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Grouting a mosaic on slate

I’m often asked how I grout my mosaics on slate. You can find out exactly how I do it by watching this video. Enjoy!

Inspired in Islay

I recently visited the Scottish island of Islay and was blown away by its beauty. Here I write about how it’s already inspired my mosaic art and share some pictures from my trip.

How the five Ws of journalism can help us bloggers with our writing

Many artists have blogs, and I’ve been thinking about what to write about on mine, so I thought I’d share some tips I learned while studying a master of arts in international journalism last year that are relevant for anyone who wants to write engaging stories and articles on their blogs.

Visit me in my garden studio in July

My garden studio will be open for visitors as part of the Forth Valley Art Beat 2021, from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, 11 and 12 July.

Seven things I learned about Gaudi in Barcelona

I’m fascinated by finding out about other artists and their inspirations. A visit to Barcelona has long been on my bucket list, particularly as I’m so inspired by Antonio Gaudi along with Spanish music, language and culture. 

Learning from the experts: Rachel Davies

I’d been looking forward to taking a workshop with Rachel Davies for a long time. And I finally got to take her Slate Flowers online workshop last month. I love using slate in my work, but usually it’s the substrate. So it was great to turn things on their head and use slate as the teressae instead.

Materials for exterior mosaics

Here I’ll cover the materials you’ll need to use if you’re making exterior mosaics. You need to make sure that you choose materials that are suitable for the weather where you live.

Spirit of graffiti art prevails despite vandalism

Selkirk-based mosaic artist Joy Parker rallied local people and artists from across the UK, to enact her vision of a fitting tribute to the Scottish town’s long legacy of shoemakers. I went along to help Joy with the installation.