Spells, Prayers, and Invocations (part 1)

The theme for May in The Painted Diaries is mood boards. My board includes ancient manuscripts and mystical Jewish symbols. I have also decided to limit myself to using acrylic inks in the Liquitex Muted Collection (plus black, gold, and white). So far, I’m treating them like watercolours but I’m sure there are many more …

The Painted Diaries 2.0 – April (part 2)

During the second half of April, I continued dedicating my Painted Diaries journal to the All Shapes and Sizes watercolour workshop with Misty Mawn. I really loved spending time drawing birds and other animals – something I enjoyed so much last Autumn. Bird Inspired by the wonderful 'Imagine a Forest' book by Dinara Mirtalipova. Wise …

The Painted Diaries 2.0 – April (part 1)

This month I decided to go a bit off piste and dedicated my Painted Diaries project to watercolour. In particular, I wanted to return to the All Shapes and Sizes watercolour workshop with Misty Mawn — a class I signed up to last November which I was really enjoying and yet somehow it managed to fall by the …

The Painted Diaries 2.0 – March (part 2)

I have been especially grateful to have this daily art practice during this time of change. Whatever may be going on each day, to sit and spend some time making these pages has been both calming and grounding. I continued with the theme of finger painting to create the backgrounds. It feels so therapeutic to …

The Painted Diaries 2.0 – March (part 1)

This month in The Painted Diaries we are painting with our fingers! I can’t think of anything as satisfying as smooshing paint around with my bare hands. On top of these abstract backgrounds I’ve been drawing – most often a self-portrait – and adding a phrase taken from my tarot journal. Much as I love …

The Painted Diaries 2.0 – February (part 2)

The intuitive art theme of this last month's Painted Diaries transformed my least favourite month into a dream-like and playful exploration. I fell in love with the characters that appeared each day and couldn't help but imagine the stories they came from. January's pattern-drawing theme definitely played a big part in embellishing the figures once …

The Painted Diaries 2.0 – February (part 1)

February on The Painted Diaries is all about intuitive art. I have loved being surprised each day by the characters that have come to visit. And I'm finding it interesting to see how the art that is emerging through this method is infused with an atmosphere of feeling, longing, and connection.

Micro-seasons creative journey – January

I have always thought of January as being nestled deep within the heart of winter. Much of what I have noticed in the natural world around me has seemed to be in tune with this idea: the bare branches of trees, the plants cut back, the red and dark purple berries. Plus, my own desire …

The Painted Diaries 2.0 – January (part 2)

It has been a wonderful journey combining the Get Messy Season of Home with the technique of pattern drawing in my Painted Diaries journal. I found myself getting into a meditative state of mind while making these patterns every day. Even the cutting out of shapes from magazine images was calming and centring. Here are …

Bowl of Wellbeing – January

Bowl of Wellbeing is ‘a one year program for women to explore self care through Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation’. Run by Mary Paffard and her daughter, Cyd Bernstein, it is presented as an online course each year. Lucky for many of us, it has also become available as a book so that women all round the world can …