New Art Pages


I have been so productive with my art journal, I think because I’m really excited to be using my new materials! This one looks quite dark, I think because I used so many things on the page, including grunge paste which I scrapped into, then dylusions sprays, acrylic paint, pen, and grunge paper I die cut into the flowers, butterflies and hearts. I am still quite happy the way it came out as I think it is quite interesting and gave me the opportunity to play with my art and enjoy the process much more.

mannix page 3

I love the colours of this page (which I scanned in) and I used the grunge paste more sparingly with a stencil to get a different effect. I also made my second video of me making this which you can watch here:

Second Art Film

I’d love to hear what you think!

Some Things I Made a Little While Ago…..

So, it is clear I have not been paying much attention to my blog as I would like. I have ideas but life keeps getting in the way of me writing them down! I’ve been busy seeing friends and family, applying for jobs and work, that even finishing my painting is taking ages!

So I am putting up a few pictures of things I made last year when I got really into paper art, crafts and my sewing machine. I think I was unemployed for a couple of months as well which means more intense art making!


I made this card for my friend’s birthday.


I made this for my sister x

A Beautiful Shadow Box For Catherine x

I just finished making this wooden box/ drawer for my sister Catherine and absolutely love it! (If I do say so myself!)

I started with a blank wooden box shaped as a book with a secret drawer. I had a few ideas but started with the front first, so I could get an idea for how to make the inside. I was thinking of making it a drawer to put keepsakes and trinkets in, but I also wanted it to be on display and with the draw on the side that would be a bit difficult.

So I decided to go for a simple shadow box, knowing she likes cute small things! I used two Tim Holtz bottles, one has a tiny message on paper, the other I filled with pretty beads. I then made a tiny book from patterned paper and card, and glued that down. I added lots of embellishements and covered a small piece of card with fabric to give the items a bit of hight.

As I like the paper in the background a lot, I didn’t want to cover it up too much. I hope she likes it 🙂 I am very pleased with how it came out – even if managed to glue my fingers together more than once!!

Ps. Sorry if the pictures are blurry, my camera broke so I’ve been taking photos on my phone!

Daydreams and Compulsive Art x

I’ve been thinking about my inspirations lately and how I get ideas. Sometimes I have creative blocks and feel frustrated. If this happens I will get a little panicky that I will lose any talent I have, but then calm down and read or watch a film. I hadn’t realised though that my keen eyes are always drawn to things and store them in my brain for later. I like to keep images I find like magazine cut outs, postcards or interesting packaging, and only recently decided to put it in a scrapbook. I love making scrapbook style art, but this is more a place to put all my ideas, pictures, daydreams and thoughts.

As you can see I spent a while making the front, but the inside isn’t as pretty! That’s OK though because the purpose of my scrapbook is for reference and being free to do what I want on the pages without feeling like it will need to look like a finished piece.

I am going to add some more posts about inspiration, being self reflective in this sense is useful to understand how my mind works, the ways my creativity is stimulated and that a lull is sometimes a good way to step back and see how far you have come and relax with a good book and cup of tea.


Paper Collage

When  I moved to Manchester last year, I had hardly any money and was working in a pretty shit temporary job while I sorted myself out. My TV had broken and then my computer failed. A few days later my phone was cut off! So I had no technology at all and was pretty annoyed. Rather than being bored, I turned on my radio and started making this collage using different textured papers, paint, ink, and embellishments.

I liked being able to try something new and see how I could bring my ideas to life with these materials. It was also a useful distraction from the frustrating things happening at the time. I’d like to try making a new one, although probably on a smaller scale. If only there were more time in the day!