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03 Mar 2016

Tips For Mixing Your Media

I love mixed media! I’m a mixed media artist! But what does this term ‘mixed media’ really mean? And how do you apply it practically when making art? Keep reading for insights and tips about the how, why and what of mixed media art. What Is Mixed Media? Traditionally artists would work in one medium. For example oil paint, egg tempera or collage. Mixed media simply means using any of the above and more but in ONE piece. Rules? I […]

11 Feb 2016

Art Questionnaire (join in!)

I thought it would be fun and interesting to do a little questionnaire! 20 questions for you to answer about your relationship with art. Feel free to copy the list and answer them on your blog or social media (a link or mention would be much appreciated!) or in the comments below. You can be as brief or as detailed as you like. I’ve given my answers below, can’t wait to read yours! 1. Who is your favourite traditional/master artist? […]

04 Feb 2016

I Can’t Draw

If I had a penny for every time I heard someone say “I can’t draw” or “I can’t even draw a stick figure”…. I’d have a fair amount of pennies. I can’t draw either. Or couldn’t. I don’t know. At some point I couldn’t draw. And now I’m at a different stage of ‘can’t draw’. And in a few years’ time I will be further progressed on my journey of ‘can’t draw’. I don’t suppose I will ever get to […]

28 Jan 2016

Instagram Mashup – December 2015 & January 2016

I’ve not made as much art recently as usual, which I think is partly to do with being completely exhausted after creating daily for NaNoJouMo and is also to do with me picking up playing World of Warcraft again. Playing/not playing is a bit of a complex issue for me, but in any case I’ve noticed that I’m feeling much happier generally. When I do sit down (or stand up really, as I create at my easel more and more […]

21 Jan 2016

Giving Up?

Do you ever get so frustrated with your art that you just want to throw in the towel? Bin it? Give up? I’m currently teaching in several places (Let’s Face It & Love Art Happy Life) and apart from the wonderful work that is being posted, people also sometimes express their frustration. Their annoyance at not getting it right or not drawing what they see in their mind’s eye. I read about people throwing their art in the bin or […]

07 Jan 2016

GIVEAWAY! Love Art Happy Life eCouse

UPDATE Giveaway winner is Donna Williams! Congratulations Donna. Thank you to everyone for participating and sharing your happy art thoughts with me. I need art for a happy life, how about you? That’s exactly what Love Art Happy Life is about. An ecourse on how to get inspired by art, make your own art and feel happier in life. The course has already started and the work that is being posted is SO MUCH FUN! The first lesson is all […]

31 Dec 2015

Must Read Articles From 2015

Inspirational Do It For Fun, Do It For You I think a lot of us feel held back by the thought that whatever we do (and especially whatever we share) needs to be somehow GOOD or MEANINGFUL. We think it has to be WORTHY. And then we attach a load of restrictions on ourselves in terms of what fulfills those criteria. [Read more…] Are You Scared of Making Art? This is for you if you’re feeling scared or intimidated about […]

24 Dec 2015

Sharing More Emotional Art

Lately I’ve been doing something that my friend Marieke calls ‘raw art journaling’. So now you’ll probably ask: What Is Raw Journaling? To me raw journaling is where you journal with the intention of feeling, processing and expressing your emotions. You avoid trying to decide up front what you’re going to make (i.e. you don’t plan out a composition or particular subject), but instead you let yourself be led by your inner voice and intuition. For me an important aspect […]

17 Dec 2015

How to set up your art space for mixed media and art journaling

My top 5 tips for organizing your art space and having a great setup. Watch the short video below or read the transcript underneath. Tip 1. A Tidy Start Clutter kills creativity. OK maybe not, but a clutter of art supplies when I start makes me feel overwhelmed with too many choices. A clean desk means I can start with a sense of calm and go from there. Tip 2. Workspace Aplenty I’m sure lots of you can relate to […]

10 Dec 2015

How To Price Your Art?

It’s a simple question, but there seems to be no clean cut answer. Let’s face it, pricing your art is difficult, it’s an emotional subject, it might trigger lots of doubts & insecurities and all the opinions out there might not actually help you come to a conclusion or more importantly: your price. When figuring out the price of your work there are two considerations: practical pricing aspects & emotional pricing aspects. I’ve also included a bonus section on how […]