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Creative journal course

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For the past six weeks I’ve been attending a creative journalling/sketchbook course at Metal in Southend. Having completed an art foundation course and a degree in textile design, over 20 years ago (gulp!), I haven’t really kept a sketchbook since then and I really wanted to reconnect with the process.

The course was run by Heidi Wigmore, a local artist and fine art lecturer. With 18 people attending this was a large course and the students demonstrated a wide variety of styles and abilities.

Each week we explored a different approach including repetition, absence and sensory deprivation. The purpose of the course was to help develop your own personal style using the methods suggested and to be as free as possible  i.e. not over-thinking or planning the outcome but allowing it to happen. All in all a liberating experience and I immediately connected back to my previous studies but with a fresh approach.

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These are some examples of the work I produced, which demonstrates a strong pattern, collage and mixed-media style.

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Examples of all of the work produced will be exhibited at Metal @ Chalkwell Park from Easter 2015. There is also another six week course starting 14 April 2015. You can read further details on this Journal series 2 flyer.

Mindful doodling – Zentangle style

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Earlier this year I joined a local Meet Up group that had been set up to support local creatives who either run small businesses or work from home. The group has attracted a really good mix of people who, combined, have a vast array of knowledge and experience. We meet up every couple of weeks and it is always a real joy to attend. Recently we did a mini group exercise that explored mindful doodling in a Zentangle style.

Using a long roll of paper that had been drawn on with random swirly outlines we were asked to fill in some of the spaces with pattern, in a slow and mindful way. The exercise lasted about 20 mins and was so enjoyable to do. It felt good to draw something while being unplugged (i.e. away from computers/internet etc).

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These are some additional Zentangle-style patterns I later created. I love the simplicity of the process.