Tuesday 27 December 2022

Fabric Wax Resist - A Technique - Material Mondays


Have you tried a wax resist technique on fabric?  In week 20 of Material Mondays I share one of the techniques that I use to create the designs on my fabric.

Dyeing your own fabric is a great way to create your own designs, and the fabric can either be used as a whole or cut up and used in smaller projects.

I start out with an image loosely sketched on the fabric, I usually do a combination of faces and patterns

The next step is to add the wax either on the lines you have drawn or in-between the lines which will create varying patterns.

I combine a selection of dyes together to get the color that I want, you can do swatches so that you are able to recreate the colors when needed.

Once dried the wax is removed.  I use an iron and place paper over the fabric.  It is a great way to apply color and pattern to some of the fabrics that you may have, and you can experiment and see what effects that you are able to create.

If you are interested in checking out some of the supplies, you can check out my Wax Resist Supplies List on Amazon

Friday 16 December 2022

Textile and Mixed Media Reflections in the Studio

Come and join me in the studio where I look back on my textile creative journey.  It is a good idea to look at the steps you have taken, see what has worked, why you do what you do and where you want to go.

I have been loving creating with fabric and stitching, and whilst I have not yet really been making my own clothes, I love creating the wall hangings and painting on the fabric, selecting beads and all that goes into creating the pieces.

You can see how this piece is doing in the latest video

If you are interested in starting creating using textiles, you can find some ideas on my Amazon Sewing ideas board HERE

Monday 5 December 2022

Material Mondays - Week 17 - Adding Beading to the Stitched Project

For Material Mondays this week we are going to be adding beading to our project. This piece is nearing its completion and you get an idea what goes into creating a piece like this.

It goes through many stages and the process part of it is really enjoyable.

The project has to go through the many stages as part of the process and you should take your time and really enjoy it. I like to let the piece sit for a couple of days. You can check out the supplies list on my Amazon Store Here.

This is what it looked like previously, you can see the progress


Check out some of my digital stamps on my Etsy Store below

Saturday 3 December 2022

One BADASS Art Journal 2023 - Registration is now open!!

I am going to be teaching again on the One BADASS Art Journal - 2023 hosted by Tiare Smith

You can save 25% on the course when you use the code: SOGOOD25 at the checkout.

What is it?

17 Mixed Media Lessons, 
16 Instructors. One BADASS Art Journal. All new and inspiring! Jump into mixed media tools, techniques, inspiration and art journaling. Create and make BADASS Art, challenge and surprise yourself!!

The theme for 2023 is: CHALLENGE YOUR inner BADASS. You will also have an amazing community creating, enjoying and connecting with each other. 
One BADASS Art Journal is designed to inspire you to create, learn, feel confident and provide you with the techniques and inspiration to feel BADASS when you make art!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN Check out the Instructors for 2023

In this workshop you’ll:

• get 17 badass art journal lessons (includes a book making lesson)
• learn BADASS mixed media techniques
• be infused with confidence, creativity and inspiration
• learn great tips and tricks you can use again and again
• play with a variety of tools, adding to your skills
• experience beautiful color combinations and blending techniques
• and so much more

Come and join us for these amazing Mixed Media art sessions 
ENTER CODE SOGOOD25 at checkout to SAVE 25%



Check out my Digital designs on Etsy HERE

Tuesday 29 November 2022

Creative Gardener - Growing Henna

 Growing Henna

Come and join me in the tropical garden where we are looking at the Henna plant, also known as Lawsonia Inermis.   It is a tall shrub tree and is used to create the dye henna for skin as well as fabrics.  There are also medicinal properties in the leaves that I will be looking into.

It is a lovely plant to have the flowers have a very sweet fragrance and I would love to have more of the plants dotted around the garden

The leaves are what is crushed and makes the dye.  Check out the video above.

Grow Your Own Course

Are you interested in growing your own, and making your time in the garden fun and efficient?  Check out the course below, click on the image for more information

Edible Companion - Sometimes I Write Poetry


Monday 28 November 2022

Material Mondays - Larger Stitched Kit

 Material Mondays - Larger Stitched Kit that I keep in the studio

Welcome to Material Mondays and Week 16, we get to have a closer look at my main sewing kit and some of the supplies that are in there. I usually use this one when I am in the studio and it houses additional needles, elastic, tape measure and more. You can find all the items in my Amazon Store Idea List

Check out the video

In case you missed it...

