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A Sketchbook Club FREEBIE! A Nature Table Watercolour Tutorial just for you. xxx


This is something I have been thinking of doing for a while.

My passionate belief that EVERYONE can create masterpieces has made me want to share this with as many of you as possible. Plus, Autumn is my absolute favourite time of year and I really could’t wait to show you these tips and tricks in order for you to create your own beautiful Autumnal artwork and in the process, begin to truly understand the magic of Watercolors…

So, let’s get started!

You will need the following materials…

  • Watercolour Set
  • Coloured Pencils
  • Tissues
  • Cotton Wool Buds
  • A Needle
  • Size 1 paint brush
  • Size 6 paint brush

Here is my little video talking you through the process (and even having a good old forage in my garden!)….

Either use the reference sheets with all the beautiful Autumnal images below (just print them out by selecting them and hitting print!), or have a good forage for some leaves etc. to draw in the actual great outdoors!

Here are some written instructions too….

  1. Start by either drawing around a real leaf or copying one from the reference.
  2. Fill the leaf drawing with a generous wash of clean water (using your bigger brush), then immediately add blobs of Autumnal colours, letting them run wild and merge together.
  3. When the paint isstill wet, gently scratch in all the little veins using a needle.
    The hardest bit is to now leave it alone to dry!
  4. Now start on your next drawing, follow some of my watercolour techniques in the film, remembering to leave things alone and revisit them when they are dry to work on them further.
    This is the nature of Watercolours. The more left to their own devices, the more they can work their wonderful watery magic!
  5. Treat your Sketchbook spread’s composition like a fabric repeat, each drawing should have the same amount of space around it and if there is a large empty space, depending on the gap, either draw in a little leaf or another painting.
  6. When your paint is dry, it might be a nice idea to add some more detail and colour using coloured pencils. This is great for the leaves of a carrot, or for the blush of an apple for example.
    If you have chosen to paint the toadstool, when your solid red watercolour base is dry, use your thin brush to paint in the little white dots with some thick white Gouache.
  7. You might like to add a few highlights wth the white paint too, it really brings berries to life and is lovely for a small shine on an apple or pumpkin.

And there you have it! I really hope I have shown you just how fabulous Watercolours can be.

One of the best things about them, is that they are totally portable, so hopefully you can use them out and about. You could even try drawing some leaves in situ in the winter sun! xxx


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Sketchbook Club At The Good Life Experience festival 2017!

Wow! What an incredible weekend! Our third time at the wonderful Good Life Experience festival and our best yet.

This time we had our own big tent…

We were INSANELY busy from the very second we opened at 2pm on Friday (My Birthday, woohoo!) to 6pm on Sunday evening when it was finally time to drive home. My tent was always full of delightful, smiley and gorgeous children, parents and grandparents. Everyone had a go!

We loved every minute! There was some extraordinary talent, I couldn’t believe some of the stunning works of art produced at the festival.

Can you spot yourself in THE SKETCHBOOK CLUB HALL OF FAME???

I really hope you all keep on ‘Sketchbooking’ folks! Don’t forget to show me your creations! See you soon and lots of love from Jennie xxxxx

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The problem with loving colour….

So, we are building a house. A whole new, completely from scratch, house.

We are insanely lucky to have a plot of land at the back of our house with lovely views, so we will be selling our house, renting for a year and then moving into the new house, simple, right? It’s going to be completely stress-free and completely enjoyable. Just like it always is on Grand Designs, haha.

We are at the stage where we are choosing kitchens and bathrooms, this is, I admit, completely thrilling. Having put up with a 1980’s kitchen for 10yrs, I can’t wait! So, we visit showroom after showroom, talk to kitchen designer after kitchen designer, but (and I know I am THE fussiest person on the planet) I just do not like anything. Nothing. It’s embarrassing. I pretend to like things, nod approvingly, but am I that different? Why does nothing make me excited?

I thought about it, I thought about it hard and it occurred to me that at no point in any of the showrooms or meetings did I see any colour. I mean actual proper colour, not terracotta, moss green or dark blue, I mean sunshine yellow, coral pink and vibrant teal. Where. Are. The. Colours?

I went onto a big flashy showroom and stood in the middle and honestly, if someone had told me it was a showroom for medical schools, mortuaries and science labs, I would have completely believed them. Everything has become so clinical. Why are we so afraid of colour?

So, after extensive research, I have stumbled upon a few pioneering companies who have dared to be different, dared to introduce small, da da daaaaaa….. splashes of colour!

I have decided, that the world needs to know about them, and as I like the idea of sharing, I am going to document my findings throughout the house build, here on this blog.

My first discovery were these fabulous sinks from Villeroy & Boch. The bathroom basins come in really nice shapes and have a collection of carefully chosen (and spot on, in my opinion) colours.

I’m thinking of this pink one, or perhaps the blue, imagine what fun you’d have choosing tiles to match (more on that later).

I was also shown (by a kind twitter friend) THIS:

I am waiting to hear back from Aston Mathews as to whether it is available still, I really really hope it is.

Bathroom cabinets are always white or wood, so I salute Duravite for these gorgeous coral pink units. Maybe paired up with a teal coloured sink? Now this, gets me excited, I can get very very excited about this…

So my friends, I will keep searching for colour, I will keep thinking of ways to inject life into our new build and I will keep you informed! More soon….  xxx Jennie

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Thank you ‘Being a Mummy’ Blog!

I love following @zooarchaeologis on Twitter and her blog ‘Being a Mummy’ is beautifully written and really inspiring and also, a very useful recourse when choosing books for children.

Her review of The Times tables and Great Grammar Books is wonderful, you can read it in full here.

Just look at her two gorgeous boys playing with the Five Times Tables spread! How sweet!


Thank you so much for interviewing me and for the lovely review! xxx Jennie