Let go of your drawing inhibitions: Draw along workshop


Have you ever felt that you’ve made a bad drawing? Catch up on our virtual workshop presented by artist Dr Bill Platz.

Learn how to let go of your inhibitions and pre-conceived notions of what makes drawings good or bad. Watch our video to draw along and be inspired to create your own ‘bad’ rendition of Francois Boucher’s Venus avec deux angelots (Venus with two cherubs) c.1740.

All you need is some paper and a pen, pencil, or crayon, or check out our recipe to create your own ‘bad ink’ before you begin.

Watch our Bad Drawing Workshop

Our inspiration

Francois Boucher, France 1703-70 / Venus avec deux angelots (Venus with two cherubs) c. 1740 / Red, black and white chalk on light brown laid paper / 25 x 35.9cm / Purchased 1978 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art

Our Bad Ink Recipe

5 black tea bags
70ml hot water
Optional: a pinch of starch (corn flour or arrowroot/tapioca flour)


  • Steep 5 black tea bags in 70ml of hot water for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the tea bags, wait for them to cool. Once cooled, squeeze out remaining liquid into a separate cup (it should be around 30ml of liquid).
  • Simmer on a low heat to reduce concentrate to around 15 – 20 ml of liquid.
  • Optional – If you want to make your ink more viscous, add a pinch of starch (cornflour or arrowroot/tapioca flour) or gum arabic.
  • Pour into a small container.

Time to get drawing!