‘Magical Garden’ – Acrylic /Mixed Media with Sarah How


Create a secret magical garden of your own with Artist/Tutor Sarah How.  Using your own reference, fond memories and special feelings about a place, you will incorporate atmosphere and character into your finished Mixed Media Painting.


This will be a fun and experimental workshop. Sarah will help you to look at your reference photos and plan out your ideas.  We will explore composition and how to lead the eye to create a visual journey. Working intuitively, we will combine various media such as text, recycled papers, inks, acrylics and mediums, these will add interest and depth to your finished work. If you wish to do so you can incorporate your own poem or written words into the Painting, please bring them printed on Matt paper in different fonts or email them in to the studio at least four weeks before the start date.

Additional information


1st September 2020




Your lunch and:

Requirements :


Photographs of a special Garden or corner of a garden, yours, a friends or a visited one like NT. It must be a special place to you or sing to you….

A few sketches if possible…but not essential.


Please bring £10 to cover the cost of the following materials.

Professional Heavyweight Watercolour Paper

Test strip of paper for colour trials

Beautiful Presentation Mount & Protective Bag

Special Collage Tissue

Extra Watercolour Paper can be purchased at £2 per sheet during the workshop


Materials – sorry this is long !

Masking tape and a drawing Board .

Your favourite brushes, including a small round and a medium flat.

A small hard roller (like you use for printmaking)

A 2b pencil, Scissors

Acrylic Paints -Your Favourite Colours, I find Ultramarine, Titanium White , Burnt Umber, Cad Red Light and Cad Yellow Light very useful

Acylic Ink or Fluid Acrylic  – Titanium White

Acrylic Mat Medium (if you have it )

PVA or equivalent and a glue spreader

Kitchen Roll, Wipes

Water Pots x2

A large palette (Tear off Sheets is really good ) or stay wet

A water sprayer…. like you spray plants with

An Apron & Your Lunch


Recycled Papers – Please collect any papers that excite you a, building up a small collection to bring with you.  Pick them for pattern, colour, meaning, written messages, anything from your recycling…including envelopes, catalogues, sheet music,  news cuttings or ephemera from the place visited.

The only rule is they must be MAT paper… not Glossy Paper.


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