Jo Allsopp

Jo Allsopp completed our Children’s Book Illustration course in 2001, which once completed, gave her the motivation to train as a tutor specialising in watercolours. She has just released a new book called Loose and Lively Animals in Watercolour, Ink and Mixed Media via Search Press.

With a rich background in art education and a thriving gallery space at Moira Furnace Museum, Jo invites readers to capture the spirit of wildlife through her dynamic and expressive style.

Jo’s artistic journey began over 20 years ago when she founded Sable Studio Gallery. For the past 15 years, her gallery space at Moira Furnace Museum has become a focal point for art enthusiasts, nestled in a picturesque courtyard by the canal.

As a qualified art tutor, Jo has been instrumental in shaping the artistic endeavours of her students through regular watercolour painting classes, workshops, and painting holidays in the South of France.

In 2019, Jo Allsopp’s artistic prowess was showcased on BBC One’s art TV series “Home Is Where the Art Is” with presenter Nick Knowles. This exposure led to a broader reach and a collaborative relationship with the SAA (The Society for All Artists). Jo’s live streaming workshops with the SAA have garnered significant attention, consistently ranking among the top-viewed artists.

Jo Allsopp’s upcoming book, Loose and Lively Animals in Watercolour, Ink, and Mixed Media, is a testament to her distinctive approach to art. With a focus on texture, experimentation and movement, the book provides a comprehensive guide for artists of all levels to explore their creativity and capture the essence of animals in a loose and lively manner.

Jo Allsopp set up Sable Studio Gallery in the grounds of Moira Furnace Museum. From her gallery space she sells her watercolour paintings, mosaics, cards, jewellery and giftware. Her spacious studio enables her to teach regular painting and drawing classes plus weekend workshops in a variety of media. She also does illustration work. Jo is an active member of the SAA. Her live workshops are extremely popular. Jo also regularly features in the SAA’s magazine Paint & Create. She lives near Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire.

Loose and Lively Animals in Watercolour, Ink and Mixed Media

Practical Exercises: Provides short, hands-on exercises designed to help artists loosen up, try new techniques, and discover their unique style.

Jo’s Painting Technique: Demystifies the art of watercolour with a close look at Jo’s painting technique, which includes essential drawing methods and insights into achieving vivid colours, striking contrasts, and captivating textures.

Pure Watercolour and Mixed Media Projects: Explores three pure watercolour projects and nine mixed media projects that showcase Jo’s innovative use of various art media, including ink, water-soluble and permanent pens, bleach, isopropyl alcohol, bronzing powders, metallic leaf, and acrylic inks.

Step-by-Step Illustrations: Complete with fully illustrated projects and step-by-step instructions, empowering artists to personalize their creations with confidence. You can purchase the book on Amazon.

Search Press

For over 50 years, Search Press has been the biggest-selling UK art and craft publisher, serving the needs of the art and craft community by producing high-quality, inspirational books. The company publishes well over 100 new titles annually, and their quality control, editorial and production values are second to none.  

“We publish great books, value our customers hugely and aim always to be the best in our sector of the business. We have been hugely successful because we put the customer experience at the heart of the offer.” – Martin de la Bédoyère, Managing Director, Search Press Ltd  

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