Everyone’s journey is always so different and inspiring. I thought I’d share this lengthy post about how I got started with lettering and calligraphy as a hobby and a love for writing, and how I turned it into a home based business. Sit back, pour yourself your favorite bevvie and allow me to share with you my journey along with some practical advice!Read More
Back to falling into routine and getting ready to learn!
It’s the perfect time to offer you 50% off all of my online classes!
Now is the perfect time to learn a new creative skill or take an entrepreneurial leap with classes ranging from…Read More
This World Calligraphy Day is going to be a little bit more special. I have the pleasure of teaming up with Manuscript Pen Co to offer some inspiration to practice your calligraphy, lettering, or even handwriting for a special cause for World Calligraphy Day this year. Along with participating, we have a great giveaway to share!Read More
If you run your own business from a home office then you will know just how difficult it can be to concentrate. Whether you’re constantly distracted by your family life or your office space isn’t quite what you want it to be, it is important you’re doing everything you can to ensure you can work efficiently.Read More
These last 6 months, I dedicated a lot of my time and energy into painting new pieces of original art work, and also to exploring my passion for illustrating and designing.
What I’ve learned over the last 6 months is that consistency is key. Practice is paramount. Confidence comes with practice and consistency.Read More
Teaching others how to start a home-based creative business has been something that I’ve wanted to do for years. I feel very fortunate to have been able to work from home while my kids were growing up. Working from home allowed me to have independence, to keep a part of who I was, and it gave me a break from being a Mom along with all the other jobs that go along with staying home.Read More
If you are a fellow creative entrepreneur and are struggling to grow your business, then read on!
What I’ve learned most over these last few years of being a creative and building my online business is; how to focus on important tasks, managing my time so I’m not working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and lastly how to rely on those around me for support and advice!Read More
Decorating on a budget may appear daunting but there are so many ways to revamp your place without it costing a fortune. If you are putting your creative hat on and crafting, or digging out the leftover paint from the garage, the journey of revamping and renewing is just beginning and with some good advice and a positive attitude the differences you can make to your home will have positive effects on your mind and hopefully a smile on your face.Read More
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of watercolor and waterbrush pens. I teach workshops and online classes that feature a waterbrush pen to easily paint stems and leaves as well as create a variety of brush pen lettering.
As a designer and artist, I find that having a variety of mediums and tools to create with keeps my art interesting and fresh so that I stay inspired and creative.
I thought I’d share with you a few quick videos that I recorded using the Timelapse feature on my iPhone - I have to say, it’s quite an addictive feature to be able to record these timelapse videos!Read More
I was browsing a few hand lettering groups on Facebook last week and discovered that quite a few people aren’t quite sure what Modern Calligraphy is and what the difference is between more traditional forms of calligraphy. I thought I’d create an easy cheat sheet to help explain what Modern Calligraphy is for us visual people! First, here’s a quick video that I created while making and digitizing the lettering for the cheat sheet!Read More
Over the last few years, I’ve taught a lot of people modern calligraphy and lettering skills. I’ve shared with them all the tips and tricks they need to get started. I’ve armed them with the best tools in their kit to continue their practice at home. I’ve even created online classes for those who can’t make it out in person to be able to sit at home and learn everything that I teach. But what I haven’t been able to give them is downtime!
Downtime; time during which a machine, especially a computer, is out of action or unavailable for use (I love this definition and relating it to humans), a time of reduced activity or inactivity.Read More
Customizing electronics can be a fun way to give them a more personal touch. I for one, own waaay too many phone cases than I’d like to admit! The great thing about what I do, is that I can paint, letter and design new cases for my devices anytime I want! Whilst there are many ways of personalizing your desktop, there are also many ways to decorate your devices from the outside. Here are just five cool ways to customize your electronic devices.Read More
In reality, the business path can be both rewarding and challenging. When you’re keen to engage with your creative ideas and let the inspiration flow through your mind and body, the last thing you want to be doing is to manage a business.
Who says business management is all about responsibilities, administrative tasks, and plenty of documentation. It’s fair to say that as a creative entrepreneur, you want to lose yourself in the artistic process of giving life to your ideas.Read More
day (small ones - like a to-do list) and I check them off or cross them off my list! It’s so empowering!!
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t always get to check things off my lists. Sometimes I don’t get to everything on my list and have to re-evaluate them and see if they are worth carrying forward.
Another reason why I like to write them down in my daily planner is because I’m an easily-distracted-creative. My focus isn’t the greatest. I get bored, distracted and need to always remind myself to re-focus. It’s both a curse and a blessing. The good thing is, I never run out of ideas!!Read More
Why I decided to join the #100dayproject
I’ve participated in the project in the past but have never made it to 100 days!
Last year, I attempted to use my Canon Rebel to shoot a photo a day. I did ok, I just fizzled out around day 20something… I think. I am going to give the project a go again this year, and have decided to work on a tiny painting a day.
My painting won’t always be detailed or finished, but I have decided to focus more on my art this year and thought, “why not join the #100dayproject!”.Read More
Happy beginning of spring! There’s something about longer days, filled with sunshine and above zero temps that make people happier, more optimistic and inspired to use color!
I thought I’d share a fun and easy watercolor project for beginners that is sure to boost your creative spirit and mood!Read More
At any point in starting, growing and running a business, I feel like we need inspiration, information, a fresh perspective, and motivation to push through when we need a little boost. Podcasts for me serve all of those purposes and more. So I thought I’d share with you Podcasts that have helped me in my creative business.Read More
Before I get to this free March 209 calendar that I made for you, it’s confession time.
Even though I plan and write things down, it doesn’t always mean that I finish everything I hope to. I’m ok with that - now.
I think we plan and try to achieve too much in a short amount of time. Don’t you?!
A few weeks ago, I stupidly walked into a door frame going into a crawl space and gave myself a concussion. I wasn’t skydiving or skiing down a mountain, I literally walked into a door frame, head down, looking at my phone trying to turn off the flashlight app. Stupid right?!Read More
I hope you’ve enjoyed a little inspiration with adding excitement to your walls with some really great art! Home decor and styling has always been a passion of mine and as someone who works from home, my personal space is really important to me. Being able to break up the boring, everyday, and saying hello exciting, new updates is important to my creativity and frame of mind! Do you agree?!!Read More