Monday, 16 January 2017

Small starts to the week.

Small journal spread and a couple of ATC's to start the week.

 'Utmost joy', ATC, mixed media.

 'Bush baby', ATC, pen and wash

'Moon Lady', journal page spread, mixed media

Here are the small starts I did to start the week off.  
For me,  ATCs and journal pages are a relatively stress-free way to start the creative flow.

1. Utmost joy. I had some background ATCs prepared from a while back and so all I had to do was pick one and then start collaging...elephant from a leaflet, map from a paper napkin, some washi tape, and then some book text to sum up the feeling of the smiling elephant.

2. Bush baby.  Another prepared background in watercolour wash.  I then added a pen drawing.  

I had bush babies on my mind after watching the spy camera series on BBC TV at the weekend.  It was a programme with cameras disguised as animals so that they could get up close and personal to wild herds and record some new and detailed animal behaviour information.

One of the cameras was disguised as a bush baby in a tree-hole, which spied on a group of chimps. Another camera was disguised as a tortoise and spied on an elephant herd.

I think the TV series is called Spy in the wild. 

3. Moon Lady.  My small art journal is transforming into a poetry journal.

here is the text:

of moonrise

Two swallows in the rafters hear the long sigh
of the lady in the moon

She calls to the stars
clouds fill the sky

the seas turned round
evening after evening.

Hope you are having a lovely start to the week.

Bye for now!

Monday, 9 January 2017

journal pages catch-up

Some journal pages from last week and this week.

1. Butterfly.

2. Fossils.

3. Garden.

1. Butterfly.  This lovely butterfly tumbled out of my drawer...originally on a napkin...and so I collaged it on the page as a focal image.  Then added some found words from book text:

The beginning

Something tiny
plays the harp now-

Slender waists dance
in the sunlight.

2. Fossils.  This was mainly a try-out of a new stencil from which I got on Amazon.  Trilobites by +Carmen Medlin .  I added a scrap drawing of a bush-baby animal and then some words from random book text:

We saw a strange thing:
with a dusky glow

it shone right through
his furs.

3. Garden.  trying out some poetry from found words in random book texts:

The garden

Green ferns crept
through the doorway

A faint smell:
sandal-wood, musk,
that reminded me of something...

good friends,
buried treasure,
the sound of a bell...

go on another dream tonight.

The found poetry is always a surprise which makes it fun to do.  

Bye for now...

Friday, 6 January 2017

A watercolour week


'Yorkie on her hat,' watercolours, 11.9 by 9.5 approx., paper.

Susie says: what mascara should she wear?

Susie says: she is great just as she is.

Some practice with watercolours.   This technique is actually a watercolour resist.  A stencilled resist pattern in gel medium is applied on the paper before painting with colours.

Susie loves clambering over the make-up table to get to the window.

That's all for this week.  Too cold to do much.

Bye for now....

Sunday, 1 January 2017


Happy new year 2017.

Happy new year from Susie and June.

I hope 2017 is a wonderful year for you.

Purr purr.

Bye..see you later.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Last Friday of the year

Some art and a photo of Susie.

1.  Journal page, mixed media.

2.  'Where's the rest of the troop?', watercolour, 9.5 by 12 ins, paper.

3. 'Susie and her catnip mouse toy'.

1. Journal page with a sprinkling of poetry.   Daler Rowney sketchbook.

Words read as follows:-
I felt it brush against my cheek
for a moment
There was silence.

Suddenly she spoke:
a tiny spring
bubbling out of a hillside.

I enjoy using phrases cut out of old books and re-assembled into a snippet of poetry.

2. Watercolour sketch of a lion-tailed monkey.  These monkeys from India are critically endangered.  

They are so regal-looking with their lion manes and distinctive black and white fur.  

To become better at watercolours,  I really should take time to practice with them.  Maybe this should be one of my goals for next year!

3. Finally, here is Miss Susie playing with her catnip toy from Poundland.  It came with a supply of the dried catnip herb.  She loves inhaling it. 


Hope you had a lovely Christmas and that you are all set for the New Year ahead in 2017!!  

Bye for now...

Monday, 26 December 2016

Boxing Day..we laze around

Here's what we did on boxing day!

We sat and watched TV.......  Cat on my knee and Cat (Stevens) on TV.

We had left-overs for tea!

 Lazy lazy day!!

Hope you had a lovely day too!


Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas!!

Watercolour sketch from 2008.

Noel, watercolour, 10 by 7 ins approx., paper

I had no time this week to paint or draw...except for the tag posted on Thursday.  So I looked through my folders for a Christmas-themed piece and found this one from way back in 2008.

I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas!!

Merry Christmas from June and Susie.

Happy Holidays.