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…

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 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…

Hand-Made Christmas Decorations… Ice Skating Boots!

It’s Christmas… that means Christmas craft. I sat down to watch a film one evening (I’d like to think it was a Christmas one, but it probably wasn’t) and made these sweet, simple Ice Skating Boots to hang on my tree. You will need – At least two colours of felt (I chose dark brown,…

How to Make a Handmade Pom Pom!

Pom poms are really easy and very satisfying to make. I decided to spend an evening making some, because I felt like it! Here’s an easy method to made your own pom poms. You will need only… Wool… Cardboard… Scissors. – Cut two identical disks of cardboard with a whole in the middle, like ring…

Pretty, Simple, Handmade Card…

I have always, when time has permitted, made birthday, Christmas, and thank you cards. They are a simple, inexpensive way to show thought and consideration. I love this particular design which is simple, quick and so cute! All you need is… White A5 card, folded in half A6 backing colour, I chose brown packing paper…

MAMMOTH AHOY!

I am looking into a little study of Mammoths. They’re elephants with lots of hair and, therefore, have such great potential for fun, characterful illustrations! This quick, rough sketch is a starting point for, hopefully, some more developed sketches later on. To get to this point, I initially did finer sketches concentrating on the physical…