COCOSKIES | An art blog: September 2014


Creativity blog hop

I was tagged by the lovely Jane to take part in a blog hop on the topic of creativity. These were the questions:

What am I working on?
I am currently working on expanding the travel section of my blog! And, just posting more in general!

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I suppose the norm with travel blog/posts is to post photos and a summary of the day's itinerary. I love reading these types of post but at the same time I'd like to put my own spin on them. My aim is to try and do more illustrations when I go away. I want to keep a visual journal of the different food and places I experience because I think it makes it more personal! I guess with illustrations you can use them to try and highlight the simple beauty in things that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Why do I write/create what I do?
Honestly, from a very young age I have always felt a compulsion to create. I enjoy the process. The only way to really describe it is through the analogy of an action potential waiting to release neurons. If I don't create something for ages, it's difficult to focus on completing other tasks. I loved Uni, but I found it particularly challenging going for long periods of time without being able to do something I really enioy! It's strange, but I need to get my creative fill!

How does my writing/creating process work?
Ideas almost always seem to come to me when I'm occupied with something else (usually important). Whenever I had an essay to write at Uni I would always get a wave of ideas with no time to develop them further. But weirdly, if I set aside time to think of new ideas they just don't seem to roll in like when you're busy. However, if I am fortunate enough to have time to develop concepts that have caught me off-guard, these initial thoughts usually act as the base of my creative process. I'd usually roughly sketch those ideas with a biro into an old notebook, because knowing me I will forget them instantly otherwise! From there I'll play around with the position of the elements and see which configuration I like best. Next I experiment with colour schemes, but most of the time (if it's a painting) I'll choose the colours as I'm going along.

I will be tagging some other creative bloggers very soon to also take part, so check your emails! :)


The Laife Journal

Watercolour painting for Anna who blogs at The Laife Journal.
Hello everyone! If you're a regular visitor you may have noticed a few minor tweaks to the blog. I've made the content column a bit wider, I was playing around with it earlier and the photos just looked so much more pristine. So I'm going to leave it that way for a while I think. I will eventually get around to making a new header to accompany it, but commissioned work will always take priority until then.

A while ago I started making a header for my Uni friend Anna (I think I mentioned this a few posts back). But, yesterday I finally finished it along with the blog layout! It's taken me ages because I've been doing lots of other things in between, but I'm happy to make a friend happy by setting them off on their little blogging journey. The piece above was the final instalment of a series of paintings, each of which represent a distinct category of posts.

Anna will be blogging over at The Laife Journal - we thought it would be nice to integrate her surname, Lai, into the name! If you have a few minutes please pop over, say Hello and give her follow. She is new to the game, as we all were once, I'm sure she would love to be introduced to you lovely bloggers! Can I just say as well, she already has about 8 travel posts lined up - at this early stage, I'm already amazed at her blog organisation skills! Wish I had those skills haha.


New in

Everything from Ikea
The other day we ventured up to Leeds to drop my sister off at Uni. It made me feel so nostalgic seeing all the freshers getting accommodated in a new city. While we were there we couldn't resist having a look around Ikea. I absolutely love that store! I entered with the mindset that I would just be picking up a few notepads, what I left with was less money than I intended. Part of it was due to not knowing when we'd be back, as we, sadly, don't have an Ikea close to where we live. So I thought it would be good to stock up on things while we were there.

I bought this small glass vase which is perfect for storing my paintbrushes. Next, I bought a few more notepads. The paper quality isn't the best by no means, but they're relatively cheap, and I think you want something like that for sketching ideas and quick lists. I have wanted a low-maintenance plant like a cactus for a while so I picked up this 3-pack, they've really helped to rejuvenate my desk! Finally, I couldn't resist throwing in a few scented candles too, it was difficult narrowing down the choices.

Vans (Asos), GoPro Hero+ Silver edition, & leaf print bikini (Asos)
A few things I've acquired for the next adventure - minus the cactus. My old blue Vans were getting a little run-down so when I saw that Asos were having a '20% off everything' day I jumped at the opportunity of purchasing a new pair.

Next up the GoPro! I've wanted one of these for a while but at the time couldn't justify buying one. However, my next travel dates are quickly emerging and I know that I definitely want to have a go at making a film this time. I usually bring disposable, waterproof cameras on holiday anyway so I guess this was the next, inevitable, step up!

Finally, a beautiful leaf print bikini, I love the Martinique vibes it has going on.

Rowdy Kittens

A recent header commission for the lovely Tammy! Check out her little blog here! (:


Another part of the header I said I was making for a friend on this post.