The Painted Diaries – June (part 3)

This week I discovered how beautiful the shades of watered-down sumi ink can be. It is so deeply dark when undiluted. Watered down, it transforms into shades of tea, coffee, pebbles and stone... Scribbles Running a water-soaked brush along the edge of freshly painted ink Downward facing dashes become bamboos Blobs Stones and pebbles Tree-ish …

The Painted Diaries — June (part 2)

This week I've been noticing how marks can have quite a powerful effect. I found myself feeling uncomfortable with marks that looked like stitches and then uplifted a day or two later by the triumphant curve of arches. Perhaps it is due to their simplicity, that marks are an undiluted communication of gesture and energy. …

The Painted Diaries – June (part 1)

A new month has begun  in The Painted Diaries and the theme is mark making. Time to get out my sumi ink and special brush that I have hardly touched since I bought them for a cartooning class three years ago. After so much exuberant colour last month, I’m looking forward to the simplicity of …

Micro-seasons creative journey — May

May saw me playing around with different styles in my micro-season journal which kept things lively and interesting. Much of this influence came from other projects I am working on: cartoon me crossed over from my 100 days of diary comics; Hundertwasser's bright colours made an appearance from The Painted Diaries; and later on in …

The Lost Girls – a shadow album (Side B)

In recent weeks, I have been working away in the broom closet of Art Witch Academy, creating a shadow album under the tutelage of the Mistress of Shadows herself, Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd. I chose to work with a beautiful poem by Linda Hogan called ‘The Lost Girls’ from her collection Dark. Sweet. My theme was about loving and …

The Painted Diaries – May (part 4)

It's been an incredible month, hanging out with Hundertwasser, playing with shapes and colours and lines, and learning so much. Here are just a few of the things I’ve learnt from Hundertwasser: Be organic with your shapes and lines. Circles can be blobs. Squares can be roundish. Love of colour. Stripes and eyes and houses …

The Lost Girls – a shadow album (Side A)

If you walk the corridors of the magical art school that is Art Witch Academy, you will eventually come to the Broom Closet. This is the place for working with shadows and clearing the dust off of past issues. One of the projects in the Broom Closet this semester is the shadow album, under the …

The Painted Diaries – May (part 3)

For most of this week I didn't look at my Hundertwasser inspiration book at all. I just made some doodles with my fountain pen and then coloured them in, drawing on all the influences I have picked up from the artist so far (the main one being lots of bright colour!) Lady Guy (in love …

The Painted Diaries – May (part 2)

This week in The Painted Diaries, I had a lot of fun mixing and merging Hundertwasser's style with my own doodle style. I'm continuing to be blown away by his use of colour, so it may be that I never get round to experimenting in black and white. (Although: never say never!) One of the …

Mapping my personal symbols

When I was four I wanted to be a witch when I grew up. Over the years, while I might not have thought of myself as a witch, I have been involved in the areas of healing, creativity, and transformation – all pretty witchy! When I heard of the launch of Art Witch Academy, something …