The Glasgow Art club frieze ! a modern recreation

At the turn of the century a young Glasgow based architect called Charles Rennie Mackintosh was commissioned to design a frieze for the well known “Glasgow Art Club” … Well that is a short version of the story, it would seem there is much discussion about who was commissioned and who got credit for itContinue reading “The Glasgow Art club frieze ! a modern recreation”

The Big Rose project #BIGROSE 2016 – 2017

The Big Rose project is coming back in 2017 and I am excited to take part in a Heritage Walk with the The Maryhill Burgh Hall as part of The West End Festival on the 10th of June between 11am and 1pm. We will walk throughout historic Maryhill and discover  the hidden histories of its industrial pastContinue reading “The Big Rose project #BIGROSE 2016 – 2017”

Would George have been proud ? For historic re-creation we all rely on the first owner’s vanity !!!

“There is a great deal to be learned from the craftsman who intelligently executes one’s own designs… he is as much as a necessity in producing a beautiful piece of work as the designer himself.” George Walton, Lecture to The Philosophical Society, Glasgow 1900 I have described recently in an article I wrote for TheContinue reading “Would George have been proud ? For historic re-creation we all rely on the first owner’s vanity !!!”

“Stencilling Mackintosh”, Glasgow roses in the Mackintosh church for the West end Festival

It was over 20 years ago that I discovered my two loves… Stencilling and a Rose but not any rose … This one comes from Glasgow and was designed at the turn of the 20th century by a talented man and his young wife. Charles and Margaret both young artists, both so talented. Have youContinue reading ““Stencilling Mackintosh”, Glasgow roses in the Mackintosh church for the West end Festival”

Upcycling furniture, printing patterns out of nothing

Last Thursday was the second up-cycling furniture session. After the original chaos of the first week I am happy to say participants had started getting the hang of the methods and made friends between them and with their piece of furniture and material. Thinking outside the box (the tin of paint…) is my teaching method. IContinue reading “Upcycling furniture, printing patterns out of nothing”

Stencilling Mackintosh – 2nd/3rd April 2016

What better place than The House for an Art Lover to come and learn from scratch the art of Stencilling and learn how to introduce Glasgow Style in your interior.              Built in the 1990’s from the original plans of Charles Rennie Mackintosh from the turn of the century HAL is a beautifulContinue reading “Stencilling Mackintosh – 2nd/3rd April 2016”

The house Mackintosh dreamed about … Stencilling A House for an Art Lover

Every artist, craftsman, maker likes being part of a dream, the best part of it usually is to team up with the dreamer to discuss, elaborate, plan and realise the dream !  But in the case of The House for an Art Lover the dreamer long passed away the challenge was to be so interestingContinue reading “The house Mackintosh dreamed about … Stencilling A House for an Art Lover”

When vintage decoupaged pots meets Chocolatier or the definition of good style

A good 200 years ago French craftsmen to the name of the Martin brothers came up with a varnish to fake the Chinese and Japanese lackerware to make it available to the well to do. Their ware took Europe by storm and most household had to have a set of vases or a carriage clock inContinue reading “When vintage decoupaged pots meets Chocolatier or the definition of good style”

Ault Wharrie ! A very enjoyable job indeed ! Team work is essential for a great achievement !

Once before I was blessed with taking part in a grand and exciting project. Realising the work of a great architect as part of a team of makers! Project of great artistic value, renowned architect of the turn of the century, team of very skilful crafts people … It was around when Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s TheContinue reading “Ault Wharrie ! A very enjoyable job indeed ! Team work is essential for a great achievement !”

Workshops, Contact details…

Join my mailing list if you would like to hear about any new events… courses/workshop I set up You can contact me @ bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com. I record my activities on my Face Book page  and post loads of photos on my  Instagram page “The workshop and your tuition was inspiring. I went home created an art spaceContinue reading “Workshops, Contact details…”