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A garden journal

Part 1 Ann Mortimer begins her series with a seasonal look at her rapidly changing garden in autumn and how she uses it to fill her garden journal
Welsh Poppies , pen and wash, A4. Here I started with an ink drawing of the poppies, added watercolour washes then fitted the writing around the illustration. It is fun to play with positioning the text and I often add more writing to the page as the design develops.
Heleniums and Garden Seat , pen and wash, A4. This is an example of how the garden journal can be a useful place to make a preliminary sketch for a possible larger painting. I enjoyed making the sketch without the pressure of producing a finished work.
Title Page , pen and wash, A4. On this title page I wanted to include elements of my garden, such as favourite plants and gardening equipment. I made an outline with a fine liner then added watercolour. It makes a colourful introduction to the journal and was fun to do.
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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the November issue of Leisure Painter. Aimed at amateur painters, who want to make the most of their painting time, Leisure Painter is the UK's best-selling practical art magazine. Within this issue you will find tips and techniques for filling an illustrated journal and how to set yourself regularly painting challenges. There are painting projects from photographs to try, and step-by-step demonstrations for painting buildings, autumn leaves and landscapes in watercolour; still lifes, wildlife and trees in acrylics; and a detail from a ship's rigging in oils. Learn how to add colour to your sketches, follow a beginner's guide to working with oil pastels, and have fun using new coloured marker pens. Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.