Day One……

so here it is day one of blogging every day for a month, yes that’s right every day for a month ….at the moment that seems like an unbelievably intimidating task but, I’m going for it and who knows where it will go. Its all down to Effy Wild’s “Blog along with Effy September 2017” https://effywild.com/2017/09/01/september-im-blogging-month-long/ I’ve had a blog on and off over the years but I’m really not very good at sticking at it, its an odd thing really, its something I want to do but I have so much resistance to it, I guess a lot of it is linked to fear and as I write this I realise there are many of those, oh man , now Ive named it, Ive opened the portal to one of those “aha” moments listen carefully and you will here “take on me ” playing ……Yes indeed I realise in this moment the fears that have been holding me back, a lot of fear of those for which grammar, spelling and all the other necessities of writing at any great length are important as well I’m not particularly good with all of that at college and University I had someone help me out with all of that as I’m dyslexic, so going solo is a worry even having to explain that my grammar and sentence structure might be off because I’m dyslexic, is another fear again as I hate having to explain myself. For most people one fear would be enough but no, not for me that would just be limiting myself, I also have a fear that to be completely honest I wonder if I have anything of interest to actually say, whether this will just me the rantings and babblings of a crazy old woman with nothing better to do than to post her ramblings online, but anyway enough of this fear stuff, Ive committed to posting every day for a month so I’m going to give it a go and see what happens, Thank you Effy for coming up with this most interesting challenge.

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Watercolour ground you are wonderful…..

I’m absolutely loving the willowing everafter course here’s another lesson this one was taught by Danita Art and while I used a different media it was really good fun. It’s my first little canvas being about A4 in size, I was able to use watercolour, my current favourite as I prepared the canvas with watercolour ground, another first and it won’t be the last, it takes some patience but I think it’s worth it, she’s not completely finished but nearly there….alice

July Artsnacks ….nom nom nom

Artsnacks July box has. I think one of my favourite ever goodies, a Pentel duopoint flex double ended brush, Oh my goodness, it’s so versatile, I just love it! So as usual the challenge is to only use the products in the box, this month along with the glorious pentel duopoint, there were two Caran d’Ache museum aquarelle pencils, a Derwent Pencils hb graphic drawing pencil and a derwent 2 in 1 eraser /sharpener.

Artsnacks June Box…

I finally got hold of my June Artsnacks box with a great little selection including Artsnacks & Denik mini sketchbook, painty fx by zig, 2 generals multipastel chalk pencils and 3 tombow dual brush pens, the monthly challenge is to use all the products in the box to create an original piece of art, I included the mini sketchbook and came up with this quickie. #artsnackschallenge

Paint tins….

I’ve some lovely little prima watercolour tins for a while now and I do think they are great quality paints, I’ve used them a few times and loved them but I struggle with having to have three tins open to use the colours I want when I want it may sound trivial but its been a very exciting week I got myself a big empty tin for £10 and  now have not only managed to pop all my prima half pans but I also have space to pop some of my favourite Daniel Smith colours and a couple of cotmans too….bloomin marvellous !!! I couldn’t be happier !!! Oh no wait a mo, yes I could ….my Royal Talens Van Gough water colours arrived and well wowsers they are rather lovely…..

So very Happy days with the paints now to get to use them , I have “Blocknote academy art journal summer school” and willowing arts “Ever after” course to be cracking on with so I’m sure they are going to get plenty of use.

I’ve been doing a little more work on the blog today, you may notice the difference or not as I’m taking an age just to do the most simple tasks which is just incredibly frustrating, I am just really clumsy when it comes to the world of tech, actually I’m generally fairly clumsy and the world of tech is quite unforgiving, but I’m getting there slowly. And look I’m using my words too and will be trying to make a concerted effort to continue doing that so I can connect more with the outside world,  so as well as the blog stuff Ive been working on my mermaid paintingmermaid 1 that was inspired by Tamara Laporte’s “Ever After” free taster lesson, the full course starts soon and I’m super excitied !!! as I thoroughly enjoyed the taster #willowingart #tamaralaporte #everafter

Here’s a small update of what I’ve been up to lately, I am absolutely loving Jane Davenports “Express yourself” class which has been really useful, I’m still slowly make my way through Tamara Laporte’s “Lifebook 2017” and am looking forward to “Ever After” starting shortly as well as the fabulous art journal summer school that’s going on through July.