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


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 

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


Expressive Inks Masterclass with Tracy Fennell Illustration Part 2

Another Saturday spent at The Studios in New Mills yesterday! Such a creative and inspiring time with Tracy.  After an interesting class last week, it was great to put into practice some of the techniques we learnt.  We had a beautiful model called Alannis, she had a fab collection of outfits for us to draw (including some rather fetching lace bunny ears – I wanted to wear them… as you do! :D).

We started off with a striking red coat and black hat…

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I always feel a bit wobbly at the start of the classes but I soon got into the flow of things (and so did the ink!) 🙂 Alannis, after break, changed into a floaty dress, complete with a red masquerade mask and a rose.  Tracy had various acetates that she projected on to the wall… some birds, butterflies and typeography.  It really helped to bring the composition together…
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I really enjoyed this section (the bunny ears were completely fabulous darling!! :))


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After a while, all the concentrating was getting a bit too much, so Tracy gave us a couple of exercises to loosen us up… Contour drawing, using the dip pen  – I just looked at Alannis and not at the paper (it’s not as easy as you think!)

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Then we tried drawing with our opposite hand – my right in my case.  I loved it! the lines had different thicknesses and I felt that I wasn’t over thinking what I was drawing.  I love the less is more approach using this method…

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For the last pose of the day I decided to use this technique – I really liked it 🙂

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I’ve come away from the class completely buzzing and can’t wait to get creating at home.  I took lots of pictures which are on my facebook page I can refer back to.  Practice makes perfect 🙂  I’ve got a few more classes coming up at The Studios, how exciting! 😀

Ms Bandit Wood x

A Vintage Birthday

I was made up to be asked to go to my friends special vintage tea party, for her big birthday celebrations this weekend.  Miriam is such a lovely lady and a model from the Drink & Draw classes I go to.  I wanted to draw a picture of her for her pressie and this is what I created…   

   Happy birthday Miriam I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow X 

Ms B Wood 

Edna you twisty minx…

Last Friday was the latest instalment of #theredcase Drink And Draw 🙂 I look forward to it every month… This time we saw Edna the house cleaner… Oh but she was so much more than that… 

A transformation from her house cleaner disguise to vampy vintage godess! Oh that Red Case!

Roll on October! 😉

Four Seasons ~ A Little Chaos

I do love a costume drama.  I recently watched A Little Chaos.  There was a scene between the King and Sabine, which I thought was a totally beautiful way of discribing the beauty of women over time.  It’s inspired me to draw a rose.  Here’s what they say to each other… 

Is it a Four Seasons? It is Sire. For the most famous gardener in the world. Your majesty. A light, honest scent. Natural and unforced. Some of the roses seem faded and overblown. That fate awaits all roses, Sire. Continue Madame…

 All roses are open to the elements. They bud, bloom and fade. Is that so Madame? The rose grows entirely unaware, changing naturally from one state to another, and although the elements may treat her cruelly, she knows nothing of it and continues to her end without judgment on her beauty. Alas, ’tis not the same for us.

If such a rose could speak, what would she say? Yes, I am here and gave service under nature’s eye, and after me, my children will be. Is there any greater contribution or more graceful end? A wise rose. And what protection can the gardener afford this rose from the harsh elements of change? Patience, care and a little warmth from the sun are our best hope, your Majesty.

King Louis XIV & Sabine De Barra ~ A Little Chaos

The next Drink & Draw instalment

Last Friday couldn’t have come around soon enough.  I love going to my Drink & Draw classes in New Mills.  And yet again Andrea’s creativity and imagination didn’t disappoint 🙂 I’m always chatting with my friends, playing detective and trying to work out what’s happening in the story 🙂 I laughed my head off when I saw that Hector from the July instalment wasn’t dead… I knew it! 🙂 Here are some of the images I drew…

I love looking back on the photos that the very talented Rod takes on the night 🙂  instead of watching TV, I spend most of my evenings surrounded by my inks and watercolours – pretty good way to relax if you ask me 🙂

I can’t wait for September – 2 classes in one month yippee!

Ms Bandit Wood x