TinkerSketch Drawing Challenge - February 2015

TinkerSketch Day 2 drawing: Mirror

I've just started a month-long sketchbook challenge called TinkerSketch.

TinkerSketch is a daily sketchbook practice that invites you to experiment and play with ideas and materials in a low-stress, fun, and mind-stretching way.

It's really working to add a few minutes of doodling/drawing to my day. There are 28 inspiring prompts to draw for the month of February.

Yesterday was 'stripes'. I responded by drawing simple undulating lines in turquoise blue and purple, reminiscent of the sea (though I didn't plan that or know what it would be when I started!)

Today is 'mirror'. I went very literal and sketched an outline of the little hand mirror I keep in my desk tidy. It feels very 'through the looking glass';  like something from a fairytale.

It's not too late to join in and experience your own super-creative February. Seeing how others interpret each prompt is so interesting.

Find out all the details here, and follow my progress on Instagram here.

Meanwhile, check out my first watercolour doodle in decades, rapidly scribbled out before Christmas. Drawing is addictive!

Surround yourself with beauty (it's your duty)

Surround yourself with beauty for creativity quote

While looking through a scrapbook I made last year, I found this quote that I'd ripped from a magazine and stuck into the front page (with blue tac, not glue, and so you can see the little dots!). And it hit me all over again with its simple yet profound message which is just SO TRUE.

To deny yourself the delicious pleasure of immersing in creative and inspiring pursuits is just as important for nurturing the (creative) soul as it is to wrap up warm when it's cold outside, eat well or get enough sleep.

It's a life-blood for those with so much inside them that they need and want to express, it would be like death to be denied that joy.

Give yourself permission to tap into the things that make your heart sing and keep striving towards your creative goals, because:

If you are a creative person and want to be happy, it is up to you to push yourself and surround yourself with beauty

And if you think you'll start tomorrow instead because it's a bit late in the day and you don't really feel like it and it's too late to really achieve much, read this from the fabulous Alexandra Franzen.

Here's to inspiration, inner and outer beauty, and nurturing the creative soul. Everyday, all the time.

Bright & cheerful surprises in the mail

I love getting letters in the post, especially exciting, personal letters as opposed to the dull monotonous 'This is not a circular' kind. (Obviously). Today I got this bright and cheerful mailer from Cath Kidston.

Bright & Happy Coloured Envelope (with stars!)

Yes, it's marketing, but it's got coloured stars! And it cheered me up. And I can use the envelope in a collage. There are endless upcycling possibilities for this mail.

Sometimes I keep bits and bobs of teeny tiny precious things in envelopes. Or use them to scribble notes or lists or ideas on. If I did that with this one, the coloured stars would endure for weeks, months, maybe even years. And all from this festive mailout.

I also got the Christmas issue of Pretty Nostalgicmagazine today (the first issue as the magazine transforms into being a 'Compendium').

Pretty Nostalgic Christmas Compendium

I love it when you subscribe to a magazine, and you kind of forget about it, and then it arrives and you just want to sit right down with it and devour every page, (though I'm more of a 'dipper' and a 'flicker' than a 'devour-er').

I heard the letter box go and when I saw the pretty coloured star envelope and the Pretty Nostalgic Christmas Compendium, it was a lovely surprise. And that's the thing - inspiration can come from so many different places, and it doesn't need to be something monumental to just lift and brighten your day.

Little thoughts and gestures can make someone's day. And you don't even need to know them - random acts of kindness from strangers can be even better than thoughtfulness from someone you know, purely because they are so unexpected!

The cover image on the magazine is so beautifully festive and inspiring with the fire in the hearth and the holly leaf border. The paper is thick and the size is satisfyingly square. I can't wait to read it. And I promise this is not any kind of sponsored post.

For other inspiring mail that could be described as art, and projects you can get involved with, check these out: