Lifebook – Freedom Flowers and sketchy self-portrait

I wasn’t going to post this picture as we had to make a sketchy portrait of ourselves as part of the lifebook class. But I decided to be brave.. it doesn’t really look much like me as I didn’t look in the mirror when I made it..lol :P The class was by the lovely jennibellie…

Lifebook – spray inks and watersoluble crayon

This was a wonderful lesson called Honouring Your Inner World with Serena Bridgeman, I pretty much just followed the lesson with this one, (not something I usually do) as the imagery was so beautiful. Blending and shading with the water-soluble crayon was a bit of a challenge and took many many thin layers mixed with…

Limited colour palette – Scary Vampire Woman

This Lifebook 2014 class required us to use a limited colour palette, I used 3 colours of acrylic paint on some pretty cheap watercolour paper from The Works… the paper started flaking off after a few layers so will be sticking to the Langton paper for heavily layered work. I blended the acrylics using both…

Lifebook – Honouring Your Inner World

I LOVED making this, it was soo soothing and relaxing, I used complimentary colours and handmade stencils for the background and sketched the seated figure with charcoal. I also got to use my new neocolor II watercolour crayons.. :) This picture makes me want to climb inside the painting and sit cross-legged whilst doing breathing…

Lifebook – In the moment

In this lesson we had to find all sorts of mark making tools from around the house and use them to make a layered abstract background. I used a sanding tool, some skewers, a crochet doily, a square metal tube, some lace and various other odds and ends. It felt very freeing to create with…

Lifebook – Quirky Animals

In this Lifebook lesson we had to choose animals to represent how we were feeling, and then make a quirky totem with them. My animals are bird = free, cat = relaxed, shrew = excited, Elephant = I wanted a pedicure :) Sloth = I wanted to wash my hair…

Bore Place weekend away

I had a weekend away at the delightful Bore Place in Kent with Cha-guy. Bore place is a working organic farm and sustainable living centre near Sevenoaks in Kent. There are also a number of buildings that are rented out for private retreats and group events etc. It was my birthday this week so we…

Papercut mixed media collage inspired by Karl Blossfeldt

This was supposed to be an Anna Dabrowska Lifebook lesson using photographs and bits of metal but I decided to use papercuts instead.. The plant shapes are inspired by the work of Karl Blossfeldt, I’ve blogged about him before here

RSPB Rainham May 2014

I went on the Sunday Stroll at RSPB Rainham yesterday. I last went in the winter of 2012 so was very excited to see what was there during springtime :) It was a fantastic day, the sun shone, the birds sang and our guides were very good, we learnt lots about the folklore surrounding plants…