Friday, 23 June 2017

Working in Watercolour


In my last post I mentioned that I have started to try my hand at watercolour

and I shared my first couple of small paintings. 

If you missed them you can check them out here.

Today I wanted to share my latest watercolour with you.

My favourite so far.

Hope you like her too!


Linking to Paint Party Friday

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Catch up


I have been neglecting my blog and my loyal blog friends.

A big THANK YOU to those of you that have visited and left comments


I have a lot to share with you in this post.

Since I was last here I have been working in my 'Permission to Play' Journal 

and experimenting with watercolour.  A  medium that I am

not that familiar with.

Firstly I here is a couple of new pages in my journal.

I found the shape of the rabbit in the background which dictated 

the theme of the double page spread.

I have also been trying my hand at watercolour.

Here are a couple of small paintings  I have completed since I my last post.

I enjoyed playing with watercolours for a change and quite 

like the results.

Over the last few days I have returned to working in the 'Big Monster' colouring book

by Juliette Crane.

I have shared pages in the past but her are a couple I have recently completed

The first was completed in watercolour with a touch of glitter glue.

On the second I used watercolour, metallic acrylic and a touch of glitter glue.

In the back of the book there are some blank pages where you are invited 

to create your own characters. So here are a couple of my own.

The first completed in coloured pencil.

The second in oil pastel and gold metallic acrylic paint.


I hope you enjoy taking a look at what I've been up too.


Wednesday, 17 May 2017



Just stopped by to share my latest page in my 'Permission to Play' Journal.

This page was created using Faber Castell Gel Sticks, oil pastel 

and coloured pencil.

This is how she looked after I used the gel sticks diluted with a water brush.

And this is why I love oil pastels

Hope you like her.


Sunday, 7 May 2017

A Quick Update


I have been working on a couple of things recently and I am

 just posting a quick update.

My son has unfortunately broken his leg playing football and is

in hospital at the moment awaiting an operation so things are a bit

hectic at the moment.

Firstly, I have completed the small painting from my last post.

Secondly, another page in my 'Permission to Play' Journal.

I laid down some colour and white acrylic and used the texture to pick out a figure.

Thirdly, I have started this piece by planing out the composition

by laying some mono printed papers and rough sketches

on a mono printed background.

Unfortunately when I stuck the papers for the skirts down I didn't like them.

This is how it looks at the moment.

Not sure when I will get time to continue with it but will be
back to share it when I can.


Friday, 28 April 2017



The good thing when working in mixed media is that building

 up the layers can change something completely.

Here are some pics to show how this small piece has changed since the start.

I am working on a piece of mount board and started with a some flowered paper

 and covered it with gesso.

Started adding layers of acrylic.

Then added some more.

Then some more which improved it somewhat.

I then changed the colour completely and now it looks like this..........

Still a work in progress.

Hope you stop by again and see how it turns out.


Sunday, 23 April 2017

A Major Repair Job


I've been working in my Permission to Play Journal.

The point to this journal is to not worry about the outcome of the pages.

Which is a good thing considering the way this page went.

I am so careful when painting my portraits ( You will notice I have started calling them 

portraits instead of girls lol!) and because I was working in

my Journal I started out with  'abandon'.

I was toying with the idea of sharing my first 'process' pic but it

was so bad I couldn't bring myself to,

This is the first 'acceptable' version of it.

The eyes were beyond redemption. I used oil pastel so I couldn't cover them with gesso

so I covered them up with book paper.

A little more work with  oil pastel on the face and some acrylic paint on the background.

I am so pleased it turned out better than what I thought at the beginning.

That's the great thing about mixed media.  If you keep layering you can

 usually (but not always) save things.

I would love to hear your thoughts. I really appreciate your comments.


Friday, 21 April 2017

Three Tiny Portraits.


I have just completed a trio of tiny works.

The first in pencil.

The second in pencil with a touch of colour.

And the third in Faber Castell Gel sticks.

I have also been working on a spread in my 'Permission to Play' Journal.

(That's what I've decided to call it. Lol!)

Not sure where it's going yet. 

Watch this space...........


Linking this to Paint Party Friday.