Friday, 28 November 2014


Very excited indeed to be published in the very fine 'Somerset Studio Gallery' by Stampington :-) I absolutely adore all of the Stampington magazines so to be published by them is a very great honour indeed.
The magazine is full of gorgeous loveliness, and in the UK Stampington magazines are available at Art from the Heart, and The Stamp Attic (as well as a few other places I think).

Available now - Issue 14 volume 1

I am also very honoured to be the guest artist over at Lulu Arts blog today. Lulu Arts is an Australian mixed media store. You can see the interview here:

For the rest of today I will most be recovering ..... from what? Well, many of you will know I am a part-time school teacher, and this week I agreed to do some extra days to cover for a colleague who came down with the lurgy. Only to find out that OFSTED (school inspectors) were coming into school. Arggghhhh. Stress levels rise tenfold when this happens, and agreeing to do extra days at school while this was happening was probably one of the most unfortunate decisions I have ever made!! But we all survived, and today I have a day off and its time to chiiiiiill .......

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

More messy journaling!

It would seem I am in the mood for some more messy art journaling! I've got several things on the go on my desk at the moment and this is one of the things that was completed earlier today. It's really small - and fits inside a cute little frame :-)

Of course the quote is a line from a song .... ha! an ear worm. You're welcome ;-)

Right, real life calls. Got to some extra teaching days in school this week so no more art for me for a while ..... Byeeee!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Catching up ...

Ok, ok, so I got a little behind. Again. *sigh* That's life I guess ... I have been doing these calendar pages for 5 years now and one thing that I have learned along the way is to NOT GET STRESSED when I get behind. Let it go. To catch up on a month in retrospect I find soul destroying, so always look ahead, and don't beat yourself up about it.

So, I am totally ignoring the fact that I didn't get October done, but I am celebrating the fact that I did get November done YAY! Ok, so I'm late but who cares? I'm here!

Stamp by Paperbag Studios

Recently I am totally embracing the messy! I scrubbed my paintbrush on the page to get a scruffy look. It's so liberating. Here's a few i-phone snap shots of my work in progress .... (the photos are pretty dark I'm afraid but we don't get much decent daylight here in the UK at this time of year ... )

So now I'm off to fill it in so far ....

Monday, 10 November 2014

Messy messy art journaling!

Sometimes I want my art journal pages to look pretty and sometimes I just want to make a big fat mess. I made this page on a big fat mess day. Obviously.

More often than not the art journal pages which I end up loving the most are the pages where I really let go and just enjoy the process without worrying about the end result. Strangely, this is actually quite hard to do ... working to a structure comes much more easily. 

This page started out as a simple bit of collage (magazine pages) and touches of acrylic paint:

But then I almost absent-mindedly kept adding a bit more ... and a bit more .... It's ages since I added stitching to a journal page although I used to do it all the time:

At the last moment I added some black splats (a high risk move but totally worth it for the therapeutic benefits):

I was dying to try out my new sequin waste stamp from The Artistic Stamper (this is going to become one of my faves I can just tell), and I love a bit of bold black on a page:

And no page is complete without a bit of oil pastel and some lovely washi tape. And can you see the bit of magazine/catalogue page peeking through? For your information, Cath Kidston and John Lewis have THE BEST catalogue pages for collage!!

OK, now I'm off to clear up the mess ;-)

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Busy times!

October and November are busy months for me as I try to fit in some long distance workshops before the winter weather takes hold. Here in the UK it only takes a couple of snowflakes for our road systems to completely shut down! Last weekend I was at the fabulous The Artistic Stamper in Kent teaching lots of lovely people 'darn sarf!

The calm before the storm ...! 
Needless to say it didn't look like this for long!

It's such a joy and a privilege to teach these arty, creative workshops and I have met many fabulous, friendly, willing, creative people along the way :-)

I taught three whole days, and some hard-core artists did all three days! (Yay! Well done Nicky, Karen and Lesley!)

Work in progress ...

Me in action (aka being bossy!)

Just look at the concentration ...

At times they were all eerily quiet!

On day one, we worked on creating layered, bright, colourful backgrounds for collages in our art journals. We used images by kind permission from Tumblefish Studio and Hidden Vintage Studio on Mischief Circus (previously known as Deviant Scrap). If you haven't been to Mischief Circus before prepare to lose a few hours ... just saying!

Day 1!

On day 2 we created some Marvelous Miniatures ... mini hand-bound books inside matchboxes.

Day 2!

And on day 3 we painted some whimsical faces. On this day I banned moaning haha! Painting faces always generates a fair bit of moaning! But the results were fantastic, even from those who said they couldn't draw :-)

Day 3!

All of this was made possible by the lovely Jennie (and not forgetting Mal - Mr Artistic Stamper and marvellous tea maker) at The Artistic Stamper, Kent (UK).

Me and Jennie :-)

Huge thanks to Jennie and Mal, and of course to everyone who came along to play. 
Until next time ......