Arts & Crafts


Crawshaw's Holiday Painting Course

Shot entirely on location in the Mediterranean, this series accompanies Alwyn and his wife June on their painting holiday in Mallorca. From the bustling streets of Palma to the oldest orange grove on the island, from mountain villages to enchanting harbours, Alwyn and June visit the undiscovered parts of the island and share the delights of this beautiful and varied part of the Mediterranean.

Each programme contains at least four paintings and drawings, giving the audience an inspiring introduction to painting on holiday and to a very picturesque part of the world.

Episode One: Villages
The mountain villages of Deia and Fornalutx provide the stunning locations for this programme. Subjects drawn and painted include an old monastery, a fountain and the cobbled streets and stone houses of Fornalutx.

Episode Two: The Orange Grove
Shot in and around the oldest orange grove on the island, subjects include a meadow full of poppies, a panoramic view of the grove and the mountains behind, a gnarled olive tree and, of course, an orange.

Episode Three: The Old Railway
An electric railway runs between the beautiful market town of Soller and the capital, Palma. Alwyn and June take the train from Palma which winds up and eventually cuts through the mountains. Built in the 1920s, the station and the trains provide plenty of subjects for Alwyn and June to sketch and draw.

Episode Four: Working Indoors
Sometimes on holiday it suits to work indoors and in this programme Alwyn shows how to use photographs and postcards as inspiration for paintings. You don't always need paints and paper to create a picture: Alwyn sketches a lighthouse in biro on the back of a postcard.

Episode Five: Palma
The programme starts with a panoramic view of this beautiful old city, dominated by the massive cathedral, which Alwyn sketches in watercolour. Moving into the city itself, Alwyn and June take a tour in a pony and trap, visit the Arab baths and buy cakes from a famous shop next to the Opera House.

Episode Six: Boats And Harbours
Subjects include traditional fishing boats in Soller Port, a fisherman mending his nets and the cliffs at sunset.

Crawshaw's Paints Acrylics

This series was shot entirely on location in and around the scenic Ring of Kerry in south west Ireland, providing Alywn and his wife June, with some fantastic landscapes and scenery to paint. Acrylic paints combine the best aspects of oil and watercolour, as well as having their own unique qualities.

1: Introduction To Acrylics
Alwyn and June each paint the same scene, the village of Caherdaniel in Co Kerry, to illustrate the different effects which can be acheived using acrylics.

2: Scale And Colour
To demonstrate the importance of scale n a picture, Alwyn and June visit different locations to paint cottages and mountains, with fascinating results.

3: Flowers And Figures
Still life subjects are always popular and Alwyn demonstrates various useful techniques while painting some flowers. As he does this, June paints Alwyn painting.

4: Panoramic Landscape
The famous 'Ladies View' of the Lakes of Killarney is the subject of this chapter and suggests how to approach such a large subject.

5: Sketching
Alwyn and June visit Derrynane Harbour on the Ring of Kerry for a day's sketching. Flowers and boats, mountains and waves are their chosen subjects.

6: Comparing Media
Alwyn and June visit one of Europe's most westerly points to paint the same subject in acrylics and watercolour to demonstrate the different results obtained using different media.

7: Painting People
A traditional Irish pub is the location for this programme as Alwyn paints the bustling pub interior, while June concentrates on a portrait.

8: Simplifying A Complex Scene
Overlooking the village of Sneem, Alwyn demonstrates how to turn a potentially difficult subject into something more manageable.

Crawshaw's Paints Constable Country

An introduction to the countryside immortalised in paint by John Constable, England's best known and most popular painter. Alwyn Crawshaw visits some of the scenes and locations made famous by John Constable, and paints the scenes as they are today. The beautiful locations, fascinating hisory and the stories behind Constable's best known paintings make this series delightful to watch.

Episode One: Introduction To Constable Country
Alwyn starts the programme in East Bergholt, where Constable was born, and sketches Constable's first studio. The, walking between East Bergholt and Flatford, Alwyn sketches Fen Lane in oils, near the site of Constable's inspiration for 'The Cornfield'. Finally, Alwyn paints Willy Lot's cottage - the cottage Constable depicted in 'The Haywain'.

