d’ya think I can find a (lead) pencil in this place?!

Status: lack of art supply frustration level 2000! πŸ˜‰

I want to draw something for Valentine’s Day. I have known what I want to draw for 2 days but need a pencil to get the initial sketches and proportions going, ready for my Sharpie overlay.

Hang on a minute.

It’s a “need” not a requirement. I’ll just have to make do.

Or go to the shops. However it’s hot and I have lots of excuses up my sleeve… Best to just get started I think.

Stay tuned!

the birdhouse project

Hi everyone! I hope that 2016 is off to a good start for you. πŸ™‚ I feel a bit in limbo, waiting for my course to start… If all goes to plan my first day is 24/2.

Recently I discovered something interesting when out and about…




Yes, a birdhouse!

The Birdhouse Project was developed as part of Campbelltown Council’s (Adelaide) activities for Mental Health Awareness Week, as explained on their site:

“What was the purpose of the Birdhouse Project?

The birdhouse project was developed as part of Mental Health Awareness Week (5-12 October) to raise awareness around mental health, encouraging connections and sharing experiences. The concept of birdhouse’s was adopted to reflect the notion of safety, feeling secure and flourishing, with participants encouraged to decipher their own meaning from the project. The project also aimed to highlight the connection between nature and positive mental health by displaying the birdhouses, following the launch, throughout parks in the Campbelltown community. Workshops were run over several months to guide people in the art of mosaic and introduce a new set of skills and learning.

Who participated?

  • Approximately 45 people participated ranging in age from 4 years old through to participants in their 80s.
  • A variety of organisations participated including the Central Domestic Violence Service, The Cottage, Campbelltown Home Support Social Program, Paradise Community Care and the Campbelltown Youth Advisory Committee (YAC).”

If you are in or visit the North-East Adelaide area you can discover more of these in and around Campbelltown Library, Thorndon Park, The Gums Reserve, Gurner’s Reserve and Denis Morrissey Park.

I hope to get the opportunity to participate in something like this in the future! πŸ™‚

Have you been involved in community art and/or mental health projects?
What was the experience like for you?


23 days back… and crafting!

Hi everyone. πŸ™‚

Apologies for my longer-than-expected absence. I had a great time away in Japan, however, I became very ill on the flight home. I had a gastro-like bug which left me feeling lousy for almost 2 weeks!

Whilst in Tokyo, I noticed a very interesting trend among teenage girls. Most of them had tote bags heavily decorated with badges and other trinkets.

What was super interesting is that the badges and other pretties were protected by a clear plastic overlay, like this:

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Seeing a great opportunity to come up with a truly personalised souvenir of my trip, I visited Tokyu Hands (a great variety department store, a bit like Harris Scarfe meets a high quality Kmart meets a high quality Typo for Australians) where I purchased the above tote plus a canvas tote. They were sold in 3 sizes; only the biggest was available in both plastic and canvas so I went with that.

I then proceeded to pick up a variety of interesting badges, fabrics, and other bits-n-pieces. I ended up with this…

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… Cactus not included! πŸ˜› Here you can see how the one-bag-inside-the-other works and looks.

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Did I tell you that I’m learning to play the drums? I’m going veeeeeery slowly with it!
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Example of a badge “on” the canvas toteΒ “under” the plastic.

I think this project is going to keep me busy over the summer! πŸ™‚


Meanwhile I have been working on my fiance’s Christmas present. A battle jacket (when I asked him what he wanted – that was his answer! So I am trying my best :)).

Today I have progressed a lot further than this stage but these are the most recent photos I have taken of it:

battle jacket immortal metal

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Whilst working on this project I have noticed how being “busy” creating something with my hands really does help me achieve and maintain a sense of relaxation… At least whilst I am engaged in the task! πŸ™‚ It also provides a sense of satisfaction as I can observe my progress with the project over time, over each sitting.

