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


Dark, Light and Don’t be a Square

Well it’s time for another Quirky Crafts Challenge. This time the rules are to use one dark colour and one light colour (that isn’t white) as your main colour scheme, and avoid anything square or rectangle. You can have other colours in the focal image, but other than that, stick to your simple colour scheme! To see the fab Guest Designer/Design Team Creations, click here.

This is what I came up with for this challenge:


I started off by fingerpainting the back ground (I used two shades of blue and an irridescent purple to make this smudgy indigo colour). Then I glued on the image (Starry Eyed from Stitchy Bear) which was coloured using Prismacolor pencils. I added some doodly bits and text with a silver gel pen (you can’t read it too well on this photo but it’s some Madonna lyrics: ‘Never forget who you are, little star. Never forget how to dream’).

If you fancy linking up to this latest challenge, hop on over to this site.

D x

Quirky things with Wings and Clouds

Last night the latest Quirky Crafts challenge went life – this time the brief was to use some sort of winged creature, and to incorporate clouds somewhere. For the original challenge post, click here.

So this week, instead of a card or a journal page, I created this fun little doodle:


I used the ‘Ava Fairy’ digital stamp from Bugaboo as the starting point, and added patterns and doodles using four different black pens (a felt tip, a gel pen, a 0.1 drawing pen and a 0.3 drawing pen) for a bit of whimsical line variety. The colour came from my fantabulous Prismacolor pencils (I still maintain that they are the BEST Christmas present ever!) and the quote around the edges reads “Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us.” (-Rumi).

Looking at this drawing now, I can really see the influences of the ‘Whimsy and Wonder’ art workshop I’ve been taking part in (I’ll share details with you later in the week). I just love the simplicity, and child-like dreaminess of the whole scene…At one point I thought I might stick this on the front of a card, but I might want to keep her and paste her into my journal… what do you reckon?

If you make anything with a wing and a cloud on it, swing by and link it up to our challenge for a chance to win one of the prizes donated by our sponsors. It could be anything… a card, a scrapbook page, a tapestry, a sketch, a sculpture, a bookmark, a soft toy, a mural… Seriously, anything.

Have fun!

D x

Fall Fearless and Fly – Final Challenge

The Fall Fearless and Fly Art Cleanse is coming to an end! I’ve really enjoyed these challenges, they’ve really encouraged me to try some new things… Here is the last set of prompts:

Headline prompt: Radical to Mundane and to Radical Again: What once seemed new that now feels old and boring? How can you see it as new again? How do you “jump charge” creativity when you’re feeling stuck?
Colour: black & neons – bold contrasts
Quote: Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous. Bill Moyers

Here’s the page I created, using all three prompts:


The text is a combination of the Bill Moyers quote and my response to the question ‘how do you jump charge creativity when you’re feeling stuck’ (Play with what you’ve got and let your imagination go free). And I really try some new things with this page, painting the background with india ink and trying out my new dimensional paint. I don’t adore the results, but I’m not a huge fan of neon anyway… it was fun though!

Hope you’ve all had a great weekend!

D x

Art Journal Every Day – The Masks We Create

The other day I decided to have a mindless play around in my ‘Inspired by Teesha‘ journal. This is the page I ended up with:

I seem to say this a lot recently, but it was so much fun just messing about and being whimsical. I love the slightly creepy character I’ve created out of fashion models and doodles! I’ve developed a serious addiction to using correction fluid in my art journal… this border might be my favourite part of the page!

I’m really enjoying experimenting with different ‘fonts’ in my journal- I’ve never been particularly good at lettering so I definitely need the practise! The quote (‘Nothing is more real than the masks we make to show each other who we are’ – Sam Shepard) is one that caught my eye a while ago… I’ve had it on a post-it stuck to my computer monitor, and I’m glad I’ve finally found a place to use it! The scrawly text on her cape is (I’m so ashamed to admit it) some some of the lyrics to ‘Bye! Bye! Bye!’ by N*Sync. I will not be surprised if some of you decide to unfollow me after this revelation.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!
D x

Fall Fearless and Fly : Challenge 1

In my attempts at procrastination I wander through a LOT of blogs, and on one of these I came across a great sounding art challenge hosted by Carolyn Dube and Jessica Sporn. It’s basically an art cleanse, getting you ready to approach 2013 with positivity.

This week was the first week of the challenge, and kicked off with the following prompts:

Headline Prompt – Inventing the Future (Where do you want to be 5, 10, 15 years from now? What’s holding you back? What’s propelling you forward? What do you need to do or stop doing to create your future?

Colour Prompt – Warm colours (reds, oranges, pinks, yellows)

Quote Prompt – “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” (Abraham Lincoln)

You’re allowed to pick and choose between the prompts, but I decided to be ambitious and use all three! Here’s the step-by-step of what I came up with…

(Found a page in my ‘altered encyclopedia’ art journal where I’d cleaned a warm colour off my brush. Haphazardly wrote the Abraham Lincoln quote across the spread in permanent marker)

(Blocked out most of the page with cream emulsion as I thought the text-covered paper was a bit too distracting, but I did allow the quote and the red to peep through a little)

(Using a selection of warm-coloured acrylics I just doodled over the page, letting my mind wander.)

(While the paint on the last layer was drying I tried to think of a few finishing touches for my spread, but nothing came to me… so I did what I do whenever I get stuck – I flicked through an old magazine. This usually inspires some sort of drawing, but this time I came across this black and white photo of Peggy Moffitt and I thought the sharp edges and black and white provided a perfect contrast to my messy doodles. I then added a little journaling in permanent marker, responding to the headline prompt)

This challenge was so much fun, it really allowed me to play around. I can’t wait to go and look at what everyone else has been creating for this!

D x

P.S. For more info on ‘Fall Fearless and Fly’ click on the button on the right of this page.


Is it a monster?

I was browsing through the arty blog posts I get delivered to my inbox and came across a challenge on the ‘Quirky Crafts’ blog which piqued my interest… the prompt was “What’s that coming over the hill? Is it a monster?” and it instantly made me think of The Trap Door, and a little of Monsters Inc. So I decided to create a fun little doodle inspired by these two old faves:


And this is what I created:

I was just playing around with a bunch of different pens… and that’s when I usually have the most fun… there’s no pressure to produce a masterpiece! Also, stuff like this takes up so much less time… and we all know I’m running out of that at the moment!

D x