Wednesday, 30 September 2015


Hi there .. its another lovely  warm and sunny day here on the Essex coast, I always feel more energetic and inspired on days like these...hope your day is going well.
So here's another one for Kim Dellow's 'Show your face'
Done using various pastels and colour pencils.
The one below is how its been left for now but when I was photographing it I added a gem stone to the middle of whats suppose to be a ?? errr ?? whats-it-called-turban-hat-adornment-pin ??..

This is how its been left for now
And below is another one of those quick drawing with water things

Don't forget if you want to show your face, pop over to Kims.
Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a great day.
I have a 'New Grandparents' card to make and struggling with ideas at present
so that's what I'll be doing shortly.
Gill x

Monday, 28 September 2015


Not a very original title but I've just had lunch and too much wine and I just can't think of anything else at present... it's another face for the fabulous challenge over at Kim Dellow 'Show your face' 

I  only started drawing faces at the end of August after getting a wonderful book by Jane Davenport and I'm hooked - its costing me a fortune also as I've bought loads of soft pastels and paper since then  LOL -  but having great fun!


This is using water colours and a little pencil and was inspired by  Danielle Donaldson whose book I got weekend before last.... see I am addicted ... I have also ordered a book by Pam Carriker on faces .... I love good books do you?

   Hope your day is going well
thanks for stopping by
  Gill x

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Steampunk Tag and Through Window

Hi from a sunny Essex looks like being a nice weekend in the UK hope you're having a good day.
Linking up today to the fabulous SanDee and Amelies 'Tag it' challenge  which ends at the end of the month, so still some time if you want to play too.

And further down linking to Through my Window at Art Journal Journey.

Stamps I used: Inkadinkadoo, Papermania and Doo Lally Pip.
Other things used: Cosmic shimmer mists, Craf-T metallic rub-ons, Fun foam (for some cogs and clock hands) Intense pencils, Tim Holtz distress inks and tag die.
The lace I found in a box with a load of old cotton reels belonged to my husbands grandmother possibly from the 1920s or earlier.

My digital piece for Art Journal Journey challenge

There's still some time left to join in there too.
I'm so pleased they allow digital work which is great if you love to mix it all up, real and or digital as I do.

Thanks for stopping by today
Have a lovely weekend
Gill x

Friday, 25 September 2015


Todays first piece using water colours was inspired by Danielle Donaldson and for the fun Kim Dellow 'show your face' (thanks Valerie for encouraging me to join in x )
And then further down, following on from yesterdays drawing with water is what happened when I added Brusho powders.

I just got her book on Saturday 'Creative Girl - mixed media techniques for an artful life' and haven't put it down since - it's fabulous!
 And next....

Result of  'Drawing with water' and adding ink first and then Brusho Powders
....if you saw yesterdays post you know I was excited by something I'd stumbled upon on Youtube by Leigh Reyes and I wanted to see if I could use Brusho powders too with this technique.
First the drawing using bottle of water with a fine nib
Then I added black calligraphy ink again with the dip in pen, touching the lines of water which made the ink spread.
I wasn't sure how easy it would be to direct the Brusho powder on to the water, so for this experiment used ink and Brusho.

Added some Brusho powder to the black ink lines
The Brusho powders seemed to work well over the Black ink and the colour showed up better than I thought it would.

Close up after drying over night
 Other than drying time -  and blowing/wiping away stray powder, I  love this idea for a fairly quick and unusual result.

Have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by
Gill x

Thursday, 24 September 2015


I was merrily wading through some Youtube videos looking for information on soft pastels when I stumbled upon something different that I hadn't seen before - 2 videos by Leigh Reyes ‘writing on water’  and ‘Drawing on water’. .... on water? well sort of.....
So this is my attempt at creating something similar.

Hard to get a good photo of  the water on cartridge paper - but its supposed to be  a face.

A drawing or design was created using a small bottle with a fine nib filled with water. A paint brush could be used too. 
The following was done using a fine nibbed bottle.

Then using an ink pen/calligraphy pen sometimes part of the design was lightly touched with the pen which then made the ink start to fill the design where the water was. Sometimes the pen was used to draw through the water and add further words or drawing etc. I used a dip in pen and Black calligraphy ink.

The ink creeps along the watery lines

I thought this idea looked fun and had a bit of a play just doodling.


I have been wondering if something similar could be done using Brusho powders as they can be made into inks. Perhaps sprinkle the powder on an inked design too  - so that's to try out next time.

Thank you so much for stopping by and for any comments
  Gill x

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Steampunk Tag

I never use to get why people made tags, but now I just love them  and they are handy to have to help make a quick card when required.
Used: Doo Lally Pip RubberStamps 'Time Travel', Tim Holtz tag die, Inktense pencils, alcohol ink, Fimo light air drying clay, Mod Podge molds, Metal rub-ons.


for lots more inspiring Steampunk tags
and join in the fun challenges.
Thanks so much for stopping by and any comments
Gill x

Friday, 11 September 2015


Hi ... It's Friday again and I'm not sure where this week went again - but today (it's been a while since I joined in) I am linking to the ‘Through my window’ challenge at Art Journal Journey.
This is a mixed piece using a face (work in progress using soft pastels/and Pan Pastels ) and a stamped piece with inks/brusho powders and 3 photos taken today and all digitally blended together.
Made the digital window frame using Serif Craft Artist software.
Font credit: Chris Hansen.

pieces used - 2 artwork + 3 photos

Thanks so much for stopping by,
I do appreciate it
Gill x