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Parasols and Lanterns

An old uni sketch that came in handy this week.

There is a post I wrote about these sketches over two years ago somewhere in this blog. They were inspired by Japanese culture and imagery, particularly haikus and haigas. They aren’t the best quality, sorry.

Another Japanese sketch, Lanterns.

Haiga and Umbrellas.

Anyway, they came very much in handy this week! I got a lovely new graphite shaper to play with, if anything to get me out of my disc rut. Its shape reminded me of parasols, so out came the old sketchbooks, and here’s what I came up with in glass. It’s nice to be able to have sufficient control over stringer (thin pieces of glass to ‘draw’ on beads with in the flame) to be able to represent my illustrations. My stringer work is still at a pretty simple level at the moment, but something I will be working hard on to refine.

Colourful Parasols

Purple Palette Lanterns

Autumn Palette Parasols

The bead sets are all for sale in my online shop, just click the picture to see the listing.



Colour Therapy

I have been Pintresting (?) again…




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Wishing you a happy Thursday.


Red and Grey

A colour combination that keeps popping up in my mind to try! I need to do it tomorrow, just figuring out which shades to do it in.
Here are some ideas I have picked up from Pinterest…

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Source: google.co.uk via Helen on Pinterest


Source: google.co.uk via Helen on Pinterest


I’ll let you know what I come up with!


Revisiting Japanese Inspiration

I am planning a day of tea and sketchbooking tomorrow, a lovely day off!

A while ago…maybe 2 years…I did a project at college inspired by Japanese Haiku and Haiga. I think this is something I am definitely going to revisit tomorrow. I have been on Pinterest ‘pinning’ some potential sketchbook worthy images. What do you think?



Have a good weekend!


Second Storey Sunlight

This is something I did recently. You may have noticed from previous posts that I really admire the work of Edward Hopper. This is a work in progress, but I thought I would share it nonetheless. And I will keep you posted with how it progresses!

Here is the original:

My sketch:

And a play on the torch inspired by it…

They need some refining, but I’m happy with where it is going!