Portrait Drawing Process Video ~ Sunray Sister YouTube


I have just released my first ever drawing process video on my YouTube channel! It’s less than 5 minutes, and shows the sped-up process of creating a portrait with pencils, from start to finish.

I hope you enjoy this one! Let me know if you would like to see more creative process videos in the future.

This is my last YouTube upload for 2017, so I hope you have a peaceful and joyful few weeks. I will have lots more videos next year, kicking off in January with another first for my channel… stay tuned!

In the meantime, you can continue to follow my 365 day challenge here on the blog, or on Instagram and Facebook. See you soon sisters ūüôā


Peace and love,

Rachel x


Opening Pen Pal Letters ~ Sunray Sister YouTube


Yes, I made it to three videos in three weeks! I’m back on track and feeling good. Check out my latest YouTube video below.¬†

This week I am sharing a few glimpses of what I received from two of my pen pals. Hope you enjoy!


Peace and love,

Rachel x

Pen Pal Letter Ideas // Sunray Sister Shows You How


On this lovely blue-skied Wednesday I bring you a brand new YouTube video! Recently I found a couple of new pen pals, and decided to share the process of making a pen pal letter.

This video includes five simple steps for putting together a cute letter, with lots of sweet crafty ideas for you to try!

Below is a summary of the steps and ideas included in the video for reference.

1. Introduce yourself

  • Write some basic facts about you in a pretty card.
  • Sketch a map of where you live/your country.
  • Draw a self-portrait and add labels, such as eye-colour and favourite jewellery.
  • Give some recommendations for films, T.V., music and books.
  • And of course, write a letter! Talk about what you‚Äôve been up to and your dreams for the future.
  • It‚Äôs also nice to add stickers and stamps for a finishing touch.

2. Make something

  • I made a small notebook. You can see how I did this in my simple notebook tutorial video.
  • You could also paint or draw a picture.
  • Make a collage or mixed media piece.
  • Sew something small or weave a friendship bracelet.
  • …or make anything else that is easy to post and isn’t breakable!

3. Add cute art and craft supplies

  • Fun stickers.
  • Bookplates – these usually have nice illustrations and are self adhesive.
  • A washi tape sample.
  • Some sticky notes on a postcard.
  • Buttons and ribbon.

4. Wrap them up

  • Use pretty paper bags to make sweet packages for your pen pal to open.
  • Close these with washi tape, and write a label.
  • You could also use a wax seal on the envelope with your letter.

5. Put it all together!

  • Finally put everything together in a large envelope.
  • Make the package extra special by adding some doodles (this is easier when the envelope is still empty).
  • Add your pen pal‚Äôs address, as well as your own address (in case they don‚Äôt have yours yet, or the letter gets lost).

Then all that’s left to do is post your lovely letter! Let me know if you try any of these ideas, and what you thought of the video.

Have you sent any happy mail recently? Do you have a pen pal? If so what do you send to them? Share your stories and ideas in the comments below, or join me on Instagram or Facebook.

Coming up I will have a blog post this Sunday, and then (hopefully) another YouTube video next Wednesday! I’m taking things slow around here so I can concentrate on creating top quality content, rather than a large quantity of posts, and get back to drawing and painting as well.

Have a beautiful day sisters!

Peace and love,

Rachel x

escape the city // a walk into the woods and far away


Sometimes we all need a little break, which is why I took two weeks offline recently. If you can’t take that long off work/life, why not escape for just a few hours and get lost in nature!

That’s what I did last month, and I wanted to share this mini-adventure with you today. Join me as I leave the city behind, enter the woods, amble along the stream, discover hidden places, marvel at the beauty of nature and get lost in a magical wonderland!

(I also had a bit¬†too much fun with some new editing tips and tricks I’ve picked up recently!!!)

This is my latest YouTube video; you can find more on my YouTube channel where I post new videos every Wednesday. Expect more mini-adventures alongside art & craft tutorials, and various behind the scenes snippets of my life as a creative individual. If you like the sound of that please subscribe and share with all your like-minded, crazy, creative friends on social media!

Coming up this Friday on the blog will be a little study of my inspirations, to help define my style and move my work forward! See you then sisters.


Peace and love,

Rachel x

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

How to Make a Notebook in 10 Easy Steps // Sunray Sister Shows You How

Hello sisters! How are you?

Today I have a new YouTube video for you! This took quite a bit of work, and I was close to giving up, so I’m glad I stuck with it and got it done for you all ūüôā

Follow the 10 easy steps to create your own simple notebook. Then find some extra ideas at the end for how to fill a notebook. Hope you like it!

