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Kathleen Skinner
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Are you ready for Halloween? Have you put up your decorations yet? If you are a little strapped for cash, or just love the excuse to make something hand-made, then these free sewing patterns and tutorials will be perfect for you. The first free sewing…

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Today I have several different slopers to show you (comparison of different techniques); some designed using flat pattern drafting and others with traditional draping. As many of you may know, I recently bought the Craftsy class Fashion Draping Dress…

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Lately I have been experimenting with creating my own fashion sewing patterns. This has led me to the idea of selling some of my creations, but one problem arises: so far I have been drafting all the patterns to my own measurements and obviously not every…

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If you just bought your paintbrushes and paints, chances are you haven’t even thought about buying an easel. For many people its an unnecessary purchase, particularly if painting in watercolour. Sometimes you may tilt the canvas to achieve certain…

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Hi everyone, For our more regular readers, you have probably noticed that I haven’t been posting much – or at all – in the last few months. The short answer about why – I had another depression episode. It got bad enough that for a while I wasn’t well…

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The first step in adding coffee to your beauty regimen is to understand what it is… wait, doesn’t every one know what coffee is?! Well, no. I’m a bit of a coffee addict. I have three fancy coffee brewing machines, and I brew my coffee. And in the world of…

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As promised on our Instagram account, here is the step-by-step process of my watercolour painting. It’s a great way to see how a painting improves over time with consecutive washes. All the colors that I used were from the brand Daniel Smith. I tried to…

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Distance can give us perspective. No I don’t mean the type of perspective you consider when doing art; I’m referring to the way we consider our lives. So often we get bogged down by little details that we forget to look at the whole.  For today’s a…

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I’m experimenting more with my watercolours. Yesterday I enjoyed painting the dandelion flowers, however I struggled a bit with the background wash (getting back runs). I decided to try the painting again, this time a bit more relaxed. I also flicked some…

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Today’s painting was inspired by a video lesson taught by Jeremy Ford. The entire lesson is designed to get you painting relatively quick and simple paintings. Suffice to say that a professional’s painting ended up looking a lot more… professional. But I…
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