Art Work

Like alot of people, I took art at school.  But most of the time,  I usually ended my art lessons with the same blank piece of paper that I started with.  Why was that?  I think it was because I was frightened of making a mess or not being good enough or worst of all just being told that what I'd done was rubbish.  I think I really believed that!  A lot of my friends, were really good artists and I felt very inferior, but at the same time I really wanted to create but I just had no confidence.  

After I left school....oooh...a long time ago, apart from doing lots of other crafty things, such as jewellery making, sewing, knitting, crochet, card making etc etc, I didn't really do much drawing and no painting at all. That was until a year and a half or so ago, when I was going through a stressful time and I got into Art Journalling, as a means of expressing my feelings and documenting what I was going through in a positive way.  I found it very freeing and because it was personal and only really meant for me I didn't care whether it was "rubbish" or not.  Because I was drawing and painting every day and I watched alot of You Tube videos that were inspiring, my skills developed and I could see big improvements in my abilities.  Practice makes perfect they say.  Well, I don't think my work is perfect and on the other hand I don't think it's rubbish either. I'm getting better all the time and best thing of all is I'm proud of my achievements and I've done it for me, not for anyone else. One of the most valuable lessons that  I learnt that "it's not ability I lacked, but confidence".  I've been saying this alot lately, when I I'm delivering my workshops as some people are sometimes a bit timid, and so far, I've been able to coax even the shyest newbie crafter to create something wonderful that they can be proud of.  That's such a good feeling.

With all this in mind, I've decided to create a gallery of my art work.  I admit I'm no DaVinci, but I find Art Journalling extremely therapeutic and there's something very cathartic about getting all messy with paint and inks.  It's helped me through some very difficult times and I just wish I had been more confident when I was at school.  But, if I can help others to be inspired as I have, then all that teenage creative angst will not have been in vain.


Buildings - Collage and doodles

Townscape - Collage and doodles

Girlies - Neo-Colour II and acrylics

Love to Grow Art Journal Page - Mixed Media

Hearts Journal Page - Mixed Media

Art Is Where My Heart Is Journal Page - Mixed Media

Workshop Prep - Mixed Media Girlies 

Art Heart & Healing Journal Page - Mixed Media

A Room With A View - Art Journal Page - Mixed Media

Handmade Art Journal - All About Me 

Myself - Art Journal Page - Mixed Media

Angel of The Morning - Doodles in Biro

Art Heart & Healing Lesson - Watersoluble Wax Crayons and Acrylics on Canvas

Beads From The Art - Art Journal Page - Mixed Media

All About Bethany - Counting My Blessings Art Journal - Mixed Media

All About Bethany - Counting My Blessings Art Journal - Mixed Media

Fly Away - Counting My Blessings Art Journal - Mixed Media

The Street - Art Journal Pages - Mixed Media, Collage and Doodles

ButterflyArt Journal Spine

Butterfly Art Journal Front Cover - Stamps, Stencils and Collage

Quick Sketch of Claire's Clamatis - Art Journal Page - Fineliner and pencil crayons

Move Over Shadow Lady - Art Journal Page - Mixed Media

Art Heart & Healing Workshop - Mixed Media

Art Journal Page - Fineliner Doodles

Art Journal Page - Fineliner Doodles

Fruit Bowl - Art Journal Page - Testing out my new Neo Colour II's

I Am Blessed - Counting My Blessings Art Journal Page - Mixed Media 

Through Glass - Art Journal Page - Soluble Wax Crayons and Biro



I Was Lost - Art Journal Page - Mixed Media

Under The Milky Way - Art Journal Page - Soluble Wax Crayons and Biro

Just The Way I'm Feeling - Art Journal Page - Soluble Wax Crayons and Biro

Mum & Dad - Counting My Blessings Art Journal - Pencil Sketches on Stamped & Painted Background

Mum - Counting My Blessings Art Journal - Pencil Sketches on Stamped & Painted Background

Shadow Lady vs Creative Goddess - Counting My Blessings Art Journal - Mixed Media

I'm Like A Bird - Counting My Blessings Art Journal - Mixed Media

Back Cover of Art Journal Page - Pencil & Soluble Wax Crayons

Selfie - Art Journal Page -  Soluble Wax Crayons

Town to Town  - Art Journal Page - Mixed Media

Front Cover Art Journal and also the picture on my debit card - Acrylics

Skaterboy -  Counting My Blessings Art Journal - Pencil Sketches on Stamped & Painted Background

Just colouring in a pre-printed sheet with water colour pencils (without adding the water!)

