Watercolour Practice

A birch tree created in watercolours.


Birch Tree


Whatever Makes you Happy….

This page was created for a journal swap. The theme for this particular journal was “Whatever Makes you Happy”. Well my turn in the journal occurred when I was addicted to Zentangling…. I just couldn’t stop for a few weeks there and this is what happened.


Whatever Makes You Happy

I took inspiration from a distant memory of something similar I had seen surfing the internet a while back.

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Whimsical Face – a work in progress

This is a face created using a stencil by Jane Davenport. Awesome stencils for when you just need a starting point… It isn’t finished as I need to add hair and journaling. Not sure I have finished shading the face either – Hence it still being a work in progress (WIP)

I have actually gessoed over a failed piece of art in my journal. The background art was created using Peerless paints – which are watercolor based but have leached through the gesso which I think has created a nice effect.

Butterfly Free

The Monarch of the Sea

The Monarch of the Sea

…and here is the finished piece.


Her “followers” were copied, reduced then collaged onto the page from this larger piece that I painted just to add to this layout….

Monarch Fish

I had posted a version of this fish earlier – but the tail wasn’t working for me so I changed it. You can see the original version in this post.

Lessons Learnt and Other Information:

In the first “cut” of this piece I printed various sizes of the Monarch Fish onto tissue paper and collaged them onto the page using Liquitex Matte Medium. However, since I had used Distress Stains for the background I found that even though the edges of the tissue paper were torn and soft** the colour drew to the edges and made a “hard” edge around the tissue paper and fishes. Not a very desirable result. So I decided to gesso over the entire background and start again.

I decided to repaint the background with a mix of Liquitex Fluid Acrylic and Distress Paints as they were the supplies I had with the colours I needed. I placed a small amount of each colour onto my palette and used a stippling brush with a little of each colour to repaint the background. As the paints used are both acrylic based I knew they wouldn’t react and pool in the same manner as the stains did. BUT just to be sure I printed the Monarch Fish in varying sizes onto copy paper using my laser printer.

I then fussy cut out each fish. They were then adhered to the page using Liquitex Matte Medium.

The last thing added was the lettering. As there were so many different mediums on the page I used an alcohol based marker – in this instance it was a Prismacolor Premier marker.

** to easily “cut out” images on tissue paper use a thin paintbrush dipped in water to create an outline. Leave for a few seconds then gently “tear” along the waterline. This creates a SOFT edge that is easily blended into a collaged piece.

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Arting by the River

I took my art supplies and my two dogs down to the river today and spent a couple of hours arting. It was so relaxing that I can’t wait to do it again.

Here are a couple of pictures of the river here in my town.

Cudgegong River, Mudgee      IMG_0351 - Copy

and my boys…..

Corby (left) and Riley

Whilst I was there a Rivermaid came to visit. She just popped out of my pencils…..
I scanned some beautiful Autumn leaves I found for the tail, hair and bikini top.

River Mermaid

I am not sure if she is finished yet – but she is for today.

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Naughty Pixie

I have been totally occupied with Mermaid Circus over the last few weeks. However, for a change I went back to one of the books I am altering with art related to fairies, pixies, etc. Here is the latest page so far. The story will be of a Naughty Pixie stealing eggs from birds nests – just because she can.

The book I am altering is “The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady” by Edith Holden and the eggs and nest feature on one of the pages.

Naughty Pixie

Undersea Creatures

I am so very pleased with the outcome of my first attempts at drawing a dolphin, seahorse and a seal. Not totally happy with the face of my seal but I can’t quite work out what is wrong with it. A bit more research needed I think.

These are in preparation for the mixed media journal I am creating as part of the Mermaid Circus course by Teesha Moore and Jane Davenport. We are only just starting but I am so inspired and excited to be participating.

I can see my WHOLE weekend is going to be full of paints, pencils and papers….. housework you say…. what housework? There is no housework here….. is there?

Undersea Creatures