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The classes with Jane Davenport have been going REALLY well, I need to get some pictures on here don’t I. Today I dug out my Zig Art n Graphic Markers to see how they went colouring in my sketches. Here are the results


Zig Art & Graphic markers, with Faber Castell Artist Pitt Pens on WHSmiths paper

Its not the best photo sorry uploading from a tablet as laptop low on memory. The paper is WHSmiths 135 gsm and to be fair its not for wet media, it took one layer of pen fine but the additional layers of pen did pull up the surface. But what was a worry was the fact that the Faber Castell Pitt Artist pen which is India ink and waterproof; moved and smudged when I got the Zig Marker near it, this was a surprise as the Zig pens are waterbased so should have had no effect on the marker.


I quickly scribbled on a different area of the page and also used my nail to carefully move the black ink of the rubber nib of the Zig pen, since the Pitt pen ink is waterproof I didn’t want it to dry on the Zig pen. Luckily it did come off.

I am new to the world of markers, and know enough that regular papers are not ideal for them. I used to use a very nice paper by Rey but they don’t seem to be around any more, I used to get it in Staples. If anyone reading this can recommend a good paper for water based markesrs I would really apreciate it.

These sketches were from the class ‘Express Yourself’, I had previously taken Jane’s Supplies me class which is all about which kinds of products work the best for her style of art. I also enjoyed Beautiful Faces and the book of the class too. I need to put up some more photos of sketches in a while. In the meantime do check out my previous post where you can find details of Jane’s classes.


Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie 🙂




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This art blog has been neglected for such a long time. I have good reasons, my soul just hasn’t been in a painty, stampy space. Stampy yes, but not art stamps, foot stamps instead…Its been survival 101 and there just wasn’t strength for art and creation but enough of that, I’d just like to thank everyone who still pops by this blog and to let you know I am still breathing and would very much like to get back to some art play. My mojo has twitched, I searched Mixed Media Art on You Tube and have found some wonderful new creative mentors; I want to let you know who is inspiring me right now.

Dina Wakley

Some years ago I heard of this lady when I first got into art journalling but North Light books have this thing about putting patterns under their text and being dyslexic I can’t read that so I haddn’t bought her book. Then this week while searching on You Tube I watched her drawing faces tutorial and BOOM, OMG  WOW pick your happy word but I am so impressed, I am hooked and have bought some of her stamps and have her two books on order..why?  Well I watched this.

had a go and drew the best face ever…can’t show you as my computer is nearly out of memory so playing with photos is a problem right now. But it wasn’t a fluke as my negativity told me, I drew again the next day and it still went well YEY happy dance of the highest order.

Next I watched this

Haven’t got the paints out indoors, the studio roof has an issue, long story but lets just say its not habitable and I’ve ‘rescued’ what I can but I haven’t energy right now to get a lot of stuff out only to have to put it away to use a table to eat from. So the painting will take longer to get back to. but the drawing is going great..not easy when your meds give you double vision!

I’ve also ordered her wings stamps I want to use them to put inspirational quotes in.

{sigh} looks like I need to buy an external hard drive so I can put pictures in, or else this is going to get boring eh 😦 eek not a tech head 😦

Jane Davenport

Whilst on Amazon ordering Dina’s books they also said I might like Drawing faces by Jane Davenport ….OH YES PLEASE! (Weetabix for me for a while but hey its trad for artists not to eat, right hehe) I’m struggling with her website running slow but my internet isn’t fast either. Her online classes look very tempting and there is a free mixed media one mentioned too so I might well give that a go. Give my mojo some soul food.

For those inspired but low on funds Jane has a free mixed media course I will put in the links section.

I’m trying to find a UK stockist of Jane’s stamps as I’d like those face elements one mentioned on her You Tube channel.

In Other news

I have been writing poetry on and off for these last two years, its as much as my muse could manage. I’m still in a dark place, but at lease my muse has opened the curtains and my mojo has poked its head out from under the covers. Depression and grief are not good friends to creativity. Some times you just gotta do what you gotta do to keep breathing, and creativity is a luxury, one I would like to come back to. please please, please let me. For my poems please visit my other blog; A Space to Heal

My computer is low on memory and doesn’t like to work so I have tended to let it be. It has also been in computer hosptal and my internet ran so slow over November-January that opening any pages wasn’t happening, so that too keeps me off line.