Episode Two: Sketching
Constable sketched profusely and in this episode Alwyn visits the meadows around Constable Country, and Dedham, where Constable went to school, sketching a stile, a wrought iron lamp post and a distant view of Dedham Church.

Episode Three: Churches
In this episode Alwyn visits three churches: Dedham Church, East Bergholt and St Mary's in Stoke-by-Nayland. He tells the story of Constable's association with the Church - not always a happy one.

Episode Four: Trees, Meadows and Skies
Alwyn visits the site of 'The Leaping Horse', and sketches a pollarded willow and a group of ash trees. Constable made over 100 cloud studies and Alwyn does one of his own, in watercolour.

Episode Five: Mills and Water
The area around Flatford Mill has changed remarkably little since Constable's time. Alwyn visits the site of 'Boatbuilding' and paints a watercolour of the Mill, as well as an oil sketch of a wooden rowing boat.

Episode Six: Landscapes
Constable painted Dedham Mill many times, but Alwyn paints a lock-keepers cottage which had not been built when Constable was alive. He also visits Stour House, originally owned by friends of Constable's, and paints a panoramic landscape of Dedham Vale.

Crawshaw's Paints Oils

Alwyn Crawshaw introduces and demonstrates the techniques and equipment needed for successful oil painting. He strips away the mystique about painting in oils and shows how simple and enjoyable it can be.

Each of the eight chapters is a self-contained lesson, show in a different location in England's West Country. Alwyn demonstrates the different techniques required as he paints each scene. The eight parts combine to make a complete course.

Chapter 1: An Introduction To Oil Painting
Oil painting does not require huge amounts of expensive equipment: "All I have is six tubes of paint, a palette knife, five brushes, some turps for thinning the paint and some gel for drying the paint." Location: Newton Ferrers.

Chapter 2: Colours
Alwyn shows how to use just six colours to make a vast range of colours and tones - there's no need to have lots of tubes of paint when it's easier to make your own colours. Location: Woodbury Common.

Chapter 3: Choosing Brushes
Alwyn describes the different types of brush and demonstrates what each brush can be used for as he paints this busy harbour scene. Location: Lympstone Jetty.

Chapter 4: Painting Surfaces
Different painting surfaces give different results and Alwyn uses various types of finish to demonstrate this point. Location: Exmouth.

Chapter 5: How To Start A Painting
A blank canvas can be a frightening prospect, but there are different ways to start a picture. Alwyn demonstrates different drawing techniques: charcoal, pencil and paint. Location: Vixen Tor.

Chapter 6: Sketching Moving Animals
Often time is short and Alwyn demonstrates how to paint a quick oil sketch at The Shire Horse Centre. Location: Yealmpton, Devon.

Chapter 7: Painting From Photographs
Alwyn advises how to get the best out of a photograph when creating a painting outside is not practical. Location: Alwyn's Studio.

Chapter 8: The Village Cricket Match
Alwyn demonstrates all of the techniques used throughout the series. He also shows us how to draw people and trees. Location: Ottery St Mary.

DVD Extra includes a picture gallery containing pictures painted by Alwyn using oils.

Crawshaw's Sketching & Drawing

Shot on location in the Bahamas, this colourful series is a step-by-step guide to the techniques and materials needed for successful sketching and drawing.

Alwyn and his wife June co-present the series and give advice on sketching people, animals, plants, boats and buildings. Each programme includes demonstrations of different sketching media, including pencils, pastels, felt-tips, charcoal, oils and watercolour.

1: Introduction To Sketching And Drawing
How to use a pencil, the different types of pencils and drawing papers, an information sketch of a palm tree, a watercolour sketch of a fruit stall and a three minute sketch of a fish.

2: Perspective
Finding 'eye-level', the importance of the vanishing point, sketching a bell tower and a three minute sketch of Alwyn in a hammock.

3: Measuring And Using Coloured Pencils
How to measure successfully, how to use coloured pencils, two sketches of quite different buildings and a three minute sketch of a chair. Also, sketching with charcoal.

