Hi Crafty Friends!

Happy Bank Holiday!  We are still in lockdown so one day is very much like any other day but at least the sun is shining, and strangely enough I am spending this Bank Holiday weekend in a very similar to how I spent this weekend last year!   Yes, I’m doing an online workshop.  The difference is that this time, I am doing one that goes for much longer – from May till August – and I have a bit of catching up to do as it officially started on May 1st and I did not lol.  I just decided a few days ago to sign up for it, as I figured it might help my well-being.  The course I am referring to is of course, Wellspring 2020 by Artful Academy (formerly Mixed Up Creative Academy).  Here’s what they say about the course:

Wellspring is an inspirational, motivational school all about using art for mental wellness and self-care. It runs in our dedicated online classroom from May 1st to August 18th 2020. Through 30 energising and insightful lessons we will explore how and why art can be a powerful tool for mental wellbeing and self-care, and make lots of beautiful projects along the way.  Join us for 18 weeks of uplifting, empowering, thought-provoking, life-affirming art lessons themed around mental wellbeing!

So I took the plunge and signed up, and I also got 15 lessons from last year’s Wellspring included for free, so that was awesome! As this course started a few weeks ago, my mission is to catch up ASAP whilst still taking time to absorb everything and complete all the lessons and projects.  I have now watched everything to date but I am still working on making everything to date, so I can be all caught up in time for the next lesson.

The first thing I made was this art journal/art journal cover as I decided that I wanted to have something special to use for all my Wellspring work.  I don’t exactly know what’s coming beyond this point (the lessons are locked until the scheduled date) but I suspect there might be a few things to put in a journal.


I really love how my journal turned out and I got kind of lost in the making of it, adding layers on top of layers like I usually do, and forgot to stop lol. There is as usual some secret journaling underneath all that stamping but that is for me to know and you to ponder 🙂  Funny thing is this was supposed to be the inside, the outside is all pink, and I only started painting the inside on a whim, but then realised I liked it better so it became the outside.  In the class, the tutor, Alexa Doebler, also used sari ribbon and it prompted me to go find my stash, and look – the colours are perfect!  Obviously since this a paid workshop and the lessons are copyrighted I can’t share course information with anyone and so there won’t be any step-by-step or process photos included in this post or other Wellspring related posts.  I did take a couple of photos along the way as I like to remind myself of what I did, in case I need to replicate it, and I might share one or two more when I get a chance to edit them but it will only be to show my cover front and back, no more!  I have loose pages inside that I plan to use for the rest of the course, and then maybe once it is full, I will stitch it together and make it into a little book. Now I need to get back to the making!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my project, please leave me a comment below and let me know.


Artistic Stamper May ChallengeJournaling – I will be using this as my new art journal and so I have written/drawn ART on the front and used some hidden writing underneath some of the stamping.  Stamps used: butterfly and texture stamps and a small text stamp that reads art is good for you, all by finnabair, and the zigzag stitch stamp is by stamperia


HP watercolour paper
Mixed Media paper
Stamperia and Finnabair stamps
Paperartsy Fresco paints
Archival Inks – various colours
White gesso
From stash: sari ribbon

I started something new for April and continuing for May:

Since we are all stuck inside and can’t leave the house, I thought I would try and do two things:
1. use this time to finish any unfinished projects
2. use as much recycled materials as possible (I do this a lot anyway) but also not to buy new stuff!
So, with that in mind, I will note the above on any posts, if applicable.
RECYCLED MATERIALS – YES if you count the sari ribbon from my stash, nothing new used, no new purchases!


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