Easter Card Bunnies Card Designs

Easter is fast approaching and thoughts are turning to chocolate …… and the Easter bunnies on this year’s card designs are turning to eggs, chocolate or hatching ones.Easter is a great time of year to be art journaling with plenty of inspiration for characters and colour. There’s bunnies, lambs, chicks of all sorts of birds and not to mention all the weird and wonderful ways you could combine them to create unique/unusual characters on your journal pages. What about an Easter dinosaur? Of course children’s characters are great in pastel Easter colours and dinosaurs are great children’s characters. Do you have a child who would enjoy creating an Easter dinosaur with you?

Turning Your Art Journal Pages into Xmas Cards

Art journaling is a great way to explore your creativity largely because it can be very private: you make a page and then close your journal and no one else can judge you worthy or unworthy. But what if you want to share your art? I know I enjoy showing friends and family my art […]

Art Journaling Fun Palaces Session

This year, 2020, I will be doing my first livestream, in conjunction with Fun Palaces, on Sunday 4th October on this page.The session will give some tips for art journaling without buying art specific supplies. This is to show how it doesn’t need to be an expensive hobby or take up a lot of space in the house.

The Mighty Salmon

This week I am inspired by the Atlantic Salmon that swims up rivers in Scotland at this time of year (October – November) to spawn. How they navigate waterfalls involves a lot of failing and trying again and they must do this repeatedly before reaching their breeding grounds. No wonder they are so exhausted after […]

5 Background Techniques to Play with

On my art journaling courses people often tell me that they don’t know where to start. The blank page can be intimidating … there is all this expectation that it heaps on you to create something worthy. Having great expectations for the outcome is no way to get the most out of art journaling. I’m […]

Mixing Old Media and New Media

I opened ‘Wonderland’, by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss, on June 5th to a description of swallowtail butterflies. The excerpt describes the contrast between Sweet Williams’ bright pinks and the butterflies’ striking yellow and black as an outrage against taste. This description really spoke to me and I knew I wanted to make a piece […]

Using Stickers in my Art Journal

Today I want to share an art journal page with you that I have made with stickers I created from a painting – Gracious Gladioli. The painting was inspired by the gladioli I grew for the first time in my garden last year. From this painting I digitally cut the featured images of gladioli stems […]

Artists Who Use Mixed Media

We can learn a great deal by studying the work of other artists whether we just want to enliven our own personal art or produce art professionally. I really enjoy the work of Gustav Klimt as he used gold leaf, platinum and silver with his oil paints to produce very stylised work. And I have […]

My Favourite and Fun Mixed Media Techniques

There is something decidedly rebellious about ‘mixing media’ … No longer hampered by the limitations of one media you are free to create almost unlimited effects. Do you just want a whisper of an image or is something more substantial, perhaps 3d, required. And provided any 3rd dimension is not too big an art journal […]