to us a son is given {Christmas canvas swap}

One of my favourite things about belonging to online craft group is having swaps, and having a little piece of your friends nearby. For instance, as I sit here typing, immediately to my right is a mugrug Nic made me. I think of her every time I use it, which really, is pretty damn regularly. It’s a lovely way to […]

Christmas Prep starts with crafting

With just over a month to go, it’s time to admit Christmas is indeed coming, and pull my finger out and get organised. First on my list is an advent calendar. I’m playing with a few options, but I think all options will incorporate in some way, these cute bottle cap ornaments from this tutorial, that I started all the […]

a fresh start

I’ve been wanting to give mixed media a go for a long time. I even started a canvas but struggled with getting the layering to do what I wanted to, and thus did the logical thing and shoved it in the cupboard and forgot about it. But then a lot of poking and prodding and “oh em gee you should […]

Throw Down Smack Down completed!

The big art journal challenge was on Saturday. I think Car and AJ had more fun than I did, I wasn’t in a very sociable mood, and maybe kind of sort of disappeared for a nap part way through (making people is hard work!). I was also struggling with translating my style into a more loose and emotive art journal […]

Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Ok, well, maybe just paper & scissors. And glue. Pens, pencils, a button or three. A couple of child-free hours.  And then, triumphant, I emerge from the studio, bearing a pair of cards – one, MIL’s belated mother’s day card, the other, FIL’s birthday card.   MIL’s card – a bit more 3D chippy action. It’s a bit simpler than […]

Santa knew it would be a long night…

…when he had only visited one timezone, and he already needed some balloons to help him back up the chimney! For last week’s Illustration Friday (and yes, i knew that it’s Thursday already!).   I’m actually thinking of making this one into a series, so keep an eye out for some more Christmas collages!

Illustration Friday – Opinion

A week late, but never mind! November seemed to be full of politics. The American election consumed the first half of the month, and the second seemed to be full of talk about the anniversary of the Australian Federal election. So when this topic lobbed into my inbox, the first thing that sprang to mind was the phrase, “opinion poll”. […]

Illustration Friday – “Vacant”

The first thing that popped into my mind for this topic was a face wearing a vacant expression, but my abilities (or lack thereof) don’t stretch to faces, particularly those requiring a particular expression, so I grabbed my new watercolours and pulled together this painting/collage/whatever! Very simplistic, but it was my first go at watercolours. More detail will come with […]

A quick exercise in creation…

I have subscribed to a mailing list called “Illustration Friday” for a while now, it’s an little email inspiration prompter. I haven’t really done much with it, because until recently, I’ve mainly focused on photography as my main artistic expression, plus most other mediums were quite scary, to be honest. They seemed to demand a larger outlet then my mediocre […]