Pinterest is easily my favourite social media site. I find it’s best once you’ve built up a healthy amount of boards full of gorgeous miscellany to follow. Every time I open up my Pinterest home page I get an eyeful of Awesome. Read the rest of this entry »
Archive for the Resources Category
Remember when I mentioned that I bought a whole new set of acrylic colours, having left most of my paints in Europe whilst I galavant around in Australia? This of course meant me doing an enormous amount of research so I could buy the most optimal combination of colours. I hope you, my gentle readers, are as massive art geeks as myself and will enjoy these resources I found. Read the rest of this entry »
Good god, I just remembered someone once told me I look like Chelsea Clinton. That’s completely unrelated to this blog post. More relevant is that I’m participating in the Owl Lover Calendar project again this year. Read the rest of this entry »
I’m not sure what I’m going to do when I run out of sketches to head up these blog posts with. Hopefully by that time the Etsy shop (coming September 7th!) will be open by then and I can show you some finished paintings. Anyhoo, since my last blog post about podcasts with sexy mind moves, I’ve discovered a couple more which I shall bestow upon you because you is good peoples. Read the rest of this entry »
Sometimes I find that at certain stages of the art-making process — detail work and finishing touches, for example — it can become a little bit like manual labour and my brain gets a bit restless. Happily, I’ve found many a tantalising podcast to keep it happy whilst I perform the purely kinetic aspects of my craft. Here I’ve listed my six favourites in order of partiality. Read the rest of this entry »
I wasn’t too interested in reading about the theories and practises behind painting when I was just starting out. Now that I’ve been doing this for a while however, I’ve begun to develop an interest in certain topics as they arise organically in my work. Most recently I’ve delved into the world of colour mixing, as I continue to be mystified by its vagaries, cloaked in a disarming illusion of easy-peasyness. Read the rest of this entry »
I was inspired to create this collage paper by the artwork of Lynda Andrus. Unfortunately, there are no longer any photos on her website of the specific pieces that were my inspiration, so I scrounged together a couple of images from the interwebs. Her pieces evoke memories of childhood and were created using candy wrappers. Read the rest of this entry »
Pinterest is a magical land of everything that is good and pretty on the internet, but you all probably know this already because I’m late to the party. If you’re even later than me, clear your schedule and head on over now to devour the eye-candy that awaits! Or if you’re wondering what the hell I’m talking about, you can read what it’s all about first. Read the rest of this entry »
We were wandering the tiny winding lanes of some little Italian village when I took a snap of a gorgeously grungy house number which had writing scribbled all over it. I blended this photo with some stripes and voila!
I’m sequestering some printables away for the sole use of newsletter subscribers (because bribery is a time-proven strategy), so sign up if you like free pretty things!
8.5×11, 300 dpi, jpg
Last winter in our motorhome in Tunisia, I spent days and days working into the wee hours creating digital collage papers and textures. I learnt how to use Photoshop and took masses of photos of rust, unfinished paintings, and peeling paint, so I could digitally mix them with patterns and designs. I think it’s about time they were introduced to the big wide world and become all of the beautiful things they have the potential to be!
I’ll just be throwing them out there every now and then, along with some wallpapers I’ve created. I’ll also sequester some away for the sole use of newsletter subscribers (because they’re special!).
My premiere digital papers were blended with a photo of an unfinished painting of mine on canvas and a gorgeous, stained, wrinkly old paper texture. I designed them as collage papers that can be printed out and used in a painting — the way I intended to use them myself — rather than as scrapbook papers, so they’re formatted for a standard 8.5×11 piece of paper rather than the 12×12 scrapbooking dimension. If you do intend to use them, please let me know if this is madness and next time I can make them 12×12. Enjoy!