Frogs and frocks

I went to an art class this weekend.  God it felt good to be drawing again.  I love loosing myself for a few hours.  I’d been looking forward to it for ages.  Taught by my very talented friend Tracy.  Costumes in watercolour and ink… it was good to get the grey matter going and get lost in the magic scenes and get lost in the atmospheric music (I’d highly recommend Tracy’s classes!) the model Ruby Tingle looked stunning in her striking outfits!

Here’s what I came up with…

When I got home I had a go at a couple digital work from the picture I took…

Can’t wait to get to my studio and do some more.  Must make a trip to Turners for some new supplies 😉 

Will let you know what I come up with! X


Just Ink

I’m trying to get through these dark evenings by filling them with reading, dancing and art.  I have to say it feels good to shut myself away, sitting at my desk with my random mix of music, making a creative mess.

Been playing with just inks… it’s good to get out of your comfort zone.  I like to work in fine line before adding any ink – I actually got more ink on me haha but here’s some of the ink that made it to the page…

It wasn’t very easy but I enjoyed myself.  Looking forward to doodling a bit more tonight, might even try some colour.  Your feedback is always welcome 🙂

Ms Bandit Wood xx

Vintage Ladies in Pen

I’m sorry it’s been a while since blogging.  I can’t quite believe how fast the time has gone this year!  I’ve been very busy on the design side of my business (which is great), but unfortunately I can’t seem to switch my mind from design to art as easy as I’d like…

I’d love to sit down and get doodling, I’ve got lots of ideas swimming around.  Now the dark nights are drawing in, it’ll be a perfect opportunity to get the mulled wine on and sit in front of the fire – electric sadly but still pretty 🙂 surrounded by my arty bits and bobs 🙂

I just wanted to share with you some of the new(ish) vintage ladies I’ve been drawing with my Pentel Brush Pen.  Vintage ladies from the 1920/30/40/50s inspire me 🙂 I’ve filled nearly two A6 sketchbooks with basic line drawings of these ladies.  I thought developing them further would be a challenge…

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Then I decided to add a bit of gold in the mix…


I had a go at drawing some powerful ladies from history…

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Until next time! (hopefully I won’t leave it as long this time 🙂 )

Ms Wood x

Snail Mail

I don’t know about you but I love receiving letters in the post – and cards! Makes a change from bills all the time.  I felt inspired to create a set of ‘snail mail’ products.  It’s lovely to sit down and write to your family and friends.  In an age of technology I think is important to keep the art of letter writing alive.

Using my right hand (I’m a lefty) I used Indian ink and a dip pen to illustrate a beautiful old typewriter.

I’ve made a set of 3 greetings cards…

And a letter writing set 🙂

They’re available to buy in afflecks at SWALK creative and they’ll soon be on my etsy shop 😉

Hope you like them!

Ms B Wood X

Black and White Vintage Brush Pen Ladies

I’ve started a new sketch book today.  It’s always daunting as you turn to your first page… Gulp, a blank page.  What on earth am I going to draw?

Well I’ve decided to use my Pentel brush pen and try it out drawing ladies from the 1920’s era.  I find it hard to control the pen but like the thick and thin lines.  I’ve used a water brush too to blend in in areas.  Here’s what I’ve come up with…

About 30 pages to go…

Have a great weekend 🙂

Ms Bandit Wood

New adventure

Tomorrow I’ll be packing up my art wares and going to Affleks Palace in Manchester, for my first day at SWALK Creative 🙂

I’ve been given the great opportunity to join the talented artists who make up the SWALK team and sell my art work.  I’ve spent the last week or so, going through my original illustrations, prints and framed pieces for the gallery 🙂 

I’ve got quite a varied bunch to go through, here’s what I’m thinking of taking with me…   

I’ve had some new business cards and postcard promo leaflets made too 🙂 I’m really pleased with them.   

 I’ll keep you posted on how my first day goes! I’m a bit excited 😉 Ms.Wood X 

An Introduction to Modern Calligraphy 

I want learn lots of new things in 2016 and I’m off to a great start 🙂 

What a morning, learning a new skill…. Modern calligraphy 🙂 

With a delicious cup of coffee and a cake, a group of us settled down at The Foundation Coffee House in the Northern Quarter, Manchester.  Joyce Lee from Artsynibs lead us step by step through the alphabet, teaching us how to hold the pen, your posture (no slouching!!) and training your muscle memory – helping us to practice this beautiful art form (also reminding us to breathe!!) 🙂    

What a great day! Looking forward to practicing and showing you what I come up with (I’ve had enough coffee to keep me awake all night!) 🙂 looking forward to more doing more workshops with Joyce in the future 🙂


Sugar sugar, do do do do do do

I may be slightly giddy from too much sugar… Apologies! Well actually, it’s not the sugar – I’m just really excited after part two of the creative hand writing class lead by Andrea Joseph, this weekend 🙂

As a designer I naturally love typography, but after doing this two part course at The Studios in Mew Mills, Andrea has inspired me to look more at type around me and try drawing it myself…

Surrounded by my (many) pens (and yes I may have bought more today – and a new Dr Ph Martins ink 😉 oopss) I’ve been drawing a sugar packet I brought back with me from a client meeting at Cafe Nero today – I loved the fonts… First attempt… Grrr I used a black fineliner (staedtler) not knowing it wasn’t waterproof (and in all fairness I didn’t check!!) – I was playing with my new ink and it got a bit messy.  I kind of like how it bleeds into each other…but practice makes perfect (well not quite perfect!).

I wanted to see what it’s like to use different tools.  I always tend to go for my unipin 0.8 fineliner/watercolours/ink. So I thought I’d mix it up a bit… I found the pencil quite difficult – I’ve not used them in a while. A bit clunky and smudgy.

Next I played with my Faber-Castell dark sepia medium and brush pens.  It was a bit easier to control and the more I was looking at the letters and practicing it was getting a bit easier. 

Hello coffee brown Dr Ph Martins ink 🙂 couldn’t leave this bad boy out! Got a bit giddy with it on the right, but used my new Aqua brush pen to dilute the colour.  Then went over with the sepia brush pen.

Lastly my good old unipin fineliner (the old faithful).  I feel so much more comfortable with this pen, I just love black on white.   But all in all it was a fun exercise that kept me out of mischief for a couple of hours 😉 

Feel very happy and inspired after the weekend 🙂 have a great week everyone 


For a good cause

I was recently asked by my art friend Jo Orme, if I could donate some artwork to help raise money for a charity event she’s taking part in next year.  Along with a couple of her friends, Jo will be cycling from London to Amsterdam via Bruges in June 2016!

In four days they will have cycled a whopping 360 mile approx 🙂 Jo is raising money for MacMillan, and her friends are supporting Mind and Blood Pressure UK.

One of the fundraising events they have organised, is for a charity Art Auction at Rosie’s Tea Room in Hayfield.  It will run for 6 weeks from 30th November.  100% of the monies raised will go to their charities.  Check out their facebook page!

Here are the two pieces I’ve donated…

Bunny Girl Lacy Bunny Girl Water Mark Vintage Lady Vintage Lady III Watermark

Good luck ladies 🙂

Ms Bandit Wood - Karrie Brown



Peace For Paris By Ms Bandit Wood Art

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one


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