Finding Inspiration for New Art: 9 Free & Easy Ideas

Artist's Block is real and experiencing artist's block can put you in a difficult position as you need a constant flow of creative juices to create new art. Finding inspiration to encourage you to create these new pieces can often seem impossible, but here are nine of my favourite creative ideas that might just help you overcome your issues and get back on the groove. So, if you would like to find out more, read on to uncover 9 useful... Read more →

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Studio Safety Tips for the Arty and Crafty

Did you know that arts and crafts can be dangerous!!! Just think of all the times you almost stabbed yourself with a bookbinding needle, almost took a sip of your paint water, or burned your hand on hot embossing powder or a heat tool! Yes, art and craft can be a dangerous hobby! So let's take a quick look around the studio and look at a few quick tips to hopefully prevent some pain and perhaps crafty injuries, read on... Read more →

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Artist Interview for Lulu Art

I am so excited to announce that I will be a part of the Lulu Art Design Team for 2017. Kylie the owner of Lulu Art asked me to have a chat over a virtual coffee and let you all know a bit more about myself, so here goes.... A bit about myself Where do I begin, I’m a 40- something artist/crafter who likes to collect fabulous supplies. My husband called me a ‘Sparkle Tart’ and now everyone else does... Read more →

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My New Studio AKA What The Mess??

Hi All - I thought you might like a peek at my new art studio, please be kind as I've only recently moved in and have not yet found homes for everything! Truth be told it's a royal mess right now and I'm still looking for ways to organise, store and make the most of my space, so any suggestions or products - I'd love to hear them :) ; Enjoy this little look at my creative space, Read more →

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Vickie Hallmark - An Amazing Artist!

Has anyone else ever noticed that arty types have the BEST and most interesting jewelry and accessories? You know when you are at a craft fair or store and you notice someone else there has an amazing handmade scarf, or bag or bracelet - well this has happened to me at least! While I didn't find Vickie at a craft fair, I did find her amazing jewelry while searching for art journal ideas - you can read my post here!... Read more →

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Inspiring Artists: Tracy Verdugo

Ever since I saw an interview with Tracy on Lifebook I've had a little art crush - I don't know what's more beautiful the fabulous person that is Tracy or her art! Tracy creates amazing free style art that is colourful, joyful and stunning - you can see it here on her blog - Heartful Musings. Tracy is truly an inspiring artist and person - she talks the talk and walks the walk! If you look at Tracy's blog you... Read more →

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Fan Friday: Jennifer Dove

And this people, is one of the reasons I LOVE and ADORE being a part of the art and craft community, it's people like Jennifer Dove - sharing ideas because they 'Can' and not asking anything in return. The totally gorgeous Jennifer Dove from Just4Fun and Dove Art Studios is posting these fabulous Copic colour combinations tags - called Color of the Day so far there are 46 yummy tags (so far) each with a colour combo and an example... Read more →

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Fan Friday Liesbeth's Arts & Crafts

Welcome to Fan Friday, today's inspiration is from Liesbeth's Arts and Crafts Blog - created by Liesbeth Fidder. Liesbeth is an amazing artist living in the Netherlands, if it weren't for the Craft Stamper Magazine and the internet, I may never have seen her work. Happily part of the beauty of our currently shrinking world, is that technology allows us to 'get to know' artists living half a world away and Liesbeth is worth getting to know! Currently designing for... Read more →

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Fan Friday - Dina Wakley's Art Journal Freedom

Welcome to Fan Friday, today's inspiration is a book! What you didn't think every Fan Friday would be a web site did you, and trust me this one is really worth mentioning :O) So before I begin, I must confess that I think Dina Wakley is amazing, I see Dina's work and find myself loving the play of bold colour, I use her stamps have fun, and she also teaches online classes (they are on my 'to-do-list') and I completely... Read more →

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Fan Friday - Crafting the Web by Theresa Momber

Welcome to Fan Friday, today's inspiration is Crafting the Web created by Theresa Momber. Theresa's art makes me let out a sigh of deep appreciation every time I see it - she is truly the 'Queen of Sponging' - just nip over and have a look at the truly beautiful cards and step-by-step tutorials over on her blog: Crafting the Web. I first stumbled across Theresa's blog when looking for ideas to use with my nature stamps, and while I... Read more →

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Fan Friday - The Daily Art Muse

Welcome to Fan Friday, today's site is as eclectic as I am - The Daily Art Muse is an amazing place to browse and drool - the art on here is unique and infinitely diverse. I love looking at this blog to see what I didn't yet know I was in love with already! There are some supremely talented artists who just have blown my mind, doing things I never even thought possible - some so realistic when I first... Read more →

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Fan Friday - Finnabair

Welcome to Fan Friday, now I've gushed over this amazing lady's art before - but seriously she deserves another mention, because Anna Dąbrowska – Pękocka, also known as Finnabair (pronounced Finavar) from Poland, simply rocks! I really don't know where to begin if I'm honest, there are just so many amazing facets to this woman - she teaches classes around the world, has just released her own line of papers with 7 Dots Studio and embellishments and more (Mechanicals and... Read more →

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Fan Friday - The Color of My Dreams

Today's Fan Friday is acknowledging the amazing Copic cards displayed on a fabulous non-English blog The Color of my Dreams by Celia! I've been following Celia's work for a while now as she is amazingly generous with her knowledge, sharing both her cards and her colour combo recipes - this is an amazing resource for Copic lovers, both beginners and experienced. Celia is part of the Design Team for Copic Marker Benelux which is another truly wonderful resource full of... Read more →

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Fan Friday - Vickie Hallmark

For today's Fan Friday I am sharing a truly multi-talented artist who I find completely inspiring - Vickie Hallmark creates journal pages which are truly beautiful to behold and jewelry to die for - you can find her work on her blog, Flickr, Pinterest and Facebook. I had a very difficult time figuring out what to share from Vickie's art - there are just so many beautiful and inspiring pieces, finally I just went with my favourites - it seems... Read more →

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Fan Friday

Welcome to the very first Fan Friday post!I'm so excited to share the myriad of inspiring blogs, people, colours and ideas that I gain so much from on a daily basis. These are not shared in any particular order and are vastly ecclectic, so don't be suprised by anything you see on Fan Friday posts. I decided to create this continuing segment in response to the huge popularity of my Most Artistically Inspiring People series, which even all this time... Read more →

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