Cool Geometric Insects – Illustrations with Ella Johnston


Zentangle to your hearts content with Artist and Tutor, Ella Johnston using the common beatle as your subject matter, in both colour and black pen.


Bugs and beetle illustrations are enduringly popular. This workshop shows you how to create a range of gorgeous, contemporary illustrations that look like über accomplished, stunning artworks. 

We will be using black pigment ink ‘pin’ pens in the morning and new ‘Emott’ fine line colour markers in the afternoon to design zentangle inspired insect illustrations. 

Using a range of templates we shall explore simple mark making techniques and tonal drawing tricks to make dramatic, effective-looking, contemporary illustrations. 

Additional information


22nd July 2020


10am – 3.30pm

Skill Level:

Suitable for All


  • Sheets of A4 watercolour paper, tracing paper,  brushes, pencils and pigment ink pens will be available to work with on the day. If you would like to create a larger scale artwork please bring your own watercolour paper. There will be plenty of watercolours paints to work with but if you don’t want to share please bring your own watercolour equipment – basic colours are fine as we’ll be mixing and playing around with various shades. You should also bring a hard surface such as a drawing or clipboard to place your paper on if you are uncomfortable working on a table top. Ella will bring visual references.
  • Bring your lunch but drinks and biscuits supplied throughout the day.


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