Sunday, 13 April 2014

Colour, and more colour.

What is it about colour wheels? I am so drawn to them, I just love them. I even have a pinterest board dedicated to them (I know, I know, just call me a nerd), you check it out here.

I made myself a tiny picture (frame from a well-known Swedish furniture store!) to go in my tiny art studio. As I started to paint this, it was supposed to be for something else .... but then I got my hands in the paint and things took a different turn ... as they do. Got to follow your instincts.

Bye for now :-)

Friday, 4 April 2014

Journal time!

I'm loving the new images by Tracey Parker at Hidden Vintage Studios (Deviant Scrap). There something cute and yet slightly creepy about animal heads on human bodies and yet I find them very appealing!

I made a multi-layered, doodly, scribbly background using a combination of acrylic paints, acrylic inks, oil pastels and a few other bits and bobs ...

Of course I had to add a colour wheel somewhere ... just because ...

And I'm also loving the new Tumblefish Studio images too!

I went mad with a polka dot background on this one! I really like the way you can play with the images and make them your own, I cut her spiked head-dress out of an ATC background in the set.

Tomorrow finds me teaching my first ever 'regular art journaling' class at Art from the Heart, and I'm sooo looking forward to it, and all of the follow up ones too.

Have a good weekend whatever you're doing!

March finished!

Scribbly Birds stamp by Dina Wakley

Well, here it is - March 2014 finished and filled in. I'd love to be able to tell you that I had April all ready to go, but ...ahem ... let's just say it's a work in progress ;-) I often get a little behind and have to catch up with myself but I nearly always get there. I'm in my 5th year of doing this now so I'm not giving up that easily! So, I apologise for the late link but it's here now!

A huge thanks to all of you who play along every month it's a pleasure to have such wonderful company.

Don't forget to check out the group on Flickr and facebook too!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Journal play :-)

I recently taught an art journaling class at the very wonderful Art from the Heart (UK) with a specific emphasis on creating collage using your own background scans / photographs etc, and this is my page that I began in the class. I created the body using scans of my previous journal backgrounds as well as one or two photos of interesting texture I took in my local area ... peeling paint, rusting doors, and lots of other lovely things! (My backgrounds are available here as instant digital downloads).

I added a doll's head because it seems to me you either love 'em or hate 'em, and I love 'em!

Doll's head by Rian Designs (Please note: Rian is currently off-line)

At the weekend I was back at Art from the Heart again woop woop! The fabulous Dina Wakley was teaching an awesome class all about colour - just my thing! It was a chilled out, yet fun day. Here's my page ... not my usual style but then I don't go to a class to stay in my comfort zone ;-) Now I'm chomping at the bit for Dina's new paint range (for Ranger Ink)... I got to try it and I love it and I want it NOW!

Face stamp by Dina Wakley

So, what else have I been up to? I've been busy making stamps ... but it seems I just can't make them quick enough! If you want to be kept up-to-date, come and favourite my Etsy shop here, and like my Facebook page here, and that way you'll be the first to know :-)

And finally - OMG! I just got a mention on the Ranger blog, alongside my fabulous art buddy Kaz Hall *swoon*! You can check us out here.

Right, I'm off. Byee for now .....

Tuesday, 18 March 2014


Spring workshops are now available for booking at 
Art from the Heart (Harrogate UK)

Yay! It's that time again .... time for the new classes to be announced at Art from the Heart. There is always an amazing variety of classes from an fab bunch of tutors all offering something totally different, from books to canvases, art journaling to altered matchboxes, and even faith journaling. You can check out all the classes *here*

As usual I'll be there doing a few classes so I hope to see you there. I'll even make you a nice cup of tea ;-) 

Here's a little peek at my classes:

5th April, 10th May, 15th June
Come and join Kate in this new regular, monthly, art journaling class. Kate knows that the only way to maintain creativity is to keep art journaling lots, and on a regular basis, because the more you create the more creative you become! Kate will explore a different theme or technique during each session and lead you on a colourful, creative (and messy) journey!
Required: Art journal or sketch book.
Click *here* for details.

Wed 30th April
There is something irresistible about creating on such a tiny scale! We’ll take some plain white matchboxes, age them with Distress Inks and then decorate them using *new* stamps by Dina Wakley. We’ll create some background papers with Dylusions ink sprays, stencils and gesso, and then make mini journal prompt cards and teeny tiny journals to fit inside. You may even want to create a tiny keepsake out of paper clay to nestle inside your finished box.
Perfect for giving away as a gift, or for keeping yourself and writing your life story. In miniature, of course.
Click *here* for details.

 Mini Journaling
23rd may
Just like journaling …but on a tiny scale! Mini journaling can be done in any small notebook or sketchbook, but due to its compact size it is quick, accessible and a lot of fun! It’s a great place to use up odds and ends of collage images, and a great place for all of your smaller stamps. We’ll be painting funky, colourful backgrounds and then adding tiny images and stamps to create glorious pages in miniature. Great for journaling on-the-go, or when real life gets in the way and you just haven’t got the time for a larger page….
Required: Small Moleskine, mini notebook or sketchbook.
Click *here* for details.

So, what else have I been up to? Had a quick play in my junk journal on an old page from a catalogue. Admittedly I'm not the best at faces but I like to have a go occasionally :-) This junk journal is now getting very full ... it is positively groaning at the seams, but I have loved working in this and it now also holds a precious collection of notes and postcards and other bits and bobs. But maybe it's time to move onto a new one ...

Byee for now ....