Cooking and Art

Cooking with J W Turner, Rachel Khoo composes a pickled treat.

Sitting in the gallery, she sketches ingredients suggested by the picture, works on them in her kitchen – and eats the result (see video by Tate Galleries, below)


Creative Takeaways

Having watched the video – is there a favourite picture/painting you have?

How about sketching what ingredients the picture suggests to you – and then experimenting with them, to see what it produces – as Rachel Khoo does?


Linocuts into body art temporary Tattoos

Tian Gan, a graphic designer is experimenting with making her linocut and rubber stamp works into temporary tattoos.  Form an orderly queue please, no shoving at the back.

The 2 different style sheets you can choose from are:

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Appropriately, these items are found on her website filed under “other awesomeness“:


The tattoo sheets are coming out in mid-September 2017, but you can pre-order now.  Sale price is in Swedish Kroner: 60 Kroner (approx $10, £7.50) – but I don’t know details and costs of shipping.  I suggest you head over to her website or facebook page for details.

Reader, I was about to tuck into some toast when I found her designs and the result was cold toast and jaw dropped.  I think she has got a winner on her hands – or arms – here. (In this picture she is wearing a mix of both style sheets, so if you want the exact same look, you have to buy both.)  Tian is a woman of good styling, as the first few comments I read were (like myself) keen to know just where she got the shirt, which she has rolled up in the first picture!  If you are keenly enjoying her stylings as well as art, she does have a Pinterest account – for yet further awesomeness.


All pictures and info from Tian’s own website

Get well card writing

Just came across this masterclass in what to write in a cheering up card (I must have had a flu bug or something, nothing serious) – sent to me 8 years ago from a funky friend – still makes me smile:

“Darling Sicko,

May your world be a sunnier spot very soon.

May all your enemies get it worse than you, and may your staunchest friends win great fortunes at the Bookies this very day.

Now close your peepers, you have dreamt this eeepistle.

If you can’t take up yer bed and walk, then take up yer pen and scribble.

Feel better but quick”

Creative Prompts for August

Feel you want to write or draw something, but just not sure what to tackle, today?  Or want fresh warmup challenges?  Sketchbook Skool have given a challenge a day for August!

What do you mean – it’s a little bit late telling us this, August has started already?!  Do I hear dissension?  Verily, I raise a quizzical eyebrow.

But wait – let’s find the positive – you can start today and choose either the prompt for the 1st, 2nd or 3rd of August.  Oh look – the challenge against today’s date is “First” – so that takes you to the first anyway!!

Right: pencils sharpened, favourite writing pen aloft, knitting needles at stun-ningly gorgeous, or whatever creative tools you wish…… and GO!


Time to grieve

I naively thought of grief as a response to someone’s death – but I just read an article which suggests ways to deal with it and points out there can be grief caused by loss of job, infertility, what you always wanted but never got, someone alive but who has chosen to be absent from your life, the loss of a dream….. so many causes.

The first way through it is to recognise what you’re dealing with.  When confronted with something overwhelming, people will typically blot out the grief, force down the feelings but have sadness bob up unexpectedly over and over again.  So this makes me think for a moment over my recent life – do I fit any of those categories?  It would be a rare person who does not.  I know of a lady with much-loved elderly parents who only realised after speaking to spiritual director that she was actually in grief for them already, even though they were ageing, not dying.

Katherine Shafler, NYC based psychotherapist, talks us through the situation in her article, titled “The one thing no one ever says about grieving (and a 4 step plan to move through your grief)”.

Briefly, the steps are to understand that your heart has been broken, recognise that you need to grieve, touch the grief and move through it to life on the other side.  All of which sounds very simple and gives no indication of the time it will take to do.

For more details, read Katherine’s very readable, short article at