10 lessons learned from trying to keep a daily sketchbook… and failing

I love the idea of keeping a daily sketchbook. I used to draw every day when I was younger and really enjoyed it. I also saw great improvements from sketchbook to sketchbook. It spurred me on and made me realise how important regular, persistent practice is. I’ve tried to pick the habit back up in the past […]

Why I draw

Alan got me a mug for Christmas that says “I might look like I’m listening to you, but in my head I’m drawing”. I giggled loudly when I opened the box- it is so true. I am always thinking about drawing. I neglected my sketchbooks and pencils quite a bit last year for a number of reasons, […]

DIY distressed canvas

I redecorated Kirby’s bedroom before Christmas, but have been holding off on showing you around until I had made a few more bits. Last week I finally made him this DIY distressed canvas with his name and birth date. It is so quick and easy to make that I’m planning on making a few more in the next few […]

Using value scales to improve your drawing skills

When I started working on my realistic drawing skills earlier this year, all my drawings were a little “off”. After reading The Big Book of Realistic Drawing Secrets, I started using value scales to help me see the value changes in my reference photos a bit better, and it helped a lot. It seems a lot […]

The Big Book of Realistic Drawing Secrets (review)

I love drawing and I am, for the most part, self-taught. Early this year I decided to improve my drawing skills and started practising different facial features each month. I also decided to do a full portrait each month for comparison. I did really well for a few months, then got totally side-tracked by life. […]

Monthly highlights art journal page (step by step)

Hi lovelies, I’ve decided to put the link party on hold for a while due to lack of interest, but I have made a step by step tutorial for you of my art journal page instead. I decided to mix things up with my journal page too, while still keeping it simple. April was a month of […]

Monthly highlights link party: March

Hi and welcome to the monthly highlights link party for March! The monthly highlights link party gives us a chance to reflect on, savour, and celebrate the goodness in our lives, one month at a time. Due to popular demand, I’m changing it up a little this month- you can now enter a blog post with […]

monthly highlights: February (link party)

Welcome to the monthly highlights link party for February! Please link up your art journal pages celebrating February below. I hope it was a great month for you. If you are new to art journalling and would like to give this a go, I posted how to make an art journal page using things you […]

A peek into my sketchbook: drawing noses

  A peek into my sketchbook: drawing noses Some weeks the kindest thing you can do for yourself and your family is the slow right down and just do the bare essentials. That was last week for me. With both kids home because of half term, sore throats galore, and my dad’s anniversary playing major […]

A personalised art print for you.

Happy Valentine’s Day! I often speak of how Artfully Carin is my online dream home. I’m happy to say it’s a house built on love and devotion. Sure, it needs a bit of work to get it “just right”, but I don’t mind. I’m happy to put in the work because I love this place […]