Drawing every day

potted herbs drawing by Amanda Jane Ogden

My one and only New Year’s Resolution is to draw every day.

I used to draw at least once a week, because I always start with a drawing and (usually) a watercolour painting for each new fabric design on Spoonflower. You can see the finished fabric design developed from this painting at the end of this post.

palm-tree drawing by Amanda Ogden

Tuesday is design day and I enjoy the time taken to do this, as you can see in this post.


I haven’t always drawn though. I remember virtually nothing from my Art lessons at secondary school and certainly wasn’t considered ‘good at art’. When it came to choosing subjects for public examinations at 16, I did want to choose Pottery (Ceramics) and was strongly dissuaded from doing so and was pointed in the direction of Biology-with-Chemistry instead!  Reflecting on it now, this seems odd as I would say both my parents were creative: my mother was a practised dressmaker and my father an expert gardener and garden designer, as well as an amateur oil-painter.

It wasn’t until very much later that I swam back against the current and returned to creative pursuits, including drawing. I paid to have drawing lessons from an artist called Jill York who lived near me. I owe her a great deal. This is the result of one lesson, using coloured pencil:

Hydrangea drawing by Amanda Jane Ogden

In the end I did a Textiles degree at CCAD, as a mature student. On my first day at college, we sat on our stools, with our drawing boards, in front of a large display of Japanese-inspired flowers and artefacts and drew for two days. It was wonderful: I had to pinch myself to believe I was really sitting there.

So I want to return to the practice and the pleasure of drawing.  During my visit to Iona in November, I saw this book, which seemed to offer the perfect prompt, especially as the user is encouraged to use different media in different months.


Little did I realise that January media meant felt-pens! I have no experience at all of these as a drawing medium so that was a challenge in itself.  I bought these ones (for £3.99) as a useful starter kit!


Fortunately, I already had some grey fineliners (Graphik Line Makers), which are very useful for marking out the confines of the drawing, and a black fineliner for highlighting key areas (Mitsubishi Uni-ball).

So far, so good. Half-way through January already and fourteen drawings are complete.

You can find all of them on Instagram here.

This is my ‘Mama Camel and Baby’ fabric. You can find it here.

Mama camel and baby

Thank you for reading my blog. Quilt patterns are here, Fabrics are here, Classes are here

Published by Amanda Jane Textiles

I am an artist, designer and maker living in Ramsgate, UK

5 thoughts on “Drawing every day

  1. School art lessons were dire! Every medium had to be worked on stuff almost as smooth as printer paper and there was never any real tuition, just ‘using x, draw/paint y’, often from imagination – which I couldn’t do! I learned more from one issue of ‘Draw it! Paint it!’ back in the late 80s, when I was 15/6 than from my entire school art education – including GCSE! So, I don’t wonder your school art experience left so minimal an impression. Glad you got the chance to redress the balance later on.

    I’d kinda like to draw every day too, but, as I’m trying to simplify my life, adding in another daily challenge didn’t work for me after all. You’re doing really well though! 🙂 Enjoying following your progress.

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