Monday, 6 October 2014

Creative Blog Hop

A few days ago, the lovely Philippa asked if I wanted to take part in a little 'creative' blog tag.

I thought it might make for a nice insight into what I'm up to at the minute, incase anyone was interested and also, that it'd be a good way to connect & get inspired by other creatives; be it writing, drawing, photography or anything that falls under that category.

What am I working on? At the minute I'm focusing on incorporating a lot more of my illustrations & paintings into my posts. Obviously it takes longer than just writing & photographing a few bits & pieces, so it has been hard to set aside the time, while still keeping things ticking over, but I'm enjoying the challenge! I'm also in the process of setting up an Etsy shop, which will be focused on Blogger based illustrations & prints; handmade logos, social media buttons, beauty 'grids' etc! (possibly with a couple of pet portraits thrown in for good measure). Although first & foremost, I really want to make myself a logo for this little blog!

How does my work differ from others of its genre? I like to think I have a certain painting style, I'm just not exactly sure how to explain it!  I like to aim for fairly realistic paintings, with pen outlines & details. Although I am trying to move away from that slightly at the minute. I guess it's ever changing at the moment, while I figure out what I like the look of best! 

Why do I create what I do? For enjoyment! Painting has always been an escape for me, ever since my Great Grandma taught me the basics when I was 8 years old. It's something I can rely on to take my mind off things and I hope I never lose that! The Etsy shop will hopefully allow a little bit of income from something I enjoy so much which would really would be a dream come true!

How does my creating process work? Normally, I work best working from photographs or images of what I'm about to draw. I've never been good at working from memory or creating a stylised version of something, so I gather together what I plan on drawing and start from there. I normally sketch out in pencil and then get straight into the watercolours. If I'm struggling for inspiration, I'll have a browse of blogs or some of my favourite artists and ideas tend to come that way!

And there you have it. 

I tag Ella Masters, Being Little & Jaymie O'Callaghan - plus anyone else that fancies filling out the questions! Let me know if you do, I'd love to have a read.

What's your creative process? 



  1. I'm at the very beginning of a creative process you could say. I really want to be creative but I don't really know how to so I'm experimenting with my photos and decorating the house. We'll see how that works.

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  2. oh, I'm very excited to hear that you're opening an Etsy shop! I've recently discovered all of the great blogger items that are for sale there and it's a great platform!! I'll definitely look into getting a logo from you, I've been on the hunt for one!

    ChrissyLilly x

    1. Thanks so much Chrissy! :) that means so much xx

  3. Oh God, an Etsy Shop! That is sooooo exciting! I would be first in line for a hand painted logo, especially from someone who I love to read so much. I wish you all the best in all the wonderfully creative things you are doing. Can't wait to see what comes next! X

    1. Yay! Glad you're excited! I'm really looking forward to it & working hard on hopefully opening by the end of the month :) xx

  4. I love your paintings so much! x

  5. Your painting is really accomplished and beautiful! An etsy shop would be lots of fun and motivational for you to keep painting. Have you tried illustration, or bought any books around it? it can help you a lot when you are seeking to define your style.
    I thought this was a fun hop so I tagged myself :) <a href=">click here to see</a>

    1. Haha! Thank you! I do have a few books and often get inspired by different artists, but essentially go back to my original style - maybe I have found it after all :) I'll go over and have a look at your replies now :) xx


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