Taking inspiration from Matisse

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One of the first artists I can remember falling in love with is Henri Matisse. I don't remember the details, but I do remember recreating one of his beautiful room scenes in Junior School. I loved the colours: red, blue, yellow, and the way the pattern on the wallpaper followed onto the table cloth. 

During my Masters I revisited Matisse's work along with a few other Greats and couldn't resist adding to my book collection. 


I love this book, it provides a quick source of inspiration and reminds me that I'm allowed to be lose and go with the flow.


Sometimes I start with a detailed sketch as a way of looking and "taking note" of what's in front of me. This gives me the confidence to get loser and trust my hand, ink sketching a loser version with more character. 

Here I used my trusty pencil and Pentel water brush pen which I fill with Indian ink, along with my Seabright sketch books. 

Thanks for stopping by!


Viva La Frida! A Blooming Vibrant Portrait

Here’s a little sneak peek at me creating a new portrait design in my sketchbook. I decided to paint Frida Kahlo as part of my tropical collection. This will be part of a series of portraits featuring my favourite painters, each accompanied by a coordinating pattern. I think these will make a really cool stationery collection for designers and art lovers like myself.

I began by sketching a loose portrait and placement for the giant balloons. Followed by inking the main border and Frida herself. I decided to sketch a little more detail in the background before using acrylic inks to paint in the flora and fauna.

© Natalie Williamson

© Natalie Williamson

That’s all for now, I have to get back to my Surtex preparations, NOT LONG TO GO NOW! If you don’t know already (I don’t know how - I do keep mentioning it), I will be exhibiting this May and you can find me in booth 244. It would be lovely to see you :)

Day 13 of #100DaysofInk

Today is day 13 of my #100daysofink challenge and I decided to have a little fun with a circus theme. I'm planning on turing these illustrations into a fun and colourful surface pattern collection with the apparel/fabrics and paper markets in mind 🎪

Kissy Kissy Jazzy Lips Ink Play

Today I am continuing with my #100daysofink project and working on a fun piece using masking fluid accompanied by my furry Design Assistant, Poppy 😂

I painted the black lips and and words before applying masking fluid over the lines. Once dry, I inked inside the motifs and allowed this to dry also. I added a second layer of making fluid over the motifs to protect them before adding a wash of grey ink.

Masking fluid: be sure to put your brush straight in water after use!  

Masking fluid: be sure to put your brush straight in water after use!  


Butterfly Flutter Pattern Tweaking

I've been working on a collection of prints for a fabric manufacturer the last few weeks and though I can't share how the designs turned out just yet, I thought I'd let you take a sneak peek a little look at my work in progress. Here I am tweaking a butterfly repeat pattern.

If you'd like to catch more behind the scenes and new design previews, hop on over and follow me on Instagram. 

Until next time :)