i am an artist

My latest Design Team art tutorial went online the other week via the inspirational LuLu Art Store, read the full post here, including the full list of supplies needed.

I have always loved this stamp: Donna Poppies and was excited to experiment with it this last week.  It turned out very vibrant, I’m loving it.   I love slow starts in the school holidays, pity it was back to school today!

One of the hardest things I’ve ever done is transitioning in my thinking from ‘art is just a little hobby and something i do for fun’ to  ‘art is important, it is who I am; it has purpose, significance and conveys beauty, truth and hope.’   One of the most freeing declarations us creatives can make is “I am an artist.”


And don’t let you inner critic tell you that you can’t paint, go right ahead, it will be silenced when you begin to paint. Hope you enjoy the tutorial!

you make me brave

I’ve had  2 weeks with a song stuck in my head. It keeps fitting around and around like a butterfly, it is demanding my attention, seeking to be really heard and understood.  So i created an art journal page to explore it a little.

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You Make Me Brave is the song, it’s one of my new happy songs.  Did art journalling make the butterflies go away? No, it has just  gone a little quieter because it has gone a little deeper within.

tell her she’s wonderful

After 10 days of no art endeavours, i finally got to my art desk on Friday. Inspiration just seemed to flow and these three frames are what arrived from my fingertips.

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This flower uses fabric for my stash: an old skirt, left over fabric when my eldest was a flower girl at my Dad’s wedding, a chiffon curtain, remnant tulle from a rock and roll fancy dress outfit from 16 years ago… many memories.

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This flower contains pink dupion silk from dresses i sewed my flower girls plus leftovers from the dress i sewed myself as bridesmaid for my sisters wedding and a vintage button from stash.

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These small frames make great gifts and were so fun to make.

love never gives up

I splurged on a large canvas (90cm x 53cm) and finally tackled it this week. Thanks family for letting me take over the kitchen table for two days.

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“LOVE never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful & endures all things.” Adore these words, so powerful. Huge stencil hey? Made it a challenge to work with but am happy the way it turned out.

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Lots of lovely vintage goodies on this canvas: dictionary pages, sheet music, pages from a hymn book, pages from Gone With the Wind, Wind in the Willows, Shakespeare, a prayer book, plus Japanese and German book pages.

Love it? You can buy it here.

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wild at heart

Don’t let art become complicated.  Sometimes I just wash ink all over my art journal pages as a background, grab a basic stencil, cut out a picture from a magazine that expresses what I want to say and find some words to paste on.

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Simple.

Satisfying.

In 1/2 hour i am done.

fearfully and wonderfully made

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I had one Christmas custom artwork order that i found hard to part with: “I am beautiful for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” I’m sharing it as a post now because it’s a timeless message in a society determined to  make us believe lies instead of truth.
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To the young lady on the receiving end of this canvas, I pray that the words, colours and shapes held in this canvas strengthen and give peace to your soul as it has mine, as it was created.

These sweet words are inspired from Psalm 139:14

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i love wood

2017 is a year of page turning, saying hello new and saying good bye and well done to things previously started that are now finished.

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One of my hello new, is embracing my love for wood.  In 2016 I’ve been learning to master the scrollsaw and making jewellery and Christmas decorations.  In 2017 it’s leaning to turn wood.  Yep, I’ll be taking a rough log and making it into delightful, smooth, shiny timber products such as pens, bowls, beads, candleholders and jewellery.

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So excited to have had two official lessons at my local woodworking society and racked up 2 hours practise on hubbys (and my) lathe.  My brain is expanding with all the new neuronal pathways and I’m loving it, sawdust and all.  What amazing therapy. What an beautiful way to create.

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Above is some of my Hubby’s creative timber work, he now works full time at our woodworking business called Lathe & Chisel, turning pens and jewellery.

Yay to new adventures, blank canvases and freshly cut logs of wood.  Follow our creative adventures on Facebook and Instagram.

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daily she practises courage

 I made a quick art journal project in miniature, a sweet accordion fold out journal. It’s a gift so I’ve left it blank for the recipient to add meaningful words herself.  I wanted a strong title and “Daily she practises courage” seemed to be just the right quote.

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Just after I finished the photo shoot, my furry art assistant took a nap on the product.

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Materials and equipment:

12×12 cardboard cut into 3 strips and folded into an accordion (mine has 3 valley folds, 2 mountain folds, taped together with double sided tape)

stiff cardboard 10.5cm x 10.5cm (found mine precut in my stash)

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buttons (vintage)

Mod Podge

hot glue

paint

ink sprays

stamps & ink

stencils

string or ribbon

making just one card

I’ve been card making. Not the quick-make-10-in-an-hour card making session, a long slow, thoughtful session where you make just one card but it’s really beautiful and your heart gets full. Hope you like it. I think I need to run it as a class.

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The stamps are from Stampin’ Up, you can find my Stampin’ Up profile here, you can order the stamps here (Work of Art) and (Blended Bloom) here. Join a Stamping / Cardmaking class here.