ONLINE Nature Sings: Springtime Flourishing - Starts Thurs 2nd March 2023 at 2pm
If you wish to take part but are unable to attend the workshop demo live, please select the recording only option below.
All students will be given access to watch our video playback service of this workshop for 60 days.
Please note that the follow up session is not recorded.
Thurs 2nd March 2pm - 4pm workshop demo
Thurs 9th March 2pm - 4pm workshop demo
Thurs 16th March 2pm - 3pm follow up & feedback session*
This LivePlus™ online workshop is ideal for those who have taken flourishing classes with Heather before, but beginners who have experience working with the pointed pen are also welcome. You needn't have the materials ready whilst watching this online demonstration – it is a time to watch, ask and learn - however, you are welcome to work along with Heather, if you wish.
Each Spring, the earth begins to awaken and bloom. We are presented with vibrant florals, chirping birds and pollinators in the garden. Using our pointed pen for delicate etching techniques and offhand flourishes we will bring these sweet designs to life.
Taking a visual cue from growth that happens in the sleeping earth, we will experiment on dark paper backgrounds and a subtle grisaille technique that can be layered with coloured pencils. You can further enhance details with watercolours and metallic inks or gouache as you bring your designs to life.
Simple birds, bees and butterflies can be added to your blossoming designs. The class assumes some knowledge of the pointed pen and will advance your flourishing and pen drawing skills. Let’s welcome Spring together in this joyful class.
Equipment & materials list
Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.
- Straight Pen Holder
- Medium Flexible Pen nib such as Zebra G or Hunt 22
- Practice ink such as walnut
- Smooth practice paper such as Rhodia or Maruman Imagination paper
- Dark Toned Cardstock or Fabriano Black Drawing Paper. You will need a few pieces of 5”x7” paper
- Mechanical HB pencil
- Kneaded eraser and/or black eraser
- Dr. Ph Martin’s Bleed proof White with water dish and mixing brush
- White Gouache: Schmincke Calligraphy Gouache suggested
- Paper towel
- Note taking supplies
- Coloured Pencils: I prefer Faber Castell Polychromos for this technique as they are not wax based and can be easily layered on black paper. You can use any floral colours, but you will need a white coloured pencil for the grisaille technique on dark paper. Some of my favourite colours are:
- Leaf Green
- Light Green
- Permanent Green Olive
- Sky Blue
- Ultramarine Blue
- Middle Purple Pink
- Pink Madder
- Orange Glaze
- Dark Chrome Yellow
- Cadmium Yellow
- Fons and Porter Mechanical Chalk Pencil
- Gold Metallic Gouache or watercolour with mixing brush
- Sakura Gelly Roll Pen Clear Stardust
- Small Flat Back Crystals with Gem-tac glue for extra sparkle
- Anything else you would like for extra shimmering effects. You can even add layers of pigment with watercolour on top of Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, but this is not necessary for the class.
Links to suppliers
Scribblers Calligraphy Supplies
Jackson's Art Supplies - Finest Art Materials
All Ardington ONLINE classes and talks are accompanied by their own online blackboard. Helpful and easy to use, they enable students and tutors to share resources, ideas and photos with each other – just as you would in a classroom environment.
Heather will offer personalised critique / feedback via the blackboard for any work uploaded by students within thirty days of the class ending. You will be sent the link to access your blackboard in the week before your class begins and will have access for at least sixty days after the class ends.
After the live session has finished on Zoom, we will share the link to view the recording on the blackboard. You can watch the recording as many times as you like for sixty days.
We suggest that you do not buy any specialist materials more than one week in advance as, occasionally, a class may be cancelled due to low enrolment.
*The follow up session is not recorded to ensure that you have an opportunity to share your work with the rest of the class, and receive personal feedback, without feeling self-conscious about being recorded. We would encourage you all to join us live if you can – even if you were signed up as a ‘recording only’ participant for the workshop.