Inktober 2019

I want to start by saying I don’t feel like a failure this time. But that makes no sense, so I’ll elaborate. 🙂 Whenever I take part in something online, something with deadlines and prompts and goals, I get totally crazy. I have to reach each goal and tick them off as done. It’s an […]

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How I Paint Auroras

My husband is pretty much obsessed with the northern lights, or aurora borealis. He’s one of those people who will jump in his car in the middle of the night to chase auroras, and talks about the beauty of this phenomenon basically non stop. I really appreciate the gorgeousness of the auroras too, but folks, […]

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Quick Watercolour Lightning Tutorial

It’s been pretty much forever since I’ve last done a watercolour tutorial. Aside from the wrist injury that has kept me from making art, everything else comes in second while I’m writing. Still, I keep getting requests for stuff, and I feel guilty for not blogging about art for so long. The request for a […]

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Living on the Veg – Cross-stitch

I’ve recently taken up a new hobby–as if I didn’t have enough half-done art projects strewn about. I’ve never done anything like this before, because I’m not particularly blessed when it comes to needle and thread. Yet, here we are. Cross-stitch. And, like with all other new projects, I hurled myself into this hobby willy-nilly, […]

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Quick Review – Posca Paint Pens

I haven’t been using these pens for that long, but I still wanted to chat about Posca’s Paint Pens. Since I am still a noob, I’ll let you know if my opinions change in the future. My hubs bought me the set of eight, extra fine (0.7mm) Posca paint markers for my birthday last month. […]

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Graphic Ballpoint Landscape

It’s Thursday, which has become synonymous with throwbacks. Today we’re doing something new. I’ve been itching to try making a timelapse of an art process for you, and I figured I’d combine that with a tutorial. I made the original artwork during Inktober 2018, and since I struggled so much to wrap my head around […]

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My Thoughts – Carmen Sandiego

Folks, I grew up chasing Carmen Sandiego and Co. across the pixelated globe on the screen of our very first computer. I remember the sounds, the graphics, the sheer excitement when we managed to catch someone. We played this game so often that we needed only a single clue to know where to go next, […]

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A Watercolour Comparison

This post is basically a result of a question I’ve been asking myself almost constantly lately–which watercolours do I love more? Now, we all know I’m a huge lover of my Farber Castell watercolour pencils. They’re so pigmented, so versatile, so lovely. But then I got a set of W&N Cotman colours for Christmas, and […]

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Review – Winsor & Newton Cotman Pocket Watercolour Set

Who could think that twelve half-pans of paint could be so magical? But this is a review, so it probably isn’t the best idea to give away the punchline in the first sentence. 😛 The set comes with these colours: Cadmium Yellow Pale Cadmium Yellow Cadmium Red Pale Alizarin Crimson Ultramarine Cobalt Blue Viridian Sap […]

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Watercolour Doodles

Sometime mid-last year, I saw a video of someone’s art journal on Instagram or Facebook–I don’t remember where. Anyway, this journal was glorious. The kind of thing that makes you want to weep because it’s so beautiful and your art won’t ever come close to that level of magnificence. *pro tip, don’t compare yourself to […]

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Snowy Watercolour

Inspired by the snow and the Rocky Mountains, I painted a little watercolour a few weeks ago. The feedback was really positive, so I figured I try something similar and make it a tutorial for you at the same time. This is a super easy project that will make an awesome gift too. So let’s […]

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Inktober 2018

So, amid the craziness of packing to move from Toronto to Calgary, I also participated in Inktober 2018. I didn’t complete the challenge this year, but it’s understandable. I mean, my life was pretty much upside down and my creative juices were depleted. I didn’t have the energy to think up anything to draw, so I […]

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My Thoughts – Longmire

One night, my husband reaches for the remote. He browses the selection on Netflix without any real conviction. You know what I mean – the stereotypical man-with-remote-thing. He stops on Longmire. A cowboy who’s also a sheriff. Fantastic. I send up a silent prayer of please, not this, but he selects it and the show […]

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Draw and Paint a Barn Owl

This tutorial is brought to you by request. 🙂 I love interacting with you, so please keep them coming! This is a super easy tutorial. This project took me about an hour to complete from start to finish, with interruptions from the kid of the house. You can also check out my bird tutorial here! […]

