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Tutorial – How to make watercolor pencil bookmarks!!

Hello everyone!! I hope you are well and enjoying the very first days of a new decade!!
I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions this year as I think every day should be a opportunity for newness!
Can you imagine how good it feels to wake up in the morning and step into a new you? So that by bed time you have become a slightly better version of yourself?
That one step can be a great journey all of its own.

Maybe you have decided to start arting for the first time?

In this video I can show you how to use simple watercolor pencils to create some colourful bookmarks!!
I hope you have a go at making them and please do share them in the Facebook group!

I didn’t use references for my fishes but if you need some ideas to work from here is a link to a Pinterest search for colourful fishes
Pinterest fishes

watercolor bookmark tutorial joanne seale

watercolor bookmark tutorial joanne seale

watercolor bookmark tutorial joanne seale

watercolor bookmark tutorial joanne seale


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New Painting – Girl Riding a Lion

Hello!! How are things? I am good and really enjoying having some time off!! Whooo! Ive hardly had any time off in the past 2 years so am looking forward to being able to focus on some personal projects and going on some trips.

I managed to finish my ‘Girl Riding a Lion’ painting! This took for ever due to lack of time and the fact that it’s quite a new style of art for me.
I tried to paint it in the style of a children’s book illustration and it was a really enjoyable process.

I’ll be back soon with some news about what been happening in my life and also a fast forward video of creating this artwork..

girl riding lion painting at joanne seale

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Kathy Orta ‘File Under M for Memories’ mini album with DCWV ‘Once Upon A Time’

Kathy Orta - 'File under M for Memories' mini album with DCWV joanne sealeHello! I recently finished a new mini album using a pattern made by Kathy Orta of Paper Phenomenon, I love Kathy’s patterns and also love the patterned paper made by Die Cuts With A View (DCWV) so chose to use their ‘Once Upon A Time’ paper stack with this album, and it worked really well!
I transcribe all of Kathy’s patterns into cutting files for my Silhouette Cameo so they can take a while to make, this album contained approx 100 different pieces so I have been kept busy, but it was a very enjoyable time.
I use painted paper cuts to decorate by albums and hope you enjoy looking at it in the video below and photographs that follow.
If you decide to make this album too, please leave me a comment as I would love to see your creations!

Kathy Orta - 'File under M for Memories' mini album with DCWV joanne seale
Kathy Orta - 'File under M for Memories' mini album with DCWV joanne seale

Kathy Orta - 'File under M for Memories' mini album with DCWV joanne seale

Kathy Orta - 'File under M for Memories' mini album with DCWV joanne seale

Kathy Orta - 'File under M for Memories' mini album with DCWV joanne seale

Kathy Orta - 'File under M for Memories' mini album with DCWV joanne seale
Kathy Orta - 'File under M for Memories' mini album with DCWV joanne seale
Kathy Orta - 'File under M for Memories' mini album with DCWV joanne sealeKathy Orta - 'File under M for Memories' mini album with DCWV joanne seale
Kathy Orta - 'File under M for Memories' mini album with DCWV joanne seale

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I’m still here…

Hi all, things have been a bit quiet here of late, but I am still here! :)
I basically had to ban myself from painting during most of February so that I could work on other projects.
Painting is so addictive, once I’ve set up all my gorgeous colours and surrounded myself with tubes, pots, crayons, pencils etc etc I seem to go into a trance and lose track of time. I felt I was neglecting my paper projects, the house, the garden! etc etc so I imposed a ban! :P
I have allowed myself a little playing in my art journal but my main focus has been on making a handmade book.
Here is a sneak peek at the cover
book cover
I want to use this book as an album for some of my photography and drawings, mainly focussing on architectural styles and design features.
I tend to snap these on my iphone and upload them to Instagram, but a lovely person gifted me a zoom lens for my DSLR and last Sunday I took a trip to Greenwich in South London to test it on my fave type of photography.
Here are a few snaps
The interior of ‘The Painted Hall’
The painted hall greenwich joanne seale
One of the twin Royal Naval College towers
royal naval college greenwich joanne seale
A decorative circular window
decorative window greenwich joanne seale
A pretty decorative Victorian style lantern
victorian lantern greenwich joanne seale
I hope to be back soon with photos of my finished book and February’s calendar art journal page :)

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Using a Paperchase scrapbook as an art journal?

I recently bought a Paperchase scrapbook album to use as an art journal because I want to do more sketching and playing around with paint and ideas.
I also found that I was trying to complete a finished painting every week without spending much time sketching or having fun in my other journals.
So decided to start a new journal for 2016!!

I decided to get the Paperchase scrapbook album as the pages are quite thick and shouldn’t be prone to buckling with very wet mixed media, the square format is nice and will be interesting to use over a 2 page spread, plus the paper cut cover is very pretty.
paperchase scrapbook album art journal joanne seale
I tested the pages with a variety of paints to see how well the paper stood up to different applications and made a video below.
paperchase scrapbook album art journal joanne seale

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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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