Art For The Soul

Creative Fun – Mini Canvas Art – Button Love

Sometimes it’s nice to create something for no other reason than an impulsive urge and just for fun!

As you know, I love buttons and incorporate them (usually as embellishments) into my creative endeavours wherever I can. But here I decided to show them even more love and let them take centre stage.
I’ve painted a mini canvas and given it a bit of a grungy antiqued look with paint and walnut ink, a scrap of lace and floral paper, wording Love, rose themed ribbon trim and at the centrepiece are two buttons – one wooden concaved yellow and a luscious red heart. A coat of protective gloss medium was applied to the canvas after painting.
There you go!  Next time you get a creative urge, please do follow that impulse – you don’t need to be a formally trained artist or creative, just relax, go dig out your paints, magazine cuttings, buttons, fabric or whatever and let yourself just go with the flow……and have fun! 

Collage Gift Tags

Ok, I admit it, I am a bit of a hoarder.   But, I’ve found use for some of the bits n pieces from my hoard you will be pleased to know!  I created some ‘inspirational’ collage gift tags.  Some of them contain digital images I recently purchased.  These tags are now for sale in my Etsy shop……..and yes, I’ll be making more of them :)

It’s a Flip Flop Kinda Day

These past few days have been gloriously hot and sunny here in the UK (London).  I think summer has finally arrived here!   Today….once I’ve got the household chores out of the way – I’m going to have myself a Flip Flop Kinda Day!

It’s a Flip Flop Kinda Day Shelf Sitter Sign Blocks by The Country Workshop (Designer/Maker of Hand Painted Primitive, Shabby Signs, Blocks and More)

Collages for the Soul – Part 1

I’m sure you will remember creating collages as a young child – cutting out pictures, forms and shapes excitedly and uninhibitedly (as well as creating a mess), which you then glued and stuck to a large sheet of blank paper or card sometimes neatly, sometimes randomly. You knew what your collage represented and meant even if others didn’t!

I’ve found myself drawn to thinking about having a go at creating them for some time now, but felt blocked for some reason. The last time I attempted something like a collage was during my life coaching course when we were encouraged to create vision boards. I find those easy to do – so what is it about the word collage and creating one that felt so strange and why did I feel I couldn’t do it – when with very little instruction and know how I’d done them as a child? Anyway, a few weeks ago, I attempted one on canvas board – entitled Word to the Wise – Happiness (the message being “Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others” The Buddha.

I listed it in my Etsy shop as a PIF – it gained a few views and was claimed the following day.

I feel encouraged and am now working on my next one and will do more and the more I do, the more my techniques in creating them will develop.

My theme for all my collages will be that they are collages to feed the soul. Collages that have affirmative or empowering messages through an assemblage of images and words using various mixed media elements such as acrylic paint, fabric, paper images, embellishments, etc, to gently encourage examination of ones life and reflect on areas of dissatisfaction and to encourage whoever feels drawn to purchasing (or claiming) the collage to make changes in their lives – or it could be that the message/s from the collage acts as confirmation of what the person is already doing or experiencing.

Patrica Lazar – Art is my Life


Art IS my life…………says Patricia Lazar

“I have been an artist just about all my life, having started to paint very seriously at about twelve years old. My whole life has been totally centred around my art, which is as integral to me as breathing! Although it has taken a more commercial twist from time to time, my love of Fine Art has always dominated”.

Patrica studied (and later taught) at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. Her principal teacher was Dr Arthur Lismer, one of the famous Canadian Group of Seven (a famous Canadian art movement known for its portrayals of North American wilderness). Patricia has been exhibiting and selling her artwork since the age of 19 and has spent many years collaborating with other artists both in Canada and abroad.

Patricia who has lived in Toronto for the past twenty years, specialises in handcrafted ceramic art, especially teapots and wall pockets. Her amazing functional and sculptural teapots – like the first imgage above which is a non-functional (Black Folk Art) sculpture teapot entitled “Aerobics Class” – can be found in Museums and art collections around the world. In fact, Patricia is proud to announce that the largest teapot collection in the world, The Kamm Teapot Foundation, have recently acquired some of her work!

This multi-talented woman also paints on canvas, using professional acrylic paint. She says “my specialty is animal portraits and I love to do commissions either on canvas or on a ceramic piece. I also love to paint Mermaids, Nudes and other designs. Lately I’ve been working with stained glass and just loving it”.

Patricia concludes that her “art is a labour of
of love” and her creations make “unique and affordable gifts for discer
ning art collectors”

To find out more about the beautiful work shown here please do take a wonder over to Patricia’s website, as well as her Etsy and Ebay shops:

Folk Art – Art To Feed The Soul

Angel of Music (Artist: Linda Hardy “mampainter”)
I believe I first became aware of the term ‘folk art’ in the mid 1980’s when visited Canada and saw the carved woodworks and handmade jewellery of native americans. And then again when I visited Jamaica in 1990 – hand carved wooden sculptures, brightly coloured paintings depicting daily scenes and so forth. I came across folk art again, when I discovered salt dough modelling. I used to go to quite a few craft fairs and exhibitions and would see hand made items such as beautifully machine or handstitched quilts, shaker style furniture and also salt dough models and scupltures – all described as ‘folk art’. As I developed my passion for salt dough modelling, I too labelled some of them, the more rustic looking ones, as folk art!
But what exactly is folk art and how do you define it? Well, I’ve come across quite a few definitions on the web. One that I like states that folk art is a result of ordinary people expressing themselves through their creation and construction of utilitarian objects that convey meaning and value to themselves or others within their culture. Typically the patterns, motifs, techniques and materials have special significance and can reveal a great deal about a cultural society (source:
To me, folk art is produced from the heart and soul and expresses the world and life experience as the artist sees and feels it and wishes to convey through whatever medium he/she feels will best express their ‘message/experience’ (think Frida Kahlo or Myrtice West).

Friend’s Valentine – Heart Art (Artistt: Linda Hardy ‘mamapainter’)

Not sure if I am making sense here, but perhaps you will understand better when you look at the spiritually nourishing and uplifiting work of Linda Hardy shown here and at her Etsy shop (mamapainter):


2 Birds in a Tree (Artist: Linda Hardy ‘mamapainter’)

Linda is a disabled mother of two daughters and has found inner strength through her art. She says it soothes her soul and calms her fears of the future.
You can find out more about Linda here: