Over the last month I have fallen completely head-over-heels in love with art journaling! It has become my go-to art practice for most evenings because I find the process super therapeutic and relaxing. I adore sitting at my desk while playing some of my favourite songs or listening to podcasts, and just prepping the background of a spread, or cutting out the elements I would like to use. It almost becomes meditative. Of course there are moments that are less than sweet, like the colours in a spread not working together or making a mistake with the paint and ink! I don’t shy away from these moments though, because the reason I started art journaling in the first place was as a way to practice my creative thinking! When things go wrong then it is a perfect time for the creative brain to kick into action and start thinking how I can fix the problem or work around the problem. By practicing I can already see how it has effected the rest of my art & design work. My work looks and feels more cohesive, and I am able to think of creative solutions a lot faster. Needless to say, art journaling has really helped me in developing my creative practice and I would like to offer you five tips that I have learnt the hard way, so you can get a head start in art journaling if you desire!



This tip is quite simple but I use it A LOT. When I’ve messed up a background or accidentally spilled some ink, rather than stress about it, I just cover it up with some book pages or something of the like and no one needs to know! You can then adjust your spread to incorporate this new background to keep it looking cohesive. I adore this tip because it takes off a lot of the pressure to create something amazing or pristine, you can experiment freely while knowing that you can always cover up the bits you don’t like!

I’m a big fan of the phrase “done is better than perfect” so my spreads are far from perfect, but I love that! I love how I can see my pages improve over time by just being able to make as many of them as I can. Another phrase I like is “create for the sake of creating” which ties in with practicing creative thinking and just getting it done without needing an amazing outcome. Even if you hate what you just made, you still made something and I’m sure you’ll be able to tell why you hate it, so you then know how to improve next time!



I use a mixture of found images from magazines and printed out images that I find online to create my collage spreads. This tip applies more so to the printed ones. Basically when you’ve collected all the images you wish to print for a spread it can be hard to tell how big or small they’re gonna be in comparison with your physical pages. I’ve learnt that by putting the images you wish to use into a word processor document and activating the digital rulers (usually CTRL+R on Windows or CMD+R on Mac) I can then get a bit of context to the size of the images. To take it a step further, I use a physical ruler to measure out how big I want the graphics to be on the page and then match them to the ruler in the word processor. That way I have full control over the size of my collage illustrations!




If using acrylic paint as a background, be wary of its finish. Metallic paints can dry with a slightly glossy finish which can cause your pen illustrations to smear if they’re not given enough time to dry. I find most acrylic paint to be lovely to work on top of though, so most of the time it’s fine! What you can do is keep a test sheet or a test spread at the back of your journal to keep paint swatches with different pen strokes on top to see how they react.



If you’re like me and like to print out most of the illustrations you use, then a way to cut down on the cost of printing is to use cheap printer paper as opposed to thicker and more expensive papers. However one of the downsides to this is that the thinner paper cannot hold a lot of water, or any water really! As soon as it gets even a little bit wet the paper will wrinkle and the ink will run or bleed. If using cheap paper then you need to be aware of this when creating your spreads. Only stick the illustrations into position when all the paint is dry, and try not to paint over them. Of course if you are after a wrinkled or ink bleed look, then disregard all this and just go for it!




This is how I like to create a cohesive looking spread! The less colours you use, the more striking it will look! The more colours you use, the more busy or muddled it will appear. There are pros and cons to both approaches when it comes to your art journal, perhaps you want a busy spread to represent how busy your mind feels that day! They do say rules are meant to be broken, and although I would hardly call these tips rules (Heck, I’m not the queen of art journaling!), but keeping this in mind while creating your spread can allow you to use it purposefully and with added effect!



I hope that was interesting or at least helpful to anyone who keeps an art journal or anyone who would like to start! Of course like I said in the last tip, these are not rules by any stretch of the imagination and I’m not trying to dictate what your own spreads should look like! This is just how I work and some tips that I have found helpful to keep in mind during the creation process. If you have any more questions then leave them in the comments below and I will try my best to answer them if I can!

If you’ve been following my art journey for a while you may have witnessed the many changes and transformations that my art has gone through. I’ve gone from celestial watercolour paintings, to intricate ink illustrations, to digital collage, to abstract paintings! I find it hard to stay with one style when there are so many exciting ways to play around with art and expression, and through all these changes I have given myself a hard time for not being able to keep true to one medium or style.

Maybe I just haven’t found my soul style yet (if there even is such a thing) or maybe I was never meant to confine myself to one style. I’m trying to be more forgiving and accepting of how my creativity manifests nowadays and the main trigger for this realisation is an inspiring conversation I had with Jessica Andersdotter & Lianne Williams. These wonderful ladies are amazingly talented artists and I have the great honour of being able to call them my friends too! I was musing on Twitter about not having a one “true” style, umming and aahing over whether I wished to pursue my abstract paintings or detailed ink illustrations as my main focus when Jessica and Lianne came up with the most brilliant idea of combining the two into a signature style! Why it had not occurred to me before I will never know, but in that moment I was so inspired and excited to try it that I went ahead and created my first piece, a bumblebee illustration. I was instantly enamoured with it, and I think a large reason for this is that it reminds me of the work of Kim Krans, the artist and creatrix behind The Wild Unknown Tarot & The Animal Spirit Oracle, my two favourite decks! Feeling elated with how the first piece went, I set about creating the next, featuring the skull of a cat! Although I didn’t like it quite as much as the first (which is usually the case for me when I’m experimenting) I still really liked how it turned out and the magical/whimsical feelings that I got from it!

