Wednesday, 29 February 2012



On the way back from our trip to Edinburgh we stopped off at the Angel of the North. I have wanted to see it in person since it was commissioned, and all I have to say is “ wow”.  We even got blue skies for the occasion.

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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

a couple of works in progress…


I’m still drawing/doodling, which ever you want to call it.  I’m not quite doing something everyday, but here are a couple of no where near finished pages in my A4 moleskine.  They are at the basic drawing stage awaiting lots more colour and me to have a clue where to take them next. Still gives, me something to do!


Monday, 27 February 2012

meeting a few friends…


Tien Tien (also known as Sweetie in english)

There is nothing like being back in your own bed, but we had a lovely time away in Edinburgh. Such a fascinating city and, in all honesty, we ran out of time to see and do everything we wanted to do. With two small kids in tow and a Panda’s at the zoo, Edinburgh Zoo was top of our list to visit. 


As lovely as Panda’s are, and we had a very enthusiastic guide, who furnished us with loads of information and made it great visit, my heart lies with the big cats.  In particular the Jaguar. Edinburgh Zoo even has a male with a black coat. Heaven for me.  I could have stayed and watched them all day.


Friday, 17 February 2012

Thursday, 16 February 2012

water birds


One thing that I have promised myself recently is that I will draw more. A lot more, so my art journal is doubling up as a playground to experiment with my drawing.  First thing this morning I opened my journal to a nice new page and quickly sketched n some more birds, this time three of them tottering on top of each other – bit of a metaphor for how life is feeling at the moment.  But what to do with them… I had a little think about how I’m feeling at the moment, trying to stay on two feet, living like a single parent during the week with two kids in primary school whilst running the house and a business.  It can sometime feel like I’m about to be swept away by it all…enter waves crashing on the tiny island of sanity my birds are standing on.  

I’ll probably tweak this page a wee bit yet, and I’m not sure if I need to journal on it.  I’ve used watercolours on this one and I’m falling in love with them all over again.  It’s been a very long time since I last used any. Then again, it’s been a very long time since I stopped drawing.  Feels good to start again.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

mop up page…


This weeks class, by yours truly, for UKS Art Journey is now up.  I won’t show the page or the class here, but it’s all about using acrylic paints (Liquitex Heavy Body in my case) and other permanent medium to create layers. 

As always I had extra paints and ink so rather than waste them I used them on a second page, adding in the spare scraps of papers that I used. Now I have a finished page, which is waiting for me to add some journalling to. 


The bird (not the prettiest is he…LOL), was drawn and coloured with neocolor II crayons, with some extra detailing with posca pens. I’ve used Dylusions Around the Edge stamps for foliage, stamped with Archival Ink in Blue Violet. Followed by a quick whip round the edge with a Jenni Bowlin Dabber – Spiced Tin, my absolute favourite dabber colour, and there are a few to choose from!


Now, what shall I rant about on this page…there’s plenty of room!

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

getting ready..



…for the next class I’m doing for UKS Art Journey….

makes for a nice afternoon of messing about with paints.

Monday, 6 February 2012

looking for inspiration

One of my favourite pass times is to spend way too much time online, trawling websites, blog hopping and generally letting myself be bounced around while looking for inspiration. Colours, textures, techniques, things to help spark my creativity, leaving me with pages and pages of notes and idea’s and sketches for future projects (some very future projects looking at my notes) . 

Today though I wanted to share this video with you from Brett Weldele, a US Comic Book Artist, using Distress Inks and Stains and produces beautiful work with them.   Enjoy!


Brette Weldele Distress Inks

Thursday, 2 February 2012



Not a lot of creating going on at the moment as the lurgy is still lingering and leaving me somewhat shattered.  It’s the second posting of the “Journal Your Art” CJ next week, so if I do nothing else I have to get my pages done so I can pop it in the post.  The theme for this one is “Time” and this is a peek of my page. There is another Time CJ in the group so I’m looking forward to seeing how people interpret, and having done this one I have lots of idea’s for the next one.