I think so! I doubt many artists realise that Muji offer colour pencils, nor that they are actually pretty damn good! I discovered them a couple of years ago when I went on a birthday shopping spree in London and visited one of their stores. Had I seen them online, I doubt I would have … Continue reading Muji colour pencils – Japan’s best kept secret?
Back in September I talked about my new direction into pattern design. My journey has since continued, and every day I get more and more excited about it! One of the truly exciting things about using my art in pattern design, is that I can use it to unify all my other creative endeavours. Remember the … Continue reading Surface Pattern Design – My Journey So Far!
You'll remember the bargainous travel watercolour brushes I discovered, which are in fact nail art brushes. I needed a swanky case for them, so what better project to use up some of my lovely leather than a pouch made to measure? Materials used: Leather Leather glue Clips Rotary cutter Awl Hole puncher Metal ruler Thick thread Wax … Continue reading DIY leather pouch for cheap travel watercolour brushes!
This here, is the lovely travel mop brush handmade by Rosemary & Co here in the UK... I'd only ever seen the usual rounded and filbert-tipped travel brushes before, so imagine my delight when I found out that Rosemary & Co have a whole range of them! I'd been looking for a mop brush … Continue reading Gorgeous Rosemary & Co travel mop brush!
I recently got these Talens opaque watercolours, also labelled as gouache. They're a student range - the kind used in schools. I was curious - are they like the Caran D'ache gouache tins or more like the sets of cheap watercolours I have? I don't yet have the Caran D'ache gouache set, so I set about … Continue reading Royal Talens opaque watercolours gouache tin review
SET OF 5 RETRACTABLE TRAVEL WATERCOLOUR BRUSHES FOR £3.43?! Crazy! But... they aren't actually watercolour brushes! Read on to find out more... The picture above shows my entire collection of travel watercolour brushes - the retractable type. Three are from art shops here in the UK: PRO ARTE RETRACTABLE ROUND #10 £12.95 lawrence.co.uk RED SABLE … Continue reading Cheapest retractable travel watercolour brush set!
IKEA do sketchbooks! They have medium and large sized sketchbooks with thick, handmade-type paper in them. I decided to put one to the test! The A4 and A3 sized sketchbooks have plain-ish covers in black or white shades, but the one that I liked was more of a landscape sketchbook/photo album/notebook that came with designs … Continue reading Reviewing the IKEA sketchbook…
My new favourite art stylus!
For over a year now I've been working on my style, taking online classes on Skillshare and even taking part in Creative Bug's 30 day drawing challenge. The 52-week illustration challenge has also been another avenue for working from prompts. Little did I realise it back then, but my challenge pieces would provide me with … Continue reading A pattern-making journey!
I love painting pet portraits. It all started when I bought some alcohol markers and wanted to see what I could do with them. I bought a sketchbook with thick, smooth paper in it and drew a portrait of my cat Monty: I was thrilled with the result, and I became addicted to it! I … Continue reading Painting custom commissioned pet portraits… my process!