Print Making at Burton Art Gallery

I recently visited The Burton Art Gallery in Bideford, Devon for a Print Making Course with Sarah Young.

I'd never done print making before so I wasn't sure what to expect but it was such a fun, creative day! I learnt a range of techniques from collagraph printing to intaglio printing which included both sticking things onto the medium and scratching things off the medium.

I would love another day to try these processes again, I feel like I was just getting the hang of it by the end of the course. Making abstract pieces is so much fun and my favourite one I made was the purple one above. I tried to create a grass scene with mountain and stars (told you it was abstract haha). I also had lots of fun incorporating my modern calligraphy in with the process, especially attempting to write backwards.

Take a look at my video below to see all the prints I created and how I created them, make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel too as I'll be updating regularly with creative videos and updates on my travels to Canada.

If you're interested in trying something new, I definitely recommend print making. Sarah has a range of print making courses around the Devon and Cornwall area so go check out her website.

Lauren :)

Learning To Weave

I've been meaning to post this for a long long time now but I've been super busy packing up my life and moving back in with my parents because in 6 week's time I'll be moving to Vancouver, Canada! More on this in a separate post but for now I wanted to share my weaving project with you :)

You would have seen in my previous post, I made myself a mini weaving loom using some nails and an old photo frame. Things got even better when my lovely papa made me a massive loom which enabled me to create a larger wall hanging.

All the wool I used was from a charity shop, purchased by my mum (this project was a family effort!) and I basically taught myself some different weaving techniques through trial and error. I was super happy with how this beautiful hanging turned out. Since my move, my dear friend Morgan now has the hanging in her room. If you're interested in giving weaving it a go, I definitely recommend it. It's very relaxing when watching TV and really gets the creative juices flowing. You don't need expensive equipment to get started, you can even make a loom using cardboard! 


Having finished my wall hanging I was then able to tick "learn to weave" off my new year's resolution list, more about that here. I'll be posting soon about another resolution that I've just completed and it was a rather tasty one ;) 

Hope you're well and sorry for the lack of posts!

Lauren x 

Are You a Multipotentalite?

Last year I came across this person who described themselves as a “multipotentalite”. I naturally thought...what is this....? Google came back to me with the below.

“A multipotentialite is a person who has many different interests and creative pursuits in life. Multipotentialites have no “one true calling” the way specialists do. Being a multipotentialite is our destiny.”

Our destiny….. Something resonated in me. There was me kicking myself for having a successful career in marketing, a love for visual merchandising, an interest in beautiful design, a passion in sewing, photography, embroidery, weaving, pottery, cross stitch, watercolour, calligraphy, music, songwriting, baking, cooking, fitness. The list goes on and on!

I was kicking myself everyday for being interested in too many things and not being amazing at all of them.

When I saw that it said “being a multipotentialite is our destiny” I breathed a sign of relief. I wasn't the only one in this world who had too many things on their plate and that it wasn’t my fault for feeling so passionate about so many creative things, it was my 'destiny'.

I juggled this term around for a good few months and after having watched a video of GaryVee explaining it’s ok to have lots of passions in life but you need to have your “meat” and you need to have your “veg”. Your “meat” is your real hustle, the thing that you focus on fully, the thing that will bring in the moolah, the “veg” supports your “meat” but it’s only the extras on the plate.

This was a great analogy to help me understand how to pull off my multipotentalite passion and what to focus on to bring me money and what could be enjoyed as purely a hobby.

I’ve started to notice that so many creative people I know are multipotentalites too, it seems to be a ‘thing’, something I wish I’d understood sooner.

What’s your “meat” and what’s your “veg”?  How many multipotentalites do you know?

Papersmiths - Bristol

I just had to share this beautiful shop with you as it's every stationery lover's dream (especially mine)! Papersmiths specialise in design-led stationery and paper goods and is located in Clifton Village, Bristol.

I've been there twice now and I could honestly spend hours trying out all the pens, reading through the independent magazines, looking at all the beautiful artwork. Then there's the notebooks.... so many notebooks!

