Thursday 20 February 2014


Spray ink goodness with a semi side-profile celebrating our positive qualities, a lesson from the lovely Life Book 2014 teacher Tamara Laporte.

I love how this piece turned out, like a butterfly her face emerging into something new. The mix of soft and luminous skin tones against the vibrant splashes of ink puts flutters in my heart. Many believe the butterfly symbolises change and growth maybe in the form of personality or way of thinking. In Chinese culture a pair of butterflies seen flying together is a symbol of love.

When spraying or splattering with inks you never quite know what you are going to get, adding to the thrill of it. My inner neat freak did come out a little but I think she was justified in this case. As it was more for enhancing the artwork, that's my excuse and I am sticking with it!


I ended flipping the page to portrait instead of landscape for this lesson to take advantage of this gorgeous texture for her hair.

Dylusions spray inks, glimmer mists, cran d'ache watersoluble crayons, acrylic paint, black paint pen, graphite pencil and stencils were used here. The glimmer mists have a beautiful shimmer to them, I tried to capture a little of that with this shot.

Areas where I thought were not working I blended in white acrylic paint. I used a little watered down ink in small sections of the hair with extra splatters on the page to unify everything and now she is complete. 

I have learnt a lot while creating this piece it gave me a great sense of freedom. Each piece of art teaches me something different and can result in evoking different emotions. I can be my own worst critic when it comes to my art but I believe I am taking small steps with my confidence and enjoying the process more every time.

I hope you like her, let me know what you think.

Until next time, Happy Creating!


  1. Just so amazingly beautiful Serena. <3

    1. All thanks to you Tam you are such a wonderful teacher and inspiration! My very first lesson with you on Willowing has put me on this artist path and reignited my love of creating again.

      I so appreciate you taking the time to stop by and leave your gorgeous message. xx

  2. Love this Serena! thank you for sharing :)
    I am a big fan of your work!

    1. Aww Sigrún, you know I am a big fan of your work also!

      Thank you for your sweet words and stopping by the blog, much appreciated. x