Tuesday, 1 October 2019

It's been crazy

Hi there folks.

Brushing the dust off this blog yet again. It has been over a year since we bought our house in Cumbria and began the journey to transform it into our forever home and I'll be honest, it is swallowing up an awful amount of my time as you can appreciate I am sure.
I am feeling rather lost, rootless and in a weird creative limbo land without a studio space and my life is in boxes..... Hence the lack of posts.
Though I have been creative, it has been mainly centred around making books for my Etsy store and for the gallery that stocks some of my work with very little personal creativity.
This is probably one of the few simple things I did, doodle on some slate pieces....

I did not want this blog to turn into a space that just promoted my Etsy so I have been very reluctant to post but I thought I would just pop on and update you a bit.

If you are interested in our house renovation and life journey you can pop on over to our blog HERE to be kept in the loop, especially now as it is getting a little bit closer to the exciting bits....

I have my Etsy store obviously which I would love it if you popped on over for a look and perhaps find something that takes your fancy LOL You can find my shop HERE

I have a head full of plans, dreams and hopes and there is a lot of exciting things in the pipeline for the new year so I do hope you will stick around for that. This blog should get more exciting again I promise.

And if you are local to Brough, Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria. I am at the Brough Farmer's market on the third Saturday of the month (19th October,16th November and 21st December) and would love to see you there and the Taint Modern gallery in Kirkby Stephen has a selection of my work there too.

Thanks a bunch for still being around here, things will get interesting again . I am hoping to be able to start work on my studio space soon.......thing can only get better when I have a creative space again.
Take care.

Monday, 1 April 2019

Back to changes.

Hi there friends.
I hope you are well.
This afternoon I am sharing more art than craft in some ways. Though I think that the lines between the two are so blurred that it is difficult to discern. In my opinion Creativity is what you are and creative expression encompasses all genres.
This is me going back to where it all began for me. As a child I picked up a pen and was entranced. Growing up I was never far from pen and paper and slowly as the decades passed, time became filled with other things and pens gathered dust.

Recently I have, as part of our new creative and slower living dream, picked up my pens again. Not to design stamps, sketch up new book designs but rather, for the sheer joy and exuberance of drawing for drawing's sake.
These are the results. Three A3 sea creatures, Octopus, Sea Turtle and Humpback Whale.

 I enjoyed the process of re discovering the way to use the pens more creatively than just drawing lines, crosshatching, scratching etc.

 Next up was the Turtle. I last did one of these in pencil when I was still at school.

 Last up is the whale.



It is interesting looking at all three to see how much the style of drawing has changed over the course of it. Though I look at them and see plenty of flaws and areas to improve, overall I am happy with them. One of the challenges of working in pen is of course, that you can't just erase parts and start again!
I think they may end up as a limited print run and perhaps cards too, what do you think?

Hope you have a good afternoon

Saturday, 30 March 2019

I feel like a juggler with too many balls.....

Hi there folks.
My post title sums it up. This is how I feel at the moment but this afternoon I am trying to get myself caught up a bit and clear myself a little space. So much seems to be happening between trying to manage work on the house, getting some aspects of my new creative life going and planning new directions for our future that I don't know whether I'm coming or going sometimes.
Luckily last week I had the perfect opportunity to put the brakes on a bit which was just what I needed.
As it was my birthday my daughter and her partner came up for a few days and we climbed mountains and hills, just chilling.

It was just what the doctor ordered.I feel so much better now.
Creatively I have been busy creating both journals and getting back into some neglected art mediums. All in all I now feel that I have got myself re focused and a plan in place for the next couple of weeks.
Whatever you are up to this weekend I hope you have a good one.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

And so it begins.

Good evening friends.
If you saw my last post you know that on Friday I took the plunge and opened my Etsy shop for business. This was something I have wanted to do for a long time now but to be honest, was nervous about so kept putting it off.

I will also be honest here and confess that I wasn't expecting much to happen as Etsy is a massive place and I am a very small person lol.

So sitting here this Sunday evening I cannot tell you how exciting it is to be able to say that I have had three sales this weekend! How cool is that? In addition to that, 9 lovely people have added my little store to their favourite shops list which means that they must like what I do enough to want to keep up to date....

I feel blessed beyond measure that people have chosen to spend their cash and support me so first thing tomorrow i'll be at the post office sending two journals off across the water to the United States and another one to London. Happy happy days.
Last week I also sold two journals to someone local too, one even before I had finished it. I am so happy.

Of course, I would love it if you popped on over for a closer look. Just follow the link below

Now after all this fun I am back to getting dusty over at the house again but I will be back with another post soon, this one is all about another change I am making too, I don't recognise myself some days with all these changes lol
Take care my friends and I'll see you soon.

Friday, 1 March 2019

And breathe......

Good afternoon friends.

Today is the day I have taken the deepest of breaths, locked my nerves away where I can't hear them anymore and taken the plunge.....
My new Etsy Store is now open for business. After a lot of encouragement from family and friends I have put my work out there.
Below are a few photos of a small selection of the listed books. Appropriately the first picture kind of sums up how I feel LOL

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Neelzexpressionz is the link and I would love it if you popped on over for a look.
This is such a challenging moment for me but at the same time immensely exciting too!
Let me know what you think?
Take care

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Just a little thing

Hi there folks.
I am busy trying to catch up  with things today. As many of you may know, we are busy renovating our new forever home in the beautiful Eden Valley. Challenging but fun and exciting too.
I am also making a conscious effort to pick up my creativity. To do more of what I love and also to challenge myself as well.

So, stay tuned for some exciting and nerve-wracking (to me anyway) changes pushing me out of my "safe" zone.
For this evening though, firmly in my comfort zone, I have had some fun making  some key rings.

Stamping my bird stamps from The Artistic Stamper onto card, then colouring with Distress Markers and water before gluing to wooden discs and sanding the edges when dry, was a thoroughly pleasant way to while away a few hours/

 Then I decided to take them one step further. I covered them with a thin layer of DecoArt Matte Medium to seal the colour of the markers and when it was dry I added a layer of DecoArt Crackle Glaze and left to dry overnight.
I used some DecoArt Raw Umber acrylic paint to highlight the crackle before adding the rings.

As I said, a lovely way to while a bit of creative time, what do you think?
Enjoy your evening friends and I'll be back soon.

Friday, 8 February 2019

Shining lights

Good morning friends.
Back again and this time we're up to Christmas lol. This year the budget didn't stretch to splashing out so it was a handmade gift opportunity.......

 This was my time to get creative for my daughters other halves. Luckily they are both gamers so I raided the studio where I had a couple of lamps and game pieces I had picked up earlier in the year to make them each a desk lamp.

 These are them in progress. They always look a little bit messy to begin with...


Then they start to look a little better when the gesso goes on.

 But of course, the real magic happens when you bring out the paints and waxes......
This is the first one done.

 And the second.

I thoroughly enjoyed making these and both were well received which is always a plus! I used my trusty DecoArt Media products; black modeling texture, Fluid Acrylics and Metallic Lustres and sealed with spray varnish.
Hope you like them.