Inktober 2017 09-15 & Chamelions

#Inktober 2017-9-15

Second week of Inktober numbers 09th – 15th


Hi there, how are you?

Week 2 of inktober, I always have a hard time with prompts but I have tried to stick to them.

The goal I’ve set myself this month is to learn how to use a dip pen and I have tried to stick to this although there are times I’ve used a brush pen, they’re all posted on my instagram fluff.n.stuff here.

I’ve been having difficulty varying the thickness of the lines; the nib I was using wasn’t very flexible, after changing nibs this seems to be a bit easier and it’s not looking quite as flat.

There’s no great works of art here, just simple drawings and lines so I can concentrate on using the pen properly.

Prompt and interpretations
Day 09 screech – a screech-owl
Day 10 gigantic – giant blue whale in b&w and coloured ink
Day 11 run – chicken running
Day 12 shattered – shattered ice
Day 13 teeming – lots of fish
Day 14 fierce – shark
Day 15 mysterious – chameleon (I couldn’t think of anything for this prompt)

Still sticking to the prompts so far except for 15th when my brain really couldn’t think of anything at all, some of these prompts are so random!

I also drew more chameleons in my sketch book and feeling the need for colour, coloured them in with a little watercolour.

chameleon sketches

Chameleon sketches coloured with watercolour

chamelion & shark sketch

More inktober sketchings of a shark and some chameleons

One thing I find about doing this challenge is the amount of sketching I’ve done working out what I would draw. It has to be good drawing practice if nothing else.

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


Inktober 2017 1-8 It Begins

sunnyfae inktober 2017-1-7

Normally I would just do my own thing but this year we’re doing the official prompts. I find the hardest thing about prompts is interpreting them, so if any are too difficult anything goes.

Hi there, how are you?

Lots of drawing and sketching going on around here as we frantically try to make our inktober’s daily arts.

I don’t yet have the drawing skills to do anything fancy and the point of this, for me at least, is to learn how to use the dip pens so I’m keeping the drawings simple.

I have to admit I did use my brush pen for a couple, I was finding it hard to get any variation in line thickness and everything was looking a bit flat. Hopefully this will improve as I go on; part of the solution is recognising the problem.

Prompt and interpretations
Day 1 swift – bird called a swift
Day 2 divided – sun and moon, day and night.
Day 3 poison – snake (I know venomous) close
Day 4 under water – the place to find a nautilus
Day 5 long – giraffes’ have long necks
Day 6 sword – swordfish (plus tiny squids because they’re cute.)
Day 7 shy – tortoise in his shell, he looks more worried than shy hehe
Day 8 crooked – tree, nearly caught me on this one

I love looking around to see how other people interpret the prompts.  You can find all information and official prompts here

If any one is interested in a clearer view you can find them here on my instagram fluff.n.nonsence and inspiredtangle’s are here  (we’re doing it together) it’s always fun to do the big reveal every day and see what the other has come up with.

Week two here we come.

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

Inktober And Beautiful Fading Hydrangea


Lots of watery splashes of paint.

Hi there, how are you?

The weather is cooling, the leaves are starting to turn, it’s October! Yes, already. The hydrangea plant in my garden gave some beautiful white flowers this year; now as autumn closes in the flowers start to turn red, yellow and green.

I’ve watched them grow and wondered how I could possibly catch all of this beauty in a drawing or painting. Finally I decided to go for it, before they finish altogether.

hydrangea from instagram

I am quite pleased with how it came out. The colours of the flower heads are so random it seemed the best way to approach it.

I took by paint brush loaded with watery washes of paint, splashed them across the page and let the paper dry. Next after squinting hard picked out what I thought looked like petals with negative painting.

Remember I said it was October? In this house this means Inktober, again. Thought up by Jake Parker here. I did inktober last year for the first time because my daughter decided she wanted someone else to do it with her, she thought we could help each other along and maybe even finish 31 ink arts in 31 days. We did make it to the end, Phew!  You can see my efforts last year on instagram here and my daughters will be here, her stuff is really good (proud Mum hehehe).

prompt swift bird inktober 2017

The first prompt was swift so I drew a bird called a swift (literal I know). A quick outline in pencil then, inked with a dip pen.

