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Looking back!

I've mentioned a few times on this blog how much I love drawing in journals - this is mostly because it gives me a chronological visual representation of how I've developed.

A few weeks ago I was looking back through my old journals and thinking about the beginnings of my current drawing journey. It's so interesting to be able to see whatever my obsession of the moment was - I tend to do something over and over until I'm sick to death of it. Some obsessions though, like string, still make frequent appearances.

One thing that definitely stood out in my journals was all the florals - these have been a favourite topic of mine since I first picked up a paintbrush over 20 years ago and since discovering tangles, I've been finding ways to work with them together.

With all these nostalgic feels happening I thought it would be fun to take a look back through some of my florals from the last few years.


Back in 2012 I used more colour and more pattern - I was trying to find ways to use them together and though my drawing style was a lot busier, there's still a reasonable amount of white space.


Cleaner lines are appearing and I had not long discovered alcohol ink markers and wasn't afraid to use them :) . I think my style had pretty well emerged here, though I was still experimenting with mixing different patterns on a piece, something I don't do all that often now.


2014 was a big pattern experimentation year for me - my patterns, other people's patterns. I had so much fun seeing what I could do with them and how I could make them as organic as possible. This was the year I created my first e-books Flips, Folds Ribbon and String & Tangle Transformation. It was a pretty productive creative year for me.


Looking back I was interested to see that 2015 included quite a bit of bold patterning. Not as many florals that year and lots of playing with patterns. During 2015 I released my e-book Tangle Transformation, which might explain all the pattern experimentation.


Still plenty of time to see what is going to develop in 2016, but so far it's been a lot of florals.

Taking a look back at the images over the past few years, I think that my current style was pretty well established by 2013. For me, the steepest development curve happened during 2012, I think that I felt more freedom to experiment before become more settled in my design style, though I do still feel that I'm continuing to evolve and learn, which is great - it'd be pretty boring otherwise :)

I hope you enjoyed taking a look back as much as I did. How do you think your style has developed? What do you do now that you didn't earlier on?

Have a good one!


  1. Well, your style has always been amazingly fluid and unique. I love all of your work. I have to say my favorite thing here is from 2014, I think it's Lazy 8's in the wonky string grid. I love how you burst outside-the-box and accomplish grids so organically. You are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing;-)

  2. very impressive to see your style progression. I also enjoy looking back at my own history. I'm very pleased that I have learned from your fluid style and shading. Thank you for sharing!

  3. They are all beautiful drawings but my top favorites are the coloured one from 2012 and the compass flowers from this year. So very pretty.

  4. All very "Helen", and all very beautiful!

  5. These are so lovely, again, always :)

  6. Helen! My favorite of your creations is the 2014 big organic flower! I'm so going to go try that now... Thanks for sharing your creative process. It always gets me going.

  7. Love all your work and your style is so soft and 'fluid', it's your signature to be sure. Even your color is "just enough".

  8. I second the 'thank you for sharing 'thing. Appreciate it more than you know. :)


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