COCOSKIES | An art blog

06 August 2014

Ramen and Sushi

Watercolour and white gel pen.
Whenever someone tells me that they're thinking of starting a blog I always encourage them to do it. Creating my blog has enabled me to meet so many great people and has presented me with many opportunities that I wouldn't have found otherwise. It's just so therapeutic as well, I find, in that it's like keeping a little journal. So when a good friend from Uni told me that she was thinking of making one I was over the moon! It will be nice way to check in on each other's lives too, since we won't see each other as much anymore.

The picture above is going to be part of the header for it - which I will post when it's all finished! I bought a white gel pen a few weeks and it's been so handy in filling in little details on paintings, I would definitely recommend getting one if you use watercolours a lot.

Now, you may have already seen this on the sidebar, but if you could spare a vote for me in the Big Blog Exchange competition I would be extremely grateful! It's a competition where the winner gets to swap countries with another blogger for 10 days - all expenses paid. You could go anywhere in the world! How exciting.

You can vote for me here!

In the comments let me know if you've entered and where you would like to go to if you won.

If you've already voted, you are an absolute star, thank you!

Also, there's a new playlist for you guys in the sidebar!

04 August 2014

Blog headers

Thought I would share with you guys a recent commission!

This one was made for the lovely Michelle over at Seaweed Kisses. If you are into snail mail, stationery and journaling make sure you head over to her little blog! We both share a love for a lot of the same things so this one was fun to create!

Right now I have quite a lot of free time on my hands, so while I do I'm offering you the chance to rejuvenate your blog with a new header created by me.

If you would like a customised header like the one above for your blog, get in touch! Before you send me an email have a good think about what sort of things you feel best represent you. What are you passionate about? Do you have a favourite food? A favourite place to travel to? A favourite magazine? A favourite flower? A favourite perfume? It can be absolutely anything under the sun - so long as it can be illustrated. For a limited time I'm setting the price of each commission at £50 - this is based on the amount of time spent designing, sketching, painting and editing the final image. I really enjoy illustrating and I put my heart and soul into everything I create, so you'll be sure to walk away with something that uniquely represents you. Making things like this really make me realise how much I enjoy the creative process!

Rather than watermarking commissioned headers, I prefer to integrate the blog name into it, that way only you can use it and if it does get stolen it should lead back to your blog. Having a customised header makes your blog feel more personal and from the get-go lets people know what your blog is all about. Mine has been on for a long time, but I feel that it still manages to accurately capture me, so I've kept it on.

Please note: The above price is for an edited digital jpeg file of an original watercolour design. If you would like a print of your design posted to you, this can be arranged for an additional price. Image mapping can also be done if requested. :)

If you are interested, drop me an email at with the title "header".

How to: paint galaxies

Today I'm going to show you how to make a galaxy painting like the one above!

27 July 2014


Wednesday the 23rd of July
Let's have a little lifestyle post shall we? I feel like I've not done one of those in a while! The main highlight of this month was graduation. I now have a Bsc in Psychology... woohoo! It was such a wonderful occasion accompanied by beautiful warm weather. It was so lovely to see all my friends one last time. I also feel like it was my final chance to cling onto the title of 'student'- I'm already missing the student discount. On the day, like most people would be, I was so worried about falling over on stage but luckily that didn't happen. It actually all happened so quickly! It was sort of surreal wearing a graduation robe and motorboard hat, but it finally allowed me to register what had been achieved in the years prior to that day. The past three years has undoubtedly been a laborious time in terms of deadlines and exams, however memories have filled the vacant spaces between each workload and stressful times have enabled new found friendships to strengthen even more.

And on that note I will leave you with this video. A good friend of mine was given a pair of Google glasses by our Uni and asked to create a vlog of what it is like to experience graduation day. It features a beautiful poem that he wrote in under a day - which is a great achievement in itself! All the components combined make this an extremely moving video. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. See if you can spot me.

If you've also graduated this year, congratulations!! And if you graduated a while ago, I hope this video brings you a little nostalgia!

25 June 2014

Breakfast II

Watercolour and a bit of white acrylic for the highlights
Another little practice but this time with a bit more colour. Now that I have the time, what would you like to see more of on the blog? :)

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