Friday, 14 April 2017

Happy Holidays!


Happy Easter holidays everyone!

I'm looking forward to putting me feet up, having some family time and consuming a large amount of chocolate!

This is what I'm working on at the mo, I thought it was rather fitting for this Spring-time post!

Lots of love X

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

A Cornish Tea Cup And A Bit Of A Surprise!


I decided to have a bit of a re-shuffle and an edit of my tiny studio the other day.

As I was sorting my scrips and scraps box I started to play around, and five hours of faffing and fiddling later, this collage emerged!

(It just reminded me of whenever I try to sort out my big hamper that I keep on top of the wardrobe. All my diaries and photo albums are in there and as soon as I crack them open I'm there for hours!)

I think Cornwall is starting to call for me again!

I also had a wonderful surprise last week, thanks to a lovely friend on Instagram.

Mrs B is in Stitch magazine this month!

Ooh! I rather like being 'mysterious'!


Saturday, 8 April 2017

Never Discard A Fairy...

A couple of days ago I had a really bad drawing day, I mean really bad.

Everything I drew was just horrid and I became more and more frustrated.

It suddenly dawned on me what I had been saying to a student just the day before....that sometimes you have to play, creativity doesn't like being pushed around too much.

So I decide to actually practice what I preach.

And I started to snip and glue...and have fun.


And I made this slightly bonkers collage on the back of an old drawer.

I'll be taking it to my mixed media workshop at Hope and Elvis in a few weeks (eep!)

Because the drawer is quite deep it will hang on the wall, and it also means that there is a little surprise on the back...

a secret place for secrets!

Ha! Told you it was a bit bonkers!

Have a very happy Spring break everyone!


Oh! I nearly forgot to tell you about the discarded fairy!

Well, as I was clearing up, I found one of the figures that had been cut out of the photograph (half of his leg was out of the shot and so he had to go,) and he had landed on a tiny scrap of lace that was the perfect shape for wings!

It was as if he had landed there to tell me that I was on the right track!

So I couldn't throw him away could I, and now he lives in my journal!


Saturday, 1 April 2017

Creative Prompt For April:

Hope you enjoy this month's Creative Prompt.
I'd love to hear from you if you take part.
All the best x

Friday, 31 March 2017

Spring Is In The Air!

Just a few weeks to go until Mrs B's workshop weekend at the glorious
Having a deadline really boosts my creative flow, and I'm painting and printing and stitching bits and bobs for the big day(s).
These two pieces definitely have a Spring- time feel to them, printing birds does make me happy!
Wishing you all a fab weekend chucks.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

The Girl Who Didn't Care...

There once was a girl who didn't care what others' thought.
And if she put her bodice on upside down, she wouldn't change it, someone had told her once that that would mean bad luck for the rest of the day.
And she didn't comb her hair because a friendly blackbird liked to nest in there, and who wouldn't want to hear beautiful singing all day long?

And her petticoats were often covered in dirt because she loved to grow flowers and dig in the earth.

And the girl who didn't care what others' thought lived a happy and joyful life.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A Grand Day Out...

Last weekend we had a lovely day out in the beautiful market town of Louth.
My first port of call was H and J Arts and Crafts, a fab art shop, stuffed to the gills with goodies...
...let's just say I left a few shillings lighter!
Then we paid a visit to the wonderful Frockety Boo, the most glorious vintage dress shop ever!
Chihuahuas are also welcome!
Eep! Look at the shiney shoes!
An arty photo of mother and daughter Doc's!
Then we pootled next door to the very eclectic and totally wonderful Hailes Den, (I've also started to notice that Mini Goth is not so 'mini' any more....where has the time gone?!?!)
I love places like this...
Please can I have this kitchen?
A bit of a selfie and an unintentional 'cheeky' photo!
(Seems like the hubby has found himself a new lady friend!)
And after all that, we topped off the perfect day with fish and chips and a bag of sweets.
Happy days indeed!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

The Tale Of Mrs Bracken...

Recently I have been playing with paper, trying out ideas for my work and future workshops perhaps.
I really enjoyed drawing and collaging her, I like experimenting with the contrast between the detailed drawn sections and the flatter, more graphic collaged areas.
Mrs Bracken, the kindly fox,baked the most delicious pies.
Every morning the birds would bring her berries and the ripest fruit from the forest.
Mrs Bracken gave them their breakfast and would scatter the crumbs from her tattered Pinny.
Every evening, the animals would feast on pastries, pies and other delights while the birds sang, and afterwards the squirrels would sweep away the ashes from the oven with their tails.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Moonlight Serenade...

I painted this during the half term, and as always I didn't have a clue what was going to appear!
The under layer was painted in really bright colours, and I had a whale of a time flinging the paint around!
As I started the darker top layer I remembered one of my favourite things when I was at Infant School.
Every 5th of November we would draw a Bonfore Night picture, and we would always cover the paper with bright wax crayons of every colour. Then we would cover that in a thick layer of black wax crayon, scratching out firework patterns using a pin.
I used to love doing that so much, and I'm sure those early art classes have influenced my work all those years later!
She seems a little wistful and it reminds me a bit of a 1940's film.
I think that she has just been to a dance and a handsome American soldier has just walked her home and kissed her under the starry sky...
Who says romance is dead!
And even though I don't know all of the story, I do believe there was a happy ending.