Delightful Day at The Albany Art House

I have just returned home from the most wonderful day with Lorraine Thorne at the Albany Art House. Many of you will already know Lorraine (Lozzie) from our October Flourish session when she ran a fantastic acrylics workshop. There were some wonderful pieces of art produced by the Flourishers and I was very jealous as I couldn’t make it to the session.

So when Lorraine Streatfield suggested attending a days workshop / arty party with Lozzie at the Albany Art House I was there with knobs on!

Lozzie has a beautiful victorian home on a leafy street in Leighton Buzzard and her gorgeous workshop is placed at the bottom of her garden.

On arrival Lozzie served up the most amazing hot chocolate I have ever had! It was like soup. So indulgent and delicious !

And as we sat sipping our drinks in the glorious autumn sunshine, Lozzie explained the plan for the day. The aim was to create texture with foil and silver plumbers tape which we would then paint over with acrylics and add further layers and textures as we saw fit. The table was scattered with loads of cool inspirational postcards and prints and Lozzie’s work was on the walls to give us even more ideas.

It was really inspiring to sit in such a beautiful space with all the equipment you could possibly need close to hand.

And here are the results!

Plus we got to meet the adorable ‘Bear’ Lozzies new dog. 🙂

I would love return to The Albany Art House for another workshop soon. Maybe for screen printing? The atmosphere was friendly, relaxed and inspiring. Lozzie made us all so welcome and cooked a delicious lunch for everyone.

It was a completely gorgeous day.


Welcome to Flourish and Fizz

Welcome to Flourish and Fizz. This is a space dedicated to all things creative.  It’s a place to explore ideas, old and new, and enjoy making happy mistakes. There are no limits to the creative topics I hope to delve into. Painting, printing, sewing, knitting, crochet, poetry, photography, theatre, carpentry, bullet journals, flower arranging, animation, collage, gift wrapping….the list goes on…

The Flourish and Fizz blog is intended to be an extension of our Thursday Flourish Nights.

The inspiration to start Flourish came after a Macmillan Nurse directed me to an Arts on Prescription course run by Milton Keynes Council. I had been successfully treated for breast cancer but was finding it difficult to come to terms with what had happened to me. The Arts on Prescription group was a wonderful, inspiring experience which helped me recover mentally from what my body had been through over the past year. To become lost in the process of painting helped me forgot all of my worries for a couple of hours.

A few weeks later, it was Christmas, and my lovely sister Katie gave me a copy of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Reading such a warm and motivating book felt like an epiphany. (I would highly recommend it if you don’t already have a copy.) I was galvanized.

In The Artist’s Way, Julia suggests making a creative cluster around yourself of people who are like minded and enjoy nurturing creativity in themselves and others. This seemed very similar to my experience at Arts on Prescription which I had enjoyed so much. So I began to think about ways I could start my own local group, where friends could get together and be creative. I am the world’s best procrastinator, but luckily my friend Lorraine is not, and when I mentioned the idea to her over lunch one day she just said ‘What are you waiting for! Lets go back home and sort it out now!’ So we did.

We drove back to Woburn Sands and an hour later we had booked a room at the back of our local pub every 2nd Thursday of the month at 8pm for the next six months ! We set up a small Flourish facebook group, and a few weeks later our Flourish Nights began.

The group has grown really quickly through word of mouth and is now double the original size.  I have been so pleased with the response from everyone who has taken part. My favourite thing is when some one tells me they are not artistic and they expect to do an activity really badly, and then at the end of our two hour session they have produced something they are really proud of. Changing the way we see ourselves and being kind enough to allow ourselves to make mistakes is what Flourish is all about. I believe you have to be bad at something before you can be good at it, and there is a huge amount of  joy to be had within the process of learning something new.


Done Black and White Flower