WOYWW 573 – Sunflowers

Good morning from a sunny Pembrokeshire. After a cloudy day yesterday, I plan to get some suncream on and spend a few hours in the garden later. The grass needs cutting, garage needs cleaning out and I may even hoover my car out! We have our weekly delivery from a local veg/fruit shop, which includes one each of the 3 mini cheesecakes she makes each week (I have appointed us as ‘official cheesecake tester’!). That is dessert sorted for the next 3 days (they are big enough to cut in half). I also think that our Hermes courier will be bringing my next delivery from Create & Craft – a Sizzix Express die cutting machine. I treated myself when they had the recent special bundle. I will show it off next week.

We gather on a Wednesday to show what our crafty workspaces contain – whether they are full of fantastic projects, piled with new stash, or just empty and waiting for action! Join in HERE.

Back to my crafty table. It is tidy at the moment. I got a bit overwhelmed by having my Ink Lily pens and paper etc out there all the time, so I tidied up and now just get the supplies out that I need each day.

I follow Catherine Davis on Instagram and she mentioned her colouring book, so I went straight to Amazon and ordered one. There are loads of fabulous pages in there for me to practise on.

The notecards (and address labels underneath) came from Mixbook. The sunflowers were drawn by my own fair hand on my iPad (using Procreate). Obviously I was following instructions in a YouTube tutorial very closely! I was really impressed by Mixbook. The website was very easy to use (lots of lovely products and templates/embellishments etc to use) and they arrived from the US in 7 days (which included a 2 day delay whilst they waited for a missing invoice to be sorted). I was fully prepared to wait for a few weeks, especially at the moment. I am going to test out a few UK-based print companies too, and then offer some products for sale in my Etsy shop.

I did some more digital design on my iPad this week. With Affinity Designer this time, which definitely has a steeper learning curve than Procreate. I followed a Skillshare class and learnt a lot. Here is one of the leaf designs I finished. (Edited to add – for some reason the photo will not display properly this morning, so here is my weekly update post from yesterday – scroll down to the bottom to see the 2 leaf designs.)

Have a good week everyone. It is going to continue to be sunny and dry for much of the UK, I think. We need rain for the farm, so hoping that we get some heavy showers soon.

Stay safe.

Ali x

Week ending 25th May 2020

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I had very good intentions to get this post written and published yesterday, but instead I spent some time outside enjoying the warm sunshine. Creating this website and community is all about having a flexible lifestyle, as my health demands that (physical and mental). I hope you also enjoyed your Bank Holiday.


I have had a busy week. Colouring took up several hours. Continuing with the Ink Lily classes.

One of my final assessment pieces for Module 1.
I do a few layers and then leave it to see how the colour/texture develops.

I also signed up to a Copic Colouring Course with Udemy. Although I am not using Copic pens, it is still really useful – with explanations about colour tones/blending and lots of projects for me to practice with. No progress pictures yet, as the first few classes were purely theory and talking about the different Copic pens.

I joined the Kit & Clowder community, which is a fantastic website stuffed full of resources/education/inspiration. I definitely recommend subscribing to the newsletter. There are several free classes, but I bought the monthly colouring class and joined in with the friendly Facebook group. There is a Pencil or Markers option (you can do both) and I decided to try Pencils, as a contrast to the Ink Lily classes. However, I soon realised that holding the slim pencils was very painful for me, very quickly. Yes, I can buy some foam tubing to reduce the pain for me, but I have decided to concentrate on markers for now, so I am swapping over to the Markers class next month. Watch this space!


Learning Affinity Designer (or at least starting on the basics) was on my agenda for the past week too. I started a really thorough Skillshare course with Tracey Smigielski Capone – Affinity Designer for iPad: Creating Textured Florals. The projects that other students had completed first caught my eye on Instagram and Facebook, and I allocated some time for the past 3 days to go through the course. I will be honest and admit I haven’t finished it yet. I am struggling with the complexities of Affinity Designer. It is so powerful and crammed full of possibilities. Due to Fibromyalgia (and chronic pain disturbing my sleep at night) my brain gets easily overwhelmed. I definitely recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn how to use Affinity Designer. I moved away from the monthly payment of Adobe last year, when Affinity was being offered at a reduced price (it is half price at the moment – and with a 90 day free trial). I have all 3 programs – on my pc and the iPad apps. I will be returning to this regularly and gradually building up my knowledge/confidence.

