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What to Do With Your Anger in Uncertain Times

I have heard a lot of people say they are scared right now but I am not so much scared as angry, which feels weird because as a rule I do not get angry. You could say I don’t believe in it but today I am not only angry, I am convulsed with rage. But here’s the deal. It doesn’t help and I don’t like what anger does to me or to other people so – I had a good cry in the shower, got a grip, and gave myself this pep-talk; here it is in case you need one.

Idiots may be idioting while the world burns but even so, I have a choice. I can feel outrage and helplessness or – I can be angry but in control of what I do with that. One thing I know: They are counting on our anger to divide us, making it easier for Them to get away with this. A look at social media posts and especially comments makes it clear that it’s working. Actively refusing to be part of this, rejecting it and deliberately choosing another reaction thus becomes an act of rebellion, of disobedience.

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8 Free Things to Do to Keep It Together

The funny thing is, some of us enjoy being isolated. I do. It gives me time to do what I already love doing: drawing, sketching, reading, making. But for others, it is a source of stress and anxiety, so without further ado, here is a list of fun, creative, and FREE things you can do to keep your mind from feeding on itself while we isolate ourselves.

 

Get in shape without the gym. Come out on the other side of this in better shape than when you went in.

Few things can help you now more than self-care, so when you are finished with your stress eating (and drinking!), consider doing something simple that will improve your mental well being as well as how you feel. The variety of free workout videos on YouTube is staggering. Yoga, pilates, zumba, HIIT, chair aerobics (for those who are disabled), light stretching, bootcamp – you name it. Scared to begin? Search for work outs of five or ten minutes or that are labelled “easy” or “beginner.” See if you can get your kids or your cat to join you. NO EXCUSES.

There are a variety of sites online that offer what is effectively [read more]

Basic Workshop Info

To attend one of these workshops, please contact me and book in for a time that suits you. These are two hour sessions of intense teaching and creating, and you will leave inspired.

 

Art Play Date Workshop

Join artist Kelly Boler at her marina art studio for a playdate that includes one-on-one tuition and full use of an amazing variety of stencils, rubber stamps, inks, embossing powders, acrylic paint, pastels, watercolours, gel mediums, gesso, hot glue, paint daubers, watercolour pencils and crayons, die cutters, washi tape, and a huge assortment of paper ephemera. Also on hand is a library of art books filled with ideas for inspiration. Learn how to keep an art journal, make your own tag art, try out unfamiliar art supplies and techniques, or just play.

This playdate is ideal for absolute beginners as well as experienced crafters. Buy it for yourself or give to someone who might need a nudge with their creativity. Two hours includes use of all supplies, tuition on a variety of crafts, and a free starter sketchbook to work in and take home. £40 for an individual or £75 for two – bring a friend!

To make a date call or text: 0792 807 8866 or [read more]

Altered Book Cover Girl with Bat

For me this piece has a real fractured fairytale feel: Edward Gorey meets Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

This collage is on a vintage book cover and full of vintage paper ephemera goodness. Carte de Visite of girl in pinafore and button boots, circa 1880s, with collaged wings. Fragment of handwritten, French letter, 1903. The pen and ink bat is from a 1912 Swiss zoological guide. All paper ephemera is original; these are not printed reproductions! Piece measures 14 cm x 21 cm. It is wired for hanging, or the wire can be removed for framing. All of my pieces come with extra paper goodies.

Cost is £40. Shipping worldwide is £5. You can use the PayPal button below for payment, even if you do not have a PayPal [read more]

Altered Comic Book Bracelet

For the comic book lover in your life or for anyone who just loves nostalgia. Handmade bracelet made from vintage comic book. This piece is made of paper mache over bangle and finished with acrylic medium then resin for a hard, crystal-like finish. Measures 4 cm in height while diameter is 6.5 cm from inside to inside. This size should fit most.

This is piece takes over a week to complete due its many layers but as it is handmade it may have distinctive bumps and blips that would not occur in a mass generated item. This makes it original and the opposite of anonymous. Feel free to request additional photos.

£40. Shipping is £4 to the U.K. It is available to most other countries, and the cost is approximately $60 or 60 euro but for exact price please use an online currency converter at time of purchase. Please inquire for other [read more]

Altered Book Art Bracelet: Vintage Dictionary

For the book lover or word maven in your life, or anyone who just loves old print. Handmade bracelet made from vintage dictionary. This piece is made of paper mache over bangle and finished with acrylic medium then resin for a hard, crystal-like finish. Measures 4 cm in height while diameter is 6.5 cm from inside to inside. This size should fit most.

This is piece takes over a week to complete due its many layers but as it is handmade it may have distinctive bumps and blips that would not occur in a mass generated item. This makes it original and the opposite of anonymous. Feel free to request additional photos.

£40. Shipping is £4 to the U.K. It is available to most other countries, and the cost is approximately $60 or 60 euro but for exact price please use an online currency converter at time of purchase. Please inquire for other [read more]

Altered Book Art Bracelets: Altered Map Blue Countries

For the travel lover or dreamer in your life. Handmade bracelet made from vintage atlas. This piece is made of paper mache over bangle and finished with acrylic medium then resin for a hard, crystal-like finish. Measures 4 cm in height while diameter is 6.25 cm from inside to inside. This size should fit most.

£40. Shipping is £4 to the U.K. It is available to most other countries, and the cost is approximately $60 or 60 euro but for exact price please use an online currency converter at time of purchase. Please inquire for other [read more]

Altered Book Wall Hanging

This is a first try at a book carving technique. It can be either a wall hanging or displayed on a counter. It is wild and dramatic, yet evokes all that a map should: mystery, adventure, and exploration.

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