Wednesday 15th December 2021   10:34 AM

Making a Tezlip pattern

Online with the David Parr House.
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I was intrigued when an announcement popped up on my social media that the David Parr House in Cambridge was running a course over two evening by artist Nagahan Seymour to make our own Turkish designs. When I saw the materials needed were HP paper, 000 brushes, gouache and gold leaf I immediately applied as I have all the materials and her designs looked beautifully rich and enticing.

We were taught in a small group on Zoom. We learned a little about the history of Tezlip designs and were soon shown how to draw the leaves and flowers. By the end of the first session I had drawn my design out on tracing paper so my only homework was to transfer the design onto my paper.

The second evening we learnt that all the leaves, branches and stamens needed to be gold. My design was a bit complicated so I just did the one side and as much as possible on the second side before the next instruction which was to paint the flowers. After this we painted the flowers with a darker version close to the stamens and later added yet another even darker colour on a smaller patch next to the stamen.

By the end of the second and last session I had very nearly finished painting the flowers and continued after the session had finished.

With my Winter Open Studio looming, I was unable to add the background until 10 days later. I made the inner circle crimson, knew I wanted the outer circle ultramarine but was very hesitant to paint it. I felt the colour might be overwhelming and the black lines surrounding each layer of drawing would become invisible. So I posted my half finished design on social media and asked for advice.

I had a lot of replies including one from my tutor, that ultramarine was the right choice. Still a bit unsure I got myself a piece of acetate and placed it over my design. I painted ultramarine straight from the tube on part of the background and added a touch of white to the blue on another part. Magic, I knew what to do. I mixed a quantity of ultramarine with a small amount of white and painted the background onto my original image.

I will make another design and will think more about the flower colours and where to place them making sure I use ultramarine and crimson in the background. I may even make the branches slightly thicker so there is more space between the colours.

I really enjoyed the course and learning something new. I haven't used gouache for years, I might invest in the primary colours with a more professional and therefore more opaque colour. I might even make some medieval designs using the same materials, watch this space!

Friday 3rd December 2021   10:02 PM

Winter Open Studio

11am to 4pm, 4 & 5 December
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The paintings are up, the Christmas cards are made, the greeting cards are packed, the prints are mounted and some are framed, the ingredients for the mulled wine are ready - it must be Winter Open Studios.

Everyone is welcome and it is free. I have even put a big discount on my paintings! I know!!! Never done it before but I think everyone needs cheering up!

Looking forward to meeting some neighbours, friends and art lovers and having a chat about art and life.

Pictured are some of the Christmas cards I made specially this year.


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Painter living in Cambridge. Mixes fantasy and realism and loves medieval art and it's detail. An avid sketcher.

