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Patchings is nearly here and its going to be a good one!

Posted by judith selcuk on July 9, 2018 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

I still remember my very first time at Patchings some years ago and I have been every year without fail since. It is the one place where you can indulge yourself in art  purchases without feeling guilty! Not only that but I always come away feeling inspired and have learnt lots of new things from the demonstrators, workshops and artists, it doesnt matter how experienced we are we all learn something new each time.

This year is promising to be a very exciting one, I am demonstrating again for Derwent which was fantastic last year with the launch of my favourite pencil Procolour but this year not only do I get the opportunity to demonstrate them again but also the very new and exciting Lightfast range will be launched whilst I am there.

Alongside artist Bev Haines who is a genius with Inktense there will be a programme of 6 workshops a day, three with Bev and three with myself. We will be creating succulents, colourful vivid fruit and flowers on black and learning to blend both different ranges. Bev will be demonstrating the new Inktense Pan painting set and whilst I hope to be able to do her workshop myself when I am not in the demonstration marquee you will be able to find me demonstrating on the Art shop Skipton stand in the Art Materials Marquee.

The really great thing about Patchings is the people you meet and being able to share creative processes and inspire others to enjoy art. Art is such an important part of our lives and often goes over looked in our busy lives.

Please do pop in to see me it would be great to see you!

Royal Wedding Bunting Printable

Posted by judith selcuk on May 18, 2018 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (1)

We are so excited for the Royal Wedding this weekend, we have our picnic menu planned and printed, decorations up and we have even made our very own bunting!

We like to share the creative love here and are so happy to share with you a printable and photo guide on creating your very own Union Jack bunting, free of charge of course! Just follow oour easy steps and dont forget to show us what you create.

Have a lovely wedding weekend!

All you need is:

Artline Brush pens in Royal Blue and Red

Outline printed onto several sheets of A4



String or twine

Step One

Print out the Union Jack template onto plain printer paper

Step Two

If you are right handed start from the left, if you are left handed start from the right, Artline pens are water based so take a little longer to dry than alcohol based markers and can smudge but are far easier to use.

Step 3

Using scissors cut out the bunting shapes, leaving a paper tab at the top that will fold over the string.

Step Four

We used twine to string our bunting but you could use string, wool or ribbon. Fold the tabover the string and stick with sellotape on the back.

UKCPS Open Exhibition 2018

Posted by judith selcuk on May 8, 2018 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The UK Coloured Pencil Society is in full swing at the Artshouse in Stratford upon Avon, I was very fortunate this year to have had two pieces accepted.

The first is Oberon - Ling of the Fairies which was created using the new Lightfast pencils being developed by Derwent and their current Procolour range, then embellished with Pebeo Vitrail and Fantasy enamels on Canson pastel paper.

The second piece is Treasures that I drew whilst demonstrating the Derwent Procolour pencils in London at Cassart. Treasures is now available as a workshop with the next one being June 16th at the Willoughby Gallery in Corby Glen.

Treasures is taken from the small glass jar of my childrens' beach finds over the years and if you look closely in the jar you can spot a tiny racing car driver, sea glass, beads and marbles.

The exhibition is on till the 11th May 2018 with lots of wonderful artwork, prints and cards.

Demonstrating with Artline

Posted by judith selcuk on May 8, 2018 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This year has been so exciting and we are only in May!

At the beginning of the year, January to be precise I was so lucky to be taken to Frankfurt by a pen company called Shachihata who make Artline pens, it was an experience of a lifetime.

I demonstrated for four days and met so many lovely people.

Then in April I was again demonstrating for them at the London Stationery Show at the Design Centre, this time I held daily workshops using their lovely brush pens that are highly pigmented permanent water based brush pens that allow you to create amazing creative effects with proffessional results. The people who attended the workshops all did really well and enjoyed learning how to manipulate the ink for fun effects.

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New Orangesicle Delight Jump Start

Posted by judith selcuk on May 8, 2018 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

New Jumpstart launched with the wonderful Ann Kullberg!

Create your very own Orangesicle Delight in this brand new Jumpstart in only nine easy steps. Line drawing, reference photograph and full colour illustrations make this project kit a delight." target="_blank">

Demonstrating with Derwent

Posted by judith selcuk on October 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)


I love my job!

There are not many people in the world who are lucky enough to be able to say that they honestly thoroughly love the job they do yet I am lucky to be one of them!

As all my followers know I am a serious pencil addict, there is nothing quite as intoxicating for me as the wooden barrels containing delicious pigments or smooth graphite, very much like Imelda Marcos was with shoes I am with pencils.

Earlier this year I met up with one of my all time favourite companies, Derwent Pencils, I have always been a fan girl of their products as they are all ethically sourced, exceptional quality and their company values and customer satisfiaction are second to none. This is not just me giving lip service to employers as at that point the only relationship we had was purely one sided but when you are working with objects all day 7 days a week the quality and consistency are paramount.

