About Me

Portfolio

As a multidisciplinary artist I’ve produced pieces in various mediums over the years. These days I mainly work in watercolour and ink, but I’m skilled at drawing, bookbinding, embroidery, or a combination of any or all! I hope you enjoy browsing, and if you’re interested in commissioning something then please do get in touch.

Snapshots

My Polaroid-style watercolours are a fun way of enjoying quirky views. If you'd like to commission one then please get in touch by email (thegiftshed81@gmail.com) or by messaging me via Instagram (@thegiftshed). Commissioned snapshots start at £50 and there are a selection of originals available in my Etsy shop (£30 each). Please note that if that link doesn't work then there's a button on the homepage, or a search for Thegiftshed on Etsy will bring me up!

Prints of my snapshots aren't currently available, but I'm working on it! I'm hoping to be able to offer prints very soon (follow my Instagram to keep on top of any announcements) so please be patient! Check out my Instagram to see all my past snapshots.

I also have a selection of my snapshots available as stickers and greetings cards via my Redbubble shop. Again, if you don’t see what you fancy then don’t hesitate to ask!

Prints - coming soon!

Prints - coming soon!

My Shops

If you like my work and want to help keep me fuelled with inspiration (aka caffeine) then feel free to buy me a coffee!

Instagram

Stuff about Instagram

This painting came out perfectly. It's a gift to mark a very special occasion, and it's now safely with its new owners.

The composition of this painting took me absolutely ages. I wanted to create a vignette, and to keep it simple and elegant...but I find that the simpler the idea, the trickier it is to strike a balance. I think I did achieve that, and the finished painting really makes me smile. Liberal use of masking fluid for the flowers.

Commissions welcome. 

#art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #drawing #artistsofinstagram #italy #sicily #maskingfluid #processvideo #chinese #indian #chineselamps #starjasmine #winsorandnewton #castelloxirumiserravalle #wedding #weddingpresent @castelloxirumi
This painting came out perfectly. It's a gift to mark a very special occasion, and it's now safely with its new owners.

The composition of this painting took me absolutely ages. I wanted to create a vignette, and to keep it simple and elegant...but I find that the simpler the idea, the trickier it is to strike a balance. I think I did achieve that, and the finished painting really makes me smile. Liberal use of masking fluid for the flowers.

Commissions welcome. 

#art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #drawing #artistsofinstagram #italy #sicily #maskingfluid #processvideo #chinese #indian #chineselamps #starjasmine #winsorandnewton #castelloxirumiserravalle #wedding #weddingpresent @castelloxirumi
This painting came out perfectly. It's a gift to mark a very special occasion, and it's now safely with its new owners.

The composition of this painting took me absolutely ages. I wanted to create a vignette, and to keep it simple and elegant...but I find that the simpler the idea, the trickier it is to strike a balance. I think I did achieve that, and the finished painting really makes me smile. Liberal use of masking fluid for the flowers.

Commissions welcome. 

#art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #drawing #artistsofinstagram #italy #sicily #maskingfluid #processvideo #chinese #indian #chineselamps #starjasmine #winsorandnewton #castelloxirumiserravalle #wedding #weddingpresent @castelloxirumi
This painting came out perfectly. It's a gift to mark a very special occasion, and it's now safely with its new owners.

The composition of this painting took me absolutely ages. I wanted to create a vignette, and to keep it simple and elegant...but I find that the simpler the idea, the trickier it is to strike a balance. I think I did achieve that, and the finished painting really makes me smile. Liberal use of masking fluid for the flowers.

Commissions welcome. 

#art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #drawing #artistsofinstagram #italy #sicily #maskingfluid #processvideo #chinese #indian #chineselamps #starjasmine #winsorandnewton #castelloxirumiserravalle #wedding #weddingpresent @castelloxirumi
This painting came out perfectly. It's a gift to mark a very special occasion, and it's now safely with its new owners.

The composition of this painting took me absolutely ages. I wanted to create a vignette, and to keep it simple and elegant...but I find that the simpler the idea, the trickier it is to strike a balance. I think I did achieve that, and the finished painting really makes me smile. Liberal use of masking fluid for the flowers.

Commissions welcome. 

#art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #drawing #artistsofinstagram #italy #sicily #maskingfluid #processvideo #chinese #indian #chineselamps #starjasmine #winsorandnewton #castelloxirumiserravalle #wedding #weddingpresent @castelloxirumi
This painting came out perfectly. It's a gift to mark a very special occasion, and it's now safely with its new owners.

The composition of this painting took me absolutely ages. I wanted to create a vignette, and to keep it simple and elegant...but I find that the simpler the idea, the trickier it is to strike a balance. I think I did achieve that, and the finished painting really makes me smile. Liberal use of masking fluid for the flowers.

Commissions welcome. 