4: Choosing Your Subject And Sketching In Oils
How to choose and frame your subject, the importance of focal points, sketching in oils and watercolours, and a three minute sketch of a conch shell.

5: Tonal Values, Using Colour And Black And White
How to achieve shapes using tonal values and shadows, sketches of a bowl of fruit in charcoal, a fish in acrylic and a stall in watercolour.

6: Sketching Moving Objects - People And Animals
How to sketch moving objects. Sketches include Changing of The Guard, people leaving church and flamingos, plus a three minute sketch of a policeman under a canopy in Nassau.

7: Sketching In Pen And Ink
The famous Straw Market in Nassau is the location for this programme. Sketches include a basket stall, a woman weaving and a man carving, all using pen and ink. Also, a three minute sketch of a straw hat.

8: Sketching Animals In Different Media
How to observe. Sketches include a parrot on Alwyn's head in felt-tip, fish thirty feet under the sea in pencil, biro and watercolour, and iguanas and stingrays in conte crayons.

9: Sketching In Pastels - Hard And Soft
A green cocktail, a bowl of exotic fruit and some hibiscus flowers are the subjects of sketches using pastels. Plus, a three minute pencil sketch of a boat.

10: Sketching For Pleasure - Four Demonstrations
In the final programme, Alwyn and June choose some favourite subjects: A tug and Nassau's colonial library in watercolour, a fisherman's dock in pencil and some palm trees on Pink Sands beach.

Crawshaw's Watercolour Cruise

Combining travel with painting Alwyn takes us on a fabulous cruise on board the 'Saga Rose', an elegant ship built for Cunard in the 1960s. With his infectious enthusiasm, this popular and colourful DVD offers a detailed insight into watercolour painting, including:
  • Choosing subjects and centres of interest
  • Pencil sketching
  • The importance of shading, shadow, light and reflection
  • The choosing and mixing of watercolours and
  • Which brush to use.
Petra the ancient city carved into stone - the Siq, the Urn Tomb; Amman, capital of Jordan; Luxor and the Suez Canal; Giza, the site of the Pyramids

Jerusalem; Life On Board; Messina, Sicily's main port; Seville, capital of Andalusia

Alwyn Crawshaw has an on-line gallery and website at , offering visitors an opportunity to view and purchase his latest paintings and prints, and to gain an insight into his work.

Crawshaw's Watercolour Studio

Eight self contained lessons which follow on naturally from the highly popular 'A Brush With Art' using several different watercolour mediums. In each programme, Alwyn finds a subject to paint on location and then, back in his studio, demonstrates some more advanced techniques while completing a picture of the scene visited at the beginning of each programme.

1: Painting The Seasons
Using the same sketch done on location, Alwyn demonstrates how to paint Autumn and shows how both Winter and Spring can be achieved from the one sketch.

2: Small Sketches
Small objects can be just as enjoyable to sketch as larger subjects and can bring back memories of a place just as well as a complete picture.

3: Using Photographs
Sometimes it's not practical to paint a scene on location, but a photograph can provide you with inspiration. Here, Alwyn paints a cruise ship and crowded dock, using a photograph taken on holiday.

4: Painting Skies
Skies offer endless possibilities for painters to try different techniques and colours - dark, stormy skies; bright, sunny skies; cloudy skies and skies at dawn - here he demonstrates a variety of skies.

5: Painting From Imagination
Sitting in his studio on a bright summer's day, Alwyn demonstrates how to paint a snowy winter scene.

6: Creating Atmosphere
Using the same sketch of a beach, Alwyn paints different versions of the scene to demostrate how using different colours and techniques it is possible to create totally different atmospheres.

7: In The Garden
Gardens and flowers are a favourite subject for painters and Alwyn creates a picture using gouache, an opaque water-based paint that his has not used in his programmes before.

8: Painting Landscapes
In this chapter, Alwyn introduces another new medium, acrylic paint, and creates an autumnal landscape to demonstrate the medium's unique qualities.

Creating A Portrait In Pastel

The secrets of classical pastel portraiture shared by Gwenneth Barth, a European master.

