Archive for February, 2015


This quick sketch was an intuitive one done with my soft pastels. I love what formed on the page, it feels like a fire spirit of some kind to me. What do you think?


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…A Painting Dies?

It’s hard sometimes to get a painting finished. I’m a master at starting and never getting around to finishing paintings, something that I’m working on rectifying by revisiting my old work and finally bringing them one by one to a close.

Even more infuriating though is when I do finish a work to a point where I’m pleased with it and I don’t feel I’ve over worked it only for it to meet an early demise. This morning my son killed one of my paintings. It was an accident, he didn’t mean to do it and yet he still did after I kept telling him not to go near my work. The canvas has two large holes in it now that I doubt I’ll be able to repair. I wonder if I can salvage it by cutting the painting up and using it for other projects, I’ll not let it go to waste and the frame can be reused if I order some new canvas to stretch over it. Thankfully the other two canvases that were involved in the accident seem to have come out of it unscathed…

…I just… it’s hard, surprisingly hard to lose a piece of work that I’ve put a lot of time and energy into. Better that the damage was done to the painting than my son, I suppose, unlike the last time he was doing things I told him not to but it doesn’t make it any easier to deal with the loss.

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Water Witch

10 minute play around with my new soft pastels.

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Another Journal filled over the dates of:


And the best thing about finishing a journal, other than getting to enjoy and look back on the pages created:

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Is getting to make and start a new one:


I made something different this time, it’s blue/pink/purple in colour with a base layer of old book pages so the writing peeks through the lighter areas of acryllic paint that I used for the cover.


Rather than paper pages though I wanted something a little different and more robust, opting for cereal boxes to create the signatures as I really want to play around more with mixed media in this journal. I have another that’s similar to the old one that’s being filled as well, specifically working with a book of writing and journaling prompts.

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Bound with the same purple wool that I used for the tie closure it’s ready to be filled and I’m itching to get into that new journal loving. If the pages are less personal than the last journal, which given the other one I’m working on alongside it which is very personal it probably will be, I’ll try to share some of the pages on here as well. If nothing else it will show that art can be made on most any surface in a journal.

An art journal doesn’t have to be fancy, branded or expensive. In fact, in my opinion, often the best ones are homemade. I know I always find it easier to just let rip and experiment on a journal I have made with different and interesting materials. There’s not as much pressure there to make it perfect and beautiful. Much like the journal itself, the pages can just be.

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It came to my attention this week that I needed a new recipe book. Unfortunately, as is often the case with me I couldn’t settle on something I liked and wanted to use for it and that wasn’t going to cost me much. I toyed with the idea of getting a themed smashbook to use, I even came across a mini journal food themed smash kit bit I didn’t want to pay nearly £20 for it or order it from the US and wait god knows how long for it to arrive.


After much deliberation and several gestures that indicated I was giving up on my search for something pre-made that fit the bill I did the only thing any respectable craftswoman could do…


… I raided my recycling, scraps, embellishments and craft boxes and decided to make my own one out of old cardboard and papers I had stuffed in my numerous craft drawers along with the binder rings and dark brown bow from my old (also handmade) recipe folder which was more of a cover holding a load of punched index cards.


I really wanted something that was more of a book, with pretty papers that I could make into a unique scrapbook style recipe book that would be both practical and pretty, especially now that my eldest is getting into cooking and reading my recipes for me when we use them.


I used a selection of food and floral/vintage themed papers I had in my paper stash along with scraps of other thin cards and papers, washi tapes, some old packaging for the covers and cereal boxes for the dividers.


I also made a pocket in the back cover and a punched acetate envelope for some lined pads and memo spots.

All in all I’m really happy with how it turned out. I’ll probably have to use some stronger glue to stick the washi tape down as the particular one I decided to use isn’t all that sticky compared to some that I have. Now I just have to put my recipes in it!

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I made the time to get a start on the portrait of Brid I was inspired to create this evening. This is just a very rough pencil sketch of the dimensions and composition I want to work with and add to tomorrow.

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blessed imbolc

Imbolc in my house was a lovely and quiet affair, just the way I like it. While we did nothing overly special my mind was definitely there and I felt that familiar gathering of energy around me. I’m basking in the residual effects today, feeling inspired and happy that spring is on it’s way.

For the first time in months I want to create a deity painting and who better at this time of the year to feel the call from than the beautiful and loving Brid.

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