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!
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
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!
Most artists will head to their local art shops to search for art supplies, or maybe even look for bargain second-hand items on eBay. However, I have a few other tricks up my sleeve when it comes to getting bargainous and quality art supplies - antiques shops and charity shops/boot sales! When I was on … Continue reading Vintage art supplies – setting up a vintage watercolour palette…
This week I've been designing some illustrations for greeting cards to give to my friends. I thought you might like to have a little insight into my process... STEP 1: Sketch out the designs. The first one was a "congratulations" on news of having a baby, so I designed a little cat family. The other card was … Continue reading Designing illustrations for greeting cards
Recently, I decided to try out the Platinum Fude brush pen! I was curious to see how it compared to the Pentel brush pen. Here's what I thought of it! It's a lovely looking pen and comes in attractive packaging. A cartridge is included, but this is the only one - there is not one … Continue reading Fude brush pen versus Pentel brush pen!
I've just returned from a holiday in Wales and felt it was a great time to share with you what art supplies I take with me when I go away, as well as some of the sketching I did while I was there. My travel art kit consisted of: Moleskine watercolour sketchbook Filofax folio with … Continue reading My travel art kit & holiday sketches
This week I am trying out one of my new handmade watercolour sketchbooks that I recently made... I made it myself (and several other smaller sketchbooks) using large sheets of watercolour paper from my local art shop. In total the two sheets - one Bockingford 190 gsm and one Saunders Waterford 300 gsm - cost … Continue reading Painting in my handmade watercolour sketchbook with White Nights watercolours!
This week I was excited to try out the J. Herbin rollerball pen. To do so I did some tropical-inspired drawings and painted them with my Prima Marketing tropicals watercolour set. You may have seen me using the J. Herbin fountain pen in one of my previous videos. This week, the rollerball came back into … Continue reading Trying out the J. Herbin rollerball pen & Prima Marketing Tropicals