intro to botanical painting watercolour

Introduction to Botanical Painting

Join Botanical artist Rachel Pedder Smith for this introduction to botanical illustration and learn how to build up layers of watercolour to create an almost photo-like painting of a bell pepper. This course is brought to you by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in partnership with David and Charles. Watercolour has always been the predominant […]

burnout journal

The Anti-Burnout Journal is here!

The Anti-Burnout Journal is here to help you battle burnout! Have you ever felt burnt out? Chances are, someone else you know has too. Since 2017, searches related to burnout have risen on average 41% annually with over 77% of employees saying they’ve experienced ‘burnout’. Bex Spiller is a former burnt-out entrepreneur who is getting ready […]

Painting Expressive Roses in Watercolour

This online course from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is brought to you in partnership with David and Charles and is launching soon. You can embark on a journey into impressionistic watercolour – a loose and flowing form of painting that will help you capture the charm and glow of the most popular of all flowers. In this fine-art […]

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Capturing the Inner Beauty of Flowers in Pen and Ink

This online course from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is brought to you in partnership with David and Charles and is launching soon. You can embark on a journey into botanical illustration – a very enjoyable art form that requires attention to detail, focussing your attention on the astounding variation found in nature. Pen and […]

magical metal clay

Magical Metal Clay, the hobby to start today!

If you are tempted to start a new hobby. We might have something exciting for you. Jewellery making can be an incredibly therapeutic hobby that can help you to unwind after a long day. Imagine creating your favourite earrings whilst curled up on the sofa. That sounds quite relaxing, right? You can also unleash your […]

origami flowers

Easy Origami Flowers and how you can learn to make them

Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. A recent article by the American Association of Retired People listed origami as one of the things we can do to boost our brain health. Specifically, the article mentions tasks that challenge our minds and strengthen our brain. Origami provides both mental and physical stimulus with exercise. […]

New Historic Stumpwork Course Now Available

RSN Video Online Courses is a partnership between David and Charles and the Royal School of Needlework to deliver self-paced distance learning courses online.  From the website rsnonlinecourses.com, you can enroll in hand embroidery tuition provided by qualified Royal School of Needlework Tutors. Courses are taken in your own home or location of your choice on any device with an internet connection. This autumn, we […]

knitted leg warmers free pattern

Free Knitting Pattern: Leg Warmers

We loved seeing Tom Daley get knitting in the stands at the Olympics, and he’s absolutely right, knitting is great for stress relief and relaxation, to celebrate and share the knitting love, we thought now is a perfect time for a free knitting pattern! This leg warmer pattern is from our book; Knit like a […]

Zero Waste Christmas Wreath

Zero Waste Christmas – Eco Wreath

We all know that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but unfortunately it is not the most environmentally- friendly. Not surprisingly, with all the gift-buying and excess decorations, Christmas is one of those holidays with plenty of waste. The amount of wrapping paper thrown away at Christmas in the UK alone would […]