My house caricatures are usually draw on A4 drawing cartridge paper, and the reference is from photos supplied by the commissioning buyer.
This time I worked from two driftwood houses that my wife bought from Collette Stacey of Cosy Cottage Designs. (Instagram @cosy_cottage_designs)

They are such cute cottages that they deserve to be in a proper setting, so that’s what I did. This time I worked on A5 paper so that they are in keeping with the reference pieces.

What do you think? Does size matter?

… the grass is riz,
I wonder where the birdies is?

These are the opening lines to the anonymous nonesense poem I put on the back of ‘Spring Time’.

The artwork is in response to a challenge, and swap, organised on Facebook. The idea being to spread some happiness in these uncertain times. The only criterion was ‘something nice before Easter’. And this was my offering, now safely in the hands of my swap partner.

It was painted in Decoart Americana acrylic paints on Daler art board, the detail outlining is done with Edding 1880 Drawliner pens in various sizes.
If you would like a pattern pack, let me know.

I hope you like it and that it has brought a little brightness in to your life.

Once upon a time, long, long ago, there was a shop called Studio Minerva. In that shop wonderful things happened …

For Studio Minerva was a place where dull grey clay was turned in to wonderful, colourful ornaments and trinkets. It was a studio where people were taught to decorate ceramics – the teachers were Julie and Kim.

Since that time I have only done a little teaching here and there, sometimes at the BADFA convention. But tomorrow, I do it again – big time!

I have designed a day as a ‘pen and ink’ class, and tomorrow it gets its first proper airing.

A trusted friend and one of her students will be subjected to a session of me and pens.

Who knows what the end result will be, but plenty of time, planning, and thought has gone in to it, so I’m confident all will be well, with only a few minor tweeks needed.

… and they all lived happily ever after. We like a good fairy tale.

Sometime ago I drew ‘The Old Cottage’ at Burnards House, in Devon. One of the techniques I’ve wanted to experiment with is adding colour. I’ve tried before and not been pleased with the result.

This time I used Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours in tubes. The ink has dried completely (well I drew it over two months ago!) and is Daler Rowney FW Acrylic, Black 028.

So what do you think? Colour, or no colour?

I’m not sure which I prefer. I enjoy the drawing and the detail. May be each picture will tell me what is best for them.

Well, it rhymes, doesn’t it? And, yes, I’m nearly a fortnight late, but this was my offering for this year’s Halloween – Little Shop of Horrors.

I used my Shop stamp from my most recent set, (available from Chocolate Baroque) and added stamps that were laying around the house.
Colour is Koh-i-Nor watercolours. I thought the shop windows were an ideal place to ‘spooky’ things up a bit, so upstairs we have ghost, bat, and spider, while downstairs ‘Audrey II’ is trying to get her human blood ration from Seymour, the shop owner!

I hope at least some of you remember the 1986 film!

In June, Lesley at Chocolate Baroque did another release of Kim Moody stamps on Hochanda TV. For set 3 I returned to houses.

This set is designed so that they can fit together as a ‘street’. Each house can stand alone or butt up to one next door, like a terrace. The theme as loosely ‘moving house’ – because we just have.

Again there is four in the set: Gran’s House, an old stone cottage, the Posh House, which is suffering the ravages of time, Our House, a typical two up, two down found in many industrial towns, and The Shop, the ‘open-all-hours’ shop which was the mainstay of British life.

I hope you enjoy the stamps – let me know what you think.

Way back in January my second set of Kim Moody stamps were released by Chocolate Baroque on Hochanda TV.

The theme for this set was ‘maritime’. It consists; Jolly Roger, a fishing boat on the dockside for repair, or being made ready for the new season, Looking out to See! A delightfully wonky lighthouse and its environs, Harbour Master, a quirky take on a famous, south-coast harbour masters office, and A dip in the sea, a row of Victorian bathing huts – or are they beach huts?

I hope you enjoy them. Let me know what you think.

Set 2 of Kim Moody's stamps

Oh, wow! I didn’t realise just how long it’s been since I’ve posted here! I’ve done loads on the other site – penandlensartwork.com

Well the last one here, was for Halloween 2018 – and I’ve done so much since. I made a Christmas card using ‘The Office’ from my Kim Moody stamps, so let’s get that one up to show you … a scene depicting Santa’s HQ.
(Stamps available from Chocolate Baroque – renowned for their quality and service)

Also from the Set 1 stamps I used ‘Loft Conversion’ as a Welcome Home card – as next door’s cat seemed to be spending more time with us than was appropriate. 🙂

IMG_1119My first set of stamps was launched by Chocolate Baroque at the beginning of the month but I’ve only just got round to a bit of experimentation. As Halloween is just around the corner I thought a good one to start with would be La Maison.

It’s not really a spooky house, but with suitable colours it certainly fits the bill. I stamped the house on to white card. I cut round the shape and re-emphasised the cut outline with an ordinary felt pen. I stuck it on pumpkinny card stock. I wanted to be able to add my own colours, and my weapon of choice was Karismacolor pencils. (Like unicorn poo, apparently. No longer made, so you’ll have to find another brand – by all accounts their replacement, Prismacolor, are not popular.)

Before I coloured I used a Zig Millennium 005 pen to add the spider and web, bats, and spooky ghost, to the windows – oh, and the ‘Thing’ coming through the front door.

I wanted the house to be almost in silhouette, but still retain the detail, and I needed the windows to show the spooky goings-on inside, so I used Warm Grey 90%. The front door and loft are Scarlet Lake. The shading in the windows goes from Canary Yellow at the bottom, though Spanish Orange to Scarlet Lake at the top.

The tiny pumpkins are cut from coloured card stock with details added with the Zig pen, then stuck on with your favourite glueing medium.

The shadow round the house is Purple. Finished with hand lettering, and a fine texture stamp for the edge. Matted on black card, then a pink to match the front door.

What do you think?

Out of the comfort zone. Sometimes you have to try something a little different. Many of those I follow on Instagram are tattooists, or design tattoos, or like dark, gothic stuff – which often involves skulls. So, I thought I’d have a go, just for fun.IMG_0901

This skull is pretty unexciting, a bit anatomical really – but as a first attempt I was pleased with the result.

This fella is all stippling, dots, or pointillism – depending on how you like to describe the process. I used a Derwent Graphik art pen, 0.1 point on 100gsm copy paper.

Looking at his teeth, it could almost be a self-portrait! What do you think?