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Flower painting in mixed media

Aine Divine demonstrates a mixed-media painting of flowers – it was so much fun to do that she urges you to have a go
Photograph: Jim Mackintosh

I want to tell you about a process I love, and recommend you try. This was so much fun to do and it really felt like playing. I was giving a demonstration of flower painting in mixed media to an art group and had gone prepared with flowers in a favourite vase. Lilies and irises were my choice as I find the sculptural shapes really satisfying to explain.

I had a variety of materials, which was probably ambitious for a 11⁄2 hour demonstration! However I had a plan – to begin with painted paper collage and continue with acrylic paint, going on to further explain the still life in oil. I had also thrown in oil pastels for good measure. While the resulting painting isn’t my finest by a long shot, I absolutely revelled in the process and found it a deliciously freeing exercise. Judging by the comments afterwards people felt inspired to have a go themselves, which is always the sweetest thing I could hear.

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Watercolourists will love award-winning featured artist Janet Kenyon's city scenes and learning more about her approach and working methods, whilst practical watercolour articles include Paul Riley's focus on the importance of the negative shapes within your paintings and Paul Talbot-Greaves' inspirational demonstration showing how to place the warm and cool colours for best effect in your landscape compositions. Paul also sets you this month's painting challenge. More watercolour articles by Judi Whitton show you new ways to capture the effect of summer foliage, while Barry Herniman reveals the contents of his plein air sketching kit and demonstrates a bright summer scene featuring woods and water. Jo Quigley shows how a systematic approach can help to achieve a realistic seascape in acrylics, Haidee-Jo Summers explains how to exploit shape and suggestion in your oil paintings to maintain a painterly style, Martin Kinnear demystifies perspective, and we welcome back Aine Divine who provides an infectious account of how to complete a mixed media flower painting that you'll definitely want to try for yourself! Ian Cryer suggests that a break with old habits can open the way to refresh your painting style, Phil Tyler encourages you to explore the art of the self-portrait, Liz Seward shares her love of working with watercolour pencils, and David Questa shares his love of busy urban scenes that will see you reaching for your drawing materials. All this and more to keep you inspired and full of new drawing and painting ideas over the summer months!