When I paint with the children at school, I enjoy it, and play with the paint in a different way than I do when painting at home. When I do something at home, even though I don't mean to, I seem to put pressure on myself for it to turn out in a certain way-and often feel a bit defeated that it doesn't. I don't tend to feel like that at school as my focus is different-working alongside the children and inspiring them-so not thinking about myself I suppose! Yesterday I decided to try to forget that feeling, and just play with the paint. I used gouache paints which I love-they are more intense than water colours, but have that watercolour quality of being able to be merged and sloshed around, providing unknown results. I have a book of 19th century illustrations of women-a Dover book, and used this as inspiration. I really enjoyed myself! I wrote a word to go with each picture.