Shadow Lady  - Counting My Blessings Art Journal - Pencil Sketches on Stamped & Painted Background

Retreat - Art Journal Page - Mixed Media

College Project - Acrylics


The Pea and The Princess (the pea is on the top and the Princess is lost underneath) - Art Journal Page - collage and water colour pencils

My Twitter Girl - Counting My Blessings Art Journal - Pencil Sketches on Stamped & Painted Background

College Project - Acrylics

Tree - Art Journal Page - Mixed Media

Art Journal Page - Neo Colour II, Acrylics & White Marker


Snow Angel - Acylics

Retreat - Water Soluble Wax Crayons and Acrylics

...and Relax - Art Journal Page - Mixed Media

Sail Away - Art Journal Page - Mixed Media

Lilac - Sketch Book - Neo Colour II and Acrylics


Art Journal Page - Mixed Media

College Project - Acrylics & Pastels

Sketch Book - Neo Colour II and Acrylics

Sketch Book - Neo Colour II and Acrylics

Belonging - Life Book Lesson 1 - Mixed Media

Life Book Warm Up - Mixed Media

Bear Girl - Sketch Book - Neo Colours II & Acrylics

Ginger Girl - Sketch Book - Neo Colours II & Acrylics

This is just the piece of paper I put under my work to use up leftover paint on my brushes and stencils etc...but I like it and I use them to back journals and for backgounds and stuff!

Angel & Stars - Sketch Book - Neo Colours II & Acrylics

Bunny Girl - Sketch Book - Neo Colours II & Acrylics

Cat Girl - Sketch Book - Neo Colours II & Acrylics

Life Book Week 2 - Doodly Page

This is just the piece of paper I put under my work to use up leftover paint on my brushes and stencils etc...but I like it and I use them to back journals and for backgounds and stuff!

Art Journal Page - Prep for Art Tutorial - Mixed Media

Art Journal Page - Prep for Art Tutorial - Mixed Media

Art Is Where My Heart Is - Art Journal Page - Mixed Media


Serenity - Art Journal Page - Prep for Art Tutorial - Mixed Media

Art Journal Page - Prep for Art Tutorial - Mixed Media


Life Book 2014 - Week 3 Folder - Mixed Media


Life Book 2014 - Week 3 - Making animal pictures out of paint splodges

Life Book 2014 - Week 3 - Drawing objects without taking your pencil off the paper!!!

Life Book 2014 - Week 3 - Cutting up a paragraph from a book and re-arranging the words to make a poem!!!

Life Book 2014 - Week 3 - Drawing objects with my non-dominant hand - I quite enjoyed this!!!

Life Book 2014 - Week 3 - Drawing objects with my non-dominant hand - think I'm ambidextrous!!!

Life Book - Week 5 - Loved doing these!

Life Book - Week 5 - Experiments

Life Book - Week 5 - Loved doing these!

Life Book - Week 5 - Loved doing these!

Life Book - Week 5 - Loved doing these!

Life Book - Week 5 - the finished piece!!!

Dolly and Me - Art Journal Page - Experimenting with crayons
Doodle Heart - Neo Colours II

Art Journal Pages - Neo Colour II

She's Got The Whole World....in a string bag!!! - Art Journal Page - Acrylics & rather nice spotty Washi Tape

In Bloom - Mixed Media & Experimenting with Ink

Sometimes... - Art Journal Page - Doodles & Experimenting with Aqua Colours

Art Journal Page - Experiment with Dylusions Inks (Ghosting Technique) then outlining in Black Fineliner


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