UPCYCLING

Yes, I might have become someone who actually uses the term ‘upcycling’… but only where necessary. It is what it is – I did not only recycle something, but made it better than it was originally. Great! My boyfriend and I were just walking home with an evening’s shopping in our hands when we came…

Happy Easter – Watercolour Guinea Pigs are Easter-y, Right?

Happy Easter bloggers! I’ve been working on my watercolours and here is one of my most recent – Mr. Guinea Pig. I know, it’s not an Easter bunny, but guinea pigs don’t get much of a look in in general, so I’m letting this little buddy join the Easter party.I found him very difficult as it took…

Happy National Cereal Day! 

This is a token that proves my love for cereal, in its many, wonderful forms – sweet/savoury, crunchy/soggy – I haven’t found one I’d turn away yet! This Cereal Killer spoon was slipped into one of my cereal boxes on Valentine’s day a long time ago, whilst at university. (In case you were wondering, I…

Watercolour No. 6 – Little Duckling

It is grey and wet in London today so I thought I’d post this, my little watercolour duckling, who would, I have no doubt, have a great time paddling about in the drizzle if given the opportunity. I have certainly seen a positive development from my first watercolour, Mr Robin, through a few different techniques…

Watercolour No.5 – Miss Giraffe

They’re really funny creatures, giraffes, so why not try painting one? Unlike Mr Hare, I started with a sketch to get the main outline. I think I prefer the freedom that comes with not sketching first, but it is certainly harder and much more can go wrong. With Miss Giraffe here, I also have the…

Watercolour No.4 – Mr Hare

Say hello to Mr. Hare, the fourth in my watercolour paintings. Unlike my previous Sweet Peas, this painting relied on accuracy with the animals features to really bring him to life. I was able to be much freer with flowers. I do love, however, the confidence of allowing the backing paper to show through, avoiding…

Watercolour No.3 – Sweet Peas

This is testimony to my watercolour attitude becoming freer – allowing the colours to bleed into one another in a semi-controlled manner upon wet paper – using the blank, off-white paper as my base colour, not as something to cover up. I love Sweet Peas. They are super easy to grow if you’ve got a…

Watercolour Barn Owl

Welcome to watercolour works round two, the second quick painting in which I am attempting to loosen up my hand, be freer with the paint and capture the feel of the subject rather than it in exact detail. I think we’re getting there.  Barn owls are amazing, beautiful animals. They are so soft and elegant…

Mr Watercolour Robin

Say hello to my little friend… Robin, Watercolour Robin. Watercolour has never been my medium of choice… probably because to get it right takes a looser touch, or at least a touch that is not so used to acrylic paint, but I want to get better at it. I found that I could allow the…

Armistice Day… Tower of London Poppies

The Tower of London plays host to a sea of 888,426 ceramic poppies as a memorial to those who died in the First World War. This year, which marks the centenary of the war’s beginning in 1914, the stunning exhibition is expected to have captured the attention of up to four million by the 12th…