A flower garland, such as the Thai Lei, pictured above, makes an unusual gift for a loved one as an alternative to cut flowers - perfect for mother's day or any special occasion. Read on to find out how to make a flower garland with these easy-to-follow, step-by-step...
The best places to see sculptures around the world, from stunning beachside trails to giant dragons rising up out of the desert sands, and from serene city art gardens to surreal sculpture parks.
From colourful, quirky sculpture parks to classical gardens adorned with ancient gods carved in marble, here’s our guide to the best sculpture parks in Europe.
There are no end of pencils, pens and paints you can use to add colour to your artwork, be it a mandala, geometric art or Celtic knotwork. The choice is rather bewildering and I'm often asked by my students what I use. The answer does rather depend on what I'm drawing...
The Sculpture Park in a magical woodland setting in the village of Churt, near Farnham, Surrey, makes a wonderful day out for young and old alike.
Sisters, Tika and Tata from Georgia, share their insights and tips on becoming a succesful children’s book illustrator.
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Standing in the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the walls surrounding me are covered in thousands of tiny pieces of stone. Pictures and patterns adorn the walls while above me a dark blue sky is full of shimmering golden stars. These 5th-century Roman mosaics are...
The Ravenna Mosaics in Emilia Romagna, in the north-east of Italy, are among the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Small wonder these unique early Christian monuments are all listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to visit four of the eight UNESCO sites, in Ravenna, with the Emilia-Romagna tourist board.
About 500 miles off the coast of Vietnam, thousands of islands are scattered across a corner of the western Pacific Ocean. These islands are home to over 180 ethnic groups, each with its own language and traditions. Add to this the influences of numerous settlers,...
Step-by-step instructions for two different ways to draw a perfect 5-pointed star.
Join me for a Christmas themed mandala art class or download my free printable Christmas cards to colour. Discover why do we associate certain colours and plants with Christmas.
A ‘Day of the Dead’ inspired mandala for you to print off and colour.
From being nominated for an award to being featured in The Telegraph.
My guide to all you’ll need for drawing mandalas, from choosing a compass to what paper, pens and pencils to use.
A step by step guide to drawing one of the simplest Islamic geometric designs, the Star and Cross pattern using traditional Arabic geomtery.
From online tutorials to in-person workshops in Japan and the UK, check out our guide to traditional Japanese arts and crafts.
A step by step guide to kirie, the art of Japanese paper cutting by Nozomi from the inspirational craft blog, Nozomi Design.
South African born travel blogger Marco Santos from Travel-Boo, guides us around the exciting street art scene in Lisbon, his home town for the last three years. **** This post may contain affiliate links. For more information please read my disclaimer. ****History of...
Join me for a live small group online art class and learn how to draw mandalas with easy to follow step by step instructions. One to one more advanced classes also available.