How to start your day positively and keep in sight what you love


It’s really easy to start your day feeling poop. Especially after a stressful week at the day job, or just generally, when you’re having a string of bad luck. Little things like this can really dampen your day, as well as, your positivity.

When we feel this way, its easy to lose sight of the things you love making them seem harder to achieve, because you are trying your hardest to become somebody. (even though you already are somebody) Or, I guess what I meant to say was , you want to be something great because inside you know you can be.

I mentioned to a friend last week how motivated I’d felt after speaking to them.  They instilled in me a renewed positivity and confidence after a bad day making me feel like if I jumped from a level 5 inky illustrator to a level bajillion invincible inky mage. After saying that to them they simply said ” You just got up on the right side of the bed” (which is funny because my beds pushed up against a wall). 


Thinking back, maybe that’s true. Who knows? I was so overwhelmed by a crumby week that I’d lost sight of what I’d loved doing because the negativity dampened my passion. If you’re feeling the same you maybe wondering Is there a cure?

Well, one thing that I did was make a “Positivity list” of all the things you love ( you can see mine here as an example ). Making little inky notes like this helps you to not lose sight of the everything you love when things seem bad.  Keep this pinned to your studio wall where you can see it so that you can remind yourself daily in your work ( whether painter or illustrator ) why you’re doing what you are and the essence of why you started because that way people can still see your passion even after a bad day.

Kate x

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Inky update : where does the time go ?

 1-Desktop1The first thing I would like to say is where did august go? The month seems to have completely flown by and we’re already in september, which means I’ve got lots of blog posts and inky drawings to get started on. Lately I’ve really reflected on myself creatively  because the past few months of my life’s change in a lot of amazing ways which  made me think about what I’m wanting to achieve in life and where I’m going.


Meeting some truly inspiring and supportive people has really instilled a new sense of confidence in me, the only way I can describe it is kind of like breathing fresh air after somebody’s let off some really bad gas or you drove through a farmer’s field that smelled of poop. Either way it’s really refreshing and after taking a few days break I’m now feeling motivated and fully charged to start implementing my own plans to achieve what I aspire to.

Since it’s been a little while since my last post here’s a little list of what I’ve been up to :

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  • Getting inky with designing a new blog  and website design
  • prepping some exciting portfolio projects 
  • Expanding my inky writing horizons over at Illustration friday ( you can find my posts here )
  • Pottering around Bloglovin which I recently joined ( if you’re there to let me know!)


  • Taking my fluffy three golden retrievers on expeditions
  • Looking after a new baby guineapig whom I called Squall / Leon because of the mean bad boy scar on his lip ( fellow lovers of final fantasy 8 will see the resemblance he he) .
  • Adding to my growing pen collection ( may have a slightly addictions but I refuse to go for professional help )

How about yourselves? what have you all been up to lately ? 

Kate x

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Back to art school : Tips to maintaining your creative focus



Well it seem’s the end of the summer holiday’s is nearing and yes I heard that huge *sigh* of nerves and excitement if you yourself happen to be starting your first year of art college or univeristy. If not you maybe making your way back for your second or final year of studies so to get that motivation and focus charged to get off to a great start once you’re back here’s 5 tips to regaining your art focus


Organise yourself

I  found using a calendar , sticky notes and white board helped me to stay on top of my work tasks and deadlines at uni. The last thing you want is a rush to meet the deadline ( believe me I’ve been there , done that got the wrinkle to prove it) , so by doing this you’ll hopefully save yourself both time and beauty sleep.

Balance out work and play 

Guilty for being one to work hard but spare little time to play, I realise now that being a book worm ( or arty one so to speak) all the time doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get better results. So balance work and play equally to give yourself a break from all the academic work.

Material’s at the ready 

Have what you need to hand and by this I mean your pencils, pens , paints and more. If you’re running low on paper then be sure to stock up and get what you need before you go back and this way you’ll have less stress and more time to have fun creatively.

Broaden your creative sight for inspiration 

 Visit museums , galleries and thing’s that are going to help you with your upcoming creative projects, doing this will help to broaden idea’s and beginning sketches for potential projects giving you a much more broader collection of visual material to work with.

Share your thoughts & creative ponderings 

Sharing your thought’s helps you keep out of a creative rut , asking for a fellow classmate’s or lecturer’s advice on your progression in your project is often worth its weight in gold. Whether you’re feeling stuck at where to take your project next by just asking for someones help or advice it could help you steer your project back in the right direction before times out.

Kate x

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