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7 Days of Nature Journaling

"To develop a complete mind: Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realise that everything connects to everything else." - attributed to Leonardo da Vinci Awaken your curiosity and wonder for the natural world Join me from 1 June 2020 for 7 days of nature journaling - a free community project. Drawing while immersed in the natural world is something I have always loved doing. Drawing helps me to stop and notice, to see things I hadn't seen before, to be completely lost in the moment. Somehow over the years since finishing school I stopped doing it. I'd draw from life in my studio but not outside. I was inspired to learn more...

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Painting tea plants - 'From the sketchbook' vlog

If you've been following the development of the tea plant cards, you'll be pleased to hear they'll be in the shop very soon! In this month's 'from the sketchbook' vlog I talk through how I created the tea plant design, as well as some of the limited edition gift tags that will be on sale with a few of the tea card gift packs.  A small error in my video - I say the original botanical illustration was by Dr Thompson but it was actually Dr Thornton, published in 1809. Browse the we are stardust tea plant greetings card range What do you think of the tea card designs? Would you like to know more about the materials I've used?...

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Painting the night sky - 'From the sketchbook' vlog

I've been testing different ways of painting the night sky for some new card additions to the we are stardust astronomy collection. I thought you may be interested in hearing about my experiments and the processes I go through to create a card so I created what I hope will be the first of a short video series called 'from the sketchbook'.   Which design do you like best? Do you have any tips on painting night skies? Let me know in the comments.   Explore more... Astronomy collection Featured design: Reach for the Stars - how I created the card We Are Stardust Journal sign up for updates on new designs

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