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I Blame My Mother!
Linda thinks her mother's experimental approach to a fashion dilemma makes a lot of sense!
BP Portrait Award 2018
Join Linda to get a taste of the 2018 BP Portrait Award exhibited at Wolverhampton Art Gallery until November 30th.
Read our quick guide to getting started with dressmaking, which machines, fabrics, threads and patterns.
Watercolour Paint Palette Basics
Linda's often asked about her choice of watercolour paints - discover her recommendations for a basic starter palette here.
Festival of Quilts 2018: Focus on Log Cabin
Linda visited Festival of Quilts 2018 and it was the Japanese Log Cabin quilts which particularly caught her eye. Take a look at some of the beautiful examples and be inspired!
Afraid to design?
Nervous to start designing your own projects? Linda shares the most important questions to ask yourself when embarking on any new project.
The power of the complement
Linda’s talking about the effectiveness of complementary colours in painting or quilts.
We’re in Maggie Grey’s WOW Book 2
We're featured in Maggie Grey's latest WOW Book with an article and step-by-step guide to making a handprinted sketchbook.
Latest update on Laura
Laura has had her surgery and is back home from hospital.
Important News – Please Read This
Laura has been diagnosed with cancer.
Another Moth Quilt!
Linda's working on a series of quilts featuring moths. See how she's progressing!
Two Days on the Madeira Stand at the NEC
Take a look at how we spent two days with Madeira Garne at the National Exhibition Centre last week.
The Monoprinted Moths are Multiplying!
See how Linda has incorporated her mono prints into her latest two quilt tops. She explains how she's tackling the quilting.
Adding texture to the sketchbook page
When the surface quality of the paper in your sketchbook is boring try gesso for added textural interest.
Making it Belong
Here's an effective way to integrate isolated elements into a sketchbook by extending drawing beyond the edges of the shape. Works with altered books too!
Mixing it up!
Variety of art mediums is the way to get lots of mileage from a single source of inspiration in a sketchbook.
Adding Text to the Moth Quilt Top
Today I printed lots of text to my quilt top so I'd have shapes to quilt.
Framing a monoprinted screenprint
We'd had a screen printing session at Laura's studio during the holidays and it reminded me I'd got a heap of prints I'd made ages ago. I loved this combo print of screenprint and monoprint.
Make a paper-wrapped lantern to decorate your Christmas table or fireside this festive season.
Robin Greetings Card
Download our robin image and make your own Christmas cards.
CS: Drawing Reflective Objects
See how we've been drawing reflective objects in our sketchbooks using graphite and charcoal pencils.
CS – Identifying tonal changes
Are you working on our Creative Sketchbooks course? Here are some tips for drawing reflective objects such as the cutlery we draw in Module 1.
3D Printed Rubbing Plates
We've been experimenting with 3D printers to make rubbing plates. Take a look at how we've been getting on...
Summer Stitch-Along – Finishing
It's the final week of the Summer Stitch Along. It's time to finish off the bookwrap, bind the edges and get it fitted onto your book!
Summer Stitch-Along – 1 Embellishment
Quilt the pieced area of your bookwrap using embellishments with either tufts or beads!
Summer Stitch-Along – 2 Stitches
This week let's do some stitching - we challenge you to quilt or embroider your bookwrap with two stitches of your choice.
Summer Stitch-Along – 3 Techniques Part 3
It's the final part of Three Techniques week and we're printing. Just cut your shape as a simple print block and away you go!
Summer Stitch-Along – 3 Techniques Part 2
Add to your bookwrap with bonded applique shapes. Have fun exploding your pieced design into something more freeform and organic!
Summer Stitch-Along – 3 Techniques Part 1
Choose a shape and work it three ways! This week on the Stitch-Along we'll be using English Paper Piecing, Applique and Print. Today, it's time for the English Paper Piecing, so grab your thimble and let's begin!
Summer Stitch-Along – 4 Fabrics
Let’s get started with sorting some fabrics for the bookwrap. We’ve intended this project to be a scrap buster and we hope you’ll be able to source everything you need from your stash.
Summer Stitch-Along – 5 Colours, with Linda
Linda shows you her starting point and colour choices for the Summer Stitch Along.
Summer Stitch-Along – 5 Colours
It's time to establish a colour scheme for the Summer Stitch Along project. See how we've started to find a collection of colours that work and follow our steps to do the same with your own inspirational source.
With summer in full swing here in the UK we hope that you’ll want to join in with our first Summer Stitch-Along. We love to have a small project to work on, use up scraps and experiment with ideas so we’ve designed this project for you to work along with us on. Each week we’ll reveal a little more of the Stitch-Along to you, suggest ideas that you might try, demonstrate techniques and of course, show you how our own projects are coming along.
See how Linda's Handprinted Sketchbook is coming along...
A closer look at the Porthole Dress
Take a closer look at the details of Laura's dress with Porthole Pockets.
Drawing and Painting
Linda's enjoying more sketchbook drawing and painting today. With spring in the air the garden provides the inspiration.
Working into Printed Sketchbook No. 2
See how Linda is making one of Laura's printed sketchbooks her own!
Re-making an Agar Gel Print Plate
Re-cast your veggie-jelli printing plate for perfect monoprints.
See how Linda's been drawing into the handprinted sketchbook that Laura made.
Take a peek at pages from Laura's sketchbooks.
Art Kit Essentials
Laura's art kit essentials for sketchbook working on the go.
Giveaway: Show us your workspace
Show us your workspace and something you've made recently for a chance to win a lovely arty prize!
Finishing School: Mosaic Patchwork
The tessellating shapes of mosaic patchwork pose questions when it comes to finishing the edges of your project. Join Linda today to see how to draft shapes to complete your project and some the design ideas you might consider.
Painting Birds: First Stages
Learn how to paint birds just like Linda. In this workshop she'll show you how to use acrylic paint on canvas to paint the background and a simple collage trick to make establishing the shape of the bird, great if you're not so confident with drawing.
Embellished Quilting: Floral Garland
See how Linda completes her recent printed and quilted project using embellished quilting techniques combining machine and hand stitching with easy beading.
Collage Panels: Glazing Colour
For the final stages of her collage panels, Laura uses acrylic glazing to build up colour. Watch how she adds tints of colour to modify and add richness to the base collage.
Using White Three Ways
Join Laura as she continues to work on her mixed media landscape paintings. She's using a base of collage and experimenting with using white to make a photographic collage more painterly. See how she uses different media, including digital painting to achieve the effects she's after.
Create a beautiful printed garland design on fabric by making your own foam stamps inspired by leaves and flowers from your garden (or a photo) with hand appliqué details.
Quilting Patchwork: Star in a Star
Join Linda for tips on how to tackle the design for hand quilting of a patchwork block using a simple, no nonsense approach.
Handpainted Collage Papers
Create your own handprinted collage papers, perfect for sketchbook and mixed media painting. Then explore how you can expand your collage and have fun playing with scale.
Printed Patchwork Details
Add extra detail to your pieced blocks by using printing. Linda demonstrates how to make a simple stamp that can be used to print the centres of blocks such as Log Cabin or Star in a Star and shares her example quilt blocks.