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More progress on the studio

Well, over 40 holes in the walls, insulation all over the place, dust sheets, white plaster footprints! Yup, about as big a mess as can be. But cozier and warmer and quieter already. Now to begin the repair work. Repairing gyprock never seems like…

October 3, 2015

How to make a huge mess! Aka: The AttiCat system.

Time for a good catch up round here, but first you probably need a lovely, calm photo because the rest of this post will be rather chaotic and over-the-top messy! So here is some sunlight and a gentle breeze coming thru my bedroom curtains.…

October 1, 2015
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Of ashes, the harvest and magic wands

Everything at the moment is lush and fruiting. Everything here is green and damp and deep summer fragrant. A few days ago there was a blue moon. I walked in the meadow, looking thru the pine trees at the giant orange blue moon just…

August 6, 2015

Practical class: Glass engraving

Finally! I know! I do take my time, don’t I? Well I’ll tell you something. My father bought an engraver years and years ago with the idea of engraving his name, contact details etc, on his electronics at about the time he bought a…

August 3, 2015
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And now for something completely different: The Medusa

I just have to tell you about something. Monday was the most exciting day! Robert started the Medusa! For those of you who don’t know what the Medusa is, I have to explain a little. To me, Robert is part genius, part mad scientist,…

July 29, 2015
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Practical class: Realistic botanical illustration in watercolour

I think that I can just about draw myself anything, (this statement is open to debate…lol), so when I decided to take this practical class on realistic botanical illustration, I hoped it wouldn’t be a waste of my time, (I’m such a cynic!) What…

July 25, 2015
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Practical class: Egg Tempera painting

Ah, the richness of raw pigments. Are you like me, an alchemist at heart? I’m not talking about turning lead into gold…well, not exactly…although one could argue that that’s exactly what we can do here. Do you see all these beautiful golden yellow pigments?…

July 24, 2015
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Practical class: Willow basket weaving 101

Hello everybody, I’m just back from a few days in Somerset and ready to begin our practical classes. I will give you all the information I have so you can try a few new art forms, and I will link you to teachers and…

July 23, 2015
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How to make a found poetry journal from an old book

Last week I had a brilliant Twitter chat with some members of my writing gang Wordsmith Studio. We’ve been good social media friends since we came together three years ago. There was a thought that I might show how I make journals out of…

July 4, 2015
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Harvesting garlic and garden happiness

It’s that fine time of the year when my garden is incredibly lush and productive. The patio pots of annuals, encouraged by good soil and a little boost of 20-20-20, are stunning in their old favourites simplicity, the bird bath at the west fence…

June 16, 2015