Macro art

Nature Art: Through the macro lens


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Join me to explore tiny worlds through the macro lens and create beautiful pieces of art using pen, ink and watercolor paint.

We will observe natural found objects though the macro lens of our camera or iphone/ipad (and magnifying glass) and be inspired by photographs focusing mostly on sea life, flowers, leaves, cells and more! This class also includes a HUGE library of downloadable macro and microscopic images.

Each piece of art will be unique, some abstract, some full of natural patterns and many will form beautiful mandala designs that are also found in nature.

There is so much beauty in these tiny worlds and you will leave this class with endless inspiration and look at the natural world with a new eye for details. You will find yourself seeking out more tiny worlds that are around you everyday.


Product Description

In class, we will be creating at least 15 pieces of mini art (around 7 or 8 inch squares) inspired by the beauty of nature as seen through a macro lens/magnifying class. Recording patterns in nature, cells, shapes and colors, our artwork will take on a beautiful unique look and feel.

Class includes:

  • Video, text and high resolution image based lessons
  • 25+ video tutorials
  • Guidance and inspiration from Louise on capturing the beauty of nature through the macro lens
  • A friendly community to share images with

BONUS: There will also be a HUGE vault of macro images for you to download and use as inspiration and reference so even if you are unable to capture your own images, you can select from my collection. These will also include microscopic images so we will dive deeper and deeper into these worlds for inspiration.

Module 1: Finding Inspiration, macro observations and access to the HUGE Library of Macro images to download. (instant access now)
Module 2: Sketchbook studies and art materials exploration (instant access now)
Module 3: Mini Inks and Dip Pen
Module 4: Mini Watercolor Paintings
Module 5: Macro Mandalas

Mode: Self-paced, no pressure to keep to a schedule.

Access: Lifetime access.



Materials List

Here are some of the materials we will be using in class:

  • Camera with a macro lens (you may already have one with a DSLR camera). I have this which can click onto iphone, ipod, ipad etc
  • Black outlining pen (I like Faber Castell Artists Pitt Pens)
  • Watercolor paper. I will be using a variety from 140 g/m up to 300 g/m smooth and textured. I use Canson XL Watercolor Pads – view here and Gummed watercolour pad from Cass Art – view here (optional). I will be cutting the paper up into small pieces around 7 inches square so you can use whichever size suits you.
  • Watercolor paints, I use Windsor & Newton professional, but cotman and any other watercolor paints will do just fine. :-) You can use pencils or colored pens if you prefer also.
  • Paintbrushes, water jar, paper towels
  • Color printer (if you will be printing out photos)
  • Dipping ink (i like the Windsor & Newton black indian ink)
  • Dip pen (if you have one or are able to purchase one – this is optional)