#art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #drawing #artistsofinstagram #italy #sicily #maskingfluid #processvideo #chinese #indian #chineselamps #starjasmine #winsorandnewton #castelloxirumiserravalle #wedding #weddingpresent @castelloxirumi
This painting came out perfectly. It's a gift to mark a very special occasion, and it's now safely with its new owners.

The composition of this painting took me absolutely ages. I wanted to create a vignette, and to keep it simple and elegant...but I find that the simpler the idea, the trickier it is to strike a balance. I think I did achieve that, and the finished painting really makes me smile. Liberal use of masking fluid for the flowers.

Commissions welcome. 

#art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #drawing #artistsofinstagram #italy #sicily #maskingfluid #processvideo #chinese #indian #chineselamps #starjasmine #winsorandnewton #castelloxirumiserravalle #wedding #weddingpresent @castelloxirumi
This painting came out perfectly. It's a gift to mark a very special occasion, and it's now safely with its new owners. The composition of this painting took me absolutely ages. I wanted to create a vignette, and to keep it simple and elegant...but I find that the simpler the idea, the trickier it is to strike a balance. I think I did achieve that, and the finished painting really makes me smile. Liberal use of masking fluid for the flowers. Commissions welcome. #art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #drawing #artistsofinstagram #italy #sicily #maskingfluid #processvideo #chinese #indian #chineselamps #starjasmine #winsorandnewton #castelloxirumiserravalle #wedding #weddingpresent @castelloxirumi
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This painting came out perfectly. It's a gift to mark a very special occasion, and it's now safely with its new owners.

The composition of this painting took me absolutely ages. I wanted to create a vignette, and to keep it simple and elegant...but I find that the simpler the idea, the trickier it is to strike a balance. I think I did achieve that, and the finished painting really makes me smile. Liberal use of masking fluid for the flowers.

#art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #drawing #artistsofinstagram #italy #sicily #maskingfluid #processvideo #chinese #indian #chineselamps #starjasmine #winsorandnewton #castelloxirumiserravalle #wedding #weddingpresent
This painting came out perfectly. It's a gift to mark a very special occasion, and it's now safely with its new owners. The composition of this painting took me absolutely ages. I wanted to create a vignette, and to keep it simple and elegant...but I find that the simpler the idea, the trickier it is to strike a balance. I think I did achieve that, and the finished painting really makes me smile. Liberal use of masking fluid for the flowers. #art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #drawing #artistsofinstagram #italy #sicily #maskingfluid #processvideo #chinese #indian #chineselamps #starjasmine #winsorandnewton #castelloxirumiserravalle #wedding #weddingpresent
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Castello Xirumi Serravalle. Part 6 of 6.

Another incredible venue I was lucky enough to visit on my trip. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd ever get to stay in a gorgeous 16th century castle nestled in the Sicilian countryside!* Unfortunately I was struggling with lack of space on my phone (and WiFi/signal issues meant that I couldn't back things up to make room 😭), so there aren't as many video clips as I'd have liked but I think they still give you a good idea of how gorgeous this venue is! The one thing no amount of videos can convey, though, is the almost intoxicating scent of jasmine that fills the air in and around the castle. The walls were covered with it, and it was in full bloom at the time of my visit. Utterly delightful! 

*big shout out to the universe for finally cutting me some slack 😂❤️ (and an even bigger thank you to the lovely people who invited me to take part in this trip, and who took such wonderful care of me ❤️) 

#italy #sicily #castle #castello #virtualtour #castelloxirumiserravalle @castelloxirumi
Castello Xirumi Serravalle. Part 6 of 6. Another incredible venue I was lucky enough to visit on my trip. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd ever get to stay in a gorgeous 16th century castle nestled in the Sicilian countryside!* Unfortunately I was struggling with lack of space on my phone (and WiFi/signal issues meant that I couldn't back things up to make room 😭), so there aren't as many video clips as I'd have liked but I think they still give you a good idea of how gorgeous this venue is! The one thing no amount of videos can convey, though, is the almost intoxicating scent of jasmine that fills the air in and around the castle. The walls were covered with it, and it was in full bloom at the time of my visit. Utterly delightful! *big shout out to the universe for finally cutting me some slack 😂❤️ (and an even bigger thank you to the lovely people who invited me to take part in this trip, and who took such wonderful care of me ❤️)  #italy #sicily #castle #castello #virtualtour #castelloxirumiserravalle @castelloxirumi
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Castello Xirumi Serravalle. Part 5 of 6.

Another incredible venue I was lucky enough to visit on my trip. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd ever get to stay in a gorgeous 16th century castle nestled in the Sicilian countryside!* Unfortunately I was struggling with lack of space on my phone (and WiFi/signal issues meant that I couldn't back things up to make room 😭), so there aren't as many video clips as I'd have liked but I think they still give you a good idea of how gorgeous this venue is! The one thing no amount of videos can convey, though, is the almost intoxicating scent of jasmine that fills the air in and around the castle. The walls were covered with it, and it was in full bloom at the time of my visit. Utterly delightful! 

