techniques Laura and I know this course inside out! BUT reading through the modules and watching some of the videos again recently I have been inspired. It doesn’t matter how experienced you are – working through a structured course always leads to new discoveries and improved technique. There, I’ve said it in front of witnesses – I’m going the take the course again just as though I’ve never seen it before. I’ll be posting some pages of my work here in the news, but lots more in the Online Courses section of our website, just for our students. I think it’ll be really fun to work through the course together. I’m off to find a new sketchbook and get started – watch this space!