Monthly Archives: April 2015

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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Throwback Thursday – Paper ghettoblaster

In 2013 I decided to create a ghetto blaster 3d paper cutting template from scratch. It was challenging and exciting to invent new methods for constructing the details such as the equaliser, the working cassette tray :), tape deck controls and the teeny tiny cassette tape. :) more photos and SVG here boombastic box 3d svg cuting file

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Portrait Painting

Hi all :) I’m slowly but surely recovering from my cold and ear infection, the later was quite hellish with the sound of every car and plane vibrating through my head..

In between rests and watching documentaries on medieval architecture :) I started painting a portrait of my sister, it sort of looks like her :)

sister portrait painting joanne seale

I also made a birthday card for another sister, using a print from one of my paintings made last year :)

paper cut portrait painting joanne seale

I hope you’ve all had lovely Easter breaks and managed to do lots of arting..




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Hi there, I’ve been recovering from a very bad cold/flu on my week off when I had planned to go on some day trips…

Anyhow.. I managed to go for a walk in the local woods and found this little fairy house which had been built into a tree.. :)

fairy house joanne seale

How cute.

I’ve also managed to finish a few Life book lessons which I combined into one painting, the lessons involved using text, metallic paint and a vessel to hold our favorite things.. and right now a nice cup of tea is just what I want.

a nice cuppa tea painting joanne seale

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