Sunday 27 September 2020

Arts and Wellness Café - What is part of your creative practice?

 Arts and Wellness Cafe

Join me in the Arts and Wellness Café as we look at the idea of having a creative practice. What is it that you turn to to get you back on track.

I always begin my day in my studio with a cup of herbal and a cup of ordinary tea, light my oil burner and sage stick and then allow myself to play with materials and supplies.

Cup of Green Tea made with Flower petals clitoria ternatea

I have recorded a video on the flower, it has a lovely color and you can see it HERE on my YouTube Channel.

At the end of the Arts and Wellness video I share with you some of the projects that I am working on - I am really excited, I have been pushing myself in a variety of directions.

What ever you do in your creative space, make sure that you spend time on you!

While you are at it, remember to take a look at the Life Book FREE Taster Session HERE 

Life Book Teachers for 2021

Get 20% off when you Pre-Book

It will be starting Tomorrow (Monday 28th and continue to the 11th October)

I also share some of the things that I have been working on in the studio.  I have been experimenting with Leather and working with a wood burning tool to create patterns and designs

Designs in Leather

You can check out some of the wood burning tools HERE and HERE on Amazon  You can also take a look at some of my favorite supplies HERE

Let me know what your creative practice comprises of and how you deal with the times when you don't feel like creating.

Stay blessed and be a blessing.

Tuesday 22 September 2020

Would you like 30 FREE Art Sessions? We will be starting Soon 👀👀


Free Taster Sessions Event  Life Book 2021.

We have a week to go before we begin 2 weeks of fun creative immersion! All for FREE, it is going to be amazing!

Have you signed up to join us yet?

The team over at at Willowing have worked very hard to present you with another FREE Taster Event, This time, it's for Life Book 2021, which has is also now available to pre-order

I began my Mixed Media Art journey taking the classes in Life Book around 2008!! and I am so stoked years later to be one of the teachers on the Year Long Course!!  
Life Book 2021 will feature dozens of amazing artists of which I am proud to be one and will bring you the best art classes focused on YOU and your well-being!!

You can pre-order the full course right now! :) Hop on over here to pre-order the course (Use FEELHAPPY20 to get 20% off!). However if you want to learn a bit more about it first, then:

Sign up for the Free Taster Lessons

FREE Taster Alert! To introduce you to the Life Book course & the teachers (and just to have fun too), we are running two weeks of FREE Taster Sessions :)  If you want to learn more about this popular course and enjoy this Free Event (with free introductory classes, live faqs and giveaways), then make sure you:
Join the Life Book Free Taster Sessions by Clicking Here

The Taster Sessions are completely free and will start on 28th September 2020 (mark you calendars, we hope to see you there)! Should be so much fun! 

What is it?

A COMPLETELY FREE 2-week long exploration into art and wellbeing! The Sessions are filled with inspiring classes, art sessions, give aways, meditations and wellbeing activities to help you get present and connected to the healing power of your creativity!


30 teachers giving free classes over a two-week period, of course as your host, you'll get free lessons from Tam too! It’s going to be a big couple of weeks in our creative community!  We all can’t wait!

Not only are these Free Sessions filled with inspiring classes by amazing artists, but there will be freebies from each of us, as well as the chance to win a free place on the full Life Book 2021 course!

When you attend the Life Book Free Taster Sessions you are able to:

  • Watch the sessions at your leisure!
  • Join our Facebook Group with like-minded people from all over the world!
  • Wear whatever comfy clothes you want and enjoy the Free Taster Sessions from the comfort of your own home! 
  • Play, make mistakes, be fabulous or sad, it's all welcome! You are accepted just as you are!
  • Enjoy free art & well-being activities


Give Aways! 
If you want to win a spot on Life Book 2021, each teacher will be giving away 1 place (and Tam will be giving away 10 free spaces!) The giveaways will be held in the Life Book Taster Sessions Facebook Group, so make sure you join the Taster Session by going HERE and put your details into the sign up box! You will be sent an email with all the information.

Before You Go -

You can now pre-order the course early if you’re a 'YES' already. Use the Early Birdy Coupon Code to get 20% off! 

To Recap

Free Taster Sessions for Life Book begin on 28th September 2020 
Sign up here.
Pre-orders for Life Book 2021 are open NOW! Check it out here
Life Book 2021 the course starts on January 1stFind out all about this course here. 

Stay blessed and be a blessing.  Hope to see you on the taster week


Sign Up for the Taster Sessions by Clicking HERE

Friday 18 September 2020

Arts and Wellness Cafe - How are you using your Creative Voice?


