Madly Creating

I just got home from a week in beautiful North Devon, as well as enjoying Instow and Croyde among the many places we visited, we also travelled into beautiful Cornwall one day on a whim, which was an unexpected treat and enjoyed sunny blue skies and warm weather. The image above was taken at St Ives, one of my most favourite places in the country.

But now home, and back to business.

Its that time of year when us artists who design and create hand made cards, are thinking and producing wonderful Christmas creations. I admit, Im a little behind with my lot – the gallery are wonderfully patient but with only one day a week to spend on my art I sometimes struggle to cram everything in that needs doing…however, I got down to work today and came up with 5 each of the designs shown below. I used a mixture of watercolour, acrylic ink and shimmery H20 paints and when the images were dry I used a fineline black pen to edge them.

They’re going off in the post tomorrow (all being well) with some prints and Im going to be making some more next week.


I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by…already Im horrified to see Christmas advertising on tv, it seems far too early to have the festive season thrust upon us while we are only just revelling in the beginning of autumn in all her firey and splendid glory! I cannot begin to start thinking about Christmas shopping just yet, my eyes are too busy feasting upon crispy leaves in shades of gold, russet and flamenco red dancing on the pavements, and my inner-cook is contemplating warming bowls of spicy pumpkin soup, tarte tatin and other delights that I feel drawn towards at this time of year. Its time for wandering in the woods, tramping through fallen leaves and smelling their faint musty decay as you search for chestnuts to collect and take home for roasting, I can’t seem to ‘feel’ Christmas at all until early December and then I welcome the season with open arms and prepare to enjoy.
Would any of you like to learn how to make your own Christmas card?
Would you be interested in taking a one off online class with easy instruction and step by step ‘how to’ photographs?
If you would, please get in touch, I am working on a class that you can download, hopefully as from next week!
Julia x