Friday, 20 November 2020

Something Less Boring


Hope you are keeping well. Here in the UK it definitely feels as if autumn is on the way out and winter is creeping in. The light has been pretty terrible for painting and crafting.

I haven't been up to much since the last post but I have managed to do a couple of workshops with the fabulous Liddy and Something Less Boring. They really are expertly delivered and great value. One of the best things for me that has come out of coronavirus restrictions was finding them online.

Last weekend it was a whole morning painting a still life of flowers in the style of modern impressionism. This is what I had achieved at the end of the workshop...

...but it was a bit pale for me and I couldn't resist tweaking a bit. This is what I ended up with...



I also spent an evening painting this cheeky chap.

The workshop was raising money for Cancer Research, a win all round.

Not sure if there will be much in the way of celebrations for Christmas this year, but I think it's about time I turned my attention to a few Christmas cards. Glad I got started in August!

Thank you for stopping by. Hope you have a lovely weekend xxx


Saturday, 31 October 2020

The magic of monoprinting


I have finally come to the end of the challenge for October set by Kim Herringe for those who have taken her online monoprinting workshop. I'm pretty impressed I did a print for each day and I now have a stack of prints which can become cards and backgrounds for other projects. 

22. Circle

23. Moon

24. Bicycle

25. Music

26. Treat

27. Feather

28. Shoes

29. River

30. Cat

31. Pencil

I've certainly learnt a lot more about how the layers interact and how the different paints behave. I've also discovered a new love...Payne's did I ever live without it?!

Thank you for taking time to stop by. Hope you have a lovely week xxx

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Paint like Georgia O'Keeffe


Today I'm posting a quick catch up of what I've been up to. I had a great night 'Painting like Georgia O'Keefe' with Something Less Boring via Zoom. £5 for two and half hours of great tutorial. In London you can hardly get a beer for that. The participants were from all over the world and it was great to hear some say they had their first snow of the year or they were off to put the tea on when I was getting ready for bed. 

Here's mine next to the reference photo of O'Keeffe's Jimson Weed. It made me really appreciate the skill needed to get the sharp lines and smooth blending. It's a style that really appeals to me. I have a painting on the go (that's been waiting for over a year to be finished) in a not dissimilar style.

I've fallen behind a bit with the challenge for Kim Herringe's gel plate monoprinting course participants.

19. Book

20. Cake

These photos are of the exact same print. The top layer was printed using irridescent gold paint, which becomes more or less obvious as you tilt the print. If you look carefully you can see the tiered cake shapes underneath the flowers.

21. Banana

This one took me a bit out of my comfort zone as the colours feel very uncomfotable to me. I think it's rather ugly but hopefully it does have the essence of a banana.

I'm off to see if I can catch up with a bit more printing. Thank you for stopping by. Hope you have a great week wherever you are xx

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Gel tastic


After a lovely day messing around in the craft room I have caught up with the inktober monoprinting challenge set by Kim Herringe for those following her course. I've used a mixture of commercial stencils and ones cut myself from paper.

12. Rain

13. Shoes

14. Fish

15. Child

16. Dog

17. Home

18. Letter box

I love the versatility of gel printing. I think the secret is in the paint and the paper. I've invested in more Golden open acrylics, which stay wet long enough to pull a print and a ghost print. I use a 200gsm coated thin card which seems to be flexible enough to pick up a lot of the details but robust enough to not fall apart with multiple paint layers. 

I think the dog going for a walk on the moor is my favourite. Which is yours?

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day xx

Sunday, 18 October 2020

More monoprinting


I'm just posting a quick one today as I have fallen behind with the monoprinting challenge set by Kim Herringe for those following her course and hope to get a few prints done later. 

9. Grass 


I love how these two are a pair, but the combination of print or ghost print creates a totally different feel.



Thank you for all your lovely comments on earlier posts. I have taken your advice and started turning some of the prints into notelets and cards.

Hope you have a lovely week ahead xx


Friday, 9 October 2020

Monoprinting mania

Hello there

It's been a busy week but I have tried to keep up with the challenge Kim Herringe has set those taking her online workshop, to print something every day for a month, with prompts if we want to follow them. 

Here are my efforts this week...I'm starting to get the hang of how the layers work...but still forgot first time round to reverse the stencil with words!

4. Music

5. Float

6. Daisy

7. Beach

8. Bird

Most of the stencils are from Giogiocraft but I made the bird stencil out of paper. I had a new delivery this week so watch this space. 

Thank you for taking the time to stop by. I really appreciate all of your comments and suggestions. Hope you have a lovely week. xxx









Saturday, 3 October 2020



Inktober was started by artist Jake Parker as a challenge to improve his inking skills. Follow the link to find out more. In the spirit of creating for creating's sake Kim Herringe has set those taking her online workshop a gel-printing challenge, to create something every day for a month, with prompts if we want to follow them.

        Image may contain: text that says "Inktober 1. SUMMER 11. SCOOTER 22. CIRCLE 2. MOUNTAIN 12.RAIN 12. 23.MOON 3. ROCKET 13. SHOES 24. BICYCLE 4. MUSIC 14. FISH .MUSIC 5. FLOAT 15. CHILD 26.TREAT 6. DAISY 16. DOG 27 FEATHER 7. BEACH 17. HOME 28.SHOES 8. BIRD 18. LETTERBOX 29.RIVER 9. GRASS 19.BOOK 30.CAT 30. 10. .BEETLE 20. .CAKE 31. PENCIL 21. BANANA *Jake Parker created Inktober in 2009 as challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It grown into worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking part every year."

It's a great excuse to delve around in my mask and stencil collection, as well as use the leaves my mother-in-law has sent from her garden. So far I have used acrylic paints but I do have some acrylic inks tucked away which I might just have to dig out and play with.

1. Summer

2. Mountain

3. Rocket


I love that however much you plan a sequence you can't really predict what's going to happen as the layers combine. I'm slowly learning to accept the outcome whatever, and just enjoy the process.

Thank you for taking the time to visit. Hope you have a lovely week xx

Sunday, 27 September 2020

Paint like Kandinsky


Just a quick one today to share a canvas I did this week with Something Less Boring's Paint Like Kandinsky online workshop. I can't praise how the demonstrator Liddy organises it enough. The steps are really clear. She shares information on the painter's process and also their life. It is also incredible value for money. I'm defintely signing up for more.

Kandinsky appeals to my own style with bold bright colours and strong contrast.

Thank you for stopping by. Hope you have a good week ahead. xxx

Sunday, 20 September 2020

Gorgeous gelli


Hope you've had a lovely weekend. The past week has been a bit chaotic, but after some much needed sleep, I've had another go at gel monoprinting with leaves. My mother-in-law kindly picked and pressed a variety of leaves and posted them. I also treated myself to a few more colours of Golden Open acrylic paint. They definitely make a huge difference and help to get all of the fine details. I've gone for something a bit more autumnal.

I can't recommend Kim Herringe's workshop via her online portal The Studio enough. She takes you through the printing process, the best equipment to use, composition, how to make your own registration board, how to mount work and how to make your own gel plate.

It's quite addictive so now I just have to think of what to do with all the prints. Any suggestions?

Thank you for taking the time to look. Enjoy the rest of your day xxx