24 July 2014

Water Colour Markers

Have any of you tried Winsor & Newton Water Colour Markers yet?

I have been lucky to have the opportunity to do so over the past couple of days
and I have to say I am rather impressed.

For anyone who is interested, they have a brush tip at one end and a small bullet tip at the other.

And here is what I created

Clueless by SCACD

Now I confess this is not pure water colour marker, I have filled in the colour gaps with a couple of tubes of Winsor and Newton Professional Water Colour which blended with the markers seamlessly.

Off for an ice cream to cool down - loving the sunshine.

23 July 2014

Tally ho

Oh boy, I have been struggling to get this post written, for a while now I have been unable to upload images via IE but today Blogger is being a pain even on Chrome - it's driving me nuts!

So here is a quick post with a cute image from Nellie Snellen
hope you like it

Scoffie's Skating
(coloured pencils on Winsor & Newton smooth surface heavy weight cartridge paper)

Thanks for dropping by
here is hoping Blogger behaves when I come back with my next post!

14 July 2014

Trying something different....

Crafting has had to take a back seat since Pip arrived in February
but as she's got older she has become more accustomed to staying in her playpen
and is now quite happy to snooze for a few hours whilst I work.

But when she was teething I was not getting much work done so I set to tidying my studio.  
 Whilst sorting out my art cupboard I came across my old box of watercolours and brushes.

Can you believe it, it has been 10 years since I last painted!!

Thankfully most of my kit was still OK, a few brushes had had it but a quick visit to my favourite on-line art shop soon fixed that and as they had on offer on paints I splurged on a few extra tubes too!

It took me weeks to complete as I had to fit it in when Pip was snoozing.
What do you think?

The image is
CC Designs - Valentine

I am definitely out of practice mixing skin tones, but hey that will come with time - all in all I am pretty happy with my first painting in a decade.

 I have a few new pieces of work I intend to share 
mainly pencil as its been the easiest to pick up and put down with a puppy in tow
but it is about to get manic in the Allen house as hubby is out in the combine for the first time in 2014

  so my plans may yet get scuppered, 
my poor old washing machine is working over-time - how can two men get so filthy?
Ben is trying to lessen the laundry issue by ripping two pairs of trousers (beyond repair) in as many days
and of course I'll soon be traipsing round the countryside delivering dinner to them and our men
when harvest gets into full swing!!

Thanks for dropping by

12 July 2014

Fearless Fairy Tales Beauty and the Beast

Little Miss Muffet Stamps
are releasing a new set of images called
"Fearless Fairy Tales"
and I was thrilled when Barbara asked me to showcase one on my blog
and here it is..........

Beauty and the Beast

It would appear I bucked the trend and opted to use pencils on kraft instead of markers
(For those who like the details I used a combination of Caran D'Ache Pablos, Caran D'Ache Luminance and Faber Castell Polychromos)

Here they are in close up

I had such fun with that dress, trying to get "realistic" folds, and as for the Beast's fur - a challenge but one that I am pretty darned happy with!

and finally......

a black and white "arty" shot!

If you like what you see here don't forget you can see all the fabulous creations made for this launch by clicking on the links at the top of this post or why not visit
Little Miss Muffet Stamps Store
Little Miss Muffet Stamps Challenge Blog
Little Miss Muffet Gallery