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September round up!

#BloomTrueBootCamp came to an end but what an inspiring month of prompts. Although I didn’t quite keep up with my daily blog posts I have been playing along and taking it in. Sunday morning have become my play time & artists date. I have made a mess, painted over a cool drawing of a feather, used colours that I don’t usually use (green) and generally had fun.


I have slowed down, felt and listen to my art materials. Listened to the rough scrappy noise of the pen on the paper and the smooth feeling of my crayons, as they cover the paper in bright colours.

I finally got round to drawing a feather! Something that I have been wanting to do for ages, thank you Flora. I used on of my favourite techniques and that is no use my non-dominant hand and not to take the pen off the paper. I love how it makes you look harder at the object you are drawing but how the lines are so free and loose.

One of the prompts was ‘Collaborate’! Ha, well I had it in my mind that my 4-year-old nephew was going to help me out with that one but he had other ideas. He was more interested in running around the garden with his Dad. I did manage to draw around his hand and then he wanted me to draw a stegosaurus! I think this might be a WIP, so will post our collaboration at a later date. However, while in the garden I did get to create a flower Mandala for ‘Art Abandonment’. this is another thing that I have wanted to do for a while. My nephew looked at me as if I was a bit crazy, playing with granddad’s flowers!


30 Days of Inspired Words -was an inspiration and has made me realise more that I am an artist and not a writer! However I loved Stacy’s words and they could apply to anyone who wants to be develop their own creative practice be it writing, painting or photography.

I would like to say a big thank you to both Flora and Stacy for an inspiring month.

Flora’s ‘Bloom true: the e-course’ stars on 13th October it ‘presents a groundbreaking and transformational approach to painting (and living) that celebrates intuition, connects body, mind and spirit and allows unique and expressive paintings to emerge naturally and authentically.’ (words from Flora’s website) Needless to say this ecourse is on my wish list.

Stacy next write group starts on NOVEMBER 1st – 30 DAYS OF CREATION MAGIC. ‘This month we will dive into the deep waters of lusty Scorpio to tap into our sensuality and pleasure. Combining our more intimate desires with the expanding and transformational ways of Sagittarius energy will bring us 30 days of Hell Yes through our writing. May cooler evenings around a fire bring out our most primal desires. I find the water/fire combination to be particularly powerful when it comes to creating magic.’ Stacy de la Rosa


Day 9 – #BloomTrueBootCamp

I love drawing mandalas. I have a square sketchbook dedicated to the practice of drawing them. I find them very relaxing to drawing, I find myself drawing them before going to bed as it helps me to drift off to sleep.

Here are a few that I have drawn.


(Day 8 will appear at some point….)


Day 7 – #BloomTrueBootCamp

Play what a great start to the day. I didn’t have the intention to play. I just needed to mix up some spray-ink and that was when ‘it’ happened. I played with the inks, I made even more of a mess than normal and I had fun. Bubble wrap was also involved and I do love a bit of bubble wrap! I was also standing up at the time and things just flowed better. It also reminded me of being at art college painting with fabric dyes.

Home-made spray-inks

Bubble wrap

Later on in the day I did a SkillShare course that involved doodling with your eyes closed, doodling with music and doodling and rotating the paper. It was great fun. Here are a few of the doodles and the final piece that I created. I had lots of ‘play’ time today.


Final piece










Thank you Flora for a great week of #BloomTrueBootCamp.

Move your body

Day 6 – #BloomTrueBootCamp

Yoga, yoga, yoga how I yearn for yoga…Oh how I miss my daily yoga practice. A couple of months back I had it down, I was practicing sun salutations every morning. I did it everyday for over 40 days. Then my life changed and so did my routine, or lack of it! I started ‘going’ to work three days a week. My daily practices were disrupted and I have yet to get back in the flow. I am trying but my mornings just aren’t working with me at the moment…So now I have started to just do it at random times during the day. One round only takes me 5 minutes, so I do it before I make lunch or when I go into my studio. I just do it when I can. I am sure it will become part of my morning routine again soon.


Letting Go…

Day 5 – #BloomTrueBootCamp

Letting go is hard to do but at times you must let go of the things that are holding you back. A few weeks a go I did just that. I said no to something that didn’t serve me, it caused me stress and anxiety. I said no to it and it felt good. I spoke to my husband and he also said that it had been a worry for him and he knew that it wasn’t for me. For over a year now I have had fun little spots on my hands, these disappeared within a couple of days and I feel so much happier and lighter. Saying no to something that doesn’t feel right is the best thing to do, listen to your intuition and go with it.

In the physical sense of letting go, I sorted out my clothes. I now have a pile of clothes to give to the charity shop. My husband also did it on the same day even though we hadn’t discussed it. Great minds think alike! I also had to clean out the fridge as that decided to stop working! I was sad about how much food was going to be wasted, so I cooked some chicken and then thought ‘oh darn, where am I going to keep it’. It is easy to take things for granted. The freezer is not working as it should but it is keeping things frozen. I guess it is a good time to take stock of what is in there and be mindful of adding to it. I am also going to slowly work my way round the house. I threw out the last of my cosmetics that were a bit harsh and had yucky things in them. That felt good too, now I just need to find a good recipe to make my own face scrub, I already use Rose Water as a toner and a lovely NYR rose moisturiser. I will make my own one day moisturiser one day.


Get Quiet

Day 4 – #BloomTrueBootCamp

Meditation is something that I would like to invite into my life more.


