Posted on Apr 22, 2016 in Art

My boyfriend got me pottery lessons for my birthday this year. It’s my first time doing throwing on a wheel and the first time I’ve had my hands in clay since high school art class, but it felt completely natural even though I was a newb.

I had my last class Thursday and finished up some pieces to put in the kiln.

This was the first thing I made in the first class. I glazed it red on the inside and blue on the outside with little red flowers, but it all ran together. So i painted some more red flowers on the outside and it’ll go back in the kiln next week.

Mug by Amanda Healey


The first thing I threw on the wheel was a jug which I painted a ring of flowers and leaves on the inside. It was a little splotchy on the outside so I put another coat of turquoise glaze on in some spots and left it to go back in the kiln.

inside of a thrown jug


This one is completely finished. It was the second thing I threw on the wheel. I ran out of time and had to attach some not so great handles at the end of the class, but I made up for the shotty work with some fancy black glaze thrown at the side. 

small handled pot thrown on the wheel


I missed 2 out of the 6 classes but wanted to make sure I had a few different pieces from the class so I made up a bunch of different pendants that I may either keep for myself or give as gifts depending on how they turn out. It’s a bit tricky when you’re painting them because layering them can make totally different colours than what my traditional colour theory would otherwise tell me. They also don’t always go on the same colour as they’ll end up. The red one on the far right, for example, is actually black, and the second from the left is green.



Here’s a closeup of some little blue birds I painted on a grey background. The bumps will melt and smooth out in the kiln in the high heat. Fingers crossed they don’t smooth out too much and leave me with a big messy puddle.

birds pendant

What does happy look like

Posted on Nov 28, 2015 in Art

Rainy days were making me a little down last week, so I decided I wanted to make some art around ‘what happy looks like’ so that I could look at it when I felt down.

This is the first drawing of that series. Because sometimes holding a hand means so much more than just holding a hand. :)

I smudged the marker when I attempted to erase the pencil drawing before it has dried. I could have photoshopped it to clean it up, but I kinda like it that way. Happy is ‘unexpected’.

amanda and faisal what does happy look like

Getting back into the sketch of things

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 in Art

It’s been a while since I had a sketchbook with more sketches than text. But I’m aiming to change that.

I’ve recently been inspired by my (purposeful) lack of side projects and my talented cousin Emily who’s currently taking illustration in Ottawa. I’m saving up for a set of fancy alcohol based markers, but in the meantime I thought I’d get back into things with some quick pencil sketches.

I’m happy to report, just like riding a bike (ok, not like me riding a bike) I’m pretty much at the same skill level as I was however long ago that I used to do this. This isn’t my own composition and design, but rather a sketch from a watercolour I found online. I’m not going to show it to you here, only link to it, because mine pales in comparison. But let it be a benchmark here on in!

Pencil sketch by Amanda Healey

Christmas dove ornaments

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 in Art

This will be my third Christmas in Vancouver, but it’s my first that I’ve had my own tree. Unfortunately, many of my Christmas decorations are glass and I left them in my parent’s basement in Ontario when I moved. I’ve been busy making my own this year, and wanted to share a quick and easy tutorial with you on how to make these dove ornaments. they’re super easy to make and the instructions can easily be adapted for other shapes.

A quick gesture in the park

Posted on Sep 5, 2010 in Art

quick gesture in the park

I took a break from the computer this afternoon and went to Deer Lake Park to enjoy the great outdoors. I haven’t really drawn anything in ages, but I took my sketchbook along. I sat down on a park bench tucked away in a forgotten corner and sketched this real quick. It felt good, scratching away with a pencil on the paper – no undo button, no eraser, I hope to fill my sketchbook with more sketches instead of notes and hopefully post them on my blog to share.

Exquisite corpse

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 in Art

I’m taking a experimental 2d course this term at VFS. I’m really excited about what we’ll be doing over the next five weeks. We all participated in an exquisite corpse exercise. Traditionally, one person draws each section without seeing what the other person had drawn. But in this class, we all created three different pieces of a body – top, middle, and bottom, and the instructor put the whole class’ files together into one. You can see my three pieces above.