A town with beautiful buildings, art galleries, a castle, museums, fascinating little shops, an amazing garden and creativity everywhere you look, Kirkcudbright (pronounced kerr-koo-bree) is very deserving of its title of The Artists Town. Whats not to love? Read more
Ever wanted to make your own cord or leather necklace, but not been sure how to attach a clasp? Or maybe you have tried to use cord ends, but found them fiddly to attach? Well look no further! I’m going to show you my simple way to use fold over cord ends to connect leather or cotton cord to whatever type of clasp you like. I have tried a few different ways of attaching them and found this is by far they easiest method, with minimal fuss. Read more
As soon as the weather starts to turn autumnal, I automatically start wearing darker and more muted clothing, almost like i’m trying to blend in! This autumn bead necklace is a perfect addition, dark wooden beads with a pop of bright green cord!
I’m using oval shaped beads, mainly because I think they look like acorns (!), but also the thread sits nicely around the outside. But round beads would do just as well. You can use any type of cord as long as two lengths can thread through the holes in your beads at the same time. Read more
This shrink plastic necklace DIY is so lightweight to wear, can be made in any colour! This project is cheap to make, but is a little fiddly what with all the cutting out. But the results are worth it!
Its no secret that I love shrink plastic, and I have made quite a few projects using it over the years, but this time, I have outdone myself! This tutorial has been rolling around in my head for months and I and so glad to finally have made it a reality. If you have never used it before, shrink plastic is a thin plastic that you can colour and cut easily but when heated using a paper-crafting heat tool or in the oven, shrinks down and becomes thicker and tougher. Be sure to check out my other shrink plastic projects! Read more
These lightweight and colourful tassel earrings, with added knot detail, are perfect for summer! They use a knotting technique that you might be familiar with. The box knot or crown knot as it is known in Chinese knotting, was one of the main knot used in making Scoubidou! I was in my early twenties when the craze came back into fashion in the 2000’s so I never actually made any myself. Although its the same knot, the method I’m using is the traditional Chinese variation, which I actually find easier to understand! Read more
Following on from my post about getting your creative mojo back, I felt it was natural to follow up with a post on how I go about my creative process. This is how I was taught at art college, with some slight modifications I’ve learnt along the way! This is a very simplified method, with practical steps to help you when you want to create something, but have no idea what to do. Its not designed to create a masterpiece, but to get you started – I just wanted to share a simple creative process that can be used no matter what type of art, craft or creativity you use. This is as much about trying to get myself back into a creative practice as it is anything else; yes I make jewellery and craft tutorials, but I often find it hard to create something just for me. So grab your sketchbook or even just a scrap of paper and lets getting making stuff! Read more
I love giving people handmade cards, but I don’t always think to check that I have an envelope to fit my finished card, and often end up putting it into a very boring office envelope. Kinda ruins the effect doesn’t it? Especially hen you have chosen gorgeous wrapping paper for the gift. So why not create matching envelopes from wrapping paper, even if you don’t have the correct sized envelope to use as a template! Read more