Check out some of the other videos in the Series

Friday 25 November 2022

Sometimes I Write Poetry - Look inside

I am going to take you on a little journey through the book what I wanted to show you is the color the paintings that are included in the book from paintings that I have created.

Sometimes I write poetry is a collection of words expressing emotions it has been in the process of development over the years and I finally gathered the courage to share it with you.  I'm really proud of the way that it came out I really love the feel of the cover, it's a matte finish and very soft.  The book is split into eight chapters the chapters, which are love, decisions, thoughts, calling, memories, loneliness, loss and death and community and soul and with each chapter there is a color painting that goes with it, and over a hundred poems.

If you would like to purchase a copy you can do so HERE  

Cyber Week Sale!! Extended

You should also check out the Cyber Week Sale that I have going on my Course platform - get 50% off all courses using the code CREATE50 

To be taken to the course selection - Click on the image or HERE 

I also have up to 40% off my digital stamps, there are a range of designs to choose from.  The Etsy code is ORDER20 and you can click on the image to see the designs or HERE

Thursday 24 November 2022

Material Mondays - Painted Fabric - Vase


In Material Mondays this week I share working on a painted fabric.  The surface was prepared previously and I took the time to work on a few images which included this vase with flowers and some figures.

This is a great way to prepare your fabric for stitching projects and can also be a standalone project.

Supplies used include the following:

Homemade stencils - check out my free course for making your own - https://bit.ly/messyhabit 

Tea Towel for crafts - https://amzn.to/3gutIOR 
Tulip Paints - https://amzn.to/3EuCZQm 
Dimensional Paints - https://amzn.to/3UZ0XbA 
Permanent Ink - https://amzn.to/3hH926F

Join me each week for Material Mondays, check out the last two episodes:

Wednesday 23 November 2022

Cyber Week Sale - 50% off ALL Courses & More!!

I have a Cyber Week Sale currently and I am offer 50% off all my courses!!

You have a selection to choose from and it is a great opportunity to spend some quality time being creative.  

If you want to take advantage of the Course Discount use the code: CREATE50


Etsy Store

I am also offering an additional 20% off my Etsy digital stamps.  I currently have a store sale, you can get an additional discount which will be a whopping 40% discount off all items until Monday 28th November 11.59 EST

Use the code ORDER20 to get the additional 20% discount in the store.  I have a new selection of digital stamps, which can be altered to create a series of different looks.

Here is one of the digital stamp designs, once you print them out you can create different looks to use in your creative projects.



Remember to check out the Art Resource Hub which is FREE to join to to check out additional offers for November that are being offered.


One BADASS Art Journal Course - Giveaway!

I will be teaching on the course next year, and we are holding a giveaway

You have the opportunity to enter the Giveaway, Learn More Here

Stay blessed this weekend and be a blessing.

Friday 18 November 2022

52 Art Journals - Mixed Media Mini Art Journal


This Art Journal uses digital papers I created for my patrons.  They also get to see how to put the art Journal together. It's made from one sheet of paper or card. I have used the digital paper and collaged additional onto the covers of the mini journal.

We have on the front card cutouts which was originally from a greetings card with a butterfly and some flowers and flourishes and then we've just got some other elements using ribbon.  I have used background paper and painted paper as well underneath and altered ribbons on the side. 

On the pages I also use old artwork, collaged and stamped tags and embellished handmade paper. I have left space in the journal for additional writing or doodling 

You can check out the video above to see more details

If you are interested in some of the resources, you can check these out - 

Check out some of these offers

Tuesday 15 November 2022

Art Journal Journey - Free Weekend, and discount off Book of Days

I have several amazing offers to share with you about courses and resources that I have taught or services I have used and they give you some great examples of working in your journal and learning new techniques.

Art Journal Journey 

You will be able to get FREE access at the weekend to Art Journal Journey - 29 art journaling lessons, 4 of which are mine that I have shared on the Creative U platform which include:

Reusing Your Art - looking at ways in which you can reuse your art in your journals
What Lies Beneath - putting messages and encouraging words in our work
Creating with Layers - working with layers, ones you have created or brought
Gratitude's and Celebrations - identifying the things that we are grateful for and adding these within our work.

