{Art Fix} Embracing Your Inner Child

This is a series I am starting to show you how easy it is to create stunning artwork with a little budget and little “artistic” skill. I personally think that what you put on your walls says something about you, your style, what you like and who you are. So why not put something on your walls that you created yourself? I have been creating art for my own walls for years….so I wanted to share with you easy ways you can create art at home. I know that a lot of people are intimidated by creating their own art but really you do not have to be scared, the only person who has to like it is YOU! I don’t put art on my walls for other people, I do it for me! Who cares if they hate it?! I am the one that has to live with it. Hopefully, this series inspires you to take risks and try something new!

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Remember when you were a little girl (and, yes, I am assuming you are a girl!) and you  would spend hours colouring in….princesses, flowers, unicorns, rainbows & all things pretty!? I know I do, colouring-in is where my love for art started and even today I love to colour……there is something peaceful about it. So what better place to start this series than with something that will allow you to embrace your inner child?

This post was inspired by a book……when I was away on holidays in Byron Bay I stopped into a local bookshop…..I am an avid reader and I cannot resist a bookshop, I could get lost in one for hours. While browsing the stacks a book cover caught my eye,  as I flipped through the pages I found the most beautiful ink illustrations. The great thing about this book is that it is an adult colouring/puzzle book (don’t you just love that someone thought to create an adult colouring book! ME TOO!). As I was turning the pages and admiring the artwork, I thought to myself how amazing these would look framed on a wall. So you can see where this is headed….

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The Book is called “The Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book” by Joanna Basford 

Yes, to create this artwork you would have to buy the book, but seriously it is definitely worth it’s $19.99 AUD price tag.

What you will need:

“Secret Garden” book or another colouring book of your choosing!

Quality Colouring Pencils



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1. Choose your page……I had Rena pick a page as this would be going in her room – I asked her to pick one of the circular images (not sure if they are meant to but they remind me of Mandalas) in the book as I thought they would frame up nicely. (Don’t you just love this peacock image she selected?)

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2. Cut out the page from the book….I know cutting a book is like committing murder, but totally worth it in this case! (really what else are you doing with the book?! It needs to be coloured and framed! And stop giving me that look….)

3. Colour-In to your hearts content (it’s okay to go outside the lines! I did!)

Art Fix - Embracing your Inner Child | Colour Saturated Life

4. Place your artwork in a frame!

Art Fix - Embracing your Inner Child | Colour Saturated Life

Simple right!? But soooo beautiful and Rena loves her artwork made by Mummy!

Art Fix - Embracing your Inner Child | Colour Saturated Life

Art Fix - Embracing your Inner Child | Colour Saturated Life

Art Fix - Embracing your Inner Child | Colour Saturated Life

Art Fix - Embracing your Inner Child | Colour Saturated Life


Joanna Basford has a new book  coming out in February 17th 2015: “Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Colouring Book” – just in time for my birthday! I know what I will be asking for!

Hope you enjoyed this….I have a billion ideas for this series so expect a lot more headed your way!

**I was in no way compensated for this post, this is a genuine post written from the heart!**


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  • […] only do Joanna’s books have incredible drawings you can turn into simple DIY art (see my post here where I did just that!) but they have clues and treasures hunts you can get into through-out the […]ReplyCancel

  • Christie - February 17, 2015 - 10:22 am

    Thanks so much for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday! I appreciate you stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte - February 13, 2015 - 6:27 am

    What a great idea and so beautiful. It would be fun to try this since I like colors and design but ain’t much of a true painter. This looks fun!
    Stopping by from the Much Ado About Monday party. Pinned.
    /Charlotte – My Green NookReplyCancel

  • […] I know this is way more complicated than colouring-in which was our first project but really once you embrace your inner craftswoman you can totally rock this. Plus, I have made it […]ReplyCancel

  • Maria - February 11, 2015 - 1:36 am

    These are absolutely brilliant! I love love that it’s an adult coloring book and something that I can do and, in turn, display in my home afterwards. There’s something so personal and intimate about making something yourself and displaying it at home. I’m ordering this book today and getting started immidiately! Thank you so so much for sharing 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kate from Handmadesensations.blogspot.com - February 10, 2015 - 11:32 pm

    This is so beautiful, I can’t stand it. Do you thing I might find the book somewhere on the Internet?ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - February 11, 2015 - 7:37 am

      Thanks Kate and yes you should be able to find it on Amazon 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Leigh - February 6, 2015 - 4:23 pm

    love it, looking forward to more like this post xxReplyCancel

    • Gilly - February 7, 2015 - 7:16 pm

      Thanks Leigh…..look out for a post next week in this series xoReplyCancel

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