Gwenneth Barth, a master portraitist whose many important commissions include royalty and government ministers, regularly conducts classes and workshops in Europe and North America. In this instructive and helpful DVD, Gwenneth demonstrates her mastery of the classical pastel portrait from life and, sharing many useful tips and insights along the way, leads you through eight absorbing chapters to the finished portrait. Recommended by the French Pastellists' Society and the Portrait Society of Canada, this step-by-step 'how-to' DVD is must for both novices and experienced artists.

"Gwenneth Barth is an artist of the same calibre as France's illustrious pastel masters."
Jean-Pierre Merat, President of the Societe des Pastellistes de France.

"I've learned more from this DVD than from years of art classes."

"The simplicity and clarity of this demonstration belies its sophisticated technique."
Student; Languages English and French

"The techniques... were extremely helpful." "...definitely a very informative DVD."
Kate Cheasman, Green Pebble Magazine.

Inspired Block Printing

Inspired Embellishing Level 1

Inspired Embellishing Level 2

Inspired Lutradur

Inspired Printing & Patchwork

Inspired Recycled Reborn

Inspired Textile Landscapes

Inspired Textile Techniques

Inspired Transfer Paints

Inspired Velvet

Talking Thread

Talking Threads is a series of ten exciting programmes presenting the creative and colourful world of contemporary textile art which profiles nine leading British textile artists. Originally shown on Sky TV, it aspires to inspire people to be creative with fabric and stitch.

Each programme starts with a top textile artist talking about the roots of their creativity and sources of inspiration, gaining a unique insight into their work. Each artist shows how they develop their work in a variety of ways through stitch, mixed media and fabric manipulation.

In the second part of each programme, the artist demonstrates a simple technique or method for anyone to try at home.

The final programme explores wider horizons available once you're started with a look at the concept of adult education and the wonderful quilt shows that are hosted around the world.

Featuring easy to follow workshops on:
  • Silk Painting
  • Contemporary Quilting Techniques
  • Machine Embroidery
  • Hand Dyeing Fabric
  • Water Solubles
  • Mixed Media Fabric
  • Hot Textiles, Creating New Surfaces with Heat Processes
  • Slashing: An Age Old Technique Reinvented
Featured Artists Include:
  • Angie Hughes (Multimedia Landscapes)
  • Linda Miller (Free Machining)
  • Gilda Baron (Free Stitching & Fabric Painting)
  • Anne Griffiths (Water Soluble Fabrics)
  • Jill Kennedy (Silk Painting & Batik)
  • Fay Maxwell (Slashed Surfaces)
  • Myfanwy Hart (Dying Fabrics)
  • Di Wells (Patchwork & Quilting)
  • Kim Thittichai (Tyvek Stitching & Melting)

Talking Threads - Christmas Special

Make Christmas extra special - get creative with fabric and stitch!

This inspirational Creative Textiles DVD contains easy-to-make Christmas projects, demonstrated by some of the UK's top textile artists. In one hour, you will see how to make a range of inspiring and inventive ideas for unique gifts, cards and decorations, using a range of materials, tools and techniques.

The projects demonstrated in this DVD include:
  • Christmas Festive Place Mats: Holly Pulsford makes pretty table mats using wooden block stamping, fabric paints and machine stitching.
  • Christmas Stockings: By using the technique of embellishing, also known as machine felting with yarn, Myfanwy Hart shows us how to make unusual Christmas stockings.
  • Christmas Bag: Mary Gamester creates a pretty evening handbag using strip patchwork.
  • Decorated Books: Kim Thittichai shows us how to customise the outside of a note book by using bondaweb, glitter, sequins, threads, foil and a hot iron.
  • Christmas Cards: Fay Maxwell shows us how to create pretty cards and pictures by needle felting flower shapes onto treated velvet that will be treasured for ever.
  • Machine Embroidered Christmas Cards: Using a selection of interesting papers and then free machining over the top, Gilda Baron shows us how to make beautiful keepsake Christmas cards.
  • Table Decorations and Flowers: Anne Griffiths demonstrated how to make delicate poinsettias using silk organza and machine embroidery.
  • Christmas Decorations: Di Wells makes her own tree decorations by hand stitching fabric shapes and adding sparkling beads and sequins.