Earthing - mark making and texture from nature with Helen Hallows

Earthing - Texture and Mark from nature


Taking inspiration from nature, on this course you will create a stash of papers that use a variety of texture and marks. You will finish with a box of paper delights ready to use in your collaged paintings and sketchbook work.

Processes will include printmaking, mark making and painting. You will use photography to gather information to translate into textured surfaces in the studio/kitchen table.

What's included in the price?

On this course, I will show you different techniques for making pattern and mark on paper so that you can create a resource of papers for collage. I will show you how I see nature and translate the textures and marks from nature onto paper to use in my work. Processes will include printmaking, mark making and painting. You will look at nature to collect ideas, use photography to gather information and at the end of the course you'll have your own curated collection of papers that represent how you see nature's marks.

What you will learn on this course:

Confidence to go outside to draw and capture your surroundings (using photography as well)
Making a mixed-media sketchbook
Working intuitively to capture the essence of nature
Working in sequence to enhance your creative flow
Drawing, collaging and painting to create layers and bring your sketchbook to life
Adding narrative with words and symbolic imagery

What you will need

You will need:
Access via a PC or laptop to my website where you can access the password protected pages
Broadband wifi with sufficient speed to watch video content

Materials you will need for the class:

Cartridge paper or sheets of paper
Acrylic paints or inks (or use what you have)
A tube or two of water-based printing ink
A rubber print roller
A lino cutter or scalpel
A bag of basic office erasers (6-10)
Coloured papers (collect book pages, envelopes, magazine pages)
Magazine pages
Sheet of acetate/plastic sheet
Coloured pencils/pens/charcoal pencil - use what you have!
Mark making tools - scrapers/combs/skewers etc (we will also make some on the course)


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This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


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