Inspiration Wall ~ Sunray Sister YouTube Video


I have a new YouTube video to share with you all! And it is my first one of 2018!!!

Here is the video description written out as it appears on my channel:

☞ Hello! ♥︎ It’s Rachel here with my first video of 2018!!! ☺︎ all info and links below! ☆

✿ In today’s video I show you how to turn a boring, blank wall into a beautiful, inspiring collage! ✿

I have written out the steps below, and included as many of the image sources as possible. Also check out the links to my portfolio, shop & social media profiles!

Thanks for watching! ☺︎

Peace and love,
Rachel x

☆ Steps ☆

1. Choose a playlist, or podcast (I was listening to ‘Hashtag Authentic’ from Me & Orla –
2. Gather your inspirational material
3. Select a sticking method
4. Find a blank wall
5. Start arranging everything!

☆ My links ☆

♥︎ Portfolio & blog:
♥︎ Instagram:
♥︎ Facebook:

I also have an Etsy shop!
♥︎ Video about my shop:

☆ Artists & image sources ☆
(from left to right, top to bottom)

♥︎ Fairy painting – ‘Titania’ by John Simmons
♥︎ Black & white sun & girl – unknown for Lionheart magazine
♥︎ B&w circle image – unknown
♥︎ B&w, and colour detailed illustrations – Brittany Davies
♥︎ Long artwork from ‘Shallow Bed’ album by Dry The River
♥︎ Long card with rabbits – Mark Hearld
♥︎ Colour penguin & bunny postcard – unknown (possibly Japanese?)
♥︎ Vintage b&w postcard – ‘La Primavera’ by Botticelli
♥︎ Balloon & bike photo – Dara Scully from Oh Comely magazine
♥︎ 3 pastel watercolour girls – And Smile Studio
♥︎ Fairy, head, mushroom & flowers illustration – Marie Gardeski/Imaginary Animal for Oh Comely magazine
♥︎ Flower photo – unknown
♥︎ ‘I’m Ok’ blue illustration – Naoshi for Lucky Dip Club
♥︎ Purple fairy queen postcard – ‘Queen of the Night’ by Susan Anderson
♥︎ ‘Today Is Going to be Awesome’ quote poster – Becki Clark for In The Moment magazine
♥︎ Dark tree and white circles photo – Richard Long
♥︎ Pottery piece photo – cut out from Oh Comely magazine
♥︎ Staffordshire postcard
♥︎ Peak District postcard
♥︎ Kikki’s Delivery Service Studio Ghibli postcard
♥︎ Urban map illustration – unknown from Oh Comely magazine
♥︎ Trees & lake illustration – Bon Iver poster, by Gregory Euclide
♥︎ ‘I think you are really nice’ dog (business card) – Nikki Miles
♥︎ ‘Have a lovely day’ (business card) – And Smile Studio
♥︎ ‘A little magic’ quote card – Kikki.K cute paper lovers book
♥︎ Horses card – Mark Hearld
♥︎ Ceramic baby with flower (business card) – David William Sampson
♥︎ Lion mini card – Nikki Miles
♥︎ ‘Do your thing’ marbled mini card – Pup Tart
♥︎ Circle maps illustration – Katie Green
♥︎ Purple embroidered fabric – my own work
♥︎ Ikigai floral poster – Holly McCulloch for In The Moment magazine
♥︎ Girl reading poster – Yelena Bryksenkova (LOVE her work!)
♥︎ Sunflower girl photo – Julia Aumann for Oh Comely magazine
♥︎ Mini cat cut-out – Kikki.K cute paper lovers book
♥︎ B&w blobs (business card) – Jo Parker
♥︎ 3 mini cards – Annelinde Tempelman for Flow magazine
♥︎ Wizard poster – Adventure Time
♥︎ Large b&w poster from ‘Helplessness Blues’ album by Fleet Foxes
♥︎ ‘You are brilliant & beautiful’ girl image – unknown from an old diary
♥︎ ‘Give yourself time’ scrabble letters – from Mollie Makes magazine
♥︎ ‘Votes for Animals’ rosette – Lush campaign
♥︎ Fabric owls in hand (business card) – Grace Gatley Textiles
♥︎ Abstract landscape (business card) – Liz Salter

Book mentioned at end is ‘Steal Like an Artist’ by Austin Kleon, more on that in the follow up video, out in a couple of months!