I didn’t follow prompts last time, this time I will try to do prompts if I can and if not I’ll do my own thing, as long as I’m using ink I don’t think it really matters.

Last year I had been given a brush pen and used this challenge to learn how to use it, it was a steep learning curve but I really like using it now. This year I want to try to get some use out of my dip pens, with some of the inks I have knocking around the house. I’ll use other pens and brushes too depending what works best.

I’ll probably drive myself nuts again just like last year but it’s always fun at the end to see just how the work improves when you do something every day.

Happy inktober every one, if you’re joining in too, let me know and I’ll try and check you out.

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

Sketching Fish – The Next Adventure

goldfish Sketch

Some sketches of goldfish.

Hi there, how are you?

Here are some goldfish sketches drawn from random photos off the internet. I drew one in with my pentel brush pen during inktober, (you can click on inktober in the keyword cloud for posts on #inktober.) I wanted to sketch a few and add some colour.

I’m getting in practice you see because next year (January to be precise) our zoo year pass runs out. We could just renew it and we may but we don’t fancy standing around in the cold drawing stuff. Yes I know were light-weights.

We do want to draw something during the winter months so we decided the local aquarium was the answer. It’s a lot cheaper than the zoo and it’s indoors, so warm.

This is me saying there will probably be lots of fishy drawings next year. Lots. Maybe in the spring or summer we’ll get another zoo pass maybe something else, who knows.

There are also plenty of parks and places of interest to visit; next year could be a very interesting one. It’s something to look forward to.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x


It’s Done 31 Days Whoot!


Tha last o the #inktober drawings

Hello again. It’s been a busy week. Inktober is finished, whoot! The hardest part about it was thinking up things to draw every day. Here is the last batch 26-31, see them all together here on instagram.

I’m happy I got through it and now I have a healthy respect for my new brush pen. It’s not a pen I use a lot because the ink leaks through the page but I think I may buy some paper that can handle it.


The sketch kit i usually take with me when I go out to draw.

Sketchbook Skool continues and this week we had the amazing Roz Stendahl teaching us how to draw animals both from models and real life.

I have to admit Roz was the reason I wanted to take this class in the first place. I’d seen her blog and some of her work on-line and thought I would like to take a class with her. It was a very good week, so much information I’m still working through it, all of it useful to any kind of drawing, not just animals.

We discussed sketch tools, I drew my sketching kit. This is what I usually take out with me, contained inside a clear pencil-case. Plus an A5 sized sketch book.


Sketches of an ornamental cow from different points of view.

We also picked a model (mine was a small ornamental cow) and drew it from lots of different angles. I quite often draw from photo’s because the real thing doesn’t keep still (I’m not fast enough) so it was very interesting to pick something up and have a 360 degree view of it.

One more week left to go. I’m thinking this will be another challenging week. hopefully I’ll find time for other stuff too.

Well that’s it from me this week. Thanks for stopping by. Till next time have fun x


A Little Pot Of Weeds.


The border around this little pot really brings the page together.

Hi there, how are you.

Autumn is finally here. The clocks went back which means darker nights and seemingly shorter days. The weather gets increasingly colder and we all crave heart warming stews.

I’m still continuing with the sketchbook skool class. This week we worked on composition.

My sketch book is usually pretty scruffy and composition is the last thing on my mind, after the weeks classes though I can see how it finishes off the page and I do like the effect it gives.

This is a pot from the back of my garden, it looks quite pretty but it’s actually full of weeds. I was going to rip them all out and start again but I like the look of it with the moss dripping down the sides and the grasses sticking out, so I’ve left it alone.


