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Alphabet Artwork

This year I took part in 36 days of type – a yearly open call that challenges artists from different creative fields to share their view on the letters and numbers from our alphabet!

I’m happy to say I completed the challenge with a daily artwork over the 36 days. I took on the challenge with the intention of not restricting myself to a theme or design spec. I wanted to explore the unknown and varying aspects of what unfolds from free creativity. Admittedly, for the most part, I managed to stick to similar colours which gave it a more flowing feel.

Here is my alphabet in all it’s creative glory.

I ended up with two for “C” because I wanted to work on my portrait skills too and created my first self portrait!

I really enjoyed this and loved the outcome (even if I did conveniently leave out my freckles!) and have ideas for future pencil and led artworks.

Although my artworks in this alphabet were not planned, this “F” I had to plan, was inspired by the #fauxsaics creations on Instagram, and could have easily been an artwork by itself.

I’m glad I planned it and I absolutely love it!

I had a little bit of fun with “I” – which is your favourite?

Despite the simplicity with this “L” I feel accomplished in managing the 3D effect I created, which I’ve struggled with in the past. This really helped progress this skill in my lettering and I also animated the lights, which you can find on my Instagram.

A continuation in my pencil and led work skills for this octopus. Although not taking the official letter “O” form as a whole it has different elements reflecting the letter.

“Who’s been painting my roses red?” – inspired by Alice In Wonderland.

My “V” ended up being a reworked artwork that I created in acrylics many years ago!

I’m pleased with how my artistic skills have developed over the years and how I improved this piece in a different medium. I will be creating products and prints using this artwork, so keep your eyes peeled.

Having completed the letters, I was nervous about approaching the numbers as I hadn’t approached numbers previously.

As I went into them, I started to create the numbers with similar aspects that I had created in the letters.

The “5” was a lot of work with all of those lights but I liked the idea of it being a celebration for the 5th 36 days of type, which also happened to fall on my 500th Instagram post!

I certainly took a liking to clouds during this time also!

Saving the real celebration, in the form of a balloon, to finalise my artworks on the challenge and successfully completing it! – This balloon ended up being one of my favourites too!

Do you have a favourite or two? Did you take part in the challenge as well or feel inspired to do it next year? I would love to see your creations and artworks!

Thank for stopping by and taking a look at my freely created artworks for the alphabet in this years 36 days!


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Coconut & Raspberry Cake



  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 75g coconut
  • 200g raspberries
  • 1 tbsp milk (coconut milk if you want it extra creamy!)
  • 1 tsp of coconut or raspberry essence (optional)
  • Small amount of icing to drizzle (optional)


Preheat your oven to 200C (180 Fan) and line an 8″ cake tin.

Beat the butter and caster sugar together until soft and creamy. Mix your 1tsp choice of essence. Then, add 1 egg at a time with 1 tbsp of self-raising flour, mixing until you have that soft cake mixture – repeat this for all 4 eggs. Fold in the remaining flour. Add your 1tbsp choice of milk, this gives the cake a fluffy and creamy texture. Lightly fold 100g of the raspberries. Put your cake mix into your lined tin and bake for 35 minutes, or until golden brown and skewer emerges clean.

Once the cake is baked and cooled, decorate with 100g raspberries. Drizzle a small amount of icing and sprinkle the remaining coconut. Voilà!


  • You can divide the mix into two sandwich cake tins, then sandwich the cake together with raspberry jam giving it a little extra kick!
  • For birthdays and celebrations make a batch of butter icing with a coconut essence. Pipe and decorate – add your style and character!

Cake Photography

Here is your chance to mark your style and showcase what you’ve made! It doesn’t have to be fancy, as you can see from my image I placed the cake stand on my desk, surrounded by other mismatched objects and it works! Adding other objects to your image can help build character. Flatlay images are popular right now – a slice of cake on a tea plate on your kitchen table or workspace surrounded by cooking utensils, stationery or anything you fancy will get a thumbs up from your social community.

Come say hi socially and share your cake bakes @elfpaperco | #elfpaperco

– Caroline 💖