The Painted Diaries – August (part 1)

A new month means a new theme in The Painted Diaries and this month is all about swatching our art supplies. This might be the most relaxing thing EVER and perfect for restoring a sense of order to the universe. First up: watercolours! I switched some of the colours in the Winsor and Newton mini palette …

The Painted Diaries – July (Part 5: Ether)

What an incredible journey it has been through each of the five elements. My pages for the first three elements of Earth, Water, and Fire all seemed to be jam packed with information and associations. With last week's exploration of the element of Air, things suddenly became more spacious and buoyant. As I came to …

The Painted Diaries – July (Part 4: Air)

After cramming so many ideas and associations into the pages of the first three elements, things have suddenly got a whole lot more spacious. With the element of air comes lots of space and lightness. I left out the page headings as they suddenly felt too cumbersome for this element. What a breath of fresh …

The Painted Diaries – July (Part 3: Fire)

It was pretty intense catching up with The Painted Diaries last week. As I was getting over my summer cold, I felt as though I was submerged in water. It has felt good to warm things up as I moved on to the next element: Fire! What does the element of Fire mean to you? …

The Painted Diaries – July (Part 2: Water)

The timing for each of the elements in my Painted Diaries exploration this month seems to be spot on. Last week, while I was working with the Earth element, I found myself out on the land at EarthHeart, in the beautiful Forest of Dean. This week, as I've been exploring my relationship with the element …

The Painted Diaries – July (Part 1: Earth)

The theme for July in The Painted Diaries is up to each of us to choose! I have decided to focus on the five elements, what they mean to me, and my connection to them. This is potentially a big subject! So to keep it light and doable I am prepping the pages with watercolour …

The Painted Diaries – June (part 4)

What a wonderful month of mark making it has been in The Painted Diaries. I didn't use my sumi ink quite as much as I had planned due to being out and about much of the time. But I found I really enjoyed my Pentel brush pen, too. So lovely to rediscover art supplies that …

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 …