Project 365: July

Project 365 is a 2021 project in which I aim to produce an artwork a day and sharing it. These will range from sketches to paintings to sculptures. Some are available to purchase on my store, and some are experiments with materials. This experimentation will expand my knowledge of how I can use materials within larger artworks and expand my practice as an artist.

July was a month of experimentation of colour and material. I tried my first vehicle drawings, explored painting and drawing on book pages, as well as exploring my new Cricut and Lego collection. Getting serious about products changed the way I looked at the way I created some items, such as earrings and cards. July saw me on a creating binge to bring together a larger collection that I could sell at craft fairs, events, and online.

182/365 – Change – I’ve been speaking a lot about changes in my style, changes in what I paint, as well as changes in my own life. I’ve got a new job, I’ve created new products and even created a change in my habits, which, will all put me in a good step forward. There’s so many good things happening for my close friends too, and I’m so proud of them all!⠀
This is one of two tote canvas bags that I’ve painted recently with an original design. I might put them up on my Etsy or sell them at a couple of fairs that I’ll be attending soon!⠀
183/365 – Continue – I’m continuing the something different theme of this month with a mini collection of classic vehicle drawings that I’ve been doing. I’m hoping to attend a vintage fair early August, so this collection will travel with me as greetings cards! You’ll be seeing a couple others later on.⠀
184/365 – Hedwig – I decided to take a break from the artwork that I’ve been doing and crack out the second Lego set that I got for my birthday. No regrets with becoming a child again to create this sweetie who even flies!⠀
185/365 – Book – I’ve always wanted to create artwork on book pages since college, when I drew a whole series of anatomy in bio pen on pages of Eragon. I whipped out a crime story of James Patterson, cut it up, and created some juxtaposing artwork to his story. What do you make of it?⠀
186/365 – Pair – This is the second of two bikes that I drew for my new mini series of greetings cards. These are great for those who love their vintage, classic vehicles, and who love a pop of colour! They’ll be with me at the craft fairs I’m attending next month.⠀
187/365 – Earrings – As you may have seen on my stories I have been busy making expanding my knowledge of materials and making new products! These earrings are one of a kind and I’m so happy with them. There’s still some improvements that I know I need to make in my process but I can’t wait to make more already! These will be available at my August craft fairs or DM to purchase now.⠀
188/365 – Leaf It Out – Yes, yes, the leaves are still here. I love this light blue with echoing blue dots. The pen glides so smoothly over this too! I’m working on a big collection of them behind the scenes so that there will be lots of choice in my craft fairs next month! I’ll be announcing the dates of those soon, so keep an eye out.⠀
Thank you for all the support after my last reel. I’ve got several orders processing and ideas for more artwork from you all ✨⠀
189/365 – Bookmark – I got a new toy that I’ll be experimenting with. I’ve designed a whole load of original bookmarks that I can’t wait to make ✨
Do you prefer to read digitally or with a physical book?
190/365 – Grease – I’m super excited to be going to a sing-a-long showing of Grease tomorrow night after a lovely day with friends in Oxford today. It’s the first big event that I’ve had to look forward to for a little while now and who cares that we will be sitting outdoors, we get to sing to our hearts content! ⠀
Are you a fan?
191/365 – Running Out? – I know, I can’t believe it either! I seem to be running out of backgrounds that I painted. I must have made over 150 of them, both in book pages and plain pages. This is a great sign for anyone who wants to collect one to do so now while the collection is at its biggest! ⠀
I’m also thinking about doing a lucky dip of these on Etsy. What do you think?
192/365 – Bag II – This is the second tote bag that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago! I’ve just polished this one up and it’s lovely bright colours make me think of flower borders and days on the beach. What do you think of this original design?⠀
193/365 – Making – I’ve been prepping lots behind the scenes for bookmarks, earrings, craft fairs and an Etsy update at the end of the month. But I haven’t sat down and truly made anything for a while. Decided to change that and have an earring making session after work which has produced these fabulous hoops and studs!
194/365 – Colouring – Am I am artist with several colouring books and a stack of colouring sheets in my bookshelf? Yes, yes I am. I love taking a step back but still being creative, and I find that doing a colouring page really nails that!
What do you do to relax?
195/365 – Mark It – You’ll be getting a mini spam of products I’ve been working on for my first Etsy update and craft fairs next month! I’ve designed six different bookmarks which will be available with various background colours. There’s over 15 colour combinations 😍
