Wednesday, 31 December 2008


This spread was in response to a challenge on the 'Love This Journal' Yahoo group - to draw your favourite christmas ornaments. I decided to do a page on two of the decorations made by the children a few years ago, and still carefully preserved.

Drawn with Pitt Pen in Moleskine Sketchbook with watercolour pencils, and PanPastel for the border.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008


Circus pictures

A set of paintings for my granddaughter's room,

The harlequin pattern was painted on the picture mount with acrylic paint and silver pen. The picture is watercolour pencil.

Sunday, 16 November 2008


Went to see a great production of 42nd Street for my birthday.

I didn't have any black acrylic or gesso on hand, so I used the kids Poster paint, not really ideal as it is not waterproof when dry and smears a lot. Had to seal it with fixative to work on it further. The neon signs were drawn with gold pilot pen and coloured with watercolour pencils.

in Moleskine sketchbook

Sunday, 2 November 2008


Originally uploaded by JournalEYES
A study for a larger artwork I am thinking of doing

Watercolour crayons and gesso in Moleskine Sketchbook

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

The Road

The Road
Originally uploaded by JournalEYES
“Just finished reading Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road’ and felt inspired to do a journal page. I wanted to try out a new material - Safmat, a transparent film, from Letraset that you can print onto.

I edited a couple of photos of winter trees in photoshop and printed them onto the Safmat. I then peeled off the backing and stuck the transparent film with the printed image into my Moleskine sketchbook. I had used a grey PanPastel on the page first, deliberately patchy, to create the dusty landscape depicted in the book.

Quite pleased with the Safmat, it is very thin and ‘almost’ invisible, so a good way of getting photos into your journal without creating too much bulk.”

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Too many clocks...

Too many clocks...
Originally uploaded by JournalEYES
Things are getting ridiculous - I had to adjust 29 clocks when we changed to British Summer Time last week...

Pitt pen and soft pastels on Moleskine Sketchbook

Monday, 3 March 2008

Sophie's Bear

Originally uploaded by JournalEYES
My daughter's bear has played such an important part in her life that I wanted to make sure I captured the memory - what better place than in my journal.

The drawing was done in a Moleskine Sketchbook with watercolour pencils, the photo was an inkjet photo transferred with Sheer Heaven - see technique on my blog here -

Journal Craft Inspirations blog

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Ebony's favourite toy

Ebony's favourite toy
Originally uploaded by JournalEYES
Ebony has been having such fun with the toy she got for Christmas I thought it would make a good subject for a journal page.

Moleskine sketchbook and watercolour pencils

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Hand study watercolour

hand study watercolour
Originally uploaded by JournalEYES
Moving on from the hand studies we did in charcoal last week. Learning to create flesh tones in watercolour.

Monday, 7 January 2008

Hand studies in charcoal

hand studies charcoal
Originally uploaded by JournalEYES

First attempt at drawing with charcoal since High School (hated it then!), but I must say I quite enjoyed it today - I think I have become less timid. These studies were done for my Art and Drawing class.

Charcoal on cartridge paper.

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