Art Journaling in Self Isolation – Take THAT, Coronavirus!

Skip to art journal page about coronavirus The idea of self isolation has been a difficult one for many people. Older people in particular struggle with isolation regularly. I think the lack of social contact leads to gloomy feelings and maybe of being abandoned. But there are things a person can do to reduce the […]

Art Journaling as a Creative Process

To me, art journaling is a creative process in a few different ways. Art Journaling as a Self-Creative Process. In one way it is a journey of self creation that is a process over a number of years. Keeping art journaling as a practice lets you grow through experimentation and reflection. Initially pages may seem […]

Difference Between Mixed Media Art and Collage.

In one way the difference is very simple: collage is a specific technique that can be used on its own or within a mixed media piece. So a mixed media piece might combine collage with acrylic/ink/charcoal. A collage would become a mixed media piece when other media were added. Maybe it’s a collage of magazine […]

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 […]