Mother’s Day Card Design Ideas to Brighten Up Her Day

A couple of years ago I wrote this post about Mother’s Day in the U.K. and U.S. This year I’ve painted some Mother’s Day card designs in my expressive, colourful style. They are based on UK animals and done in a whimsical style. I hope they say “I love you mom”! They are sure to […]

The Effects of Colour on Mood

Psychotherapists are, according to this article about colour, sceptical about using it to influence mood. And there is little scientific research to encourage them. However, colour has been very important to many cultures and, importantly, colours have different significance across cultures. So how is colour useful to us …? In my opinion, colour choice is […]

My Process – What is Layering?

In art layering means letting one application of paint dry before adding another. In some painting the layers are translucent, typically with watercolours but oils and acrylics can both be translucent, and so the layers beneath affect the colour of the outcome. In other painting opaque layers are used to obscure parts of the previous […]

My Mixed Media Art Journal Love

I love playing with mixed media in my art journal and this week I thought I would combine the theme of of love with some mixed media art journaling. But first a short story about love (sadly I missed Valentine’s day) It was a dark night …… no, really. It was quite cloudy but foxy […]

Challenges of Daily Art Journaling: Challenge Yourself

You might ask yourself How can I art journal every day or even every week? And I agree, there are many challenges in daily life that make it hard to enjoy some journaling time. Challenges such as, space time resources inspiration company So I thought I would write a post with some ideas to combat […]

Joyful Art Journaling

Quite a few of my blogs about art journaling in January were a little on the gloomy side so I wanted to talk about the joy of art journaling.You can look at joyful art journaling from 2 perspectives. In one you art journal about something that brings you joy – a celebrations of sorts. In […]

Art Journaling – Gelli Printing

I love patterned papers – all those delightful, colourful designs. That is where I started with collage before including book pages/newsprint/music sheets/serviettes. And then I discovered something new to collage with in my art journaling – gelli printing. I have since made several art journal pages by collaging with gelli prints … Different Ways to […]

Getting to Know the Path

My journey to the art I now make started with walks along the portion of the Wales Coastal Path near where I live. When I was unwell I used to walk there with my mother who is very knowledgeable about plants, being a scientist by degree. She would help me identify the many little flowering […]

Art Journaling with Stencils

Stencils can add a great deal to the creative experience of art journaling. With stencils you can add pattern texture, raised areas, interesting detail to layers, featured images. There are a few techniques you can use with your stencils which you can either buy or make yourself. Buying Stencils for Art Journaling Amazon is a […]