Tools (2015)

If we let them, our troubles will wrap us up and destroy us; parts of us will break and fly away. But there are always tools – even if they’re not right in front of us – to cut the bad out of our lives.


Tools (26th July 2015) Watercolour & Ink. ©

Creativity and Mental Health

For me, creativity is a massive part of expressing my feelings when it comes to my mental health. Creating abstract representations of my disorders or how I feel allows me to release the negative thoughts and create something interesting in the process.


Hope (2015) 

mha designs

Mental Health Awareness Designs (2014)

I draw, paint, write – anything and everything! It’s the most therapeutic thing in the world; I can sit in complete silence and not have one thought pass through my head for hours when I have a paintbrush in my hand.

Does anybody else have any methods to relieve stress and negative feelings?

Mental Health Art

Just under a year ago in June 2014, I created this series of art work. The six images were each designed to depict a different mental illness or the symptoms associated with it; and they also mock some of the negative stigma that go hand-in-hand with suffering from these disorders.

I designed the series in black and red because for me, they’re the two boldest colours that there are. The black represents the illness, isolation, secrets and negativity that we face from the rest of the world; whilst the areas of red represent the glimpse of hope, which no matter how small is brighter and more predominant than the illness.

We need to stop shaking our heads and silently being at war with the uneducated comments we hear; we need to stop making peace with the idea that mental health issues aren’t as high priority as physical illness, and instead – we need to actively stand strong and fight for better.


I hope you like them, to view the rest of my art portfolio, click here.

Fast forward

For those of you that don’t know, I have cyclothymia amongst other things.

And today, just before my final exam everything seems just that little bit faster and sped up and I can’t slow anything down. It’s really bad timing, I don’t need it today – I need to be able to concentrate!!

As if these exams weren’t hard enough already.


Fast Forward, by Lauren Hayley (2014).


I apologise for my absense – I know it’s been a while. I will post later on today with a full update of why and what’s been happening, but for now, here’s my latest drawing!


Silhouette (15th March 2015)
Pencil on paper.


Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas!

Love it or hate it, it’s Valentine’s Day on Saturday.

I’m excited because it’s my third one being spent with my boyfriend, Nathan who I adore – but before him I most definitely hated it. So I apologise if you’re one of those haters, but these ideas could also be adapted for birthday presents, Christmas presents or just as a general present because you’re feeling nice (so I’ll add some alternative ideas too!).

Oh, and they’re all cheap.


Firstly, I’d like to take you back to a previous post of mine – 75 things I love about you.

20150108_130823-1This is by far the most mushy thing I’ve ever done for Nathan, but I love it and so did he. What’s great about this though as you could do it for your Mum, Dad, best friend – anyone and it’s a really fun thing to make.

Secondly, my chocolate bar message board. Now if you Pinterest this, you’ll get lots of different suggestions of messages that you can steal and adapt to make it more for you, but I decided to be brave and start mine from scratch.

I made it a little bit cheeky but sweet as well and had lots of fun trying to figure out chocolate bars that would fit into my sentences!


All you need for this is:

  • The board to stick everything on (something sturdy works best – I used cardboard and painted it black)
  • Sharpies to write your message
  • Tape/Glue to stick the chocolate on
  • Chocolate!

These are also great for Mother’s/Father’s Day, birthdays, Anniversarys and really almost anything else!

Lastly (I got a bit carried away this year!), I decided to make a box of things to do. Now I don’t have a picture for this I’m afraid because I actually did this for our anniversary which was last week. But here’s what went into the box:


  • Monopoly – His favourite game
  • Canvases/Paint/Brushes/Stickers – My favourite thing to do (Paint eachother a canvas!)
  • Beer
  • Popcorn

It was really cute and nice to do something that didn’t involve the TV! Obviously you could (and should!) do this other nights too though.

Hope you like some of these and try one of them out – they’re all so fun and easy to make. I think it’s nice getting something personal anyway!