Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Journalling ...

So, as promised in my last blog, here are some of the pages I have completed (so far) in my new Art Journal.  I just want to point out that this is my first attempt, so be gentle with your comments ; ) ... lol!  Anyway, I hope you don't mind my sharing, but if you are like me and get 'stuck' sometimes, I have found it to be so beneficial, and such fun!  I wish I could say I have a big explanation for each page and can describe at length my intentions ... but unfortunately not!  I just got stuck in ....

I'm not sure what a psychiatrist would say .... ho hum !

Anyway, until next time ... happy painting


Tuesday, 28 February 2012

The best fun .....

.... I have had in ages !!!  I just had to share it with you!

I have discovered 'Art Journalling' ... and WOW!  It is such good fun, now I've started, I really don't want to stop and I have to collect my son, cook dinner etc etc .... arghhh!

For anyone who is blissfully ignorant (as I was yesterday), art journalling is basically keeping a sketch book and putting in it anything ... and I mean ANYTHING, that you like!  For the first time in a long time, I just 'let myself go' with a paintbrush and stamps and papers and everything and completely lost myself in creating.  I'm so pleased with the results, because I didn't once stop and doubt myself, or ponder over whether I should or shouldn't put that colour there ... you know what I mean?

So, I will post pics soon and look forward to sharing more of my new-found hobby with you (if you don't mind, that is??)!

Until next time ...happy 'journalling'


Monday, 20 February 2012

Spring Open Day ...

A date for your diary ... Saturday 17th March!  The Hertfordshire Craft Collective are holding their first Spring Open Day ...

So if you're in the Radlett area, come along, have a free cuppa and cupcake and see the wonderful range of jewellery, crafts and vintage items they have on sale.  Oh and yes ... rumour has it that 'yours truly' will be there demonstrating !!!

Hope to see you there !


Wednesday, 15 February 2012

New Website

I feel like I've been glued to the computer lately .... first I finished the Jo Sonja's UK website (if you haven't already seen it, do take a look!  There's a prize draw too!), then I set up the blogs and now I've finished my new Applejack Crafts website.  Woohoo!!!

You can find it at and I hope you like the new design.

Bye for now


Monday, 13 February 2012

Happy Valentine's Day !

Hope you're all well and prepared for Valentine's Day ... flowers, chocolates and a heart or two should make an appearance during the day (with a bit of luck!).

In any case,  I thought I'd share with you these cute little wooden hearts that have been painted and distressed with some stamped fimo tiles and finished with some gold spots.  I made them before Christmas and hung them around the house, but now I think they would look good all year round so I will probably have to go and dig them out of the xmas decs !!!  

Happy Valentine's Day  xx

Thursday, 9 February 2012

New Blog ...

So I thought it was about time I joined the 21st Century and started 'blogging'!  Well, everybody seems to be doing it ... so here goes!

Perhaps I should tell you a bit about me and my work, just to get going ...

I love to paint and be creative and dabble in all sorts of different art and craft techniques.  Don't get me wrong, that's not to say I'm an expert, but I love trying something new.  Then, when it doesn't work first time, it might get relegated to a cupboard or box for a while and then reappear at a later date!  That means I tend to have quite an eclectic range of stuff (you'll get to see this once I've mastered uploading pics!) although I would say that my style is a blend of vintage, shabby chic with the odd bit of steampunk ... well this week anyway!

I have a small unit at the Hertfordshire Craft Collective in Radlett and sell a range of handpainted household and gift items, as well as the odd piece of furniture.  I also teach classes in a variety of art and craft techniques using the Jo Sonja's range of acrylic paints and mediums (see

I think that's probably enough to be getting on with, but if you want to know more, check out my website at Applejack Crafts.

Happy painting ...

Liz x