Friday, 18 August 2017



Thanks to all who stopped by last week.

I am linking up again this week with Paint Party Friday.

A place where artists can come together and share what they have been working on.

It's fun to come together with like minded people

and to see their work and hear their comments.

I started working on a double page spread in my

'Permission to Play' Journal.

  I've just a little more to do to it before it's finished.

I have also completed colouring my first page in the beautiful

 colouring book Coloriage Wild by Emmanuelle Colin.

It's a great way to practice my coloured pencil skills and I can't wait to start my next page.


Friday, 11 August 2017



This week I have been playing with different mediums.

Firstly coloured pencil in my new colouring book Coloriage Wild by Emmanuelle Colin

I will share my first completed page in a future post.

Secondly acrylics on a little cardboard painting for my box project.

This one went through many changes until I was happy with her.

Lastly a little watercolour.

Thank you to all who visited last week for Paint Party Friday.

 I really appreciate you stopping by and I love to hear your comments.

Linking to Paint Party Friday.

Friday, 4 August 2017

WIP and New Goodies


I have just been doing a little on a painting I started a while ago and put aside.

It started with a mono-print background.

I used acrylics and then coloured pencil on the hair, face and bodice's

More work is needed on the skirts and I think I will do some more to the

 background before I can call it finished.

I wrote in an earlier post about my new found interest in colouring books.

Its a great way to practice my watercolour and coloured pencil techniques.

the book mentioned in my post was Linda Ravenscroft's Fairy & Fantasy Art.

I have been watching Dede Willingham's videos over on You Tube where she shares

all her colouring techniques and Art Journaling ideas.

I am hooked now on books featuring artists illustrations and have just bought a new one

that I am very excited about and can't wait to get started on.

It has beautiful illustrations by Emmanuelle Colin.

Although I will work primarily in watercolour and coloured pencil for

small areas and finishing touchesI have come across these water based markers

by non other than crayola.

They have an amazing array of colours for what is notably known as a brand for children.

 Although some look very alike they are subtly different.

 I was AMAZED!

And here is another way that I found that you can use them.

Apply some to a palette

and apply with a brush.

Happy Days!!


Linking to Paint Party Friday.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Update on My Little Project


If you missed the start of my little project you can check it out

  here and here

I painted the box with gesso and the edges with gold acrylic and I planned to cover it with my own

painted papers. However I had a lot of 'bought' craft papers so I

decided to use them and this is the result.

I liked the green and gold together but it just wasn't 'arty' enough for me so

I replaced it with my painted papers.

Inside there will be twelve little artworks on cardboard.

I have wanted to do a video for a long time. Not anything edited 

or time lapsed or anything fancy like that as I wouldn't know the first thing about 

doing that but just a silent flip through of the twelve little cardboard paintings.

That is my plan anyway. Lol!  

To those of you lovely people that visit my blog I want to send a big 'thank you'.

I really appreciate you stopping by and it's nice to know I am not talking to myself.


Tuesday, 11 July 2017



I have recently come across some colouring books on line which have

 beautiful illustrations and when they are coloured in make beautiful works of art.

I want to improve my work with coloured pencil and watercolour

and thought that colouring books would be a good way to do this.

 Linda Ravenscroft  is an artist well known for her illustrations of fairies and has

some lovely colouring books which are available on her website.

I chose her book ' Fairy and Fantasy Art 2 Painting and Colouring Book.'

The paper is 300gsm and is perfect for watercolour and the pages

are one sided so ideal for framing if you wished.

I was hesitant to start my first page as I didn't want to ruin such beautiful illustrations.

Here is my first page.


.......and after.

Completed in watercolour and coloured pencil.

Before I go here is a little update on my current project.

Not much done since my last post.

Next step more... more gesso.

Thanks for visiting.


Friday, 7 July 2017

Sneak Peek


Here is a sneak peek at a little project I'm working on.

Take a conveniently sized box.

and paint it with gesso ready for decorating.

You will have to stop by next time to see the next step..........


See you next time.


Sunday, 2 July 2017



Stopping by for an update .

Today I've got a couple of pieces to share.

The first is mixed media on  mount board. 

It is larger than I usually work with 12x12 ins.

It is made up of my painted papers, acrylics, coloured pencil and gel sticks.

Then second is a page in my 'Permission to Play ' Journal,

For a long time I have enjoyed watching Mystele Kirkeeng on You Tube.

She works in lots of loose layers of collage and paint and I wanted to try

something similar in my journal.

I started off  with layers of acrylic applied with a palette knife.


I applied more layers of paint using a palette knife and brushes 

 scraping back with a bank card and adding collage.

She looks a little stoic but I loved the process and the finished overall appearance

with all the layers paint.

 Using a palette knife reduces the control you have which results in a looser style 

but I need to try and bring a little more of my own style into the process.

Thanks for stopping by.