Let’s Face It! Blog hop and giveaway!

Hello art friends!

More exciting art news!

I am so excited to announce that I am going to be a part of the Let’s Face It – 2020 Team! Yahoo! LET’S FACE IT is a course created and hosted by Kara Bullock. It is for anyone that wants to practice creating portraits and figurative art, but is especially designed for those of you that have felt scared or intimidated to do so at some point in your life. Together, we want to share with you our strategies, tips, and techniques that we use in order to create our portrait and figurative artwork. You will leave this course feeling confident enough in your skills to never feel intimidated again! In 2020, we will be studying style development and the course will equally focus on portraits AND figures!

click here to find out more about LET’S FACE IT – 2020.

This course is not open for registration yet! However, you can read more about this course and bookmark this page so that on October 14th, you can come back and register. What is even better is that if you register by November 31st, you will get a discount on the price! YES!!! Awesome, right!?!?

I love painting portraits, especially with watercolour! I haven’t fine tuned my lessons yet but they will be something similar to the works you see below!

I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing team of teachers and guess what else!?!?! I get to give away one free spot in this course to one of you!!

To enter the give away do the following:

  • Like my Facebook page (you can find it HERE)
  • Follow me on Instagram (HERE)
  • Sign up for my newsletter (You can find it HERE)
  • Share the link to this blog post on your social media
  • Come back and comment below, telling me where you shared it and what part of drawing faces you would like to improve on this year
I will announce the lucky winner on October 11th!
In the mean time, click here and book mark this page so that you can come back on October 11th and sign up!!
I can’t wait to begin this journey with each of you!!!

Paint your heart & soul 2020! Giveaway!




 Hello lovely followers! I have some exciting news!

Keep reading all the way to the bottom to find out about entering the giveaway!!

Have you seen the PYHaS 2020 teacher lineup? Have you noticed my picture there? Yes! That’s right! I’m going to be teaching in that great online course again next year!!! And….. I’m giving away one FREE spot keep reading for details!

You might have already heard about this amazing course as it is one of the most popular art classes in our online art community. However, if you’ve never heard about it before then in a nutshell, this is a year-long art class with weekly lessons, where you can learn how to create gorgeous art, using different art supplies and techniques from professional artists from all around the world.


This course is great for everyone who is looking to learn (beginners and experienced artists are welcome!), explore, get inspired and to improve, and add to your artist voice!


I am so grateful that Olga Furman has asked me back to be a teacher again next year! I love the community of these collaborative online courses, getting to see students progress and be inspired by such a wide range of art! We will be learning how to create a wide range of beautiful artwork from faces, figures, animals and landscape in a variety of styles! There really is something for everyone. The lessons are based on colour theory, value, proportions and other academic art theories so you can get a good grounding in the elements of art while having fun too!

We have a great team of participating teachers, all with their own style so you can learn a variety of styles and subject matter. This coming year will be the biggest yet with over 65 downloadable lessons which include video and supporting pdfs from 37 amazing artists!

All at the same low early bird price of only $99! That’s only just over $1 per lesson!

You can buy it at the early bird pricing till December 25th HERE


This course is hosted by the artist Olga Furman of OlgaFurmanArt.com and is a collaboration of 37 international artists. All of us are looking forward to share our unique creative process, our knowledge, tips and tricks with students, from start to finish.


We will also provide a closed FB group where students are encouraged to share their progress, receive support and meet likeminded friends. Being a part of the art community has a tremendous positive effect and makes the learning process even more exciting!  


This course is geared towards individuals of all skill levels, ranging from a total beginner (no previous experience in drawing/painting is required prior this course) to an experienced artist!


This year I taught my main lesson on painting a monochromatic watercolour portrait using just one tube of paint, while my bonus lesson focused on colour theory and mixing colours on the gel plate. Next years lessons are still in the planning stage but I am planning on incorporating some of my folk art animals such as this one below (please note this isn’t the actual lesson but just an example of what we might create)

 And I really want to share with you my portrait painting techniques in watercolour!

Here is an example of what I’ve been creating lately! I love mixing watercolour and gouache and want to share this process with you all!

Click HERE to find out more details about PAINT YOUR HEART AND SOUL 2020.


This course starts January 2020, but the early bird registration is now open HERE (insert your affiliate link) and if you register by December 25th, you can purchase the course at a DISCOUNTED PRICE of $99 (save $70 from regular price of $169!),


Don’t miss out this sale, don’t wait till the last moment! PYHaS2020 is the biggest edition, there will never be a PYHaS of the same size in the future!


And what’s more – I’m going to give one of you a FREE spot in the course, please see details below!




