New painting :)

Hi, I’ve finally finished another painting after taking some time out to work on a new paper cutting template (details to be released soon).

This painting was based on a life book lesson by the lovely Jane Davenport, that I took in another direction.

fire kristine cashore clary cassandra clare painting joanne seale

I used Viva Decor champagne modelling crème and a stencil to create the cloak/wings

viva decor modeling creme

I love the shimmery mother of pearl look that this product has, it comes in various other colours all with a pearlescent quality and I can’t wait to try them.

I tried to replicate this iridescence using acrylic paint in the dress inspired by the wings of a Morpho butterfly, which was somewhat successful.

The runes were inspired by Shadow Hunter ‘marks’ from Cassandra Clare’s ‘Mortal Instruments’. I painted them, then scanned them and cut them on my Cameo, I painted them again before adding to my picture using matt medium.


I think my lady looks like a grown up version of Clary Fray, or even Kristin Cashore’s Fire. :)

I concentrated on using black in this painting and feel I should have used more white highlights, as the picture looks a bit flat…

But all in all it was a good learning curve in terms of using new techniques and practicing painting hair etc etc.


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#TBT Impressions of Ghent

Here is a new Throwback Thursday!! In 2010 I visited the beautiful city of Ghent in Belgium during the celebrations of at least 3 festivals! It was the Belgium National Day, the Ten Days Off clubbing festival as well as the Festival of Street Theatre.

I had a fantastic time, the city was alive with very friendly people, stages in each city square, a river side music festival, lots of really interesting street performances and mass tango dancing etc etc. I really felt I could stay for much longer and am looking forward to returning soon.


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Handmade Green Party Poster :)

Hi all :) I’ve been working on a new paper cutting file whilst trying not to get distracted by my paints.. however I did allow myself painting on Earth Day (April 22nd) and painted a Green Party poster for the general elections which take place here in the UK on May 7th..

Hand made green party poster painting joanne seale

I used lots of different art supplies including matt medium, chalk paint, acrylics, watercolours, pencils, water-soluble crayon and acrylic ink. It now hangs in my window..

This weekend I attended a geology and electronics workshop where we created circuit boards which pick up changes in the earths geomagnetic fields and then tested them at a wooded archaeological site in London.

Here are some photos

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Ancient Hittite Script

Hi all, I had a semi-restful weekend, I had work-men in to make a few changes to my home, plus I’m managing to rescue the back of the garden from weeds. I decided to try painting ancient Hittite script after watching a documentary on the ancient Anatolians.

Hittite script joanne seale

I then added the script to a 3/4 face painting that I recently completed. lady and hittite script painting joanne seale

But most of my weekend was actually taken up with finishing the ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bones’ trilogy by Laini Taylor daughter of smoke and bones review joanne seale

This was an epic journey into other worlds, strange creatures, fallen angels, a bruised sky and a war which has been raging for thousands of years.

It starts off quite innocently with a girl (an art student in Prague) who collects teeth for her guardian who happens to be a Chimera (part human and part beast).

She doesn’t know what the teeth are for but is able to travel through ‘portals’ to various parts of the world in order to collect them. However the portals are being destroyed… and this is where the story really begins..  :)

This trilogy was like an epic dream that I didn’t want to awake from, I listened to it on Audible and the narrator Khristine Hvam completely transported me into the world Laini Taylor created, to the extent that I didn’t want to come back :)

It’s so amazing when a book does that to you, a rare and beautiful thing.. :)

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Some books I have enjoyed recently

Hi, here are a list of books and book series that I’ve really enjoyed.

Some of them are in the young adult fantasy genre which I find has some fresh and imaginative writing. I also listen to them on Audible as a well trained narrator can really bring a book alive with different voices for characters and give a sense of immersion akin to the early storytellers whose tales resonated around camp fires :)

Firstly ‘The Mortal Instruments’ series by Cassandra Clare.

The Mortal Instruments book covers

I absolutely adored this, listening to it on audible was such a treat, set in contemporary New York but not as we know it, with ‘tattoo’ marked Shadowhunters who enforce the accords amongst Downworlders who are part demon, including a delightful warlock called Magnus Bane who enjoys covering himself in glitter.. 

Clare’s world building it amazing and this book is very intriguing.

 I am currently reading ‘The daughter of smoke and bone’ by Laini Taylor again on Audible.


This book is amazing, filled with weird creatures including a stunning angel with fire wings and the protagonist is a Polish girl who collects teeth…

I couldn’t put this down.

 A couple of dystopian books

‘The girl with all the gifts’ by M. R. Carey –  this is really interesting and creepy, fungus infected zombies etc etc

 the girl with all the gifts

‘Divergent’ by Veronica Roth, this book was disturbing and too much for me , it’s a bit like the Hunger Games.


 Something completely different is

‘A Signature of all Things’ by Elizabeth Gilbert – This book is amazing, its about a botanist.. that’s all I can say really…

signature of all things

 That’s all for now..

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My sister’s portrait painting

I finished my sisters portrait painting. It’s made with acrylic, inktense and paper cuts. :)

sister portrait painting joanne seale

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Morning walk – London sheep

I’m pleased to be back to full strength and managed to do my morning walk today YAY! London seems to be dotted with these cute colourful sheep at the moment.

London sheep photo joanne seale

I had a pretty restful weekend trying to catch up on sleep lost whilst my ear infection amplified every sound outside and inside, I’m glad I didn’t carry out my plan to move to an isolated peaceful valley in Wales.. :P

I managed to rescue the back of the garden, where the patio has been consumed by weeds, and worked on my sister’s portrait some more, I made some paper cuts from hand drawn flowers which I’ll be adding to the painting.

paper cuts from dand drawn flowers joanne seale

That’s it for now.



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