Saturday, 16 October 2010

And may all your dreams come true...

If you wish for something hard enough it may just well come true...  My daughter has been gifted this beautiful horse, an ex-racehorse formally named Burn Park but affectionately called Treacle. Mind you she has worked extremely hard to deserve it, I think she may just be the happiest teenager I know :)

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Sophie's birthday

Well, I can hardly believe it Sophie is 15 today, where did that time go...  Her passion is riding and anything to do with horses, so we were delighted that she was able to ride a borrowed pony (Dillon) to take part in a cross country event today.  It's while since she has ridden him, and has recently been riding much larger horses, but he is a sturdy little fellow, and a good show pony, so they did quite well, with just one refusal.

I drew a picture of him for her birthday card

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Study of Eyes

I am taking Monica Zúñiga's online class "Drawing faces with pencil". She starts with the most important feature of the face - the eye, and has many detailed videos helping us to understand and interpret the features of the eye. If you want to learn to draw faces I highly recommend this workshop.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

A blissful weekend in Cornwall

Way back in March I had a wonderful girlie weekend in Cornwall. A good friend owns a holiday home on the North Cornish coast and invited 8 of us down for a weekend of fun, feasts, walking, pampering, laughter, dancing, oh yes and did I say eating... For March in the UK, the weather was blissful - lovely and sunny with blue skies and very little wind, so we were able to enjoy the wonderful scenery.

As always, click on the images to view larger.

Here is the house and it's setting...

Some photos from in and around the house, and rocks from the beach...
On Saturday, we went for a long walk along the coastal path
I found some wonderful textures along the way...
and found the first daffodil, just coming into bloom
We ate wonderfully, so of course, I had to record that in my journal too...
The journal is not finished yet, I'm still awaiting some photos that others have promised to send, and I will add some more writing. When it is complete and bound I will do a video flip through.

This is the journal page I did when 10 of us stayed there last January.

All the pages were painted with acrylics on Fabriano Artistico watercolour paper. Sorry about the quality of the photos, I am having scanner problems at the moment...

The house is available for rental, so if you want a truly wonderful place to stay in Cornwall that sleeps up to 14 people check out their website, but be warned it books up quickly.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

A fishy tale...

For a friends birthday I created this fun picture for the children's room of her holiday home in Cornwall.

The background was created with watercolour and plastic wrap

Detail of the fish - created with Aluminium sheet and alcohol inks

Friday, 28 May 2010

More Pan Pastel Journal backgrounds

I LOVE using PanPastels for my journal backgrounds - sometimes it is great not to have to wait for paint to dry. I especially love the soft subtle blending that can be achieved, and the wonderful tactile feel of the pages. I have been using them in my gratitude journal, and thought I would share some pre-prepared background pages -

The page bottom left (above) was created by applying Phthalo Blue and Hansa Yellow Shade and blending them where they meet. The flowers were created by stamping with Versamark, and then dusting very lightly over the stamping with Chromium Oxide Green for the stems/leaves and Red Iron Oxide shade for the flowers.

The page top right was created by blending Yellow Ochre and Permanent Red and then erasing the swirls with a pencil eraser (Pan Pastels erase very easily). The page bottom right was created by laying down a base coat of Yellow Ochre, and then dusting Red Iron Oxide shade over a Tim Holtz mask.

For most pages, simply rubbing well with a paper towel after applying the Pastel is enough to 'fix' the pages, however when applying over a mask or through a stencil, it may be necessary to use a fixative spray, although I haven't done that yet with this page and it is holding up pretty well.

I also find that PanPastel can be easily used on smooth paper - usually soft pastel requires a paper with some 'tooth', but it is easy to get smooth 'washes' of colour on very smooth paper with this product as it is so low in dust and has an almost creamy consistency.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

A few more pages from my Kelly Kilmer class

This spread did not follow any of Kelly's prompts, but was inspired by the image of the dancer - I have always had a passion for Flamenco dancing. I tried a few classes many years ago, it is surprisingly difficult to co-ordinate the movements of the arms and feet, as they are frequently moving counter to each other...

This spread was in response to a prompt that Kelly posted - Perfume or no perfume?

These pages were inspired by the images rather than a prompt

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

First pages for my Kelly Kilmer class

I have signed up for Kelly Kilmer's "A life Made By Hand Class". I have been lurking rather a long while since signing up, looking at the many wonderful pages that are being posted. Collage is a new medium for me, so I have been rather hesitant in starting, but the group is wonderfully supportive, so yesterday I took the plunge and posted my first pages.

The second page (on the right) is not really a collage, but as I wanted the text to be the main feature of this page, I felt the image spoke for itself and needed no further intervention from me.

Monday, 1 February 2010


I did well with my January calendar for Kate Crane's Monthly Art Calendar Challenge , only a few blank squares.

Here are my pages prepped and ready for February. The squares were masked off then I buffed on Permanent Red PanPastel with Phthalo blue around the edges. I just love PanPastels for journal pages they give the page such a lovely smooth tactile surface. I then stamped around the edges with a flourish and a heart stamp.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Gratitude Journal 19th Jan

Here is another spread from my Gratitude journal, again with a PanPastel background, this was using the colours Yellow Ochre and Red Iron Oxide Shade blended together, the pattern was drawn with an eraser.
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