Unplug and Recover Now Art Journal Page

I love this quote; to me it means disconnect from everything and rest and then you will be able to start again refreshed. I often tell my students that an art journal is a great place to try out ideas and even get new ones. That was the case with this page. Having made the page I thought it would work better as a gif which could show the before and after of being unplugged. My concept of a cat being plugged in by its tail could probably use some work but it was a fun idea so I went with it.

Progress not Perfection Art Journal Page

This post is about week 1 of my upcoming course “Art Journal Quotes” which will take place in Flint library, North Wales. The page is made around the quote: “Progress not Perfection”. I think this is an important thing to keep in mind especially for people recovering from mental illness or dealing with it on a regular basis. It is also very relevant to artists who can often feel their work isn’t good enough.

Trying Out New Styles – Manga Love

Sometimes it happens … you can run out of enthusiasm for your usual way of creating. Then it’s time to shake things up. Why not try a different style? I am doing this currently with a book I have by *** on Manga and have reimagined some of his art, picking up some Manga tips in the process.

What to do when it all Goes Wrong – Art Journal Mess Ups

This week I’m looking at a common dilemma and one that can actually stop people from trying art at all. What if I mess it up? It’s the main factor behind the infamous ‘fear of the blank page’. I think we are often conditioned, as children, to see our art as ‘wrong’ by teaching staff […]

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 […]

Difference Between Mixed Media Art and Collage – Is Collage Mixed Media?

Is Collage Mixed Media? 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. From the […]

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 […]

Celtic Goddess Brighide’s Birds – Oystercatcher

There is a YouTube Video of this art journal spread here. Following on from an interest in wildflowers and their medicinal properties I have started reading about the Celtic way of life. The Celts were very concerned with nature and the cyclical way of things. This appeals to me, especially in the face of the […]