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3 Months of Creativate!!

March 17, 2018


Since launching Creativate in December 2017, the New Year has brought some great inspiration!


I think it's about time to share some behind the scenes arty action shots of 2018  ... the story so far!


Illustration & Inks with Mrs H ...


Mrs H was treated to a little 'Creativate Voucher' as a Christmas present. Her main aim was to make time for art and to find a way of working which meant she could 'pick up and put down' whenever she wanted to get creative.


With previous experience of art classes, she felt a little stifled by the need for a certain outcome to be produced in them. I was really excited by her idea of developing ideas around the theme of 'Nature and Wildlife', inspired by the words from her daughters beautiful poems. 


Inspiration Sheets provided by Creativate:

Composition ... Frame Formats ... Artists exploring illustration and natural forms in inks and acrylic ... images of natural forms.


Having already tried watercolours, we decided to delve into inks, fine liners and watercolour pencils to suit her illustrative style. We used her daughters beautiful poems about nature and wild life as a starting point, exploring materials and illuminated lettering.


Mrs H really enjoyed the sessions that followed, saying that she enjoyed the freedom to explore different ideas without the pressure of achieving a certain outcome. She loved the inks and the use of fine-liners and water to 



Colour, Composition & Cake with Sam ...


Sam contacted me with a mission! To 'get brave with colour'!! She already has some experience with making and has a craft room to die for! Sam has a love of mixed media collage and abstract layering of images, but wanted to explore a more intense approach to colour. Here's some of her previous work ... such lovely combinations of material, line and muted colour-palette.


Inspiration Sheets provided by Creativate

Composition ... Colour Theory ... Artists exploring colour and layered mixed media.


I love teaching colour to students at school, it's such an expansive subject, but I wanted to inject it with a new approach that would make it really practical for Sam. I wanted to try an alternative approach to the colour wheel ... enter ... the 'colour rectangle'!!! 



Working in this format should allow Sam to play with colour combinations in a physical way by placing different colour next to each other, experimenting with various schemes.  We used Gouache as an accessible medium, an alternative to acrylic and with more punch than watercolour. 


The 'Inspiration Sheet' I had made showed the work of an artist that immediately gave her ideas about quilts! Sam is already an expert quilt-maker but the colour and composition of the artists work really inspired the possibilities of a new approach for her.  


I also had to eat some of these amazingly moreish cakes ... it's a tough job but I did my best! Vegan + Marmalade = Yummy!


 Sam contacted me a few time to say that she was completely addicted to the completion of her 'Colour-tangle'! The final result was beautiful, I have to say! She had also decided to complete something creative on a regular basis, finding time to prioritise it within her busy work-life and being mummy to Dylan ... her most gorgeous fur baby!! Looking forward to our next session in March ... no pressure for more cakes ... I promise!! :) 


Lino-Cutting With Lucy ...


Lucy contacted me wanting to develop and personalise her business website with her own work. For Xmas, I had made her a card using a lino-print star design and she wanted to try out this technique to look at ideas for a new logo design. So the Creativate basket was packed with lino, cutting tools and printing ink!


Inspiration Sheets provided by Creativate

Composition ... Generating ideas ... Frame Formats ... Lino Printing .... Artists exploring spirals, the sea, waves and the spine.


The resources provided gave some understanding of composition and working in different framing formats such as circles and squares, rather than the standard rectangle. Lucy was really inspired by the Golden Ratio ... closely and very aptly connected with nature and waves!


We spent some time generating designs on the themes she had chosen before transferring a basic design to lino. We started the cut there and then for her to finish between then and the next session. 


 Really looking forward to the first print session and developing the idea into a final design and print. 






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