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Colour Block Doodle Video

Hi, it’s been a while since my last post, But I have a video for you showing the stages of one of my drawings.

I have used pro markers, a 0.1mm Pigma Micron pen and an A5 sheet of paper (160gsm)
I started by adding blocks of colour to the page in random shapes, then added shapes, pattern and shading. As i went along i added extra shading and pattern to areas where i thought it needed it.

Colour block drawing

Colour Block Doodles Video on Youtube

Colour Block Doodles #1 is now in a frame and for sale in my shop.

Colour block doodles in frame



28 Drawings Later collection

As promised here are all of my 28 Drawings from the challenge:

Day 1 Fine liner pen with pencil shading on A4 paper. I love the depth in this, it has a real 3D effect.

Day 1

Day 2 ‘Me Drawing Me’ on galaxy note tablet using sketchbook pro

Day 2

Day 3 ‘Windmill Flowers’ fine liner pen on A4 paper, I didn’t get this finished on day 3 so continued it into day 4.

Windmill Flowers

Day 4.1  Windmill Flowers scanned and printed with detail and shading added.

Windmill Flowers Day 4.1

Day 4.2 Windmill Flowers scanned and printed with colour using Pro Markers.

Windmill flowers 4.2

Day 5 Patterns in black and purple fine liner on A4

Purple Patterns

Day 6 Garden view from the window drawn with Aqua Markers.


Day 7 Psychedelic Fruit Bowl was one of the comments on this drawing. I started this drawing by scribbling the blocks of colours with Pro Markers, I then filled each colour with a different pattern and lastly shaded areas to add depth.

Psychedelic Fruit Bowl

Day 8 Star Flowers, black fine liner and pencil shading on A4 this is another drawing that I feel has a good 3D effect, the shading really makes them pop off the page.

Star Flowers

Day 9 Waves, String, Wires, Noodles? Fine liner pen and pencil shading on A4.


Day 10 Piles of Papers, this was inspired by a friend of mine, You will get through the paper work, you will!

Piles of paperwork

Day 11 Flowers with swirls, fine liner pen on A4.

Flowers and Swirls

Day 12 Germs, inspired by me not feeling well, i drew the germs. Fine liner pen on A4


Day 13 Love card black and red fine liner on a square card.

Love Card

Day 14 Patterned Hearts

Patterned Hearts

Day 15 More Flowers and Swirls black fine liner on A4

More flowers and Swirls

Day 16 Coloured flowers and swirls from Day 15 using the Pro Markers again, really enjoyed colouring this one. Started to think at this point that i could make a really nice colouring book with these designs.

Coloured Flowers

Day 17 Fan Flowers after thinking about making some of these for a colouring book i shaded this one so it wont end up in the colouring book. Fine liner in black and shaded with Pro markers in cool greys.

Fan Flowers

Day 18 Wire Dragonfly i had this idea in my head and had to make it, I’m sure this counts!

Wire Dragonfly

Day 19 Wire Tree pendant, well one idea led to another, back to drawing tomorrow.
These will be available to buy on the website soon or custom order now, available on green, blue, tan ot turquoise suede.

Swirly Wire Tree

Day 20 Random patterns, wasn’t that happy with this one, I think it was a bit of a quickie.


Day 21 Tree, my other half said it looked like a tree of TVs. I was a bit disappointed that some of the ink bled into the colour on this one.


Day 22 Flower Garden a potential page for the colouring book here. Can you spot the bugs?

Flower Garden

Day 23 Just a Feather, I was going to draw some patterns round it but decided i liked it on its own.


Day 24 Alien Sea, another potential colouring book page, the problem with keeping some to do a colouring book page is that i couldn’t add any colour or shading to them until I had scanned them into the computer, I may come back to these now that they have been scanned and add shading.
Something i really liked about this one was the decision to use different pens, the different weights of line add something to this that i think i will use for future projects.

Alien Sea

Day 25 Flowers and vines again with no shading. I felt like the balance was a bit off with this one and i think i will go back and add some pattern to the vine that is going across the page.

Flowers and Vines

Day 26 Silk painted Hanky Instead of a drawing i worked on a Hanky from a silk painting kit, this was really fun, I love the way the colours mix and you don’t really know how its going to look.

Silk Painted Hanky

Day 27 Tentacles, I didn’t spend a lot of time on this one but i think it will work well in colour.