*big shout out to the universe for finally cutting me some slack 😂❤️ (and an even bigger thank you to the lovely people who invited me to take part in this trip, and who took such wonderful care of me ❤️) 

#italy #sicily #castle #castello #virtualtour #castelloxirumiserravalle @castelloxirumi
Castello Xirumi Serravalle. Part 5 of 6. Another incredible venue I was lucky enough to visit on my trip. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd ever get to stay in a gorgeous 16th century castle nestled in the Sicilian countryside!* Unfortunately I was struggling with lack of space on my phone (and WiFi/signal issues meant that I couldn't back things up to make room 😭), so there aren't as many video clips as I'd have liked but I think they still give you a good idea of how gorgeous this venue is! The one thing no amount of videos can convey, though, is the almost intoxicating scent of jasmine that fills the air in and around the castle. The walls were covered with it, and it was in full bloom at the time of my visit. Utterly delightful! *big shout out to the universe for finally cutting me some slack 😂❤️ (and an even bigger thank you to the lovely people who invited me to take part in this trip, and who took such wonderful care of me ❤️)  #italy #sicily #castle #castello #virtualtour #castelloxirumiserravalle @castelloxirumi
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Castello Xirumi Serravalle. Part 4 of 6.

Another incredible venue I was lucky enough to visit on my trip. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd ever get to stay in a gorgeous 16th century castle nestled in the Sicilian countryside!* Unfortunately I was struggling with lack of space on my phone (and WiFi/signal issues meant that I couldn't back things up to make room 😭), so there aren't as many video clips as I'd have liked but I think they still give you a good idea of how gorgeous this venue is! The one thing no amount of videos can convey, though, is the almost intoxicating scent of jasmine that fills the air in and around the castle. The walls were covered with it, and it was in full bloom at the time of my visit. Utterly delightful! 

*big shout out to the universe for finally cutting me some slack 😂❤️ (and an even bigger thank you to the lovely people who invited me to take part in this trip, and who took such wonderful care of me ❤️) 

#italy #sicily #castle #castello #virtualtour #castelloxirumiserravalle @castelloxirumi
Castello Xirumi Serravalle. Part 4 of 6. Another incredible venue I was lucky enough to visit on my trip. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd ever get to stay in a gorgeous 16th century castle nestled in the Sicilian countryside!* Unfortunately I was struggling with lack of space on my phone (and WiFi/signal issues meant that I couldn't back things up to make room 😭), so there aren't as many video clips as I'd have liked but I think they still give you a good idea of how gorgeous this venue is! The one thing no amount of videos can convey, though, is the almost intoxicating scent of jasmine that fills the air in and around the castle. The walls were covered with it, and it was in full bloom at the time of my visit. Utterly delightful! *big shout out to the universe for finally cutting me some slack 😂❤️ (and an even bigger thank you to the lovely people who invited me to take part in this trip, and who took such wonderful care of me ❤️)  #italy #sicily #castle #castello #virtualtour #castelloxirumiserravalle @castelloxirumi
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Castello Xirumi Serravalle. Part 3 of 6.

Another incredible venue I was lucky enough to visit on my trip. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd ever get to stay in a gorgeous 16th century castle nestled in the Sicilian countryside!* Unfortunately I was struggling with lack of space on my phone (and WiFi/signal issues meant that I couldn't back things up to make room 😭), so there aren't as many video clips as I'd have liked but I think they still give you a good idea of how gorgeous this venue is! The one thing no amount of videos can convey, though, is the almost intoxicating scent of jasmine that fills the air in and around the castle. The walls were covered with it, and it was in full bloom at the time of my visit. Utterly delightful! 

*big shout out to the universe for finally cutting me some slack 😂❤️ (and an even bigger thank you to the lovely people who invited me to take part in this trip, and who took such wonderful care of me ❤️) 

#italy #sicily #castle #castello #virtualtour #castelloxirumiserravalle @castelloxirumi
Castello Xirumi Serravalle. Part 3 of 6. Another incredible venue I was lucky enough to visit on my trip. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd ever get to stay in a gorgeous 16th century castle nestled in the Sicilian countryside!* Unfortunately I was struggling with lack of space on my phone (and WiFi/signal issues meant that I couldn't back things up to make room 😭), so there aren't as many video clips as I'd have liked but I think they still give you a good idea of how gorgeous this venue is! The one thing no amount of videos can convey, though, is the almost intoxicating scent of jasmine that fills the air in and around the castle. The walls were covered with it, and it was in full bloom at the time of my visit. Utterly delightful! *big shout out to the universe for finally cutting me some slack 😂❤️ (and an even bigger thank you to the lovely people who invited me to take part in this trip, and who took such wonderful care of me ❤️)  #italy #sicily #castle #castello #virtualtour #castelloxirumiserravalle @castelloxirumi
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Castello Xirumi Serravalle. Part 2 of 6.

