New-look Blog!

March 8, 2016 | 50 Comments


Welcome to my re-designed blog!!

I am super excited that after a long time of dreaming, planning and finally implementing my ideas of what I wanted my blog to become… it is now here! Yay!!!

So here is a summary of some features of the new design:

  • My blog has moved from Blogger to WordPress. I am still working out all the implications (checking links still work, RSS feeds etc)
  • A cleaner, fresher look, with the images taking centre stage
  • Bigger images!
  • Sticking with a traditional blog feel but redesigning the homepage with summaries, rather than posts in full, so that you can more easily see what I have written about lately. I did review a lot of interesting new formats but am very happy with the final result.
  • The palette strip at the top has been moved to the sidebar (a big decision!) so that I can more easily update it. So for all you palette junkies, you can now easily check up on my latest selections.
  • An expanded Sketching Tools section. I am super excited about this and will be adding more details to the various sections over the next few months.
  • An Architecture Sketching section that incorporates the more detailed articles I wrote on my separate “Sketching Architecture“ blog which I haven’t been able to maintain lately. This part of my blog I plan to develop further this year.
  • A Portfolio section – so you more easily see a selection of my work. Ah! so many teacups in the one place – and there are a lot more that I could add as well!
  • And finally… drum roll please… an Archives section! This is the part of the blog I will be working on during the next few months so that I can pull together a lot of valuable content that has been lost in old posts.

You all know that I am an obsessive blogger, and as I wrote last month here, I have been taking it very seriously in the last few years. Engaging a graphic designer to put together my site with the features I wanted was a huge step, but one that really made me realise even more how much my blog is core to everything that I do. It feels great to have gotten it together properly now!

The new blog certainly reinforces my commitment to providing the best content that I can on a regular basis: Sketching my life and sharing the experience!

It is still a work in progress as I go through my old posts adding them into the relevant categories, and subsequently discovering what important sketching topics I haven’t blogged about yet! But it is just so wonderful to have the structure in place so I can continue to build and expand my blog in the future. A huge thanks to Alyce, Quan and the Matter team for helping my dreams become reality!

Thanks once again for all your support over the years – for the comments and constant encouragement to keep blogging and for just simply returning to view my sketches and rambling on a regular basis. I hope that this new design, with the new index pages, will help make my content even more accessible and helpful.

I hope you will take a look around!

PS. I have to laugh at myself a little that I do a hand markup of the new features of the blog (ah! I still have an architect’s trait of marking up and notating things!)


  • Alison O says:

    I love the new look blog Liz, It is great to see your drawings displayed in the portfolio section, you deserved a portfolio site! I am looking forward to spending lots of time here browsing the information you so generously share with us. One small thing, Where is the ‘follow’ button for wordpress? I too am a wordpress user, and I like to have other wordpress sites that I follow appear in the wordpress reader.

  • Cathy Dwyer says:

    Very cool, Liz. Love the new look!

  • Helena Monteiro says:

    Great. I’ll go through it slowly, so that I can see it all and not just looking but seing. Thanks, Liz.

  • Cathy Johnson (Kate) says:

    It looks great, Liz, and what a LOT of work! I admire your dedication and professionalism.

  • Cathy Johnson (Kate) says:

    AND I was just thinking about you and your palette! Gotta love synchronicity…

  • Larry Marshall says:

    The look is great but I hate having to click on each post to view it. Much better to be able to scroll through them. — Larry

    • Liz Steel says:

      it was a big decision to change the layout…. but have just add ‘next-previous’ which as missing so hope that helps. I am relying more and more on email subscriptions to important blogs I follow these days.

  • Jules Woolford says:

    Congratulations on your wonderful new look blog!

  • Sandra James-Talbot says:

    The layout is much more streamlined and efficient than before I love the look, the style is more in-keeping with the content now.

  • susan grover says:

    Beautiful, clear and easy on the eye. Even with your inked in narks
    Xo sue

  • Youanna N. says:

    Great job! I love the new look and thumbnail post that i can clikc to open. Liz, your blog is amazing. I want to have all day to keep reading and reading. Every time I lack inspiration I look at your sketches and boom, I am inspired again. Yesterday I started my first SB Alpha sketchbook and I am quite impressed with the paper. Thanks again for all your reviews.

  • Deborah Rehmat says:

    Looking good – congratulations and welcome to WordPress! As another WordPress blogger I too am looking forward to following you through the WP reader and at the moment this doesn’t seem to be possible. Hope to see you there soon!

  • Caroline van der Veen says:

    Pity that you have to click on each post to view it. I prefer the continius reading of the old site

  • Carmela Sunnyvale says:

    Liz–the new look is very nice. I like being able to quickly scroll through because I can more easily find entries links for for my outdoor sketching group. The archives will help with that too. I hope that they can be searched.

  • SandraG. says:

    Hi Liz: This is wonderful, love the new look and I can now leave a comment – Blogger didn’t like me, ha : ) congratulations !!!!
    Have missed your posting ALL LAST WEEK !!!! welcome back/home : )

    Blessings, Sandra in AZ, USA : )

  • RaSonya Pearce says:

    Liz, welcome to WordPress! Absolutely lovely new blog, so clean and fresh!! This displays your work so wonderfully, what template is it? This design suits you very well and I will enjoy being able to follow you on WordPress now, awesome!

    • Liz Steel says:

      Hi RaSonya – yes I love wordpress (been using it for my online class site)This is a custom site built by my designer!

  • Suhita Shirodkat says:

    Congratulations, that’s a BIG undertaking!! Love the font and white space in the new design. And it’s amazing how much you’ve packed into it, content-wise, yet left it looking so uncluttered.

  • Jodi Wiley says:

    Looks very nice, Liz!

  • Emily D. says:

    I love it SO MUCH, Liz! It made me happy when I clicked over this morning! 🙂 I will especially be loving the sketching tools section!

  • Alyce says:

    Looks great Liz, great working with you. From the Matter team 🙂

    • Liz Steel says:

      Thanks Alyce! thanks so much for all the hard work you and Quan have done to get this beautiful site up! It is so exciting to see my dreams realised!

  • Shari says:

    It looks great Liz. So fresh and clean and your work looks fantastic in the new format. Congratulations!!

  • mo says:

    i love the new look … it’s crisp and clean and easy to read. looking forward to more entries, as well as updates on BB!! has he gone missing???

  • Like the new look …crisp clean and as usual …intresting. 🙂 Lynda

  • Barbara Nigg says:

    Congratulations on the new look – it’s fantastic – maybe even a little too good – I can see spending lots of time here!

  • Naomi says:

    This looks great! I think it’s much cleaner and really fun to poke around 😀

  • Liz Steel says:

    Hi angus- thanks … adding a colour to the links is one of the tweaks we are fixing up at the moment.

  • Gail Carrick says:

    Love the new look. That Sketching Now ad colour is so eye catching ???? — and matches you t-shirt

  • Tonya says:

    Very nice, Liz! Glad to see you making changes that suit you. Everything that I can see looks great. REALLY excited about the palette quick link. ha!

  • Maria says:

    Súper linda tu página Liz. ¡Felicitaciones! Me encanta lo que haces y cómo lo haces. Gracias por compartirlo.

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