This is me, trying to do some art and have some fun! AHOY THERE ME H-ARTY'S.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Summer Of Colour 2015: Purple, Purple, Yellow

Another super quick post this week!  I have fallen further behind than I would have liked this week but at least I got it done before Monday :-P  I was looking forward to using these colours, they are the kinds of colours I love!  I decided to do a mandala crossed with a zentangle type thing!



This is it basically finished.  I think it might need a little tweaking but I haven't decided yet :-P I possibly should have used a more vivid purple with the black swirls but overall I'm pretty pleased with it!  I used Derwent Inktense pencils.  I'm new to using them but so far I really love them!

Anyway I really have to dash!  I look forward to seeing every ones amazing work this week :-)

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Summer of Colour week 2: pink pink orange

Another quick post from me today!  I had high hopes for the pink, pink, orange week as they are the kind of colours I love!  I went for a bit of experiment...hmmm one I like, one not so much :-P



I bought some new Pebeo mixed media paints to play with.  For those of you who haven't heard of pebeo they are paints that react when you put them on to canvas and other materials.  They also react with each other!  Honestly, that is a terrible description of them...if you would like some actual proper information then click Here you can also look on youtube for some really good tutorials!  I'm still getting used to them, they react in an unpredictable way so you can't really have a firm idea in your mind because it probably won't work out like that!

I like the top one, that worked out quite well! I painted the canvas board with pink UV paint (it's soooo pink) and then just added my pebeo stuff on top to see what happened!  I have to admit I'm not very good with the stuff yet, I either add too much or not enough and I'm not getting the cool effects the youtube tutorial people are :-P It's a start though and I'm just going to have more of a play around until I get used to it!

Well that's it for now, I'm off to have a nose at everyone else's lovely work :-) It's all so inspiring!!

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Summer of Colour 2015 - Blue, Blue, Green.

This is a super short post today, I'm just hopping in to post my Summer of Colour 2015 piece and will come back later to have a nose at everyone else's amazing work!

I decided to do something super simple this week to ease myself in, plus I had one of THOSE weeks and just wanted something to take my mind off it all!


I used Sharpies, Gelly roll pens and a micron pen for the outline.  I'm not entirely sure if this looks anything like I had planned but I'm pleased with the colours!  I was hoping for a zentangle sort of look but it was hard to doodle detail with the sharpies :-P

So that's it for now, I can't wait to see the next colour combo!  I really enjoyed this, I find swirly doodles help me relax :-P

Monday, 8 June 2015

It turns out I like lilac a bit.

So this is just a quick stop in to say hello and show you some of the baby booties and hat's I've been working on!  I'm hoping to have a wide selection of styles and sizes come the autumn/winter ready to go in my shop!




Everything is a bit lilac and purple at the moment :-P I was working with the yarn I had left over.  Although I did buy the fancy one at the bottom, clearly I am drawn to purples!  The bottom one kind of reminds me of a painted Easter egg.  We used to have competitions in school where you would get a hard boiled egg and paint it and the winner would get a chocolate Easter egg as a prize!  They were good days.  Any colour suggestions you may have are very welcome, might help me get away from the usual colours I am drawn too :-P

The only other thing I have to say is SUMMER OF COLOUR IS HERE Hurrah!  I am quite excited about it in case you couldn't tell!


If you would like to learn more about it and maybe even give it a go visit Twinkle Twinkle Blog.  There is even a little video you can watch of Kristin making her art for this weeks colour pallet.  I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.  There is never anything that is the same, and some of the things are just so inventive!  I actually have a holiday coming up from work so I will actually be able to keep up for the first 2 weeks at least :-P

That's all for now, I'm off to get my summer of colour colour pallet ready...oh yes!!

Friday, 29 May 2015

Snow Bunnies and baby booties

So as per usual it has been far too long since I lasted posted on here.  Every day life just seems to have a habit of getting in the way!  I'm finding it hard to juggle a day job with unpredictable hours with knitting and trying to get some art done :-(  It's times like these I wish that things were simpler!

