Wordsmith's Notebook


     I had fully intended to paint my village church, using acrylic.  Bear in mind that the only training I have ever had for art was at school in the 1980’s!  At the last meeting of the little art group, created with friends, earlier this month, I painted what was to be the background wash (is that even what you call it when using acrylic?) and I was pleased with how… Read More


     If you are going to enjoy crafting, then be prepared for the fact that you will need a variety of materials and tools to craft with.  Seldom do we ever simply undertake one type of craft project; that would be rather dull, I think, unless we are producing a product to sell or for a longer term purpose.      You are going to need to have storage space, in… Read More

Taken from my You Tube channel.  Here, I have put together a short film about how my Parkinson’s symptoms caused me a small degree of chaos while I was working on a craft project. (c) Dean G. Parsons.  2019.

     Back in May, 2019, there was an impromptu gathering of three of us who just happen to be part of our new art and crafts group; The Art Shack.  One of us, Tina, is an established artist while two of us are more hobby artists.  Following the wonderful meal that Tina made, and a glass of wine or three, we set about making sheets of paper! (My cousin, Debbie, and… Read More

     Our little collective of an art group met again in September.  We have a name.  A year or so ago, I created an online art group, on Facebook, for friends and I.  I called it The Art Shack and we have been adding in little bits of art here and there and we have been posting about art, crafts and events.  It has been nice.  It wasn’t really a very… Read More

    Alongside having created an art and crafts studio area indoors (see my article entitled ‘Multi-Purpose Room), I am in the process of creating an art and crafts studio in one of our garages.  This is a great space with electricity and great windows plus a garden area alongside.  I aim to create a restful seating area but predominantly the space will be more of a conservation garden; planting with the… Read More

    I have long wanted to make a space, at home, for art and crafting.  It is nice to reflect over achievements and this morning I am enjoying having progressed one of my goals.  We are fortunate to have large sized bedrooms and our guestroom is where I have my writing desk.     While I am still developing the ‘writing den’ aspect of the room, I have now achieved my… Read More