Happy New Blog!


Swept up in all that new year – new decade – new beginnings energy (and even a new moon today) I suddenly got it in my head to begin a new blog.

As you good folks who’ve been with me since the early days know, Ephemeral Gecko began as a place I documented my early mixed media experiments. I never expected anyone to read it, let alone follow along with me over these last eight (crikey!) years.

For a start, would I have chosen such a peculiar name?

(maybe I would)

Anyhoozles.

Having meandered to where I am now, I’m ready to be more purposeful in my online voice. I’m in no rush to remove or delete anything over here, but will be retiring this site.

So join me, will you —

My colorful adventures are moving to Mixy.Art.Blog

This is where I’ll be sharing all my makings and doings in my colorful world.

Beginning with a new year full of color.

YES! TWELVTY is back!!

This year I’m not running it as a formal course, but as an open invitation to anyone who would like to play along. No cost, no commitment – the more the merrier – so do spread the word!

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Sketchbook Project 2020


This is my 3rd year of taking part in The Sketchbook Project.
(You can see my previous books here & here)

I fill these pages in the spare bits of time in between other things, so they become a visual stream of consciousness, garnished with bits of stuff, collaged scraps of whatever’s on my desk, they come to represent a snapshot of the season’s projects and ideas.

I scribble down words I hear in song lyrics, audio books and podcasts, there are phrases and words snipped from magazines, landing together to create found poetry and serendipitous sentences.

Faces emerge from the blobs of color, the torn paper shapes and the negative space in between.

It’s weird, it shouldn’t work, but it all seems to come together in a way I never could have predicted.

I can’t tell you how much fun I had with this book.

These are the pages that have been brightening up my long dark days of winter. As we’ve reached the shortest day I’m calling this project finished and ready to move on to all that comes next.

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Dear Santa,


Etsy Store Made by Mixy

Dear Santa,

if you’re planning to get any gifts from the Etsy store Made by Mixy, please don’t leave it to the last minute, the postal elves are scurrying as fast as they can 😉

For shopping on behalf of folks from any of these places, these are the last chance mailing dates from the UK:

Monday, December 9 for Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Far and Middle East
Wednesday, December 11 for Eastern Europe
Thursday, December 12 for Australia and New Zealand
Saturday, December 14 for  Canada and USA
Monday, December 16 for most of Europe
Wednesday, December 18 for UK & Ireland

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I’ve been playing with patterns again.

watercolour, gel pen

How many ways can one simple patterns look so many kinds of different in different media, in contrast and colors, in scale and size?

collaged paper, marker, ballpoint pen

A pattern is defined as the repeated or regular way in which something is done.

pencil, concentric marks

An arrangement of lines or shapes,
a design in which the same shape is repeated
at regular internals over a surface.

gesso, charcoal, marker, gel pen

A pattern is an arrangement of form,
of natural or chance configurations,
a regularity in the world,
in human made design
or in abstract ideas.

acrylic craft paint, with sponge & paint brush

Our psyches are plumbed in such a way to seek out and construct patterns.

collaged cut outs of painted watercolor paper

We organise and categorise our ways into behavior patterns.

gouache

Patterns are as much about the arrangement of the component parts as they are the parts – the shape of the space in between.

pencil, gel pen, marker

I was quite entranced by these thoughts on holiday recently.

I had this little sketchbook and just a few colors. As I noticed the repeating patterns around me I began to play, when I got home I continued to fill up this little book with more variations.

I explored a similar idea before, but now I want to carry it on further – with simpler forms – maybe a circle or a square – maybe in just one color – just to see what’s possible.

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Zine Sale!


Oh hey there lovely friends! My Imaginary Friends & Curious Creatures Zine is on sale now in my Etsy store.

If you reserved a copy ahead of time, there is one set aside ready for you to order.

It’s a limited edition. There are only FIFTY copies in the whole world, once these are gone there won’t be any more. The first 10 copies are already on their way to their new homes – so don’t miss out! 😉

If you haven’t already seen it, here’s what the zine looks like………..

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Imaginary Friends & Curious Creatures


If you follow my social media doings you might have seen a post or two about this already…

My first Zine: front cover.

Out of nowhere, I was struck by the desire to publish a zine: An illustrated world inhabited by the bizarre and curious folk who have been popping up amid my art journal doodles.

I spent the following weeks with these ideas marinading in my imagination, finally arriving at this:

Imaginary Friends & Curious Creatures (Vol 1) ON SALE from 1 December 2019

Zine Details!

  • This is a limited edition run of just 50 copies, all numbered and signed, and I anticipate this is the first in a series (cos I’ve got a head FULL of ideas for this!)
  • It’s A6 size (a wee smidge under 4×6 inches).
  • Eight pages of digitally collaged dreamscapes, printed on 170 gsm recycled paper. 

On sale from 1st December in my Etsy Store

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3 Little Birds


Singin sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,

Singin: don’t worry about a thing, worry about a thing, oh!
Every little thing gonna be all right. don’t worry!

This is the last in this series, you can catch the rest of them here


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A page over time


Inks dripped in water, bubble wrap, Posca paint pens, Sakura gellyroll pens. Good times. This is the next in the series from my 100 day project time lapse comps.

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Pre-Holiday Sale


Before I go on holiday at the end of this month I’ll be closing up my Etsy store. It will be closed from 16 September for one month.

So if you’re planning gifts for the holidays and like to start shopping early – now is your chance – I’m having a pre-holiday sale with 25% off everything!!

Now I’m off to find my flip-flops and begin the wind down!! 🙂

Metamorphosis & Metaphors


My 100 day project time lapse compilations are growing (you can check out the others over here) 

The pages in this book got layered over again and again – some began many months earlier – and then were then re-imagined many times in the 100 days.

This page began where I’d written the manifesto for the previous year’s 100 day project. An Actual Manifesto! Lawks!!

Never before had I felt called to write myself such a formal plan, but one morning last year I woke up from a vivid dream with an irresistible compulsion. Then a little over a year later I painted over it.

Watch how morphed over the 100 days here –


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