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Tuesday, 21 May 2013


Our new challenge at TioT is On the Wild Side (featuring Animals of Birds).  I love this one as it's something a bit different - gets your creativity all fired up!

I am still exploring how far I can go with drawing and I wanted to do a page about gulls ...

For the first 30+ years of my life, I lived in-land and only came to the beach on holiday.  I remember sitting in the back of the car with my brother waiting to be the first to see the sea.  The excitement of that stays with me.

We moved to Poole a few years ago and now live next to the beach.  Seeing the sea each day still gives me a thrill and when I am in my garden and a gull floats above me or stands on the roof calling (as they do!) it reminds me of where I now live and how much I love it here.

So this was the background inspiration to my page.

I started by drawing my gull and then I sketched in the land.  I stamped some elements here and there and some fish in the sea (hard to see in the photo) before using gelatos and watercolour pencils to colour my page.

One of the most fun parts was painting waves in water and then feeding acrylic ink into the water - it just spreads out in the most lovely way travelling along the watery paths you create.  Amazing to see!

I spent some time getting the journalling right and then used a stylised text to handwrite it.

The finishing touch was some drizzles of clear tar gel which I coloured with acrylic inks for some texture. 


  1. Wonderful drawing, love that seagull, it looks really predatory! We have a lot here from the Rhine - does that make them river gulls? They are soooo cheeky!

    Have a good day,

  2. Totes amazeballs!! Love your gull and your beautiful handwriting, a really striking piece Alexa - I really feel he's got his eyes on me!! Hugs, Cindy

  3. Wow, love this page, the gull looks amazing. It looks ready to swoop down and steal some food.
    Yvonne x

  4. Really impressed with your drawing, a great art book page. Hugs Bee

  5. wow, oh wow, you are a fabulous artist!! I had to keep going back to your picture while reading the details of how you created it. Stunning work! Can I ask a favor? I am in a contest and I need votes: http://www.genuinelyjanestudios.com/genuinelyblog/ waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥ ( fellow DT member )

    1. Thanks for such a lovely comment Sandee. No problem to support you in your contest - been & cast my vote for you! x

  6. WOW Alexa this is fabulous, didn't realise it was hand drawn! That gull looks amazing.
    Avril xx

  7. Wish I lived next to the sea to, I empathise with all those feelings. Love your gull and page, such a fantastic drawing.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  8. Love your take on the wild side! Your seagull is a real eye catcher and more incredible that you drew it! Love this page! Enjoy the day!

  9. Wow, he's amazing - what a powerful gleam in his eye, and so dramatic with him coming out of the page at us like that - brilliant!
    Alison x

  10. A wonderful page, love the seagull and your writing.

  11. WOW this sis stunning art page, looks like we got a new digi artist, gorgeous seagull. I know the feeling abt the sea. It was my dream as well, being Hungarian means we have no sea and when I came to the Uk 16yrs ago I started in London and when I met my Oh 7 yrs ago and soon after that Alfie was on the way we wanted to get out of London so he applied for transfer/new job in Ramsgate and luckily he got it, now I'm only 30 min walk away from the sea and I love waking up for the call of the seagulls and when I go back to Hungary with the kids for the summer hlidays I miss them a lot
    Enjoy the weekend
    Ildiko x


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