☆ Music ☆

‘Cooperation Road’ by Unicorn Heads
‘New Land’ by ALBIS
Both from YouTube Audio Library

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My finished inspiration wall

Next week I will have another video! Stay tuned. In the meantime keep up to date with my daily art challenge via Instagram and Facebook. Stay creative sisters!

Peace and love,

Rachel x


365 Day Art Challenge!!! // Sunray Sister


On November the 1st 2017 (that’s tomorrow!), I am starting a 365 day art challenge!


For a whole year, that’s 365 days in a row, I am challenging myself to consistently create a piece of art.

I have been inspired by the Inktober challenge that takes place in October every year, mainly on Instagram and YouTube, set up by the artist Jake Parker. Many other artists have also embarked on 365 day challenges, so I have been inspired by them too, especially Sally Nixon and Leigh Ellexson.


There are three huge main reasons for me choosing to start this challenge:

  1. To develop a habit of showing up every day, building constant momentum, and generally just treating my art as my daily 9-5 job that I want it to become.
  2. For the natural result of doing something every day: to practice and get better.
  3. To build my portfolio. I realise that this is just a personal project, but it will be my ‘proof of concept’ to say “hey look at me, I create art, I’m good at it and I show up for it every day”.


Every day I will create a piece of art. Whenever possible I will make it the first thing I do when I sit down at my desk, but it doesn’t matter if it’s the last thing I do. As long as I show up every day.

To make the year a little more manageable, I’ve decided to split it into monthly themes, which you can find below. And within each month I will give myself a list of daily subjects to translate into art.

Other than that I’ve decided to keep material options wide open, so that some days I can do a simple line drawing with a pen, some days I will get my watercolours out, and other days – when I have more time – I could create a collage and acrylic paint mini masterpiece. Although I think I will stick to around A5 size for each piece.


For accountability I will be sharing my daily art on Instagram every day, and also here on my blog every day. I will probably post on Facebook too, maybe not every day, and possibly create a few YouTube videos along the way to document my experience.

If you fancy getting creative every day for a whole year, you can join me! Just use the hashtag ‘#sunraysister365’ and tag me in your post @sunraysister. I will publish each month’s daily prompt list – in all the usual places – a few days before the new month begins. You can find the first month’s prompt list at the end of this post, or on Instagram and Facebook.

Ok! Let’s do it!

Yes! So that’s all the details of my 365 day art challenge, now let’s get to the monthly theme list, and more importantly the first month’s daily prompts!

For the majority of the monthly themes I chose clear, wide open subject areas which I am interested in making art about. Some of them are a little less obvious though, so I will clarify them more when we get there.

The first month’s theme is FACES. There are 30 days in November, so I have made a list of 30 prompts to apply to a face and translate into art.


That’s it! Feel free to comment below with any questions or ideas. And please remember, if you decide to take part, tag me in your posts and use the hashtag #sunraysister365.

See you tomorrow for day 1 out of 365…



Peace and love,

Rachel x

I Stand No Chance of Growing Up // Dear Diary #7

Dear diary,

Life is hard. And I often feel like I stand no chance of growing up; no chance of having a proper job, saving money, driving a car, being a responsible adult… I was in a weird place the other day; so I went for a long walk around Rudyard lake and put Fiona Apple on in my headphones.

The lyric “I stand no chance of growing up”, from ‘Valentine’, seemed to be particularly poignant for me.

There are, however, four main things that keep me going and growing (in increasing order of importance):

1. Creativity
2. Nature
3. Family
4. Fraz

Then there are all the other little things that make me smile, and bring me peace and slow my racing mind. And it’s nice to make a list of them, because lists make me feel calm too!

