Hi Crafty Friends!

I have been working on my Wellspring 2020 projects playing catch up due to a late start by me. 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!

Still playing catch up and doing whatever lesson seems most appealing at the time, the benefits of starting late I guess.  Today I decided to do this one which was called Brain Dump and the tutor was Niamh Baly.  This lesson was similar to a youtube video she has on the same subject which you can see here:

In the Youtube video she uses a stencil with some colourful words, so I decided to make my own colourful word stencil, using some cardboard and some alphabet dies in various sizes.


Hover to see full image in all its glory

I think that speaks for itself lol.  Just one comment I wanted to make and that was that I had put off doing this class lesson because I didn’t want to do something negative, I didn’t want to write down things that made me sad or mad, and I really don’t like those creepy little people.  However, yesterday I finally did the lesson and it was a very cathartic experience.  Letting out all those thoughts that have been plaguing me for months and then ripping them up and plastering them in the journal, actually did make me feel better! So I guess what I am trying to say is that it might have been helpful to me to have done it sooner instead of avoiding it and I might have felt a lifting of my spirit a bit earlier.

As always, thanks for reading!



My art journal
Watercolour paper
Deli paper
Paperartsy Fresco paints
Fluid Acrylics
Posca Paint pens
Collage Medium
From stash: everything else!

I started something new for April and continuing on during lockdown etc:

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 – cardboard, plus nothing new used, no new purchases!


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