Close your eyes and breath
Let the thoughts flow
Don’t force the quite
Empty your mind and relax
It will come
Breathe and relax


Gather your Supplies

Day three of #BloomTrueBootCamp

I am an art supply addict! If I need to go into an art shop I can never buy just what I need, I always come away with more. For example, last month I needed a tube of magenta paint. I came out with a tube of magenta, purple and turquoise paint, 2 packs of Dewent Graphik line painters and a sketchbook! DOH. I wish clothes shopping was that easy.


New supplies

I store my cheap paints in one storage box and my tubes in another, Liquitex Acrylic heavy body is my favorite choice of acrylic paint. This type of paint is great to use on my Gelli printing plate. I have lots if other boxes and drawers with other art supplies in. Looking around my room I think it might be time to sort a few boxes out.

At the moment I enjoy using this box of paints. I have had these for years and years and they come out to play every now and again. I have no idea what they are but they are great to use. I love using gesso as it is great for coving things up and I like using spray ink for quick coverage. Another favorite of mine are the Neocolor II watersoluble wax crayons. I like to cut my own stencils and I store these in a ring binder in clear sleeves, that way they are easy to use.


Before I start a new painting or art session I tidy my desk, but it doesn’t stay tidy for long!

Prepare your space

Day two of #BloomTrueBootCamp

I have my own studio, I have a desk, an easel and a couple of bookshelves, and lots of boxes of different kinds. It is just perfect and I love going into my space. The lighting is great, as it has a good-sized window and at night I use my Anglepoise® lamp with a daylight bulb.

Desk and easel

My altar is in my studio and my room is just big enough to do sun salutations (yoga). I am so grateful that I have my own space, I can leave all my art supplies out, listen to my music and burn incense.

Sacred Space


I can remember a time at art college that I didn’t have a desk to work at. So my Dad cut me a piece of MDF and I put it over the arms of an arm-chair and did my work that way. It was a bit restricting and I had to be careful if I had a pot of water on it, but it did the job. When we lived in a flat in London we had a kitchen/diner/lounge/studio! My desk was in the bay window, it was a bit of a squash but it worked. I also spent 4 months in a van touring New Zealand, I had one sketchbook and a pencil-case of supplies.

If you want to set up a space it is always possible, like Flora said get creative.

Invite the Sacred

Day one of #BloomTrueBootCamp

Today for the Bloom True Boot Camp I cleaned and tidied my sacred space/altar. I cleaned my crystals and picked new ones for the month. While I cleaned I listen to music that someone had created specifically for space cleaning. I used lemon essential oil in my burner, lemons are uplifting, refreshing and they aid concentration. I picked a new card from my ‘Ask and it will Happen’ pack it says ‘ Pay attention to how you feel’. I thought that was quite fitting as Flora talks a lot about intuition and positive affirmations.

Sacred Space

I have also brought out my gratitude journal, this is to remind me to write in it daily. I am going to keep it on my altar to remind me to record my gratitude.

Gratitude journal

I have been meaning to write out some affirmations so I can see them daily for a while now. I finally picked out three and I have written these on to my calendar. This hangs directly opposite me at my desk.

  • Creativity is coming to me easily and effortlessly
  • I am healthy and balanced
  • The more I receive, the more I have to give

Breathing is something thing that I have noticed recently that at times I breathe rather shallow. It is something that I will work on, as it has not been an issue for me in the past. Deep breathes are good.

Smile! I smile at people and I am glad that people here on the IOW smile back. People in London don’t.

Make ART! My sketchbooks are full of art but I find it hard to finish pieces of art. This is something I need to work on as I have 16 unfinished pieces of work!

I am looking forward to sharing tomorrows #BloomTrueBootCamp day.




Creative Inspiration

It’s the start of a new month tomorrow…and with this a couple of monthly challenges have caught my eye.

The first one is ‘inspired writing’ with Stacy it is 30 days of writing. Stacy will be sending out daily emails of inspiration and prompts. Here is what Stacy says about her ‘inspired writing’ group –

The fire and earth energy of Leo and Virgo will have this group focused on recommitting to your writing. Have a blog, website, screenplay, or book that you are neglecting? Have an idea for a creative venture that you want to get out of your head (and heart) and down on paper? This month is the time to get on that shit.’

I took part in Stacy’s writing group ’40 love letters in 40 days’. Stacy is creative and inspiring, her words are soft and gentle but strong enough to give you the push that you need. There is a FB group where there is a great bunch of people; all wanting to write and to get and give support. Click here to sign up.

I have also signed up for the Bloom True Boot Camp with Flora Bowley. Flora is an amazing artist and paints from her heart/soul. I have her book and one day I will do her on-line Bloom True course. Click here to check out the Bloom True Boot Camp. Here is what Flora says about her  Bloom True Boot Camp-

‘My intention behind Bloom True Boot Camp is to support, guide, inspire and ultimately kick your creative habit into high gear — or at least get you moving in the right direction! This is the perfect way to gear up for the October session of my Bloom True E-Course, and if you’ve ever been curious about taking my online course, Bloom True Boot Camp will offer you a little taste of the Bloom True experience. For all you veteran Bloomers out there, I hope Boot Camp re-inspires you to continue on your blooming path…’


I am going to take part in both of these, as I feel September is going to be a creative month and I want to start some good habits again. The past 6 weeks I have not been writing and I have missed it. Even if I just a few sentences a day it will be better than what I have been doing. Yoga has also been lacking in my life, so that will come into play again. I am ready for the Boot Camp and Inspired Writing, join me and let’s get creative.

Feather stencil