Meet the Tutor: Teresa Morgan

Mar 10, 2019 | Musings

Today we are chatting to Resident Tutor Teresa Morgan! Teresa has an eclectic style and likes to ‘play’ with her supplies. She especially loves creating 3D pieces that are packed with tantalising texture! Read on to find out more about Teresa and her love of all things mixed media.

Meet the Tutor

Teresa Morgan

Teresa Morgan

Teresa lives in Staffordshire with her partner and is fortunate enough to work in an independent craft store where she runs regular workshops. Her enjoys all types of crafts, from card making to mixed media, and loves to try out new techniques and products.

Blog: The Fat Cactus

How and why did you become an artist?
I have always loved art and craft from a very early age, cutting, sticking, drawing, painting, etc. As I got older I started to focus more on papercrafts and less on art, however when I discovered mixed media my love of paint returned.

Who or what inspires you?
I find inspiration everywhere, from a walk in the countryside, to a photograph in a magazine. Colours and textures excite and inspire me and allow me to think outside the box and get creative.

Why do you create?
I love to get lost in my own world when creating and find it a great way to switch off from the routine of everyday life, and forget about work and other responsibilities for a while. It’s like entering a whole new world inside my own imagination, where anything is possible and I can choose exactly how I want everything to be.

What’s your creative process like?
Most of the time I make it up as I go along and hope for the best! I don’t like to over-prepare or over-think things, as I feel that my art is better when I just let it flow. Most of the time I have no specific expectations of what my finished project will be, as I like the freedom to change direction as I create.

What are your go-to art mediums? Is there one supply you cannot live without?
Gesso is really important, get your project prepared well and it will look so much better when finished…..and get a pot of heavy gel medium to stick stuff together!

Have you tried other arts and crafts? Successfully or not?
I can sew, knit and crochet. I love needle felting too. I’ve done jewellery making, pyrography, card making, scrapbooking and book binding….. I just love to try out new things and have (fortunately) been pretty successful at everything so far!

Are you professionally trained or self-taught?
I studied art at high school but no further and am completely self taught in everything I do now.

Where is your studio and what’s the best thing about it?
I am fortunate to have a dedicated craft room at home where I have space to work and keep my art materials. I can film my video tutorials there and make as much mess as I want!

What are your arty goals for the future?
I want to improve my drawing and illustration skills and move into product design, as well as to continue to grow my YouTube channel.

QUICK FACTS!

Favourite product/brand: Ranger and DecoArt

If I wasn’t doing this I’d be… Reading a book

Favourite quotation: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”

Mine’s a… Jim Beam, Amaretto and Coke

Best quality: Organised

My go to craft colour is… Blue

Messy or tidy art room? Messy while working, then tidied up straight away.

My happy place is… Cornwall

Teresa’s top mixed media tip: “Have patience! Let each layer dry before adding the next to avoid a muddy mess!”

Teresa is making her workshop debut at the Mixed Up Creative Academy this week and you can join her to make this whimsical canvas. Learn some fabulous techniques using inexpensive craft paint; make a glowing, swirling, star-filled background; alter embellishments to make them really pop; and fill a little glass vial with your very own magical moon rocks. Find out more here.

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