I have been itching for quite a while to do some painting. It has been over shadowed by admin, trying to earn money and making things to sell. But my itch has won and to my greatest of pleasure I have set myself up a still life!

Another problem I think is that I’ve always used student quality acrylics and at last I have bought myself a trial set of Golden acrylics and am amazed at the amount of pigment in them and the brightness of colours!still-life-1 still-life-2Scale and proportion are difficult but I think I’ve made a good start ๐Ÿ™‚


Lampshade Commission

I recently up-cycled this lampshade for our living room and shared with my friends and followers on Facebook.lamp-shade-2It has resulted in me getting a commission forย a Lampshade of a specified design which I realised just in time that I’d better not say any more in case they read this post!!! ๐Ÿ˜›


Card Stands in the Making

I started a new project recently as I’ve been having a constant battle in how to display some of my work at my makers markets. I have been making stands and generally trying to improve the presentation of my stall. Ultimately to try and improve sales!

I’ve had someย apple trays for a while, knowing they would come in useful sometime and now they have! I saw something when I was out the other day and just motivated me to see what I could do.

I estimated what other bits of wood I might need which only cost about ยฃ10 and I got on with it.display-1 Measuring, sawing and painting:-)display-2 display-3Yes I’m impressed too!display-4I’ll take a photo of my stall on Saturday to show the stands all finished ๐Ÿ™‚

I love this frog

I love drawing! Here’s my frog in my favourite colour way. I am pleased with this so it shall stay.ย frog-6He’s now available as a A4 digital print with a mount ready to framefrog-5and a recycled greetings card, direct from my studio or from my Etsy shopfrog-3The original drawing is also available ๐Ÿ™‚


I’ve been doing a lot of tidying in the garden and have had to recycle a chair that I was using as a plant stand. The legs I’ve kept, because I spotted something I could do with them.Legs 1 Legs 2I’m going to paint them. What do you think I’m going to turn them into?! ๐Ÿ™‚

Speedy Carve

Just bought myself some Speedball Speedy Carve to carve some blocks with, never tried it before. My thoughts were to do a chicken and here he is

speedy carve 1

It’s really easy to carve!speedy carve 2I did a couple of other blocks at the same time to use up the scraps and I’m really pleased how they turned out. Watch this space! ๐Ÿ™‚

New Lino Cut for Repeat Pattern

I have been a little more ambitious with this block as I wanted it to be in keeping with the drawings I’ve been doing. This is my design and as you can see I’ve traced it through with carbon paper.New block 1 I used a tiny spray of spray mount to keep everything in place while I was tracing and what I discovered was, the spray mount on the lino acted as a fixative for the carbon tracing and so didn’t rub off while cutting the block!New block 2 New block 3 A little practice in technique is needed for the alignment of the block..New block 4…but a few pencil lines drawn on the side works wonders!5New block 4 As my regular viewers know, I’m a keen recycler and so the base for this print is a vintage sheet. ๐Ÿ™‚New block 5