How to Draw a Whopper

The Guardian Children’s Books ‘How To Draw A Whopper’ 2016

Just follow the instructions and hey presto, you’ll be drawing A Whopper in no time at all… honest!

Pretty Puppies

The Guardian Cartoon and Family Art Day 2018

This workshop is a slightly different take on ‘Splatty Bats’, which went down a storm last year. Using coloured A4 card, we created an array of designs and textures with paint based pens and collage. Then we cut out our puppies using a template for the body and ears. Finally we added googly eyes and hey presto - a pack of ‘Pretty Puppies’ all ready for a party!

What I really love about this method is how unique and free each pattern is. Humans have always been good at mark making, which is perhaps why this sort of activity is so appealing. The grown-ups were just as absorbed as the children, if not a bit more. We all need time just to doodle and play. Maybe you could try it for yourself? I’ve included instructions and templates at the end of the showreel.

Splatty Bats

The Guardian Cartoon and Family Art Day 2017

For this workshop, we used two pieces of A4 coloured cards to create designs and textures using paint based pens. After that, using templates, we cut out wings and bodies from these patterns and assembled them into ‘Splatty Bats’.

Prema Arts Centre

I held this mini-theatre family workshop at Prema Arts Centre, not far my home town. First I prepared sheets coloured card made from rolled ink, then everyone got on with the task of creating their own little worlds. It ran for several hours and by the end, each person went home with something really unique and beautiful.

Angel Droppings

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My other half is slightly addicted to marzipan. My kids hate it. So, for this years’ birthday treat I made him some handcrafted marzipan balls, dipped in dark chocolate, safe in the knowledge that no one else in the house will scoff them (except me). I created a bespoke logo, boxed them up and called them ‘Angel Droppings’. The kids quickly renamed them ‘Devil Dung’. Either way, I think I might be onto something! 

Odd Socks

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This year a friend taught me how to needle felt. It’s a really satisfying medium, somewhere between painting and sculpture, as the wool needs to be built up then decorated with colour.

So, with my newfound skill, I recreated two of my favourite woolly characters - Suki and Sosh, from Odd Socks. They now dangle together, hearts forever entwined in Michelle Robinson’s kitchen.