I want to get more into sketching and watercolour painting, but I only really get aronund to it on holidays – not a regular practice schedule so it’s no wonder I still can’t make it look like I want…
For my long weekend in Warsaw at the end of January I made my first mini themed palette inspired by various posts and pictures I’ve seen online. I put together 6 half-pan watercolours in colours that fit the destination in a mints tin. I did a lot of research on places to go and got a feel for the colours of the city.
View of the market square. Bit gloomy due to the snowcloud but shows the city colours.
I think I chose OK but trying to paint a tree with no green was an interesting challenge!
It was a bit cold for sketching in Poland in January so I only did a couple of drawings outside, and did a bit of painting back at the hotel in the evenings. I bought myself an instant camera to add photos to the sketch book at the same time which was useful (of course as soon as I bought one I saw another I’d prefer but oh well…).
The cookie wasn’t actually burnt, I just got carried away with the colours 😄
Now I want to plan my next adventure and a new palette but there’s these things called exams and bills I need to think about too…
All photos are from my trip to Croatia last September 🙂
It’s been a while since I’ve sent many postcards… I had a real block on letter writing recently, I’ve got a stack of replies to write and I just can’t get the words down. But here’s a few postcards that will go out tomorrow. I decided if I want to come home to nice post I’ll have to send more!
The cards on the left are off to China via Postcard United – to someone who likes flags, and someone who likes local views. That’s a card from my hometown of Shrewsbury 🙂
The cards on the right are going out to Russia via Postcrossing. The Jane Austen quote is to someone who likes anything which always makes a hard choice of what to send. The Postcrosser who likes yoga was easier to pick a card for!
The card on the left I’m sending to my Dad, my big nut brown hare (for anyone who knows ‘Guess how much i love you’ 😊).
The ‘once upon a time’ card is for a swap-bot swap for the first and last lines of a current book. I’m currently re-reading one of my favourite books – ‘Saving CeeCee Honeycutt’ by Beth Hoffman. It’s a story about a young girl who loses her mother and goes to live with an Aunt in Georgia where she rediscovers how to be happy.
And the carved stones are off to a postcard pal in Taiwan 👋😀
I actually got the addresses at least a week ago so I’m still struggling with getting post ready to send, but it feels good to be sending them out to start their journeys.
If I owe you a letter, chances are good it’s now on its way!
8 letters and a birthday present on the way to all around the world. With moving house and the resulting chaos, as well as everyday life and low level depression it’s taken me a long time to reply to most of these. I’m going to try very hard to get better at replying within a decent time now. It’ll be nice to start receiving letters again, I’ve had such a backlog of replies to write I haven’t received much nice post recently!
I was feeling a bit meh in a tiredness/depression/not quite Friday slump but it’s a lovely evening to remember to appreciate life and the world (even if my suburban view isn’t the most attractive!).
It’s admittedly not the best of folding, large glittery cardboard isn’t the easiest to work with, but it should just squeeze through as a normal sized letter 🙂 Now I just have to sit down and write it…
I’m just about keeping up… some days I just have more energy for concentrating on things like words, even ‘wild and whirling words’ like this card I wrote today.
The postcard is yesterday’s post, it’s off to China via Postcard United. The recipient had a completely blank profile so I went for a fairly generic card I could wrote something about.
The note card is a reply to someone who friended me on the Lettermo website, and is heading to southern England.
Just need to get them to a post box now…
I definitely wouldn’t have got any post done today if it wasn’t for the challenge! And I’ve even done tomorrow in advance because I’m out at my sewing group tomorrow evening and probably won’t have time for letters.
Today’s letter is off to my penfriend Jennifer in Germany. A long overdue reply from around Christmas.
Tomorrow’s post is 2 Swap-bot travelling postcards heading to the USA. They’ve still got some travelling to do before they get sent home 🙂
I’m feeling tired this evening and not at all in a letter writing mood, but I don’t want to give up yet! So I’m sending some cats to Malaysia via Postcard United, and I’ll try to write a full letter tomorrow when I’ve got less going on…
I started off easy with a couple of postcards I owed people. The inspirational text card on the left is off to a postcard pal currently living in London, and the heather clad hills on the right is a Postcrossing card that’s off to Finland.
And now it’s the weekend so I might get some letters written…