Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Tough Times, Choose Art

I’m going through a tough time (peeps that have seen the Monthly Challenge video will already know this) so I’m consciously making an effort to keep up creating art consistently, especially in those times when I feel upset/bad/confused and so find it difficult to reach for art despite knowing I will feel better for it. 

It can be easy to slip during such times, to make up (extremely plausible sounding) excuses and let your art go. 

I’m having to fight all that daily and choose art anyway because if you are a creative person it is SO IMPORTANT to give yourself this comfort/release/support/exploration/self care so that you can face the world and be the wholest version of yourself that you can possibly be in that moment in time, for yourself and others (not just for others!)…even if that means having to force yourself into it.

Art Journal Summer School started a few days ago, I’m so grateful for this because classes and groups are great guideline, a great place for this conscious effort to go. I’m going to be joining the other 500+ peeps in this class and go through the first weeks lessons tomorrow evening, if you want to join us the link is below or if you want a free ‘guideline’ then the link to my art communitys Monthly Challenge is also below. 

I’m hoping you’re living better times than I am right now but if not I know through this experience to urge you to pleeeease ensure you keep up your art…when no amount of love nor money might be able to help what is happening to you A*R*T STILL CAN. 
Choose Art

Art Journal Summer School -
July Monthly Challenge -

Love, always

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Finishing Your Art Journal Pages #3 - The Art of Shapes

Hello lovely

I've a new video in the Finishing Your Art Journal Pages Series.

This page is back to the junk journal and using shapes to finish your page, here it is:

As mentioned in the video I also just posted the new Monthly Challenge video on Journal Workshops all about Tissue Paper Abstracts, you can check that out here: 

If whatever reason you are not a member of Journal Workshops yet no problem, just choose 'sign up' on the top right...it's free and once I've approved your account (I vet everyone to make it the safest place it can possibly be) you will have access to this fab group and my other free offerings! Yay!

You can also find my other Finishing Your Art Journal Pages Videos here (clickable links):

Have an awesome creative weekend =)

Sunday, 22 May 2016

How to Start Being Creative

Hello Lovely

Quick video message this week, but an important one. You ARE the chosen one!

What, where or how are you needing to give yourself permission??

Leave a comment below if you wish to show up and share, hold yourself accountable to that which you need to give yourself permission to do or just be seen (I read every comment so your affirmation will be heard and held!)

Much love

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Finishing Your Art Journal Pages #2 ...Plus Other Videos

...The Art of Overwhelm

. This video particularly deals with the overwhelm of having too many art supplies to choose from, ever come across this?? Yeah me too, here's how I get over it, quickly...

Do you have any tricks for getting over this overwhelm? Or deal with any other kinds of overwhelm in art? (pst if it's to do with having too many ideas oh boy do I know that one! I did this video below to address that)


Yesterday I also posted the Monthly Challenge Video mentioned in the Finishing Your Art Journal Pages Video above which you can view here: 


If you're not a member of this Group it's a great place to be, and to be a part of it you just need to click the 'Join Monthly Challenge' Button at the top of the Monthly Challenge Group (http://journalworkshops.ning.com/group/monthly-challenge) & it'll let you in immediately (assuming you are a member of Journal Workshops, if not just sign up here: http://journalworkshops.ning.com/main/authorization/signUp? once I've approved your account you will get access to this, and a bunch of other free arty offerings, easy peasy!)

Hope to see you around there. 
Much love

Friday, 8 April 2016

Current In Progress Mixed Media Art Journal Pages

Hello (my how beautiful you are!)

Back to a proper 'weekly ramble' format this week, meaning this post is a quick snapshot of where my creativity is at & view of in progress stuff rather than any completed things.

My creativity has been going crazy the past week, but most especially the past 48 hours. I literally got zero sleep last night; ideas kept jumping, twisting and turning through my brain, I barely put my light out long enough for my eyes to notice let alone close. I am running on fumes today but I think it's gonna be worth it I have FINALLY found the structure(s) I want to create the Daily Rituals Class in (a class I have been trying to mould, shape and create for what feels like forever, all about about creating a daily creative journaling practice that supports you). So today I took my Ideas Journal to my outdoor studio and had a loooong Planning Session (a concept for creating I share in my Creative Goal Journaling Class) to form the Classes that will be (hopefully, with a bit of work) be coming soon...

