My first ever blog post

My first ever blog post

I started blogging in 2006, originally under the name Artylicious because at the time it seemed a bit strange to put my name out there.

As time went on I became quite well known in my industry and people needed to find me by my name, so switched my blog to glendawaterworth.com where I have blogged for many years.

So why the change to Quirky Paintbrush?  Well it’s all down to my decision to change career a couple of years ago and I now need glendawaterworth.com to be my professional fine art website.   It will be a gallery showcase for my artwork and a place to direct potential buyers, gallery owners, exhibition organisers, etc.  If I want people to take my art seriously, they don’t need to be distracted by videos of cats or my latest crocheted shawl.

And I feel like I’ve lost my voice in my attempt to make one website serve too many different purposes.  I haven’t blogged in ages and I miss it.  It always formed a big part of my creative output – a place to share things I’d made and connect with other people who have similar interests and tastes.

So why the name?  Well finding an available domain is getting harder these days, but when I was working through the idea of having a separate blog, I looked at all the different categories and commented to Adrian that it was a pretty quirky collection of stuff.  A few days later, I was talking to a friend  about crochet and compared my crochet hook to a paintbrush – “it’s just another form of expressive colour – like painting with yarn”.  And that’s when the idea of Quirky Paintbrush was born.

So my “paintbrush” may be a traditional one with bristles covered in paint or it may be a crochet hook, a syringe of dye, a Gelli plate, a strip of torn paper, or a piece of driftwood dipped in ink!  The name sits right with me and inspires me to find my voice again.

If you’d like to join me for an exploration of creative quirkiness, you can subscribe to the newsletter and get all the latest news delivered straight to your inbox.

A sketch of my well used paintbrushes

And in honour of this brand new blog launch, I have a favour to ask and a gift to give.  The favour is to spread the word.  This blog is brand new, fresh out of the box so has no traffic history, no stats, no ranking with Google.  Leaving a comment will really help, as will sharing a link to the blog on social media or sharing an image on Pinterest.  You’ll see social media share buttons at the end of each blog post.

www.quirkypaintbrush.com

The gift is a two page printable download.  One page is a pretty paper based on a mandala that I drew and the other is a line drawing of a mandala for you to print and colour yourself.  The gift is free if you subscribe to the blog – my way of saying thank you.

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21 Comments

  1. Sharon Eltringham

    So pleased you’re back, great inspiration, still missing your lessons from Etherley, x

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    • glendaww

      Thanks Sharon – Etherley!! Now there’s a real blast from the past. 🙂

      Reply
  2. Sharon Jones

    Glad you are blogging again Glenda. I always enjoy hearing about your life in Portpatrick and hope to see you later in the year on one of your wonderful workshops. x

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  3. Maggie

    Good name for you huni, look falward to reading more and seeing things you have made, painted, crocheted xx

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    • glendaww

      Thanks Maggie, I love the name too!

      Reply
  4. Joan Whitmore

    Good Luck!

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  5. Angela MITCHELL

    Hello Glenda it all sounds good, looking forward to sharing arty moments x

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    • glendaww

      thanks Angela, it’s going to give me the impetus to create lots of arty moments to share. x

      Reply
  6. Lynne Vowles

    Looking forward to more inspiration from you xx

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    • glendaww

      thanks Lynne, it will be a complete mix of stuff!

      Reply
  7. Carol

    Yay………… lookin’ forward to this 🙂 C xx

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    • glendaww

      Me too Carol, thanks for persevering with the signing up!

      Reply
  8. Lynn Hardy

    I love the name of your new blog! Looking forward to following your creative musings in future.

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    • glendaww

      thanks Lynn, it’s good to be back!

      Reply
  9. Roselass

    Wonderful to see this new blog Glenda. I’ve always found your work and ideas inspirational so it will be great to have your newsletter on a regular basis.

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    • glendaww

      aw, thank you, that’s great to hear x

      Reply
  10. Karen

    Looking forward to following your new blog x

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    • glendaww

      thanks Karen, I’m looking forward to it too. x

      Reply
  11. sandra SOUTH

    Lovely to see you back in blogland Glenda.

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    • glendaww

      Thanks for being the first to comment Sandra, sorry I had to hide the blog while I finished it off!

      Reply

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