Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Poster Design For Guardians Of The Garden

A friend set up a market stall to sell her hand crafted ornaments for the home and garden so I volunteered to design a poster for her.

She was after an A1 sized poster to go on an A-board to be displayed outside the market entrance to guide customers to her stall. The second design to be for a general A4 poster to be posted through letter boxes and dotted about in shop windows and other public places to advertise her new business.

Link to their facebook page: Guardians of the Garden.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Painting Plastic Plant Pots!

I had a few weather worn plastic pots laying around the garden that looked a bit tired, so I thought I'd brighten them up with a lick of paint. 

Easy to do and they look so much better! In fact some of these plastic pots already had the patterns embossed on them which makes me wonder... Are we meant to paint them anyway?

Here's some before and after pics...

I painted a few smaller pots in yellow and purple as well and they look so much better! May all the pots be painted!

Monday, 13 July 2015

Crystal Cleansing

It's been ages since I last cleaned my crystals and to be honest something I've never really bothered to do, other than run them under the tap to wash the dust off, but after a bit of research I have decided to try and cleanse them regularly and properly.

I started off putting a few of my smaller crystals out a couple of days ago in the back garden, where we have had quite a bit of the rain for the last few days. When I bought them in earlier, they felt energized and had a nice clean sparkle to them. So I've decided to gather all the rest of the crystals from the house and place them outside into the rain for a clean.

From what I have read in my research, it is good to cleanse crystals to help get them back to their original, sparkly vibration level to where they can do their best work on helping you. 

Crystal Guidance states:
"Simply put, absolutely everything has a vibration, which even includes emotions and physical objects. Negative energy, including negative emotions and physical pain, have low vibrations. Crystals, when they are at their optimal vibrational state, resonate at a high vibration. Low and high vibrations cannot exist together, so the crystals will help to raise the low energies to high ones. That high vibrational energy means your health and over all well-being is increased". 

The full moon is meant to be a great time to cleanse your crystals but there are also lots of other ways too. I have listed them below:

Earth Cleansing ~ If you're lucky enough to have a yard or a bit of earth that won't be disturbed dig a whole and bury your crystals. Once buried, visualize the old, stale, negative energy being drawn out and away from your crystals. Then visualize them being filled with new, positive energies. Leave them in the ground for at least 24 hours, allowing Mother Earth to cleanse and restore your crystals. This method is especially good for geodes. Just make sure you remember where you buried them!

Rain Water ~ Leaving crystals outside in the rain is a great way to cleanse them. Put them in a secure spot or in a bowl and just let them hang out in the rain.  Spend some time visualizing the old energies dripping away from them. Don't be afraid to put them outside in a storm. Storm energy is a great cleanser but will also give crystals a powerful charge. Just make sure, if the storm is accompanied by strong winds, the crystals are secure and won't get blown over. 

Running Water ~ Holding your crystals under lukewarm, running water is a quick way to cleanse them.  If you have access to a body of water like a stream or lake, you can hold your crystals in the water (hold on tight!). Visualize the stagnate, old and negative energies flowing down the drain or down stream.

Smoke ~ Cleansing with smoke, or smudging, is another easy way to cleanse crystals. There are a variety of cleansing herbs and incenses that can be used but I stick with sage. Hold the crystal in the smoke and visualize the old energies being carried away in the smoke. If possible, have a window open so the smoke can travel out and away.  

Full Moon & Sunlight ~  Great for when cleansing a lot of crystals. Place your crystals on a windowsill or outside. Make sure they are in a spot where they will get full moonlight and sunlight. The full moon light will cleanse the crystals and the sunlight will recharge them. Allowing crystals to spend some time in sunlight is especially beneficial for clear quartz but can cause crystals, such as rose quartz, to fade over time. 

There's a great tutorial I can recommend over at this blog here.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Large Scale Painting - Evil Tree Spirits

A few years back I produced some artwork called Evil Tree Spirits, a pencil and gel ink pen drawing, that I then scanned into the computer and coloured digitally.

For a while I have wanted to reproduce this large scale and finally got round to it over the bank holiday weekend. I thought it would make an excellent gift to the guys staying at Borras Community Protection Camp to help brighten the place up and feel a bit more homely for them and to thank them for what they are doing to help keep a Frack Free Wrexham.

I took some photo's of the progression of the painting as I thought it would be interesting to see. Below are these pictures from start to finish and finally, hanging in it's new home. I was quite pleased with the outcome and have already invested in some more canvasses for my next painting. You will have to wait and see what that will be.

Friday, 15 May 2015

DIY Bird Table Project

I've been doing alot of work in the garden lately to give it a re-vamp and decided to bring an old bird table back to life. 

This involved taking pretty much the whole thing apart, chiselling off an old plywood base, giving it a lick of paint and nailing it to a new freshly painted luscious lime coloured fence post in my little corner of relaxation down at the bottom of the garden. ("....amongst the birds and the bees, lived alot of tiny people called the Poddington Peas" *sorry couldn't resist that* haha).

It was really cheap to do, cost just under a fiver for some paint pot testers - I opted for Purple Pout and Morroccan Orange. The hardest part was unscrewing the rusty old fused nails when taking the original thing apart.

Quite pleased with how it has turned out and already have an idea for my next project in the garden which will involve turning the outhouse into a she-shed... But not until I've given it a lick of paint, you'll have to wait and see how that one turns out, but for now I'll leave you with some photo's from the birdhouse project.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Poster Design: Build, Gardening & Painty Day For Frack Free Wrexham

I got asked to design another poster for Frack Free Wrexham and was happy to oblige, quite straight forward as sticking to the same design style as the Easter Fun Day Poster, I simply developed the overall theme to fit more with the event which was for a Build, gardening and painty day with an emphasis being on Frack Free Food and Farming, encouraging people to come and grow their own vegetables. 

Here is the finished poster below...

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

How Advertisement Has Changed - A Ranty Pants Post!

Random ranty pants post! I find TV advertisement of today very very irritating. 

There was a point in my life where I loved TV ad's, I'd read books, buy DVD's of Ad directors... But nowadays... Well... What a load of shit!

The past couple of years seems to have seen this shift in TV ad's working the whole 'playing on happy family emotions' element which I find bloody boring, cringeworthy and irritating. Mostly annoying by the softly whispy-waspy voice of some female singer covering what was once (in my opinion) a good song, usually overlaid by some happy smiley people acting out some standard cliche'd bullshit routine.

Whatever happened to adverts being fun, creative minded and musically pleasing? 

Call me weird, but for me there aren't really any ad's that creatively please me anymore, I like the surreal, the thoughtful and the wonderful but TV adverts at the moment lack all those elements big time! 

Anyway, I just felt like putting that rant out there and also to share some of what I consider beautiful and creative ad's of the past. None of this waspy voiced overlaid bullshit. Just pure surrealism!

Levi's Commercial - Spaceman 1995 - (Oh how I loved this song and the aliens!)

Audi RS4 - Spider TV Ad 2005 - (Surreal!)

Wotsits - Is That A Whoosh Or What? 1993 - (Catchy and fun!)

Guinness Surfer Ad With Horses - 1998 (Mesmerizing)

Smirnoff Through The Bottle Ad - 1995 (Trippy)