Sketchbook workshop with Cas Holmes


I’ve admired Cas Holmes’ beautiful work for ages, and I’ve often wondered if I could make something inspired by her techniques.  I didn’t know where to start – her books are lovely, but I needed some help.  Then I saw Cas was running a workshop at Thimblestitch in Honiton (about half an hour from me).  It was fully booked (curses), but I put my name on the waiting list anyway.  A few days before the date Zoe rang with news that she’d had a cancellation and I was in!

I absolutely loved it.  Cas is such a good teacher and guided us through a series of exercises – drawing outside, making rubbings, hammering flowers and looking at found objects in different ways.

Below is my first sketch of some grass, and rubbings of twisted wire and waste plastic.


I’d taken along some photographs of the river and fields where I walk Hetty.  This is the piece I worked on for most of the day –


And this one of a hare which I finished later –


I feel so much more comfortable with ‘playing’ in my sketchbook now.  Cas gave me some very good advice, which was to draw or do something in my sketchbook every day.  I’m going to start when I’ve finished my 100 day project, which ends on 12 July.  Nearly there!

If you’d like to keep up with my progress, I’m dottie_doodle on Instagram.




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