Monthly Archives: August 2017


Hi There.

I have been taking an online class called Mandala Madness with Barb Owen at

This is an excellent, professionally set up site for anyone who is interested in mixed media, writing, journalling and stitching. Barb runs live streams from her workroom every Friday evening at 2pm EST (9pm BST) There is a different topic every week and one can take part in live chat or not depending on your interest. The live audience is eiher watching, joining in chat, following along with Barb or simply watching while doing one’s own work. Up to you.

One can sign up to the site for a taster  for 1$ and get a feel of it before committing to full membership, which gives access to all of the site, workshops and special member only live streams.

Mandala Madness is a separate course run from the site for members who have signed up for it. It has consisted of a series of workshops on different techniques, live video sessions for the lessons  and bonus classes, plus ‘Show and Tell’ sessions where one can see and hear what other students have done during the week. You can choose whether to be seen on screen or not… so there is nothing scary about it at all. All the sessions are recorded so if you can’t be there for some reason you can still watch, although I find it is not as much fun without the live aspect.

Here are a few of the Mandalas I have completed.  I still have more to do and will post when I do them.


These images are all drawn by eye. In some of them I used a compass to draw circles to work from, but the drawing is free hand.

The lacy ones start with a single white spot in the centre and are then worked out from there.

The last two are known as Zendalas as they are zentangle inspired using defined named patterns.

Such huge fun and relaxing to make these images.






I thought I would share some images I took at the FOQ on Thursday. I had a most enjoyable day and whilst I could not see as much as I wanted because of mobility issues I did enjoy it. Two days later I have nearly recovered too! 🙂

I don’t have the names of all of the artists whose work I am sharing but they are all amazing. Some of them are from the prize winners section.


are’t they gorgeous? If you click on the images you can see my thoughts on each one and where I know the artist’s name I have included it.

Next are some from the Through Our Hands Stand.  First up are images of Laura Kemshall and Annabel Rainbow, painting a quilt in aid of Save The Children.

Next, two images from Linda Kemshall of her grandaughter Amelie.

Finally a few of the miniature portraits in the TOH gallery and two favourites out of many. They were all superb.