The Mighty Salmon

This week I am inspired by the Atlantic Salmon that swims up rivers in Scotland at this time of year (October – November) to spawn. How they navigate waterfalls involves a lot of failing and trying again and they must do this repeatedly before reaching their breeding grounds. No wonder they are so exhausted after […]

Embossing Powder Ideas and how I Create Art Journal Pages

Yesterday, 02/05/2020, I was reading the entry for the day in ‘Wonderland’ (by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss). It was a sensory description of the sand lizard and how they need the sun warmed sand to incubate their eggs. I was inspired to create a page about them using embossing powders. Embossing powders can add […]

Ivy Bees Art Journal Page

This year my garden has been full of life because of all the different flowers I’ve planted. It’s been thrilling. But there is one plant I have been struggling to get rid of – ivy. It had covered fences, hedges and even windows but now it is under control I have found out about a […]

Stag Beetles in June

Stag beetles can be seen in the South of England between May and August. Typically they emerge in June from their underground homes where they lived for 6 years as larvae munching on rotting wood. The males stag like mouth parts are much bigger than the females and are used for fighting off rival males. […]

Spring is in Full Swing

Apart from a few persisting cold nights, Spring is fully underway along the Dee portion of Wales coast path. The swallows have arrived, chiff chaffs are busy singing and butterflies are flitting between the ever increasing flowers. I’ve seen peacocks, orange tips, speckled browns, small blues and white butterflies so far, although I’ve only managed […]

Rhos on Sea

Wow! What a lovely sunny weekend April 8th and 9th was. I took the chance to pop down to Rhos on Sea on the North Wales coast with my lovely son. We walked along the front and enjoyed the coastline, which you can see a lot of here, and then went for dinner in Forte’s […]

Daffy Daffs of Spring

The daffodil, or cenhinen Pedr in Welsh (Peter’s leek) has long been celebrated as an emblem of Wales. Commonly worn in a pin on a cardigan or jumper on St David’s day (March 1st), it is one of the early, Spring flowering bulbs. It even seems to be designed so its beautiful heads will nod […]

How to Turn Autumn Leaves into Art

It’s nearing the end of Autumn and leaves are falling and making lovely, rustly heaps of crunchiness on pavements and parks all over UK. So, this post is about experimentation and it all started with a walk in the woods. Greenfield Valley woods to be exact. I took some photos of the leaves while walking […]

Seedheads in October

Walking along the coastal path on a warm Autumn morning it would be easy to miss all the beauty amidst the dying undergrowth. The flowers have had their season and have fallen, leaving behind their produce on browned stems. Zooming in, the seedheads are fascinating, taking a variety of forms and structures, made even more […]