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Nicky Dowd

Artist in Residence



This Blog will be a window into the inspirations of my week that I think you may like to share too. It will have top tips that I have discovered, bite size art and craft that you can try out and samples of projects I am working on. Aswell as ideas for workshops you and your friends can come and do with me if you want a day or weekend in Westport.

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Top tip No 2 Clothes fitting trick

Posted on August 4, 2016 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (3273)

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Top Tip No 1- Strawberry Hulling

Posted on August 4, 2016 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (1695)

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Scented Candle Workshop

Posted on August 1, 2016 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (919)

Upcycle your old candles by melting them gently over a tea light food warmer ,add a wax crayon shaving for colouring (less is more) and some aromatherapy oils ,dried rose buds or lavender seeds.I used short wicks with a metal base from the internet .Set in Shells you have collected from the beach .They make lovely presents .Always be aware of leaving a naked flame around .Or come to one of my Workshops in Westport .Contact me for details .

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CRAFT,COFFEE & CAKE Workshop at The Gallery (brewery Place)WESTPORT

Posted on June 21, 2016 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (1145)

So much fun rippin' and shtickin' we are going to do it all again soon but think we may have a new addition joining us.We did keep it as chilled as poss!!!.

Crafty coffee and cake Workshop June 22nd THE GALLERY Wesport

Posted on May 9, 2016 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (660)

A couple of sassy samples for my next workshop using vintage vogues ,1950's Graphis and hollywood mags.Tips for decoupaging,rip(don't cut) dip (in water to soften paper) and stick (laying least favourite down first).Be generous with the PVA and tuck images over and under to weave them together.You can decoupage just about anythin
g, walls, furniture, old boxes. (lightly sand a shiny surface first). Use old poetry, chldren...
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After-Patchwork Chimney Breast

Posted on April 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (1676)

Take a wet weekend,1 old fabric sample book, 2 bottles of PVA, sharp scissors, a husband happy Dj'ing with some Jack Daniels and a tape measure and a bottle of Melbec for me -took a bit longer than the weekend but then doesn't it always.

Carlie and Craig's Wedding Flowers

Posted on April 7, 2016 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (987)


I was recently honoured to be asked to create Carlie (bestest friends daughter's) and Craig's Easter Wedding Decorations. Craig is a maverick and a bit of a plane spotter, Carlie being so laid back gave the perfect direction to me -yes ,fun, happy, colourful, whatever. I have never been so excited.Howard the photographer has snapped a few of the details but if you are looking for some ideas here is a list of a few things I did.


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Valentines Alternative

Posted on February 13, 2016 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (1897)

It may be Winter outside but in my heart it's Spring.

Abandon the shmultzy Red Heart, champers,chocolates ,food of love and make him something .

2 hours -square piece of MDF/Plywood .Paint with vinyl matt emulsion ,draw around a paper heart stencil, hammer in tacks around the edge of the board and heart (don't worry about being equidistant -mine were about 1 cm apart ) Weave ribbon,wire,string ,wool back and forth .You could choose to cover the positive space and fill in the heart...

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Desert serving suggestion

Posted on January 21, 2016 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (5034)
Here's a glamorous spin on the banana ice cream desert and if it wasn't easy I wouldn't show you.
Lay out a piece of grease proof paper .
Heat 100 g sugar in a small frying pan,watch it until it starts to melt around the edges it should take about a minute. Take it off the heat and gently tilitling the pan swirl it around to help it mix in .You want to stop it from catching and burning so keep moving the pan around but avoid stirring with a wooden spoon until it is nearl...
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