To enter the Giveaway raffle, do the following:


1. Share this link https://tinyurl.com/pyhas2020lucy on your Social Media (FB, Instagram, Pinterest)

2. Sign up to my newsletter by clicking HERE

3. Comment on where you shared the link and I will add you to the raffle.

Each share on a different social media counts as one entry – multiple entries are encouraged!

4. Comment below, telling me what your art aims are for this year, and what skills you wish to perfect!

I will announce the lucky winner on October 9th!


*If you’ve already paid for the course and win the spot, you will get a full refund!


I can’t wait to start creating together!






Summer fun with Gelli Arts® and DecoArts paints!

The lovely folks at Deco Arts sent me some acrylics recently to try out on my gel plates and we have teamed up with Gelli Arts to make some “summer fun” themed art projects! So here is my fun wee offering!

You can watch the video above to see how its done, and I will also talk you through the steps here.

For this project you will need:

  • Some Deco Arts acrylic paints
  • Small Gelli Arts ® plates (I used the triangle plate and the Jane Davenport seashell plate)
  • Paper plate for mixing colours
  • Brayer
  • texture tools of your choice – I used a silicone tool and some cotton buds
  • cardstock

I start off by mixing some of the colours to create “ice cream colours”
Using the triangle gel plate i lay down two shades of pale brown for the cone, one with a texture on top of the first layer.
To make the ice-cream on top i use the seashell plate and roll out the colours loosely to they look a bit like ice cream
I use a cotton bud to make “chocolate chips”!
I put several layers of “ice cream” on top of my cones in different colours and textures.

I was inspired by the work of Wayne Thiebaud, who painted fabulous works of sweets, cakes and icecreams, such as this one below. Happy summer everyone! And happy printing!

Making seasonal cards with Gelli Arts ® printing plates

In this post I shall be sharing step by step how to make fun seasonal cards using the Gelli Arts® printing plates and minimal supplies. For my examples I made some Christmas cards and valentines cards although this could be adapted to any type of card you like.

Materials used:

  • Small Gelli Arts ® printing plate (I used a 5×5 inch one)
  • a selection of paints in colours of your choice
  • some leaves and texture tools or stencils
  • foam stamps: made by cutting shapes of your choice and sticking to backing board (I use the self adhesive craft foam)
  • plain cards
  • glue
  • brayer

Begin by making some backgrounds. For the deer prints I printed several layers of leaf prints using greens, blues and white. Each of these will give you a main and a ghost print. I then added some detail with sequin waste. You can really make any type of background you like. Experiment and have fun! 

Do the same for the heart cards. For these I used shades of pinks and yellows and layered using a heart stencil and a swirly stencil. 

Finally, I made some stamps using craft foam (this has a sticky back to it) attached to a piece of cardboard. I rolled out paint onto my gel plate and used the brayer to transfer the paint onto the stamp. Then stamp onto your background prints, making sure to press down and rub to get an even transfer. 

The possibilities are endless! 

Lifebook 2019: Giveaway!

Hey folks!

I am excited to announce that I have one free spot to giveaway in Lifebook 2019! (yes – I am a guest teacher again woop woop!!)

To find out more about Lifebook go HERE. It is such an amazing year long course with Tamara Laporte and lots of guest teachers, including myself!

Even Better! I have a free spot to give away! Just do the following to take part:

  • Sign up for my newsletter here
  • Comment below telling me why you want to win a spot in lifebook
  • Share this post on social media

Good luck! and I shall announce the winner on Oct 15th! Lifebook opens for registration on the 16th!

Paint Your Heart and Soul 2019: Giveaway!

I am so excited about all the upcoming classes I have next year! One of them is Paint Your Heart and Soul 2019. This is my third time teaching on this wonderful year long course run by Olga Furman. There is going to be a large variety of lessons from 24 teachers covering many aspects of art and with a special focus this year on art theory: colour and composition.

To find out more about the course and to sign up (at the current early bird rate of only $99 (that’s so cheap for a year long course with this many lessons!) …

Click Here

If you are looking for a year long course that covers a lot of different types of techniques then this course is for you!

Even Better! I get to give away a free spot on the class!

To enter into my giveaway please do the following:

  • Sign up to my newsletter here
  • share this post on social media! (facebook/instagram/twitter etc)
  • Comment below telling me why you would like to win a spot and what your favorite art form/medium is

I shall be announcing the winner on the 5th of October on my facebook page!

Good luck!

Go to Olga’s website to find out more about the class HERE! 

Leaf printing with Gelli Arts®️and Folk Art plaid®️ paints

I recently got sent some wonderful new paints to try out alongside my Gelli Arts ®️ printing plates and thought I would share some progress pics with you all!

