Tribute to Beatrix Potter’s would-be-149th birthday

A drawing of Flopsy Bunnies I made in tribute to Beatrix Potter’s would-be-149th birthday. Drawn on Monologue Soft Sketchbook using Staedtler watercolour pencils and Dr. Ph. Martin’s liquid watercolour.


“I cannot rest, I must draw, however poor the result, and when I have a bad time come over me it is a stronger desire than ever.” – Beatrix Potter.

Helen Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English author, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her imaginative children’s books featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which celebrated the British landscape and country life.

Her parents were artistic, interested in nature, and enjoyed the countryside. As children, Beatrix and her brother, Bertram, had numerous small animals as pets which they observed closely and drew endlessly. Summer holidays were spent away from London, in Scotland and in the English Lake District where Beatrix developed a love of the natural world which was the subject of her painting from an early age.

Her artistic talents were recognized early. She enjoyed private art lessons and developed her own style, favouring watercolour. She illustrated insects, fossils, archaeological artifacts, and fungi, along with her drawings of her animals, real and imagined.

In the 1890s, her mycological illustrations and research into the reproduction of fungus spores generated interest from the scientific establishment. Following some success illustrating cards and booklets, Potter wrote and illustrated The Tale of Peter Rabbit, publishing it first privately in 1901, and a year later as a small, three-colour illustrated book with Frederick Warne & Co. Windermere, in 1905.

She continued to write and illustrate, and to design spin-off merchandise based on her children’s books for Warne, until the duties of land management and her diminishing eyesight made it difficult to continue.

Potter published over 23 books; the best known are those written between 1902 and 1922. She died of pneumonia and heart disease on 22 December 1943 at her home in Near Sawrey (Lancashire) at age 77, leaving almost all her property to the National Trust. She is credited with preserving much of the land that now comprises the Lake District National Park.

Potter’s books continue to sell throughout the world in many languages. Her stories have been retold in song, film, ballet, and animation. The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends, a TV series based on her stories, has been released on VHS by Pickwick Video and later Carlton Video.


You might want to try this quiz: Which Beatrix Potter character are you?, published by The Guardian, in celebration of what would be Beatrix Potter’s 149th birthday. Find out which of her most beloved animal characters you would be with this quiz!

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Monologue Soft Sketch Book

It was when I flipped through the papers that I fell in love with it. From inside, then I went on to the cover, I love everything about it; the 200 gsm Italian acid free drawing paper, the ribbon bookmarker, the black PU-flexi cover with round corners, and the elastic band closure. I knew I just had to have it. Paid SGD26 for it. I was in Singapore at that time.



Here are some drawings I made in the sketchbook:





You can see more of the artworks I made in the sketchbook on my previous posts: Random watercolour sketch and Sketching using watercolour pencils.

So, do you have a sketchbook? Ever consider of getting one for yourself? Need reasons to own a sketchbook? Ok, here are some:

  • Store all your ideas in the sketchbook. Make your thoughts real. You can draw/doodle all you want. Nobody is judging you.
  • Treat it as your journal. Write the date and draw something you see on daily basis.
  • You will develop your skills in freehand sketching.
  • Doodling in your sketchbook is a soothing way to pass the time. Try it while waiting for the bus, or waiting for your friends to show up.
  • Sketchbooks can help you resolve your emotional problems. Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that’s very effective. You don’t need the help of professional therapist — you just need to have a sketchbook.

So did I enticed you enough to buy a sketchbook? Then get one. You can get this brand online at or get any brand you like.

monologuetm Soft Sketch Book product specifications:

  • Black PU flexi cover with round corners
  • 200 gsm Italian acid free drawing paper
  • Rough textured paper surface suitable for various drawing techniques
  • Surfaced treated with vegetable gel, specially formulated to comply with ISO9706 and features long lasting stability
  • This paper has a rough surface suitable for drawing with the following techniques: Charcoal – Graphite – Pencil – Pastel – Oil Pastel – Wax Crayon – Acrylic – Collage – Oil – Spray – Tempera – Watercolour – Indian Ink – Gouache – Drawing Ink – Etching – Acquatint – Burin – Linocut – Lithography – Monotype – Dry Point – Silk Screen Process – Wood Engraving
  • Black elastic band closure & ribbon bookmarker
  • Available in 3 sizes: A4, A5 & A6



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Beat the stress with my Colourart Series


For the past few months, I have been working on this colouring book series and Alhamdulillah, all four of them are already published by Oyez!Books and now available for online purchase at You can also buy from Silverfish Books in Bangsar Village 2 but I am not too sure if they have stocks as these books are a favourite buy and fast-selling especially among adults.

Colouring books are now an escapism for those who want to beat stress. How is that? *Experts say colouring helps to calm the amygdala, the part of the brain that controls our emotions and senses. It may also provide a mental escape by transporting us back to the carefree days of childhood. When colouring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres, says psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala. “The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills [coordination necessary to make small, precise movements]. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.”

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Buy now from RM20 each. Make your purchase online, wait for the book to arrive at your doorstep and colour away.

While waiting, get the colouring tools ready. I recommend you buy a set of colour pencils because crayons are a bit bulky for the intricate details in these colouring books.



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