Friday, 7 April 2017

Eden Project Botanical Illustation Course

Last week I attended a Botanical Illustation Course at the Eden Project. This was my second time doing a course there and this time it was a whole 5 days of drawing and painting, and learning a bit about plants.

The course started with us learning all about the different parts of plants and flowers to help make more informed drawings. We had tours of both the outside and tropical biomes from members of the horticultural team at Eden which were really interesting. 

We began the final piece by choosing something to draw, there were plenty of interesting plant materials to choose from, I chose this Globe artichoke (Cynara scolymus) because I love the colours and shape, plus I thought it would be achievable to complete a painting of this in the time. Next we made a scale drawing of the item, which we shaded in using graphite on some tracing paper. The original drawing was then transferred to the watercolour paper using tracing paper before being painted with watercolours.

Our teacher was the lovely Laura Silburn who is a botanical artist working in Cornwall, and a Fellow of the Eden Project Florilegium Society, whos beautiful paintings we were able to view at the end of the course.

Artichoke botanical watercolour painting by Claire Noble
My completed Artichoke botanical watercolour painting

Artichoke botanical sketch by Claire Noble
Initial sketch of Artichoke

Daffodil dissection
Dissecting a daffodil

Daffodil Ovary
Daffodil Ovary!




Our Paintings
Painting in progress

video

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Springtime Photo favourites

Just thought I'd share a few of my favourite photos that I've taken over the last couple of weeks, at National Trust properties Lacock Abbey and Kingston Lacy gardens.

A couple of bee photos to start, lovely to see the sunshine bringing out them out to find nectar.

Honeybee on Aconite Flower by We Laugh Indoors

Bumblebee in Camellia Flower by We Laugh Indoors

I love the textures in this photo of moss on the very impressive Wisteria tree trunk at NT Kingston Lacy.

Wisteria tree trunk by We Laugh Indoors

Some lovely spring flower pics

Sea of Daffodils by We Laugh Indoors
Narcissus by We Laugh Indoors

Crocusses by We Laugh Indoors

And finally some gorgeous Camellia Flowers from the impressive collection at NT Kingston Lacy, They look just great at this time of year.

Varigated Camella by We Laugh Indoors

Pink Camella by We Laugh Indoors

Fluffy Camella by We Laugh Indoors




Monday, 2 January 2017

Paper cut card

This is a papercut card that I made for my Dad's birthday. (He likes Skiing, Tortoises, Surfing, Fishing & Archery).

Friday, 25 November 2016

Hand sewn Christmas cards

I thought I'd show you my Christmas cards for my friends and family this year (only special people because they take quite a while!!).

I used white embroidery board by Paper Poetry from Rico design, it costs about £4 for 10 sheets which are 17.5 x 24.5 cm. I painted the board silver, black and gold, though I think you can buy it in different colours.

The card is perfect for stitching and embroidering into so I decided to sew some Christmas images which I drew onto squared paper before sewing properly. This card is really versatile and you could use it to create all sorts of interesting projects.
I managed to get hold of some two fold cards with windows which were perfect for mounting up the images, ready to give people for Christmas!

Stitched Bauble Christmas card by welaughindoors

Stitched Gift Christmas card by welaughindoors


Stitched Wreath Christmas card by welaughindoors

Stitched Tree Christmas card by welaughindoors

Stitched Wreath Christmas card by welaughindoors

Stitched Christmas cards by welaughindoors



Saturday, 5 November 2016

Exhibition visit: 79th Annual Exhibition from The Society of Wood Engravers

Yesterday I visited the 79th Annual Exhibition from The Society of Wood Engravers, at the 44AD Gallery in Bath. I was so impressed by the level of detail and workmanship in the prints that I felt I had to share my favourites with you. I have never tried wood engraving myself but I have tried Lino printing and found that quite difficult to get my head around, I think wood engraving must be super difficult! (and time consuming) it makes you really appreciate this ancient art form. The exhibition has now come to an end but you can see images of all the pieces on the Society of Wood Engravers' website.


The Sailmaker's Garden by Barry Woodcock
The Sailmaker's Garden by Barry Woodcock




Dunnock in the Camellia by Cathryn Kuhfeld
Dunnock in the Camellia by Cathryn Kuhfeld
Partrishow by Kathleen Littler
Partrishow by Kathleen Littler


Lifeboat by Terry Browne
Lifeboat by Terry Browne


Greenhouse by Geri Waddington
Greenhouse by Geri Waddington


The Tortworth Chestnut by Peter Collins
The Tortworth Chestnut by Peter Collins
Cherry Blossom by Rosamund Fowler
Cherry Blossom by Rosamund Fowler



Lewesdon Hill Beeches by Howard Phipps
Lewesdon Hill Beeches by Howard Phipps
Edward Thomas: A Landscape Journey by Neil Bousfield
Edward Thomas: A Landscape Journey by Neil Bousfield
Apple Pressing by Bob Guy
Apple Pressing by Bob Guy

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Cornwall Holiday photo favourites part 2

Here are my other favourite photos from my recent road trip around Cornwall

St Michael's Mount

Mixture of succulents and unusual plants at St Michael's Mount
Lovely mixture of succulents and unusual plants

Succulent plants in the rockery at St Michaels Mount
I wish I had these plants in my rockery!

Spiky plant

Spiky plant close up

I love the patterns in these plants!


St Michaels Mount Gardens from above
Looking down on the gardens

Model of St Michael's Mount made out of Champagne corks by the Butler
Model of St Michael's Mount made out of Champagne corks by the Butler


Trerice

Beautiful Cyclamen at Trerice National Trust
Beautiful Cyclamen at Trerice National Trust


Lansallos
Lansallos Church at Sunset Cornwall
Lansallos Church at Sunset

Lansallos Beach at Sunset Cornwall
Lansallos Beach at Sunset Cornwall
Coast Path



Rare Cornish Chough Bird
Rare Cornish Chough Bird
Shaun the Sheep Exhibition at Land's End
Bitzer from Shaun the Sheep Movie
Bitzer Model
Caravan from Shaun the Sheep Movie
Caravan from Shaun the Sheep Movie
Lovely Set from Morph TV series
Lovely Set from Morph TV series
Mittens and Osbourne from Timmy Time TV Series
Mittens and Osbourne from Timmy Time TV Series
Model of Land's End featuring Shaun the Sheep
Model of Land's End featuring Shaun the Sheep
Rocket from Wallace and Gromit, A Grand Day Out
Rocket from Wallace and Gromit, A Grand Day Out
Bus Station Set from Shaun the Sheep Movie
Bus Station Set from Shaun the Sheep Movie