Hello friends,

Hope you are having a good weekend.  Mine has been so-so and a little stressful due to some kitty problems and an emergency vet appointment, but we are doing OK.  I guess though that cats have been on my mind even more than usual so I have another cat-inspired page to share…

today’s art . . .

I really don’t know how this happened lol.  I have about five pages left to fill in my journal before it is finished so I put together a little portable kit of supplies and this journal with the empty pages, and then sat down and made this page.  I was thinking about some current challenges – Art Journal Journey has a bird challenge this month and Country View Challenges has a cat challenge and More Than Words has an ocean/splatters challenge and somehow that made me start thinking about a cat that could be an octopus… and so Octokitty was born!

I had this image in my head of a giant blue cat with eight legs and so that’s what I tried to recreate on this page.  I could see him sitting at the bottom of the ocean with his front paw-tentacles crossed over just like a regular cat but all his other legs going off in all directions.

Of course since he is in the ocean, there needs to be a seagull.  This is what my brain thinks a seagull looks like without actually googling to look at a real one.  I know it looks nothing like a seagull but I think it’s recognisable as some kind of bird.

I thought Octokitty would appreciate an ocean full of fish to choose from so I drew lots of them in orange as a complementary colour to the ocean colours.

Because I have been on cat-watch / monitoring duty over the weekend, I threw a bunch of supplies in a pencil case and made myself a little portable kit so I could work anywhere and keep an eye on my girl and on Netflix, so I am working with limited supplies.  I used Tombow markers (which honestly I forgot I even had because I’m so used to reaching for my watercolour palettes), some acrylic paint pens, and a black and white gel pen, oh and a waterbrush for the Tombows.   I had fun and as you will see, I made more pages, which will be posted up soon.

Hope you feel inspired to join in the challenges this month.

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!Ingredients
my handmade journal, watercolour paper, acrylic paint markers, white pen, black pen, Tombow markers, waterbrush


Art Journal JourneyMay Challenge – Birds
Country View ChallengesMay Challenge – Cats/dogs

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May 31, 2022 7:55 pm

Great make! I love your thought processes!
Thanks for joining us at Countryview Challenges and good luck. Hugs Rachel x

May 24, 2022 9:04 pm

You have fantastic idea to create an octokitty :)) A great page! Thanks for sharing it at AJJ 🙂

May 24, 2022 9:58 am

A really super page and take on the AJJ theme, I hope that bird was safe perched on the tentacle.

Erika N
May 24, 2022 1:17 am

Octokitty is such a creative and fantastic image Elle. I like her a lot. And that was clever to add the seagull on her tentacle. This page really made me smile, and is perfect for Matilde’s challenge. Thanks for joining us at AJJ. Hugs-Erika

Bleubeard and Elizabeth
May 23, 2022 9:40 pm

I often work with limited supplies, but mine are because I don’t have the exact item I need (grin). Thanks for sharing this with us at Art Journal Journey using Matilde’s theme.

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