Friday, 15 June 2018

Inspired by a mug

Little things make me happy and trigger ideas, so today for my AJJ 'Inspired by' theme I was simply inspired by a mug... of the china variety and not a face :)

I drew and then painted my mug in watercolours adding some shadow with a Stabilo all pencil and finished with digitally added the words.

We have a few of these cheerful mugs in different colours with different cakes on and a dotty background and I just love them. Usually they have tea or coffee in and accompanied by a homemade biscuit or occasionally by a piece of homemade cake - made by dear 'hubby' of course not me :)

And if I lack ideas, I always find something
 to be inspired by when walking around my garden

What inspires you when creating?
Was it something you saw or heard, a song maybe,
  or a book or your favourite place,
 a favourite colour, a memory, a dream, another artist,
  or an art product  or something else ?
Huge thanks to all the lovely people and their wonderful pages
 that have linked so far this month at AJJ with the 'Inspired by' theme 
We're half way through June but there's still another couple of
 weeks left for the challenge if you'd like to join us  

Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Friday and have a great weekend.
Gill x


  1. You made a beautiful mug! Great photos, too. Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

  2. A cuppa in such a lovely mug would always make me happy and your page captured the happiness beautifully too 😁. I love the cake with the strawberry on top and the sentiment made me smile 😉. Your garden flowers look beautiful, I have foxgloves too whichware just starting to flower. I hope the weather has improved where you are, we've had a cloudy fresh day and the sun is just trying to break through as we speak 😀. Wishing you a very Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊 x

  3. I really enjoyed this mug of tea. It is a beauty. I can see how it would inspire you. Of course, I had to laugh at the sentiment. It's simply adorable and smile worthy.

    You are doing a great job hosting Art Journal Journey this month, Gill. Your posts are so inspiring, your comments are heartfelt, and your hosting skills are magnificent. We are so glad you shared this mug and your hosting skills today at Art Journal Journey. It's really obvious how much people LOVE this theme.

  4. Gill I think you know I love tea and this painting looks Fabulous. I love the pretty mug and the cup cake decoration.
    Your garden flowers look beautiful, it is a lovely time of the year to get outside with nature.
    Have a good weekend.
    Yvonne xx

  5. I love your mug art and the mug itself. That is one happy mug for sure. And I also love the garden photos. How could flowers not make someone happy? Have a great weekend Gill-and thanks for your fun challenge this month. Hugs-Erika

  6. Gill, I absolutely love your watercolor!
    It is pretty & fresh, and that quote is just perfect.
    Thanks, too, for the photos of those lovely flowers. I can almost smell them. :}

  7. A gorgeous painting, inspired by your pretty mug Gill!
    We have some foxgloves in our garden, I do love them.
    A bit cool and breezy here today, nice when the sun's out though. I still have my shorts on! :-)
    Have a great weekend,
    Alison xxx

  8. I love this wonderful watercolour mug page. It is a beauty painting and the mug that was your inspiration just makes one happy! And of course, I had to laugh at the quote as well. You are really doing a fantastic job hosting Art Journal Journey this month dear Gill. Your posts are wonderful and so much inspiration We are really glad to have you as a host this month at Art Journal Journey. I love how many artists join you this month - they love your theme and your hosting Gill, like I enjoy and love it!
    Happy weekend my friend!
    I love the photos of your wonderful garden plants! AMAZING!
    Hugs, Susi

  9. I'm here to answer your questions, Gill. Yes, my nozzles are clogged and I can't seem to get them unclogged. Those are cheap (but NOT inexpensive) misters left over from ones I purchased.

    I NEVER use tap water. I have tutorials sharing my technique:

    Here are my exact words I wrote about distilled water:
    "A note about distilled water. Distilled water will last forever in these bottles, while tap water will cause the mists to get moldy over time. If you plan to use the entire container immediately, you don't need distilled water. However, if you plan to let this product sit for any length of time, as little as a week, in fact, distilled water is the way to go." DO USE distilled water the next time you make your mists.

    I have ONE sewing machine. I don't sew normal "stuff." Even my quiltlets use torn fabric. I don't even own a cutting tool (one of those tools with a wheel). If something MUST be cut (like felt), I use my guillotine cutter. I use an 80/11 needle, and the only time I change it is when it breaks. I am careful about cleaning the "fuzz" out of the tracks and such, though. I may not change my needle, but I keep my machine as clean as possible. It works for me. Hope that answers your questions, dear.

  10. Hi Gibby, Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. I am afraid i dont have a garden of my own. Just live in a tiny flat with hubby and the garden is shared by all residents. still i do like to plant out there sometimes. Love your beautiful flowers. Hugs June x

  11. Your quote made me smile ... your watercolor mug is gorgeous! Great painting!
    I like your photos of the wonderful flowers in your garden!
    Liebe Grüße Rike xx


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