How to draw a 3D Roman pattern from the Ravenna Mosaics

How to draw a 3D Roman pattern from the Ravenna Mosaics

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 | Some of the most beautiful mosaics in the world

The Ravenna Mosaics | Some of the most beautiful mosaics in the world

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.

Traditional arts and crafts in the Philippines

Traditional arts and crafts in the Philippines

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,...
Mandala Art Classes | Live online workshops

Mandala Art Classes | Live online workshops

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.

The best places to see traditional arts and crafts in India

The best places to see traditional arts and crafts in India

India is one of my favourite countries in the world to visit. It’s a photographers dream come true, overflowing with colour and vibrancy. You never know what stunning visual surprise is waiting around the next corner. It’s also a place where I transform...
Summer solstice fresh flower mandala

Summer solstice fresh flower mandala

Today, in the northern hemisphere, it’s the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. This day is recognised in many cultures around the world as a day of celebration. I chose to mark the day by making a simple summer solstice fresh flower mandala. Did you...
My favourite arts & crafts online suppliers

My favourite arts & crafts online suppliers

Once you get hooked on crafting, it’s hard to resist buying a huge stock of art and craft supplies from the great range that’s available online. The choice out there is bewildering, so where do you start? Here’s a list of all my favourite arts and crafts...
How to make a corner bookmark

How to make a corner bookmark

FREE corner bookmark templates to colour Do you hate losing your place in a book or worse still, do you sometimes save your place by folding down the corner of a page. You wicked person! I’m certainly guilty of that too but it does ruin your book. With this...
How to make a mini gift box

How to make a mini gift box

Add a personal touch to any gift by making your own little box with this free mini gift box template. It makes a great jewellery gift box and is ideal for any small present. I’ve two different templates here. One with a pre-drawn pattern for you to colour (more...
Creating a nature mandala

Creating a nature mandala

In recent weeks, many people have had more time on their hands. We’ve slowed down, taken a step back and we’ve reconnected with nature. We’re all birdwatching out of the kitchen windows, jogging (strolling) through the parks near our homes, or, for...

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