Green tea, the smell of that lush bubble bar, everything vegan, cartoons, yoga in the morning, beautiful magazines, libraries, museums, galleries, artists and their Instagrams, YouTube channels and Etsy shops… piano, BBC radio 6 music, singing, Björk, Radiohead and all the other musicians I adore… cobwebs with dew on, hydrangea, rising fog in the morning, seed heads, home-grown food, the full moon, shooting stars, reading horoscopes, ruined and forgotten buildings, drawing, collage, new books, old books, post, pen-pals, washi-tape…

And walks, lots of walks. Walking through forests and fields, up hills and mountains, and by rivers and lakes. Note to self: go on more walks! Below is a little photo documentation of the walk around Rudyard lake mentioned above…

Robin friend, at Rudyard lake dam where I started my circular walk
Oh, the importance of punctuation!
Indian Balsam (I think) – I’m slowly learning names of plants, starting with wild flowers!
Spooky abandoned building, which is the lodge to…
…this even spookier huge house, called ‘Cliffe Park’, where someone lives…!


View to Rudyard lake, from Cliffe Park
Friendly (but slightly disdainful) cows. I had to walk right between them on that path, and they were so mighty and impressive!
Buzzards overhead
A never-ending private road to the spooky house, and the farm where the disdainful cows live.
The top of the lake


Love the silhouette of these Ash (???) leaves
Stumbled into a Studio Ghibli set…


Spider in the rain, I admire her taste in flowers; Hydrangea are my favourite!

Last week I also went on an art trail in Wirksworth, with Rosie (Fraz’s brother’s fiancée), which was wonderful. I ended up taking pictures of stuff that wasn’t meant to be art, as much as I was appreciating the actual art!

Abandoned rusty metal outside one of the locations
Perfect seed-head display above the art
Some actual art – made of rubbish!

Then finally, a little bit of creativity for this week, in the form of two scrap collages – literally made up of some little pieces of paper from various projects, which I’ve been collecting in a little box!!!

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Until next time… keep creating, keep adventuring.


Peace and love,

Rachel x


Recent Creations // Dear Diary #6

Dear diary,

I’ve been creating recently!

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First of all is a ‘junk journal’ with a witchy theme, that I made for a collaboration on Instagram. It’s a book with two signatures, each made with mismatched pieces of paper from various sources, including magazine pages, wrapping paper and envelopes. The cover is made from some repurposed cardboard packaging. I then painted the cover, and worked on a few pages inside the book.

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As for the collaboration, the idea is myself and two other artists will each work in each others’ journals, and then return each one to the creator, filled with little bits of artwork from all three of us. I’m super excited to see the results!

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Next I made this birthday card for my mum! I was really pleased with the result, and I learnt a new folding technique for an exciting 3D card. I love the simple act of kindness in making a card for someone else, and sending it via snail mail.

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Then I’ve also been sketching in various locations – something I used to do all the time, so I’m glad I’ve rediscovered this habit.

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…At Peak Wildlife Park, where they have giant bunnies, zebras, warthogs and more!

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…At Peak Cavern (a.k.a. ‘The Devil’s Arse’!!!)

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…At Jorvik Viking centre, in York.

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And that’s all for now. I am trying to make a habit of creating something – even very small – every day… and consuming less. I will keep sharing the results with you!


Peace and love,

Rachel x


Adventures, Art and Asanas // Dear Diary #2

Dear Diary,

(Apologies for missing last Sunday’s blog post, but that just means there’s even more good stuff to share today!)

The past couple of weeks have been filled with adventure, inspiration and creativity. There was also a heat wave, during which I had a successful job interview. So I start a new job on Wednesday!

In the past week I’ve also started a daily yoga practice using Yoga with Adriene’s 30 day challenge on YouTube. So far, so strong! I feel connected, aware, focused, clarified, and excited to get stronger and more flexible.