There are some great teachers sharing their work as well that you will be able to have access to.  You can also sign up for lifetime access at a cost of $57, you can check it out HERE.


Book of Days is retiring and there is a 50% off deal until the 1st December.  You will have lifetime access and some of the other Book of Days will be going on sale later on.  Use promo code bodfinale to get the discount.  Check it out HERE or click on the image



Creativebug are offering 60 days free on their courses so you can get some extra viewing in and brush up on some techniques.  You can click on the image or check them out HERE

I have a series of digital kits available in my ETSY store that you can use in your art journal and creative projects.

They can be used as coloring pages, paper dolls, as a collage element and more, you can check them out HEREUse the Code ORDER20 and receive 20% off your purchase until 1st December 2022

Have a blessed Week.  If you do use the digital stamps share them with me on my Instagram

Monday 14 November 2022

Material Mondays - Week 14 - Painting on Fabric

Material Mondays Painted Fabric Art

In the video this week, we're going to be painting on fabric before stitching! This is a great way to add some extra interest to your fabric project and make it look more unique.

Painted art journal page with glitter

You can use a variety of creative supplies and paints. I am using the brand called Tulip and I have listed the supplies below that I use to paint on fabric.

I usually use recycled fabric, cottons etc where I need them for specific projects I will order them online.
By painting on fabric before stitching, you'll be able to create some really beautiful and unique pieces. You can see the other videos in the Material Monday's series.
Preparing the fabric with paint

Check out the video to see how the fabric progressed:

Supplies used

I am teaching - Check out my FREE Courses HERE

My Amazon store - Click HERE to see my Store suggestions
Check out my Art Supplies on Kit: https://kit.co/Realityarts

Thank you for joining me in my art studio. We all have 5 minutes that we can give to creative play, why not see how you can fit creativity into your every day
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Friday 4 November 2022

Art Bundle Sale is now on - 7 Tips for Getting the most out of the Bundle!

Art Bundles for Good #7 Sale is now on and you have until the 7th November to purchase the bundle. There are more classes that have been added and more artists, so it is a great deal to learn from so many different creatives - me being one of them

There are over $5700 worth of art courses and other resources on topics like watercolor painting, art journaling, sketching, mixed media, acrylic painting, stencils, collage, pastel pencils, colored pencils, mandalas, art marketing, calligraphy, and much more all bundled together for one low price. This is an amazing opportunity to get more than 111 art resources at such a low price. When you get a chance to visit the Art Bundle website you will see all the amazing courses included this year. They are all listed on the homepage.

If you decide to purchase the course bundle, I thought I would share some tips for getting the most out of it, with so many classes and resources, it can get overwhelming, and you want to make the most out of it.


If you like taking different art courses then you will love this bundle, there are so many great lessons by some of your favorite artists. One thing you do have to remember to do is pace yourself. And this goes for any course that you do. For all of the courses you will have access for about a year, so you could get through all of them if you do approximately 2 courses each week - or sign up and go at your own pace. I would go through as follows:

  1. Think about the skills that you want to learn first and foremost and do those sessions
  2. Identify which ones that jump out at you immediately - could be what you will be creating.
  3. Classes by teachers you have heard
  4. Classes that are then left
  5. Try to sign up at least so that you get your money's worth, then at least after that at least you can then do the class at your own pace after the year sign up access.
  6. If there are any classes that you think ‘no not interested’ at least check it out, you may find that there are techniques that you would be interested in learning.
  7. Make notes of what you learnt, what you liked about the class and transferable skills or techniques you can use again.

My Offering to the Art Bundle

You get my Mixed Media Art Bowls Course and downloadable Tips for Creative Self Care.

These are lovely creative bowls you can make - with Christmas coming up make gorgeous gifts, or birthday treats, and can not only be filled with encouraging words but also little treats!

You also get

25% of the Art Bundle profits are going to support Courageous Kitchen, a Bangkok-based charity helping refugees. Get over 111 top art learning resources from more than 90 artists AND do some good at the same time. We’ve raised US$101,782 for charity so far.

The Art Bundle is backed by a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee. Try out the courses for a couple of weeks. If you are not happy, John, from BundlesforGood, will refund your money.

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