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

Something a little different for #worldwatercolormonth - watercolour on clay! A couple of weeks ago I had a lovely time making a wee pot with @just.deenie @openartspaces , and today I decorated it! I don't have any clay primer or acrylic paint kicking around, so I used watercolour ground to seal and prepare the pot (which I applied a week ago, it's had more than enough time to cure). I then basically had fun with watercolour! Watercolour ground creates a base that behaves in a similar way to watercolour paper: you can blend and lift colours in the same way. I had no clear plan, just had fun adding multiple layers (some wet on wet, others wet on dry). I've got some watercolour protector spray somewhere so I will probably give the pot a coat of that once I'm sure it's thoroughly dry.

#painting #watercolour #watercolor #worldwatercolormonth2024 @doodlewashed #airdryclay #airdriedclay #thumbpot #ceramics
Something a little different for #worldwatercolormonth - watercolour on clay! A couple of weeks ago I had a lovely time making a wee pot with @just.deenie @openartspaces , and today I decorated it! I don't have any clay primer or acrylic paint kicking around, so I used watercolour ground to seal and prepare the pot (which I applied a week ago, it's had more than enough time to cure). I then basically had fun with watercolour! Watercolour ground creates a base that behaves in a similar way to watercolour paper: you can blend and lift colours in the same way. I had no clear plan, just had fun adding multiple layers (some wet on wet, others wet on dry). I've got some watercolour protector spray somewhere so I will probably give the pot a coat of that once I'm sure it's thoroughly dry.

#painting #watercolour #watercolor #worldwatercolormonth2024 @doodlewashed #airdryclay #airdriedclay #thumbpot #ceramics
Something a little different for #worldwatercolormonth - watercolour on clay! A couple of weeks ago I had a lovely time making a wee pot with @just.deenie @openartspaces , and today I decorated it! I don't have any clay primer or acrylic paint kicking around, so I used watercolour ground to seal and prepare the pot (which I applied a week ago, it's had more than enough time to cure). I then basically had fun with watercolour! Watercolour ground creates a base that behaves in a similar way to watercolour paper: you can blend and lift colours in the same way. I had no clear plan, just had fun adding multiple layers (some wet on wet, others wet on dry). I've got some watercolour protector spray somewhere so I will probably give the pot a coat of that once I'm sure it's thoroughly dry.

#painting #watercolour #watercolor #worldwatercolormonth2024 @doodlewashed #airdryclay #airdriedclay #thumbpot #ceramics
Something a little different for #worldwatercolormonth - watercolour on clay! A couple of weeks ago I had a lovely time making a wee pot with @just.deenie @openartspaces , and today I decorated it! I don't have any clay primer or acrylic paint kicking around, so I used watercolour ground to seal and prepare the pot (which I applied a week ago, it's had more than enough time to cure). I then basically had fun with watercolour! Watercolour ground creates a base that behaves in a similar way to watercolour paper: you can blend and lift colours in the same way. I had no clear plan, just had fun adding multiple layers (some wet on wet, others wet on dry). I've got some watercolour protector spray somewhere so I will probably give the pot a coat of that once I'm sure it's thoroughly dry.

#painting #watercolour #watercolor #worldwatercolormonth2024 @doodlewashed #airdryclay #airdriedclay #thumbpot #ceramics
Something a little different for #worldwatercolormonth - watercolour on clay! A couple of weeks ago I had a lovely time making a wee pot with @just.deenie @openartspaces , and today I decorated it! I don't have any clay primer or acrylic paint kicking around, so I used watercolour ground to seal and prepare the pot (which I applied a week ago, it's had more than enough time to cure). I then basically had fun with watercolour! Watercolour ground creates a base that behaves in a similar way to watercolour paper: you can blend and lift colours in the same way. I had no clear plan, just had fun adding multiple layers (some wet on wet, others wet on dry). I've got some watercolour protector spray somewhere so I will probably give the pot a coat of that once I'm sure it's thoroughly dry. #painting #watercolour #watercolor #worldwatercolormonth2024 @doodlewashed #airdryclay #airdriedclay #thumbpot #ceramics
2 weeks ago
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No new paintings for #worldwatercolormonth today, but here's my quirky view of @alicesportobello - it's a beautiful shop, and features in both the #paddingtonbear films. Prints are available in my shop - links in my profile!