Last weekend I hopped on the train and took a trip to my parents’ house in the countryside for Father’s day. Whilst there I picked a posy for my dad, made friends with a beetle, melted in the sun and tried to hide in the flowers with the cat, Bertie. We also ate fresh strawberries from the garden with vegan ice-cream. Ahhh bliss!

Blaise castle house museum, with fancy flocked wallpaper.


I really love the illustration on the left cup.


Vintage collage kit!!!


I might try to recreate this – I think it would be very useful.

On Friday, Fraz and I ventured out to Blaise castle in Bristol. A short bus ride took us out of town and into a beautiful estate with a fancy house, a fake castle and endless lush green, (far too photogenic) woods.


The woods felt like something out of a fairy tale. There were arched stone bridges, trickling streams, serene ponds, stepping-stones, bobby robins, cheeky squirrels, secret caves, and strange knobbly tree roots. Spirits and fairies were hiding around every corner!

Only open 2-4pm on the 3rd Sunday of each month…
…maybe there’s another way in!
View across to Goram’s Chair


On our way home we picked up some INCREDIBLE vegan chocolate sorbet from ‘Swoon’ on Park Street. Yes, you heard me, chocolate sorbet!!! It. is. so. good.

“How came you to know her?”



Throughout the last fortnight I have been experimenting with mixed media art, and I am loving it! Most of the vintage books in the pictures above and below are the items I mentioned in my last diary entry, found in an Oxfam book shop. Since then I have been cutting, sticking and slapping on layers of paint and colour!

My favourite creation so far is this mini pamphlet (below) about King George V, turned into a weird window book. It features various shaped and positioned holes in each page, portraits from postcards, my own paint layers, and some potential for black out poetry next I think.


“Do I look fabulous?”



I want to create more and more visual art, using mixed media techniques with ‘found’ or recycled materials, while creating little or no waste. I want my work to feature mysterious and whimsical figures, with lyrical words.

I want to use up all the materials I have in plastic containers and packets, and return to the elements; learn about pigments, make paint from the earth, make charcoal with fire, make paper with water, watch an arrangement of leaves blow away in the wind.

I feel so focused, and yet so free. This is an exciting time for my creative journey! Stick around to see where it takes me next!

Day 21 of #ColourMyEveryDay by @adventuresandteaparties = natural 🌸🌹🌷🌺🌞 I LOVE nature 😍 I am endlessly fascinated by her beauty: from the tiniest creature to the infinity of the universes 🌌 Nature makes me so humble, so grateful for the time I have on this wonderful planet 🌎🌏🌍 and gives me so much clarity and perspective; forget all your troubles and know that nature is doing her thing and she needs us to work with her, look after her and not destroy her!👍✌Here is a vintage book I'm about to paint in, with some incredible rose petals I found on the ground at the Ashton Court rose garden 💖🌹💖🌹💖🌹 • • • #in2nature #gowildlyandslow #creativelifehappylife #makersgonnamake #ashtoncourt #bristolcreatives #colorcolourhunters #colorcolourseekers #colorcolour  #colorcolourmagic #colorcolourlove #acolorstory #myunicornlife #pursuepretty #incolourfulcompany #abmcolorfullife

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Loving look through all your photos for today's #ColourMyEveryDay prompt of 'pattern' and I think sharing patterns on Fridays has to be a thing now because it just feels so flipping right for the end of the working week. Who's with me? 🌈And if you need convincing, take a look at these four I picked out from the feed today…1) This pattern designed by @sophmog is definitely for you cat ladies out there! Love it! 😻2) Love this summer tropical style pattern designed and shared by @daisysteeleillustration 🍌🍉🍍 3) How fab are these bold colours and shapes shared by @sunraysister 💙💗 4) This super cool pattern and typography shared by @spoonfulsugarco totally has Friday vibes about it! 🙌🏻 🎉🌈 Thanks so much for sharing again today! 🌈Have a super Friday night and a fab weekend! 🎈 #patterns #patternrepeat #catpattern #tropicalfruit #patterndesigners #surfacepattern #abstractpatterns #colourfulpatterns #colourseekers #colourhunters #patternhunters #patternseekers #lovepatterns

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Meanwhile in the online world I have been keeping up with the #ColourMyEveryDay Instagram challenge by ‘Adventures and Tea Parties’. It is allowing me to get really serious about what I share; planning, setting up the perfect shot, editing, using the right hashtags. Yet I’m having lots of fun with it too!

