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Small canvas

Been busy lately with Life Book 2014. Great fun and highly recommended. I have noticed that I am initially reluctant to do some exercises; “It’s too easy/hard/complicated/simple…” but when I knuckle own and get on with it, I find myself challenged and engrossed. Some of my results have been a little… well rubbish. Others have turned out better than expected. For more see my blog, Art Journaling.

This week’s exercise was presented by Alena Hennessy, and I enjoyed it so much, I grabbed a small canvas this afternoon and produced another one.

Intuitive painted canvas

Materials: modelling paste, stencils, collage, acrylic paint, gesso, Neocolor 1s, charcoal.

Gift for a little girl

My lovely sister commissioned this doodle-pip as a gift for a young lady. Drew some inspiration from Joanna Fink’s ‘Zenspirations’. Mostly watercolour with some help from Tombow brush markers.

I’m really pleased with it as it is ‘young’ but not overly cute. Looks really good in a light cherry-wood frame.


Serenity – abstract flower doodle

Summer colds are the worst, aren’t they? Spent yesterday moping around but managed to cheer myself up a little by completing this little ‘doodle-pip’.

Mixed media

The weather is so lovely at the moment, we are spending as much time outside as we can. If only I could get my garden to look like one of my doodles!

I have a vision of a little potting shed, lots of recycled containers and everything blooming like crazy. There’s me sitting on an upturned bucket sketching daisies!






9×7″ Acrylic spray paint, watercolor, acrylic paint and markers.. £25.00 plus p&p. See Galleries for more details.


Sunshine – at last!

It’s taken a while, but finally we have a glimpse of summer in Wales. I know that some parts of the UK have have a decent amount of nice weather lately, however poor old Wales gets more than its fair share of downpours and dull days. Spent the afternoon with a friend yesterday (the owner of “Freedom”) helping her put together a huge trampoline for her kids. When I got home, I was so full of sunshine that I made this piece.


9×7″ Watercolor & mixed media. £25.00 plus p&p. See Galleries for more details.

Daily distraction

It’s tough trying to write a blog on abstract art… especially if you haven’t actually done much art all week. I did manage to produce one piece – ‘Friendship’ in the doodle-pips gallery – but I was highly motivated to

abstract watercolour


do so in order to avoid having to buy a gift for my girlpal’s birthday. That sounds awful, but I find shopping in soulless stores and shopping centres pretty uninspiring. I would so much rather give something I have created, wouldn’t you? My friend will know that it is unique, that I thought about her lots while I was making it and, of course, it’s a pretty thing – well, I think so anyway.

Want to know how these are done? Okeydoke. I use Fabriano Artistico hot pressed 140lb watercolour paper. Generally begin with the word – experimenting with placement on some scrap paper first, outlining in pencil and then going over it with a waterproof fineliner pen. I spray Liquitex spray acrylic paint over a few random stencils and masks. In this case it was a bright acid green. When the paper is completely dry, I dampen it with clean water and lay down some watercolour washes – all different colors. The paint I’m using at the moment is Peerless Watercolors. They are awesomely ‘different’ and deliciously vibrant – I’ll see if I can find some product links and add them at the end of this post.

Next step is to doodle some flowers, paint them with either paint, markers or watercolour pencils – these were done with Inktense. I thicken up the lettering, add colour to it and doodle on it. (I like zendoodling!)

More doodling, more filling in with color — sometimes I’ll use brush markers. I go over the doodle outlines with my black pen — the scribblier, the better. Finally I add white, either with a white gel pen or a correction pen.

Anyway, I’d like to say, “Hello World, this is my new blog.” By its very nature it will be more visual than writey, so please forgive if I don’t update it very often. If you want to read my ramblings, then you might visit Tarot Journal – I promise it’s not all woo-woo-nonsense, you might even request I turn a card on your behalf!

Supplies mentioned above, both US and UK – look I’m not about to miss out on a small commission, am I? 😀