Earthing - mark making and texture from nature with Helen Hallows



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)




Helen Hallows

with Craft Courses since 2016

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Hello! I am Helen. Over the time of my creative work I realised I take great enjoyment from processing ideas in sketchbooks, gathering and using sketchbooks as starting points for future projects. I can help you get past the fear of the white page. I can help you fall in love with creative process. I can help you stop being obsessed with the end point of art and find a step by step way to creative flow. Each workshop covers a part of what I do - making sketchbooks, drawing with confidence, printing pattern - all inspired by the wonders of nature. I want you to come away from a class feeling empowered and excited about the potential of your creativity.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Hearing impaired
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
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This course is taught online