Tips for Beating Writer’s Block

Tips for Beating Writer’s Block

Writer’s block can come on because of stress, outside distractions or a fear of failure, but sometimes it strikes for no obvious reason and always seems to be at the worst possible time. You find yourself staring at a blank page or screen trying to come up with ideas for your latest project, getting more and more frustrated because nothing good enough is spring to mind. Today I’m sharing my tips for getting your creative juices flowing again. These activities probably won’t result in a big writing epiphany, but they’re designed to get you to play and experiment with ideas, which should […]


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Posted 8th August 2010 in: Creative Writing. Tagged: ,

How to Make Soap Cupcakes

How to Make Soap Cupcakes

  Soap making is one of my favourite hobbies, and recently I decided to mix things up by creating some soap cupcakes for my friend’s birthday. I made them mostly using ingredients from my kitchen cupboard with a few cosmetic ingredients like melt and pour soap base, cosmetic colourants and fragrances. Some great websites for buying soap making supplies are: Just a SoapOils 4 Life Soap Basics Perfumer’s Apprentice Nature’s Garden Candles Bramble Berry Sculptures in Soap Flexible Molds Ingredients and Equipment Melt and pour soap base, grated (opaque looks best) Cosmetic colourants (yellow/brown for the base and pink or […]


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Posted 8th August 2010 in: Arts & Crafts. Tagged: ,

Get Creative at the Beach!

Get Creative at the Beach!

This month I’ve been thinking about the ways the beach can inspire us. It can be a great place to go to clear your mind as you listen to the sound of the waves, and the beautiful scenery can give you ideas for art projects. As well as that, the beach is full of natural resources that you can use in your art.   Creative Projects Inspired by the Beach Paint a picture of the beach and mix some sand in with your paint to create a realistic, grainy texture. Paint pictures onto pebbles and then glaze them with varnish […]


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Posted 8th August 2010 in: Arts & Crafts. Tagged: ,

Digital Art: The Sorceress Returns

Digital Art: The Sorceress Returns

    This is a piece of digital artwork I made using Photoshop in August 2010. The following stock resources were used: Sky Sorceress by Ailinstock Fantasy castle by nixie04 Gateway by Custard-Cream I just basically blended them together using different filter effects, changed some colours and added the shiny orbs. It’s one of my favourite pieces.  


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Posted 1st August 2010 in: CREATIVE HOBBIES. Tagged: , ,

Black Rose (a poem)

Black Rose (a poem)

There are many flowers you can buy With vibrant hues that catch the eye But the most alluring flower in sight Is the rose with petals black as night.   While other roses hide their thorns, ‘Beware my deadly spikes’ she warns. She needs no flash display of colour To enchant all that gaze upon her.   Many adore the crimson rose, Her striking beauty, classic pose, But I prefer the bewitching aroma, Of modesty and gothic glamour.    There is more to her on closer inspection, Mystery shrouds her dark complexion Her secret spell is an ancient art, Her […]


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Posted 10th March 2010 in: Creative Writing. Tagged: , , ,

Tess and the Priceless Treasure (a poem)

Tess and the Priceless Treasure (a poem)

    One morning, Tess from Little Dell Was washing clothes beside the well, When Anna, Jane and Cecily Ran towards her full of glee. “Look upon our golden rings! See our shiny, handsome things. The market stalls are filled with gold, Hurry, before the best is sold!”   Tess packed a bag and hurried down, To see the fair from out of town, Where travellers showed exotic wares, Shining, sparkling traps and snares. Some were pearl (so overrated), Others gold (most likely plated). Nothing special caught her eye, So with a shrug, she passed on by.   Returning on […]


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Posted 8th March 2010 in: Creative Writing. Tagged: , ,