Lizintheshed's blog

Shed working and painting

About Lizintheshed…….

2010: I write. That’s what I do.  I write in a pokey little room at the front of the house.  People drive past and wave.  I watch the tractors.  I fall over the piles of paper on the floor.  I need more space.  So I am a woman in search of a shed.

2012: I write. I paint. I live in my shed. I don’t blog – 2 years/4 posts. I will blog. It won’t be about getting a shed. It will be about words and pictures. Watch this space!

2015: I paint. I write. I blog more regularly. I tweet. I facebook. I get distracted. I am meant to be painting.

2019: I paint, I teach, I write. I Instagram, I Facebook, I tweet (occasionally). I’m not in the shed much, because I’ve take over the conservatory too – ha, ha, ha.

2020: Hmmm, global pandemic, didn’t see that coming. So back in the shed and Zooming around the world. Set-up online courses at Selling via Facebook and seeing how the new world is looking

2021: More of the same, I reckon, but I am doing lots on YouTube too… take a look at

2022: Relaunching this blog to bring ideas and tips on all things art related



How to make a concertina sketchbook from a single sheet of paper

I love teaching workshops, as I end up learning lots too. The 'Painting birds in Watercolour' workshop I did last...

by Liz05/07/2021 No Comments
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Masterclass – free on YouTube 12 July – plus discount for online courses

Why not join me on Monday 12 July at 2pm BST for an hour or so live on YouTube to...

by Liz29/06/2021 No Comments
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How to use masking tape without ripping your watercolour paper – 6 top tips!

Masking tape is jolly useful stuff, but the big down side is that it may well rip your paper, as...

by Liz27/06/2021 No Comments
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How to make a mini watercolour set

The sun is shining and your thoughts turn to painting outdoors or maybe a spot of urban sketching, but by...

by Liz20/06/2021 No Comments
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What is granulation in watercolour? Why does it happen?

Have you ever painted a wash and found that it looks a bit blotchy and granular? That is the phenomena...

by Liz13/06/2021 2 Comments
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How to make and use clear watercolour ground

Watercolour ground is the magic potion which allows you to paint in watercolour on lots of things, rather than traditional...

by Liz06/06/2021 No Comments
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Let’s talk money

This blog post first appeared as a guest piece on the Ken Bromley blog (, but I thought you might...

by Liz15/05/2021 No Comments
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A quick introduction to perspective

Perspective is a way of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface. The aim is to give the right impression...

by Liz22/04/2021 No Comments
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Dual brush pens – Tombow or WHSmith – at less than half the price, are they half as good?

I love Tombow dual brush pens for urban sketching or nature sketching, but they are REALLY expensive. So when I...

by Liz21/04/2021 No Comments
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