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Try some springy nature photography Creative Time

25 March 2020

Try some springy nature photography Creative Time

If you are able to do this take a photo which is spring or nature-themed, for example if you have any flowers (we were given some free by our local supermarket!), or if you have a garden, or you can see the sky and safely take a photo from your window. Of course it’s ok to use your older photos as well 😊

Try some springy nature photography Creative Time
Try some springy nature photography Creative Time

Laura’s shiny green house plant looks very sturdy!

Try some springy nature photography

Thanks Laura for your refreshing and light photo of someiyoshino sakura cherry blossoms, very peaceful 🌸

Try some springy nature photography

Here is a delightful and very feeling poem by Matsuo Basho from Laura inspired by cherry blossoms.

Try some springy nature photography

“Sunlight that gives nature its blessing.”, such a nice description of the rosy pink type of cherry blossoms. Thanks for all the info and inspirational photos Laura 😊

Try some springy nature photography

More of us are being at home now, so we are bringing you some regular fun and relaxing activities – Creative Time – to encourage you to have some creative enjoyment and stay in touch!

It would be great if you would like to send us an image of anything you make, for us to show online if possible, please either 1. post on our Facebook page or 2. email us your image.

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Let’s write Spring Equinox

20 March 2020

Try out writing spring (or vernal) equinox – Shunbun  春分 – using Japanese Shodo calligraphy, or in your own style in any language!

These two kanji on their own literally mean spring and segment/part/share.

Let’s write Spring Equinox

March Equinox – this is the time equal day and night, when the sun is directly above the Equator. In the Northern Hemisphere it is the Spring Equinox, and it’s called the Autumnal Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.

Find out more about the Spring Equinox https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/march-equinox.html


Laura, thanks so much for writing spring equinox, your piece looks great and we can see how much you’re enjoying the mizu de kaku water paper – you did well to photograph it before the watery brushstrokes disappeared into the mists! Love the poem, it is so tranquil and soothing 🍃🌱🦆

Let’s write Spring Equinox

Nice one Ken thank you for sending your image to us by email, great idea to try out using the procreate app on your ipad, that’s interesting you told me you used abstract ‘Triangulum’ brush on the app, it gives a 3D marky feel 🥰

Let’s write Spring Equinox

More of us are being at home now, so we are bringing you some regular fun and relaxing activities – Creative Time – to encourage you to have some creative enjoyment and stay in touch!

It would be great if you would like to send us an image of anything you make, for us to show online if possible, please either 1. post on our Facebook page or 2. email us your image.

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Join in our Creative Time fun activities to do at home

20 March 2020

Love is in the air, with satellites whizzing by the stars

More of us are being at home now, so we are bringing you some regular fun and relaxing activities – Creative Time – to encourage you to have some creative enjoyment and stay in touch!

It would be great if you would like to send us an image of anything you make, for us to show online if possible, please either 1. post on our Facebook page or 2. email us your image.

Creative Time

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Halloween Masks and Autumn Crowns

30 October 2019

Halloween Masks and Autumn Crowns

A simple fun way to make a Halloween mask or Autumnal crown is to use a long strip of thick paper sized to fit around the wearer’s head, and decorate and trim this to your fanciful and fantastical desire!

Halloween Masks and Autumn Crowns
Halloween Masks and Autumn Crowns

You can enjoy experimenting with different styles of masks, from superhero to elegant to monstrous, to animal or tribal..

Halloween Masks and Autumn Crowns
Halloween Masks and Autumn Crowns
Halloween Masks and Autumn Crowns

Useful materials:
Scissors, double sided tape, pencil, paint pens such as posca, coloured paper such as heavy sugar paper, oil pastels or crayons, inks using a brush, or artbrushes as we used, leaves – carefully choose the colours and shapes of leaves.

Halloween Masks and Autumn Crowns
Halloween Masks and Autumn Crowns
Halloween Masks and Autumn Crowns

We found inspiration and tips from the website Handmade Charlotte.

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Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr

15 October 2019

Margaret and Blair walked to the river North of Lenzie and found a sheltered peaceful spot next to a small weir, ideal for setting up for Suibokuga 水墨画 water and ink landscape painting.

Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr

We used 顔彩 gansai paint sets with fude brushes and cut bamboo takepens, and painted in sketchbooks for ease of working outside.

Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr
Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr
Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr
Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr

Coming to the activity with a meditative relaxed mind-body helped us to connect with the environment in harmony with the brushed markmaking. The sound of the frothing swirling water was relaxing to hear, and the bull that slowly appeared up the riverbank signalled time to move on.

Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr
Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr

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Graphic design geometric tasks

10 March 2017

Using art brushes (filled with ink) and Prockey and Maped pens to experiment on cartridge paper with a graphic design balance of colours and angular shapes. The ink creates a good textural contrast with the less flat more marky pens which helps with variety in the design. We have aimed for some pieces to keep the tones of the colours as similar as possible whilst looking for colour contrast (which can be a bit tricky!), others have tonal as well as colour contrast in them.

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