Colour me happy

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Hi folks,
I’m counting down the days until my trip to Greece and Turkey. I’m leaving in a couple of days and have found the benefits of colouring mandalas is very relaxing. After some recent deaths in the family things have been quite stressful. So mandala colouring along with the odd glass of Bailey’s Irish cream and counting down til my holiday has kept me going.
I found this book in the thrift shop ages ago for just $5 and it has 286 pages on the history and healing benefits of mandalas from all over the world and most of the pages are pages you can colour or create your own Mandala.
I’ve done numerous exercises with my students on the emotional and healing benefits of colour and I think it applies here. It is a silent, quiet, colour meditation for me which is very relaxing.
Hopefully my next form of relaxation will take place in warm weather next to a beach or pool on a Greek island. I’m taking my sketchbook and of course my camera to share it all with you.
Love and art
Sarah-Jane

How long is a piece of string?

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I’ve recently been making some crochet bowls using string! I bought the string from the cheap shop for $2 dollars. Its cotton and quite soft to work with. For practical use I think it would need to be hardened. You can use glue, corn starch or even sugar to do this. I’ll tell you how soon, but now off to teach art!
Love and art
Sarah-Jane

Thankyou

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Yesterday morning I found this hanging on my front fence. I looked inside and it was full of really thick, soft balls of material that looked like old t-shirts in strips. Wow!! What a great surprise.

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I immediately made this floor mat by doing simple single crochet in a straight line. It works really quickly as its so thick.

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This morning I started on a circular version…

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Here it is so far…

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This is so you can see just how big it gets and how quickly. I’m using an 11.5 mm crochet hook. I have a bigger one but couldn’t find it. This seems to be doing the job nicely!

Take that IKEA!! I can make a better looking rug than you for absolutely nothing and it’s an original! Thanks to my anonymous donor.

Love and art
Sarah-Jane

Unique perspectives from the ground up

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Photograph and drawing by Holly aged 4.

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Drawing based on another photograph (not shown) by Holly aged 4.

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Drawing and photograph by Evie aged 4.

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Drawing and photography by Evie aged 4.

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Evie hard at work

 

Hi folks,

I’ve been working on this great project with children at Halifax Street Childrens’ Centre. I’ve been taking 3, 4 and 5 year olds on walks around the city, concentrating a little on works of public art. The children photograph the city and then come back and draw from their own photographs. This is the first stage in a project I’m part of through Carclew Youth Arts. To read about the project and it’s motivations more fully you can check our their website

I’ve really enjoyed working with this age group again after not having done so for some time. The little kids are such a joy and out and about in the city and bring a smile to everyone’s face. They all want to know what we are up to and why we all have cameras. The children are happy to explain. It’s very refreshing after dealing with some major life and death issues of my own recently to come and work with children and be around their fabulous exuberance and perspective on the world.

I’ve nearly finished my part of the project and now they will work with another artist to build on what we have done. I’m really looking forward to seeing what they produce.

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane