Favourite Thing On A Friday - Art-Journals - Little Bliss List # 5


Hello there!  I'm sorry I haven't been around the blogging world too much of late.  I've been feeling pretty rum.  And not the warming, yummy, alcoholic kind.  On the positive side, I've been taking the opportunity to harass my cats with hugs and squeezes as they peruse for a good spot on the bed. A kind of  "they pass and I grab" sid-uation. They've hated it, but I've been delighted.  I've missed my blogging friends and connecting with you, so I'm back today with some of my art journaling to show you.

When I was about 8 years old, I won a prize in a national colouring competition with the art supplies company "Berol". I was beyond excited when my prize arrived in the post.  This was circa 1977.  I had won a sponge ball tennis set.  Sponge balls were a fairly new toy invention, and theoretically meant I could play tennis in the house without damaging anything. I loved my prize, not least because I discovered I could make a hole in the sponge ball and put it on my thumb.  I could hide it behind my back and say to adults, with a sad look on my face, "I've caught my thumb in the door".  Then I could whip out my thumb, complete with huge sponge ball on the end, and glory in my fantastic sense of humour.  It never failed to make me snort laughing.  I never actually played tennis with my sponge ball tennis set, but have extremely fond memories of that sponge ball.

Stay with me on this...  It's going somewhere.

As a child I loved coloured pens, drawing, pencils, stationery, art supplies (and still do now).  I was constantly drawing.  I lost confidence in my drawing abilities at school when I was repeatedly admonished  with "Emma, draw what you see, not what you think you see".  My art teacher was a lovely lady but I never really understood what she meant.  My fourteen year old head was already under a lot of adolescent pressure (literally and metaphorically) from a full set of orthodontic braces and a light smattering of pimples. As far as I was concerned, I was drawing what I was seeing.  Just not very well. (I recently found some photos of the fourteen year old me.  I have no idea why I thought a homemade bow tie would make me look like a Duran Duran groupie. And FYI, it didn't.)

Recently, I bought some Berol felt tip pens and decided to have a doodle in my art journal.  I started to draw what I thought I saw rather than what I was seeing.  And here's what found it's way onto the page....




A big "Yaaaaaaay!" for Berol felt tip pens all these years later.   I love them as much now as I did all those years ago. My Favourite Thing On A Friday this week is doodling in my art journal.

Little Bliss List # 5 

  • Drawing and painting in my art journal.  It took me straight back to being 8 years old again.
  • Cuddling my cats.  Even when their eyes are bulging and they slightly hate me for not letting them go.
  • Being given flowers by friends.
  • Hearing the birds making a nest in the eaves above my bedroom.  It sounded like they were having a lot of fun unpacking their suitcases and dragging them across the floor.
  • Writing this blog post.
  • Having the courage to post photographs of my art journal pictures here on my blog, even though I'm nervous about doing it.
  • Enjoying watching Spring start to happen.  This is my favourite time of year.  New shoots, baby birds, lots of nest building, and cherry blossoms as far as the eye can see.  Gorgeous.
I'm linking up with Liv Lane's Little Bliss list today.  And don't forget to link up below with Favourite Thing On A Friday, so I can come by and see what you've been up to.

Big hugs and lots of love,

P.S. These art journal pages are my monthly make for March!


  1. Wow Emma i m blown away by your art doodles they are amazing and gorgeous and bright and faiory like and floaty and well i just love them. Have you ever thought about making notelets or cards with them on? people would adore them. Im so glad you shared your work please do it again sometime its really made my day. Sorry you have been feeling rough i hope the resting has made you feel lots better. Have a great weekend and its great to see you back, dee x

  2. You shouldn't be nervous, your doodles are fantastic! I used to draw a LOT, seem to have got out of the habit with so many other things to do, but I found my old GCSE coursework the other day and remembered how much I used to enjoy it. I also have some inks I picked up in TK Maxx which need their trial run.

    Glad to see you back my dear and I laughed about the birds' nest - we had bluetits in our extractor fan in our bathroom last year (we turned it off, didn't fancy decapitated birdy bits shooting across the lawn), the babies were so quiet at first; like a flock of seagulls squawking in there before they fledged!


  3. Looooove your bright, cheerful pictures - they're just fabulous. I am totally hopeless at anything arty, so am very impressed at anybody who's got any talent in that area. Have a lovely weekend x

  4. Wow your pictures are amazing! I could do with some of those on my desk to cheer me up! I have 3 cats & love to give them cuddles like you do haha xx

  5. Hey Em, hope you feel a lot better soon, i love the pictures of your art journal so cheery and positive, have a great friday! Cate, x

  6. Nice to hear from you again. Your art just jumps out and grabs me - very nice.

  7. Emma, so glad to hear from you. I love, love love your artwork!I want to buy some!
    And good job of being brave enough to share.blessings, Nancy

  8. So glad you're a little less rum now
    and GRATEFUL you're back sharing your bright
    Your doodles and drawings
    make my heart want to summersault
    across the floor,
    singing as I go:)
    a beautiful joy, they are.
    rest easy, dear soul:)

  9. Emma, I love your art! It speaks to me every time! Don't be afraid to strut your stuff. Girl, you are a light so shine on!

  10. Emma - I think I'm in love. The colors, the flowers (I LOVE flowers) your doodles are awesome!!!! xoxo Lori

  11. Emma,
    So grateful you are back!

    Your doodles, colors, and flowers, brought so much light into my day.
    Thank you. It was exactly what I needed.

    ps I do have information I’d live to share with on a few things I have found to help with the fibro funk.
    I am planning to to a post about it and will let you know when it is up.
    much love to

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  13. Emma, I just realized that you hold the comments until you approve them. I thought I lost the first one I wrote ... That’s why you are seeing 2 of them. Neither one of us are crazy
    Enjoy the day

  14. I would love to have one of these on my wall near my desk! I hope that you are feeling better Emma. I love seeing your art.

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