ink and inspiration

April 17, 2012  in flowers, homemade

painted daffodils by Sania Pell

This Saturday I had some time with my son at home. My husband took my daughter to a party, so with just the two of us in the house, we had fun painting side by side on the kitchen table. We both share a love of drawing so it was a real joy to spend this time with him. I used my son’s drawings in the china transfer project in my first book and both of my children’s drawings appear in my new book on the wish board and the embroidered cushion projects. The ink drawings I made are reminiscent of designs I used to produce as a textile designer. I still love this type of free form sketching with paint and I wanted to show him some techniques. I had bought the Spring daffodils from my local florist the day before and he liked the idea of painting them using my Chinese brushes and just black ink.

painted daffodils by Sania Pell

painted daffodils by Sania Pell

painted daffodils by Sania Pell

I love the simplicity of jet black ink on cartridge paper, the marks, splatters, drips and dribbles that come when working quickly and freely. If you like this post, you may also like these floral paintings.

painted daffodils by Sania Pell

painted daffodils by Sania Pell

painted daffodils by Sania Pell

We had an hour or so drawing, chatting and sharing a love of creativity. He produced some really lovely flower paintings, they are all his in the photo above. My favourite is the ink illustration of the paint brush he was holding to create it – his own little joke.

This will be added to the little recess in the kitchen used to display the children’s art.

Is there a shared creative hobby or interest your children and you share?


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  1. Lovely drawings :-)I hope I will be able to share my love for drawings with my 3years old boy. In order to inspire him in that direction i draw with him as much as possible. So far he likes seeing me draw and helping me put some color into it. He manages to draw by himself nice lines and circles, often to reproduce a train or the gondolas we took on a mountain trip. 🙂

  2. Toni says:

    What beautiful drawings! I am also a lover of jet black ink drawing and might just have a go myself. Your son seems to have inhered your talent – lucky boy! Hope to see you on the 28th at BYW.

  3. Caroline says:

    Gorgeous hon! I’m afraid you might have some competition from Luke-his drawings are just brilliant! xx

  4. elisa says:

    they’re delightful, i love ink on paper, i love drawing with my children too. x

  5. tina says:

    Love love love Luke’s paintings especially ‘the brush’. Work of Art. x

  6. CTH says:

    Damn you’re good. x

  7. Really striking post Sania. Inspiring.

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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 18 years, and is known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for top architecture practices and property development companies. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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