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Exploring autumn with collage

13 November 2019

Exploring autumn with collage

Last time we enjoyed an autumnal 🍁 theme with collage cutting and sticking, in our group there is always plenty of freedom also to go your own creative way if you want to, and lots of help and encouragement when you need it too 🤗 we help you feel settled and enjoy a sense of wellbeing. Thanks to Centre81 Steering Group for co-organising this group.

Exploring autumn with collage
Exploring autumn with collage
Exploring autumn with collage

Exploring autumn with collage cutting and sticking, connecting to nature with our senses

Exploring autumn with collage
Exploring autumn with collage
Exploring autumn with collage
Exploring autumn with collage

More fabulous artworks and poetic inspiration from last week at Clydebank art group, the participants experimented with different combinations of materials to create atmosphere and vibrancy 🍁🧡😁

Exploring autumn with collage
Exploring autumn with collage
Exploring autumn with collage
Exploring autumn with collage
Exploring autumn with collage

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Leafy textures and colourful doodles with inks

6 November 2019

Leafy textures and colourful doodles with inks

The group is welcoming and free of charge, come along and join us tonight at the friendly @Centre81 at 6.30 to 8pm. Destress, find inspiration, enjoy trying out our drawing materials 😄

Leafy textures and colourful doodles with inks
Leafy textures and colourful doodles with inks

Last time we enjoyed an autumnal 🍁 theme, in our group there is always plenty of freedom also to go your own creative way if you want to, and lots of help and encouragement when you need it too 🤗 we help you feel settled and enjoy a sense of wellbeing. Thanks to Centre81 Steering Group for co-organising this group.

Leafy textures and colourful doodles with inks
Leafy textures and colourful doodles with inks
Leafy textures and colourful doodles with inks
Leafy textures and colourful doodles with inks
Leafy textures and colourful doodles with inks

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Japanese shodo calligraphy at the beautiful autumnal Cowden Japanese Garden

1 November 2019

Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden

We had a lovely day at the Cowden Japanese Garden with enthusiastic people taking part, it was a colourful autumn day and tranquil atmosphere, a perfect setting to enjoy a workshop of Japanese shodo calligraphy.

Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden

After a short talk about shodo we slowly strolled outside, meditatively walking in the garden to admire different features in the garden and interact with our senses, especially we paid attention to ‘karesansui, 枯山水’ dry landscape which was related to our theme that day!

Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden

Then we went back to the room, we started to try out the ‘enso, 円相’ circle to loosen up. Then we moved onto ‘sui, 水’ and ‘san, 山’ which can be combined as ‘sansui, 山水’ mountains and water. We had demonstrations and wrote the characters in very varied styles of calligraphy which the participants enjoyed!

Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden

During the break we had delicious scones and empire biscuits with hot drinks 😉

Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden

The garden is a delightful and peaceful place to visit, (it reminds Blair of Kenrokuen garden in Kanazawa) and the setting in the foothills of the Ochills near Dollar is inspiring 🙂

https://www.cowdengarden.com/

Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden

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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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Relaxing doodling and free creative time at Centre81

30 October 2019

Relaxing doodling and free creative time at Centre81

Our friendly free of charge group welcomes you to come along and join us tonight at the fabulous Centre81 at 6.30 to 8pm. Destress, find inspiration, enjoy trying out our drawing materials 🍁🧡😄

Relaxing doodling and free creative time at Centre81

Last week at the Clydebank art group we had some fun with a nature rocky theme, in our group there is always plenty of freedom also to go your own creative way if you want to, and lots of help and encouragement when you need it too 🤗 we help you feel settled and enjoy a sense of wellbeing. Thanks to Centre81 Steering Group for co-organising this group.

Relaxing doodling and free creative time at Centre81
Relaxing doodling and free creative time at Centre81
Relaxing doodling and free creative time at Centre81
Relaxing doodling and free creative time at Centre81
Relaxing doodling and free creative time at Centre81

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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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Stress free creativity at Centre81

7 October 2019

Stress free creativity at Centre81

At Clydebank art group we had a lively night with a great turnout of folk trying out all the different materials from pencils and pens to pastels and colourful inks.

Stress free creativity at Centre81
Stress free creativity at Centre81

We had a rocky theme exploring rocky shapes and imagining the carboniferous world that shaped the rocks below the Glasgow and Dunbartonshire area.

Stress free creativity at Centre81
Stress free creativity at Centre81

Rocky places was our starting point and we went off in several creative directions from there, so it was an expressive, natural and experimental night!

Stress free creativity at Centre81
Stress free creativity at Centre81
Stress free creativity at Centre81
Stress free creativity at Centre81
Stress free creativity at Centre81
Stress free creativity at Centre81
Stress free creativity at Centre81

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Destress and doodle

2 October 2019

Relaxing creativity is back on at Clydebank art group tonight, organised by Centre81 and Centre81 Steering Group , please come and join us. Here are some images from the colourful artwork of the participants last week, we tried out lots of materials including art brushes and oil pastels 🧡

Destress and doodle
Destress and doodle
Destress and doodle
Destress and doodle
Destress and doodle
Destress and doodle
Destress and doodle
Destress and doodle

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Summer months of shodo calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush

30 September 2019

In June at our Zen Heart Brush Japanese calligraphy group, we practised the chapter title from poet and zen mater Dogen’s Shobogenzo “有時” uji – being time, and talked about the meanings of this, and the meanings of the individual characters themselves, which was surprising and mysterious!

Summer months of shodo calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush
Summer months of shodo calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush

In August we practiced ningen “人間” which means human beings in Japanese, but curiously in China it means society or human world. It was fascinating to explore how the kanji changed over time from the earlier shell and bone examples which are very visually communicative and lifelike.

Summer months of shodo calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush
Summer months of shodo calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush
Summer months of shodo calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush
Summer months of shodo calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush

In our September session, we had a full group (sorry didn’t manage photos until afterwards) and after working on enso zen circles we practiced the key eight strokes of a Chinese character. The Chinese character “永” ei contains all of these strokes – known as eiji happou, there are various versions of ei which vary in balance and dynamic, we had fun trying these out. We also looked at the fluid rivery meaning and visual in the kanji character. The faster more fluid styles were popular tonight 🙂

Summer months of shodo calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush
Summer months of shodo calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush
Summer months of shodo calligraphy at Zen Heart Brush

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Autumn creativity

25 September 2019

Relaxing doodling is on at Clydebank art group tonight, organised by Centre81 and Centre81 Steering Group, please come and join us. Here are some images from the fun artwork of the participants last week.

Clydebank art group - Autumn creativity
Clydebank art group - Autumn creativity
Clydebank art group - Autumn creativity
Clydebank art group - Autumn creativity

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