2017, summed up.

It’s that time of year again, where I remember that the blog needs updating. It was a very busy 2017. The year included lots of new experiences and more development in style, I tried to push Twinkle & Gloom forward and push myself harder. This year I aim to do the same, it’s always good to up your game!

Here’s are a few images that sum up my 2017! The images include live drawing events, craft fairs, vinyl covers and art.

Thank you everyone who’s stuck with Twinkle & Gloom.


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 😉

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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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.

Circular Girls.

At the moment I’m very much enjoying using Ink. Ink is such a lovely material to work with, it’s great for outlines, and colouring. I’m trying new things, these little girls are experiments, I’m a sucker for outlines, so here I tried to create some pieces without as many bold lines, I love them. It’s very easy to get stuck in your ways and recently I’ve fallen out of love with my work. Although I’ve created pieces I’m happy with, the way I’ve felt in myself has made me loose confidence in my work, however I feel these new little approaches are going to make the world of difference. Sometimes It’s good to sit back and observe what your doing. My style is always evolving, for the better I hope.

Death and Superstition

For a while now I’ve been thinking up ideas for how I could approach a new series of images, yesterday it finally started. Sometimes I get an idea for a new series but it never quite happens, I’m going to make this one happen.

The series will follow the theme of Superstitions surrounding death. They’re not going to be morbid, they’re meant to make you giggle. This is where it began:

My nain hated Robins (the birds)- she cringed every time someone send her a card with a Robin on it for Christmas. I never understood her dislike of Robins but recently learnt her reasons. There is a superstition that connects Robins to death, the birds themselves aren’t malicious, but if they fly into your home, they have come to tell you death is coming soon. Not long before my lovely Taid passed away, a Robin did in fact come into his house and my uncle had to chase it out. Peculiar, isn’t it?

From then I had been reading a little bit into other superstitions, and some are quite bizarre and worthy of creating Art of.

So, here’s number one in the series:

If you drop an Umbrella, there will be a Murder in your home.