Day 28 I was staying at a friends house the previous night and this is the view i woke to on day 28, well actually when i woke up there were sheep on the hill, by the time i took the photograph the had moved on. I took the photo on my tablet and worked over it in sketchbook pro.

day 28 view

The challenge kinda took over my life a little! I spent a lot longer than I intended on lots of the drawings and stayed up later than I should have drawing. It was great fun can’t wait till next year!

The community spirit of everyone doing the challenge was great, lots of great comments and questions and just general good spirit and friendliness it wsa great to be a part of it all.

If you want to take a look at everyone else’s drawings and you should as there is such a range of amazing interesting work by some greatly talented people. You can find them on the 28 Drawings Later Februar Challenge Facebook Page

You tube slide show Lucy Jacksons 28 Drawings Later Challenge

February Challenge

I have joined in the 28 Drawings Later February Challenge.
Each day in February you have to draw something or create a piece of art and post it to the Facebook page where you can look at everyone’s work and they yours.  There are people of all ages, styles and abilities posting their work every day, it is a real pleasure to see each days new creations. For me certain people have become favourites and I look forward to see what masterpiece will be posted next.

Here are a few of my drawings so far, I have just been taking photos of them, once the challenge is over i will scan them in and share them all.

Day 1 Black fine liner pen and pencil shading on white A4

Day 1 drawing

Day 3/4 Fine liner on A4 again Windmill Flowers and on day 3 i drew the flowers on day 4 i printed 2 copies on one I added extra detailing and shading, the other I coloured with pro markers.

day 3/4 windmill flowers

Day 7 on A4 i scribbled some colours on the page with pro markers, I then filled each colour with a different pattern and shaded the patterns with the markers to create depth. One of the comments on this drawing was ‘Psychedelic Fruit Bowl’ I didn’t see it till the comment but I agree!

psychedelic fruit bowl

Day 8 Fine liner on A4 Stars

Star flowers layers


Day 15/16 Fine liner pen on A4 i drew the flowers on day 15 and added the colour on day 16 using pro markers.

coloured flower drawing

I have 6 drawings to go, i had better go and do todays, I will blog all of my drawings once the challenge is over.

Crafty Creatives Box 16 Circus

This is my 4th box, part of the appeal to this is the surprise, when the pink package arrives and you finally get to find out the monthly theme and explore the goodies in the box. But… when you open your box there is a lovely sheet of patterned paper hiding the good stuff, they have all been so nice i am sure i will find a use for these too. back to the box.

paper inside box

pretty paper

The next thing you find is the art card, I particularly like this one the artist is Luke Spooner a.k.a Carrion House.
As I get more boxes and more art cards I will have to think of a way of displaying them.

Carrion House art card

Carrion House art card

Next comes a stripey bag with the kit inside, another surprise and you start to get a peek at the goodies.

Inside the box

Getting a peek at the goodies

After this stage I like to take all of the bits out one at a time and examine what I have got.

Contents of the box

exploring the contents

Swirl Patterned Buttons
Rubber Stamps
Purple Beads
Masquerade Pendants
Blank Coasters
Temporary Tattoos
Circus Images (mirror images?!?)
Patterned Paper

After reading the kit contents I realised the images are in reverse so that you can use them as a transfer, the instructions of how to to this went up on the Crafty Creatives Blog. I am giving this a go, the glue is drying as I write this post

What’s in the kit?

Animal Pendant kit

Bear pendant kit

The kit includes a plastic animal and some decorative bits and pieces to transform it into a circus animal.
To be honest, this kit isn’t really me BUT I have had a bit of inspiration and I am working on a different piece of  circus inspired jewellery and I think I have a plan for the bear too possibly involving the glue and some glitter.
I will update when I get the chance.


I didn’t manage to get round to blogging about the last box, annoying, as it has been my favourite so far, everything in box 15 was black and white themed. There was a black pen and a mini sketchbook, perfect for some on the go zentangling,  a needle felting kit, I love needle felting. So far i have made two penguins, 4 mini penguin charms, two ghosts and a mini snowman charm that I haven’t photographed because he is really creepy looking!
I will add a clasp to the mini penguins so they can be added to a bracelet or a necklace.

Needle felted penguins

needle felted penguins

needle felted ghost


There was also a gorgeous fabric fat quarter, mini blackboard peg, polymer clay rose, domino beads, Aubrey Beardsley prints, graphite pencil, teabag folding squares and pins.


inside box 15

black and white





Denim Pen Case

My Crafty Creatives box 15 was waiting for me when I got home from work today… But I can’t tell you about that till Saturday, all i will say is that it is great and I felt like it was made especially for me.

