Sketching Collected Treasures

pine cone sketches

Pine cones, drawn with a fountain pen. The ink was pulled out with a water brush.

fir cones sketches

Fir cones drawn with a micron pen and coloured with watercolour.

Hi there, how are you?

Sometimes when I go out walking in the woods I find some small thing and bring it home.
In the autumn I had collected some pine cones and fir cones I decided to have a go at drawing them.

I drew the shapes loosely with a pencil then refined the lines with a micron / fountain pen.

Not the easiest of things to draw but I do love a challenge.

Thanks for stopping by. Till next time, have fun x

Cyclamen Studies

cyclamen plant

This was drawn lightly in pencil and painted with watercolour. I liked the way the patterns on the leaves worked out in this one

Hi there, how are you?

Sitting on my window sill is a cyclamen plant. It’s had so many near death experiences, but it’s a fighter and just when I think “that’s it I’ve finished another plant off”, back it comes.

I’ve been looking at it for a while trying to work out where I should start, in the end I just picked a shape and worked everything out from there.

Cyclamen flowers are a little strange because the flowers seem to be inside out and upside down. I think the best way to see them is by looking at them as abstract shapes and literally drawing what you see without thinking petals etc.

Some are drawn with a micron pen others with a fountain pen smudging the ink out with a water blush. For some I tried to make the shapes with watercolour and a brush to see if I could figure the shapes out.

cyclamen sketch

A quick sketch in watercolour just trying to work out the shapes with colour.


I started off trying to paint in the shapes. I realised it was going nowhere and switched to a fountain pen which worked a lot better.


The flower heads were drawn with a micron pen (possibly an 0.8 the numbers have worn off!) and coloured in with watercolour.

There are only about four flowers on the plant, I turned the pot around to see them from different angles. Some worked better than others but they are fascinating to draw and when the next wave of flowers come through I will have another go at drawing them.

Thanks for stopping by today. Till next time, have fun x


watercolour snowdrops sketch

A little sketch drawn in pencil and coloured with watercolour.

Hi there, how are you.

It happened. On a walk in the woods we saw Snowdrops! Yes they’re out whoop!

This always makes me happy, it’s a reminder that the days are starting to get longer and spring is on its way. I took some pictures and we headed home into the warm. It’s not quite spring yet.

3 snowdrops

Another little sketch. It’s a bit wonky in places but I kind of like the shapes.


snowdrops in pen and ink

A page of little studies drawn with my fountain pen.

I was trying to work out the shapes and angles, pen and ink is the best way for me to concentrate on shapes rather than colour. I find that if I draw things with different mediums and methods it sticks in my head better, plus its fun so why not?

I’m seeing snowdrops all over the place at the moment so there will probably be many more little sketches of snowdrops to come.

Do other parts of the world have snowdrops? If not what are the flowers you look forward to seeing this time of year?

Thanks for dropping by, till next time, have fun x

A Walk In The Park.

birch tree shetch

A sketch of a birch tree drawn during a walk in the park.

Hey there, how are you?

This week we had a lot on our minds; it’s so hard to make decisions when there is too much noise in your head. We decided the best way to clear our minds was to go for a walk in the park and since we both had our sketch books with us (you never know when you’ll get a little patch of time) we would draw the first thing we saw.

The first thing we saw was a squirrel. Pffft, those things are far too nippy there was no way to keep up with them, plus we hadn’t brought any peanuts with us to slow them down.

We saw an interesting looking tree. It was a birch tree I think (I know nothing about trees) it had the white bark and all the dark lines and markings, we stood against the next nearest tree and started to sketch.

I used my new preppy fountain pen, the tree was pretty much monotone in colour and I wanted to use my water brush to move the colour and blur some of the pen marks out. I started at the base of the tree and worked my way up as far as the paper would let me.

It was late afternoon and after half an hour or so the light was starting to dim, we couldn’t see too well now and were starting to make things up so we stopped and went home.

All the things we had on our minds had disappeared and for half an hour we were lost in the moment of just drawing a tree. It’s so much easier to think when your mind is clear.

I like the way it turned out, it really does look like the tree we saw and I really love the marks the pen makes.

Thanks for stopping by today. Till next time, have fun x


Christmas Roses, The Sequel.


A small watercolour painting on a watercolour postcard.


Hi there, how are you?

This week I have been feverishly drawing my Christmas rose, trying to capture each flower before it drops off. I’ve tried sketching, drawing and painting them on various types of paper, just experimenting to see what works for me.

First I used watercolour, I was trying to do the negative painting thing where you paint around the flowers and paint in the shadows. I like how it turned out but It looks a lot better in person.

It was painted on a watercolour paper postcard. I’m not sure where they came from but they are ideal for small studies and when I have finished I could even post it to someone. Maybe have to seal it first though.

Christmas rose sketch 2

Watercolour painted into my sketch book.

Watercolour in my sketch book was not as good. This paper is not good for watery washes. Again I was trying to paint around the flowers and it sort of worked. The pencil didn’t show up in the scan again so it looks a bit washed out.

christmas rose on brown paper packaging

A Christmas rose painted onto some brown packaging paper.

I wanted to try toned paper thinking the white flowers would show up better but I don’t have any so I used a piece of brown packaging.  ( you could have ironed it first mum!  Meh.) I used Chinese white watercolour paint mixed with the other colours so effectively turning it into a kind of gouache. I like the effect maybe I’ll invest in a small toned pad eventually.

For Christmas I bought myself a new pen. It’s a platinum preppy, they’re very cheap fountain pens and I wanted to see if I could draw with one. I’ve see other people draw with lammy’s etc but they’re a bit on the expensive side. I’ll wait till I learn how to use one.

I really like it, the ink cartridge holds a water based ink and if you touch it with a water brush the ink bleeds into the water. These last three pages were drawn with this pen and I love that if I just touch the edge of a petal and drag it in the ink looks like the little shadows on the flowers. Have to be careful though or it will turn into an inky blobby mess.

Christmas rose sketch 3

Sketching with a fountain pen. The greens were a little acidic here.

Christmas rose sketch 3

Christmas rose sketch 3 I like the green leaves better in this one.

Christmas rose sketch 5

Christmas rose sketch 5. Go big or go home ha! the shadows on the petals work nicely in the top flower.

Well this plant turned out to be the best Christmas gift ever! Thanks mum.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x