Come and join me for Arts and Wellness Cafe as we look at the way in which you use your creative voice.  There are so many talents in which you can share and it is a blessing to many around the world.  It can sometimes take a while to find your voice, but with practice and perseverance you can see it blossom in a lot of different ways.

We also touch on a few other areas to consider in your creative walk.  Making room for your gifts by getting rid of those things that do not serve or are just cluttering up your space, leaving you little time to really be creative.

I have been playing with some of the items I collected from the Artists Materials Bank and made some small stitched items so that I can get a feel for the materials before moving on to bigger items.

You will see in the video at the end how the materials looks and feels.

Fabric Selection

I love making the fabric stories and this is also a great way to see how the materials work together or with other items that you may want to work with.

Fabric Stitched Stories - Amanda Trought
Fabric Stitched Stories

With the smaller pieces you can play about with designs and even see if you want to go larger.  The smaller pieces are very therapeutic to work on and you can then put the smaller pieces together.

Fabric Stitched Stories with Trim

I had also got some beads in a similar shade and was able to see how the colours looked together.

Fabric Stitched Stories - Amanda Trought
Fabric Stories

This mini cushion was originally supposed to be a purse and got changed at the last minute.  The fabric that I was using was very versatile and I also found that when you frayed the edges you could use some of the threads in the project.

Cushion - Fabric Stitched Stories - Amanda Trought
Mini Cushion

I got carried away and made a fabric glass case, I used a similar method to creating a pillow case.

Glass Case - Fabric Stitched Stories - Amanda Trought
Glass case holder

Mini Art Journal Cover and holder with some of the scraps that were left from the main piece that I cut

Journal Cover and Holder Fabric Stitched Stories - Amanda Trought
Mini Art Journal
It is always great to be able to create and plant for new things in the studio, it has been a slight distraction while I ponder on other projects to be complete.  Do let me know what you are up to and what kind of things pop up to distract you.

Sunday 13 September 2020

Creating an Art Journal Page - Faces

Creating a face and journalling on top is a great way to work in your journal and you can not only create an image you can also journal on top.

In this video I show you from start to finish two art journal faces, do the journalling and then finish off with encouraging words on the page.

I love being able to come back to a page and add additional marks.  The words in the page serve as further encouragement in my art journal process.

Supplies used - click on the links for Amazon store

Saturday 12 September 2020

Arts and Wellness Cafe - Artist Materials Bank

Welcome to the Arts and Wellness Cafe, in this video I will be sharing about the Materials Bank that I have visited and picked up some items to create with.

The Materials Bank was initiated by the NCF (National Cultural Foundation) to provide a space at the Queens Park Gallery for supplies and materials that creatives can access for FREE.

Check out some of the things that I got on this visit.

I would also love for you to share about your creative journey, what are you working on at the moment, what creative challenges have you been having.

As always, stay blessed and be a blessing.

Wednesday 9 September 2020

Wood Burning - Harvested Wood


Moringa Wood

I have been harvesting wood from my Creative Garden to use in my art projects.  I harvested Moringa wood from the garden and after drying out I used my Wood burning tool and created a series of pattens.

I decided that I wanted to challenge myself by using one tool and see how many different ways it could be used.  Check out the video to see how the piece developed.

Wood burning designs

I will be sharing more of the different projects that I will be using them with.  You can check out some of the Wood burning tools and supplies HERE

Tuesday 8 September 2020

Life Book Taster Sessions 28th September 2020 - 11th October 2020

Welcome, I am excited to share with you the FREE Life Book Taster Sessions.  I hope you will join me for some amazing & Free Life Book Taster Sessions which begin on September 28th! 

This is my lesson lots of creative play

Do you want to learn how to create more well-being in your life? 

  • Do you want to create, express, develop and grow? 
  • Do you want to play with paints, get messy with collage, enjoy mark making and drawing? 
  • Do you want more hints and tips on how to use your creativity to become a happier person? 

Creative Play Detail - mark making and colour

If the answer to those questions is YES then come join us on the FREE Life Book Taster Sessions!

Monday 7 September 2020

Arts and Wellness Cafe - Getting Lost in the Busyness

In this video I share about taking time doing things that don't actually lead to your priorities and before you know it you are running out of time to do the things that really matter and you wonder where the day has gone.

Come and join me in the Art and Wellness Cafe

I also give you a tour of some of my work, let me know if you have a favorite!

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