Friday, 17 October 2014

My Perfect Sponge Cake...

I finally got around to doing an illustrated recipe! I been keen to try some foodie things for a while.
The lovely They Draw and Cook featured it today. You can see it here along with many other gorgeous recipes.
I have a taste for this now, I feel the urge to do another one!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Fruit Box

Every Thursday we receive a fruit and vegetable box and for ages I have wanted to create a collage of the contents, finally this week I had a window of opportunity and so I have made a start. Can't wait to finish it this week.

Monday, 29 September 2014


I decided to enter the London Transport and AOI poster competition this year, it was a bit of a labour of love for me and good to do something on a bigger scale for a change, the final submission date was Sunday so I am happy I managed to complete it on time!! It was inspired by a couple of days trips that I did to The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the Summer with family and friends. It is such a great addition to that area of London, I think I would go there all the time if I lived around the corner.

Monday, 22 September 2014

and so on......

I am still working on the poster competition but nearly done now, so some random photo's from my instagram feed instead that were taken in my studio space.

Sunday, 14 September 2014


Not sure where the time has gone but somehow it speeds by far to fast.
So since the children have gone back to school I started on something new, so here is a peep at the beginnings, you can see a few more over at instagram too.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

A new Term

Although the weather is still sunny, the boys went back to school today so I guess it is officially Autumn.
The summer has been busy, drama free and really quite lovely but I am definately now ready to get back into a routine and normal life!!
The best thing for me about the summer has been taking pictures and instragram I really have loved that and my eyes are always open looking for new subjects!!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The world of Terrariums

Finally the annoncements were made for the GTS competition, 999 entries, with 50 designs going through to the next round. Mine didn't make it through, but I really had a great time creating this piece, I feel my style is moving forward to a place I want it to be and I have plenty of ideas for new designs. I also need to completely revamp my shop and I hope to have this available for sale sometime soon..


Monday, 18 August 2014

Monday's Creative Bloghop!!

Welcome to the Monday Blog Hop and thank you to the lovely Gabriella Buckingham who passed it on to myself and Este Macleod, Gabriella produces wonderful paintings from her studio in Norfolk. You can read her blog hop here, I will be doing the same and passing it on to these three fantastic designer/illustrators listed below, 

Ine Beerten, you can see her work here.
Monika Forsberg she is found here.
Brooke Wenstrup Albrecht lives here.

 I met all three through on line courses, they will follow with a blog on the 25th August.There work is all very different, so please go take a look.

So here goes with the questions...........

1 What am I working on?

As for quite a few of us, it is the school holidays in the U.K at the moment. I find it is almost impossible to work on much when everyone is around, but I have just managed to complete a design for the Lilla Rogers Global Talent search, can't reveal the design yet but I had fun creating the image and it was good to be able to prove to myself and my family that I could actually manage to design something with them all at home! My Etsy shop and website are also in urgent need of up dating so they will be the next thing to tackle along with some personal projects that are waiting in the wings.

2 How does my work differ from other work of its genre?

Every artist or illustrator wants to try and create something new but of course that is very difficult, I took a long break from being creative while my family were young, and then really struggled to get back into my work again.Taking the Lilla Rogers and Mati Rose on line courses, plus a print making course at a local college, really helped me to find my feet again and slowly now I feel much happier and excited about what I am producing.
There are of course lots of collage artists out there but I hope I can somehow try to create something a little bit different.

3 Why do I create what I do?

Somehow my life doesn't feel complete unless I can be creative, I lost that for a few years and I don't won't to lose it again. I am always looking around for things that inspire or intrigue me, great colour combinations, textures, quirky objects, I love to take photos to document what I see, many I put on my instagram page, some days I don't get any time to spend working on a collage, on those days I at least I try to take a few photo's either for later inspiration or just because I like what I see through the lens.

4 How does my creative process work?

Normally I will do a few pencil sketches to get a rough idea down, but sometimes I just start playing directly in collage too. White tissue paper plays a big part, I lay it out on newspaper and apply paint and add texture too it, I produce many different sheets in various colours and patterns. I also have now built up a collection of papers that are all ready to use, then depending on the design, I either collage lots of icons which I scan into photoshop and digitally arrange, recently I have started also working on canvas's combining collage and paint. I really am enjoying every aspect of the collage process and I am excited to see where it will take me.

Thank you for reading my hop and please take time to check out the lovely Ine, Monika and Brooke who will take part next Monday.