An Easy Way To Paint Rose Blooms (with Video)


Hello everyone. This post actually started off as a little challenge. A lot of people are so intimidated by drawing roses. A lot of people I know can’t even fathom drawing one because of the fear of failure- which is pretty bad. I mean, roses are gorgeous! It’s like an insult not to draw them. So, here I was, with…

Bookbinding Personalized Journals (+ Free Peony Printables)


I was going to name this ‘marble and peony and doodles bookbinding personalized journals (and free peony printables)’ but that was wayy too long. I’ve got to confess something before I begin- lately, I’ve been in a DIY rut. It’s like I have so many ideas- and yet I can’t seem to get any done. I’ve got half finished projects…

A Fun Tic Tac Photo Activity


Sometimes you should just have fun! Forget the pressure of creating some beautiful artwork- let’s all play with tic tacs! No, really. This is a great activity for kids and for you too if you want to practice your photography for macro objects. Because, let’s face it, these tic tacs are as macro as it can get. What you need…

Photo diaries: Tattoos, Chinese Food and TV


Photo diaries: Tattoos, Chinese Food and TV It all started with a tattoo. Well, fake tattoo, anyway. While rummaging around my extremely messy craft drawers, I found these fake dragon tattoos, and since it was a nice, lazy Sunday morning- what else can you do? This was the result- my little sis joined in, too- We started talking about dragons…

Practicing Creativity on a Regular Basis


Hi everyone. Today, I thought I’d just write a quick post on practicing creativity on a regular basis. Creativity means different things to different people. For some, it means cooking some amazing meals, some like weaving or writing, and some people (like me )like painting, drawing and lettering. Basically, art.  I think it’s so important to stay in that zone- where…

Paint Freehand Watercolour Floral Art


Florals are my topic of choice these days. If you’re following me and my art adventures on instagram (@surelysimpleblog), you’ll know about it- my feed has been all about florals and fresh flowers and flowery thoughts- yes, they’re all pretty much the same thing: FLORALS! So this is a post all about painting florals too.  You see that picture above- I’m…

Fresh White Bean Spread


Hello! Today, we have a post from Charlotte, who writes a very lovely food and lifestyle oriented blog called The Fox and the Knife. I really liked her aesthetics and attention to small details in her food photography, and I’m glad she’s sharing one of her recipes. Today on Surely Simple, she’s making an easy and fresh white bean spread packed with…