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We decided to bring these demonstrations of delicious natural art materials from Wallace Seymour Fine Art Products to you at home. I will be demonstrating pastel painting techniques along with another fine artist, Andrew Field, as we experimenting with grounds for creating texture and work with natural pigments. We will share stories and ancient recipes for mixing and making paints using a muller and glass plate as well as sharing tips and techniques for creating signature colours and hues.

Limited places are available for this one-off live webinar. Register at eventbrite by using this link:

Register here to attend via zoom – 2-3pm Sunday 19th July 2020…

Wallace Seymour make beautiful quality fine art materials, specializing in rare and ancient colours used by the masters; such as Turner and Rembrandt. They are a British company based in Yorkshire run by artists Pip Seymour and Rebecca Wallace. They have a real passion for producing quality products. Their range of materials can be found at ArtReq and you can order online at Art Req Ltd.

 

 

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Would you like to join me for my Nature Drawing Online Workshop? This half day course features some of the ancient drawing materials and natural inks demonstrated today – you will even receive a parcel in advance so we can all create beautiful artwork together…

 

 

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We would have been at the stunning Lingholm Estate in the head of the English Lake District’s beautiful Borrowdale valley today along with other amazing artists and watercolourists for a full day of live art workshops, but as we can’t at the moment with conditions as they are, we decided to bring these demonstrations of delicious natural art materials from Wallace Seymour Fine Art Products to you at home.

We had over 30 artists and art lovers in attendance for the live zoom webinar from as far afield as Wales, Panama, and the United States. We shared a video of natural ink artwork made by Pip Seymour himself and two 30 minute demonstrations – I presented the botanical inks range and Andrew Field showed how he uses the 18th Century watercolours to produce Turner-esque effects. We also enjoyed a Q&A session, some friendly chat, and the experience of witnessing a little chick hatching from its egg live on camera!

Botanical Inks with Pippa Pixley – 

These natural ancient materials are made from plants. These inks can be used neat or diluted with water to create wonderful soft washes.

 

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Would you like to join me for my Nature Drawing Online Workshop? This half day course features some of the ancient drawing materials and natural inks demonstrated today – you will even receive a parcel in advance so we can all create beautiful artwork together…

Watercolour with Andrew Field – 

Looking at watercolour painting techniques, moving from small studies to larger finished works.

 

You can order the featured art materials in the UK from Art Req Ltd.

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Pippa’s Kintsugi Workshop on May 12th 2020 at the absolutely fabulous Chatsworth House in Derbyshire’s Peak District.

In this Wabisabi inspired class you will work with real gold to repair stunning ceramic pieces that you can take home as treasured momentos at the end of the day.”

The Kintsugi package includes:

  • Beautiful handcrafted ceramics to work with
  • All craft materials & packaging
  • Tea, coffee and fruit juice on arrival
  • Chatsworth still and sparkling water
  • Mid-morning break: tea, coffee & mini pastries
  • Two-course lunch by the Chatsworth chefs
  • Mid-pm break including tea, coffee & biscuits
  • Complimentary parking
  • WIFI

Learn more or book your tickets through Pippa’s eventbrite page…

Suminagashi is the beautiful Japanese artform of floating inks on a bath of water to create a monoprint. This is normally done in the studio, but whenever possible I love to work in the wild – the great outdoors. The process involves using an ink stick which I grind onto an inkstone with a little water, moving it in a circular motion until I reach the right consistency of ink.

With the brush inked (and with minimal movement) I dip the tip of brush horizontally onto the surface of the water to create concentric circles. Various patterns and shapes – swishes and swirls reminiscent of the knots, grain and ring forms of trees, or the contours of maps and mountain ranges – are created by the breeze. It is a really wonderful process, something quite magical and serendipitous.

You never really know what kind of a print you will make, it is very dependent on the conditions; a sudden breeze, the movement of a dog or just your own breathing can affect the image, changing it in some way. It’s exciting knowing that just as every snowflake is different, so, too, is every print. No matter how many I produce no two will be the same; each one will be unique and special in some way. The prints are used in a number of ways – for book covers, endpapers, framed original prints or wrapping paper – depending on the purpose and the type of paper used. If you love playing with inks and hearing the soothing sound of water you will love this aqueous surface design printing method.”
– Pippa

Learn more about my Marbling & Suminagashi courses here…

I was absolutely thrilled to be featured in edition 42 of my favourite arty magazine, UPPERCASE, published by the amazingly talented and prolific Janine Vangool.

Kintsugi is the beautiful Japanese art of repauring broken pottery with gold, which is a wonderful metaphor for life. The cracks are our experiences in life. We don’t have to be broken by them, they can make us stronger and more beautiful. Instead of hiding the cracks that life brings, you embrace them and turn them into something unique, something magical. It is the experiences that happen to us that shape us and make us who we are, who we become.”

Would you like to learn the art of creating beautiful paintings? Then this class is for you!

It is an exciting one-day course set in the heart of the Peak National Park. You will develop your skills in using line, tone, and colour. The day will begin by understanding the fundamental principles of light and tone, experimenting with a range of mixed media materials. I will show you how to translate and transcribe the landscape by slowing down and observing the surrounding environment through mark-making exercises using Japanese ink and charcoal.

You will develop palette themes, and experiment with mixing and making your own pigment paint with the ancient painting method of egg tempera (free-range organic eggs from my own hens) as well as making glazes and layers in acrylic, oil and cold wax. You will discover the secrets of how to apply contrast, colour theory, and tonal values to create beautiful scenes.

This workshop will be hosted in the delightful hamlet of Hollinsclough in the Upper Dove Valley, and is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned artists. Everyone will leave relaxed, refreshed and infused with creativity. All materials will be provided as well as refreshments throughout the day – including lunch, tea, coffee, cake – you just need to bring an apron!

Landscape Painting Workshop – Sat Nov 9th –  10.00am – 4.00pm – £110

 

You can book a place by visiting CraftCourses.com or message me with any questions via my contact page…

This new exhibition at Derby University marks the end of my artist residency in which I have worked alongside and lectured their third year MA Illustration students. Through the AA2A programme I have been able to share tips and techniques from my experience of working with publishers and agents to write and illustrate for the children’s picturebook market.

 

It was a lovely launch event with my fellow AA2A artists, faculty members, friends and family present. Thank you everyone!

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We use type all the time without really thinking about how and why we make the choices we do. As a picture book writer type is really important to me because the choices we make affect how our readers respond to the text. Typography is like a visual form of our voice – we can shout or whisper, we can talk fast or slow – it’s a wonderful way of illustrating what our voice can do. In my Type Faces Workshop we will learn about the anatomy of type, font families and design basics. I will share how type is used in everyday life – from street signs to newspapers, from cereal boxes to book covers  – and how the type we use can affect the way we communicate. In the session we will play my Font Families game, learn to think like a picture book designer and use technology to create our own Type Face posters:

 

 

To book an amazing Type Faces Workshop for your KS1/2 class, get in touch with Pippa here…

 

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Limited Edition “Little Red” Silkscreen Print 20x20cm

Your chance to own or gift an original Pippa Pixley artwork. Each piece in this hand produced run of only ten silkscreen prints is stamped, signed and numbered by Pippa herself. 20cm x 20cm unframed. Price includes P&P within UK.

£12.00