What I can show you is the little project I made last week from the recycled denim, braid and star studs In box 14. I thought that the denim looked about the right size for a pen case, I am loving to zentangle and doodle at the moment and like to carry my pens with me so this was a perfect project.

I gathered my materials; denim, braid, a zip, star studs and some fabric for the lining I chose some vintage style flowery fabric.

gathering materials

I decided to have the braiding at the top and cut two strips to size, one for the front and one for the back.

Cutting the braiding to size.

Choosing lining and cutting it to size.

All of the fabric to make the case.

To make a zippered case/purse.
The main thing to remember is the sandwich;
Denim right side up
(i have put the braid in here right side facing up)
Zip right side facing right side of denim
Lining right side facing right side of denim
and that is your sandwich.

Making the fabric and zip sandwich.

Pin your sandwich, i fold the ends of the zip into the seam to neaten the finish.

Pinned sandwich.

Pop your zipper foot on your sewing machine and stitch, you could hand sew this using a back stitch.

First side sewn. 

Attach the other side in the same way, using the same sandwich.
Open out so that you have right side of denim facing right side of denim and right side of lining facing right side of lining, halfway open the zip.
Starting on the bottom of the lining side, stitch all the way round leaving a 3-4″ gap as seen in the picture.

Stitch round the outside leaving a gap to turn through.

Trim the corners and turn through the gap.

Turn the case right side out.

Before closing the hole in the lining attach your star studs.

Adding the stars.

Almost done.

Stitch up the hole in the lining.

Finish by sewing the hole in the lining.

Fill with pens or pennies or make up and enjoy!

Finished case filled with pens being used in another project.


Pimped My Shoes, with GLITTER

I have really fancied having a go at this for a while now, at what you say? Customising some shoes with Mod Podge and glitter or fabric, I chose glitter.

I bought these shoes in the Next sale a few years ago, they fit so well that when they started to look tatty I just couldn’t bare to throw them away but I haven’t worn the in ages so they seemed like a good choice. If this project went all wrong I would only be loosing a pair of shoes I probably wouldn’t wear again and if all goes well I’ll have new glittery shoes SQUEEEEEEE.

So… here is what I started with; silvery leather lace up shoes with tatty looking toes, Mod Podge, three colours of glitter, a brush and some tubs to mix the glitter and glue in.

shoes glitter and glue

All the things i used

Oh I also used a bit of sticky tape to mask of the main part of the shoe, these shoes have a line of stitching so it was easy to decide how far up the glitter was going to go.
I decided I was going to try for an ombré pattern using the three glitters green/turquoise, pale blue and bright blue.

I started by mixing the glitter with the glue and then painted some on.

First colour of glitter on the shoe

Getting the first colour of glitter on.

I did both shoes at the same time so that I could make sure I  had roughly the same amount on each shoe.
I then added the pale blue glitter glue mix, in between adding glitters i covered my glue so that it wouldn’t dry up as I was sure I was going to need at least two coats to get good coverage.

Adding the 2nd colour

Adding the pale blue glitter.

You can guess what is next, you got it the bright blue glitter.

Adding the 3rd colour

Adding the bright blue glitter.

Both shoes with the forst layer

Both shoes with the first layer of glitter.

When the first coat dried you could clearly see the stripes of colour…

first layer dry

The first layer of glitter dry.

what I really want is one colour to blend into the next.

When adding the second layer I painted on the pale blue first and then tried to blend the other colours in by working quickly so that the colours were still wet. It was difficult to tell how well this was working when the glue was wet.

Adding thesecond layer

Trying to blend the colours in this layer.

As it dried I could see that the blending had worked really well.

Second coat dry

Big smiles as the second coat dries and it’s looking good.

The next step was to add a coat of the Mod Podge on its own over the top, I added two!

Last coat of glue

Adding a last coat of glue.

Now they are dry they look like this…

Finished Shoes

Glittery toed shoes :)

Shoes finished

I cant wait to wear these.

Sparkly toes

I mean just look at how sparkly they are.

I have also added a quick spray of spray shine varnish, because I had some and I thought it might extend their new life.