#art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #artistsofinstagram #worldwatercolormonth2024 #portobelloroad #paddingtonmovie #alicesantiques #nottinghill #london #ladbrokegrove #localart #localartist
No new paintings for #worldwatercolormonth today, but here's my quirky view of @alicesportobello - it's a beautiful shop, and features in both the #paddingtonbear films. Prints are available in my shop - links in my profile! #art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #artistsofinstagram #worldwatercolormonth2024 #portobelloroad #paddingtonmovie #alicesantiques #nottinghill #london #ladbrokegrove #localart #localartist
2 weeks ago
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My beautiful boy will be 11 this year, and this is the first time I've done a portrait of him. Shocking, isn't it? 😂 Of course trust him to refuse to smile with the finished portrait 🤦

Commissions welcome. 

#art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #artistsofinstagram #worldwatercolormonth #worldwatercolormonth2024 #winsornewton #winsorandnewton #shibainu #shibasofinstagram #shiba #petportrait @doodlewashed
My beautiful boy will be 11 this year, and this is the first time I've done a portrait of him. Shocking, isn't it? 😂 Of course trust him to refuse to smile with the finished portrait 🤦

Commissions welcome. 

#art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #artistsofinstagram #worldwatercolormonth #worldwatercolormonth2024 #winsornewton #winsorandnewton #shibainu #shibasofinstagram #shiba #petportrait @doodlewashed
My beautiful boy will be 11 this year, and this is the first time I've done a portrait of him. Shocking, isn't it? 😂 Of course trust him to refuse to smile with the finished portrait 🤦

Commissions welcome. 

#art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #artistsofinstagram #worldwatercolormonth #worldwatercolormonth2024 #winsornewton #winsorandnewton #shibainu #shibasofinstagram #shiba #petportrait @doodlewashed
My beautiful boy will be 11 this year, and this is the first time I've done a portrait of him. Shocking, isn't it? 😂 Of course trust him to refuse to smile with the finished portrait 🤦

Commissions welcome. 

#art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #artistsofinstagram #worldwatercolormonth #worldwatercolormonth2024 #winsornewton #winsorandnewton #shibainu #shibasofinstagram #shiba #petportrait @doodlewashed
My beautiful boy will be 11 this year, and this is the first time I've done a portrait of him. Shocking, isn't it? 😂 Of course trust him to refuse to smile with the finished portrait 🤦

Commissions welcome. 

#art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #artistsofinstagram #worldwatercolormonth #worldwatercolormonth2024 #winsornewton #winsorandnewton #shibainu #shibasofinstagram #shiba #petportrait @doodlewashed
My beautiful boy will be 11 this year, and this is the first time I've done a portrait of him. Shocking, isn't it? 😂 Of course trust him to refuse to smile with the finished portrait 🤦

Commissions welcome. 

#art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #artistsofinstagram #worldwatercolormonth #worldwatercolormonth2024 #winsornewton #winsorandnewton #shibainu #shibasofinstagram #shiba #petportrait @doodlewashed
My beautiful boy will be 11 this year, and this is the first time I've done a portrait of him. Shocking, isn't it? 😂 Of course trust him to refuse to smile with the finished portrait 🤦 Commissions welcome. #art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #artistsofinstagram #worldwatercolormonth #worldwatercolormonth2024 #winsornewton #winsorandnewton #shibainu #shibasofinstagram #shiba #petportrait @doodlewashed
2 weeks ago
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3/9
Miniature house portrait, commissioned by @thewhyteplace (who now have quite a collection of my peedie penworks! ❤️). It took me a shockingly long time to get this one done, and it sat in my to do pile for months (😳) but I think it was worth the wait! 😁

#art #houseportrait #miniaturedrawing #penandink #fineliner #london #localart #localartist #queenspark #queensparkestate
Miniature house portrait, commissioned by @thewhyteplace (who now have quite a collection of my peedie penworks! ❤️). It took me a shockingly long time to get this one done, and it sat in my to do pile for months (😳) but I think it was worth the wait! 😁

#art #houseportrait #miniaturedrawing #penandink #fineliner #london #localart #localartist #queenspark #queensparkestate
Miniature house portrait, commissioned by @thewhyteplace (who now have quite a collection of my peedie penworks! ❤️). It took me a shockingly long time to get this one done, and it sat in my to do pile for months (😳) but I think it was worth the wait! 😁

#art #houseportrait #miniaturedrawing #penandink #fineliner #london #localart #localartist #queenspark #queensparkestate
Miniature house portrait, commissioned by @thewhyteplace (who now have quite a collection of my peedie penworks! ❤️). It took me a shockingly long time to get this one done, and it sat in my to do pile for months (😳) but I think it was worth the wait! 😁

#art #houseportrait #miniaturedrawing #penandink #fineliner #london #localart #localartist #queenspark #queensparkestate
Miniature house portrait, commissioned by @thewhyteplace (who now have quite a collection of my peedie penworks! ❤️). It took me a shockingly long time to get this one done, and it sat in my to do pile for months (😳) but I think it was worth the wait! 😁