These paints are by Plaid ®️ and are in the folk art range and have some funky properties! Here is a list of the ones that I was sent:

Extreme glitter in new chick yellow

Color shift in yellow flash, orange flash and red flash

Fiery red glitter

Metallic antique gold

Multi surface in camel, black, linen and honey glaze

I thought they would be perfect for printing with leaves since the colours reminded me of the beginning of fall!

I used a gelli arts ®️ small 6×6 inch plate to create a background in the lighter colour of linen first.

Once this was dry I used the small round plate and some leaves to create two different types of prints: a main print and a ghost print. I started with the lighter colours and used the oranges, yellows and reds to layer up leaf prints. By placing my plate on an old cd case I could press it down on my background and get the print in precisely the same place each time I put down a layer.

You can see here that I rolled out the paint, pressed in the leaves and took one print of that, then removed the leaves and took another ghost print on my second sheet of paper. I worked these up in a few different layers in the same way going from light to darker paint. This paint has lovely shimmery qualities to it! The color shift also shows slight blue aspects once it dries (quite difficult to photograph though sorry!)

Finally I rolled out a layer of black and did my final print layer in that.

So again, I ended up with a main print and a ghost print! I loved working with these paints and look forward to experimenting with them again. Look out for a possible wee video in the near future!

Head on over to the Gelli Arts®️ blog for other fun projects using this product!

Art Walk Alchemy: New collaborative course!

I’m excited to tell you all that I will be teaching on another collaborative ecourse next year!

Art Walk Alchemy 2019 from Mystic Spring Studios on Vimeo.


Art Walk Alchemy begins in January and goes on sale today!

This is going to be a wonderful, year long, art course with 24 teachers! the focus of the course will be “Totems and Talismans” and we shall be teaching you our own interpretation of this theme through a variety of media. As you’ve already probably guessed, my lesson will involve gel printing of some sort! I am going to focus on hares, as the hare has a special significance for me and Scotland in particular. Hares are mystical, magical creatures here!

For an example of the type of thing I shall be teaching take a look at this hare that I recently created:

The 24 lessons (plus several bonus lessons!) will incorporate literal or metaphoric representations in the form of assemblages; journaling; jewelry; masks; watercolor, pastel, and acrylic painting; mono-printing; explosion boxes; collages; spirit dolls; and mixed media. They will be taught by 24 stellar working artists whose art you know and love. This course is suitable for all artistic levels so don’t be shy about joining us.

When you sign up for this course you will receive:

  • access to 24 professional artists. Each one will be available to answer questions and support your creativity during their lesson.
  • 24 in-depth video lessons (plus some!) in our favorite six art forms: paper art, clay, mixed media, fiber, jewelry, and painting.
  • a creative community of fellow artists with whom you can exchange comments, share your projects, and interact throughout the entire year.
  • downloadable video lessons.
  • a list of supplies for each lesson. Some supplies will be available in our shop so please check it out. We will also highlight any course packs that we offer.
  • an opportunity to pre-order available course packs.
  • surprises and unexpected freebies throughout the year. (Who doesn’t love those?!)

Just now this class is available for the early bird special of just $99! the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one or yourself!

Take a look at some of the other teachers that will be taking part.

Hope to see you in class! Click Here to sign up using my special affiliate link. This is your way of supporting me as a teacher and is much appreciated! 

Creative Retreat 2018

Hello everyone! I am super excited to let you know that I will be guest teaching on Creative Retreat 2018 hosted by Galia Alena! 

This is a super fun class, the first part of which is a 2 day free weekend online event. This two day online workshop will be jam packed with creative inspiration and lessons with a whole host of teachers!

You can also sign up to the ongoing retreat which lasts for 5 months and has a new lesson every week! I will have two lessons in this class, one in the free creative weekend and the second in the ongoing class.

You can find out more about the creative retreat by going Here

This is going to be super fun guys! I can’t wait! Here is a little taster of my lessons:

Hope to see you in class!!

Gelli Arts ® Artist Ambassador!

Hey folks! I have some exciting news to share!

I am now one of ten Gelli Arts® artist ambassadors!


Artist Team Social MediaUpdated

Over the coming months we shall be sharing blog posts (on the Gelli Arts page)  and videos on cool exciting gel printing techniques!

So Gelli Arts ® sent me a very exciting package of supplies to use and experiment with. Take a look at some of the supplies they make for all your gel printing needs…


To celebrate this Gelli Arts® have given me my very own coupon code to share with my followers, if you use this coupon code you get 10% off all purchases over $20. Just use the coupon LucyB to apply it!

Artist Team Lucy

Can’t wait to share some fun techniques with you all soon! in the meantime check out the Gelli Arts ® YouTube channel  and of course my own YouTube channel  for lots of gel printing inspiration!