One of Each: Paired Paintings of European Buildings

european paintings paired (2)

Why choose between watercolor and acrylics? I got back into acrylics for the first time in a very long time with this British street scene. I went for almost an oils-approach with tons of texture and smudging. I’m crazy about acrylic mediums like gels and pastes. They make unimaginable depth.

england street on canvas (2)

As is often the case with me, this is based on a photo I took while abroad – this one in Nottingham.


The acrylic canvas was a spur of the moment idea but after I was so happy with it, I decided I needed it to be part of some sort of set. Because, of course. So I used the same general palette for a minimalistic, subtle, watercolor complement.

bath building in watercolor (2)

This one was a loose interpretation of a photo taken in Bath.



Travel Journal: Paris Pages

Some more Paris pages

On the left I layered a thin white paper pocket with a small map of Paris and a polaroid-style frame. I used a label from a Paris store, a gold &, and some Paris washi tape as embellishments. In the pocket I stuck a little note from the friend I was staying with.

On the right, I used a cut out from the Opera visitor brochure and layered it over white tissue paper and my Opera ticket. Any Phantom of the Opera fans out there? I know I am haha. A matching gold day flat and Paris washi tape were added for decoration. I paper clipped a wooden veneer dangling by a gold thread.

On the outer corner of each page I sewed on the lace so it is a loose trim above each page.

I will also enter this in Simon Says Stamp Anything goes challenge for the new year:

A Harry Potter-themed Altered Box

I picked up a vintage Snakes and Ladders game for 95 pence at a thrift store to alter. I dipped the natural wood box in strong black tea to tone down the coloring and flipped the lid over so the S&L game board would be on the inside. I chose to keep the game board and pieces with the present for fun. 

I then used watercolors in browns to age the edges of the map piece, cut from a Nottingham map, and attached it to the lid. I wrote out Harry Potter’s address on a vintage postcard and attached that as well.

The sides have drawings on them as seen in other photos.

Travel Journal: Christmas Market Entry

Entry in my travel journal about my visit at the Jane Austen Center. 

The background has a lace pattern that was rubbed on with a crayon at the Nottingham Castle museum. I covered it with a thin piece of napkin to tone down the brown and prevent any wax rubbing on the other pages. The Cavallini notecard, featuring a truffle candy pattern, has all my journalling about my Bath trip in it. I wrote a Jane Austen quote on the paper which folds open to reveal my attempt at writing with a real quill, an activity at the center.

“Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings” – Jane Austen

Also thought I would enter the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes:

Travel Journal: Coffee, tea, and flowers

New pages in my travel journal. The left is an entry about my day trip in Manchester. The right features different tea tags I’ve kept. Sandwiched between is a coffee sleeve from the UK-only Caffe Nero which folds open, as I will show soon.

Original page

Travel Journal: An English Flag

Left side: I made a background of scraps from my Oxford day trip but the colors were too harsh so I layered a semi-transparent postcard bag that says “Oxford Castle” on it.

On top of that, I sewed on a circle with the University of Oxford seal, which moves to reveal the background.

I also attached a beautiful painting of Oxford that I cut out of the museum leaflet and turned into a pocket for tags that I journalled on.

Right side: A postcard bag that had the British flag printed on it, I made it a pocket/envelope to store things in later.

Travel Journal: A Day in Cambridge

A photo-heavy page, mostly focused on my Cambridge day trip but includes the Stonehenge ticket and what not. A watercolor pencil peony-type of flower is on the pocket where hidden journaling goes.


Travel Journal: In the Sherwood Forest

Here is a very scrappy-style page for you guys. I attached clothing tags, little cut outs and doodled over it. The brown tag has hidden journalling.

Original page here

Travel Journal: Some Austen Pages

Doodled a teacup on my Chatsworth house receipt and stuck a random freebie sticker on the back of the pocket page. It says Pride & Prejudice since the Chatsworth house is where Mr. Darcy’s house was filmed for the recent movie.

Original photo of pocket here

Travel Journal 2

I covered the back side of the fold out coffee sleeve with a floral pattern I did while practising (English people don’t use the letter ‘z’ much) with my watercolor pencils that I brought here.

Original page here