  • Dina Wakley
  • Jane Davenport (anyone else finding this page dead slow to open? its very image heavy so maybe that’s why and I do have the slowest internet n computer in the world).
  • Free mixed media class with Jane Davenport
  • That’s Crafty, my new favorite Craft shop online
  • Nika in Wonderland OMG her art is amazing! Thank you Nika your videos have helped me find the mojo that has been lost for so long, and helped me find Dina and Jane to help me draw faces like the ones you do. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

I promise to write when I can. I have missed this blog dearly and missed my creativity too.

There is a quote which sums things up well; ‘Sometimes its ok if all you did today was breathe.’ Most of the time, its survival 101; eat, drink, sleep.

I am not the same person who began writing this blog, my losses have changed me, beyond what could be dreamed was possible and not in good ways. I’m still trying to find who I am, where I am going and a softer way to exist right now. When not on here you can find me on A Space to Heal but I do post different stuff on there, not about art. A Space to Heal is where you can find my poetry and links to support for MH issues.

I hope you all are enjoying your creativity and if anyone knows of any mixed media forums that are not on Facebook I would love to hear about them, I miss UK Stampers forum.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie xxxxxxxxxx

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On the first of April 2016, there is a Poem A Day Challenge over on Writers Digest. I took part in this in November and really enjoyed it. Not striving to keep to the deadline, but enjoying writing to the prompts in my own time. They also do a weekly poetry prompt on a Wednesday, yesterday the prompt was: ‘Preparation’ here is my poem in response to that prompt.

I’m circling my wagons,

Gathering books and pens beside

For a Poem a Day in April

My excitement, I cannot hide


What isn’t there, to love about this?

It joins several of  my passions,

My love of all things stationary

And writing too a passion.


I tell all I know, about this site,

So they can find it too

And there will be more of us

To enjoy the writing too.


If you would like to find out more about the Poem a Day Challenge, it is being held over on the Writers Digest website, see links below.


I can’t promise to post one everyday, its often better to sit with words for a while, to let them evolve into a finished piece, but I hope readers will enjoy the prompts on the site and play along if you would like too. You will be able to read my poems on my other blog A Space To Heal

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon


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As regular readers will know, I have not been able to create for a while, no energy, no mojo. BUT I have been writing poetry as a way to express my feelings and to heal. With Mothers Day coming up, I printed some of my poems out and bound them in a book for my Mother in Law. For those of you who write and would like to create your own books, here is how I went about it.

My first printed Poetry book

OK I appologise now for not including pictures with this, book needed to go into post, so I didn’t have time to photograph it but hey.

First I created a Word document. Added a cover page, a blank page for a table of contents and then began to write out the poems.

I gave each poem a new page, wrote in the title, highlighted it, then; clicked on Styles and selected Heading 1 for the title of the poem but I could have used Title too. Do this for every title in the document.

After writing in the verses, I put in a mark for a paragraph, to add a little space and then used ‘Insert’ and ‘Page break’ after each one. The meant each poem would have its own page.

Table of Contents

After doing this for all my poems; I went back to my blank page to create a table of contents. To do this; as long as you used the styles box for each of your poems titles.

  • Click on styles box,
  • Click on the headings you want to include in your table of contents
  • Click where you want your table of contents to be, (on my blank page at the start of the book)
  • On ‘References’ tab, choose ‘Table of Contents’ and from the drop down menu, you can choose a layout style you like.

Hey presto, all your poem titles are listed as well as their page numbers 🙂 if you change the order of the poems after you create your table of contents, be sure to go back to that page and click on ‘References’ and the ‘Table of contents’ again, a box appears that says update table, choose; Update entire table.

Check out visual details on Microsoft word help pages

Printing A4 collection of pages into an A5 Booklet

Now for whatever reason, I was not able to follow the video tutorial on this for Word 2007 as I just didn’t have the same options on my Pages box that was shown on the video BUT there is always more than one way to do some thing so… I checked the book was ready to print, everything typo checked etc and looking as I’d like it too. Then I saved it as a PDF version.

