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Bumblebee fanatic & wildlife lover living in, & taking inspiration from, the beautiful North East of England. I am accompanied on my journey through time & space by my special bloke, gorgeous girl, 3 daft cats, 5 fish & visiting, very shy, hedgehog.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Diary 2011 Project -June-13

Diary 2011 Project -June-13
Originally uploaded by Rainbowz Art

My second page for the Diary 2011 project has now been submitted. It has been created around pen and ink panda doodles and worked in Photoshop create the final page.

Pandas, although very distinctive, can be deceptively difficult to draw. I was very reliably informed that previous attempts ended up looking more like teddy bears or badgers. By working in a stlye akin to an ink doodle I hope the result appears casual and childlike. Something that will, at least, make the person it was created for smile. :)

You can find out more about the Diary 2011 project by going to

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Redesign and Diary 2011 Project

Well, seeing that I took the time to have a little bit of a change about on my blog page I thought I should really put up a new post as well.

In terms of arty suff my main focus over the past few days was to complete my submission for the Diary 2011 Project .

I am so pleased to be part of this project, there are some wonderful artists taking part. I think the finished product is going to be far to nice too write in!  Ah well - another lovely book to be kept for best. I seem to be building up somewhat of a collection!!

My page date was 23 October to be illustrated 8" x 3" greyscale.  I chose to rework of a piece I did a number of years ago trying to weave in an autumnal feel to the illustration. Did it work? I hope so - what do you think?

I am delighted to say that I have the opportunity to submit a second page. I am working on this now - the date 13 June. My little darling's birthday so something to do with a panda could therefore be a fairly safe bet ♥♥

Sarah's Stuff: Redesign and Diary 2011 Project

Sarah's Stuff: Redesign and Diary 2011 Project

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Postcards & bookmarks

Now that I have had confirmation of receipt I can show you a couple of new pieces that I have recently made. These pieces were made as trades - a postcard and a bookmark.
The postcard was a mixed media piece mainly worked in ink, watercolour and acrylic with an acrylic satin varnish finish. Its theme was inspired by artworks featuring the Buddha. I particluarly enjoyed creating this peace immersing myself totally whilst I was working on it.  I have also created a digital image of the postcard and placed it onto a mug ( 'Live, laugh, drink' mug ) alongside the following quote:
 'When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky' 
♥♥ The title of the mug, which I think is very apt, was chosen by my gorgeous girl ♥♥  
I may also have some prints made soon on some really good quality paper to place in my Etsy shop.

The bookmark was worked on red craft paper and was created in pen & ink before laminating to ensure longevity. 
 'Cats, Coffee & Books' 
(for me these 3 things embody cosiness, relaxation and contentment)

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Lady Starlight - World Drawing Day 2010

Listening to my music on the train after a long, hot busy day in London - this idea started to weave its way through my weary sub-consciousness. It has morphed a few times before I finally put pen to paper.

'Lady Starlight'  (inspired by the song of the same name by the Scorpions)
World Drawing Day 2010
Pen & Ink with a watercolour wash
Size A5

Friday, June 04, 2010

Willowing ATC May 2010

This month the featured theme was 'Little Houses of Love'.
For this piece, I wanted to use a subject that most people dont think of with any love nor even affection. Snails seemed to be an ideal subject, the majority of people are not overly fond of these little creatures with their spherical exoskeletal home, although the abundance of them in my garden probably encourages the hedgehogs so I should be grateful they choose visit me. 


'Little Houses of Love'  
(Size 2.5"x 3.5 "
worked in mixed media and included acrylic, ink, newspaper.

For my second card I chose the theme 'Goblin' .
I have been having somewhat of a running battle with these little people for some time now - perhaps I could appease them by dedicating a piece of art to them?

 (Size 2.5"x 3.5 "
worked in ink with a watercolour wash
- perhaps my favourite medium.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Busy, busy, busy...dream a little dream

After a short enforced break, I have come back to my artwork with a new lease of life and have several new pieces to post as soon as I can confirm that the recipients have them. As usual each piece has taken on a life of its own - I am beginning to wonder whether its me creating art or whether the art is using me !
As you can see from my little workspace - I have been extremely busy ✏
 At last my head is starting to buzz with ideas again and I have left the darkness behind. Hopefully the muse will give me time to put these ideas on paper before they fly away into the ether - at the moment there are so many ideas as I lie down to go to sleep that I am in a fantastical wonderland. ♥★♥
Keep an eye out for future posts - you may see some of my little visitors and inspirations ...if you are lucky!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Polecat - Mixed Media

Here's a piece that I have been fighting with over the last few days. Its one of those that whatever I do I am just not happy with - a rework may be on the cards.

I have been extremely lucky to see some of these little chaps near to my home, usually running at one heck of a lick in the opposite direction - that being said it still gives me an an absolute thrill.

Anyway this is my first polecat piece worked initially in mixed media and then finished in photoshop when I was beginning to lose the will to live. I am hoping that my next piece will not be such a struggle. ;)