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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 […]

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Frequently asked questions (and answers)

I’m taking part in the March Meet the Maker challenge on Instagram and one of the prompts is FAQs. This made me realise that I don’t have a list of FAQs on my website and that seems like bad form. In no particular order, here’s a round up of ten questions people frequently ask me […]

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8 steps I’m taking to be kinder to the planet

Finding ways to be kinder to the planet is high up on my list of priorities. Especially as so much of my work is inspired by nature and the natural world. Whether it’s minimising waste in my business or changing my habits in daily life, I’m trying to find small steps that I can consistently […]

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Experiments with… masking fluid

I’m going to start by saying that I’ve always been scared of using masking fluid. The whole idea of having to finish an entire painting before peeling off some mystery gum stuff that may or may not tear up half of the paper with it. Nope. Not for me thanks. On my quest to be […]

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Experiments with… salt-water-colours

Earlier this month I tried my hand at a painting technique that I’ve been wanting to experiment with for a while using watercolours and salt. Yep, normal eating and cooking salt. You start with a watercolour painting, then sprinkle the salt onto the wet paint and let it dry before brushing off the salt. The […]

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2020 goals

I had such high hopes of bouncing into 2020 full of beans and ready to go. But then the winter lurgy got me and I’ve spent most of the new year under a blanket with a head full of cold. The one thing it has given me is time off, which I’ve spent reflecting on […]