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Drawing Birds

I’ve never done a drawing tutorial, so this is scary. 🙂 Still, it’s been requested a time or two and I figured there’s nothing lost in trying. I chose small birds for this tutorial since they’re SO EASY to master, both in terms of drawing and painting. So yes, I’m totally saying this is a […]

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Rainy Watercolour Tutorial

This was such a fun little project, especially after about two weeks with a stiff wrist that demanded I let my art supplies gather dust. It’s nothing serious, please don’t worry. Just an old injury acting up. I wanted to try something with mixed media this time, so I used watercolours (I picked up a […]

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My Thoughts – Mark of the Ninja

I’m currently in this phase where I’m rewatching old series, reading books from before I was born and playing or replaying some older games. One of these games was Mark of the Ninja, by Klei. The game came out in 2012, but is still better than some of the new games out there. Yes, I […]

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My Thoughts – Violet Evergarden

Friends, I finished this series in a week. I can’t begin to explain to you how obsessed I am, but if it’s any indication, I’m listening to the soundtrack on Spotify as we speak and my Amazon search history will show you I’ve been trying to find the novel in English. You can read it […]

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Watercolour Forest Tutorial

In moments when my anxiety runs away with me, I often reach for my art supplies. There’s something super soothing about the way watercolours flow and blend together. No? Maybe it’s just me. I also find that in these anxious moments, I paint forests. Don’t ask me why. I really have no specific answer for […]

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My Thoughts – The Office

I mentioned in another post that I was rewatching The Office. I’ve been finished with that for a few weeks and now I can’t stop thinking about it. I find myself looking at behind the scenes videos of the show on YouTube, and laughing so hard at all of the memes. I remember watching the […]

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Simple Watercolour Pencil Trees

When looking through my watercolour journal, I realised two things: trees remain my favourite thing to paint, and the theme so far is somehow season-related. Totally unplanned, but the pages transition from autumn to winter. More on this later. Since I so love forests and trees, I figured I could show you how I like […]

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Step-By-Step Illustration

I’ve started painting again, amid the madness that is immigration, and it’s such a relief to be creative again. I’ve always found art to be an anchor in times when my life has been hurled into chaos. Usually, I depend on detailed doodles or photorealistic portrait drawing to soothe my nerves, so I never imagined […]

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Toronto Christmas Market 2017

I guess we wanted to see how the Canadians do Christmas. You know, considering we’ve been to a lot of European Christmas markets. 🙂 Living in Germany will do that to you. Honestly, the Toronto Christmas Market was a lot like its German counterparts – merry, happy, jolly. Sure, this time around we understood the […]

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Autumn Watercolour

Huge excitement hit my house yesterday when my brand new Moleskine watercolour journal arrived. And, of course, like an energised kid, I had to try it out immediately. I drew inspiration from the colouring and falling leaves here in the north – something I’ve always wanted to try painting. At the same time, I wanted […]

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Colourful Watercolour

This isn’t a tutorial as much as a photo-diary of the steps I followed to create this painting. It’s really very simple, so I’m tagging it as beginner. Honestly, the most difficult part is getting the violin symmetrical! If that’s something you struggle with, you can always try to find a stencil or print out […]

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Easy Watercolour Feathers

Since my feather banner is so popular, I figured I’d show you how I made it. This tutorial is super simple, anybody can paint feathers! What makes it even better is how fast this process is. I painted these in less than half an hour, they dried for about an hour, and the outlines took […]

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Watercolour Mountains

I’ve been looking at some photos from our trip to the German Alps last year and art inspiration struck. The initial inspiration doubled when a tutorial opportunity threw itself at my feet. Blog post sorted. #ftw I pulled out my watercolour pencils and went on to sketch some misty mountains. I apologise for the lighting of these photos. […]

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Watercolour Pencil Tricks

Yay, a tutorial, inspired by my friend Tallulah. 🙂 Before we get started though, a disclaimer. This is how I use these things. Some other, more experienced artist will probably tell you not to do what I do, and that’s OK. Like everything in life, we all need to find our own personal hacks to make […]

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Before you Share…

It’s a normal Tuesday and you’re scrolling Facebook. Everything has been going great today and you feel chipper. You’re happy for your cousin who’s pregnant again, you like the pic of that high school friend’s new puppy and you laugh at the ridiculous Star Wars meme. The following post though, it ruins your day.