Two of the designs that I did finish, which I love.


I have done a lot of editing to this website. New affiliates have been added, and more coming this week. I have always been the one person that everyone comes to when they have a question, so it is great having blog posts and pages to direct people towards. I have a long list of blog posts to write and new projects to share with you.

I am very slowly working my way through the Floral & Nature Design Masterclass with the wonderful MakeItInDesign.com. If you have any interest in Surface Pattern Design, then this is the website for you – with lots of classes to choose from and amazing inspiration. Their Summer School is back in July/August, and you can sign up at a Super Early Bird Price until 29th May. I have signed up for the Beginner Track, which covers all forms of media including digital. Something to look forward to in the coming months.


I will be starting to send out a monthly newsletter in June. Some of the goodies that I am starting to sort out will be – discount codes for the companies that feature on my website and in my blog posts, exclusive freebies (from myself and other companies/designers) and regular giveaways. I have got lots of possible freebies lined up for you – brushes for Procreate and Affinity Designer, colour palettes, digikits for digital scrapbooking/papercraft, and beginner projects.


If you are starting to think about crafting for the holiday that begins with C !!
The Sue Wilson range sells out really quickly, so go and pre-order from Craft Stash now.

Illustrating – useful links for beginners (*Updated)

After the success of my first blog post in this series, Lettering, I will be listing some useful links for Illustration beginners. These will be mainly digital, as that is what I concentrate on. However, there are some links for those who love to work with physical mediums.

Digital Illustration

Bardot Brush is known for her fantastic Procreate brushes. However, her tutorials are amazing too. Go to her website – lots of freebies, tutorials (subscribe to her YouTube channel) and colourful inspiration. She is doing daily live streams too – on Instagram and YouTube. Her Making Art Everyday Facebook group and weekly email is something else to sign up for. Plenty to keep you busy!


Teela Cunningham from Every Tuesday is often noted as a Lettering expert, but her illustration tutorials are amazing. I have been doing one each day this week and gained so much confidence. Sign up for her freebies and also subscribe to her YouTube channel. (Scroll down to see details for her new Digital Watercolour Course.)

One of the designs I created this week after following an Every Tuesday tutorial.

Lettie Blue has a particular talent for watercolour on Procreate, including a great bundle of brushes. She teaches in several places, including Skillshare.


Art With Flo. Lots of freebies, a great YouTube channel and on SkillShare now.


Some great channels to subscribe to on YouTube –

James Julier (who has got a Patreon channel too). Lots of videos for beginners.

Teela Cunningham – my favourite teacher.

Pretty Little Lines. A really cute and pastel style.

Jungle of Colors. Includes some Affinity Designer videos.

Ghost Paper. A real Procreate specialist.

Karina Drow. Watercolour.


SkillShare. Here is a list of great teachers on there that specialise in illustration.

Yasmina Creates.

Lettie Blue.

Christine Nishiyama.

Liz Kohler Brown (click on the image below to go to her website. Subscribe for a very useful freebie for Procreate Beginners).


I have had several readers enquire about Watercolour on Procreate. I personally would go to Skillshare and just type “Procreate watercolour” into the search bar. There are so many wonderful classes to choose from. Liz Kohler Brown could be the ‘Watercolour Procreate Queen’, but Lettie Blue is definitely fighting her for the crown!

Edited to add. Teela Cunningham of EveryTuesday has just released her Watercolor Florals in Procreate course.


Hand Illustration

Artists Network. Free tutorials for drawing beginners.


I will be editing this series of posts as and when I find some fantastic new links for you. Please tag me in on Instagram when you create any illustrations #aliwadedesigns.


I haven’t tried Tombow pens, but this set looks gorgeous.

A fantastic set of pens in the current sale
(only a few left as of 2nd June)

These skin tone pens from Arteza sell out really quickly, so grab a set now! SORRY THESE ARE SOLD OUT. I WILL KEEP LOOKING FOR AN ALTERNATIVE OPTION.