I think it is clear that I am super happy with my new shoes, I just need to find somewhere to go to wear them :)

I have also found myself looking round the room to see what else I can pimp up with glitter, I have some awesome neon pink and some pink hologram glitter just shouting out to be glued on something 😀

Box of Goodies

I came across Crafty Creatives on Facebook a while ago, they send you put a crafty box of goodies every month it costs £12.95 including postage. Each month has a different theme, with projects and other wonderful bits and bobs. It was their first birthday box in July and after looking at all of the lovely boxes so far I though this would be a Good time to try it out.

Here is my unboxing…

crafth box

It came in a pink bag, so I was already more excited, inside the bag is a brown box, inside the box is gorgeous brown paper with flowers on it and a cute little sticker,  positively giddy now, I peel the paper back to reveal a birthday card and a leaflet with instructions for the projects.

Under the card was a huge selection of products.

nside the box

I had to take all of the bits out to see what they were.

crafty bits laid out

the box is flower themed, the instruction sheet shows you how to make 5 different flowers and the box has everything you need to make each of them and some other pretty things. And a Birthday Balloon :)

all of the bits from the box

The first project I tried was the French beaded flower,  I have never tried this technique before despite having a whole book showing how to make hundreds of types of flowers this way.

the first thing you have to do is thread a load of beads onto wire, a load of beads!

beads on wire

Then you make the first petal.

petal number one

Just 4 more petals to make.

five petals

some stamens out of blue beads and wire and assemble into a flower shape.

french beaded flower

Then wrap the wire tails with florist tape to make the stem, done. I am really happy with this, it is really pretty, I think all it needs now is a  brooch back.

beaded flower

beaded flower

I am looking forward to trying another flower and getting my next box.

Recycled Desktop Business Card Holder

So, I have been having a bit of a brain storm to find a way to display my hair slides, when they are in a bowl they end up all piled on top of one another and you cant see the colour options, putting them flat on the shelf takes up a lot of room and can end up looking a bit messy.

I package my hair slides on a slim business card.

Hair slides

I think i may have found the solution and a cool new product for you :)

I had a bit of an experiment with the idea yesterday and i have to say i am super happy with the results.

So the new product is a table top business card holder.

Made from recycled Annual pages, i am so happy to have found another use for them 😀

I have added a cardboard base to make it nice and neat and added the book and the year to the base, this one is a Victor book for boys 1980.

If you love to visit craft fairs and bring home loads of cards from the sellers, this is a great way to display them.
Can you see how this will solve my problems for displaying the hair slides?
Unfortunately I cant put them in it to show you as I delivered them all to Mugdock Makkers Gallery on Sunday.

table top business card holder

Do you work in an office and have a boring desk but loads of contacts business cards? You need  the jumbo sized Tower, not only can it hold loads and loads of cards but…. it is a cool sculpture.

Busines card towerbusiness card tower

I have arranged my cards in a spiral pattern round the holder but it would look equally awesome if not better with them stuck in at random.
I have only added a few cards but it will hold so so many more.

Business card tower

This tower was made using a hefty Haynes manual.
If you are interested in owning a a cool recycled business card holder or a business card tower, they can be made in  Haynes manuals and annuals.
A small one is £5 in Haynes or Annual and £10 for a tower in Haynes and £15 for a tower in Annual pluss p&p, they will be made to order specially for you.



Origami Box – How To

I have been making some origami boxes recently, they are so easy to make and really cute.
The boxes in the picture are made with patterned craft papers, but you could use whatever you have to hand: printer paper, magazine pages, wallpaper works well or you could even make a good use for all that junk mail we get!

While making one of the boxes I photographed each step, I have made these into a guide to share with you.

The boxes are excellent for jewellery, other small gifts or you could just make the base and put trinkets in it.

Making step 17Box Base

Click here for the step by step instructions Origami Box

Whats happening?

There is FREE Postage on all of the Jewellery in the shop until Mothers Day treat your mum or yourself, I wont tell!

As well as some mother day inspired jewellery I have been making…


home made Pizza

Pizza with Katy

tablet case

A case for my new tablet…

Jewellery, a mess and bookmarks…


These are the first experiments, I think I will be keeping the cookie, the flowers and the toadstool.

And I have been keeping up the Zentangling, not every day but a little bit most days.

Zentangle on tab

I drew a lot of this tangle while in the waiting room at the dentist, it was drawn on sketchbook pro on my tablet. I think it looks a bit like things growing wildly out of a green house or the Eden project exploding.