What projects are you working on at present? I would love to hear or “see” all about it! Feel free to include a link to your site if you have one in the comments. πŸ™‚

my temporary absence + some femspiration

Apologies for the lack of updates recently!

Life has been whizzing along, and I’ve been working longer hours, in preparation for my trip to Japan.

I’m really excited about this trip, as it will be my first visit to the Land of the Rising Sun. Sugoi, ne? πŸ™‚

cherry blossom

I’ve started on a colouring book – the theme is a coincidence! – but am unsure how I feel about adult colouring in books at this time. Personally I would prefer to draw and work from my own images, get things out onto paper from my own mind, but I can see how it could be a good starting point and a way of shifting focus.


On Sunday I had the opportunity to watch a documentary about the history of women in the comic book industry – She Makes Comics. It was fascinating and worth a watch if you are interested in art, women in the arts, the Western comic book and graphic novel industry, or all three! You can read more about it here.

Dewa, ja mata – see you later!

I’m hoping to find some fab & inexpensive art supplies on my travels. πŸ™‚


where the sand meets the sea [images]

Some snaps from last weekend’s ACATA/ANZATA conference. πŸ™‚ It was held in Adelaide, South Australia.

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Click on image if you’d like a larger version to read. πŸ™‚

… I had a great time, learned a lot and met lovely people!

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I am glad I attended; the experience helped me see that I am moving in the right direction for myself and I am lodging my application this week for a place in a Graduate Diploma course in Art Psychotherapy!

Wish me luck… πŸ™‚

“new” scribbles

Just a few scribbles from me…

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Thinking about the concept of “new” – new beginnings, ideas, opportunities…

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I enjoy drawing with markers. Bold colours and crisp lines and contrasts!

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I’m looking forward to this weekend’s art therapy conference, hosted by ANZATA and ACATA, to learn more about the science, theory, and applications of creative therapies. Maybe I’ll see some of you there! πŸ™‚


Have a great weekend ahead! πŸ™‚

spirit doll workshop

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I hope that you have all been having a great week. Here in South Australia, it is a long weekend – lucky for those not having to work the Monday! πŸ™‚

On Saturday I attended a Spirit Doll Workshop, facilitated by an Adelaide based art therapist, Jackie, at Artwell Art Therapy. The purpose of the workshop was to create a doll, which acts like a personal guide for yourself.Β It is designed toΒ symbolise and contain the personal characteristics you are needing in your life right now.

I found the process very interesting. To me, it was like creating a visual representation of a written affirmation. Affirmations can be useful and powerful things as they encourage you to focus on what you DO want. I would not necessarily consider affirmations to be about “positive thinking” but rather about productive, helpful thinking. If you can get yourself into a productive mindset, it is easier for you to take and continue to take productive actions, and make productive choices, which leads to results. An article which provides useful information about affirmations and creating them can be found here.

Through the process of creating the doll, it is interesting to observe how you may start out with a particular idea in mind, yet it can turn out completely different. A bit like life I guess! πŸ™‚

I had expected that my doll would personify a coach, someone to encourage me to continue on the creative path. Instead, it turned out to be me! I have interpreted this as being a reflection of my higher self.

What do you think?

Have you ever attended a Spirit Doll Workshop, or tried something similar? I would love to hear about it! πŸ™‚

why (I) draw?

… Well, it became obvious after I stopped.

It is a means through which I can express myself.

It brings me a sense of calm.

Sometimes, if I like what I’ve come up with, it also gives me a sense of achievement.

Did I mention that it can also be a hell of a lot of FUN?! πŸ™‚

I stopped drawing in my early twenties, after the demands of university studies + part time workΒ became too great.

I started drawing again very recently, in my thirties, with a desire to get back in touch with my creative self.

It’s working!Β πŸ™‚

I am no “artist” by any means but enjoy the process of creating. I am committed to continuing to create, even if I am the sole (soul? think about it!) audience.

Do you draw, paint or otherwise create?

Why do you do it? Feel free to comment below! πŸ™‚