Anyway first things first! I have to show you an amazing piece of art that I asked my lovely pal Carmen over at Whoopidooings made for me!  I commissioned her to make me a canvas of a snow bunny in her style but also my style.  This is harder than it sounds as we have the complete opposite taste in colours and stuff although I do like a lot of the same things as she does.  I sent her over some reference photos of things I really like....turns out I like a lot of bright pastel colours :-P



Here is what she came up with! Isn't it just the best thing EVER!! I am so pleased with him (even if he doesn't have a scarf on as was later pointed out to me)!  He's so smiley and happy, this is something I have never managed to achieve in any of my drawings of rabbits :-P  He is going to take pride of place in my work room :-)

I've also managed to do a little drawing myself.  I say little but my drawings are actually huge!  I have no concept of scale, I can barely fit the people on to A4 paper!!  I haven't got round to the colour stage yet and I'm not even sure if I like them but such is life!!



The top one is juts a random girl that popped in to my head, I had such trouble with the hair!  I realised I really have no clue how to draw hair that looks like its attached to a persons head :-P  The bottom one is a drawing of my fave DC character Hawkgirl.  Maybe they will look better when/if I finally get some colour on them!  They don't have much emotion at the moment!

I'm hoping to take part in Summer of Colour this year too.  At least it will give me a kick up the backside to post a little more often :-P I do love summer of colour though!  It's quite exciting waiting for the next colour prompts!!

So to knitting!  I had a custom order for a baby hat and booties!  The colour was a mint green or baby blue, I thought the mint green would make a nice change.  The wool that was chosen in the end was really lovely and knitted up well!


If anyone is interested in something similar its £5 each for the hat and booties and I can knit them in any colour you like providing there is wool in that colour :-P I'm trying to knit some to put in my poor neglected Etsy shop but I just can't seem to find the time!

Anyway that is all for now, see you all soon :-)

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Artisans at The Palm House Craft Fair 2015

Hello Everyone :-)

So i took a slightly longer break than I had intended too! My poor social media pages have been a little neglected lately.  I have been working on custom orders in the background though so it hasn't been a complete waste of time.  Hopefully I can now come back feel fresh as a daisy brimming with new ideas!

So any of you who follow me regularly (or as regularly as I post :-P) will know that I had my first craft fair a couple of weeks a go.  I was super nervous that no one would buy my stuff!  I am happy to report that I did sell some things....yay!! I actually sold a couple of hats and gloves even though the sun was cracking the flags and it was like an oven in the actual Palm House!! I sold a few baby booties and brooches too.  I met some lovely people who have been doing craft fairs a while and gave me great advice.  All in all i would call it a success.  I've already signed up to another one in September and a couple more I'm waiting for replies on!









It really was a lovely couple of days.  A few of my friends came to see me and also brought me food from the lovely food stalls that were outside!  The only downside was I didn't have time to have a nose round myself.  I did pick up a couple of things from the stalls that were immediately around me. I got a lovely Bead bracelet from The beast Gecko, some bow hair clips from Moon&Bee and some lovely illustrated cards of Liverpool from Freida McKitrick.

Today I am planning to get super organised.  I'm pretty sure I say this at least once a month but i really really want to do it today :-P  I hope you all had a lovely Easter and I shall see you soon :-)

Friday, 20 March 2015

The countdown begins.....

So tomorrow I take part in my first ever Craft Fair...I may have mentioned it once or twice :-P I am excited and also nervous.  I'm not very good in new and unknown situations, I always imagine the worst possible things happening for no apparent reason.  I am excited too though because I know that I could sell lots of stuff and at least I'm giving out Business cards and chatting to like minded people.


The Palm House itself is a lovely place, it's an old Victorian building (I think but don't quote me on that) that has been restored and is now used for events like Weddings and this craft fair.  You can check out the Facebook page for more info and photos (Artisans in The Palm House).


This isn't a great photo of my new business cards but I haven't had a chance to sit down and get a good one.  I love them though.  I got them from Moo as I love their website and the choice of style of cards and stickers.  The quality is fab too, I went for Mat but I might try glossy next time! I'm hoping to make a little logo for myself at some point, that I can put on the back but I'm not the best at drawing it has to be said :-P



Lastly here is a selection of new things I've been working on! I didn't have time to make as many booties as I would have liked but I'm pretty pleased with the ones I have! I really like the little Mary Jane shoes.  I went a bit crazy with heart brooches in the end, i probably should have done more of other stuff like flowers but oh well :-P

After the craft fair I'm going to take a little break.  I have some custom orders to work on and I will be catching up on some Happy snail mail I've been meaning to send for an eternity!! I'm also going to work out some ideas for new bits and pieces I can sell over the summer!

Anyway that's it for now :-)