Arty Wintry Roundup and Roll on Spring 2023

Selsey penisular sunset, West Sussex, photo by Amanda Howse

It is the second week of March and it is meteorological spring already but it seems nobody has told the snowy weather in England! Therefore, as it has been a while, it seems the perfect timing for a wintry roundup, with lots of sunny day wishes for 2023, from us at Create Display.

It has been a busy season with everyone back in full swing this year, at last. There has been lots of local creative community meetings and exhibitions in Sussex and Hampshire and some exciting artistic events in and around London. Happily, there has also been time for some interior design, writing, painting, making and sewing too.

Some excellent walks at this time of year are a great opportunity for getting out in nature and enjoying the crisp cool light. We are fortunate to live on the Solent coast of England and I have been inspired by both the colourful sunsets and the watercolour pastels of our often-icy countryside.

Warm Light Vibes original collage painting by Amanda Howse

Here is a recent ‘Warm Light Vibes’ collage painting from my studio which I hope will give you a peaceful feeling. ‘Light, love and good energy will overcome the darkness’ is a theme that applies to our unexpectedly long cold beginning to the year and a lot of things that are happening in the world right now. I am using upcycled paper and Pebeo acrylic paints along with some leftover Dulux interior emulsion for this piece, which is painted on a deep canvas, from our local Hobbycraft.

We are delighted to be able to visit our favourite textile supplier The Eternal Maker at their wonderful new premises in Sidlesham, West Sussex. The Eternal Maker’s smart new barn store is complete with super new studio for classes and makers meet-ups.

A Howse outside studio with 'Warm Light Vibes' collage painting.

I was able to make holiday cards for special people I saw over the holidays. I like to buy simple message charity cards, turn them inside out and ‘wrap’ my own designs on the fronts. This technique works well for crafting all kinds of greetings cards too.

Here I am using a Hewitt Packard colour laser jet professional MFP M477fnw printer and scanner to print my images. I have owned this workhorse for a few years and it is an excellent piece of equipment. I just use PVA glue to carefully layer the cut sections onto cards I have painted with leftover multipurpose decorating paint (B&Q own brand).

Handmade new year 2023 cards featuring Warm Light Vibes painting by Amadna Howse

Handmade new year 2023 cards featuring Warm Light Vibes painting by Amadna Howse

This sunset painting on a deep canvas is inspired by the Sussex coastline. My office walls are painted in Dulux ‘natural calico’ paint which is a good neutral background hue for our colourful wall hanging collection. I have really enjoyed having this shoreline picture in my office over the last few weeks to remind us that brighter days are on the way. So, roll on spring!

'Sunset Sussex Shoreline' original painting by Amanda Howse

For more information about interesting art, design and textile related shows follow the links below to these articles and more at

Create Display Etsy shop
Instagram @amandajhowse
Eternal Maker website
Hobbycraft website
Pebeo Paints website
Faffe Fassett show article
Butterick Vogue Pattern Factory show article
Objects of Desire Surrealism show article