The other main area my creativity has been channelled the past few days is journal pages.

Here's some in progress ones: 

Puppy dog needs some more layers and pen work I think

This is a 5 min collage I think I'm gonna leave as is, and do some more of these, very freeing

Here's some progress shots of a now finished one:

So that's the snapshot of my creative week. 
How has yours been? Share in the comments below, I'd love to hear (I read every one!) 

Have a great weekend
Much love

PS don't forget to check out the Monthly Art Challenge Video if you haven't already, you can find it here: http://tinyurl.com/aprilsartdate

Friday, 1 April 2016

Using What You Create Art Challenge (with Video & Printable)


The Aprils Art Challenge is now OPEN on Journal Workshops with art video and free printable, where this month we are going to set about using what we’re creating.

Okay, okay I'll tell you what it is but only on here so shhh I didn't really share it m'kay? okay, we're making something I LOVE: journal spots! On the surface it seems simple enough challenge right? Well in the video I share creating my journal spots out of recycling, share my journal spot drawer (yep I have a huge journal spot drawer....if only that were the totality of my incriminating paper supplies!), share the pages in my everyday journal where I have used the journal spots (I set myself a challenge to make create journal spot pages everyday for a week) so there's actually more to think about than creating journal spots (but in an awesome, creative way). I also share a free journal spot printable for everyone to use.

Here’s a sneak peek of one of those weekly pages:

Hop on over to the challenge by clicking the image above, 
hope you enjoy it =)
Much love

If you’ve never heard of the Challenge Group before it is a free monthly art date that I host on my Art Community, Journal Workshops. A bunch of us creatives get together to... well...create and also share our work, inspire and encourage one another.

It's a great place to be, and to be a part of it you just need to click the 'Join Monthly Challenge' Button at the top of the Monthly Challenge Group (http://journalworkshops.ning.com/group/monthly-challenge) & it'll let you in immediately (assuming you are a member of Journal Workshops, if not just sign up here: http://journalworkshops.ning.com/ then you'll get access to this, and a bunch of other free arty offerings, easy peasy!)

Friday, 25 March 2016

Finishing Your Art Journal Pages New Video Series!!

Hello my creative darling

This week I'm sharing the first in a new little video series, about taking your pages from backgrounds to complete pages. 

Each video will focus on a different theme to do with finishing your art journal pages, the first is on the art of listening to your gut, so I talk a lot about my class 'Raw Intuitive Journaling' as that is where a lot of this is from/where I mainly teach the process. You can take my Raw Intuitive Journaling Class either by going to my online art community
or you can buy it through my Etsy Shop: 

So here is the first video 'Finishing Your Art Journal Pages #1 - The Art of Listening', click on the image to watch enjoy =) 

Come back next week for the next video where we may deal with other themes to finishing your art journal pages such as the different overwhelming factors that can stop you finishing an art journal page or focusing on ways to mix written journaling and words into your art. See you there!
Weekly Ramble's are blogposts I put out on Friday just to share whatever is happening in my art world, regardless of where I'm at in a process, or in my creative flow, or my studio etc the posts are more about capturing a glimpse of the middle than they are showing the shiny finish...though sometimes the shiny finish might be just what you get!

Friday, 18 March 2016

Start Something New to Finish Something Old...

My New Shift Project, The U-Bend of Creativity, The Difference Between Motivation & Inspiration and Other Stories all feature in this new 'Start Something New to Finish Something Old' video:

click image to view video

Challenges, Resources, Classes etc mentioned in the video that may help you get your projects finished are below: 

March Art Challenge - Finish Yo Projects: 
Creative Goal Journaling Class: 
Leonie Dawson's Goal Workbooks: 
Arty Page Tabs Digital Collage Sheets: 

Hope you have a wonderful (-ly creative) weekend
Much love

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