Making Marks (part 2)

I have absolutely loved making marks this month. It seems that all the constraints I have chosen have given me more freedom rather than less. A few of my favourite methods are drawing with eyes closed, drawing with my non-dominant hand, drawing without lifting the pen from the page, drawing extremely slowly, and any combination …

Making Marks (part 1)

This month I'm revisiting the theme of Mark Making. Most of the resulting drawings have evolved out of a slow drawing technique which I first read about in The Drawing Mind by Deborah Putnoi. If I could take one art method with me to a desert island, I think this would be the one! Here …

Folk Art (part 2)

My drawings this month have been strongly influenced by Dinara Mirtalipova's book, Imagine a Forest (which I heartily recommend!) In the book, she gives great step-by-step instructions for creating beautifully detailed folk art. Some days, I followed these instructions to the letter. Other days, they served as a springboard for my own imagination. I hope, …

Folk Art (part 1)

I’m currently obsessed with Russian TV shows and can’t stop daydreaming about all the patterns, designs, embroideries, wall papers, buildings, and costumes. All this on top of a life-long love affair with Russian folktales. And so, this month, I’m taking a detour in my Painted Diaries journey to travel through the realm of Folk Art. …

The Suit of Cups (part 2)

This month's project has been such a great way to ground my understanding of the Tarot cards. For each card, I followed Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd's excellent Suit of Cups seminar at Art Witch Academy. I also looked at the Tarot Card Library over at Little Red Tarot and the This Might Hurt Tarot guidebook by Isabella …

The Suit of Cups (part 1)

This month, I'm going on a journey through the Suit of Cups in the Tarot. I'm hoping to ground my understanding of the cards whilst also exploring how I relate to them in the context of my life. Vanessa Oliver Lloyd's Minor Arcana seminar over at Art Witch Academy is really helping me to keep …

Cut Paper Collages (part 2)

Would you like to curl up in a cosy armchair with a good book? Would you like a macaron or two with your afternoon tea? How about moving into the country cottage with the thatched roof and roses round its front door? Even though my experience of making art is usually "hands-on", there is something …

Cut Paper Collages

July's theme in The Painted Diaries is Matisse-inspired collage. For added inspiration, I am following this month's tutorial by Painted Diaries creator Riet Poch and a beautiful book by Clover Robin called ‘Cut Paper Pictures’. I want to create a whole world made out of cut pieces of paper! Hand-bound journal for July Title page Cut Paper …

Come Outside class with Orly Avineri

The third and final leg of my Painted Diaries journey for July brought me to the Come Outside class with Orly Avineri. I didn't know if I'd ever get a chance to work with Orly in person as she lives far away in Oregon, USA. So I was beyond delighted when she announced that she …

June interlude

June in The Painted Diaries was meant to be all about Urban Sketching. Even though I was been enjoying the sketches themselves, it ended up being  a strange process trying to find places and objects to draw each day — one that often left me feeling a bit disconnected. One evening, I spent a wonderful …