Cats and art are my two favourite things. So when I saw that Ravi, a freelance artist, was looking for bloggers with pets I jumped straight at the chance. Ravi is one of the most loveliest people. We chatted over Facebook, I sent her my favourite picture of Simba & Zazu as kittens and a few days later I received this AMAZING drawing! I was also sent Ravi’s fantastic drawing of a lion (it’s not mine, don’t worry, I only own cats he he).

Ravi is a Leeds based freelance artist with a passion for portraits. She draws both humans (in black and white) and pets. Her work is absolutely incredible, just look at her Etsy shop! I think this could be such a sweet gift idea for a loved one with a fur companion. Or if you want a little present for yourself, this is such a unique and special treat. Check out THERAVIOSART and order yourself the purrrrfect present:

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Thank you so much for my lovely drawing, Ravi. I absolutely adore it and am amazed at your skill and talent! Make sure you check out Ravi on social media and give her your support!

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Do you ever feel like you want to create something but have absolutely no idea what? If the answer is yes, then same here. The other day, I was mindlessly flicking through my old magazines waiting for inspiration to jump out at me. And nothing was happening. I was turning the pages hopelessly, feeling indifferent and unenthusiastic. Then suddenly I thought, why not use the magazine itself as inspiration. So I took a pair of scissors, grabbed a scrapbook and started cutting.

It was so much fun as there were absolutely no rules. Just cut (it doesn’t even have to be neat) and stick your clippings wherever you want.

I found inspirational quotes, pictures of food, flowers, cushions, cups of tea, anything and everything went in.

After I had finished with the magazine, I added a Polaroid snap from my holiday in Greece as I thought it fitted in perfectly with the colours.

I wanted to keep the pages bright, positive and uplifting. 

Marshmallows, yoga and cakes – just a few of my favourite things.

I added in a few of my cute little cat stickers to decorate the pages.

I used a mini inspirational card from treatbox to give the pages an added bit of positivity.

Ta-da! It’s like having a Pinterest board but without an internet connection. The best bit was that it was so relaxing,  I switched off for an hour or so and just focused on cutting, sticking and creating. All you need is a magazine or two, a pair of scissors and glue and the rest is up to you and your imagination. Have fun!

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The last time I did paint by numbers, I was about 10 years old, sitting in my Nan’s kitchen, trying to create something that resembled a Disney character. As an adult, I never gave it a second thought. Well, that is until Reeves contacted me. Reeves are one of the world’s leading creativity and lifestyle brands, they believe creativity isn’t about right or wrong, it is all about expression. Reeves’ ambition is to cater for a broader audience, like me and you. Not just for artists or 10 year olds’ sitting in their grandmas kitchen. They do a HUGE range of products, but being the cat lover I am, I knew what I wanted to try.

I picked the Kitten on Books Paint By Numbers Set – cats and reading are like my favourite things.

Admittedly, I was like woah! so many numbers, I better put my glasses on.

But when I figured out what I had to do, I mixed my first colour and started painting. I quickly relaxed into it.

You don’t need to be an expert painter at all. This was my first time picking up a paint brush in years and it was easier than I thought.

Some colours needed mixing and this was very straightforward. Other colours you just used straight from the pot. Easy.

It was so satisfying to see the picture start to emerge.

I was surprised how similar my picture looked to the picture on the kit. It’s so easy to create the right shades which match the original perfectly.

As you can see, my painting skills are not perfect but that really didn’t matter. This was such a chilled activity.

There are no rules, paint the picture in which ever order you like and use your imagination.

This took me about two evenings to complete and it was time well spent. It was the most relaxing thing I have done in a long time.

Ta-da! I am so impressed with how this turned out!

If you fancy doing something relaxing and creative, check out Reeves Paint By Numbers kits. There are tons to choose from and cost less than £5. Have you tried these before? Let me know your thoughts!

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