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09 Feb 2015

Art Supply Junkie – Fluid Acrylics

Watch the video below: What are fluid acrylics? Fluid acrylics, or flow, soft body acrylics, have a lower viscosity but generally have the same heavy pigmentation of the heavy body acrylics. – Wikipedia What that means in everyday language is that the paint is more fluid than regular acrylics, but the colours are just as intense (i.e. it’s not just diluted paint the way you could achieve yourself by adding water). Why do I love them? The importance to me […]

02 Feb 2015

Art Supply Junkie – Art Journals

Watch the video below: What is an art journal? It’s a journal you make art in. It really is as simple as that. There are no rules for art journals. I know there seems to be a type of ‘art journal movement’ that makes it look like art journaling is associated with a certain style or creating a certain look, but it really isn’t. I also like to call it a ‘visual journal’, it sounds a bit less intimidating. Anything […]

25 Jan 2015

Art Play Relay – January Launch!!

The first two official Art Play Relay videos are here!!! Watch my video below: Watch Juna‘s video below: What an awesome start to the project it has been! A lot of you have already joined our Facebook group to keep up to date, engage with the project and prepare to take part yourselves. Thank you for your enthusiasm!! My supply list for the artwork I started is: dip pen India ink heat tool (optional) matte medium (or glue) collage & […]

18 Jan 2015

Art Play Relay – Project Announcement!

Update: A Facebook group has been created for you to join so you can find all the videos in one place, share your artworks, submit quotes (and see if yours was the one used!), and find an art partner to buddy up with. Search for Art Play Relay on Facebook or go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/artplayrelay For months now I’ve been working away at a secret project and it’s finally the day that I can share this with you!!! On Sunday 25 […]

07 Jan 2015

Have You Picked Your Word Of The Year?

Do you make resolutions? I used to, but never kept up with them. Then I stopped making them altogether. But last year I decided to do something different. Maybe you’ve come across the concept of picking a word for the year? It’s kind of like picking a concept that you’d like to infuse your life with more of in the coming year. At the start of 2014 I picked the word ‘journey’. Having realized that I always put the emphasis […]

11 Dec 2014

Why Do I Create Art?

[image by Fré Sonneveld] The simple (and slightly vague) answer is, because it fills my soul. I can’t not create art. I live a full life raising two kids and running a business so it often happens that I can’t create art for a few days. When that happens I just don’t feel quite right, I start getting frustrated and I just feel that pull of needing to create! I guess that all sounds lovely and divinely inspired, but I […]

09 Dec 2014

Technique Tuesday – Quick & Simple Background With Distress Ink

I love alliteration, so when I was creating this video on a Tuesday, Technique Tuesday was born! If you’d like me to cover a specific technique in my next video, please drop me a line or leave a comment below! You can watch the step-by-step process with voiceover explanation in the video below or alternatively scroll down for a walkthrough with pictures & text. Supply list: Watersoluble crayons (Neocolor II) Gesso Stamps Tim Holtz Distress Ink Spray mister bottle with […]

28 Oct 2014

Halloween Whimsy Art Tutorial

Hello my lovelies! I love letting seasonal events inspire my art and I really wanted to create a cute Halloween witchy girl. I recorded the process and you can view the video tutorial below: If you prefer a photo tutorial instead of video, fear not and keep scrolling! Supply list: -water spray -ink spray (Dylusions) -high flow acrylics  (Golden) -fluid acrylics (Golden) -gesso -charcoal pencil -black and white pens (Uniball Signo) -watersoluble crayon (Caran d’Ache) -stamp pad (black) Preparing the […]

08 Oct 2014

Art Print Giveaway – And The Winner Is……..

Wow, you guys, running a giveaway is FUN!! And now I get to give one of my art prints to the lucky winner!! And the winner is………… Sarah Nichol Roeder Congratulations Sarah!!!!!!!!!!! I have contacted you by email, please get back to me within one week to claim your prize! If you didn’t win, don’t despair! I am still running a 20% off code for the duration of October. Just go to my Etsy shop and use YAYGIVEAWAYOCT2014 when you […]

03 Oct 2014
Experiencing Loss

Experiencing Loss

This post is disjointed. It’s not a nicely packaged and smoothly flowing account of loss. That’s just not how it works. Even after 14 years. Nevertheless I want to share. This is not my usual type of sharing, but it’s something I really feel drawn to do right now. I feel a bit vulnerable! I want to write ‘this is a difficult time of year for me’, but it feels like that’s what I should write knowing tomorrow is the […]