I even got featured on ‘pattern’ day, when I shared a painting by a fellow artist and friend here in Bristol, Jimmer Willmott.

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Over on YouTube I published something a little different on my channel: a video of me singing as a special surprise for my dad!

This Wednesday it will be back to my usual creative videos. I’ve been finding lots of new inspiring channels on YouTube this week, giving me fresh ideas for the direction my channel could go in. Below are three of my favourite new subscriptions: By Bun, Brittany McCowan and Toni Burt Artist!

Coming up this week I will have a new video on Wednesday, sharing my creative process behind a Summer themed, mixed-media collage. Then next Sunday I will have another diary entry; it’s set to be a busy week sisters, so I will have lots more behind the scenes fun to share with you! Stay creative!


Peace and love,

Rachel x



Favourite Modern Artists & Illustrators // A Study of my Inspirations


Today I would like to share a small study of the vast world of my inspirations.

Of course there are endless sources to my overflowing fountain of ideas, but in this post I will be focussing on a few of my favourite modern artists and illustrators. Look out for further posts sharing all the other people and things that inspire me soon.

I hope you enjoy this post and possibly find someone new to inspire your own creative work! All artist names are below their work, with a hyperlink to their online portfolio.

Brett Manning

I follow Brett on Instagram, where she shares her work and glimpses of life as an artist. I love her subject matter – usually women, fantasy, magic and science-fiction – along with her small detailed line work and brush strokes.

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Viktorija is another artist I found through Instagram. I love how she doesn’t always use outlines, and especially recently has been using paint more freely and exploring bright, fun colour palettes.

Yelena Brykenskova

I am captivated by every single piece created by Yelena. Her work always depicts simple, everyday scenes with incredible details, making small things suddenly special and precious. I also enjoy her muted colour choices.

Laura Callaghan

I feel like Laura’s work is quite similar to Yelena’s, just with the volume turned up! Her work oozes attitude from every corner, and she is extremely bold and brave; just looking at her work makes me feel a little more confident.

Fran Meneses

Fran is the queen of cute everyday doodles and observations, and even has her own line of travel-journal zines, full of amazing illustrations. Plus she has a super cool YouTube channel full of advice for artists!

Jacquelin Deleon

Jacquelin also has a YouTube channel, where you can watch her create some amazing paintings. I love the combination of watercolour, coloured pencils and pens used to make her awesome portraits. She also works with digital art and produces graphic novels.

Karen O’Brien

Karen’s work is very different to the other artists mentioned above, but I am a HUGE fan of collage and mixed-media! I bought her book ‘Imaginary Characters’ which is stunning, just like her art. The physical and metaphorical layers built up in rich collages like Karen’s are so captivating to me, I could look at work like this for hours!

So, as a small analysis, from looking at these examples, it seems that I am drawn to work that features: women, everyday scenes mixed with magic and fantasy, watercolour and layers. I better go and make some work that uses all those things then!

There are so many more artists I could list here, but to see a few extra examples of work I admire go to my ‘Art’ board on Pinterest. I add new inspiration fuel all the time, plus I will be adding pins of my own work soon!

Who inspires you? Why do you love their work? Where else do you get your ideas? I’d love to hear your creative stories; let me know down in the comments or over on social media.

If you like, why not come back this Wednesday when I will have a new YouTube video to show you. Find my latest one below and have a wonderful beginning to a fresh new week, I hope your dreams come true!


Peace and love

Rachel x

(note: the header/feature image is my own work)


Sketchbook Flip-through #1 // Sunray Sister Show and Tell

Hello sisters!

