Mats Bootcamp February Mini - Magnolia's

I have always adored Chinoiserie, so much so that I would love to create my own. Imagine how utterly elated I was then, when I discovered that for this months mini exercise in Bootcamp my mission was to paint magnolia’s.

I decided for that reason that I’d like to keep my flowers for this assignment relatively representational and I thoroughly enjoyed getting back into my watercolour paints, after several months of learning new processes in the textile print room at college. I also decided to try two new colours that have been sitting in my palette all this time and yet I never use them!

Admittedly, I probably don’t have time to develop this into a Chinese style wallpaper design just yet, but most certainly have visions of coming back to it in future months.

Magnolias Watercolour Painting by Susie Batsford

Anthropomorphic Woodland Animal Adventures...

Dried Flower Basket

The Woodland Animals Garden Adventure

The Woodland animals garden adventure

The Woodland animals garden adventure

Hello dear readers, I can't believe over a month has passed since my last post.  Time flies and so much has been happening, but I'll update you with that sometime soon.  In the meantime, I have begun a 'photography for makers' class with the lovely Emily Quinton at

My woodland animals have been getting quite involved in the photoshoots!