When I was at uni, studying New Media Art (10 years ago before committing to painting), I needed an outlet that didn’t involve “screen time”. I found myself spending way too much time on my phone and laptop, it wasn’t healthy!
Since I can remember, I’ve always been creative, so I thought to myself, maybe I could reconnect and bring out the paints again. One morning I did just that, I set up my paper, picked a few watercolours, a brush, and sat down with my cuppa coffee. I was way too excited and put my coffee down too quick and spilt it on my fresh sheet of paper. I was off to a terrible start! Just as I was going to grab another piece of paper, I started to see something take shape in the coffee, an owl. I started to see something take shape and I thought this could be interesting. I picked up my brush and started to move the coffee around the paper to shape an owl. When it dried, I outlined the owl with a marker. So that was the beginning of my Owlet outlet.
It’s been a little while since my tea and coffee art, I’ve now explored endless mediums, mainly acrylics and spray paint, because I love painting big!
However, after recent changes in lifestyle, my “screen time” has increased again... But unlike some, I feel super grateful to be able to express my creativity. I understand some people don’t have the materials to make art or don’t know where to start.
I feel empowered to encourage you to reconnect and express yourself through art. I think we have all wanted to paint a picture at some point in our life, that time is now! So I have created a series of workshops to get your creative juices flowing, using materials like acrylics and tea and coffee because I know for a fact that everyone has at least a tea bag or some coffee in the cupboard. I will take you through a step by step process, on how to create and complete an artwork that’ll be ready to hang on your wall.
We all need to use this time as an opportunity, a time to be present, to reconnect and make beautiful things. Now is the time to do all those things that we say that we don’t have time for.