Photographs- experiments with ladies tights

Yesterday evening I went for a stroll with my DSLR to take some pretty photos in the sun. I wanted to create a dreamy, vintage look to the photos so experimented with using ladies tights.

I’m really happy with the results.


Film images

You may, or may not know that Twinkle & Gloom also likes to dabble with a bit of photography. Photography is my creative hobby, because Art is my job I like to keep my photography to one side as no-pressure fun. My favourite subject to photograph is fragile nature and florals, but I also like to take photos of whimsical objects or fabrics.

I think the feeling I try to evoke in my images are feelings of nostalgia. Here’s a selection of photos that I recently took using a 35mm film camera. The images below also feature images of my own Artwork that can be seen on display in Conwy, North Wales.

I’ll be blogging again with some images I took today using a digital camera- I experimented with some ladies tights in order to capture a delicate tone.

Getting inky.

If you’ve read my recent posts you’ll see that I’ve been embracing drawing ink and experimenting with it a little. Although I’ve had great fun and splendid results, I’ve been left feeling uninspired in the past couple of weeks. I think it’s because I want to embrace my dark side a little more at the moment. Today I finally had a little breakthrough after experimenting with white drawing ink. I’m really loving the ghostly effect. It took a white to get used to, because it doesn’t work in quite the same way as black ink does.

My nickname in school was “ghost” so maybe I’ll play on this idea a little more 馃槈

I’ve also experimented with introducing glitter to the images, I was unsure about how it would scan but it actually looks really pretty.

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Experimenting with ink and triangles

Hello. In the past week I’ve been playing with more ideas so I can introduce new imagery to some of my pieces, to keep everything fresh and to frame some of my girls a little.

Most of my pieces are simple girls that are cut out on photoshop and placed on crisp white backgrounds, but some ideas feel like they need a little extra element. Over the last few days I managed to create some really nice results.

Here are a few good results;


Yesterday i even had a go at a really, really impulsive piece that turned out a little Abstract in places, but I really love it. Twinkle has really been looking to explore more darkness recently, and I think black ink is always a good place to start, so I might have some more time for a few more abstract pieces soon.

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Taika Waititi doodles// favourite films.

Hello there.

This is just a quick post in order to share a little Taika Waititi tribute. These are just doodles really, nothing spectacular but just something fun to pass some time whilst being creative.

It was only earlier this year that I discovered the work of Taika Waititi, yes I know, as always I’m late to the party. It was through Netflix that I first saw ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ and fell in love. It was the perfect film, it ticked every box. It really didn’t take long before I could absolutely say that Waititi was my favourite film maker. I quickly hunted down his other three features and have been watching them repeatedly ever since. I can usually find faults in films, even ones I love, but not these films. They are perfect from start to finish.

There is so much heart in all of them. I think for me what really hits hard for me when I watch them is that each one deals with death in some form, and it’s something I’ve been dealing with myself in the last year and a half. Boy, Eagle vs Shark and Hunt for the Wilderpeople each make me shed a tear, every time. Truly beautiful films, filled with creativity. They are so refreshing. I hear he’s directing the new Thor film, and all the best to him… but what I’m really looking forward to is his next small budget project.

Here’s the doodles. I really like the Wilderpeople segment of it.


Live Illustration at the RCA, Conwy.

On May the 20th, 2017 Twinkle & Gloom participated in some live drawing for the ‘Nova’ launch at the RCA, Conwy. The task involved filling in two large boards in the space of a couple of hours. Working on other boards was Artist, Doodles’n’Drips.

Apart from my participation in Welsh tv show ‘Y Lle’, I haven’t really drawn on a large scale since College. Looking at those big blank boards was daunting but once I got a few lines down it started to feel less so. I started with a piece inspired by the phrase ‘deary me’, a deery girl. I think this piece was less emotional and a little stiffer, because I was so nervous. The second piece came together quicker as I had gained more confidence with the scale and materials. This piece was about strength within and female friendship, the moon was an after thought. Overall I feel really positive about my creations, and it made me feel really good when people came to pass comment.

My Studio in the sun

My studio has been extra organized this year. It’s been really nice to have the studio ready for action every day. I can sit down, put on some ‘The Smiths’ or some ‘Sigur Ros’ and get started right away.

Over the last few years the studio wasn’t quite working for me. I was stuck in my ways of where everything was kept because it was aesthetically pleasing (and under the desks were packed with hoardings) but I never had any space to sit down and draw. This would make my back ache after every session. Now, I have a desk I can sit at, and draw all day without any back pain.

In the photo below you’ll see a letter Reece Shearsmith kindly wrote to me after I sent him some Prints, and some drawings to sign. It keeps me going when I feel like giving up. It can be difficult in the creative field, one day you feel confident in your work, but the next you feel hopeless. Inspiration can be a fickle thing. So a nice little note from one of my all time creative heroes gives me a boost when I’m feeling glum.

Around me are my working tools, my mountains of tester paints and a collection of odds and ends. I have weird little dolls, Vintage cameras, tea cups and pots, Vintage tins and all sorts of other bits and bobs. One of my most precious items in the studio is my Taid’s shaving cabinet. It sits above my sewing machine. It was just one of those things I couldn’t part with, having looked into that mirror since my childhood. Now it helps me out in the studio.

I love working in my lovely studio.


J贸nsi doodles, and seeing Sigur R贸s live.

I don’t often post twice in one day, I don’t often post full stop. At the moment I’m counting down the days until I see my favourite band,聽Sigur R贸s play live (they’re now at equal level with my first love The Smiths). I was a little late to the party, but ever since I was introduced to them they’ve been played endlessly, they came to me at the time I probably needed them the most, when my Taid’s well being started to deteriorate. They’ve been with me through some sad times but have filled my heart with all kinds of emotions along that way. J贸nsi’s voice in particular has the most powerful effect on me, his voice alone makes me weep, in a nice way.

So, anyway. I often binge on their music when I’m working in the studio and often get the impulse to draw something related to them. I always find myself doodling J贸nsi, partly I think because it was his solo music that introduced me to the band, and also because he reminds me of Peter Pan.

Here’s my latest, and my most successful doodle. Clearly, it’s if J贸nsi was from my Twinkle & Gloom world.

Oh… and only 129 days to go.

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Inky work


In the past week I have felt so inspired with the new direction Twinkle & Gloom is moving in. The rules I’ve given myself to work with have opened up new ideas. In the past I have dismissed my sketchier and more naive little girls as sketches alone, but now I’ve decided that their sweet nature should be celebrated. Flitting from my scribbly girls, and my more traditional girls is keeping me excited. Some ideas I’ve struggled with bringing to life are working really well with my new method. Here are just a small selection of the illustrations I’ve created in the past few days.

I have more completed images to show you, but they haven’t been uploaded onto social media yet, so please do check my Facebook/ Instagram.