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Christmas gift guide

Buying presents is one of the best bits about Christmas. I love the satisfaction of finding something that’s perfect for that person and seeing their face when they open it. Christmas is likely to feel a little different this year, but one of the silver linings to come out of 2020 is the support for […]

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Key dates for online orders this Christmas

For reasons that we’re all aware of, a lot of people will be doing at least some of their Christmas shopping online this year. Here are some key bits of information to bear in mind if you’re ordering from me online this year. Christmas posting dates Whether you’re ordering from my Etsy shop or from […]

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Ways to shop small this festive season

There’s been a lot of focus on finding ways to shop small this Christmas, although because it’s 2020 it’s not that simple. Here are some handy links to places you can get your Christmas shopping done and support small businesses at the same time – including Jem Loves to Draw. The other C-word It’s been a […]

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Experiments with… painting with food

As an artist who works in watercolour but also enjoys a good cuppa while I paint, I have lost count of the number of times I have drank my paint water or dipped my paintbrush in my tea. So for this creative experiment I had a go at painting with different foods. Bear with me […]

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Experiments with… my Polaroid camera

My creative experiment for July has lined up nicely with our post-lockdown adventures in the campervan and I’ve been experimenting with Polaroid photography. Here’s a rundown of how I got on, a look at some of my best shots, a blooper reel of photos that turned out a bit rubbish and what I learned from […]

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Experiments with… drawing from life

Life drawing is something that I always feel I should do more of, but as I primarily draw animals it’s kind of tricky to do in real life. Whale life drawing anyone? Before lockdown I had intended to start going to life drawing classes to get better at drawing people, but technology is a wonderful […]

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Giving back

Last week I reached a small business milestone with my one hundredth sale on Etsy. I decided to mark this milestone with another – my first donation to charity as a business. Here’s a little more about the charities I chose to donate to and my future plans for giving back. One hundred 100 sales […]

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Experiments with… window displays

One of the most beautiful things to come out of lockdown life has got to be the rainbows, drawings and displays people have been putting up in their windows. They’ve certainly been brightening up my daily outdoor exercise sessions and looking at the displays on my running route inspired me to create my own window […]

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Experiments with… repeating patterns

Creating repeating patterns using my watercolour illustrations has been one of my back-burner project ideas for a while now. Over the last few weeks I’ve had more time at home and fewer distractions, so I finally got down to it. Due to the current lockdown in the UK we’ve had to cancel our plans for […]

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Experiments with… pyrography

At the start of the year I treated myself to a pyrography set and this month I finally got round to having a go with it. It’s something I’ve fancied having a go at for a while but I’d always talked myself out of because I thought it would be really difficult and I’d be […]