The Painted Diaries – September (part 2)

Much of September was spent working on backgrounds for the RAWonline class with Amanda Grace. The final stage in the process came towards the end of the month when we were at last "allowed" to add imagery and words. This was also the point where the RAWonline class and the scavenger hunt theme for The …

Micro-seasons creative journey – September

It has been so wonderful charting the shift from summer to autumn in my micro-seasons journal this past month. Not surprisingly the focus has changed from flowers to trees and fruits. I love how this project has opened my eyes to the nature that directly surrounds me. Almost all of these entires feature things that …

The Painted Diaries – September (part 1)

The theme for September in The Painted Diaries was a scavenger hunt using all sorts of found ephemera in our art journals. This month I was also planning to take part in the RAWonline class with Amanda Grace. I got a sense that at some point during the class we would be adding images and …

The Compass Rose

After the incredible and illuminating experience I had during the Reluctant Crone class with Juliana Coles this summer, I was drawn to continue with her soul-searching methods. I signed up for The Compass Rose and set my sails for the high seas, bound for an exploration of the things which ground me on my voyages …

Micro-seasons creative journey – August

This month my nature journal, for the most part, moved away from flowers into the realm of trees. This included some species from my time on yoga retreat in the South of France. Thanks to the PlantSnap app, I was able to identify them: Japanese Maple, European Smoketree, and Spanish Chestnut. This was my sixth …

The Painted Diaries – August (part 2)

The second half of The Painted Diaries for this month has uncovered even more art supplies that I hardly ever use. It seems that acrylics and watercolours are my go to art supplies. But what about all those other amazing mediums and colours? Now that I have rediscovered my stash, I hope to be using …

Prayer bowls

I've been thinking about prayer bowls lately – their beauty and simplicity – and so I returned to an Art Witch Academy seminar by Emily Mulroney on creating our own libation bowls out of clay. I haven’t worked with clay since I was at school! It was fun in some moments and frustrating in others. I’m …

Goddess studies – Lilith

A magical new semester has begun at Art Witch Academy. Amongst all the inspiring new seminars on offer, I was drawn to start Goddess Studies with Emily Mulroney . I have chosen to work with Lilith and, in doing so, to reclaim her as a figure of feminine strength and power. When I found this beautiful fair-trade, …

The Painted Diaries – August (part 1)

A new month means a new theme in The Painted Diaries and this month is all about swatching our art supplies. This might be the most relaxing thing EVER and perfect for restoring a sense of order to the universe. First up: watercolours! I switched some of the colours in the Winsor and Newton mini palette …

The Reluctant Crone

This 6-page spread was made during The Reluctant Crone class with Juliana Coles. It was an incredible process which took me about a month to complete, involving many layers of journal writing, multi-media warm-ups, and consulting of the tarot. Each circle or mandala represents a phase in the journey of woman. The project was intended to include three …