Art Journal Page & a Video (at Last): Scratch Your Itch


Hello m'crafting buddies

It's been a hot minute since I recorded a video of my process in creating a page but now that I'm settled into my new craft space, I thought it was about time I pressed record on the videocam before it gathers too much dust.

So if you'd like to see how this page came about, click below and it'll take you straight to the youtube page. Hope you enjoy


Love & Hugs

P xx

Art Journal Page: Purpose of Life


This was one of those pages which refused to co-operate right from the start. In fact, it began life with a wash of red ink rather than the pink you see before you. I tried to add visual texture by stencilling then adding more washes, plus stamping and suddenly it was just a hot revolting mess. 

I felt every idea to save it just made it look worse. The only way forward was to grab a pot of white gesso and start from scratch. With a newly white palette again, I painted a pink background and lightly stamped over the top. I took a brush of blue paint and roughly added a border. At least from this, I felt I was able to go somewhere with it.

I printed out and coloured in one of my Doodle Monster drawings, cut it out and stuck it in. Grabbing my Posca paint pens I doodled details around the border, drew some eyes on stalks and added the text in a "scratchy" style.

The quote, by Buddha, came to me whilst watching the first episode of the Netflix series, Iron Fist. I've binged on Stranger Things 2 in one weekend and would love to create some art from it but heck, there'll be no spoilers from me whilst there's plenty who won't have seen it. So after ST2, I thought I'd try a Marvel character. I know nothing about Iron Fist but seems to involve Martial Arts and the above quote was referred to by the main character. I loved it! So it had to go in.

So glad to have gotten this page done and dusted. I can now turn to a blank one, breath and begin again :)

P xx

Art Journal Page: Give Good Face


It's been a while since I opened up a journal and created a page. It's taken a bit of a creative backseat whilst I've been doodling and drawing away for Inktober. 

However, I treated myself to a stamp from a brand new collection by my lovely friend Mark Gould (aka Speshink). He's created four stamps with Chocolate Baroque and the moment I saw the Sailor, I knew I had to have it!

After stamping the image onto card with a black archival ink, I drew the octopus body under it. I coloured the image with watercolour paints and pencils before cutting it out. The page was coated with red acrylic ink and then stamped over with a design from Carabelle Studios & Birgit Koopsen.

I stuck the sailor onto the page, doodled a border with a blue Posca paint pen, before printing out the title and adhering. 

Love how fun it was to alter Mark's design and create a quirkier figure. Wish I could blame it on Halloween and all the freaky drawings I've been doing recently but in truth, I have odd thoughts all year round lol.

As for the quote "Give Good Face", it's sage advice from Diva Rules by the vogue queen herself, Michelle Visage!


Paul xx

An Art Journal Page: Other People, A Trip to see Grayson plus Art in Chester


Hello my lovelies!!!!!

It's been a while I know! Much longer than I imagined it would be. We've been rethinking the space in our home and one of the changes was to set up my art studio in another room. I thought it might take a couple of weeks AT THE MOST. Turns out, it took almost exactly six. I cannot tell you how hard it was not being able to create much during that time. 


However, I'm now fully set up and installed in my new corner. And the above page in my journal is the first bit of creativity made in it. It's not fully there yet. The room, not the page. I'm sure I'll be tweaking and rearranging until it's just right. Or as near as possible I can make it. 


Just before I chat about my page, I've been on a couple of artist's dates this weekend. The first one was to Chester Cathedral for their Ark Exhibition of Modern Sculpture. It's on until 15th October 2017, which is two weeks away at time of writing this post. If you're local and interested in modern art, go check it out. Just under 100 pieces and entry is free. If that doesn't tempt you, head to the restaurant for carrot cake, tea and a tuna melt. Your tastebuds will thank you even if your waistline doesn't :D


I'm fully aware that there's a wee bit of smugness about me when it comes to my second artistic treat. It was to see Grayson Perry (as Clare) giving a talk at my second home, Chatsworth. Just under 400 seats/tickets were available and when it sold out, there were 2000 people on the waiting list. And I had two of them!!!! So smug mode on.

He didn't disappoint either. Funny, intelligent, thought-provoking, and sharp. He was a joy to listen to. My head was spinning with so many new ideas about the world of art and the different perspective I was feeling. 


With all that I had soaked in over the weekend I sat and worked on making this page. It started life as a red/orange/yellow Distress Oxide mix. I then slapped a a large stencil over the whole spread and sponged a darker orange ink over the top. 

I grabbed some Paperartsy Fresco paints and on separate papers, created a green background and a blue. When dry, I stamped the circles with black Archival ink, using Carabelle Studios "Et Ronds et Ronds" stamp set. I cut them out, put some tranquil sounds on in the background, then moved the pieces around the page until I had placed them in a way which pleased me. Once adhered in place, I used a paint pen to connect all the circles. The shapes created by this process called out to be doodled. 

