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Binary Sea – The Sea King’s Bride

Once upon a time the dark sea king fell in love with a girl. She was not a great beauty; she was in fact, rather ordinary. But day after day she stood on the docks gazing out at the dark sea and the dark sea king fell in love with her wistful look. He watched her and imagined she looked towards the sea and longed with all her heart to be a part of the sea. And he thought of how he could grant her that wish while making her his. 

He didn’t think to talk to her or ask her why she looked to the sea. 

Now, kings are often impulsive and selfish creatures and the dark sea king is more selfish than most. After all, he is a dark king. (Do you see where this is heading? I never said this was a love story.)

One day the king’s desires for the girl grew so great he could no longer stand it. As she stood looking out at the sea, the king sent a great wave to snatch her up and deliver her to his castle. The wave surrounded the girl and dragged her out, out, out to sea and down, down, down into the depths. 

His castle was a very long way down. 

The girl was human and, as we all know, humans can’t breathe under water like a fish or sea king. The girl drowned long before she reached the castle. 

The king got his bride and the girl drowned. 

The dark sea king didn’t mind. He finally got his bride and the entire castle danced long into the night. 

And then, in the morning, the entire castle feasted. 

The dark sea king’s bride still decorates the castle hall. 

Oh come my love and swim with me, out in this vast, binary sea…


  • Watercolour pencils
  • Derwent Inktense ink pencils
  • Neocolor II wax pastels
  • Liquitex paint
  • Golden paint
  • Faber-Castell Pitt pen

Here is the link to today’s art. Title from Death  Cab for Cutie’s song, Binary Sea. Story and painting my own. 


I put my handprints on this page, like a little girl reaching out to her father. 

I painted over them because he’ll never reach back again. 

be open to whatever comes next

I actually started a different project tonight but needed to let it dry thoroughly before moving on to the next step. 

I tested the technique last night in my art journal and decided to do a canvas tonight. I’m going to work on it tomorrow once all the matte medium is completely dried. For tonight though, I made this. 

It started out as a rather ugly colour but had some lovely texture to it. I covered it in Golden gesso and added some bright pink and neon yellow Pebeo paint over top. Then I sprayed black Dylusion ink over top. 

The doodles were done with my Pitt pen and the sentiment is a Tom Holtz small talk sticker. 

I like this one. Full of potential and perhaps pointing to what may come. 

Inspire Journal Page

I wanted to make today’s page a little different. I also wanted to play with texture and colours. 

I started with a layer of crumpled up kraft paper stuck down with Golden matte medium and then added layers of Dylusion spray inks. I sprayed water to mix the colours and continued adding more layers of colour and water until I was satisfied. 

I then added the cheesecloth, lace and chipboard word from my stash of useful stuff. 

The word was coloured with evening primrose Silks acrylic glaze. 

Materials Used:

  • Dylusion spray inks
  • Distress ink sprays
  • Heidi Swapp colour shine spray
  • Distress paint
  • Silks acrylic glaze
  • Golden matte medium
  • Cheesecloth
  • Lace Ribbon
  • Chipboard word

Spray inks are a lot of fun to use but they are super messy. I’ve managed to colour myself in all the pretty colours tonight!

366 Days of Art Doodles

I tend not to always post the doodles like today’s art. I don’t know that people would find a whole post about a doodle as interesting as one with more elements so I tend to save them up. Here are a few of the recent doodles. 

All Across the Universe Journal Page

I felt like trying something a little different tonight

A universe contained within the constraints of an art journal page. 

Materials Used: 

  • Liquitex professional acrylics: light blue, Naphthol Crimson, alizarin Crimson
  • Liquitex basics titanium white
  • Pebeo fluorescent yellow
  • Grumbacher dioxazine purple
  • Golden carbon black
  • Golden fluid fluorescent blue

Monochromatic Pages

Decided to do two pages today. One in my regular art journal, and one in the monster journal. 

I started with the monster journal. I wanted to draw the monster you see in the dark, at the foot of your bed when you’re half asleep. You can’t see the monster’s face, but you know it will be terrible. 

The monster page was done in charcoal and Golden acrylic carbon black paint. 

Then, to lighten things up a bit, I did the flower page. I didn’t want to add colours though, so I stuck to a black and white pallette. 

The background was done in layers of Golden Carbon Black and Liquitex Titanium White, swirled on top of each other. Then I added the flower. 

Little Monsters

I bought a new journal today specifically for drawing monsters. These ones are quick sketches, a little cartoony, but fun. I plan on filling this journal up with different monger in different styles. 

Materials Used:

  • Staedtler triplus fineliner black pen
  • Staedtler 2H pencil
  • Generals charcoal
  • Faber-Castell pitt oil based pencil
  • Progresso sky blue pencil

Sketching in Pen

Tonight’s page was done in ink. It’s a challenge to try make something you can’t go back and correct.

Apple Art Journal Page

Decided to keep today’s page simple. 

An apple a day will keep anyone away, if you throw it hard enough. 

Materials Used:

  • Derwent Inktense ink pencils
  • Neocolor II watersoluble wax pastels
  • Kuretake pen