A little sycamore composition study

#inktober 2016 21-26

More inktober 2016 numbers 21 – 26

The painting turned out ok considering it’s not on watercolour paper and putting a little border around it has definitely tidied up the page.
This one is based on a grid. It’s based around sycamore seeds, again beautifully composed and making a very tidy page. These pages would look lovely in a journal of some kind and maybe as my drawing improves I might think about keeping one.

Inktober continues these are the next six #21 – 26 if you want to see the others in one place they are here on my instagram. Just a few days left to go and it will all be over.


A sketch of some sycamore seeds found in the garden.

These are the sycamore seeds I drew for inktober 21. All of my inktober’s but this on are in their own sketchbook, I drew them in ink in my sketchbook so used them for day 21 and coloured them because well, why wouldn’t you?


Tortoise drawn from photo’s taken at the zoo.

After drawing the tortoise in black and white on day 22 I decided I wanted to have another go again with a little colour.

Again art wise it’s been a very busy week but also interesting and very enjoyable.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x



Inktober Continues. Are We There Yet?


The next six #inktober pictures 15-20

Hi there how are you?
Inktober is still going. It is interesting to see us both flailing around at the last minute saying OMG what will I do today! We’re past half way now, just over a week to go. Will we make it? I hope so.

You can see them all together here on instagram.


Paintings of skies on watercolour paper

I’m also still doing my sketchbook skool klass. I’m doing things I usually avoid, so it’s probably doing me a lot of good!

This week I broke out the watercolour paper to paint skies.

I like my sketch book. The paper is terrible but I’m used to it, the way I need very little paint and less water to make my little sketches.  Watercolour paper however reacts very differently. The water floats on the top and I should use more pigment in my water. As you can see I did not use enough pigment and they look a little washed out, so note to self, use more paint.


sketch of some flowers from the butterfly house.

This is a sketch drawn from a photo taken at the butterfly house in the zoo.

When we go to the zoo we set aside days to sit and sketch and others to take our cameras. We go to the zoo usually to practice drawing live things, either flowers or animals, we’re not fussy. The hope is drawing live things will improve our abilities and because animals don’t wait around for long, speed our drawing up.  I’m rubbish at this, unless it’s something really slow (frogs, lizards etc.)

On other days we take cameras and take pictures so we can draw from them at home. This is my preferred way to do things at the moment. Yes, I know keep practicing.

So that’s my week, there’s more inktober and more class homework. It’s a struggle to fit it all in but I’m enjoying it so much and learning lots too.

I hope you’re all having a productive week. Thanks for stopping by. Till next time, have fun x


Rockhoppers, Frogs And More Inktober


Frogs and a lizard drawn in the reptile house.

Hi there. How is every one?

There has been much arting at out house this week. The sketchbook skool class continues. I’ve picked up new tips and played with old supplies.

We were supposed to go outside, somewhere public and draw something. Since we go to the zoo a lot I decided to do my exercise there. Unfortunately it rained so we nipped into the reptile house (still public right?) to draw frogs and lizards.

The man giving a talk on frogs complemented us on our drawing which was very nice of him. Usually my drawing of live beings is pretty bad but frogs etc. don’t tend to move around too much so it didn’t turn out too bad.


Inktober 11 – 14

Inktober is still a thing, both my daughter and I are still doing it but finding ideas is sometimes hard. I’ve taken a snapshot of my Instagram to show here and if any ones interested they can check them all out here.


Rockhopper penguin sketch

I was frantically searching for something to do for Inktober #12 and thought “penguins” mainly because they were black and white.

I found some pictures of Rockhopper penguins; their shaggy eyebrows and the scraggy feathers sticking out of their heads are brilliant. I sketched some out in my sketchbook to get a feel for them, and then did a small penguin in my Inktober book.

It’s a small A6 sized Windsor and Newton sketchbook, the pages aren’t that good for fine lines and ink work, the ink feathers and absorbs into the page but it’s one of the few books I have that the ink doesn’t soak through to the other side of the page.

This week has been a busy week, we’ve had birthdays and visiting and lots of arting. I’m really happy I managed to fit everything in.

Thank you for stopping by. I wish you all a happy week. Till next time, have fun x