The whole weekend was focused on using the huge variety of pencils that are now available for both writing and creating interesting backgrounds to work on. It seems that all the best pencils still come from England and Derwent is still the top choice!!
We started with an exercise called “Nature to Paper”. We were asked to bring a flower or two with us and as the garden is full of flowering bulbs at the moment, that wasn’t hard! We then had to choose one flower and make little swatches of all the colours we saw in the flower. Then we had to make a “Charles Rennie Mackintosh” style square and draw the initial letter of the flower and then make a pattern in the rest of the space and fill it in using the colours from the flower. We filled it in with water colour pencils, then used water on a brush to bring the water colour to life.
There were some beautiful examples around the room. I did the iris first and then a freesia. I enjoyed that exercise.
Thanks again Jill for sharing this wonderful workshop with us.