Monday, 30 June 2014

Creative Blog Hop!

Last week, I was tagged by the wonderful Gez (of Dragonfly Dreams) in a Creative Blog Hop!

The idea of the blog hop is to share a little of our creative process with you all, and then tag others that inspire!
So without further ado, I'll get on and answer the questions....

1) What am I working on?

Well, trying to control the ever growing stash in my studio is something I'm ALWAYS working on, but if we're talking about something creative, then it has to be drawing. I have literally thousands of rubber stamps,
I'll share a pic of my wood mounted stamp wall....
The pink folders are full of unmounted stamps, and the baskets balanced on top hold my clears. So yes, thousands..... So, I rely on other peoples drawing skills to add to my work by using all these stamps, and I think it's about time I created images of my own! I'm practising with faces at the moment....and they're getting there. Not to the point where I'm happy sharing though!!! Watch this space!

2) How does my work differ from others in my genre?

This is really tricky! I'm not sure how many people really share my genre, people tell me they can spot my stuff a mile I think it's pretty unique? And not always in a good way lol! I also switch genres lots, whilst usually quirky colourful and downright odd is the order of the day, I can go all vintage or minimalistic if the mood takes me. Which hasn't really answered the question. Oops.... next!......

3) Why do I create/write what I do?

Ok. This answer is going to make me sound very odd. Just so you know....
Why? I have to. If I don't make something/ get painty messy every day, then I don't feel right. Sort of twitchy and not happy within my own skin. When I've made something I love, I take a step back, look at it and feel a deep sense of relaxation, a feeling that just then, everything is right with my world. See, told you..... :)

4) How does your writing/creative process work?

Generally, one of two ways. If its a DT piece, a commission or a magazine project then I know the theme/colours etc in advance. I hate going into my studio and just sitting waiting for inspiration to strike, so I let my brain mull over ideas whilst doing all the other boring household jobs. Just before I go to sleep is a brilliant time for coming up with weird and wonderful projects! That way, once I get in the studio I know where I'm headed. Of course, half the time things don't end up exactly the way I imagined them, but I always have a starting point to get me going straight away! If its just a play session with no project requirements at the end, then its actually not much different. I'll always have a focus at the begining, whether its a colour combo that has inspired me, or a new stash item to play with. From there the process is pretty fluid, but there always has to be a starting focus!


I am tagging two people today, please hop on over and visit their blogs to see all the fabulousness on offer! Next week, they will be answering the questions and tagging more people, so bookmark them and pop back!

First up is the very talented Katy Leitch.....

Katy was the editor of the marvellous Craft Stamper magazine for years and years, until just recently. Now she has more time on her hands, her creative output has simply mushroomed, and my goodness what a lot of fabulous art is being produced! The blog awards and challenge wins have been pouring in, clearly lots of people think her art is as wonderful as I do!
Katys blog is:

I am also tagging the wonderfully creative Louise Crosbie, otherwise known as Zuzu!

If its rich, deep texture and paint effects you're after, then Z is your girl! Her altered boxes, frames and panels are simply out of this world, and her attention to detail is just stunning! Louise is a member of the Decoart International Design Team, and can use their products in ways you would not believe.... go and look!
Louises blog is:

I hope you'll take the time to visit my very inspiring friends, you won't be sorry!!!
I'll be back soon with more weird and colourful creations of my own!
Trish xxxxxx


  1. Wow, now that's a wall of wood! Looks so organized too. Thanks for sharing. Hugs

  2. Hi Trish, great to have a peek inside your studio. Love the idea of keeping unmounted stamps in folders, I might have to try that, I keep mine in boxes which makes them still hard to find some days!! I love your style as I've said and like to think I can spot one of your gems a mile off! ♥ I also get your feeling of not feeling right until you've had some creative time :) Hey, Good luck with the drawing.... thats great news :)) Thanks for joining me on the hop Trish, looking forward to following on the hop next Monday. Hugs, Gez xx

  3. OMG!!! I am SO sorry... i let this slip out of my head. I know its too late (maybe just as well as I dont like tagging folks in stuff so I may have struggled). but i did promise to do it and feel bad that i forgot. x


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