Friday, 18 December 2009

Nursery painting

ooooo also forgot to show you the pics of the completed painting for my niece to be's nursery!

So here goes ..........

 and here's a close-up

  pretty darn pleased with how it turned out in the end! Hopefully my sister and brother in law, and of course my niece will be too!

All things Christmassy!

Yay! This morning my edition of fete a craft zine came through the door, with my work on the cover and inside, and lots and lots of sparkles that dropped all over my cutting board, and have since been scooped up for use on something in the future (artists are always resourceful!) Looking forward to seeing the colour version on issuu at . The zine is being sold on folksy at by the wonderful editor momtazbh.

Have also used my paper toys designs as inspiration to create a christmas card, a bit late to sell, but in time for me to print out to give to loved ones, although I never think about whether I have an envelope to fit them in, and quite often they are handed over in a piece of paper folded in half! Think I need to remedy that habit!

Thinking that next year a pack with a range of the characters would be nice!

I have also posted the rest of the nets for the christmas paper toys on my website, so if any one wants to do a bit of chrismas creating, go to for your free downloads!

Sunday, 13 December 2009


Me and my husband went to Manchester yesterday to catch up with 2 good friends. We had a great time, high lights of the day (apart from of course seeing our friends) was visiting afflecks palace, where we decided to adopt this little creature. We named him Stuart, as my husband believed he shared a canny resemblance to one of the friends we were with, strangely enough called Stuart! He's ace, and was made by Sausage dog who has an etsy site

We also happened upon the Richard Goodall Gallery in the Northern Quarter. It was awesome, and there was an exhibition of custom designed Lurnartik tea cup vinyl toys. Wish we had had time to peruse it in more detail  . However, we did purchase a festive (albeit slightly disturbing) festive dunny and the cutest dunny I've ever seen, both designed by chuckboy. Although slightly miffed, as the lion one did come with a piece of meat as an accessory, but we lost it some where on the way back from Manchester :( poor hungry lion!

These delightful fellows have been added to our modest, but growing collection of collectable art vinyl toys:

Thursday, 10 December 2009


Have been working on the painting for my sister and brother in laws baby's nursery for quite a few hours now and finally feel like I've turned a corner with it, I'm almost kinda pleased with it at the moment! Here's a few pics of it in progress, hopefully soon a photo of the finished piece will be up.

I have never painted in such a flat, graphicy style before, and I must say it is really tricky, especially when your mixing up your own colours!

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Pet Portrait

I have finally finished the painting I was working on. Phew! Probably took about 8 hours or so. Think I'm happy with it now, but I always find that when I have been working on a painting for a while, and staring at it for hours it never looks quite right, so I'm hoping that's why.
It's a commissioned piece I've been asked to do of my mum's puppy Molly, for Christmas.
I used to paint animals all the time, but it's been a while!

On to the next one now, a painting for a nursery, should be fun as it's based on my own design rather than working straight from a photo.
Here's a link to the original design I created