I added a border then rather foolishly decided I waned to paint between the central shape and the border. So with a fine pointed brush, a steady hand and an opaque chalk paint by Paperartsy, I blocked out with purple. 

With Grayson's talk (and his new book "Playing to the Gallery" which I've started), resounding in my ears, I added a few words about style and what I like. It's an over simplification on the issue of how, when I see something, especially in visual art, and say to myself "I like that", there's a whole lot of other people in my background of experience, who have manipulated my tastes. Do I like it, or have my tastes been directed towards liking it? I's a fascinating subject which I want to delve more into.

That and much more but my brain will go into meltdown and I've already prattled on long enough.

More pages await me to add to and hopefully, my video camera set up will allow a few of them to filmed.

Have a great week my sweets

P xx


ITAC 2017 - The International Tournament of Art & Craft

Exciting news my lovelies!

The ITAC 2017 from All & Create is finally here. Behind the scenes, a team of international artists, including myself, have been keeping a little secret. And now all can be revealed. The tournament is now officially open! AND it's open to EVERYONE. There's no need to sign up anywhere. Just join in and have fun!

All the details in full can be found here.

Over five weeks, there will be five teams, each representing a different continent of the world, with their own theme, complete with tips, tutorials and masterclasses. I'm not going to get myself into hot water by telling you which one I'm in haha but I loved it, it's perfect for those who like to add doodling to their work.

And if all that isn't exciting enough :) There's PRIZES, bonuses and DT scouts. Now that should have your mouth watering.

What better way to spend the summer than creating along with us? If you didn't click the link above and now you're tempted, I'll pop it on one more time. Go HERE and learn all the fabulous details.

P xx

Art Journal Page: Which Way Now + Video

I'm back with another page and video. thank you to everyone for the positive feedback and wonderful comments for my last posting. Big shout out to my friend Brian who gave me incredible feedback. He was constructively honest and gave me pointers and tips to look out for. 

So this page. It's the right hand side of the journal you saw in my previous post. And yes, there's a video to go with it too. Just click below to see.



As promised, here's the list of products I used:

DecoArt Americana paints: Calypso Blue & Sea Breeze

Staz On Ink: Blue Hawaii

Stamp: Carabelle Studios, Effervescence

Watercolour: Prima, The Classics

Digi Stamp: Paul Browning (quick plug, you can find it in my Etsy store, see the menu above)

Posca Pens PC5M: Pink & Apple Green

Posca Pens PC 3M: Grey, Blue & Slate Grey

Molotow Pen: 1.5mm black & 2mm white

Faber Castell Pencils


Thanks for watching. See you next time!

Paul xx

Art Journal Doodle Page (with Video)

A bit of an experimental spread this one. I spritzed the pages with a light film of water then dropped watercolour inks (Ecoline)  onto the damp paper before leaving to one side to air dry. And that is as far as I went, for weeks. I started other pages and kept looking at the unfinished layouts.

So I set up my video camera, opened up my book and set to the task of filling the pages with doodles and marks. I tried a different angle on my camera too. I hadn't realised that the strange claw-like way I hold a pencil (I blame my school days and the teachers who ignored the left handers - I am not an elegant pencil clutcher), means that you can't see the marks I make with an overhead view. I angled my camera more at 45 degrees, so we'll see if this is a better way to film.

There's not a whole lot of technique to comment on. I just took a batch of black pens, mostly paint pens, and drew whatever came to mind. I even left some spaces without doodles either. Mainly the blue shapes. It's abstract and everyone will see  and feel differently about this spread but I sense something of the ocean. I imagine there's seaweed and rock pools here. Or a coral reef. And the blue spaces represent the seawater, so I kept them blank.

If you want to see a speeded up process, please click below to see the video...

Until next time...

Paul xx

"Drains" Art Journal Page + Video (with Commentary)

Hello Dear Friends

I've just finished a quick little art journal page where I experimented with some new Ranger Distress Oxide inks. Have you tried them? My goodness, they are worth it for the blending alone. So darn easy! In fact, I've just treated myself to a few more. I initially bought three just to try them out but now I want a more varied selection, so that I have different blended colour schemes to opt for.

Anyway, that's not all I did. I decided to video myself putting the page together. Yes, I know, I've already done a few of those already. I can tick that off my list. But this time, I've gone out of my comfort zone again and added commentary! Not only that, for the first time ever, I've recorded a face to camera introduction too. Okay, if I was a millennial, you'd say so what! Arent we all doing that? 

But I'm no millennial. I was born nearly half a century ago! Phones came plugged into walls, cameras came with film and you waited a week to pick photos up from a chemist. 

So grab a cuppa, it's only 10 minutes long, (plenty of time to dunk a biccie or two) and see how this page came together (warning, high camp and fans are involved, for those of a nervous disposition)

Thanks again for joining me here

Hopefully see you again soon

Paul xx