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Giraffe: On Safari

This year, after being inspired to do so by Cobs herself (She of the Cobweborium Emporium), I’m attempting to create some versions of ACTs/ACEOs in watercolour. As a brief explanation, ACEOs are Art Cards, Editions, and Originals and ATCs are Artist Trading Cards; with the intention of one (ACEOs) to be sold, and the other (ATCs) to be traded. Now, neither selling nor giving them away is my intention, hence I’m only creating versions of them, not actual ATCs/ACEOs. Oh, and I forgot to mention, there’s a size limit. As the name ‘Trading Card’ may imply, these little works of art have to be exactly 2.5inches by 3.5inches. So, not much room for work. Not much room for error either, for that matter!

I’m also going on safari. So fari, so goody! Hehehe!

I haven’t painted in watercolour for a while, so I’m a little rusty, and painting on something not much larger than a postage stamp also has its challenges (ooh, me back!) but I had fun with this first one. A baby giraffe, resting on a hot sunny afternoon. It could be a Saturday, but no, as it’s Sunday here, it’s Sunday there as well. Wherever there is!

So, first of all, here’s the painting beside a fifty pence piece, just so you get a feel for the size:

And now, a closer look at the painting:

There isn’t a great deal of detail, just enough to make out the giraffe shape. And a good old sploshing of watercolour around!

Visit The Cobweborium Emporium if you’d like to be inspired craftily, and visit #WorldWatercolorMonth (@ Doodlewash) if you’d like to find out more about  – erm – World Watercolour Month!


A Busy Blogging Time Of Year

Hopefully, I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew. The month of July is now a busy blogging month for me, as I plan to paint a watercolour picture every day, plus try to keep up with my normal blogging as well. And with time being of the essence, we shall see where that goes! As it is now #WorldWatercolorMonth, I thought I’d post some of the paintings I did last year. I had fun. Some of the paintings are a bit wacky, but some, I feel, are OK.

And as it is also the first of the month:

White Rabbits everyone, and Happy July!

This is my contribution to this week’s Six Word Saturday. Visit Debbie’s blog for more contributions.


Happy Birthday, Canada!

What a way to begin July! A celebration! A cake! A new word! A watercolour painting! And why not?

OK, Canada is 150 years old this year. It’s Sesquicentennial, for want of a better term. And I’ve decided for my first watercolour for #WorldWatercolorMonth, to create a cake. A red and white cake, based on the Canadian flag, outlined in silver and gold, with a huge 150 as the cherry on top. My cake’s rather lop-sided, but even that is better than one that I could have attempted to bake for real. I’m a terrible cook. You should see the bread I bake… and that is done in a breadmaker! Anyway, I digress.

For Canada Day, July 1st, today, I celebrate Canada!

And of course, the start of a month of watercolour painting!