Entries by Emma Marsh

Collage with Mark Hearld

As mentioned in my earlier post about paste paper & marbling, I spent a very happy 2 days earlier in the summer with the staggeringly talented Mark Hearld. We watched him absentmindedly snipping miniature horses from scraps of waste paper with his tiny nail scissors, we rifled through his personal paper stash, piled high with […]

Paper making fun

Earlier in the summer I was so lucky to do a brilliant course at Burlingham Hall, which started off with paste papers & marbling taught by the mesmerising Victoria Hall, and ended up with 2 days of collage with Mark Hearld, one of my absolute favourite illustrators and frankly a bit of a genius. More […]

Illustrated scrapbooks

I love illustration and at the beginning of the summer I was loosening up and trying all sorts of new things, one of which was illustrating a couple of scrapbooks as gifts for our lovely reception teachers at my daughter’s school. All of the parents contributed by sending photos of their children and messages, either […]

Massive watercolour finally finished!

It’s been an amazing summer playing with the kids and we’ve hardly been at home! Just starting to get back into the school routine now and there are some really exciting projects on the horizon, as well as starting Uni to study Fine Art at the end of the month, can’t believe it! So the […]

Seascape oils

Here are a couple of oil paintings I’ve been working on recently, I’ve included some of the prep work so you can see the idea taking shape. It was a late night thought that began as a very rough sketch on my iPhone before bed… Then ended up being worked into watercolours, sketched in pastel […]

print course leicester print workshop

Leicester print workshop run a brilliant little course on a Thursday evening called Introduction to Print – just a little bit of everything over 6 weeks and I thought I’d have a go. So I’ve just finished it and tried out monoprinting, etching, drypoint, collagraph and proper linoprinting. Just loved it, and being able to […]

abstract oils – oilseed rape

I’ve been really inspired by how much the fields have been changing around us recently – the oil seed rape has popped up everywhere and it’s giving the landscape so much definition, there are patterns all over the place! I’ve been sketching out some compositions with my awesome faber-castell pens and working these up into drafts […]

a bit of chalkboard inspiration

I’ve been working some designs up into a chalkboard style – even got a commission based on the ‘I will be loving you’ format! Fred’s had a change around in his bedroom and I’ve been wanting to do some knight prints for a while, I also had a few sketches for the mermaid and elderly […]

Portrait of Fred

I’ve been working on a looser watercolour style and decided to try out a portrait of Fred from an image I took of him a couple of weeks ago. It began as a pencil study and ended up as a big watercolour, I’m pleased with it (apart from the hair), and it feels like cheeky […]

Norfolk cliffs

I’ve been working up some of my sketches into more finished pieces, also loving catching up on the SkyArts Portrait Artist of the Year series and learning loads from watching their techniques – especially loving the drip paintings as you can see… The first sketch was done in situ using pen and coloured chalk pencils, […]