Digital Paint – Week Forty-Four: Digital Art Revisited

Creativity takes courage.  (Source)

week forty-four – digital art revisited

I didn’t feel like making a mess this week so I decided to do a digital painting instead. I created this weeks project in Adobe Illustrator.  I enjoyed this process as it was very spontaneous and now I feel like emulating this image with ink.  It might be time after all to make that mess.

Until next week… happy painting!

Have you tried digital painting before?

Experimenting – Week Forty-Three: Ink

I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.”― Vincent van Gogh

week forty-three – ink

This week has been about experimenting with ink on watercolour paper. I wanted to try a concept inspired by a lovely scene on my ‘pretty’ pinterest board.  It didn’t quite work out but it was fun giving it a go.

Until next week… happy painting!

What artistic experiments have you tried lately?

Personal Growth – Week Forty-Two: Watering Can Continued

The best project you’ll ever work on is YOU.” (Source)

week forty-two – watering can continued

I’m sure you all noticed my absence last week. I decided to take the week off art projects and blogging while we were on holidays. I needed a week off to breath and enjoy family time away.

Baby C and I – The Lavender Farm at Pottique

This week I realised that I have only ten more art projects to go until I’ve reached the end of my goal. It’s a great feeling knowing I’ve come this far and I’m really proud of myself for not throwing in the towel by letting my fears get in the way.

I know now that this project has become as much about personal growth as it is about creativity. I feel more strongly than ever that art will become an even bigger focus in my future.

This week I finished my watering can with a simple painting on the front. Inspired by our visit to the Lavender Farm at Pottique.

Here is to making the next ten weeks bigger, brighter and even more brilliant.

Until next week… happy painting?




Holidays – Week Forty-One: Watering Can

No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart.” (Source)

week forty-one – spray paint

Oh dear… so I’ve been so excited about our first family holiday next week that I almost forgot to post about this weeks creative project (as well as actually finish it…whoops).

watering can

Mr T bought me this lovely watering can a few months back in the hope that I would decorate it. I’ve decided I’d like to make it into a pot plant and that my first step was to spray paint it. I choose this very pretty turquoise colour and off I went.

And well then… I’ll just have to finish it next week.


Until then… happy painting!

Should I paint spots, butterflies or…. what do you think?

week forty-one – watering can


Textiles – Week Forty: Fabric Roses

Look for the answer inside your question.”― Rumi

20/08/2016 – Correction: The wedding photograph featured in this post was taken by Lauren Michelle (not Suzanne Black as originally posted) at Lake Como, Italy. Suzanne Black was our Scotland photographer.

week forty – fabric roses

When I was planning the details for our surprise wedding several years ago, I decided that I wanted to make my own fabric flower bouquet. I knew I would be sentimental about my bouquet and wanted something I could keep without having to preserve fresh flowers.

I spent many many hours sewing fabric roses using beautiful satin, linen and lace fabrics. In the end I had some remaining fabric roses that I didn’t use in my bouquet and have been sitting in a box since then. So for this weeks project I decided to finally do something with them.

my handmade wedding bouquet

I used a linen canvas, the fabric roses, decorative pins and lace. The lace you see I also used to make my earrings.

lace earrings (photography by Lauren Michelle)

I watched several online tutorials to learn to how to sew the roses. This is one of them by Ksripriya Kanigolla I pinned to my textile board on pinterest.

Until next week…happy painting?

Have you created art work using textiles? I’d love to see them.

Excuses – Week Thirty-Nine: Pouring Medium

Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
week thirty-nine – pouring medium

I recently met an artist who shared with me all the ways they procrastinate before starting a piece of work. And how ultimately fear drives that process before beginning. I could relate. I had started this weeks project a few weeks ago. It was going to be a messy one; an experiment and I just kept making excuses as to why I couldn’t get it finished. My biggest excuse at the moment (which I’ve mentioned before) is space. Today I decided to let it go. Who cares if my working table is my dining table. Mess can be cleaned up and lack of time (I’ve discovered) can be good for me to stop the overthinking.

materials and work space

So Baby C was taking her morning nap and I got messy and had fun. This week I was playing with Matisse pouring medium. I started with coating four miniature canvas boards with patterned gold leaf. I wasn’t delicate about this process as I knew I’d be layering paint over the surface. I used acrylic paint, metallic acrylic inks and the pouring medium spontaneously to make small abstract paintings.  I also added an old leaf and leaf skeleton to a couple of the canvases for depth. It was SO much fun and without thinking too much… fast!

week thirty-nine – pouring medium (second process before drying)

Because I worked on my canvases this morning it hasn’t allowed enough drying time, so the pouring medium is still cloudy but will eventually dry clear. I promise to share better photos when they have dried.

9 hrs after final paint application – still not completely dry

Until next week… happy painting!

Have you experimented with pouring medium before? What did you create?