Vintage Ladies in Pen

I’m sorry it’s been a while since blogging. ย I can’t quite believe how fast the time has gone this year! ย 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. ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ surrounded by my arty bits and bobs ๐Ÿ™‚

I just wanted to share with you some of the new(ish) vintage ladies I’ve been drawing with my Pentel Brush Pen. ย Vintage ladies from the 1920/30/40/50s inspire me ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve filled nearly two A6 sketchbooks with basic line drawings of these ladies. ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

They’re available to buy in afflecks at SWALK creative and they’ll soon be on my etsy shop ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Ms Bandit Wood

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. ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ย It will run for 6 weeks from 30th November. ย 100% of the monies raised will go to their charities. ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Ms Bandit Wood - Karrie Brown


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 ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m always chatting with my friends, playing detective and trying to work out what’s happening in the story ๐Ÿ™‚ I laughed my head off when I saw that Hector from the July instalment wasn’t dead… I knew it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are some of the images I drew…

I love looking back on the photos that the very talented Rod takes on the night ๐Ÿ™‚  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Ms Bandit Wood x  

A vintage discovery

I’d heard about the Vintage Emporium in Pear Mill through a friend.  Today was the first time I went to visit… I’m in love! What can I say? ๐Ÿ™‚ beautiful vintage clothes, shoes, furniture, cups and much, much more! … I could have spent hours in there ๐Ÿ™‚

I thought it would be a good idea to take a few pictures as I walked round exploring. 

 Tonight sat in the living room surrounded by my paints and pens, I’ve started to draw some of the things I saw… Here’s what I’ve painted so far…   


Ms Bandit Wood