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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

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?

 

We don’t have any pets. Don’t want one really. We’ve got our son, he keeps us amused. We do get visits from Casper, the cat next door. He’s a ginger tom, and must be the friendliest cat around, but unfortunately his owners aren’t so keen now they have a new dog. So, when he’s in need of a little love and attention he comes to us. Aaah!

I’ve never drawn an animal portrait before so I thought I’d make use of him while he was sleeping in the studio …

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IMG_0750This is a project I’ve wanted to try for ages. Some time ago I found an old, traditional French bread bin – huche de pain – and thought that the front panel is crying out for a little trompe l’oeil.

 

The huche is finished in DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish in ‘Serenity’, discretely distressed (as opposed to thoroughly traumatised, as is the want of some upcycle-ers), and treated with clear wax.

The picture is in DecoArt Americana acrylic paints, with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics for shadow.

Details shown below:

 

 

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Manelle’s Challenge.

It is too hot for me, so today I gave up and I’m sat in a darkened room, which is only about 5 degrees cooler than out side – but it is good.

So, it is a good time to accept a challenge – a ‘draw this in your style’ challenge.

On Instagram, Manelle from Utah, on her site @talesfantastic, has set a challenge to draw her mermaid in our own style. Her mermaid is one of a series that can be found in her new book, ‘Mermendium’. This mermaid reminds me of the tale of the fairy, Melusine although there is no connection.

She has used watercolours. Mine is using an Artline pen and Karismacolor pencils. I’ve put the two together so that you cam compare. What do you think?

Check out my Instagram page: @kpm.illustration

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Manelle’s beautiful original

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My version