3 New Paintings!

Last week I began painting a new series on 14×10 inch canvas board called ‘Enchanted Flowers’. If you visited my blog last week you may have seen the first one already. If not, here it is again with the next two in the series.

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I’m really enjoying these paintings and I think there might just be another two to come soon. The series was inspired by a page in my art journal and these three originals are all available to buy now in my Etsy shop. I will likely add prints at some point as well.

Let me know which one you like best in the comments below!



Documented Life: Week 15/52

It was so heartening to read all the lovely comments on my last post about how the ’30 posts in 30 days’ thing wasn’t working for me – thank you! It reminded me that I can post what I want, when I want, and I don’t need to follow the herd, I just need to do my own thing where my blog’s concerned.

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As a person with Asperger’s, it’s very hard for me to stick with one thing for too long. Jobs, challenges, etc. I get bored and need to move on to something else. So far, I am sticking with the Documented Life Project and that’s a good thing!

For week 15, I ended up with one page I love, one page I hate and one page where an image appeared out of nowhere. Let’s start with that one!

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If you can read my journaling you’ll know that I wasn’t in a very happy place that day. I couldn’t be bothered to do an artsy page so I just wrote on top of these paint smudges where I had previously wiped my paint brushes. But when I finished writing, this mysterious image of a person appeared. I made her a bit more visible by outlining with pencil. She looks like someone facing the left edge of the page who has lots of orange hair. It’s equal parts weird and amazing when things like this appear out of nowhere!

Here’s the page I don’t like:

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The week 15 DLP challenge was to use only one colour. So I chose green. I used cut out parts of Gelli prints to make the flower and that’s all I have to say about this page.

Here’s the page I LOVE, despite the wonky top-right part!

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The quote really bursts out of the page.

Come back tomorrow to see the first 3 canvases in my ‘Enchanted Flowers’ series!

Thanks for reading :-)



This isn’t working for me…

Last August I completed a ’30 posts in 30 days’ blogalong and was really happy with myself for managing to come up with something to blog about for each of those 30 days. The blogalong was hosted by the lovely Effy Wild who would host a link-up on her blog every day. Effy decided to do another blogalong this month and I eagerly signed up because I did so well last time.

But last weekend, I had to miss 2 days because my laptop broke, which messed up my ‘flow’ and then the last couple of days I have really struggled with what to blog about. This, despite the fact that I have a long list of possible blog post ideas. None of them seem right.

I’ve made a decision.

No more blogging challenges for me. I can’t do it. I did do it last year, but I can’t do it now.

I always wanted to be one of those amazing bloggers who blogs every day without fail. But it isn’t me. I feel like I need to have something profound / interesting / exciting / wise to say or some photos of artwork / journaling to show you. Some days I just don’t have either of those.

I’m having a stressful week and I need to take the pressure off because blogging – while I love it – it’s not actually my priority, and nor do I feel it should be. My absolute, number one, top of the list priority is ME. If I’m not happy, no one’s happy ;)

Thanks for following along this far. I’ll be back when I have something to share with you. That might be as soon as tomorrow or it might be next week, but definitely very soon!


Don’t Waste It!

What can you do with the dried up acrylic paints left all over your paint palette?

Here’s an idea for you…

Peel it all off and stick it in your art journal, then turn it into a picture!

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Nice hair!! :D

I’m not very good at drawing faces (in my opinion) so I purposefully drew this face in ink so I couldn’t allow my perfectionism to take over – which it would have if I’d drawn it in pencil, what with the ability to rub out the mistakes! When all’s said and done, this is my art journal. It’s not a place for perfectionism, or masterpieces, just a place to play.

If you’re going to try this with your own dried up paint, here are two useful tips to know:

  • wait until you’ve got several layers of paint on your palette, it makes it nice and thick and multi-coloured, and easier to peel off
  • don’t peel off your paint until it is fully dry – leave it alone for a while, or overnight if it’s really thick.

Have fun!