Artist Rosalind Freeborn learnt oil painting at the City & Guilds London Art School but wanted to push her creativity beyond a simple canvas. “I started using scraps of paper like brush strokes or blobs of paint, and now I use tissue, wallpaper, wrapping paper, packaging and magazine pages to make my art,” she explains. “There’s nothing more exciting than putting a blank canvas on the easel in my studio and creating work with a big pile of paper and lashings of glue.” Rosalind then prints the collages onto translucent paper and makes them into colourful lampshades, which she jokingly calls ‘art on a stick’.See her cheerful designs at www.papershades.co.uk and buy an easy-to-assemble flat pack lampshade for £25. Or book a place on her regular 3 hour workshops in Muswell Hill, north London, where you can make your own collage and lampshade – go with a friend, £48 per person.
- DRAW YOUR WORLD
Perfectly sized for travelling or a daily commute, this small journal is for drawing the things that surround you. Think of it as a visual diary and use it every day, or just work in it when you have a free 10 minutes. Author and illustrator, Matilda Tristram, says “I draw as often as I can, wherever I can – sitting at the kitchen table late at night or whenever there’s time to spare during the day.”If you’re rusty, the opening chapter offers basic advice to get you going, otherwise just dive straight in! Sprinkled through the book are 52 topics to try followed by pages of small squares to complete at your own pace. Drawing lots of tiny details in compact boxes is less intimidating than filling a blank page and makes experimentation far less stressful. Over the weeks you’ll sharpen your powers of observation and develop your style, and because the book is small and discreet it won’t be obvious to anyone else what you’re doing. It’s a clever concept from Leaping Hare Press, order from Waterstones or Amazon (ISBN 978-1-78240-534-4) £10.99.