2017 Resolutions | #BeInspired

Every year, I intend to be more creative. I imagine myself painting everyday, watching brushstrokes become birds, leaves and landscapes on the paper before me. And every year I paint maybe once or twice.

But this is something I want to do. I’ve always wanted to create. Cass Art challenged me to create a piece of art about what inspires me. And I’m challenging myself to create an illustration every week for the whole of 2017.

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The lovely people at Cass Art sent me some art supplies to complete their challenge. I received a Windsor and Newton Watercolour Set, a fantastic lightweight sketchers box with 24 brilliant shades.

My bag of goodies also included a set of 5 Cass Art Sable Brushes and a pad of Cass Art Jumbo Smooth Hot Press Paper. There was also a pot of Ecoline Liquid Watercolour in the shade 545 Red Violet. Although I've used watercolour paper before, I've always used the heavily textured variety. Painting on smooth hot press paper is a dream! I'm certainly a convert.

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I always look to nature for my inspiration. There's somthing special about capturing the movement of animals with a medium that is as fluid and etheral as watercolours. I especially love creating the texture of feathers and that's why I chose a cockerel and a hummingbird for these two pieces.

I laid down washes of colour, each layer becoming brighter and more vibrant. This allowed me to pick up a smaller brush and use simple mark-making techniques to create the texture and pattern of the feathers.

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I'm looking forward to the next 52 weeks of personal challenges. It's going to be amazing to have a collection of art to look back on - and hopefully track some progress! Be sure to see how I'm doing on Instagram.

There'll be more challenges from Cass Art throughout the year. Keep up to date with the #BeInspired hashtag! I'm excited to see what a creative 2017 will bring!

Where Have I Been in 2016?

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So, it's been a while since my last post and things have changed a little around here.

Brighton Girl is no longer. It had been an amazing few years blogging under that name but it just didn't feel like me anymore. I moved from Brighton in 2012 and I'm about to move into a new place with my boyfriend in the coming weeks. Brighton just isn't part of my life anymore and I felt I needed a blog name that reflected that.

So why the long absence?

This year has been a bit of a challenging one. I've mentioned before that I struggle with anxiety and it really got on top of me during the fist part of the year. Thankfully, something shifted a few months ago and I'm ready to get on with normal things again! This means I'll be back to blogging and working on Isobelle's Pantry as much as I can.

I've got some exciting things lined up and am so excited to be part of the blogging community again. Watch this space!

New York Big Night In with Bodyform

New York has been at the top of my travel list for the longest time. I visited during a sixth form trip and have been itching to get back ever since! Ice skating in Central Park and having the best view from the top of the Empire State Building while it began to snow are memories I'll never forget.

Bodyform are offering us girls the chance to win the trip of a lifetime. Get you hands on one of ten Pink Tickets hidden inside a promotional pack of Bodyform and you'll win a trip to New York for you and a friend. Amazing, right?!

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Bodyform sent me everything I'd need for New York themed girly night in. I settled down with the SATC girls, plenty of American candy and started to plan the sights I'd love to see if I won. There are just so many iconic locations that I'd love to take a selfie at! The hustle and bustle of Times Square is a must. I'd also love to visit the Chrysler Building - although the building is used as office space, you can still have a peek in the lobby to catch a glimpse of the Art Deco architecture.

The lucky ladies who find the Pink Tickets will receive return flights from London, a three night stay in a NYC hotel with transfers and breakfast thrown in. You and a friend will receive a choice of sightseeing passes with opportunities to experience the views from the top of either the Empire State Building or the Rockefeller Center. You'll also get to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island or enjoy a boat cruise.

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Every promotional pack of Bodyform also includes a £10 voucher towards a Golden Moments experience. So if you haven't been one of the lucky ones to find a Pink Ticket, there's still a treat waiting for you!

I've got my fingers crossed for you all!