A very quick sketch for Illustration Friday this week!

The weekly topic is shy so a cartoon of a girl peeping over a wall sprung to mind.

Here she is:

I’ve got so much going on right now that it’s difficult to keep up with everything I want to do aswell as being a great mum.

I’m keeping my creative goals in mind and on track and one of those goals was submitting an illustration each week so I’m happy to be making a submission.

I’ve also begun making my first art journal this week. I’m filling it with some great papers I have in my art boxes and painting the pages ready to be written on. I’m thinking about adding a theme too.

I absolutely adore art books, sketchbooks, journals etc. So making my very own is such fun!

I realised that what I’m making is actually called a smash book. This term had completely passed me by! I don’t think they are commonly sold in UK craft stores, as least not where I live. Smash books appear to be a journal with pre-decorated pages.

Whatever they are I love them and there’s some brilliant ones on Etsy that I’m so tempted by to fuel my stationary addiction!

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This week’s Illustration Friday topic is “Haunt,” a Halloween theme!

I’m submitting this sketch I did a few years ago of a mysterious character from a computer game called Loom.

Loom was amazing! This is a screen shot from the game and the original character.



I’ve seen other people publish their monthly goals on their blog (such as the awesome Kimberly Wilson) and I think it’s a great idea to be made accountable by your online readers.

I’m going to start doing this so here’s my creative goals for the upcoming month ahead (can you believe it’s November?)

It’s quite a lot of work here and going to be tough whilst looking after my 4 month old daughter Jenny, but I reckon it’s possible with some clever time management.

I need to kick myself into shape a little more to get the stuff done that I really want to be doing, instead of daydreaming or reading about it!

I’ve virtually stopped watching any television so that’s freed up a lot of extra time to work on my dream creative business.

At the end of November I’d like to check in and add my December goals.

It feels pretty good to get this out into the world :) Now to work…

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Keri Smith is one of my favourite authors.  She wrote a list about “how to feel miserable as an artist.”

(Words by Keri Smith and design by Reavel)

I wanted to add to this list:

Feeling lost in the internet as an artist

When you start visiting other artist’s websites it’s so easy to think what’s the point in doing your own work when there’s so many other amazing talented people out there doing just what you want to do? Sound familiar at all?

I know because I’ve felt it up until very recently.

It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed by the internet and by the sheer volume of other good artists and their websites.

But nobody does it like you do.

Hold onto that thought.

If you stay true to yourself you will always present your words and your art in a unique and original way.

Stand solid in your special place in the internet and be you, unique and original!



I wanted to share with you this beautiful reminder that I keep on my wall by Jason Blume about believing in yourself and your dreams.

“Every goal that has ever been reached began with just one step – and the belief that it could be attained.

Dreams really can come true but they are most often the result of hardwork, determination and persistence. 

When the end of the journey seems impossible to reach, remember that all you need to do is take one more step. Stay focused on your goal and remember… each small step will bring you a little closer.

When the road becomes hard to travel and it feels as if you’ll never reach the end… look deep inside your heart and you will find the strength you never knew you had.

Believe in yourself – and remember that so many others believe in you, too.”

This beautiful picture is from a wallpaper website. Unfortunately I don’t know who it’s by but it seemed very fitting.  


I’ve been a member of twitter for a few years but have only just started using it properly in the past couple of months (follow me).

It wasn’t long before I discovered The Twitter Art Exhibit.

I love taking part in art events and this is also for a really good cause so I had to join.

In a nutshell artists from all over the world create a small postcard sized piece of original art, it gets displayed in the exhibit and sold for charity at $35 a piece.

You can join in right now. All the information you need is here at TwitterArtExhibit.org.

I’m really looking forward to being a part of this event, creating my entry and helping a good cause!


Burning Sky

by Zoe

This week’s Illustration Friday topic is Sky.

I’ve always wanted to take part in the weekly challenge on this site so I’m really excited to be submitting to my first piece of art. There’s a new topic each week and artist’s all over the world send in their artwork.

So here’s my first submission, my acrylic abstract painting on canvas called Burning Sky, the first of many more!  


I took my daughter Jenny on a lovely autumnal walk today. The leaves were so crisp. The air fresh and cool.

The sheer delight on her face and laughter in surprise when she saw each tree above her as we moved through some woods was an absolute joy.

It reminded me that very often the simple things in life are really what matters.

How wonderful nature is and how amazing a tree actually is if you’ve never seen one before! They’re massive! Full of bright colours, greens and yellows and reds!!

This is a picture from our walk.

Walking through crunchy leaves is such fun. I’m learning to appreciate the small things again.


I’ve had a really creative day today!

A pot of tea

I went to a cafe alone. It was great to have some time to reflect and enjoy some peace and quiet after a busy week looking after Jenny, my 4-month-old baby.

I’ve decided to get myself a teapot. I love tea and I love to use a teapot so why not?!

Some new art supplies

I then did a bit of shopping. I’m a complete sucker for an art journal / stationary / paper supplies. As soon as I saw these I had to get them.

It’s a postcard journal and a creative recipe book, both by Melissa Frances.

Melissa Frances does a wide range of art supplies. They’ve really inspired me to want to create my own range of stationary and art supplies. A bit like K and Company. I would love a dancing on the page art range in the future.

Some sketching

I later did some sketching and some painting at home. I could have spent all day doing creative work but I was quite limited by time.

I decorated this tag and took the photo of it on top of my new postcard journal which made a great background.

I also did some sketches including my first attempt at painting an owl.

I love owls. Occasionally there is an owl we hear outside in the middle of the night. It twit-twooos really loudly.

So overall a great day of creativity and I can’t wait for my next opportunity to get back to it!


Do you often take lots of photos on your phone or camera but never do anything with them?

It’s time to let those photos out!

I use an iPhone for my camera and it contains about 400 photos, all of which are stuck inside it.

I decided I’m going to look into ways I can have my photos developed and real so I can include them in my own art and photo albums

Here’s 3 ways of developing your photos.

1. Visit a supermarket

Go to a supermarket like Asda and use the photograph counter in store to get your photos developed in the old traditional way.

You may have to use a memory card or blue tooth depending on the phone or camera you have and how the photos can be transferred.

2. Do it online

Upload your photos to a website and get them developed and then delivered to you straight through your letter box.

You could use Photobox or Snapfish. When you first join you usually get some free prints. Postage varies between £1.49 and £3.99 depending on the size of photos you order.

3. Get a home printer

Buy your own purpose made photo printer and print them out yourself.

The downside to this is ink can be expensive, but it also means you have the convenience to print whenever and whatever you want in the comfort of your own home.

Whichever method you choose – make sure you get those photos OUT and made real!