what 2019 has taught me

2019 is done! Here are 5 things I’ve learned about my creative work and myself.

*Paint pens*

Paint pens are AMAZING! I’m converted. They are addictive. Easy to use, no mess, transportable, instant colour and great for adding details and pattern onto almost any surface. What’s not to love?

Paint pens…Posca and Liquitex are my faves


I know I’m a bit late to the party on this one but this year I’ve really enjoyed listening to creative podcasts. I’m all for a bit of multitasking and if I can learn something whilst sorting the washing then I feel like I’ve had a little win for the day. Some of my favourites are the Laura Horn Art podcast, Creatives Get Real and Emily Jeffords’ Do it for the Process.

*I like teaching*

Since taking a break from teaching to have my family I’ve had mixed feelings about the thought of returning to the classroom. Maybe I will one day, maybe I won’t but one thing I’ve discovered through sharing tips, techniques and my #fifteenminutemakes on Instagram is that I do actually really like teaching! I’m currently plotting and planning some online courses so fingers crossed I can make them happen in 2020.

My first online course is going to be all about creating your own collage paper stash.

*Put art first*

Before this year I’d fallen into the habbit of thinking “I’ll just do the dishes then I’ll do my art”…or “I’ll just empty the dishwasher then I’ll get my sketchbook out”. The problem is that the art never gets made because before you know it one job leads to another…and another…and another…the jobs are neverending, there’s always something on your to do list that ‘needs’ doing. So this year I decided that I was going to put art first, before the jobs. My time to make is generally when my baby sleeps so even if there are dishes in the sink, washing needing doing, floors to sweep I still make the art first (most of the time). The jobs will still need doing afterwards but I always feel better about doing them if I’ve had my daily creative fix.

*Do it with the kids*

This is a work in progress. Instead of always waiting until they’re in bed I’m trying to do some of my own sketchbook stuff when the kids are around too. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but I’m hoping that seeing me drawing and cutting and sticking it will encourage them to pick up a brush, pencil or pair of scissors too.

Total chaos!

Thanks for reading! I’d love to know what 2019 has taught you…how has your creative practice changed this year?