Patterned Alphabet

Last week I completed my latest daily drawing project which was to combine pattern making (something I already do regularly) with lettering (something I want to do more of). These are my 26 finished letters. I created the outlines for some using a pencil and ruler but most were done freehand, and I used all kinds of different mediums – watercolour paint, watercolour pencils, and various different pens. All the images at the top of this post are clickable if you want to see a bigger version of any of the letters.

The sketchbook I used was a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook, which I’ve loved using. Thankfully I have a second one that I’m using for some other work at the moment, and my next daily sketchbook is going to be a Hahnemuhle watercolour book. I’ve never used that brand before so I’m looking forward to giving it a try.

I hope you had/ are having a happy and peaceful holiday season and I’ll be back here in 2017! Next Monday I’m re-opening my Etsy shop and there’ll be a few short-term special offers and some new products too, so keep an eye out for those! In the meantime you can see what I’m up to each day on Instagram. See you next week!


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A Little Something For You!


Last week I closed my Etsy shop for a 2 week Christmas break. I’ll be re-opening on 2nd January. Tomorrow I’ll be drawing my last patterned alphabet letter and I’ll share the whole series with you here next week. In the meantime as a thank you for your support in reading my blog, supporting me on social media and/or buying from my Etsy shop I wanted to offer something to you.

Christmas is now less than 2 days away and if you’re still wrapping gifts I thought you might find this free printable sheet of gift tags useful. I carved each image from a lino block and the text is my own handwriting.

I don’t know about you, but I often run out of gift tags when I’m doing my last-minute wrapping so feel free to print off as many sheets of these as you need. I think they’d look great on brown recycled card, but if you have some white or brightly coloured card that would work too. Just click on the image below and you’ll be taken to a printable pdf file.

Once you’ve printed them on to your chosen sheet of A4 card just cut along the dotted lines, write your message on the back and either tape them to a gift or punch a hole and attach some twine or ribbon. I’d love to see photos of your packages with my tags on!

I’m sure I don’t need to say this but these gift tags are for your personal use only so that means the copyright belongs to me and they are not for resale. Thank you very much for all of your support this year. I hope you have a very happy and peaceful Christmas.


Urban Sketching in Oxford


Earlier this week I spent the afternoon in Oxford with a small group of local Urban Sketchers. I’d been invited to a few sketching afternoons in Oxford but this was the first one that I was able to get to. We spent 2 hours sketching in the Museum of Natural History, which is a very nice building with lots of interesting things to look at and draw. Although it wasn’t a particularly cold day it was nice to be indoors with a comfortable chair to sit on.

At the end of the 2 hours we all got together in the cafe for a cup of tea and to have a look at each other’s work. It was a fun afternoon and something that I’ll hopefully repeat at some point in the new year. Many thanks to Dougie for organising this event and for inviting me to join in!

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Starting a Lettering Project

Floral Letter A

This week I decided to start a new daily project. Lately I’ve been using the patterns I made earlier in the year to create one-off original watercolour artwork that I’m selling in my shop, and I’ve also made some technical repeat patterns from some of them.

Building on that I’ve decided to work on my hand lettering and over the next 24 days (I started yesterday and have already done today’s) I plan on creating a patterned letter in my sketchbook each day. My idea is to work through the alphabet and create a new design each day. No doubt some will be more complex and others quite simple. That is as far as my plan goes at the moment so I’m just going to see how things develop over the next few weeks.

Have you got any creative projects on the go at the moment?


Oh, and if you were thinking of ordering from my Etsy shop in time for Christmas, these are my final posting dates, so if you’re in Africa or the Middle East you need to get your order in today (Wednesday 30th November)! I’ll be closing the doors to my shop on Friday 16th December and re-opening in early January so if you want something before then, don’t miss your chance – especially if it’s a one-off rather than a print or card!


New Prints and Original Art


This week I have some more new items in my shop to tell you about. The first is this blue original watercolour illustration of fish, which is based on a similar painting I did in my sketchbook earlier this year. This is a one-off and, unlike my other original pieces I probably won’t be making prints of this one because my scanner did weird things with the colours.


The second item now available for purchase is an A5 giclée, archival quality print of the watercolour socks illustration I recently painted in my sketchbook. For the moment I only have 10 of these available and I’m not sure yet whether I’ll be having any more printed, so don’t miss out!