do it yourself :: homemade gift ideas


Hello! If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my fortnightly Aquamarine Artnote. You will receive a free mini ecourse of little drawing projects to reignite your inner artist. Thanks for visiting! Last week I shared a few ideas for gifts for the artists and creatives in your life. Since they were all things […]

gift ideas for artists large and small


I don’t normally do seasonal posts, but I’ve just been inspired to put one together because really, what better gift to give than something that will encourage and support someone in exploring art and creativity, right?! ;) And also, this time of year isn’t just about Christmas for me;  somehow most of my family have […]

31 days of playful drawing :: final week


Ta na! One full month of daily drawing completed, with many lovely companions sharing the experience on Facebook and Instagram. Definitely one of my more successful whims. :) Thank you so much if you joined in or left kind comments throughout the month. I might be a recluse but I also love connecting over artistic […]

I dream of creating


I am taking a self portraiture photography course with the lovely Vivienne McMaster currently, and one of our assignments is to create a photo essay based on a selection of prompts. Although this is a little outside my usual area for this space, and it feels a bit weird to use so many photos of […]

31 days of playful drawing :: week three


Week three already! Here’s the round up of the past week’s drawings. As always, some that were fun, some that did not work out as hoped. It’s interesting to observe the ebb and flow of my enthusiasm. It doesn’t seem to be as related to the prompts as one might assume. With a bit of […]

what’s your recipe for creative bliss?


“One grand boulevard with trees with one grand cafe in sun with strong black coffee in very small cups. One not necessarily very beautiful man or woman who loves you. One fine day.” ~Recipe for Happiness Khaborovsk or Anyplace by Lawrence Ferlinghetti A while ago I talked about how no one else’s formula or blueprint can truly […]

31 days of playful drawing :: week two


Have you noticed how there usually comes a point in a project where the initial excitement has settled down and you reach a kind of plateau, and how bloody boring that can feel? That. Obviously I want every single day to be filled with glorious inspiration, fabulous ideas and endless motivation; for every stroke of […]

when the desire is there but everything else is louder :: a poem


When I see people wanting to explore their creative side, their inner artist, and not doing it for whatever reason, I always find it so hard not to wade in and start imploring them to please just begin! To not get evangelical about it because of what I know it can do for a person, what […]