Intro to Art Journaling Workshop


Today was the Intro to Art Journaling Workshop hosted by Dizzydollylou. It was a lovely couple of hours. The ladies, all veteran crafters, were on top form and set to making mini-journals with vigour. There was glue and cake, pretty papers, cake, lovely silken thread, cookies and lots of chatter about fur-babies.  Did I mention the cake? Homemade by Tams!  Dizzydolly plied us with copious cups of coffee and tea. The atmosphere was most convivial and very conducive to Makery. And by golly what Makery they accomplished.

SONY DSCSarah and Emma made mini-journals covered in fabric, with a lovely button fastening. Tams made a collaged cover of torn vintage book papers. (And I cunningly forgot to take a photo of it, so I’ll have to wait for her to send me one.) They’re meeting again tomorrow to finish them off and maybe make some journaling cards. I wish I could be there too!???????????????????????????????

Important Dates for your Diary

  • Art Unequalled 3rd-5th May – If you live local to Bury St Edmunds, you really MUST drop in to  in the Atheneum. It’s a fantastic craft fair, with really really talented people selling their work and demonstrating their skill.  Dizzydollylou will be there with her gorgeous felt and silver. And also Emma Sadler, who was at my workshop today. She’s an amazing art photographer. You should go and look and like her FB page immediately so that you don’t miss out on any of her Don’t Look Down series. It’s breathtakingly good.
  • Needle Felting For Beginners with Dizzydollylou May 16th here at my home. Still places available! Don’t leave it too late to book.
  • May Summer School for Kids: Journey to the River Sea 26th-30th May designed and run by me.  I’m especially excited about this. It’s going to be a brilliant week of adventure through reading, art and craft. Aimed at children aged 8-12. Get in touch for more details because places will be limited.
  • Coptic Bookbinding  5thJuly designed and run by me at Keep on Crafting, Bury St Edmunds. Call Mandy to book a place. 01284 701101.

So… heaps of opportunity to get involved with the Makery. Don’t miss out!




I’m not getting along terribly well with this young lady. Something about the cream paper that means her skin is sallow. Usually I would use white paper to draw a face. I’ve not practised getting skin tone right on a coloured background. I’ve gone off her entirely. Looking forward to tomorrow’s class though. Better get back to making goody bags!

Journal Charms


For the last week I’ve been working on a collection of gorgeous charms to add splendour to art journals, scrapbooks and cards. Made from paper clay, they are light and will withstand a fair beating. With a diameter of 3cm,  they will look stunning on the spine of any journal whilst being whimsical enough to be incorporated into a personal journal spread, greetings card or scrapbook layout.

Each charm has at least 4 layers of paint and/or distress ink  to build up a patina of rich colour and deep iridescence. They look opulent, aged and antique. In the future I anticipate that there will be a greater range of shapes, colours and expressions. I may even have time to do a few custom made ones, if the interest is there. For now, there are 4 sets to collect each with an expression and an image:

FLY & Butterfly

GROW & Flower

BE & Matryoshka

LOVE & Heart

As an added bonus, each packet has a digital print of a Moon Munkie journaling card – currently the young lady alongside the charms is known as Hazel – I hope to make a new card for each new series of charms.

So… if you like them, they’ll be on sale in my online shop which should be coming soon. Although if you’re desperate, drop me an email and I’ll see what I can do. They will be available at Moon Munkie workshops – and participants may be finding a free one in their goody bags over the next month. I’ll also be giving away 1 of each set over at Facebook in the next day or so. So go over and hit like in order to be kept up to date with that.

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New process, making progress

Age 16 I was sitting trying to paint a lovely rock I’d found on the beach. It was a really unusual rock in the shape of a tear drop with purple and grey colouring and a bump on the top where (I imagined) a shell had made its home once before. I’d never painted still life before. As I sat there pondering how to create a picture that showed the true beauty of my new treasure a well-meaning person wandered by and asked what I was up to. When I said I was trying to draw and then paint the rock, the person commented that if I was going to ‘be able to draw’ then I would have discovered that skill already. Oh, I thought. What a shame. I put down my brush and that was the end of me trying to paint or draw for the next 20 years!

Then in September last year I came across a group of artists who didn’t seem to believe that the ability to draw and paint are given to the fortunate few at birth.  A group of people who see making art as much about the learning process as about the finished piece. Who try new techniques and share their successes AND their failings as a way of encouraging others to grow too. And they welcomed me as a fellow artist. Me! Who had not been blessed with the ability to draw or paint, but was sort of ok with a sewing machine or a needle. In fact, they resisted all my attempts to explain that I’m not an artist, that I can’t draw, that I’m just playing at making art for fun. Apparently, this is what an artist does! And it’s a lifelong process of making progress. There are no barriers to what I can learn to do. A couple of artists in the group were especially encouraging so I’m going to try to write about them over the next few posts.

12squarecreationsRuth Hinman is a mixed media artist in Montana. She keeps several daily art journals, writes at least 3 blogs, supports artists through the Artist Trading Card group on Facebook and somehow manages to fit in working a real job, managing her home, a functional relationship with “honey” and an online gaming presence, too. She refuses to accept that  there are not enough hours in the day to do everything that she wants to do. Her energy is an inspiration and her art work is just to die for. I find myself thinking, “I wish I thought of that!” with almost everything she creates. I like that she will share work that she made that she doesn’t necessarily love. And will regularly explain a technique she used that didn’t go quite the way she thought it would. She also vents really well!  I found this rant on art and art journalling particularly liberating. I’m going to ask her to do a guest blog over here at Moon Munkie … but she’s starting a new job at the moment so that may need to wait a while.

So as a result of all of this positive input, I’ve really been working hard to improve my drawing / painting skills. I’ve started to keep an art journal myself and I’m also running some workshops locally to encourage others to do the same. My skills are coming along nicely. (If you’ve not read ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain‘ by Betty Edwards and you think you can’t draw, then get a copy immediately. It’s incredible how fast I improved once I learned to look and see properly.) There are still loads of things I want to learn: shadows, perspective, colour, blending, shading, proportion, composition … everything, really! But the big change is that I know that with practice it will come.

I’m so glad I kept that rock.