#art #houseportrait #miniaturedrawing #penandink #fineliner #london #localart #localartist #queenspark #queensparkestate
Miniature house portrait, commissioned by @thewhyteplace (who now have quite a collection of my peedie penworks! ❤️). It took me a shockingly long time to get this one done, and it sat in my to do pile for months (😳) but I think it was worth the wait! 😁 #art #houseportrait #miniaturedrawing #penandink #fineliner #london #localart #localartist #queenspark #queensparkestate
2 weeks ago
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A miniature memory from my trip to Sicily, this is a tiny view from @commendadisancalogero

#winsornewton watercolours on Bockingford paper from @st.cuthberts.mill

I'm really enjoying getting back into the swing of painting, and it seems fate that I get my mojo back during #worldwatercolormonth (founded by the fantastic  @doodlewashed )

#art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #artistsofinstagram  #worldwatercolormonth2024 #sicily #miniaturewatercolour #miniaturewatercolor
A miniature memory from my trip to Sicily, this is a tiny view from @commendadisancalogero

#winsornewton watercolours on Bockingford paper from @st.cuthberts.mill

I'm really enjoying getting back into the swing of painting, and it seems fate that I get my mojo back during #worldwatercolormonth (founded by the fantastic  @doodlewashed )

#art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #artistsofinstagram  #worldwatercolormonth2024 #sicily #miniaturewatercolour #miniaturewatercolor
A miniature memory from my trip to Sicily, this is a tiny view from @commendadisancalogero

#winsornewton watercolours on Bockingford paper from @st.cuthberts.mill

I'm really enjoying getting back into the swing of painting, and it seems fate that I get my mojo back during #worldwatercolormonth (founded by the fantastic  @doodlewashed )

#art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #artistsofinstagram  #worldwatercolormonth2024 #sicily #miniaturewatercolour #miniaturewatercolor
A miniature memory from my trip to Sicily, this is a tiny view from @commendadisancalogero #winsornewton watercolours on Bockingford paper from @st.cuthberts.mill I'm really enjoying getting back into the swing of painting, and it seems fate that I get my mojo back during #worldwatercolormonth (founded by the fantastic @doodlewashed ) #art #watercolour #watercolor #painting #artistsofinstagram #worldwatercolormonth2024 #sicily #miniaturewatercolour #miniaturewatercolor
2 weeks ago
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5/9
Miniature portrait of one of my furry friends. #winsornewton watercolour on #bockingfordpaper from @st.cuthberts.mill

#watercolour #watercolor #painting #drawing #artistsofinstagram #art #worldwatercolormonth #worldwatercolormonth2024 #miniaturewatercolour #miniaturewatercolor #pug #petportrait #dogportrait
Miniature portrait of one of my furry friends. #winsornewton watercolour on #bockingfordpaper from @st.cuthberts.mill

#watercolour #watercolor #painting #drawing #artistsofinstagram #art #worldwatercolormonth #worldwatercolormonth2024 #miniaturewatercolour #miniaturewatercolor #pug #petportrait #dogportrait
Miniature portrait of one of my furry friends. #winsornewton watercolour on #bockingfordpaper from @st.cuthberts.mill #watercolour #watercolor #painting #drawing #artistsofinstagram #art #worldwatercolormonth #worldwatercolormonth2024 #miniaturewatercolour #miniaturewatercolor #pug #petportrait #dogportrait
2 weeks ago
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Quick lunchtime lighthouse.

#painting #watercolour #watercolor #art #worldwatercolormonth2024 #worldwatercolormonth #lighthouse #iwanttomarryalighthousekeeper
Quick lunchtime lighthouse. #painting #watercolour #watercolor #art #worldwatercolormonth2024 #worldwatercolormonth #lighthouse #iwanttomarryalighthousekeeper
3 weeks ago
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A recent commission. @winsorandnewton watercolours and @derwentartofficial Inktense pencils.

If you'd like to commission a street sign of your own, then please do get in touch! 

#painting #watercolour #watercolor #art #localart #localartist #london #inktense #winsornewton #worldwatercolormonth #worldwatercolormonth2024 #londonboroughofbrent #london #kilburn #nw6 #kilburnpark  #commissionswelcome
A recent commission. @winsorandnewton watercolours and @derwentartofficial Inktense pencils. If you'd like to commission a street sign of your own, then please do get in touch! #painting #watercolour #watercolor #art #localart #localartist #london #inktense #winsornewton #worldwatercolormonth #worldwatercolormonth2024 #londonboroughofbrent #london #kilburn #nw6 #kilburnpark #commissionswelcome
3 weeks ago
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Another miniature for #worldwatercolormonth - and this one is an iconic view from Jurassic Park (which I saw for the first time in a cinema all the way over in Jakarta, Indonesia! I was 12 and I remember being absolutely petrified at times, but utterly enthralled throughout).

