Big Art in Tiny Steps


The ‘Expressing’ kourse with Sketchbook Skool ended last week and the final week was taught by my friend Michael Nobbs. I had been really looking forward to Michael’s klass and it didn’t disappoint.

Michael encouraged us to go on regular ‘tiny adventures’ to the same place, either at home or somewhere outside, with the intention of exploring our surroundings quite deeply. He suggested working in small steps (which suits me perfectly) but with the idea that we could still produce some big art at the end of the week.


My tiny adventures took place in a park close to where I live and I visited the same spot over 4 days. I noticed how the time of day, the weather and the day of the week affected the atmosphere there and I wrote down all the things that I noticed seeing and hearing.


During my first tiny adventure I made some scribbly sketches of the fountain in the park and the fish in the pond. On all my visits to the park I took lots and lots of photos on my phone and used some of them to make some digital drawings when I got home.

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I made a drawing of one of the people from the park but unlike my other people drawings I made this one digital, which was fun.

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At the end of the weekend I used a site called Rasterbator to enlarge my drawings, printed them out and used them to cheer up the boring inside of a cupboard door in my flat. It’s a really awkward spot to get a clear photo of but get the idea! You can also see some photos and other drawings I made for this klass) on my Instagram.

What I enjoyed about Michael’s klass was the mixture of exploring, drawing and then getting a bit more ‘crafty’ in creating, cutting out and assembling some big art work, all while working at a gentle pace in tiny steps.

3 thoughts on “Big Art in Tiny Steps

  1. Luisa Reply

    Very cool! I haven’t finished Expressing.. I got stuck on Penny’s class. I can’t decide if I want to buy materials for stamp making. I really can’t afford to purchase more art supplies. I get addicted quite easily πŸ™‚
    Enlarging images looks like a lot of fun though! I will get to Michael’s class soon.

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Penny’s class was great too wasn’t it? I suppose you could just play with the other techniques she showed us for now and come back to her class if you decide to try stamp making. I know what you mean about getting addicted though, art materials it’s easy to get carried away with buying all kinds of new ‘toys’!

  2. Luisa Reply

    Well.. so it happened that yesterday I walked by an Art Coop and there was the speedball carving tool and a few blocks of linoleum at a very affordable price and well.. it wasn’t intended, I mean… I was just walking by πŸ˜›

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