It was the advent of the colouring craze that seiously compromised not only my work but that of many other pencil artists, we went from being quite a niche market to one saturated in supplies and sadly rather a lot of them far below the standard expected. Long term exposure of chemicals is a very serious factor in art and it is one of the reasons why I avoid using oil paints and chemicals such as turpentine, however it came to light that some of the pencils that were now on the market had similar nasties now in them.

This is where Derwent comes in! Not only did they release the pencil of my dreams (more on that later) but they could guarantee that the pencils did not contain any toxic or hazardous materials, in actual fact they are one of the only pencil manufacturers that place this so high on their list of priorities that they then have to exceed their own benchmarks in creating pencils to suit artists needs, this cannot be easy! I can confidently say that the pencils I use are not hazardous to my long term health, if you knew some of the nasty chemicals found in cheap alternatives it would make your hair stand on end.

Derwent created a new pencil Procolour and I will be forever in their debt, I may even have to buy up enough stock to last me an entire lifetime just in case they chose to ever stop producing them. So why do I like them so much? The difference is in the binder as well as the pigment I believe, they glide like an oil pencil but have the vibrancy of a wax pencil, they are also vegan and whilst you may automatically think that it is no animal products it is more than that as it also means that they contain no nasty ingredients or chemicals, the wood is from sustainable sources too so all in all an absolute winner all round for me.

I started demonstrating for Derwent after meeting with them and am honestly proud to be affiliated with the products and their company values, it has been a very exciting few months which has enabled me to demonstrate in Glasgow, London, Reading and Patchings in Nottingham. I have taken part in student weeks with WHSmith, Cass Art and London Graphics Centre, I have met fantastic and creative people of all ages and has inspired me to be creative and inventive. I love demonstrating and teaching and being able to pass on the tips and tricks that I have picked up or developed over the years to others on their art journey.

New Jumpstart kit launched with Ann Kullberg

Posted by judith selcuk on October 11, 2017 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (1)

The Stargazer lily is called that because the blooms face toward the sky. They have become one of the most sought after flowers, but only last 1-3 weeks in a vase, tops.

Why not draw a Stargazer that will last forever instead? This Level 3 Jumpstart tutorial is great for colored pencil beginners who are ready for the challenge of creating an underpainting and layering several pencils to create colors and tones.

Judith Selcuk walks you through 10 easy steps to create this luminous and delicate lily in colored pencil. These 21 colors are needed.

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” - Plato

So let's Jumpstart your colored pencil skills right away! You'll learn so much and be so proud of your results.

What's Inside?

♦ 10 detailed steps that take you from start to finish.

♦ Large, easy to follow step-by-step images

♦ Crystal-clear, detailed layer-by-layer instruction.

♦ Trace-able line drawing plus full size reference photo.

♦ Color guides, suggested materials, hints, tips, and more.

Issue 3 of The Line magazine has been released!

Posted by judith selcuk on June 3, 2017 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Issue 3 of The Line magazine which is the magazine I write is now available for FREE download. Lots of fantastic articles on up and coming artists from all over the world and reviews on papers sure to help the most discerning creative. Packed full of inspiration and familiar names including MaryJane Sky, France Bauduin, Christopher Durant, Lena Rivo, Tracey Pinnington, Tiffany Dowling, Vickie Lawrence, Jess Dignam and Robyn Parker Love.

Download yours today, I hope you enjoy it!" target="_blank">

Amongst the goodies in this edition is a profile of 26 year old artist Robyn Parker Love, continuation of our feature on "Sketching for Success" and MaryJane Sky tells us why and when she chooses Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media for her artwork.


We also take a look at Artist Trading Cards with the Church Lench Art Group, feature some of the stunning artwork submitted via our Artist papers Gallery and facebook pages, oh and there's a must read feature on Tracey Pinnington. Perfect Summer reading to get you inspired!

The magazine for all creatives!

Patchings Arts Festival 2017

Posted by judith selcuk on June 2, 2017 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (1)

I am proud to be working alongside the UKCPS and Derwent Pencils  in delivering workshops launcing their fabulous new range of pencils called Procolour.

Each day there will be three different workshops by myself, Jake Spicer and Malcolm Cudmore. I will be able to post more details nearer the time including times and how to book a place.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers selected for the Artist magazine Patchings 2017

Posted by judith selcuk on June 2, 2017 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Oh my gosh! I have entered this prestigios UK exhibition several times and never get past first selection however I am so excited to say that 'Red Hot Chilli Peppers' has been accepted into the Artist category at Patchings 2017. Words cannot explain how elated I feel and I do believe that I have come to a place in my art career where I am further ahead and grown as an artist.

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