Then I followed these instructions for how to print my A4 document out in what would be folded to create the A5 book. My thanks to Michael J. Brighton at the Kent Archery Association, for creating these instructions. Booklet Printing

I went for single sided printing and put it back into the printer to print the second side afterwards and it worked fine 🙂

Binding style

There were only 16 pages to my book at 4 sides per A4 page it was thin enough to bind in a single signature. I used pamphlet stitch to bind my resulting book. Another time, I will add additional chapters to my book and bind them with Coptic stitch to create a thicker book that will open easily and lay flat on the table for comfortable use.

Checkout my tutorials for basics of preparation for bookbinding and then to bind using Pamphlet stitch try Sea Lemon for easy ideas. See my Bookbinding tutorials by others for options for binding styles.

I hope you give this a try, and check out the bookbinding tab at the top of the blog for lots of resources, supplies, and tutorials.


Best wishes and thanks for reading,


Billie 🙂





Gorjuss stamps

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Just so you don’t think I have forgotten about you, as that couldn’t be further from the truth, I’d like to share a few links to some really nice rubber stamps.

I was telling a friend about a rag doll I made and how I liked that she only had eyes not other features and she told me about Santoro and their Gorjuss range. Of course this sparked a research session, ohhh sooo nice. I could spend a fortune there, if I had one to spend but I did treat myself to a selection of the mini stamps.

My preferred size to work in is A6 and these are great for that and for art journalling as the stamps are 7cm tall. I have so far stamped them on the cover of my poetry journal and alongside some of my poems. Will add photos another day soz.

For those of you who are now who are Gorjuss, here you go, but you may need to sit on your hands coz they are super cute. I know I don’t normally do cute, but these are really emotive (is that the word I mean, they say so much with how they stand and their expression) that they really lend themselves to my from the heart poems and for the more personal journalling too.


Santoro London Main retailer of all things Santoro

Gorjuss collection All things Gorjuss

Gorjuss stamps Here are the stamps on their own.

The mini ones are made by Do Crafts and these are the one’s I’ve been collecting

The stamps with other ‘things’ around them ie boarders or journal blocks are larger at 10cm in height, so if you like to work small watch out which ones you choose.

There, I haven’t posted for ages, no pictures but SO much temptation. Did you miss me?

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A heads up to say my Poetry ‘retreat’ is going well. I’m not stressing on deadlines, just writing along to the prompts as inspiration strikes.

Check out my poetry and other healing topics on


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Time to give thanks to someone who has inspired me for many years; Suzi Blu. I’ve been her blog for many years now, she makes amazing art videos and is so encouraging. I think its important to thank those who mean a lot to us, even though, they may never read it.

Suzi recently posted about finding a voice and pilgrimage about finding ways to have the courage to go out when anxiety stops you. I have a lot of issues with this myself so I can relate, I admire her courage and have started a different blog to discuss those issues and offer links and books of support that have been useful in my own journey.

Suzi you have inspired me, I’ve been with you though all your ups and downs in life over the last few years and was thinking of you, virtually holding your hand, even when I didn’t or couldn’t post. I wish you a peaceful happy life, somewhere that you love and loves you too. Here is my poem to you in gratitude for all the happiness you have given me with your posts n videos.

To Suzi Blu, Thank you

Oh Suzi you are start dust

You are blessed and unique

Don’t listen to those who critise you

Or the evil that they speak

Your story it is precious, it is yours and yours alone

Your courage to post and to share it

Shows such strength and how you’ve grown

I’ve read your blog and seen your shows

Their inspiration glows,

With peace and love

and Truth and light

And helps us through our wowes

Through darkest times, both yours and mine

Your true hear still it shines

You help me to believe, in a moto I hold close to me

And sounds a lot like you

To Thine own self be true.




If you haven’t found Suzi Blu from my Art Blog roll yet here is her wonderful blog, check out her videos here: Suzi Blu

best wishes and thanks for reading