She says:

“I have absolutely adored watercoloured illustrations since I was a little girl. One of my first books was The Water Babies and I just thought the pictures were magical, and I still do today.”


  • Derwent: Inktense Pencils

  • Royal Talens: Van Gogh Mixed Media Pad A5


Step-by-step… How to Draw a Seahorse

1 Using the Violet pencil, draw out the rough shape of the snout, cheek and coronet.

2 Working downward, add a long curved line from under the chin, sweeping out slightly for his tummy, then curling round underneath for his tail.

Draw a line from the back of his neck, and take it all the way down to the tip of his tail. Don’t worry if the shape isn’t perfect at this point.

Add the dorsal fin to his back.

Starting at the top of his head, draw small curves to create points down the back and fin, making them smaller towards the tip of the tail. 

Go back over the lines you’ve already drawn and gently add more shape to the seahorse by adding shading.


7 Add lines to both the fin and tummy, keep them curved to add more shape.

8 Add more shading to the cheek bone, neck and tummy. You can also change his shape a little by adding extra shading, you may want him a little more curvy.

9 Using the Fuchsia pencil, add a little colour to the cheek, and also to the trunk rings on his tummy.

10 With the Teal Green pencil, gently add colour all over your seahorse.

11 Now for the magic, using a small round paintbrush, start to add water, blending the colours together as you go. See how the Violet gives shading.

12 Now you have created your seahorse. You can build up the colour as desired.


To finish the project: 

Why not pick out three or four different colours of pencils, and lightly colour the background, before adding water and blending them together. You can also blend the edge of the seahorse into the background by adding a little water with your paintbrush.

To stop the ink from travelling any further, have a heat tool on hand to dry the project as you go. This gives a gorgeous watercolour effect.


This project first featured in the  September 2017 issue of Craft Stamper magazine