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Make a simple sketchbook – Tutorial


Using only folding and cutting, this is possibly the simplest way to make a fantastic sketchbook that slips easily into your pocket. Depending on what you fill it with, it could be the most creative use of a piece of paper ever!




I’d really love to hear how your sketchbook turned out and, more importantly, what you filled it with! So why not share how you got on in the comments below? Many thanks, Erica.


DIY Simple Sketchbook

Isadora Duncan – completed

Here is the finished portrait of Isadora Duncan.


The dress is made of recycled tissue- I think it came from a shoe box. I’m not quite happy with this portrait, so I’ll probably take what I learned from this one & have another go at it. Something very strange happened with this picture, a couple of people commented that it looks like my mother when she was young. Now that this has been pointed out to me, I can see the resemblance, but wasn’t aware when I was making it………

You can read the first two posts about how I made this portrait by clicking here & here.

Other portraits in the series can be viewed by clicking here.

Derwent Art Prize


The Cumberland pencil manufacturers Derwent have just announced that they will be holding an art competition. The prize is being held to celebrate works made in pencil, but  water-soluble, pastel, graphite, charcoal & colouring pencils are also included. There is a maximum size limit of 182 cms, but no minimum size restriction – I am already imagining the miniature masterpieces I can create!


Here’s a link to find out more: The Derwent Art Prize

Edge of the Cotswolds

From the window of my studio, I can just see the first ridge of the Cotswold hills on the horizon. Here is a video of me trying to capture the beauty of the morning skyline:

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After the watercolour I used Derwent Inktense blocks to draw back in & add some texture to the landscape.


P.S. This is the first time I’ve added a soundtrack onto a video. The music is ‘Punchbag’ by The Bees (apparently they make this music in a garden shed in Brighton!) The full version is here.

Also, if you’re interested to look at the Inktense blocks, you can see them here.

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