Friday, 28 March 2014


I've been doing a lot of thinking this week. There are some new things happening in my life that are taking me in a direction I've barely imagined for a long time. It's awesome, but also a little daunting.

I found it very useful to use my art journal to write some difficult things down before I covered it all in paint & collage. Then when I looked at the jumble I'd created I found this thoughtful soul.

Does art journaling help you see things differently/clearly? What do you do when you have stuff you need to think about?

Friday, 21 March 2014

Fragility and Flowers

I've wanted to be able to draw/paint flowers for a long time but I never seem to have the patience to get in all the detail they seem to need.

However, it struck me this week that they didn't have to be that complicated to still get their fleeting fragility (which is what they symbolise to me) onto the page. As I've been feeling pretty fragile all this week it seemed a good time to try a different approach.

Instead of trying to capture every crinkle, every shadow, I've gone for something much more illustrative and simple. Using acrylic ink & a dip pen to create an outline, I drew the basic contour onto a pre prepared layered background. Then, after the ink had dried, I went in with Twinkling H2Os and used wet on wet to get a mottled  textured petal coverage. Of course they don't look 'real', but I do think it's kept the fragility that the flowers represent to me so I'll definitely be trying this more.

The quote is from Alice in Wonderland. When I read the book as a young girl I always knew the flowers who say the words were referring to girls like me.

Do you have any tips for drawing/painting flowers? Or any special symbols for how you're feeling now?

Sunday, 9 March 2014

A Little Bit Crazy

It's been a lot crazy round here the last few weeks and I think it's only the start. My parents are visiting from overseas, I've done an intensive training course and exam (which I passed) for a new consulting business, and I'm now part of Lulu Art's design team. It's pure magic.

Lulu Art is an awesome online mixed media art supplies shop here in Australia and the choice of products is incredible. And I'm not just saying that because I'm part of the design team. The owner is an artist/art journaller herself and really knows the kinds of products we all love.

I haven't had much time for art in amongst the crazy but managed to put this piece together for a round robin journal swap I'm doing. This is a photo because I can't get neon to scan - if anyone knows how to please leave full instructions in the comments.

Do you still feel young and wild and a little crazy? If so we're in good company together. :-)