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15 Nov 2018

Art For Self-Expression And Why It’s Different

I often talk about doing art for self-expression and I’m aware it can sound a bit intangible. What does that mean, art for self-expression? For me it is the crux of why I do art and what I want to put out into the world: to help people do art for self-expression rather than for result. In our education system you’re often learning by doing a project or mastering a technique. The media we see online is usually of an […]

08 Nov 2018
My Story and why I do what I do

My Story and Why I Do What I Do

You see my art as a finished thing but it comes from somewhere. It is part of my story, my past and my journey. My story with creativity goes back a long way, I’ve always been attracted to being creative, painting, writing stories. But in the past I felt held back, usually by fear of failure or due to a harsh inner critic. The seed of creativity was there all along, but it wasn’t a straight line to where I […]

01 Nov 2018
Book of Days 2019

Early Bird Book of Days 2019 Registration Open!

One of the reasons I love teaching on collaborative courses is I get to share my teaching with so many more of you that way! I’m super excited to be teaching on Book of Days 2019. Book Of Days 2019 is a year long e-course by Effy Wild which will feature 13 ‘all star’ journal art teachers and at least 12 ‘rising star’ bonus teachers. This course is designed to immerse you in art journaling with new content going live […]

25 Oct 2018

My Favourite Art Supplies – part 2

Ahhh it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for… I reveal more of my favourite art supplies! Keep reading to find out which art supplies I use on a daily basis. Don’t forget to check out part 1 over here. Acrylic Ink I love me some drippy drippy ink. These Liquitex ones are very nice and vibrant. I use them for drips, but also to add inky layers to my paintings. Inks to me are one of those really FUN […]

22 Oct 2018
Book Of Days Giveaway

Giveaway! Book of Days 2019 with Effy Wild

I’m super thrilled to have been asked back by Effy Wild to teach on one of her courses! Last time I taught on Radiant, this time I will be involved in Book of Days! For the whole of 2019 Effy will be working alongside 12 guest teachers (and I’m one of them, yay!) as we bind our own journals (optional), do a deep dive into art journaling, learn new techniques, explore all the ways we use the art journal, and […]

16 Oct 2018

Life Book 2019 open for registration & your discount code

I’m super excited to let you know that Life Book 2019 registration is open! When you sign up, remember to use the code below for 20% off! Use this discount code: LOVEBOMB2019 Life Book is joined by thousands of students each year who love: the sense of community learning new art techniques gaining more self-insight discovering new teachers experiencing increased physical & mental wellbeing feeling inspired all year long! I know many of you already know the ins and outs […]

11 Oct 2018

My Favourite Art Supplies – part 1

I love art supplies, I’m a real art supply addict! I often get questions about what supplies I use and love, so I thought it would be fun to create a couple of blog posts highlighting my favourite art supplies. Brayers I love my brayer! I have a few different ones. The one pictured is a Speedball brayer which is nice and soft and is my favourite. I also use lino print brayers which are more firm (but cheaper!). I […]

02 Oct 2018

Life Book 2019 Art Course Giveaway!!

One of my art teaching dreams has come true! In 2019 I will be teaching on Life Book!! I can’t wait to be part of this amazing art course that will bring you inspiration, creativity, techniques, self-development and self-discovery! About Life Book “Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organised by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. Tam is joined by 32 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their […]

27 Sep 2018

Being Playful In Art

I love playing, how about you?! I’m a very playful person. I love humour, laughing with people, being funny (I hope other people think I am… lol), playing games, joking around with my kids. But how often do we truly get the opportunity to play as adults? Our lives don’t seem particularly set up or conducive for play and playfulness. We are often serious and responsible people in the world and sometimes play doesn’t seem compatible with this. Or it […]

01 Sep 2018

Art Courses Revealed (with special discounts for youuu!)

I’m excited to announce my involvement with some awesome art courses!! Keep reading to find out more, including special early bird rates and discount codes! In this email you will find details about: Wanderlust 2019 – with discount code Art Walk Alchemy 2019 – with early bird price Art Journal Summer School – crazy summer sale 50% off Wanderlust 2019 I was over the moon excited when Kasia from Everything Art asked me to be part of the Wanderlust 2019 […]