This hand carved Hellebore rubber stamp could be your very own in my first blog giveaway……all you need to do is tell me your favourite piece work I’ve done and why, by leaving a comment in this post (The link ‘Leave a reply’ is at the bottom of the post).
The closing date is 9pm GMT on Wednesday 2nd March, so be quick!
The winner will be chosen by a random number generator and I will post the name (not the details!) of the winner at 10am Thursday 3rd March.
The curious Lotus Flower Seed Pod.
This will be another watercolour and ink painting.
The gleaming mirror-like layers of the orange-spotted tiger clearwing pupa in Colombia provide camouflage by reflecting the light and colours of the surrounding rainforest. After rainfall, they seem to disappear among the glistening wet leaves.
Watercolour and Acrylic Ink on Daler Rowney Rough Aquarelle 140 lb.
I was in two minds about the detail on the butterfly. I knew if I used black ink, it would make the butterfly look harder and more prominent, whereas white highlights and softens. I think the black would have been too strong in this case.
I started a new painting last night. I’m experimenting again. The next bit will be to add some ink detail.
Experimenting with watercolour and a technical drawing pen.
My completed Hellebore.
Watercolour and acrylic inks on Daler Rowney Aquarelle Rough 140lb
I added some colour to my Hellebore sketch. Its ready for some ink now.
I’ve been lucky enough to have received some special books since Christmas. Here are a selection of the most recent, all gifts from some lovely people.
A Year In Japan by Kate T. Williamson – From my Mum
Pattern Sourcebook : Japanese Style by Shigeki Nakamura – From my Mum
1950′s Fashion Print by Marnie Fogg – From my cousin, Lucy, as a thank you gift
Retro Fonts by Gregor Stawinski - From my sister and her husband for Christmas
Angie Lewin : Plants and Places by Leslie Geddes Brown – From my Mum
Lotta Jansdotter Stencils by Lotta Jansdotter - From my Mum
Butterfly by Thomas Marent - From my husband
And I love every single one of them.
P.S This is my 100th post. I can’t quite believe I’ve had that much to say. Thank you to everyone who keeps coming back and supporting my work. I hope I can manage another 100. Salut!
Here’s a draft sketch for a new painting I’ll be doing over the weekend. The light was so bad taking photos today, which is why I’ve made this image so dark. Its a bit tricky to see the outline but I thought I’d post it anyway. It’ll make a good before and after piece.
A little bit of watercolour tomfoolery for this weeks Illustration Friday submission.
Watercolour and white acrylic ink.
A little bit of bedtime doodling – helps me wind down
You may notice a few odd things going on this week on this site. I’m experimenting with some new layouts to make my site a little more user friendly. I hope to have it all finished by the end of the week. And when it is, I’ll also be having my first giveaway you may not want to miss out on.
‘Fritillaria Meleagris’ using FW Artists Acrylic Ink in Olive Green on Windsor & Newton Cold Pressed 190gsm watercolour paper.
Watercolour and white acrylic ink on Windsor & Newton Cold Pressed 190gsm watercolour paper.
Available to buy in my shop.
The design is printed from an original mixed media painting using watercolour and ink, onto cold pressed 90lb watercolour paper.
The paperweight is made from heavy quality English glass with a co-ordinating red felt base and packaged in our black box with tissue paper. A perfect gift for anyone… or a little treat for yourself!
The paperweight is 9.5cm round.
The boxed paperweight will be sent by first class Royal Mail, packaged securely to ensure there is no breakage.
They’ve been on my mind all week. Being up with the lark this morning, I finally gave in and made some muffins. Cinnamon muffins. I’d also been looking for an excuse to use a gift from my mum and dad when they visited Australia right at the beginning of the year. Little birdie cake toppers and cup cake cases. The perfect excuse to prettify a cake. I’ve already eaten three today.
I finished my mushroom painting last night. I didn’t need to any any more colour so I used ink to give it some definition. I feel like I’m making some progress in finding my way now.
The other mushroom isn’t quite ready to show yet. It needs something, so I’m going to think about it and post it when its ready.
Happy weekend to you all!
The beginnings of two new practise paintings. I’ll add a little more colour and some ink and post them here when they’re completed.
I’ve been spending a little time this week experimenting with watercolour and ink. I used this pine cone as my muse.