Birds On The Brain

pidgeon sketch

pidgeon sketch

Hi there, how are you?

Earlier in the week we went into town, we had decided to check out the local Christmas market. There were things to see and taste (they had some extremely good cheeses) and at the end we came upon a giant tea-cake seller (the tea-cakes were very big not the vender) after buying one each we went into the new theatre/cinema/caffè/restaurant/library! They have moved everything into one big building and so we needed to check this out too.

We ordered hot chocolates took out our tea-cakes and whilst we were sitting there we pulled a few books off the shelves to read. I found a book about poultry that strangely contained pigeons and ostriches; we got out sketch our books (ever ready) and started to draw as our drinks cooled.

I drew a pigeon, I would have taken the book home but it was “reference only” so I snapped a few cool looking chickens on my iPod to take home with me. The book is called “Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds” it has lots of fine-looking bird pictures in it.

The Catalana rooster/cockerel

The Catalana rooster/cockerel

During the week I’ve been drawing from the pictures I took and having a lot of fun in the process.

The Welsummer hen

The Welsummer hen

The Dutch Bantam rooster/cockerel

The Dutch Bantam rooster/cockerel

Friday was the 1st December, I drew a little robin in the corner of my sketchbook page and since I liked it decided to post it on twitter for the @pinchpunchpost challenge. At the start of every month they post up a theme, usually an animal, then on the first day of the next month you can post pictures with that theme. This month it was a robin.

robin sketch

A cheeky little robin

The theme for January is panda so if you feel like joining in post a panda on your twitter feed January 1st   tagged  #punchpunchpost.

We’ve decided we really like drawing in the library/everything else and we will be doing it again in the future, it was actually very relaxing.

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


Newts, Testing De Atramentis Ink

sketch of two newts

We took pictures of this newt at the aquarium, unfortunately I didn’t write the name down so I’m not sure what it’s called. They looked quite gray because the lighting was low and very blue.

Hi there, how are you?

For my birthday this year I was given some waterproof ink (so lucky). De Atramentis Document ink to be precise.

I use quink ink in my preppy fountain pen and I can get some cool washy effects with it but it leaks into the watercolour so it’s best for pen and wash or straight line work.

To test it out I drew a little newt and once the ink was dry I washed some watercolour over it. It worked no movement at all.

I found an old fountain pen; the ink inside it had dried out so it needed cleaning. (Note to self, do not take a pair of pliers to your fountain pen when trying to take the nib out! The pen still works but it didn’t do the nib any good.) I am using this for the De Atramentis ink. I now have two fountain pens to draw with hehe, I may have to sort out of my pencil-case soon before it gets too heavy to carry.

two californian newt sketch

These newts are Californian newts.

I like the look of the gray newts, they’re quite sweet. The Californian newts look more salamander-ish to me, maybe it’s the way I drew them. I like the colour of the top newt and the shadow in the bottom newt, it worked out much better than I thought it would.

I really like De Atramentis Document ink, especially for use with watercolour; I think it’s going to be a lot of fun to use.

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


A Dancing Chamelen Watercolour Card

dancing chameleon watercolour card

A dancing chameleon watercolour card

Hi there, how are you?

Well what a week! I’ve done hardly any arting this week. It was the “other half’s” birthday and this year was a “big O” birthday, we’ve had meals out, visitors guests and lots if cake phew!
I hope he had a really good week and it has taken the edge off the looming “big O”

I decided to paint a birthday for him and as is customary I left it till the last-minute (I seriously should stop doing this.)

It’s a dancing chameleon, there is an advert on U.K. TV for something called Berocca (a dissolvable energy drink) I don’t know what it tastes like, or if it’s any good, I just like the chameleon. He drinks his drink then breaks into dance to music by Panjabi MC whilst the other chameleons look on in awe and every time we see it, we have a little chuckle.

That’s what this chameleon is doing; dancing, like every cool chameleon should hehehe.

Next week I will have to pick up the sketch book that is staring at me sadly across the room and put some drawings into it!

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

Hand Painted Watercolour Cards

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I paint small watercolours; they’re roughly 4×6 inches or even 4×4 inches. I like practicing on smaller pieces of paper. They usually end up in a little pile not doing very much and although it’s nice to flick through them from time to time it’s better to actually get some use out of them. I had a few cards to make and these small paintings were the perfect size.

bumble bee birthday card

I Embossed a line around the edge of the painting with an embossing board then remembered I had some bee stamps and made a bee border around the edge.

I painted the bee back in June  posted, here. Originally it was 6 x 4 inches,  it looked better square so I cut it down. The card bases for this and the other cards are all 6×6 inch pre-made cards.

kingfisher watercolour card

The kingfisher was taken from my sketch book at the bottom of this post , I liked the sketch book version and wanted to try and make a painting out of it. This was the second attempt; the first didn’t quite make it.

puffball blue tit card

This is a little puffball blue tit. I had seen a photo whilst looking through google images; it was all cute and fluffed out. Making things look fluffy with watercolour is a lot harder than it looks; it’s all a matter of getting the water to just the right level of wetness (or dryness) before you put the colour down.


All of these cards went down very well with their intended recipients and they all had big smiles upon opening them, to be honest that’s why I do it.

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

Inktober 2017 23 – 29 And Some Acorns

inktober 2017 23-29

inktober 2017 23-29

Hi there, how are you?

We’re on week four of inktober, (nearly finished), just two more to go! I’m still sticking with the prompts, which has surprised me as some words were a bit of a struggle. I’m also still using the dip pens although I did change out the nib to a more flexible one. It’s helping with the line variation.

Prompt and interpretations
Day 23 juicy – orange
Day 24 blind – mole
Day 25 ship – an airship
Day 26 squeak – little mouse
Day 27 climb – lizard climbing
Day 28 fall – (autumn) acorns and oak leaves
Day 29 united – a bridge (uniting both banks of the river)


Working out the prompt in my sketch book.

These are some acorns I’ve drawn in my sketchbook as I tried to work out what to draw for day 28 (fall) and decided to colour them in, I’m missing colour at the moment as everything I’m doing is black and white or very limited in colour.


This is the image I chose for the prompt. It looks very different in the picture below in black and white.



If you would like to see all of the inktober’s for this month you can check them out here on my instagram, fluff.n.nonsence

There’s just two days left and then it’s all over for another year so I think I’m going to make it to the end, next week maybe I’ll have a think about what the effects have been and what I’ve learned during the month.

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

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 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

Drawing Yellow Flowers In The Garden

Yellow flower shetches 1

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In the garden we have a bush. It’s very fast growing and from July to mid September it has yellow flowers, they are about 1 1/2″ – 2” in size.

In the autumn I cut the whole plant back down to the ground, then in spring off it goes again trying to take over the garden.

Yellow flower shetches 2I’ve been going out side when I get a free moment and drawing a flower or two in my sketch book with a brush pen and some watercolours.

The anthers in the centre of the flowers were either suggested with a slightly darker wash, painted orange or just drawn in with the pen depending on how I was feeling at the time, they are really an orangey yellow with a yellow cone in the centre.

Yellow flower shetches 3

I don’t know what the plant is called, we just call it the bush with yellow flowers (again my plant knowledge lets me down). It’s pretty to look at, flowers for most of the summer and has been keeping me and my brush pen busy for quite a while, so useful too.


This is a repeat pattern made out of my sketchy little flowers. I was just playing around with the computer to see what would happen.

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