#winsornewton watercolours on Bockingford paper from @st.cuthberts.mill

#painting #watercolour #watercolor #art #worldwatercolormonth2024 #miniaturewatercolour #miniaturewatercolor #jurassicpark #welcometojurassicpark #movies #films #90smovies #90sfilms @doodlewashed #bockingfordpaper #stcuthbertsmill
Another miniature for #worldwatercolormonth - and this one is an iconic view from Jurassic Park (which I saw for the first time in a cinema all the way over in Jakarta, Indonesia! I was 12 and I remember being absolutely petrified at times, but utterly enthralled throughout).

#winsornewton watercolours on Bockingford paper from @st.cuthberts.mill

#painting #watercolour #watercolor #art #worldwatercolormonth2024 #miniaturewatercolour #miniaturewatercolor #jurassicpark #welcometojurassicpark #movies #films #90smovies #90sfilms @doodlewashed #bockingfordpaper #stcuthbertsmill
Another miniature for #worldwatercolormonth - and this one is an iconic view from Jurassic Park (which I saw for the first time in a cinema all the way over in Jakarta, Indonesia! I was 12 and I remember being absolutely petrified at times, but utterly enthralled throughout).

#winsornewton watercolours on Bockingford paper from @st.cuthberts.mill

#painting #watercolour #watercolor #art #worldwatercolormonth2024 #miniaturewatercolour #miniaturewatercolor #jurassicpark #welcometojurassicpark #movies #films #90smovies #90sfilms @doodlewashed #bockingfordpaper #stcuthbertsmill
Another miniature for #worldwatercolormonth - and this one is an iconic view from Jurassic Park (which I saw for the first time in a cinema all the way over in Jakarta, Indonesia! I was 12 and I remember being absolutely petrified at times, but utterly enthralled throughout).

#winsornewton watercolours on Bockingford paper from @st.cuthberts.mill

#painting #watercolour #watercolor #art #worldwatercolormonth2024 #miniaturewatercolour #miniaturewatercolor #jurassicpark #welcometojurassicpark #movies #films #90smovies #90sfilms @doodlewashed #bockingfordpaper #stcuthbertsmill
Another miniature for #worldwatercolormonth - and this one is an iconic view from Jurassic Park (which I saw for the first time in a cinema all the way over in Jakarta, Indonesia! I was 12 and I remember being absolutely petrified at times, but utterly enthralled throughout).

#winsornewton watercolours on Bockingford paper from @st.cuthberts.mill

#painting #watercolour #watercolor #art #worldwatercolormonth2024 #miniaturewatercolour #miniaturewatercolor #jurassicpark #welcometojurassicpark #movies #films #90smovies #90sfilms @doodlewashed #bockingfordpaper #stcuthbertsmill
Another miniature for #worldwatercolormonth - and this one is an iconic view from Jurassic Park (which I saw for the first time in a cinema all the way over in Jakarta, Indonesia! I was 12 and I remember being absolutely petrified at times, but utterly enthralled throughout).

#winsornewton watercolours on Bockingford paper from @st.cuthberts.mill

#painting #watercolour #watercolor #art #worldwatercolormonth2024 #miniaturewatercolour #miniaturewatercolor #jurassicpark #welcometojurassicpark #movies #films #90smovies #90sfilms @doodlewashed #bockingfordpaper #stcuthbertsmill
Another miniature for #worldwatercolormonth - and this one is an iconic view from Jurassic Park (which I saw for the first time in a cinema all the way over in Jakarta, Indonesia! I was 12 and I remember being absolutely petrified at times, but utterly enthralled throughout).

#winsornewton watercolours on Bockingford paper from @st.cuthberts.mill

#painting #watercolour #watercolor #art #worldwatercolormonth2024 #miniaturewatercolour #miniaturewatercolor #jurassicpark #welcometojurassicpark #movies #films #90smovies #90sfilms @doodlewashed #bockingfordpaper #stcuthbertsmill
Another miniature for #worldwatercolormonth - and this one is an iconic view from Jurassic Park (which I saw for the first time in a cinema all the way over in Jakarta, Indonesia! I was 12 and I remember being absolutely petrified at times, but utterly enthralled throughout). #winsornewton watercolours on Bockingford paper from @st.cuthberts.mill #painting #watercolour #watercolor #art #worldwatercolormonth2024 #miniaturewatercolour #miniaturewatercolor #jurassicpark #welcometojurassicpark #movies #films #90smovies #90sfilms @doodlewashed #bockingfordpaper #stcuthbertsmill
3 weeks ago
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