What you need:

  • Card – one piece for cover, any size you like! I used A4
  • Paper – 8-12 pieces for inside pages, same size as cover
  • Patterned paper – for endpapers (optional)
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Awl/sharp pointy tool
  • Strong thread
  • Large needle
  • Scissors
  • Clips – paper clips or bulldog clips
  • Plastic bone folder (optional)

What to do:

  1. Fold cover in half with short edges together. Use bone folder to get sharp crease.
  2. Stack inside pages together and fold as in step 1.
  3. Trim long edges of closed inside pages, using ruler and craft knife.
  4. Open out cover and inside pages, and secure together with clips. You can also add ‘endpapers’ between cover and inside pages using a piece of patterned paper.
  5. Mark three points along inside spine of notebook, using pencil and ruler. First find the centre. Then measure an equal distance either side between centre and edges, for the second and third points.
  6. Create three holes where you marked in step 5 using an awl/something sharp. Remember to protect your surface and be careful!
  7. Cut string, three times the height of notebook.
  8. Thread needle.
  9. Sew spine:
    1. Inside centre hole > outside, leave excess to tie at end!
    2. Outside centre hole > bottom hole
    3. Inside bottom hole > top hole
    4. Outside top hole > centre hole
    5. Outside centre hole > back to start position
  10. Tie ends and trim excess.

Finished!!! How easy was that?!

Ideas for filling a notebook:

  • Lists:¬†to-do, favourites, wish-lists, playlists
  • Ideas, projects, planning, brainstorming, note-taking
  • Daily/weekly/monthly/yearly schedules, plans, appointments and meetings
  • Personal thoughts, feelings, reflections
  • Creative writing: lyrics, poetry, stories
  • Gratitude journal
  • Collage, mixed media
  • Drawing, sketching, designing


What do you use notebooks for? Have you tried making your own notebook before? Leave a comment below¬†or over on my YouTube channel¬†if you try my tutorial. I’d love to hear your feedback!

Remember to subscribe to my channel for more tutorial videos in the future, as well as adventures outside, plus more personal and creative-process/behind-the-scenes videos coming soon!

On the blog this week:

  • Friday: Class resumes with¬†part two of¬†Love Lessons.¬†Have you done your homework from the last lesson¬†yet?!
  • Sunday: Playtime number 10. A mixtape from me to you!
  • Wednesday: My next YouTube video. This time I will be sharing another outdoor adventure!

See you soon sisters ūüôā


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

YouTube: A Walk in the Park // Sunray Sister Ventures Out

Hello sisters, how are you? Today I would like to share¬†my third YouTube video with you all! This week’s video is the start of a new mini-series on my channel, called ‘Sunray Sister Ventures Out’.

In this series you can expect beautiful outdoors adventures, at home and further afield, as well as trips to inspiring museums and galleries; a celebration of nature, creativity and venturing out into the unknown.

For the first episode of Sunray Sister Ventures Out, I have created a short and sweet recording of a recent walk in my local park. I hope it inspires you to get outside and admire the beauty of nature all around us!


Please remember to support me by subscribing to my channel, or even just leaving a kind comment here, on YouTube, or on social media, to give me some feedback! 

See you again this Friday for my February Happy Highlights. What were your best moments from the last month? What did you achieve? What have you learnt? What made you smile? Let me know!


Peace and love,

Rachel x

Day 14: LAST DAY! BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! // Sunray Sister’s 14 Days of Self-Love

How are you sisters? I hope you are feeling super loved right now! Because you are brilliant and you deserve to be loved.

On this final day of 14 days of posts, I would like to share something SUPER special with you…


It’s here! Sunray Sister is all about positivity via creativity, so my channel is going to be all about leading a creative life by: making stuff, learning stuff and finding alternatives in order to love yourself, others and our planet as much as possible.

To make a paper heart bunting…

You will need

  • Newspaper to protect surface
  • Paper – I used 3 sheets of cold pressed watercolour paper
  • Paints – I used red, white and gold acrylics from WHSmith
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Shape template – I made a heart, aprox. 12cm square
  • A sewing machine and thread, OR
  • A hole punch and ribbon


  1. Prepare paint
  2. Paint paper and leave to dry
  3. Trace template onto back of painted paper
  4. Cut shapes
  5. Set up your sewing machine
  6. Sew shapes together on sewing machine, making sure you leave extra thread at either end for hanging up
  7. OR, if you don’t have a sewing machine, simply punch holes either side of each heart, and thread the hearts onto some thin ribbon.


Starting a YouTube channel is such a massive step for me, so it would mean the world if you could share my video on social media, tell your friends and let me know what you thought! Find me on social media!

