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I said I’d be back 🙂

These are some of the wooden items that are making it onto my “wood board” – for the particular Lilla Rogers Make Art That Sells course that I’m doing, which has five substrates to do things for. First up, a wooden mask clock. I invented it in Procreate on the iPad with an Apple Pencil and transferred it to Photoshop.

mask for blog

The craft of mask making in Africa is apparently dying out.

The next one, and possibly my favourite, is a box. I think the box would have to be painted and textured and/or distressed (this is only a mock-up) and then the art is applied in decals. It could be hand painted but that would make it more expensive. I used a Rotring Artpen to draw the outlines of the flowers and rendered them in Photoshop with a Grut brush called (oddly!) Ol Butter Bits.

wooden box flowers

The colour palette is similar across all five substrates in the course.

And finally for now, this is a tray with a rectangular applied piece of artwork. The vague pattern was done originally in watercolour scribble (if you can scribble with a size 8 brush!) with an added digital “running stitch” from a brush I made. The flowers were done in pastels. I like reusing artwork!

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Only a rough screenshot – needs tidying up considerably.

This is the palette, by the way.

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The 2nd and 5th from the left are to be used “sparingly”! Plus black is OK.

I hope you liked seeing these. Have a good week!


Every morning I cuddle up in bed with my two best friends and write. No, don’t run away. It’s not a threesome like you imagine.  I’m talking about Scrivener and my Macbook Air.

The Air, which I’ve owned for six months (hence this post), is as thin as a slice of bacon and as light as a beautiful Northumbrian evening. I couldn’t live without it and it has progressed my writing beyond what might be expected of a piece of equipment. It’s just so easy to pull towards me and open single-handedly. It’s never off, I just let it sleep between sessions. It’s what Macs do best.

The Macbook Air

Scrivener, on the other hand, has been with me for a few years, transferring from machine to machine – yes, all of them Macs. This piece of software has revolutionised the ease with which I can get back into writing after pulling up the Air’s lid. It doesn’t have a teamaker on the menu but I wouldn’t be surprised to find it there. It has everything else – chapters/sections/units in one folder, research in another, trash (not yet permanently discarded) in another, and all contained in the one project binder.

Scrivener also has the ability to have two bits open at once, and/or a floating window to refer to. Notes are kept with each part of the text in a side panel, tags and labels mean I can search and find only the bits (for instance) where a particular character or item occurs in the story, and – get this! – I can line up whichever sections I want and view them joined as one document, even though they’re gathered from various mini files within the folder. Then I put them back where they were. They never moved in fact. How could anything be easier?

That’s only a fragment of what Scrivener has, or what it does for me. You’ll need to try and see for yourself. But hundreds of published writers use it. It just works. Which, I believe, is what Steve Jobs always says about Macs. And they do.

So I thought I’d tell you in case you’re about to upgrade your working environment in any way.

The Macbook Air is here.

And Scrivener is here.