Thursday 19 August 2021

Grease Proof Paper & Button Art Journal


This is a lovely art journal to work in, made from slightly different paper than my other art journals.  The pages are made from Grease proof paper.  I had been using the paper when I had been working with a wax resist technique on fabric and it seemed a shame to throw away the paper just because it had residues of wax so I decided to turn the pages into an art journal.

Each one of the pages then underwent the first few layers as the supplies have a difficult time adhering to the surface even if you do add gesso first.

One of the things you can do is to roughen the surface of the paper with sandpaper and then apply the gesso or preferred paint

Each page has different elements added as well which will make a nice jump off piece when I come to work in the journal.

I also used recycled card to act as tabs on the edges of the art journal.  It is lovely to have a space where you can just play with supplies in.  Hope you feel inspired to create your own art journal from some of the supplies that you have in your stash!

Tuesday 10 August 2021

Creating in Faith - Realityarts Podcast - Word for the Week - Joyful


Welcome to the podcast for today.  The word for the week is Joyful

Take a listen to some of the words from previous weeks and let me know how you relate some of the words to your creativity.

Thursday 5 August 2021

Arts and Wellness Café - Knowledge and Creativity

Welcome to the Arts and Wellness Café, thank you for joining me.  Take a look at some of the things that I discuss in the video below.

One of the things that I make sure that I do every year is invest in myself and consider what additional learning I will be doing, whether it is signing on for a course, or finding a book that will teach me specific skills.

It is always a great idea to keep growing and you do that by learning new things as it can only enhance what you already do.

That said I review a fantastic book called Enchanted Adornments by Cynthia Thornton.  The author weaves her love for story telling into creating 20 pieces of jewelry from polymer clay and lots of other embellishments.  There are also contributions from other artists and their work and it is lovely to see

I also share details of the new course that I am teaching called 'How Does Your Garden Grow'  it is filled with over an hours teaching and is accompanied by some fantastic downloads for you to keep.

The Early Bird Special lasts until 8th August

If you join me on Patreon for any of the available tiers, you will also be able to get 2 further bonuses as part of the 'How Does Your Garden Grow' Course.

It would be great to have you join us!  
Stay blessed and be a blessing

Tuesday 3 August 2021

How Does Your Garden Grow - New Online Course!

I am so excited to share with you that I will be launching my first solo art course today called 'How Does Your Garden Grow?'. Check out the course HERE

'Early Bird Special' Get the course for $47 instead of $57

Until 8th August 2021

We will take a walk in the garden, taking inspiration from the flowers and the leaves and then use them to inform some of the shapes, colors and marks that we will use in our creative art piece. I will then show you how to create a background and develop it to find an image we can build on and use additional marks, shapes and symbols on the page.
I have included lots of goodies to download as part of the course: -

  • Course handbook
  • 12 Page coloring book,
  • 12 Page mixed media background images,
  • 9 Stamp Images
  • 14 Garden images
  • A Bonus video on creating backgrounds
  • Two A4 art prints - downloadable
  • 1.5 hours of workshop going through the steps for creating your final image.

  • All the videos and images are yours to download and keep and you can take at your own pace.
  • All the skills that you will learn are transferable and it is a great idea to re-create the lesson using different mediums
I would love to have you join me on the course!  You can get it at the 'Early Bird Special' of $47 until 8th August 2021


For additional Bonuses check me out on Patreon

Patrons at all tiers receive these two additional bonuses when they sign up for the course.

12 page vintage florals 1 downloadable papers
12 page vintage florals 2 downloadable papers

Monday 2 August 2021

Realityarts Podcast - Episode 30 - Creating in Faith, The knowledge that you have


The word for today is Knowledge.  What is that you know about the tools, the supplies and the techniques that you use?

We look at ways in which we could be creative and how we can sometimes get 'stuck', and one of the ways around it is by doing something totally different.

What is it you know about the way in which you approach your creativity and do you see growth.  Are there things that you need to change or add for you to use your creativity across the board.  

We can think about the messages that we are trying to share from our work and also the impact that it can have on the viewer if you are a visual artist.  When we know our tools inside and out it frees us to be able to experiment fully - using our equipment to the fullest.

Looking forward to connecting with you, let me know how you are getting on.

Check out Last weeks podcast:

Sunday 1 August 2021

Arts and Wellness Cafe - Kindred and so much more!

I shared on my YouTube Channel the current Arts and Wellness Café Episode and the word for is 'Kindred' and what that word means in your creative walk.

Are there techniques, supplies that you feel particularly connected to?  And does it have a bearing on the type of work that you may produce?  I believe that the art that we create, the supplies that we use and our passion all has an energy that goes into the finished piece and is received by the buyer or one the art piece has been gifted to.  Check out the video below.


I also share with you an art journal page creation and book review.

I love creating patterns and I find it a great way to reflect and quite yourself.  

Art Journals and Creative Healing is a lovely book and in the Arts and Wellness Cafe I share a short version for you if you want to check out the longer version on Amazon you can see it HERE

There are many takeaways when we start to think about our relation to our creativity and the art that we are producing.  We are able to express ourselves with our art, speak truths, hidden moments, love, joy, fear - so many of our emotions can be demonstrated through the arts.

I hope you are able to join me each week in the Arts and Wellness Café.

Let me know what you are getting up to and if you want to share that is great!  

If you want additional exclusive content - art journal videos, tutorials, behind the scenes talk ad more that I share for my patrons, you can join me HERE

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