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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 […]

22 May 2018
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Art Journal Summer School 2018 Announcement

Art Journal Summer School is back for a fabulous 4th year! I can finally announce that I will be one of the guest teachers! (Yes it’s been hard keeping this a secret all these months!) The lesson I have prepared for you is my best one yet. (If I do say so myself!) I will take you on holiday with me, give you my best holiday art tips and I’ve created a super fun tutorial that lets you sample my […]

23 Feb 2018
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Darkness Within – new mixed media painting

I recently finished this painting titled Darkness Within and I thought I’d show you some pictures and tell you about the painting, its themes and what it means to me. Inspiration It started with a small thought, that I wanted to study master/famous painters more, especially those whose work speaks to me. The first person who came to mind was Egon Schiele. His work has a depth of feeling that I haven’t experienced with any other paintings. It is something […]

18 Jan 2018

Ickle Wickle Cute Mini Journals!

I’m a huge admirer of ByBun (Roxanne Coble)’s work, in particular her mini journals and matchbook journals. They look like such complete works of art, but in tiny cute form. Always up for a challenge I decided to try and make one myself. Thinking back to a bookbinding course I took a decade ago which was absolutely vague in my memory…. Anyway, a lot of hours and 10 mini journals later….. They’re mega addictive to make! And even more fun […]

21 Sep 2016

Let’s Face It 2017 Blog Hop & Giveaway!

[EDIT This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Kendra Stone. Thank you to everyone who took part!] Hey wonderful tribe, are you excited about a second year of the popular portrait course Let’s Face It run by Kara Bullock?? I know I am!!! First of all let me show you the awesome team of teachers who are involved this year: Such a diverse group of teachers who will cover the ins and outs of sketching, drawing and painting portraits […]

26 Aug 2016

Sometimes Being Interested Is Enough

Often when people post their art in the communities I’m part of they follow it up with ‘but I’m not a real artist’ or ‘but it’s just my hobby’. As if there is some kind of division between ‘real artists’ who can post their art without caveat and ‘not real artists’ who need to qualify it before posting (because otherwise what..?). This might have something to do with someone’s personal level of confidence or the way society views art, or […]

10 Aug 2016

It Looks Like I Know What I’m Doing (or a rant on vulnerability)

I love that when I post my art it looks like I know what I’m doing. Because really people, I haven’t the faintest idea. I just keep on doing it, no real goal apart from to just express myself and follow the joy and sometimes my hands all of a sudden produce things I like. I often don’t even notice while I’m working. My head starts going towards not-good-enough-itis. It’s only at the end when I stand back and take […]