Saturday, 20 January 2018

January Sketchbook

One of my new year's resolutions is to try and sketch something every day, even though not everything will become a finished painting. Sketching is good to jot down ideas or just record something that inspired you on the day. As I normally paint directly on canvas images that I have in my head, sketching proved to be quite a challenge. I am more about painting and creating textures than drawing, but I must admit that I enjoyed my little drawings. Here are a few images from my sketchbook drawn throughout January, some became paintings, some are just there to inspire me for future paintings and some are just drawing exercises. I will come back with an update later this year.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Saturday, 30 December 2017

December Art Beads Challenge

Now the Christmas is over and we had a few days of 'back to normal' before New Year's Eve, I thought I would embark on this month's challenge over at Art Beads Scene. The artwork is Still Life with Tulips and Fruit Bowl by Susan Valadon created in 1924 in oil on canvas.

Monday, 25 December 2017

Christmas Gifts Wrapping Ideas

My wrapping is a mixture of use-what-you-have, recycled paper, readily bought accessories and some imagination. Some of the materials include recycled brown paper, readily bought wrapping paper with a Christmas theme (I really liked the simplicity of it), raffia, chalkboard paper, chalk pen, cupcake Christmas accessories, ribbon, decorated cellophane and various containers such as willow basket and jars. I really enjoyed wrapping the gifts as well as photographing them. Enjoy!

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Handmade Christmas

It is not entirely handmade, but most of our decorations are as well as the table arrangements and other accessories, namely ceramic mini mugs and owls candle holder.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Thursday, 7 December 2017

DIY - Christmas Trees and Presents Decorations

After last week's project, I just entered into a creative mode and I wanted to make some more decorations, namely trees and presents. Making your own Christmas decorations is easy and fun and your tree can look pretty and stylish without breaking the bank. Just use what you've got and put your creative mind to good use.

Friday, 1 December 2017

DIY - Christmas Hanging Hearts Two Ways

I found these wooden hanging hearts in a local shop and I couldn't help myself so I had to buy them. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with them at the time, but I knew I wanted to transform them somehow and use them as Christmas decorations. Looking in my scrap materials stash, I found some faulty prints after my paintings and some wooden shapes I got from a friend. Ta-da!

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Christmas Fair 2017

I was happy to be invited to take part in this Christmas Fair in North Curry, Somerset as I haven't done one in four years! It's been a long time since I have written this post and looking back at it, I am happy I followed my own advice: nice tablecloth (white is perfect for my products so they stand out), plenty of change, similar style products and everything was clearly priced. Note to self: in the future, order some bags so the customers won't need to carry their purchases in their hands. Dear people who read this post, if you know of a good packaging company, please let me know; I would prefer recycled paper if possible (I am mainly interested in paper bags). Thoughts for the future? I should start doing more fairs and not rely exclusively on online sales. The highlight of the night: people winning my donated products for their raffle tickets. I hope they like them - they could be a perfect Christmas present.