Blog Archive

* 2024
* Tree of Birmingham for a client
* Having fun making collages with my art students
* Sketching at the Heong Gallery
* Cambridge Drawing Society Spring Exhibition
* Drawing at the Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge
* The January Challenge
* 2023
* Live painting at Byard Art
* Demonstration at Byard Art
* Arts & Craft Fair, Pitt Building, Trumpington St, Cambridge
* A portrait of me
* Cambridge Drawing Society - Autumn 2023
* Inktober
* Try your hand at Gilding
* Birmingham Open Studios
* Teaching in my home
* Sold at Byard Art, Cambridge
* Thank you to everyone who visited my Open Studios
* Last weekend of Cambridge Open Studios 2023
* Cambridge Open Studios 2023
* Summer Exhibition 2023
* Cambridge Open Studios
* Cambridge Open Studios 2023
* Making planets
* Reverie at the Leper Chapel
* A new me
* Lost in Reverie
* Talk to the Cambridge Drawing Society
* First outside Urban Sketch of the year
* Cambridge Drawing Society Spring Exhibition
* Cambridge Art Classes
* Paintings in progress
* Work in Progress
* #TheJanuaryChallenge
* 65 Million artists
* 2022
* Exhibition at Michaelhouse extended until 17 December
* Small paintings with patterned gold leaf
* Of Day & Night
* Teaching students in my studio
* Of Day & Night
* Self Portrait
* Art in the corridor at Addenbrookes
* Christmas Cracker 2022 Exhibition
* Birmingham Open Studios 2022
* Birmingham Open Studios
* Birmingham Open Studios
* Life Drawing at the Tithe Barn
* Cambridge Open studios
* Cambridge Open Studios 2022
* Art demonstration
* Silent Auction
* Classes starting March 2022
* Newmarket Open Exhibition
* 2021
* December
* Making a Tezlip pattern
* Winter Open Studio
* November
* Winter Open Studio
* Mill Road Winter Fair
* October
* Cambridge Drawing Society exhibition - October 23 - 30 2021
* A talk about my Lockdown Sketches
* September
* The Rest House, Bournville
* Taking part in Birmingham Open Studios
* August
* Art in a changing room!
* Life drawing at the Tithe Barn, Landbeach
* July
* Sketching in the garden
* Cambridge Open Studios
* May
* Art Exhibition at the Tithe Barn, Landbeach
* A haircut
* My very first book
* Still sketching
* April
* Cambridge Drawing Society Exhibition
* March
* Art Exhibition at the Tithe Barn
* Update about my Lockdown Sketches
* January
* My Lockdown
* 2020
* SEAW exhibition
* Urban Sketchers are back
* Summer Exhibition
* Cambridge Open Windows
* Paintings off to Byard Art
* Sketching with my students
* Cambridge Open Windows
* Drawing what I see
* 20 x 20 exhibition at Byard Art
* Cambridge Art Classes
* Coronavius and my art classes
* Coronavirus
* Sketching the Market
* 30 day sketchbook challenge
* 2019
* Winter Open Studio
* Christmas Cracker Exhibition
* Birmingham Open Studios
* Cake Tree
* Space pictures
* Getting ready for Cambridge Open Studios
* Sketching in the garden
* Sketching with Cambridge Urban Sketchers
* Drawing during 'The Silence of Time' exhibition
* Along your Street exhibition
* Packing the paintings
* Basoka dreams / Dreams in the forest
* Cows at Trinity
* Cambridge Art Classes
* Cambridge Drawing Society
* Urban Sketchers in Eddington
* Messing around with watercolours
* Pyjamas
* Commissioned Painting
* Commissioned painting
* Cambridge Urban Sketchers
* Three paintings on the go
* Part 3 of my 30 day sketch challenge
* Another ten photos for the 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge 2019
* Sketch a day challenge
* January in Byard Art
* New Year, New resolution
* 2018
* It's almost Christmas
* Look what's in the window!
* Christmas Cracker exhibition
* Winter Open Studios
* Winter Open Studio
* Urban Sketching
* Christmas Cracker
* Talk/Demonstration at Ely Art Society
* Friday morning Art Classes
* Sketching with my students
* Exhibiting at Addenbrookes
* Painting on a wet day
* Cambridge Antiques Centre
* A customer hangs her painting
* Two more mini paintings
* Drawing at the Museum of Classical Archaeology
* Urban Sketchers
* Painting some mini pictures for an upcoming exhibition
* Ely Art Society demonstration
* Painting Kings and Cows
* Painting Kings and Cows
* Painting Kings and Cows
* World elephant day
* Visiting Addenbookes
* In the basement at Byard Art
* Thank you to everyone who came to visit my Open Studio
* Drawing at the Botanic Gardens
* Open Studios have started
* July means Cambridge Open Studios
* Sold at Byard Art
* Edible drawings!
* First Sketch to completed painting
* Zoology Museum visit
* Paintings in the window
* Paintings at Byard Art
* My studio and garden
* Urban Sketchers at Novi
* May Drawing challenge
* Byard Art
* Sketching at the Parker Library
* Drawing at Queens College
* 2017
* New painting
* Winter Open Studio
* Cambridge Drawing Society Exhibition
* Cambridge Busker
* Cambridge Urban Sketchers
* Cambridge Open Studios
* Cambridge Art Book
* Haddenham Gallery
* Drawing at the Parker Library
* Teaching Art
* Observational Drawing
* 2016
* Winter Open Studios
* Winter Open Studio
* Lost Crusaders
* Drawing at the Parker Library
* Cambridge Open Studio
* Cambridge Open Studios
* Curiosity Gallery, St Ives, Cambridgeshire
* Running with Brushes
* Cat on a Mat
* Winter Open Studio
* Cambridge Drawing Society
* Mixed Media Workshop
* Cambridge Art Classes
* Pop up shop
* Cambridge Drawing Society at Addenbrookes
* Busy Painting
* Cambridge Drawing Society Exhibition
* Samovar Tea House and Gallery
* 2015
* Pop Up Market Place
* Etsy Handmade Fair
* 2014
* Cambridge Christmas cards available
* Cambridge Open Studios
* Strawberry Fair
* Cambridge Open Studios 2014
* Clavering Easter Art Show
* Cows, Bowers and Towers
* 2013
* My Shop on Etsy
* Prints
* Potentials
* Cambridge Art Classes
* Silvanite Woods
* Tree of Knowledge
* Cambridge Open Studios 2013
* New exhibition at Williams Art
* Art on The Hill
* Cow Prints at St Ives
* 2012
* Christmas Gift and Craft Fair
* Art Classes in Cambridge
* Cambridge Open Studios 2012
* 2010
* Moos & Blues

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