The Wanderers

I think these babies deserve a bigger post... They’re just so yummy and are seriously making my heart smile.  

The Wanderers are little boats/ships, sometimes with a lady aboard, who are out living a life of adventure. I usually draw these, on one of my crazy painted backgrounds. I love that they feel hopeful and brave and intrepid all at the same time. I kinda hope they inspire other people in the same way! To me they represent a spiritual journey and are all tied up with positive vibes and good juju.



I started making these with a mold made from Jovi air dry clay. It’s quite chunky so that I can create tiny boats by using the inside as a base or go bigger by sculpting a form around the outside. 

I’ve been using Sculptamold and that stuff is yumbo! Really light weight which helps make them feel delicate and you can create awesome texture in its pulpy surface. If you are one of those weird creatures after a smooth surface then you could either make a runny mix, add some PVA or sand your complete boat before you start colouring it. I’m not after perfect so I do none of that.   (You can hear me laughing right?).

Colouring them is waaaaay too much fun. I’m experimenting with creating patina, and layering in some gold leaf. Then dirtying it all up a bit. Heaven!!!!  

The magic ingredient seems to be happening with the final stages of colouring. Blue Interference medium is giving the sheen that you can see. When you add that with ‘a smidge’ (technical term) of colour (turquoise), then you get that aMAZiiiiing paua colour combo that’s happening on the inside.  



Next step is detailing the outside and I cannot wait!! 

Products: Everything I’ve used I got from LeftBank Art Supplies here in Wanganui.  

Jovi Air Dry Clay for base mold

Sculptamold (Frances gave me a packet to try - best BossLady ever)

Gold leaf and size

Derivan Matisse Structure paints

Princeton fine liner brush

Das flat brush

Interference medium - Shimmering blue

Blood, sweat and tears from my own two hands.



Daydreaming and procrastinating

My best intentions to be an 'artist who blogs regularly' never succeed in reality. I'm ok with that 😊. 

For the past couple months I've been working on creating a journal for my classes/students. Something that consolidates design basics, drawing exercises and tips, creative activities and a collection of 'pretty pictures'.  

Its a bigger undertaking than what I thought it would be. It started small and then I realised you can't do this without a bit of that and if you add those then some of them would be great too!  

Its fun to make and fingers crossed it will be fun to work through and will maybe help ignite some creativity and magic in someone else's life. Sharing my passion and all that jazz.

Ive attached a few pictures of completed illustrations - let me know what you think ✌🏼💗✨ 



Creative Journaling Roundup

Over the last couple months I've had the pleasure of hanging out with some lovely ladies and 'arting' on Tuesday nights. 

Tonight was the final night for this first round of classes. A very quiet night with half our classmates out sick - get better!! It's been pretty special to have a bunch of students go from 'I can't draw' (biggest lie EVER - everyone can draw), to hearing 'Wow! That's amazing!' So cool to be a part of someone's creative journey.  

Over the ten weeks, we have doodled, created patterns, drawn mermaids and my spirit dolls, which are cocooned ladies hanging from branches. Learned the magic that is possible with paint and a scraping motion, practices drawing faces, collages, made little books that fold out and tell one big story.... So much fun! 

Onwards to the next round of classes, for beginners that will be Thursday 3 May. To register just email: or call in and see Justine at LeftBank Art Supplies. 



Colouring Paper Doll templates



Magic hair!



Beautiful patterns! 



Template transferred to wet strength cartridge paper using graphite transfer paper - a great product for in your artist toolkit.



Tracy is lost in creative process, concentrating hard and Chris is making a watercolour wash with her yumbo Inktense pencils.




Choosing the next colour for her watercolour adventures!