A Life Unplugged in Pictures

A stack of lovely library books:

library book loving

Getting to grips with French knots:

french knot blushesfrench knots at sea

Some daily paper prompts:

stripyfun with circles DPP #43textures collage

Another entry in the EDM Challenge. This one is #143 Draw a herb or spice.

EDM #143 Draw a herb or spice

Starting an illustrated journal (inspired by Danny Gregory):

first page

Four days staying in a cottage by the seaside. No wi-fi (eek!) but plenty of strange nick-nacks to practice my drawing:


Ah, all this time away from the computer has given me plenty of time to create things to blog about 😉

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21 thoughts on “A Life Unplugged in Pictures

  1. Wonderful blog Viv!
    I do keep promising myself to start a journal if only to make myself sketch more.
    I draw and paint but really should be doing a lot more sketching.

    • vivjm says:

      Thank you! Sketching is fun, and I like the fact that the journal is small & portable & low cost – less scary that way!

      • I bought an A5 sketchbook from The Works (they have branches all over the UK and a website) for 99p. I wasn’t expecting much but it really isn’t bad. Ring bound with perforated pages. I didn’t realise at the time that I would like it as much as I do. I wish I had bought a few more; a usable sketchbook for under a £1. Also, as you say, the low cost means much less worry of mistakes.

      • vivjm says:

        That sounds like a great bargain! For the last two years I have taken part in a challenge where you create art on index cards – the fact that they are so cheap and cheerful gives so much freedom. I guess a cheap sketchbook is similar in that liberating way. Although I am beset by the occasional bout of Moleskine-envy 😉

      • Ha ha…me too…moleskines do look cool. But 99p?
        I didn’t know you could still get index cards – sounds like a great idea.

  2. Love this post–thanks for the inspiration~Cameron

  3. Ben Naga says:

    People contrive to be bored. I find that astounding. (But without judgement.) I suspect you may too?

  4. yes! I see more and more.
    You are flying!

  5. Andria says:

    Looks like you made GREAT use of your blog break!! I love the stripes and circles on your paper prompt cards, and your drawing of ginger is awesome!! I wanted to keep an illustrated journal after reading Danny Gregory’s book, but still felt unsure of myself and drawing. Now that I am back to working in a sketchbook, I am going to pull out Gregory’s book again for some additional encouragement. Thanks for the reminder!

  6. Ah so much sweetness, and 4 days in a cottage by the sea, I am green with envy!

  7. Motherfunker says:

    Just properly read this post and on my iPad in tiny I noticed the Frauen Power teapacket I brought round. Something I would never consider putting in a journal. You are so inventive Viv I am constantly surprised and amazed by your creations, I’m loving how you keep opening my mind further and further to creative possibilities! Maybe you could come and help me sex up the interior of the Winnebago! Wanna help do some cutting n pasting all over that interior? What do you say? We leave for France/ Spain in a few weeks so hurry!!! x

  8. Alex Tan says:

    Love your sketches, and cool arts on fabric 🙂

  9. Great blog-such an inspiration for parents/adults of all ages!

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