After all those posts, I’m feeling¬†rather exhausted, but I have just hit 50 published blog posts! Wow! Thank you so much for being here, and following my journey, I love you all! See you on Friday for a round up¬†of all 14 days, in case you missed any.


Peace and love,

Rachel x

Personal Goals for 2017 // Sunray Sister

Hello sisters! How is your week going so far? Today I want to share a few personal things with you, because this business is a huge journey for me, and I want you to know what’s going on behind it. I want you to know what matters to me.

Last month I shared my business goals for 2017. Those goals are about fixed targets and going out of my comfort zone to achieve new things. My personal goals are about coming back to myself, so that I can create my best self. They are about being able to have a solid foundation from which I can jump up to my business goals, and then still have something comfortable to land on!

For my personal goals, I have created four main categories: Health, Habits, Finance and Fun. These are four broad areas which I want to improve throughout the year. Let’s see what’s in each one…


Health –¬†diet and exercise

In 2017 I will get better at looking after my body and my mind.

I have already made a major change this year by becoming vegetarian. I have always eaten meat, but I suddenly realised that I don’t need to, my body doesn’t need it, and I no longer need to harm animals. What’s more I am taking part in Veganuary, a vegan challenge for January.

I also want to move more, and breathe in more fresh-air. In 2017 I aim to walk outside everyday. Doing a lot of work from home often means I get stuck inside all day. When I get outside I feel a million times better. Obviously I need to build up to doing serious exercise eventually, such as running and cycling.

By eating well and exercising regularly, my mind will become clearer and my body will feel happier. To add to this, I want to revisit yoga and meditation. I have done some basic meditation in the past using the Headspace app on my phone, and I have learnt some yoga moves from a class and books, so I would like to pick these up again in 2017.


Habits –¬†planning and possessions

In 2017 I will become more organised and have fewer possessions.

Time is my biggest demon. Yet I know that I can conquer it, with the power of lists! And lists! And more lists!!! Plus a lot of willpower. If I want to be self-employed, or at least to begin with be able to juggle a job with running a small business, I need a daily routine. That means no lie-ins, no late nights. It means creating effective to-do lists, daily and weekly schedules, and prioritising.

Aside from all the serious stuff, I need to remember the mundane things. Cleaning and chores. Planning meals and doing food shopping. These basic things often get forgotten. But in 2017 I want to give them a place and respect my chores with a set routine and plan.

Before I can truly see clearly however, I need to get rid of¬†the physical things that are in my way. I’m talking about clutter. Possessions. Stuff. There is a big trend at the moment for minimalism and I think this is great. So over the next couple of months I will be clearing out a lot of my belongings.¬†I might also¬†film the process to share later, when I launch my YouTube channel, which is one of my business goals!


Finances¬†–¬†the necessary stuff

In 2017 I will be financially secure and be in control of my money.

To me, money is such an abstract concept. Quite similar to time. In the age of plastic cards, and online shopping and banking, I basically never see money. And yet it makes me miserable. So it is another demon which I need to conquer, this time with the power of spreadsheets!!! And possibly an accountant. Money is also quite a private thing, so I won’t say anymore here.


Fun –¬†the nice¬†stuff

In 2017 I will have fun and do things that I love.

There are a lot of things that I love to do, but I hardly ever do them. So this year I am determined to make some time for fun.

I love music, but it has got slightly buried in my life recently. In 2017 I want to start practicing piano and singing regularly again; just for me to start with, and eventually for sharing at gigs and in YouTube videos again.

Of course I love art and crafts as well. This year I want to start building a handmade wardrobe by sewing clothes from patterns that I already own (I have quite a lot of dress patterns!), and I will probably film the process for YouTube as well. I also want to get back into collaging and start a journal that combines collage, drawing, paint and my written thoughts, in order to reflect on my emotions.

I often forget about the people in my life, so I also want to add a final, and most important goal for 2017, to plan special dates with Fraz, my boyfriend. These could be dates out to the cinema, for a walk, for a meal, or dates in to watch a film or play games.



My 2017 personal goals list

  1. Be vegetarian and try being vegan
  2. Walk outside everyday
  3. Practice yoga and meditation
  4. Plan each day
  5. Respect chores and create a routine for them
  6. Plan meals and prepare in advance
  7. De-clutter and become minimalist
  8. Become financially secure and track finances
  9. Practice piano
  10. Learn cover songs
  11. Sew clothes from patterns I already own
  12. Keep a collage journal
  13. Plan special dates with Fraz


What are you planning this year? Do you want to change? Are you going to be your best possible self? Let me know about all of your crazy plans in the comments or via social media. You could also follow me on Instagram for more personal insights and daily inspiration.

See you again this Friday for episode six of Playtime. Have a great week sisters!


Peace and love

Rachel x