Welcome back to the Sunray Sister blog and another lovely YouTube video. This week I’m doing something new: a sketchbook flip-through! In the video you will find three sketchbooks for the price of one, featuring travel journaling, observational sketches, collage and random illustrations.

This type of video has been done by many, but every person’s sketchbook is unique, so I hope you find mine interesting and insightful. I will definitely be sharing more in the future!

Please remember to give my video a thumbs up so more people can see it, and subscribe to my channel to catch all my videos when they come out. Also share with your friends on social media if you think they would enjoy my content!

As you may have read in Sunday’s post – ‘Retreat, Reflect, Refocus: How to not give-up’ – I’m going offline for a couple of weeks this Monday. Find out all the details in my next post this Friday, including the exact rules of ‘offline’ and what I will be spending my time doing when I would otherwise be online!


Peace and love,

Rachel x


March Happy Highlights // Sunray Sister

Hello happy smiley people! How was your day? And your week? And your month?!

April is just around the corner, so let’s pause for an evening. My Happy Highlights posts are a monthly reflection of what’s happened, what I’ve learnt, how I’ve changed, what I’m grateful for and what made me smile.

Most months I like to type this list on my old-fashioned typewriter, and stick it into my journal/sketchbook along with some collage, themed around the main feeling/highlight from the month. For me, March was about slowing down, noticing and reconnecting with nature (especially at this beautiful time of year with blossoms and flowers emerging everywhere), making some changes (shaking off the winter dust, learning new things), and spending time with family and loved ones.


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What were your best moments from March? What are you most proud of? Who made you smile? Take a minute to give thanks and reflect on how far you’ve come. Share your story in the comments, or over on social media!

Coming up on Sunday I will be continuing this theme, in the form of a goals reflection. At the start of the year I set myself a few business and personal goals for 2017; I already feel like some of them need changing, so each month I will be sharing my progress with these goals, and my process of adjusting my plans. Have you stuck to your resolutions so far? What have you achieved? What have you learnt about yourself? How will you move forward?

Then this Wednesday I will have a fresh new YouTube video documenting a little adventure I had recently. In the meantime you can find my latest video below.

Have a beautiful weekend sisters!


Peace and love,

Rachel x


Mother’s Day Playlist // Sunray Sister Playtime 9

Happy Sunday sisters! 

I have had the most beautiful weekend: reconnecting with nature, soaking up the sunshine and getting creative; sharing stories, enjoying food and spending time with my lovely parents! I feel renewed and energised, with a new enthusiasm for my creative projects. Spring is here! What have you been up to?

Today I would like to share a new playlist with you. Seeing as it’s Mother’s Day, I have picked some awesome songs which mention mothers/mamas/strong women! Turn up the volume and have a boogie!!!

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What tunes would be on your Mother’s Day playlist? Let me know in the comments or on social media.

See you again this Wednesday for my next YouTube video, which will feature some of my outdoors adventures from the weekend. In the meantime remember to catch up on all my other videos and enjoy the sunshine while it’s here!


Peace and love,

Rachel x


YouTube: The Spiralling 002 Exhibition Tour // Sunray Sister Ventures Out

Welcome back to the Sunray Sister blog!

As I mentioned in my last post, I am currently taking part in my first ever exhibition as Sunray Sister! It is called The Spiralling Exhibition 002 and has been organised by Spin of The Spiralling. The exhibition is on all week from 6th-12th of March, 12-7pm every day at The Island gallery space in Bristol. You can find all the details in the previous post and on the official Facebook event page.

For today’s YouTube video I have created a tour of the exhibition, to tempt you even more, or so that you can be there in spirit if you really can’t make it in person! Head over to my YouTube channel to support this new branch of my creative tree by subscribing.

What do you think? If you are around please come and have a look, it will mean a lot to all of us involved!!!

Coming up this week I will have my usual Friday and Sunday blog posts, but I’ve got a few new ideas for some more in-depth and ‘serious’ content!

See you soon!


Peace and love,

Rachel x