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!



Paint Your Heart and Soul 2018! Giveaway!

Hello, Art Lovers!

I’m excited to share that I’m going to be a part of an amazing year long course called “Paint Your Heart and Soul 2018.”

This course is a collaboration with 24 out of this world artists and instructors, who paint gorgeous, soulful art using a unique variety of styles and techniques. There will be 48 video lessons! Each one is a full independent project, which will help you to learn and develop your own voice. We will share with you our knowledge, tips and tricks in order to create beautiful and soulful art.

This course is designed for individuals of all skill levels, ranging from total beginner to more experienced artists!

I haven’t quite decided upon my exact lessons yet, but I love to create layers with monoprinting and mixed media, often using plant forms. Here are some examples of my work to give you an idea of what sort of images we might be creating!

Click HERE  to find out more about PAINT YOUR HEART AND SOUL 2018.

This course is now open for registration, and if you register by December 1st, you can purchase the course at a DISCOUNTED PRICE of only $90! that’s less than $2 per lesson!

And what’s more is that I’m going to give one of you a FREE spot in the course!

To enter the Giveaway, do the following:

  1. Share this link on your Social Media (FB, Instagram, Pinterest)
  2. Like me on Facebook, and Instagram
  3. Sign up for my Newsletter Here
  4. Comment below letting me know where you shared it!

Each time you shared on different social channel I will enter your name to the draw.

Each share counts as one entry – multiple entries are encouraged!

I will announce the lucky winner on the 15th of September on here and my facebook page!

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

I can’t wait to create together!

Life Book 2018: Blog hop and giveaway!


Well hello there art lovers!
I have some wonderful & exciting news!

I am going to be teaching on Life Book 2018 next year!

I was so super excited when Tam asked me to join her in this amazing course! Lifebook was one of THE courses that really sparked off my love of online mixed media courses, artists and teachers so I feel like I have hit the jackpot by getting to be part of it all!

And even MORE exciting news is that I can give away 1 space on this amazing year long art

Keep reading to find out more about Life Book 2018 and to find out how you can win a spot! 🙂

So What is Lifebook? 

Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class
organised by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts.

Tam is joined by 23 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media
techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! PLUS this year, Life Book is going to be bigger and better
by including another 12 fantastic artists and wellness guides who will focus on additional
personal development practices and other art modalities, like sculpting, photography & writing!
Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art
journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life
Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life! You will
also be introduced to yoga, aromatherapy, dance and angel energy and other wellness exercises
to help support your personal development journey more holistically and imagine the fun we will
have getting introduced to and acquainted with some of the other wonderful art forms out there!
You can find out a lot more about this wildly popular course (it has been joined by over 16500+
people in the past!) by clicking HERE


 I haven’t fully developed my class idea yet, but I’m excited to be sharing some of my methods with you! I love to gelli print and make collaged and whimsical mixed media pieces. I love including animals in my art, especially hares, wolves, birds and owls, so maybe these will make an appearance! Here are some examples of my monoprint/mixed media pieces to give you an example (although my lessons will differ slightly from these shown)


Registration opens on September 12th 2017 and the class begins on January 1st 2018.
So if you want to start the year with a fabulous creative BANG and spend 2018 with a wonderful
creative community of like-minded souls, learning more about art and how to be kinder and more
loving towards yourself, be sure to join once registration opens! 🙂 Keep this page bookmarked so that you can sign up the moment it goes on sale! 🙂

Now then, onto the give-away and blog hop! 🙂

I can give away 1 space on Life Book 2018 to 1 lucky winner, yay! 🙂 And if you follow the blog hop (see below for links and dates) you can up your
chances of winning a space by entering all the other give-aways also! 🙂
How to enter the give-away

1. Share this give-away on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google+
2. Sign up to my newsletter Here
3. Leave a comment below letting me know why you would love to join Life Book 2018

I will announce the winner on 11th of September! I shall announce it here and on my facebook page so be sure to check back! 

Here is the list of the other amazing teachers who will be teaching on Life Book – they too will be
giving away a spot on Life Book so go check them out and enter their give-aways! 🙂

Saturday 19th August 2017 Tamara Laporte
Sunday 20th August 2017 Devorah Spilman
Sunday 20th August 2017 Juna Biagioni
Monday 21st August 2017 Christie Drahnak
Tuesday 22nd August 2017 Gabrielle J-C
Tuesday 22nd August 2017 Laura Horn
Wednesday 23rd August 2017 Mariëlle Stolp
Wednesday 23rd August 2017 Danielle Mack

Friday 25th August 2017 Sarah Trumpp
Friday 25th August 2017 Effy Wild
Saturday 26th August 2017 Mystele Kirkeeng
Sunday 27th August 2017 Deanna Jinjoe
Sunday 27th August 2017 Alena Hennessy
Monday 28th August 2017 Sharon Harkness-Dobler
Tuesday 29th August 2017 Sophie Adamou
Tuesday 29th August 2017 Amanda Grace
Wednesday 30th August 2017 Jane Spakowsky
Thursday 31st August 2017 Nanda Boukes
Thursday 31st August 2017 Flora Bowley
Friday 1st September 2017 Andrea Gomoll
Saturday 2nd September 2017 Jo Klima
Sunday 3rd September 2017 S Rebecca Leigh
Sunday 3rd September 2017 Julie Gibbons
Monday 4th September 2017 Ivy Newport
Tuesday 5th September 2017 Tara Marie Jack
Tuesday 5th September 2017 Annie Hamman
Wednesday 6th September 2017 Joy Ting Charde
Thursday 7th September 2017 Tara Morris
Thursday 7th September 2017 Louise Gale
Friday 8th September 2017 Wyanne
Saturday 9th September 2017 Katrina Koltes
Sunday 10th September 2017 Kathy Glynn
Monday 11th September 2017 Jeanne Marie Webb

Have a great time following the blog hop! 🙂

Can’t wait to see you in Lifebook 2018!! 

UPDATE!!! the giveaway winner has been randomly selected using a number generator from my newsletter sign up names and the winner is…….Sharon Angle-Boyer! Well done Sharon! you will also be contacted by email!