29 December 2014

2014 review

I've not posted a lot here over the past year.  For most of the year I've been having bouts of dizziness and balance problems.  I eventually went to the Dr's and she has diagnosed Labrynthitis the tablets have worked a little but I think I will have to go back for more next week.

I've been busy working on my first level 2 course for my Textile degree.  I've completed two assignments and made a start on the third designing and making a scarf.

In October I started Lifebook 2014 because I felt I needed to encourage my creativity. I've only finished half the lessons but I've already learnt such a lot.  I wasn't sure if I could afford to do 2015 but my brother gave me some money for Christmas and I found £20 in my purse that I didn't realise I had so I've enrolled again.

This was the first page I did and already i can see that I've improved on using mixed media.  I started using a sketchbook but this year I'm going to use loose pages then bind them at the end of the year that way o only have to include the successful ones.  

My Candy diva with Marieke Blokland  I really surprised myself with this one it was so out of my comfort zone.

The Whimsical Wizard with Steven Speight - This wizard took me a few weeks and I couldn't believe that I'd done it when I finished I was so chuffed with what I'd achieved.

This is a stylised Liverbird from the lesson Flying Free and Positive Self Talk with Tascha Parkinson

In the Moment with Traci Bautista.  It was so liberating.

Spring Time Journalling with Dyan Reaveley.   I wish I could afford some stencils and a die cutting machine because I had to cut out the shapes for the flowers and leaves by hand.  There again it does make them personal.

The Courage to be You with Dyan Reaveley.  The orange pattern is a lino print I cut a few years ago.  

I cut a silhouette to use as a stencil and made a leaf stamp from funky foam.  It's amazing what you can do when you have to make do with what you already have.

Artsy Abode with Carissa Paige.  Not usually my sort of art but reasonably pleased with my version.

Choose Joy with Christy Tomlinson

Moon Whale - Deep Slow Flow with Tamara Laporte

Turning a Negative into a Positive with Micki Wilde - I'd been feeling depressed for a few days before I did this.  It is true that doing art does help with mental well being.

Nurture Yourself with Kelly Hoernig - The last lesson of 2014.

Best wishes for a peaceful, healthy and creative 2015.

15 September 2014

Lifebook 2015 Giveaway

The list of teachers for Lifebook 2015 is here and as well as the blog hop each teacher can give away 1 space on Life Book 2015.  I've discovered a lot of new artists by going through the list. Today's teacher is Effy Wild 

14 September 2014

Lifebook 2015

A few weeks ago I came across this blog post with a free taster from this years Lifebook. Tamara has a Ning group so I signed up and I'm busy watching the videos for her free class

I'd luv to do Lifebook 2015 but I can't really afford to, I'm already dipping in to my savings to pay bills so they are slowly dwindling :-(.   I thought learning new things would give me some inspiration because my creative muse has gone walkabout again.

08 May 2014


I passed my last Level 1 course towards my Textile degree (Understanding Western Art) back in February but I had to wait to get a loan from Student Finance before I could carry on with my first Level 2 course.  It didn't take to long to come through and I got my course material this week.  I've set up a new blog if anyone is interested in following http://textiles2developingcreativetextiles.wordpress.com.

15 April 2014

25 years.......

.... It is hard to believe that 25 years ago on a sunny day just like today Liverpool football fans went to watch their team play in the FA cup semi-final in Sheffield and 96 didn't return home to their loved ones.  Hillsborough has gone down in history as one of the worst sporting disasters this country has seen and to the utter shame of the establishment of this country the families of the 96 have had to fight for a quarter of a century for the Truth to be told.  New inquests started in Warrington on 31st March and they are nearing the end of their long journey for Justice.

You'll Never Walk Alone

14 March 2014

Tyvek question

LaurieK47 left a question on a post about Tyvek from 2007.  She wanted to know how I got this effect.

It is a while since I've used Tyvek so I had to have a quick try to remind myself.  I cut an A4 piece in to smaller pieces remember it shrinks so take this in to account.  I put a piece in between a folded sheet of non-stick baking parchment that I bought in a pound shop.  I heated the iron to in between medium and hot, trial and error because each iron will be different.   Hover the iron over the Tyvek until it begins to shrink the amount you want.

I can't tell you how many pieces I've wasted until I got it right.  This video from joggles.com may help.  Good luck with your project for A level :-)


It is ages since I've posted on here.  I've been busy completing my third level 1 course with OCA towards my Textile degree. Understanding Western Art has been assesses and I'll get the results on 26th March then if I can afford to I can go on to level 2 Developing Creative Textiles.  

I've also had an inner ear problem since New Year.  I kept feeling dizzy and off balance as if I was drunk without the booze.  I finally went to the dr's, had to wait 10 days for an appointment and got some tablets that fingers crossed will clear it up.

28 December 2013

Happy New Year

Well here we are on the last day of 2013 and all I can say is good riddance.  After the last few years I can only hope and pray to God that 2014 is the start of a new beginning in my life.  

Lots of money would be nice but the most important thing I want is good health from now on, because without that nothing else really matters does it.  

Wishing you all a 2014 full of peace, good health because without it we can't enjoy our lives can we,  prosperity because although money doesn't buy happiness it does make life bearable and finally creativity because as Picasso said 

"The purpose of art is to wash the dust of daily life off our souls."