My model *aka friend* Morgan

The way Papersmiths curate their products makes the Visual Merchandiser in me smile. I'm such a sucker for beautiful products and beautiful displays *ok ok, I'll try not to gush too much more*.

Basically, what I'm trying to tell you is that you need to visit this store and experience it for yourself!

I left the store feeling super inspired. I just wanted to run back and start sketching or getting out my calligraphy pens and start writing something. It has almost an art gallery vibe where every product has been meticulously placed to show it off in the best way possible, you feel a bit in awe once you leave.

Can I just also mentioned the colours. You can see by the photo, there's so many colours involved in the displays, be that through the beautiful artwork on the windows of the rich colours of the stationery. The whole store was good looking. Can you say that about a store? Well I just did!

I hope this has inspired you to swing by next time you're in the Bristol area. Tag me on Instagram if you visit, I'd love to see your photos.

Where to find them: 6A Boyces Avenue, Clifton Village, Bristol, BS8 4AA. 

Click here to visit their website

Reverse Engineer Your Truth

I heard a quote from Gary Vaynerchuck this morning which said "reverse engineer your truth". These words really resonated with me, so much so that I ran to write it down in my bullet journal before I forgot what he said. Isn't that such a great way to look at your creative life though? 

What is that one final thing you want to have achieved with your life. Is it to photograph the queen? Maybe it's to have curated your own art display in your favourite gallery. Or simply it might be to have created the most Instagramed dessert in the world?

Either way, if you have this one pinnacle end goal for your creative dream, then all you can do is work back from that. Thinking this way seems to give me some peace as I know whatever my goal is, it's going to take a long time to get there. There's no rush to get to the end, just take each day as it comes and enjoy them in the best way you can.

What's your truth?

Polaroid Swing - Interactive Photos

I've fallen madly in love with an app called Polaroid Swing. It essentially allows you to create and share interactive photos with the touch of a button. It's a really simple concept however I'm constantly amazed by the content that people upload; it makes me feel like I'm living in a Harry Potter world.

I downloaded the app last year but due to limited space on my phone and the overwhelming amount of apps I was using at the time, it sadly got deleted. Then, the other day I got an email from the team at Polaroid Swing telling me about the new updates they'd made. I decided to give it a go again and to spend a bit more time using it this time around.

I wanted to share with you the three swings I made a couple of days ago when I was in the middle of using my watercolours.

So far the one above is my favourite. It took a few attempts and the right paint to wet paper ratio but I think it worked out beautifully.

I enjoyed trying out different colours for this one. The blue watercolour worked best, it's crazy to see how the paint spreads around on top of the water.

Lastly I tried out a few different shots of the watercolour paint coming out of the tube. The blue version I took worked out the best as it still stayed attached and gave an interesting effect.

Why not download the app and give it a go yourself. Make sure you add me @laurenwelland :)

Soaking Up Inspiration

I've been having a bit of an artist lull recently. I've been reading so many creative marketing articles online, mainly for work, but realised I've hardly spent any time off my laptop and in my office painting things.

The pebble and the road

Today I went to The Burton Art Gallery in Bideford, North Devon and viewed their Wilhelmina Barns-Graham prints exhibition curated by Ann Gunn. This was the perfect inspiration I needed to get back my painting mojo.

The watermelon (named by me)
The prints were so beautiful, I'm such a sucker for abstract art; my mum, on the other hand, wasn't so much of a fan. I saw so many different things when looking at Wilhelmina's art (love her name by the way) and that's what really makes me enjoy abstract pieces. I also have a 'thing' for naming artwork like this because they sometimes remind me of rorschach test, different people see different things. Check out the captions for the names I chose for them.

The trendy spider (named by me)
If you're in the area, I definitely recommend you go visit the gallery. The exhibition will be on until 14th May. I also recommend getting a toasted tea cake and a cup of tea at Cafe Collective ;)

Baby Shower Gift Idea

I recently made this baby mobile / wall hanging for my lovely friend Kay's baby shower present. I finished it just before I had to head out (I stupidly took my time making all the pom poms didn't I!) so I could only quickly take a couple of snaps of the process and end project!

Hope this gives you a bit of inspiration if you're looking for a homemade baby shower present.

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