Saturday, 21 May 2016

And the winner is ...


Thanks so much to everyone who visited my blog, checked out all the details for Art Journal Summer School 2016, and to everyone who left me a comment. See my previous blog post here for all the details and a sneaky preview.

But, there can only be one winner ...

...and the winner is: Olive(of Paraphernalia blog)  Well done Olive! 

We'll have to comment then....sounds absolutely amazing. I like the idea of short videos, easier to fit in my day. Good luck. Olive

Of course, you can still sign up *here* ready to go art journal crazy for the summer, beginning July 1st. See you there!


Saturday, 14 May 2016

Announcing Art Journal Summer School 2016!


Woohoo! I'm so happy and excited to share with you that I'm going to be teaching as part of Art Journal Summer School 2016, with the wonderful Marieke Blokland at the helm! This is a wonderful course, perfect for the summer months, as each video lasts only 15 minutes and uses a limited number of supplies to fit in a small toiletries bag so it's perfect for your on-the-go summertime art journaling! (For a chance to win a free place keep reading ... !)
*EDIT: Competition now closed*

And just look at who else is on board. Woop woop! I think I am in very good company ;-)


The course is open for sale now *click here*,  begins 1st July 2016, and continues over the summer months. 

So, what do you get?
  • 10 weeks on-line summer course
  • 14 amazing and inspiring teachers
  • 21 short (15 minutes) video lessons
  • All lessons downloadable
  • Minimal supplies needed
You can see a sneaky peek of all the classes on video *here*

And I've got ONE FREE PLACE to give away! All you need to do is leave me a comment on here and I will pick a winner using random.org, in a week's time, on 21st May.  EDIT: Competition now closed*

Want to see some sneaky peeks of my video? Ok then... here ya go! My video runs in two parts - some water colour style doodling, followed by a mixed media page of beautiful summer blooms!













Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Patchwork art journaling


There is something very playful about creating an art journal patchwork, you could get lost in this sort of art journaling for hours! This page was my latest creation for my regular art journaling class at Art from the Heart (Harrogate, UK). Doing a regular art journaling class really keeps me on my toes and pushes me to try new ideas and techniques. (Although patchwork art journaling isn't a new idea - just google it and see what you get!)

Teaching a 'regular' class has been a wonderful experience. Good friendships and relationships are formed,  and skills and techniques build each session. Here a few pics showing some very gorgeous art journaling pages in progress, from the class....




For more info on classes at Art from the Heart have a look *here*.

Byeee for now, have a great day!


Friday, 6 May 2016

More primitive styleee!


I so enjoyed painting a face Mindy Lacefield style that I had to do another one! I was helped along by these fabulous cards that Mindy has in her shop. I've still got a long way to go in my learning but I'm enjoying the process :-)

Here's how the background looked before I painted over it:




I decided to do another primitive style painting but this time I painted a little boat ornament that sits on my bathroom window sill. Ha! Inspiration is everywhere!


And this is how the very busy background looked before I painted over it. I just LOVE all this colour :-) Knowing that you are going to paint over a background and cover it up is very liberating.


Right, I'm off to enjoy some unusually good weather we are having here in the UK. Byeee!



Thursday, 14 April 2016

Learning ....


I LOVE learning. Really I do. There is never, ever a point where you know everything or can do everything, and learning is fun.

I really admire the work of artist Mindy Lacefield. Her paintings are a curious mix of simplicity and naivety, and yet they have such depth.  Recently she had some cards for sale in her Etsy shop explaining how to paint a face Mindy style, so I gave it a go. It was such fun! I have a long way to go but I'm happy to keep learning ....

And talking of learning .... you know when you casually walk through a book shop, and then a book which has been placed seductively at the end of an aisle just catches your eye and you HAVE to have it?! Yeah, well this fell into my basket the other day. Watch this space .... modern calligraphy coming this way!