I promise I won’t be salesy forever, just super excited!
196/365 – Dangle – As you all loved the progress of these I thought you would want to see the final set! These are original one of a kind stud earrings with big dangling hoops. They’ll be coming with me to the @swindoncrickladerailway vintage weekend 😍
197/365 – Fresh – This one is fresh from the sketchbook and ready to be packaged. Love the bright pink on this, a tropical colour for this summer heat ☀️
198/365 – Leafing It – Did you know that there are over 250 variations of the Leaf series? My aim is for original art to be affordable for everyone. This is the prime reason why this series will be one of the most affordable for any who want to collect a piece of original artwork! Each one is absolutely unique and drawn, and painted, by hand. I sign each piece of work I do on the front and back, with a little message too, so you know it’s from me ✨ 
199/365 – Which Style Next? – There are several different things that I do when choosing what to draw on which background. These include picking up a Posca pen, randomly picking a background that I’ve already painting, and putting that pen to paper. There is no order, no thought, just a connection. ⠀
And don’t worry, you haven’t been affected by the sun THAT much – there are dots on this one!⠀
200/365 – Transform – I originally started creating earrings as I wanted to transform the work of the Leaf series into something else. With the fascination of creating in new mediums, I bought a lot of polymer clay and started creating. I only did leaves on yellow and blue, but I’ll be bringing them back when making the next batch of earrings, ready for my Etsy update and craft fairs next month.⠀
What colours would you like to see?⠀
201/365 – Read It – I’ve been using book pages from one of James Pattersons’ novels. I had a huge collection and in the middle of lockdown the charity stores all around were saying no more to donations. So I decided to make it into art instead.⠀
What do you do with your old books?
202/365 – New – I’ve had a lovely couple of days catching up with family and friends. Unfortunately I’m bound to the sofa today with a shoulder injury. I want to be creating but my body is telling me no. I’ll do a little doodle later or something ✨ in the meantime, I’ve painted ten bags with the leaf designs ready for Etsy and next months fairs!
203/365 – Another One – I’m a huge fan of a good cross stitch so I started another one the other day. I mean I’ve got around five on the go but don’t worry, I’ll still be creating in my other ways 🧵 ⠀
204/365 – Weighing Down – These little shapes are paper weights that I’ve got in various colours. I’ve also been experimenting with making them into magnets. They are made of plaster that I was playing with in final year. I’m tempted to do some bulbous shapes but I don’t trust myself not to pop a balloon at the moment!⠀
205/365 – Greens – Living in the countryside I feel so lucky to be able to look out the window and see so many varieties of green 🍃 ⠀
Join me on Wednesday 28.07 for my Etsy update ✨⠀
206/365 – Making More – Spent the weekend on the sofa with an injured shoulder, but good ol me couldn’t just sit around and do nothing. I made 28 original leaf cards, folded and packaged them up. I’m thinking these will be a lucky dip on Etsy, as well as selling them at fairs ✨⠀
What’s your favourite one?
207/365 – Getting Ready – I’ve been prepping for my first Etsy update tomorrow. These may seem like nothing but they’re crucial in the production of my earrings! All the backs are handmade – drawing, cutting, hole punching and writing are all done by yours truly. Can’t wait for tomorrow!
208/365 – Beep Beep – This is part of the classic car and bike collection that I’m building up. My parents owned several classic bikes, and going to fairs, I fell in love with all of them. It’s been a few years since we’ve been but I can’t wait to take my other half to a few! ⠀
Do you drive?⠀
209/365 – Bright – I’m feeling like I need to get back to my sketchbooks and explore again. I’ve created so much for Etsy and my website and craft fairs this month that there hasn’t been much time for learning. I’ll still create to sell, but slightly differently this time.
210/365 – Big Steps – I took a huge step over the weekend and ordered all my stock for the fairs I have coming up this month! I have new products with me that won’t be available on Etsy or my store for a little while. I can’t wait to show you!⠀
211/365 – Throwback? – A little bit of a throwback to my news about bookmarks now being individually made. I’ve got more colours now! All I need to do is get them all glued together before the weekend. 10 down, around 140 to go? ⠀
212/365 – July – It has been an absolutely crazy month! I’ve prepped for three craft fairs, I’ve doubled the number of orders I’ve had and done so much all thanks to your support 💕 I’ve decided that in August I’m going to concentrate more on original pieces, growing my collections and working in my sketchbook again. I can’t wait to see what it’ll all bring. ⠀
I’ve even added to the Alphabet collection I started this time last year with a request ^^⠀
What have you got to look forward to in August?⠀

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