Around the World Blog Hop

Has anyone got a tuit? I need a good supply of round ones....towards the back end of last year I was invited to take part in an around world blog hop and to my absolute shame it has taken me over six months to get around to it. Get it? A round tuit? No? Hey ho I won't give up the day job just yet.

Back to the blog hop. I was invited by fellow artist Tessa Spanton who runs an interesting art blog full of hints and tips and plenty of inspiration. Tessa and I first met a couple of years ago on the folksy forums where we still meet up for a chat and where we both have shops Tessa's Colours and Textures and my own Stephanie Guy Fine Art. Tessa's silk paintings are particularly inspiring - it was after seeing some of her works that I decided to take a one day workshop. I now have all the gear, just need the time to experiment!

Continuing the blog hop, I'd like to introduce you to two of my arty-farty friends. Well, three friends and an aquaintance, but three of them share a blog.

Firstly, Maxine Veronica is the owner of the wonderful folksy shop Paper Chains and Beads. Max describes herself as a Crafty Welsh Mam, and creates a huge range of items. I'm very fond of her ink art and regularly use and admire a set of her coasters that I bought. She also creates the most wonderful shopping lists with matching pens - I have commissioned her to make over 15 of these with a Liverpool basis so far, they make superb gifts for our many foreign visitors. My favourite part of Max's blog is her art journal - she has an envious ability to assemble random items on a page and make them look like they belong together.

And now for one of my very favourite blogs. Watercolours by Polly Birchall is where Polly and her friends and creations Annie Arkwright and Kenny Eckerslyke document their trials and tribulations. A hop over to this blog will be so rewarding. Polly shares the ups (lots of these) and downs (I have to say I don't think they are downs at all) of her watercolour journey creating the most beautiful paintings and sketches. She also shares the absolute joy of Annie's life...I can't wait to see how Annie and Kenny do at this year's Wimbledon tennis tournament.

I'm really looking forward to seeing who Polly and Max introduce in their blog hop posts, I'm sure their introductions will be equally worthy of a follow.