HOME Made: Alice’s Watercolours

Welcome to HOME Made, where we’re delving into some of the cool skills and hobbies our clever bunch of Homies have.

This time we’re chatting with Copywriter Alice Banham, about her watercolour creations.

What is it you do?

I paint tiny watercolours of people’s faces.

How long have you been doing it?

Years! I discovered I loved painting portraits during my last ever art project at school when I was 18. I experimented with different paints, surfaces and sizes but super small scale watercolour is my favourite because I like the daintiness of the details.

How often do you do it?

Not enough. Every few months I get scared I might’ve forgotten how to do it, so pick up my brushes and do one. Then promise myself I’ll do it more often … and inevitably forget again until the fear kicks back in a few months later.

What do you love about it?

The process is really calming. You have to be so focused and concentrated so you just forget about everything else for an hour or two. And when the outcome is good it’s really satisfying too.

Who/what inspires/influences you?

Celebrities I fancy a bit. I’ll be following them on Instagram and think ‘that would be a nice photo to paint’ and then I paint it. I’d like to focus on more people I know though. I painted a couple of friends for their wedding present and that was nice.

Any top tips or tricks for people wanting to try it for themselves?

Don’t use matching mugs for your brush water and your brew. I learned that the un-tasty way.

Have you had any epic fails along the way?

I painted Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones and made it into a bit of a comic for a friend’s house warming present. He thought it was Michael Jackson.

What has your proudest moment been?

I did one of Peggy Gou last year and posted it on my Instagram. She liked it and reposted it on her story. So yeah, we’re basically best friends now.

Written by:

Alice.Banham Copywriter


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