Time For Tea & a Little Bird…

Embroidering has become my newest craft obsession of late and I’ve been sketching ideas down before I begin them on the hoop. I’m really pleased with this bird and tea cup I’ve just finished – I made it for a friend and I know she will be delighted! I even covered the back with some felt to give it a nice finish.

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The White Whale

I have’t posted for a while as I have been busy with this whale embroidery project I’ve been commissioned to do for a friend. She wanted a whale, like Moby Dick, flying and I had the idea of him being carried by balloons. I sketched into the fabric with a cool fabric pen that disappears after a few hours and actually did some shading at the front of his head before deciding I didn’t like it.

I added some swirls for a more textured look and to make it a little different. I guess it is similar to my art journaling style. This took me about ten hours to complete and he turned out so cute! I really liket his white thread as well. I have a lot of new embroidery ideas and hoping to get a hoop clamp this week so I will be able to do my embroidery with both hands free!

Starting an Art Journal

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Learning to Paint for Art's Sake

Journaling is a great way to express emotions that are too difficult or too personal to show the world. It’s also a way to keep track of your life: the daily events, the emotions that come and go with each day, the changes that occur as you grow. Life is a process worth remembering, but our brains can only hold so much at a time.

Journaling can go beyond just recording what needs to be recorded. Journaling can help you work through difficult emotions as well. Keeping an art journal can allow you to work through your emotions while creating something that can put your mind at ease.

So how do you start? You get yourself a beautiful journal! 

You can use anything as a journal; you can use a composition book, a sketchbook, an ornate journal, or you can even create your own journal.

This woman has done amazing things…

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New Journal Challenge

So, since dealing with my creative rut and then having to move, I decided it is time to plan some art and see if this gets my mind working again. I have a new table and pretty much sorted my supplies in my new place. I just need some focus and motivation to get started. One technique for this I felt worked before is setting out some goals and adding restrictions. And in the next few weeks I aim to do three pages:

  • A minimal colours page – two or three only
  •  A Silhouette page
  • A layered and heavily textured page

I haven’t decided whether to do these in my large journal – which is bursting from being saturated but has a lot of pages left – or the smaller one. Both have restrictions which are useful in giving yourself boundaries, as well as scope depending on the page you decide to make. I tend to work in an organic way, so will wait until I start and size up both journals.

Something to look forward to!


Upcoming Projects

I’ve been focusing on art journaling lately, and in my small art journal which I am really enjoying. I think having a smaller area to work in actually gives you more freedom because you can work with the space and build on ideas as you work. Sometimes in a bigger journal, you are faced with a much more space to incorporate into a whole and it can be overwhelming. I would probably suggest to anyone starting an art journal for the first time to go some something small, although sometimes it depends on the kind of materials you love working with and the themes you want to express.

I have two new projects I am planning to start in the next, the first being a wall hanging made from a piece of wood. I am going to paint it black and have a bold sentence in glitter across it. I want to change up my style in my room as I am little bored with it at the moment and think it needs a Spring revamp.

The other project I want to start is a bird sculpture with Fimo, foil and wire. I have an idea in my head of maybe making a toucan, those birds are really cute and colourful, but I think I will sit down at my desk next weekend and play around with some material first. I find this is the best way to get back into  something when it has been a while, get a feel for the materials and how to mould them together.

I’ve always got some kind of journal page in mind during the week so will be doodling and playing around with ideas. Sometimes I enjoy this more than making a finished piece, because it is relaxed and something I do purely for the love of it.

Why Art Making is Important


Some doodles and paint pens
Some doodles and paint pens

I started my blog nearly two years ago, mainly as a way to catalogue my art and add a few snippets from my life. And it is funny looking back and seeing how much it has changed, because I have changed. I’ve gained so much confidence in lots of areas of my life, and rather than just being a catalogue, this blog has become something more tangible and meaningful. It is engaged – with others, with nature, with things I do in my daily life. It is like a scrapbook, a photo album, a sketchbook, yet it breathes because I share it with people similar to me and engage through my projects, ideas and dreams.

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Flourish Doodle Page

A new art journal page I did recently in my smaller journal. I wanted to play with some colour schemes and will be experimenting some more with this kind of style. I think this swirling style of mine lends itself really well to nature and the ideas of things flourishing, not just flowers and plants but also creativity and human potential.

Sprays and Pant Pens

A New Project Awaits…


Well, recently I have been getting very interested in improving my blog, adding content and developing the overall approach I have. With this in mind, I have been learning about web technologies, web design and teaching myself how a website works. I have even got to grips with code like HTML and this has made me really pleased!

While I will continue with my blog, I have started a new website too which I am still working on in terms of ideas and structure. It will be linked to this blog but maybe more focused around my art and art therapy. It is still very basic but the link is here if anyone wants to check it out: https://cherryblossomtears.squarespace.com