Watercolour Sketchbook

It’s been a while since I’ve done a blog post, mostly because I have been rather obsessed with painting watercolours. In the past I have been a little scared of watercolour paints, because they can be unpredictable and it can be difficult to correct mistakes. However, I love the look of watercolours, especially with pen or ink, and I’ve been inspired by Alisa Burke who runs an online watercolour class.

Watercolour Sketchbook

I have been attempting to do at least one watercolour in my sketchbook each day over the last couple of weeks and I think I am becoming more confident. I’d like to share some attempts here, some are practice sketches for future paintings. Thank you for visiting!

Watercolour Sketchbook

Follow Your Heart: Elephant Art

I love elephants and I have been painting quite a few recently :)

Here is a selection of the ones I have created:

Elephant 1
This is on a 12 x 12 inch canvas, comprising collage, acrylic paint and pen.

Elephant 2
This is on 12 x 9 inch watercolour paper, comprising collage, acrylic paint and pen.

Elephant 3
This is on a 8 x 8 inch canvas, comprising collage, acrylic paint and pen.

Bloomsbury: Books About Town

Early last week, we did our fourth (and final) Books About Town trail in London. This one was around the Bloomsbury area, running from Long Acre up to Tavistock Place. I’ve really enjoyed doing these trails, especially as I got to see parts of London I hadn’t seen before. Photos of the other book bench trails: Greenwich, Riverside and The City. Many thanks for visiting!


Around the World in Eighty Days – Valerie Osment
Around the World in Eighty Days

Always try to be a little kinder than necessary (Peter Pan) – Sian Storey
Peter Pan

The Agatha Christie Bookbench (Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly) – Tom Adams (artwork) Created by Mandii Pope
Agatha Christie

James Bond Stories – Freyja Dean
James Bond

Jeeves and Wooster Stories – Gordon Allum
Jeeves and Wooster

Pride and Prejudice – Charlotte Brown
Pride and Prejudice

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – Quad Digital Mandii Pope
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

Mrs Dalloway – One Red Shoe
Mrs Dalloway

The Curious Case of Sherlock Holmes – Valerie Osment
Sherlock Holmes

The Importance of Being Earnest – Trevor Skempton
The Importance of Being Earnest

1984 – Thomas Dowdeswell

Rest Your Stalks (The Day of the Triffids) – Oliver Dean
The Day of the Triffids

All taken with the E-PL1 (except the first one which is an iPhone photo)

The City: Books About Town

Amazingly, I had the energy to do another book bench trail at the beginning of this week. I managed to complete the City Trail of Books About Town. This is the third one I’ve done, following the Greenwich and Riverside trails. Thank you for visiting :)

The City

Katie in London – James Mayhew
Katie in London

Noughts and Crosses – Oliver Dean
Noughts and Crosses

Sit Here At Your Own Risk (A Brief History of Time) – Paraig O’Driscall
A Brief History of Time

Stormbreaker: The Graphic Novel – Mike Snowdon

The Wind in the Willows – Mik Richardson
The Wind in the Willows

Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack – Trevor Skempton
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

The Laura Marlin Mysteries – Jane Headford
The Laura Marlin Mysteries

Brick Lane – Charlotte Brown
Brick Lane

Mary Poppins – Darel Seow
Mary Poppins

Fever Pitch – Sophie Green
Fever Pitch

The Capital of the Imagination (Peter Pan) – Laura Elizabeth Bolton
Peter Pan

That’s not my meerkat
That's not my meerkat

Characters from Jacqueline Wilson books – Jane Headford
Jacqueline Wilson

Bridget Jones’s Diary – Paula Bressel
Bridget Jones's Diary

Dickens in Liverpool – Hillside School
Dickens in Liverpool

All taken with the E-PL1 (except the first one which is an iPhone photo)

Riverside: Books About Town

End of last week, we did the Riverside Trail, part of Books About Town. We did the Greenwich Trail the other week. This time we managed to get all of them which was rather wonderful! There is a lot going on around this part of London at the moment…two that stood out for me…Festival of Love at South Bank and the Matisse Cut Outs exhibition at the Tate Modern (which I really want to see). As always, thank you for visiting :)

