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mixed media, Pattern, shapes

New bright abstract artwork

Hello everyone! My sincere apologises for the lack of posts recently. Having moved house in the summer, all of my art materials have been packed away in boxes for some time..... Thank fully I am now slowly unpacking them and hope to get back into posting. This is a piece I completed this week. I… Continue reading New bright abstract artwork

Acrylic mediums, learning, mixed media

Using Glass bead gel medium

There are so many art products out there that every week, more and more are made available for artists to use. One such product which has been out quite a while is 'Glass bead gel' medium. I came across this while doing some general research into mediums I could use in my mixed media work. I have… Continue reading Using Glass bead gel medium

art, ecourse, Make art that sells, MATS Bootcamp

Gouache painted roses

This month's assignment theme for the Make Art That Sells ecourse is 'Roses' so I wanted to start off by keeping the shapes simple. I used gouache paints thinned slightly with water and painted some simple flat 2d shapes. Once dry, I then started adding details over the top of the roses using a white gel pen. This… Continue reading Gouache painted roses

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MATS March assignment Abstract Pattern for a backpack

I have been pretty busy the last few weeks completing the Make Art That Sells (MATS) assignment. The course is run by Lilla Rogers who is an American art agent and the courses really help to push you creative boundaries as well as being a lot of fun!!! Anyone interested in her courses can find… Continue reading MATS March assignment Abstract Pattern for a backpack

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MATS Assignment Bootcamp 2017 kicks off!

I hadn't intended to sign up for the course but thought "why not?!". I did the course in 2015 and loved it, and of course as with most ecourses, it has improved over time, and this year is no exception.   To get more info on this course (and others) please visit Lilla's website here.… Continue reading MATS Assignment Bootcamp 2017 kicks off!

Abstract, Artists, doodles

Inspiration Thursday

Apologises to all my readers for my lack of posts recently. I have just moved house so I was without internet connection for a while, but thankfully all is now sorted! I would like to share some images which have inspired me in my art and art making recently and I hope they may inspire you too.… Continue reading Inspiration Thursday

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Abstract, doodles, floral, shapes, zentangle

My best nine images of 2016 from Instagram

A lot of folks over on instagram have a yearly thing where they post their best nine images from the year. So in the spirit of things I wanted to share my best nine (just search for #bestnine over on instagram to see everyone's lovely work). Below are a couple of videos from YouTube that… Continue reading My best nine images of 2016 from Instagram

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Abstract, mixed media

New abstract mixed media art on canvas board

Happy new year to you! I hope you all had an enjoyable and peaceful christmas. Hello 2017 🙂 I wanted to share a new piece of art that I have been working on in the last few days. It is a slightly new direction art wise for me, as I have used flat 2d solid shapes. For… Continue reading New abstract mixed media art on canvas board

black & white, doodles, Line art, Pattern, shapes, zentangle

Black Zentangle doodle artwork on Society6 tote bag

Hi everyone, I wanted to share with you a black zentangle inspired design I completed recently. Below you can see some in progress shots and I'm happy with how the finished design looks. After finishing the design I wanted to upload it onto the Society6 website to see how it would look on a tote bag, since they are super cool… Continue reading Black Zentangle doodle artwork on Society6 tote bag

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black & white, doodles, free, phrase, printables

FREE ‘Enjoy Life’ pdf printable for you!

I wanted to give every reader of my blog a FREE printable that you can print out and colour in to hang up on your wall (or even stick down onto a journal maybe?). Anyway, as a thank you for following my blog, click here to download the pdf. The artwork is in portrait view (as… Continue reading FREE ‘Enjoy Life’ pdf printable for you!

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black & white, doodles, floral, free

‘Keep Growing’ FREE pdf illustration coming soon!

This week I am in denial that Christmas is fast approaching and I haven't done anything yet! eek......... so I have been drawing and trying to focus on being positive (since all this grey, rainy weather I enough to dampen most people's mood in damp November). Therefore I came up with this little drawing. I… Continue reading ‘Keep Growing’ FREE pdf illustration coming soon!

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black & white, Botanical hair, doodles, floral, mixed media, Pattern, shapes, watercolour, zentangle

Botanical zendoodle art hair woman

Hello folks! This week I have been trying out a new direction in terms of style. Well, it's not completely new........I first tried out this style a few years back but never really took it very far. So this week I have made a return to the botanical /zendoodle/floral/leaves style hair. I was inspired to… Continue reading Botanical zendoodle art hair woman

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Abstract, black & white, doodles, Pattern, shapes

Abstract black & white ink pen botanical inspired doodles

I wanted to share a another new design I've been working on lately. It has been done using a black ink pen (I favour Uniball Gel Impact 1.0mm) because the ink flows beautifully as well as being waterproof so you can add watercolour washes or any other wet medium over the top at a later date… Continue reading Abstract black & white ink pen botanical inspired doodles

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black & white, doodles, floral, Pattern, shapes

Abstract botanical black & white illustration

Hello everyone 🙂 I hope you have been having a good week. I have been busy working on some new designs in black ink pen (no surprise!!!) and I wanted to share my progress with you so far. This design isn't finished yet, but hopefully not far off now. To keep up to date with… Continue reading Abstract botanical black & white illustration

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black & white, Botanical hair, doodles, floral, Pattern

‘Woman with Botanical & Floral hair’ new ink drawings

Hello everyone, I wanted to share some new drawings I have done this week. I am trying out a (slightly) new direction in terms of my drawing and art, but a technique I have previously had a go at but dismissed in the past. I call it 'Botanical patterned hair'  or 'Botanical head-dress'. It basically covers all things… Continue reading ‘Woman with Botanical & Floral hair’ new ink drawings