Another incredible venue I was lucky enough to visit on my trip. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd ever get to stay in a gorgeous 16th century castle nestled in the Sicilian countryside!* Unfortunately I was struggling with lack of space on my phone (and WiFi/signal issues meant that I couldn't back things up to make room 😭), so there aren't as many video clips as I'd have liked but I think they still give you a good idea of how gorgeous this venue is! The one thing no amount of videos can convey, though, is the almost intoxicating scent of jasmine that fills the air in and around the castle. The walls were covered with it, and it was in full bloom at the time of my visit. Utterly delightful! 

*big shout out to the universe for finally cutting me some slack 😂❤️ (and an even bigger thank you to the lovely people who invited me to take part in this trip, and who took such wonderful care of me ❤️) 

#italy #sicily #castle #castello #virtualtour #castelloxirumiserravalle @castelloxirumi
Castello Xirumi Serravalle. Part 2 of 6. Another incredible venue I was lucky enough to visit on my trip. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd ever get to stay in a gorgeous 16th century castle nestled in the Sicilian countryside!* Unfortunately I was struggling with lack of space on my phone (and WiFi/signal issues meant that I couldn't back things up to make room 😭), so there aren't as many video clips as I'd have liked but I think they still give you a good idea of how gorgeous this venue is! The one thing no amount of videos can convey, though, is the almost intoxicating scent of jasmine that fills the air in and around the castle. The walls were covered with it, and it was in full bloom at the time of my visit. Utterly delightful! *big shout out to the universe for finally cutting me some slack 😂❤️ (and an even bigger thank you to the lovely people who invited me to take part in this trip, and who took such wonderful care of me ❤️)  #italy #sicily #castle #castello #virtualtour #castelloxirumiserravalle @castelloxirumi
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Castello Xirumi Serravalle. Part 1 of 6.

Another incredible venue I was lucky enough to visit on my trip. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd ever get to stay in a gorgeous 16th century castle nestled in the Sicilian countryside!* Unfortunately I was struggling with lack of space on my phone (and WiFi/signal issues meant that I couldn't back things up to make room 😭), so there aren't as many video clips as I'd have liked but I think they still give you a good idea of how gorgeous this venue is! The one thing no amount of videos can convey, though, is the almost intoxicating scent of jasmine that fills the air in and around the castle. The walls were covered with it, and it was in full bloom at the time of my visit. Utterly delightful! 

*big shout out to the universe for finally cutting me some slack 😂❤️ (and an even bigger thank you to the lovely people who invited me to take part in this trip, and who took such wonderful care of me ❤️) 

#italy #sicily #castle #castello #virtualtour #castelloxirumiserravalle @castelloxirumi
Castello Xirumi Serravalle. Part 1 of 6. Another incredible venue I was lucky enough to visit on my trip. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd ever get to stay in a gorgeous 16th century castle nestled in the Sicilian countryside!* Unfortunately I was struggling with lack of space on my phone (and WiFi/signal issues meant that I couldn't back things up to make room 😭), so there aren't as many video clips as I'd have liked but I think they still give you a good idea of how gorgeous this venue is! The one thing no amount of videos can convey, though, is the almost intoxicating scent of jasmine that fills the air in and around the castle. The walls were covered with it, and it was in full bloom at the time of my visit. Utterly delightful! *big shout out to the universe for finally cutting me some slack 😂❤️ (and an even bigger thank you to the lovely people who invited me to take part in this trip, and who took such wonderful care of me ❤️)  #italy #sicily #castle #castello #virtualtour #castelloxirumiserravalle @castelloxirumi
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Commenda di San Calogero: Part 11 of 11.

A stunning villa in Sicily, which includes a beautifully laid out garden, and gorgeous views. I was very fortunate to be able to stay here for one night as part of a (very exciting!) work trip, and very much enjoyed wandering the grounds and just soaking up the view. I've got quite a few video clips, which won't all fit into one reel so make sure you check my other reels!

#italy #sicily #commendadisancalogero @commendadisancalogero #italianvilla #virtualtour
Commenda di San Calogero: Part 11 of 11. A stunning villa in Sicily, which includes a beautifully laid out garden, and gorgeous views. I was very fortunate to be able to stay here for one night as part of a (very exciting!) work trip, and very much enjoyed wandering the grounds and just soaking up the view. I've got quite a few video clips, which won't all fit into one reel so make sure you check my other reels! #italy #sicily #commendadisancalogero @commendadisancalogero #italianvilla #virtualtour
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