{21 Secrets} Doodling Our Way

As you know, this year I’ve been taking part in a number of online art workshops. I haven’t really blogged about them as much as I would have liked to, but there’s no time limit, so I will keep sharing my work even after the classes have finished.
Today I wanted to talk to you about…
21 Secrets

… the course hosted by Dirty Footprints Studio, that runs from March to December.

If you’ve been following for a while, you’ll know that I did this course last year too – each cycle is a different 21 artist offering 21 art journaling lessons, and it’s a HUGE bargain. The one negative I have is that you don’t get to keep the lessons. It would be great if you could download the videos or something, in case you want to have another go later on.

The lesson I started out with was Doodling Our Way, by Cathy Bluteau. Essentially it combined a bit of collage and a lot of doodling (two things that I love). This was my first attempt:


It was such a nice, relaxing process. I love being able to sit down with a a pen, a blanket and a cuppa, and just let my hand do all the work while my brain has a good old rest. I currently have another one on the go:


And even more lined up for later…

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So tell me, have you been up to anything creative recently? If you’ve been taking part in 21 Secrets, I’d love to see some of your work!

D x

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{Doodle Camp 2013} Part 3

Today I wanted to share the rest of the pages from my Doodle Camp journal:


This page is the equivalent of doodling word vomit – I did completely without thinking or planning, or even really caring about what I was doing next. It’s not necessarily my favourite page to look at, but it was very relaxing to do!


I started this page with a smoosh of ink across the page, and a doodle jump-start provided by Dawn Devries Sokol. After that I just let myself loose with a black pen and voila!


This is my absolute favourite page in the whole book… I just love! All the colours and complete randomness just make me happy 🙂 I also really like the swirly cut out down the side of the page… plus it was just really fun. I could happily fill a whole book with this technique!


This page of journalling blocks was designed to house a bunch of art journal prompts to use in the future (if you have any ideas then leave me a comment below!)

I’ve now shared all the pages from my Doodle Camp 2013 journal (click here or here to see the first two posts) – I have a few more blank ones at the bank for whenever the doodling mood strikes… so have you been up to anything arty this week?

D x

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{Doodle Camp 2013} Part 2

So already I have failed in my BEDN ambitions. I had the best of intentions – I had my post sketched out and ready to be typed up but external forces took over… I fell asleep. A combination of work and studying and art workshops and intense Slimming World obsessions conspired to send me off to Hushabye Mountain. I shouldn’t complain really. These self-imposed stressors can have way worse side effects; I get crabby; I start panicking; I lose all motivation; I eat; I glaze over and drown in TV. None are particularly good for me.

There is one technique that I use to de-stress that has never failed me. I unleash the creativity. I’ll choose something that won’t take a lot of time, or space, or materials or effort or brain power, something like doodling, and I’ll just let go for a while. A couple of months ago I took part in a fun mini workshop with Dawn Devries Sokol called ‘Doodle Camp’, so in honour of National Stress Awareness Day I thought I’d share some of the doodles and drawings that left me feeling oh-so-serene:


[A list of things I’d take to Doodle Camp with me]


[Inspired by Nature]


[Dream Destination]


[Playing with Patterns]


[Finding the Doodle]


[Designing an Alphabet]


[Ice Cream Treats]



So are you a fan of the almighty doodle? How do you choose to beat the stress out of your life?

D x

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Playful Self Portraits

The page I’d like to share with you today is a response to Jane Davies‘ bonus Life Book lesson:



This one was quite fun to do as a ‘warm-up’, on an evening that I wasn’t feeling very creative. The background was a scraping of left over paint from quite a while ago, and the rest was a combination of collage, permanent markers and dimensional paint. Do I love it? No. Does it show any real artistic skill? No. Do I want a hat like that? Yes please.

To be honest the ‘collage body building’ is something I’ve done before, and I definitely prefer it when my face isn’t involved… and my fave lessons tend to be the ones that show me something I’d never have thought of on my own.

I’ll be linking this page up to Art Journal Every Day – don’t forget to hop over and check out the (much more gorgeous) artwork!

D x

{Doodle Camp} Part 1

One of the online art course I’ve been really excited about this year is Doodle Camp 2013, taught buy the fabulous Dawn Devries Sokol of D’Blogala. A week long art camp that involved prompts, jumpstarts, technique lessons and inspiration all geared towards one of my favourite things… doodling!

The first part of the class consisted of making a journal to ‘take to camp’ with us. I was convinced this part would go wrong for me, but I actually love the result:


What do you think? I’m still contemplating  adding colour to my cover, but I’m not 100% sure yet…

I also prepped some backgrounds using Dawn’s techniques, but with a few different materials. I didn’t have a pipette so I used an empty glitter glue tube (I had no control, but everything has been infused with a bit of sparkle, which I love!), I also didn’t have ink at the time, so I used watered down emulsion.








Come back over the next week or so to see how I filled up these pages…

D x

Artful Shamanism

I’m a few weeks behind with Life Book projects, but I guess that’s just a side effect of all the crazed revision I’ve been doing for the past month or so!

Today I’m going to share a page with you that was inspired by Effy Wild’s ‘Artful Shamanism’ lesson:


The first part of the lesson included a few meditative moments, to help us come up with a symbol. Mine (obviously) was a dandelion.

Even though I’m now a grown-up (ish)  I still associate dandelions with making wishes. Unless they still have their petals (because then they make you wet the bed!). This is why I picked a wish-related quote for the page:

“Apparently the world is not a wish-granting factory” – John Green

I started with a quick sketch, then added a watercolour wash before doing my favourite thing (doodling) with a couple of different pens. I really quite love this page. It’s so whimsical, and I didn’t need to think about it. I didn’t need to get messy. I didn’t need much time to fit it in. I think sometimes that’s just what you need!

Have a great weekend,

D x

Inky doodles – Vintage images

Hey guys, just realised I haven’t shared the rest of my ‘inky doodles’ work with you, so here’s a bit more:

The third ‘inky doodles’ lesson was all about adding some vintage-inspired images to our pages. I experimented with feathers, a mannequin and a birdcage:




I use a lot of feathers drawings in my art, but the cage and the dummy are not images that I would usually doodle… I like them though, I think I might have to add to my ‘doodle repertoire’.

So what about you? Have you been trying anything new in your art recently?

D x