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Simple City Map

If you’ve ever wanted to draw a map, this is the post for you. But please don’t go if you’ve never considered map-making! This is one of those things anyone can draw. Plus, it’s pretty therapeutic. I’ve developed a strange obsession with cartography over the years and I thought I’d show you how I draw […]

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Rocket Girl

My apologies for ending another week with a doll repaint, but I’m so excited about her I can’t contain myself. This, by the way, is what it looks like when a writer doesn’t write. I shared a preview of Kjersti with you last week, but I’ve since finished her. She’s got brand new hair and […]

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Meet the Girls

This hobby found me in the weirdest way. I’ve never learned to paint with watercolours. For a control freak like me, watercolour is a difficult medium – it’s got a mind of its own. I’ve always preferred pencils, oil and acrylics, because I can decide exactly where each brushstroke will go on the canvas. And by […]

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Review – Farber Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolour Pencils

A lot of my art-loving friends have asked me how I find these pencils and, since you want to read about art related stuff, I figured I’d do a review. I got these puppies last Christmas and have been using them at least twice a week since. Without spoiling the review, I love them. I’ve […]

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YouTube Artists I Love

The other day, I asked you what you want to see on the blog. The answer was pretty strong in the art-direction. (By the way, if you have more suggestions for the blog, don’t be afraid to share them. 🙂 ) I thought I’d kick this off by sharing some of the artists that inspire […]

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Motherhood and Guilt

Now, my generation is a weird one. In South Africa, our grandmothers were still typically part of the movement that women shouldn’t work. Most of them were home-makers for that reason. Our mothers, contrarily, were a part of the group that stood up to the notion that women could only stay at home and raise the […]

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Being in the Moment

A while ago, a friend suggested that I write something on this topic. Yea, I’ve been trying. Do I have a nice, glowy outcome planned for this post? No. Not at all. #idontknowwhatimdoing All I know is that this is something I struggle with immensely, especially when I’m obsessing. As in now. Being in the […]

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Fanart Feb Results

Because February wasn’t hectic enough to start with, you know. That’s why I figured I’d do this thing. Like with Inktober, the idea was to make art every day of February, sticking to the fandoms you love. In the end, I failed to draw every day, but at least I had fun making those artworks […]

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You Are What You Make

I’ve been watching Tessa Violet for around two years now and she’s become one of my favourite YouTubers. Why? Well, she’s what I’m not. 🙂 She shares, openly, all of her thoughts and fears, and even rethinks some of her older video topics. If she’s evolved, she’ll explain how she’s learned to accept parts of […]

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Sympathy

In a way, this is a continuation of my train of thought from the stigma post. Maybe you want to click there before you continue. 🙂 For the most part, this post focusses on someone who suffers in silence, but the general message can be applied to anyone who is hurting – even when they […]

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Artist Focus – CaptainNutmeg

I haven’t blogged about an artist who inspires me in way too long. Considering Wednesday’s post was such a serious topic, I figured I’d share some beautiful art with you today. I discovered CaptainNutmeg‘s art when one of his/her artworks were featured on DeviantArt’s daily deviations. I totally fell in love with the style, especially […]

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On Stigma

I guess I should make it clear from the get-go that this is going to focus on mental issues, though you could probably use the message for any other kind of stigma too. I don’t know yet, I’ve just begun to write this post. 😛 This is a topic close to my heart. It’s one […]

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Hello February

Wel, lookie here. A brand new month. I’ve been gone for a week, I know. A mini-plague descended on my house and we’ve been recovering. Meanwhile, I’ve also been up to my eyebrows in edits. Even sick, obsessive nature won’t let me go. It’s a blessing and a curse. This is going to be a […]

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What Inktober Taught Me

So this year, I took part in the Inktober initiative for the first time. If you’ve never heard of Inktober, like…? Your rock must be on Saturn or something. 😛 Basically, you draw something every day in October. As the name of the initiative suggests, you’re invited to make your art using ink. Obviously, this […]

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On Religion

I’ve always tried to keep my space on the internet positive. Even when I was at some pretty low points, it was always my goal to complain in such a way that it didn’t leave everyone feeling negative or heavy of heart afterwards. This was especially difficult when writing some of the update posts on […]

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Glitter Waves

I’ve been playing around with filming. In my far past (as in, high school :D) I had this dream of being a film director or writing screenplays. Then life happened and I never thought of making movies again. My dreams shifted along the way and led me to writing, and it makes me happy to […]

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