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Garden Journaling Two-Day Workshop

Garden Journaling Two-Day Workshop


Under-the-edge-arts centre

Two days:
Sat 5th March 10am - 4pm
Sun 6th March 10:30 - 3:30pm

Before the age of photography, planning and keeping track of a garden required an illustrated journal to study the progress of heirloom varieties, pest control and crop rotation. These marvellous books are no longer strictly needed, but have the potential to be a beautiful form of art.

In this two-day class you will have the chance to experiment and create your own garden journal, by merging scrapbooking, sketchbooking and mindful-journaling with botanical illustration and the ins and outs of your garden - whether that's your allotment, balcony, or back garden plot. We will cover a wide range of skills including book-binding, creative journaling, visual elements that don't involve drawing as well as observational drawing and painting botanicals. A beginner will have the chance to test materials and learn new skills under guidance, while advanced students will have the opportunity to branch into their own creative practice, inspired by the course content.

  • Day 1: Coptic Book-binding, an introduction to painting botanicals in watercolour.
  • Day 2: Illustrating garden wildlife, painting and designing seed packets, larger garden paintings.

All materials will be provided, as well as some garden specimens, however, please bring a selection of things from your garden that inspire you. Such as, cuttings, herbs, pressed flowers, seeds, seed packets and young plants. Lunch is not included but tea, coffee, and cake will be on hand all day!

Ms Emma Leyfield currently trading as 'Valerian'. The copyright to all images and graphics used within this website are owned by Valerian, or Valerian has sought the appropriate permissions to use them.

Trademark number: UK00003464494

April Cottage, Kilcott Road, Hillesley, Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, GL12 7RJ