Laney Mead

A convert to glass from a life of doodling and drawing Laney started her artistic career with no formal training but a passion for paper and pencils.  With the help of a friendly artist who took her under his wing, she learnt how to use coloured pencil as a fine art medium and to experiment in abstract work with acrylic and oils, this led to painting murals all over the house walls, don't ask her about the 'space themed bedroom for her son and then having to try and paint it white to sell the house!'  and although she longed to paint real 'outside' murals and got asked to do so she couldn't commit the long travel involved with two, then small kids.  After several years of custom pet portraits in pencil she chanced upon a weekend of lampworking.  After being shown how to use the torch and asked to not burn down the studio she spent a blissful 2 days creating the wonkiest beads you ever did see.  She has been lampworking since 2008 and is finally at the point when her realism in pet portraits is merging with the glass.  Other than that one weekend she has never had a lesson and is completely self taught in all her techniques.  When she isn't melting glass she is writing for Cat World magazine about living with her brain damaged 'celebrity' cat Gordy and the newcomer old Teeko cat.  She lives in rural Herefordshire UK with views from her bedroom window over the Welsh Mountains with her husband, Golden Retrievers Izabel and Defi as well as the cats and two grown up kids that refuse to leave home.  She is currently campaigning for 'Kidsxit'.

Garden Inspired

I had a completely different idea for a blog post but walking back from the river this morning with my dogs and seeing the hedges bursting with hawthorn and buzzing bees, their glossy greens sparkling in the April sunshine I…
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Derwent Inktense Pencils

They are what they say on the tin, pencils and intense in colour but unlike normal watercolour pencils these are soluble ink and once they dry they are permanent.  You can layer over the top of them with other colours…
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Illustrations on Different Media

I have spent this last month really getting into my illustrations and experimenting with different surfaces.  After deciding, quite quickly that I am not a painter despite trying to use a paint brush in the same way I use my…
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Will the Pencil Become Obsolete in Years to Come…?

It seems that all arts and crafts experience a rise to prominence as one craft wains another becomes popular.  The last couple of years have been very textile dominated, with crochet and knitting seeing a huge resurgence with a modern…
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