Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Denyse: Creative Arts.

Denyse Creative Arts.

In 2013 I discovered a wonderful website called daisyyellow.com and took part in the annual challenge there called Index Card a Day for the next 5 years for June and July.

In doing that, I was able to re-discover just how much I enjoyed art! Making things. Sometimes with photos and more in scrapbooks, sometimes cards and often, just having fun with paint and brushes.

From 2015 I embraced making art my way as a means to help a difficult life transition: retirement and moving house. I still find the actual act of placing media on paper or card or even rocks is relaxing and mindful.

In 2016 I discovered that I loved making mandalas on paper. This grew to drawing in the sand and sometimes making a mandala fromĀ  leaves and flowers.

In 2017 I was diagnosed with cancer (see the story here). In the times before I had my first surgery, even in hospital and then at home, I was able to ‘escape’ somewhat by drawing and designing mandalas of all sizes and then colouring them. Over 250 have been created as originals and coloured and then given to people who like them and want to display them in their homes and classrooms.

In 2018 my art took me in another and related direction and that is the making of bookmarks. Over the years many of my big painted designs were turned in to bookmarks after laminating them. I was initially reluctant to share what I made but when The Big Hug Box saw what I made, I was delighted to use my art and design skills to make bookmarks for inclusion on the Big Hug Boxes for cancer patients.

I am not a professional artist but I am a retired teacher who loves to create. Here are some of them