NEW ITEM ALERT!
Being able to express yourself and communicate with the people around you is paramount for survival.
I have put together this Sign and Colour Alphabet Colouring Book to support those learning BSL, whilst adding in the anxiety reducing effects and fun of colouring.
Within these pages, you will find:
26 Illustrated Colouring Pages with the Sign for each Letter of the alphabet
2 Signed Wordsearches
1 Signed Alphabet Chart
To take a peek or make a purchase, you can find them by clicking on SHOP in the main menu.
My first Children's Colouring Book is now available to purchase on my website!
It is a geometrically inspired, animal themed colouring book, aimed at children of approximately 4-7 years but can be enjoyed by anyone of any age really.
A fun, bold and simple colouring book for you to download and print for your pre-school and primary school aged children and let them get creative with.
Young children express themselves in many ways, especially before they have mastered the art of conversation!
Art is a great way to help them release emotions that they can't put in to words.
Colouring can also help to calm the mind, engage the imagination and bring about a general sense of well-being.
Within these pages you will find 25 designs of different animals from nature.
This digital item comes as a PDF which you can simply download and print at home.
Please note: The animals themselves have been designed in a geometric style but the backgrounds are not geometric.
If you'd like to check it out or purchase it, you can find it by clicking on the SHOP tab in the menu or by clicking HERE.
OK, ok, I can't contain my excitement a second longer!
Today is the official launch of my very first digital product in the Inspiring Amy Shop!
You can now purchase my NEW 25 Sweary Colouring Pages for Women who are Spiritual AF! for just £4.99!
It is a digital download (in PDF format) that you will have instant access to as soon as you complete checkout, so no need to go anywhere or wait for emails... just download, print and colour to your hearts content!
So if you are a woman that likes the word F#@K! - this is the colouring book for you!
Check it out and share with other women who are Spiritual AF!
I have started Bullet Journaling and recording the set up to share with my subscribers on YouTube!
There is a 2021 Set up video, which talks you through creating a journal from scratch, with annual pages at the beginning. For that part of my journal I chose to use a Chinese New Year theme.
I then followed that up with a January set up, in a celestial constellations theme and I shall link to that video below.
Each monthly set up video will be based on a different theme and may contain different pages, depending on what I have going on that month and what my needs are going to be. I may also leave out spreads that I had included previously, if I found that they weren't as useful as I thought they would be.
Have a watch of the video below and if you like it, please consider hitting the like button and maybe even subscribing, so you get notified when I upload new videos.
If you were to place a crayon or pencil in a child’s hand, after possibly trying to eat it, they would usually attempt to make a mark with it. This is an instinctive way of trying to express oneself.
Drawing is relatively simple and an easy skill to acquire and develop. It is something you can have great fun with.
When starting out it doesn’t have to be a costly hobby as all you really need is paper and a few pencils.
Obviously as you progress, you can add to your collection of art supplies and it can become a little more expensive, especially if you want very high quality paints or you decide to hone your digital art skills, as drawing tablets can be a bit pricey. (Drawing tablets are a piece of hardware, linked to a computer, that allows you to draw directly into software on your PC with a pen-shaped stylus.)
In this day and age, we have information at our fingertips and sourcing information on drawing and sketching (and other art forms) is easy and inexpensive. You can surf the web and find many websites that provide tips and tutorials (including this one!)
Like any skill, with regular and consistent practice, you can become a great artist!
1. When creating a space to draw, if you are right-handed, ideally you want your light source to come from your left side. This will prevent your hand forming a shadow on your paper. If you are left-handed, the light needs to come from the right.
2. Start by practicing drawing lines - straight lines, curved lines, scribbled lines, zigzags etc. Take your time and practice getting your hand to do what your brain is telling it to! Practice this brain-hand-control and before long you should be able to draw what you see in your head.
3. Once you have mastered basic lines, move on to drawing circles, oval shapes, crossed lines and bold/thick lines. Just like a baby develops from crawling to walking, your art should also develop step by step.
4. Initially you probably won’t be able to draw a perfect circle or oval, but don't get discouraged. With plenty of practice you will get better at it! I would also suggest keeping all your drawings from the early days so that you can look back and see how much you are improving. (You could also date your sketches.)
5. These lines and curves are like the structural supports of a building. The foundation should be strong before you start building; similarly, these initial small lines and curves will go a long way to help you in your art journey.
You should also start playing around with controlling the amount of pressure you put on your pencil. You can create the desired darkness and thickness of your lines by simply increasing or decreasing the pressure you put on the pencil.
6. If there is something you don’t feel you are very good at, focus on developing that skill. So, if for example you are not able to shade properly then practice doing more of that until you feel more confident at it. There are many ways of shading, so find one that works for you. Build your own individuality and style. Take inspiration from other artists but never copy them line for line.
7. Last but not the least, use the right materials and use good quality materials. Whilst you can obviously start doodling with any old HB pencil and scrap of paper, if you want to develop your drawing skills, I would suggest investing in a few 2B-6B pencils (better for shading) and a good quality, cartridge paper sketchbook or note book with thick paper (ideally 160gsm if you want to play with pens and paints too). These should be enough to start with.
Most importantly, relax and have fun with it!
The dictionary defines art as "the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form..."
Whilst this is true, I feel there is so much more to it.
To me, art is an integral part of my life. It is a part of my soul. If I don't allow my creative side to express itself on a regular basis, life becomes dull and I feel unfulfilled.
I am relatively well spoken and have a fairly extensive vocabulary, however, I spend a lot of time feeling frustrated when it comes to communicating and finding the right words to use to get my thoughts, opinions and feelings across to others.
I think when I was younger, the idea of speaking up and speaking out, was something that I feared. I was bullied throughout school and felt no-one at school would listen to me anyway, so I tended to keep my mouth shut and my head down, biting my tongue, afraid to talk back to the bullies, for fear of what might happen.
I didn't enjoy school very much but I did enjoy art class, singing in the choir and taking part in musical productions that the school put on each year. It seemed that even as a child, my passion and pleasure, my refuge from the storm of life, was art.
It was something that I had a natural flare for and I enjoyed it.
I didn't have to worry about finding the right words.
I was free to express my emotions, without having to put it in to words, so the stress and frustration was taken out of the situation.
I found that when I zoned in to my art work, I could zone out of the negativity around me, or even the negativity in my own head. It allowed me to just be me.
But as I briefly mentioned earlier, art isn't just about drawing or painting.
I really enjoyed singing, both at school and as a young adult and I must admit, back then I could carry a tune! I don't sing much anymore but that said, it is something that I will probably pick up again at some point.
Art can also include things like writing, whether that's stories or poetry or something else. There is a lot of power in words and a lot of emotion.
Woodworking, soap or candle making, decoupage, scrap-booking, journaling, jewellery making, growing a kitchen garden or even building a sandcastle are all forms of art!
Art is important for so many reasons. Just a few of those reasons include:
There are many more reasons why art can be beneficial and why it is so important, but we shall cover those another time.
"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary" - Pablo Picasso
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