London Riverside

The World’s Biggest Flipbook – Jeremy Banx
The World's Biggest Flipbook

Shakespeare’s London – Lucy Dalzell
Shakespeare’s London

Great Expectations – Ivan Liotchev
Great Expectations

Please Look After This Bear. Thank You – Michelle Heron
Paddington Bear

From the Gruffalo to Scarecrows – Alex Scheffler
From the Gruffalo to Scarecrows

The Librarian (Discworld) – Paul Kidby
The Librarian

Dr Seuss – Jane Headford
Dr Seuss

Clarice Bean – Jane Headford
Clarice Bean

Through the Looking Glass – Ralph Steadman
Through the Looking Glass

How to Train Your Dragon – Gerard Strong
How to Train Your Dragon

War Horse – Gerard Strong
War Horse

All taken with the E-PL1 (except the first one which is an iPhone photo)

Recent Artwork

These are the first two pieces of art that I have done as requests. I’ve been very privileged to do these. I really enjoyed doing them and I hope that shows in the work. As always, thank you for taking the time to look :)

Recent Artwork

“Home is where my cats are”

This is a mixed media piece on a 12″ x 12″ canvas, comprising collage, acrylic paints and ink.

Home is where my cats are

“Red Riding Hood”

This is a painting on A3 watercolour paper (300 gsm, cold pressed), comprising acrylic paints and ink.

Red Riding Hood

GoGo Gorillas Norwich 2013

This is rather long overdue blog post! Last August, the kids and I took a day trip to Norwich. Despite having had holidays in Norfolk in the past, I had never visited the county city. An added attraction was the GoGo Gorilla art trail which was taking place in Norfolk during the summer.


Here are some of the gorillas we managed to see during the day.

Gerald – Nathan Smith

Jungle Jenny – Jenny Leonard
Jungle Jenny

Gordon – Teresa Hill

Chromilla – Phil Daniels

Ray – Samuel Thomas

Catch Me If You Can – Hannah Nelson
Catch Me If You Can

Optimus Primate – Ross White
Optimus Primate

Whoop! Whoop! – David Hanton
Whoop! Whoop!

Yo’man – Phil Daniels

Georgian Georgie – Lottie Day
Georgian Georgie

Boris – Jenny Leonard

Gladstone – Phil Daniels & Mik Richardson

Freddie ‘Radio GoGo’ Gorilla – Mik Richardson
Freddie 'GoGo' Gorilla

Gareth – Gillian Jefferies

All photos taken with the Olympus E-PL1 PEN camera

Mini Art Journals

Over the last few months, I have been making little art journals, following a tutorial by Jennibellie. These mini journals are essentially hand decorated painted paper with collage, doodles and other embellishments.

Mini Art Journals

I’m aiming to use these as little mail gifts to family/friends as well as for art abandonment drops.

Art Journal 1
Art Journal 2
Art Journal 3

As always, thank you for looking <3

Greenwich: Books About Town

Earlier this week, we went into Greenwich to seek out book benches…Books About Town is a set of four trails in London that feature bench sculptures shaped as open books. We got to see almost all of them at Greenwich…the last one was just too far for my little legs and sore feet. Enjoy the photos…I’m planning the next one to do :)

Greenwich Park

Planet 42: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Deven Bhurke
Planet 42

Dr Johnson’s Wild World: Dr Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary – Scriberia
Dr Johnson's Wild World

Girl Engrossed: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole – Andrea Joseph
Girl Engrossed

Samuel Pepy’s Diary – Michele Petit-Jean
Samuel Pepy's Diary

The Railway Children – One Red Shoe
The Railway Children

The Canterbury Tales – Beth Quinton
The Canterbury Tales

On the Origin of Species – Jane Veveris Callan
On the Origin of Species

Frozen in History: Captain Scott’s Autobiography – Charles Bezzina
Frozen in History

The Jungle Book – Ruth Green
The Jungle Book

Elmer the Elephant – Giles Boardman
Elmer the Elephant

The Time Machine – Di Ralston
The Time Machine

All taken with the E-PL1

Wandering around South Bank

Back in May, I visited Leake Street Tunnel; the same day I did a bit of wandering around the South Bank.

Long Live South Bank

The skateboard park in South Bank is a great place to see graffiti. It is currently under threat by the South Bank Centre who want to redevelop the area for retail use. The Long Live South Bank campaign is dedicated to preserving this area for the skateboarding community.

Skateboard Park

I love these little stick people

Stick People

Miscellaneous street art

Street Art

A few candids at the Book Market

Book Market

Photos taken with the Olympus E-PL1