Watercolour workshops with Julia

A bit of insight into one of the many great events we host allowing students to discover new hobbies and possible hidden talents!

Hi, my name is Julia Butler. I’m an Australian resident and have lived at Scape Toowong whilst studying a Bachelor of International Studies at the University of Queensland. I have really enjoyed living at Scape, especially the free events that are held all year!

Two years ago, I developed a fascination for watercolours and that became my main focus. Watercolour painting is great for people of all skill levels, it is quite forgiving and lends itself to mixed media art, not to mention supplies can be relatively inexpensive and easy to source. As I created more and more art, I discovered people were interested in purchasing it, and as a way to cover cost of supplies and spread the joy of art I started ‘French Rose Studios’. A name for my collection of artworks to help them stand out online. I started a simple website and Instagram account to spread the word and connect with fellow art lovers and creators. I not only sell my art, but I also do commissions, this means that someone can get in contact with me and ask for a specific artwork made specially for them. If you’re interested there is a contact section on my website or send me a message on Instagram.

Over the past two years I have challenged myself with different subject matters like landscapes, animals, flowers and occasionally people. Learning and being inspired by other artists I have discovered online, my watercolour art has grown through practice, experimentation and learning from mistakes.

Recently I ran two watercolour workshops at Scape Toowong and Scape South Bank. In these two-hour classes I ran over some basic watercolour techniques to get everyone familiar and comfortable with the materials. After everyone felt comfortable to move on, I encouraged the attendees to create their own artworks, or Christmas cards as they chose. I provided some inspiration pictures but also encouraged everyone to choose what they wanted to create. The most important aspect of these workshops for me was for everyone to have fun, relax, and experiment with a new hobby. We all have different skill levels and styles when it comes to being creative, the important thing is to just go with it! This was an incredible experience, and I am so glad Scape opened this avenue for me to share my art and skills in a new way. I loved working one on one with some of the students to develop their skills and a highlight for me was simply watching everyone appear relaxed and happy as they created art. I even had one participant tell me they were now interested in using watercolours, something they had not tried seriously before. 

I am so glad Scape opened this avenue for me to share my art and skills in a new way. I loved working one on one with some of the students to develop their skills and a highlight for me was simply watching everyone appear relaxed and happy as they created art. I even had one participant tell me they were now interested in using watercolours, something they had not tried seriously before.  

If there was one thing I would say to future Scape students it would be to get involved! Stay up to date with social media so you know what events are on and attend them. Scape is wonderful at providing good quality events for residents, and the best thing is that they’re for free! These events are a great way to meet new people in a relaxed environment and to try out new hobbies you may just love.

-Julia

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