Although I do not wish to confine myself into just one style anymore, I can’t help but feel content and satisfied in taking the first steps towards developing a signature style of my own. I’m very much excited to develop these further and I can’t wait to see how it progresses and inevitably transforms!

My bumblebee illustration is available to purchase as a print here!

My cat skull illustration will be available to purchase soon!

Gosh, it’s been a little while since I last posted about my art goals. The last time I updated you all on them was June.. last year! My art goals are back though and I’m pleased to say that I think they will be a more regular occurrence over here on the blog!

Regularly settings goals for yourself is a great practice when you’re trying to improve or explore a new route. Having something to look upon and reflect on how you’re progressing and how you feel about it is an amazing resource for yourself! Though the trick to getting your goals to work for you and not the other way around is learning how to hold yourself accountable, something I’m still learning myself! But as with most things, I think it will come with practice, so we’re back to setting ourselves some goals for the month!

One of the things I struggle with when setting goals is that I just want to do ALL the things so will end up making a list of 10, 15, maybe even 20 goals! Of course I become overwhelmed by such a massive list whenever I try to do something and inevitably abandon ship! This time I’m going to TRY to keep it simple by limiting myself to just three goals this month to see how I get on.

So after a long think, here are the goals I want to accomplish this month!

1. Start a regular sketchbook practice!

I swear this seems to be like a constant goal for me haha! Obviously keeping up with a regular sketchbook practice can have a tonne of rewards but it’s still something I tend to struggle with, I think it’s my inner perfectionist causing chaos there! I want to be able to sit down with my sketchbook at least every couple of days to just play around in it and hopefully discover or develop some new skills to use in my work! To have a dedicated space to practice and experiment will be incredibly helpful in moving forward and improving with my art so I’m setting this as a goal again!

2. Experiment more with abstract paintings!

If you look back through my posts to the beginning of the year you’ll see that I was doing a lot of abstract paintings in acrylic. Lately my buzz for abstracts has been reignited and I’ve been experimenting with a couple of mixed media abstract paintings! I really love how they have been coming along and have already discovered a few new little tricks that I love to use so I definitely want to continue with this!

3. Practice with some colour studies!

If I’m to be creating more abstract paintings again then a particular resource I would like to develop is a catalog of colour studies and experiments. My sketchbook will be a perfect home for this so I can flit through it to see what colour combinations catch my eye as inspiration for a new painting! It’s also just good practice in general for any artist to play around with colour, after all it’s a skill that can be transferred over most mediums and styles!


So those are all my art goals for myself! I will check back in at the end of the month to chat with you all about how it went and what I can do to improve for my next set of goals! In the mean time I would love to hear about your latest goals and how you’re planning to tackle them!

Lately I’ve been looking at my recent artwork and have felt frustrated by the lack of consistency between pieces. I think part of this is due to me being so busy with commission work; which is utterly amazing; that when I do sit down to work on my own stuff I tend to flit between ideas and mediums. I decided that to counteract these feelings it would be best to start a fun little personal project!

I sat down and started making a list of what I wanted to focus on. I knew I wanted to go back to my monochromatic art and since I’ve been enjoying creating a lot of digital art with an inky style, that this would be my main focus. From here I started listing adjectives I would want to describe the finished work; whimsical, slightly creepy, witchy; which helped me narrow down onto a subject matter! I also made a small list of what I wanted to improve on, which was botanicals, animals, bones, and minerals! Once I had set all these parameters in place an idea came to mind which sounded like it would be so much fun to work on. My own Creature Compendium of original nature spirits!

I was so excited to start working that I created a list of twelve prompts to keep me focused and so far I’ve ticked off the first two, Peonies and a Luna Moth. ¬†From my peony prompt I was able to create my first creature, a peony Eyeshy, a nature spirit that inhabits a variety of flowers and peeks out of their centre with a single eye. My Luna Moth prompt inspired the creation of my second creature, a Luna Mothalope, a variety of antlered moth spirit.

So far I’m really happy with the first two illustrations of this new project and I’m excited to create more creatures! I hope you find them interesting to look at!


As artists, illustrators, and designers, we’ve all been there. We’re in the middle of the creation process when you take a step back expecting to love it, but you don’t. It either looks weird or unbalanced or maybe you don’t even know why you don’t like it. Don’t panic, here are five tips that I use to help!

This is something I always do. I will leave a piece of artwork for a few days to let the frustration subside and then come back to it with fresh eyes. The majority of the time I do this I can instantly pinpoint why I don’t like it and can start working on it to “fix” it!

You’ve been sat wondering why you don’t like this piece but you just can’t put your finger on why that is. Show it to your friends or post it on social media asking for people to critique it. This is a great way to get multiple ideas on how to move forward with the piece.

Hop onto Instagram or Pinterest or even you favourite artist’s website! Looking through work you love and admire helps you to realise what you like and how you can implement it more! Don’t compare yourself to other artists though, doing so will only frustrate you more, you just want some fresh inspiration and ideas!

Sometimes it feels like a piece is too far gone so starting over again is a good option. Sometimes when I dislike one of my paintings I will just paint over it and end up liking it so much more!

There are times when a piece is just not working and it has frustrated you to a point where you just can’t bear to continue with it. That’s okay! We’re all doing this because we love to be creative so don’t force something if it doesn’t feel right. Move on to something else!

These are just a few of the tips that I utilise in my own art practice and find useful. I hope that they can help you too! Do you have any tips to add? What do you do when you’re struggling on a piece?