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Category : Art & Craft

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 […]

24 May 2016

How To Push Past Resistance?

How to push past resistance? And what is resistance anyway?? First let me start off by stating that I LOVE the art I’ve been doing recently. It seems like a barrier (probably self-imposed) has been lifted. I used to feel like every piece I did had to be different and original otherwise I was somehow failing (ridic, right?). Now I feel I’m able to follow my favourite steps and techniques and work with limited supplies to create a cohesive body […]

16 May 2016

GIVEAWAY! Art Journal Summer School 2016

The most colourful & creative summer course is BACK! Art Journal Summer School is running for another year and I’m so happy to be part of the teacher lineup again! You can register your spot at the super Early Bird Price right now (price reverts to normal after 31 May). Go to: www.artjournalsummerschool.com The course starts on 1 July and I’ve been working hard on my lesson which is going to be all about Expressive & Raw Art Journaling There […]

29 Apr 2016

‘Let Go’ New Inspirational Art Video

I’ve been so busy this past month creating my new course Abstract Watercolour Flowers. Now that most of the work is done I can come back to making some different art again. I’m rediscovering my love for mixed media art journaling and journaling for expression and to work through some feels. Sometimes I feel guilty for having so many art supplies that I don’t really use… A big one of these is Dylusions ink sprays. I have about 10 different […]

14 Apr 2016

Abstract Watercolour Flowers open for Early Bird Registration!

When I posted my watercolour flower paintings recently, the response I received was so awesome that I simply had to make it into a course to teach you all the techniques! So I’m very pleased to let you know that registration for Abstract Watercolour Flowers is now OPEN! And currently you can get the discounted Early Bird price! Class starts 1 May & there are limited spots available. REGISTER NOW! Watercolours are a wonderfully dreamy medium, but they can be […]