Friday, 25 November 2011

Etsy Shop Launch

At last, I've set up mt Etsy shop and added some prints.

Check out my Etsy shop below the 'About me' bit on my blog or click on this link...

I hope you like them.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Mixed Media Weekend

My early Christmas present was a mixed media weekend organised through Sutherland Shire Art Society.
It's with Catherine Harry who is a contemporary mixed media artist. Check out her website..

It was fascinating and although I've worked with acrylics and mixed media before it was a while back. Freeing up from my normal fine pen work was an out of the comfort zone experience but I loved it.

We all started by preparing a canvas with moulding paste and leaving that to dry for the second day.  Then we worked through a landscape with constant demo's of next steps from Cathy.

I would encourage anyone to try something new and experiment.  You just never know what you will create....and you have heaps of fun too. A good lesson I learnt from the weekend was to get some mounts and hold it around you painting, it looks different again.  I actually like part of each painting so if you're not entirely happy then block off parts and you may find a masterpiece within.  I may cut the interesting sections out and frame just that bit.

I won't ramble on anymore, I'll just show you some stages of my paintings. Visuals are much more interesting.

Cathy demonstrating

The group

My finished landscape

A favourite section

Another interesting section

Cathy demonstrating

Another stage of demonstrating

The first layers of my cherry blossom inspired art

My inspiration and drawings

My finished piece

A section that I like

Another section of interest

You could even scan or photograph sections, print them on textured paper and use them as a background for other paintings.


Friday, 11 November 2011

Papergirl Brisbane

I discovered papergirl Brisbane in the Nov/Dec issue of Frankie magazine.  It's such a fabulous idea to enlighten the Brisbane public with the arts, donated by anyone who wishes to participate and given to the public by volunteers on bicycles.  It could be anything from an artwork, photograph, poems and much more. 

So please check out the website for more details...
 get creating and send them something of your own.  If you are lucky enough to be one of those people in Brisbane next February that is given a piece of work...enjoy it, know that someone has spent time creating it, be inspired and if you don't like it then give it to someone who may enjoy it.

Myself and Rosie are both sending them an artwork.  Rosie's been busy with her super talented scribbling, which we are going to name 'where it all begins'.  I'm painting HRH of the owl world.

Check out Rosie creating her masterpiece

These are the finished pieces we are sending

Hope you enjoyed my finding. Please pass the word on and maybe papergirl will be in every city one day,


Thursday, 3 November 2011

Cool crayons

Playon crayons have been really cool for Rosie.  They come in a recycled box that she can play taking them out of and putting them back in.  They are fab colours, a funny shape that's easy to hold and even better...they stack.  What more could any baby want from a crayon!

Funky playon crayons
Just google 'playon crayons' to see online stockist.  I got mine from my (and Rosie's) favourite shop in the shire......FOUND. You don't need to go into Sydney city anymore for gifts.  They have hand picked items for kids, adults and the home. We love it there and the sisters Toni and Shelli are fab.  They let Rosie rearrange a few items.  Check them out on facebook...

Check out a few pics I took on our last visit...

Found Store, Engadine, NSW

Rosie rearranging the store!

Super cool kids stuff

Love these lunchboxes

Handmade hair clips, made by the girls
 Every little town should have a shop like this, thanks girls. 
Look out for more playon crayoning from Rosie in the future.