i am an artist

My latest Design Team art tutorial went online the other week via the inspirational LuLu Art Store, read the full post here, including the full list of supplies needed.

I have always loved this stamp: Donna Poppies and was excited to experiment with it this last week.  It turned out very vibrant, I’m loving it.   I love slow starts in the school holidays, pity it was back to school today!

One of the hardest things I’ve ever done is transitioning in my thinking from ‘art is just a little hobby and something i do for fun’ to  ‘art is important, it is who I am; it has purpose, significance and conveys beauty, truth and hope.’   One of the most freeing declarations us creatives can make is “I am an artist.”

And don’t let you inner critic tell you that you can’t paint, go right ahead, it will be silenced when you begin to paint. Hope you enjoy the tutorial!

you make me brave

I’ve had  2 weeks with a song stuck in my head. It keeps fitting around and around like a butterfly, it is demanding my attention, seeking to be really heard and understood.  So i created an art journal page to explore it a little.


You Make Me Brave is the song, it’s one of my new happy songs.  Did art journalling make the butterflies go away? No, it has just  gone a little quieter because it has gone a little deeper within.

teens school holidays art classes

Yay! I’ve just released my Easter school holiday teen/tween art classes:

Tuesday April 4 JUNK JOURNALS: We will be using vintage books, dictionaries, maps, sheet music, tags, envelopes, card and paper from my stash to create a journal and learn the basics of book binding.

Tuesday April 11 CANDLEHOLDER GOBLETS: We will be stamping or drawing an image onto a vintage dictionary or sheet music and using paint to design a candleholder that really glows with colour and personality.

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in the beginning God…

I love starting a new art journal, and i’m trialling my first landscape orientated journal.  As I flicked through the pristine white  pages i decided to commit this entire new art journal to exploring a single theme. BRAVE. Here is my first page inspired by reading Genesis 1. It’s an ancient story about humanities first intimate encounter with the Creator, a story of wonder, of unrivalled creativity, risk taking and relentless love.

 And humanity was fashioned in the image of the One who created them, and God saw all that He had made, and proclaimed it very good.  Humanity did not know at that wondrous point, that betrayal, lies and treachery would arise and bravery would be needed in the war for our soul.

Hello Beautiful Workshop

Hello Creatives. I’ve just released my first 2017 full day workshop: Hello Beautiful.  Woo hoo! This will be a relaxed mixed media workshop teaching techniques, explaining simple design principles and helping you release your creativity.

All materials and art equipment is supplied, including a large recycled canvas.

Though I will show you step by step through all art processes, there is much flexibility with colours and wording choices.

A beautiful morning tea, nibbles, water, tea and coffee will be supplied (please specify any dietary requirements upon booking).  We will have a mini lunch break so please bring your lunch, or buy from one of the local lunch spots nearby.

Workshop is suitable for total beginners through to advanced, from ages 13 years and it’s going to be a lot of fun!

Location TBA but will be near Lawnton, on Brisbane’s northside.

An art smock / apron or wear old clothes
Sense of humour and openness to learning new things

Leave Behind:
Any preconceived ideas you have about art/creativity. This workshop is all about exploring the art process, having fun and expressing yourself in colour and shapes.

The Money Stuff:
Price is $$99 per person all inclusive
Payment is expected at time of booking

international women’s day

To celebrate international women’s day my eldest daughter and i spent the afternoon together… at a spoon carving workshop! Loved it.

Nat hard at work just starting to hollow the bowl of the spoon.

Our wood blank is southern silky oak. Gorgeous grain, easy to carve.

Below is my finished spoon before oiling and waxing.  Could have spent tonnes more time just fiddling with my shape, I can see spoon carving being very addictive!

It’s no perfect, but this spoon’s got loads of attitude! I am a bit proud of myself. It’s a little too big to use for cereal, but carving today was a great start to add my ever-growing list of things to master. Thanks Carol Russell your expert tuition was amazing, you are an inspiring and creative wood artisan and woman.  To the women i shared space and wood shavings with, we laughed, ate cheese and shared wood work stories together, cheers.  And thanks Carbatec for hosting this women honouring event, i am appreciative of the time I got to spend today becoming more of the woman I want to be.


Messy, Painty Art Card Making Tutorial

I’m excited to be apart of the amazing LuLu Art Design Team for 2017, thanks for having me Kylie.  I can’t wait to show you all the creative ideas with mixed media products that are dancing in my head.


Sunday I sent my doppelgänger to the markets and spent the day getting painty while filming my first video tutorial as DT for LuLu Art. But it didn’t all go as planned 1) i found we were out of coffee 2) the camera battery was flat 3) i had trouble editing it 4) it wouldn’t upload… 5) it still wouldn’t upload…

But in the end we ended up with 16 messy, inky, painty, inspiring art cards.

Supplies List from LuLu Art, Mixed Media Online Art Shop:

Paint: Dina Wakely (tangerine, magenta), Dylusions (crushed grape, vibrant turquoise, fresh lime), black, white, fluro pink, bright yellow

Ink Sprays: Dylusions (after midnight, crushed grape, cut grass, squeezed orange, bubblegum pink)

Watercolour paper: Try the fabulous Prima watercolour pads in A4

Colourcraft Brusho Crystals (yellow)

Stencils: Donna Downey (Butterfly)

 Tim Holtz (Wildflower)

TCW (Inspired words 6×6Art is 6×6Sheet Music 6×6Circle Explosion 12×12)

Gelli plate (I used 5×7)

Soft rubber brayer (for gelli plate paint application)

Water in a spray bottle

Paper trimmer or scissors

Paper towel, damp washer for clean up


You can watch my fun tutorial here



tell her she’s wonderful

After 10 days of no art endeavours, i finally got to my art desk on Friday. Inspiration just seemed to flow and these three frames are what arrived from my fingertips.




This flower uses fabric for my stash: an old skirt, left over fabric when my eldest was a flower girl at my Dad’s wedding, a chiffon curtain, remnant tulle from a rock and roll fancy dress outfit from 16 years ago… many memories.



This flower contains pink dupion silk from dresses i sewed my flower girls plus leftovers from the dress i sewed myself as bridesmaid for my sisters wedding and a vintage button from stash.


These small frames make great gifts and were so fun to make.

stop saying you like my artworks

The biggest trap to unleashing creativity is listening to other people.  The lovely comments about our art, build us up only superficially because let’s face it, if we the artist don’t like the art we’ve created, no one’s opinion will change that.  If you’re anything like me, I will simply discard other people’s well intentioned comments because what i already believe about my art will generally override their comment.


The best way to unleash our creativity is creating judgement free zones: no ‘i love your artwork’ and no ‘i dislike your artwork.’


No compliments?  That’s so hard, we post on insta, Facebook and blog to get positive feedback don’t we?  It takes a little while to get used to sharing our work and not receiving compliment booster shots, but after a while I’ve found that I relax way more during the art process and experiment more freely when I’m free from other people’s expectations and opinions on my art.


We as artists need to shoulder the responsibility to create group and family cultures that appreciates and values the art process and the artist.  Then we are ready to share art from the heart.  Creating that culture?  Try sharing specifically about the impact that the artwork has on you with the artist instead.  If you must complement the artwork, share something specific that you like, such as the way they used colour or the way the flower petal is so transparent or that tiny silhouette on the horizon.  Those sort of comments show you have taken time to really look at the details, and attach the compliment to the the process.


No judgement zones create safe places for the artistic soul to fully express itself.  We will all become better artists, creators and writers, our creations will become an overflow of fully discovered creativity rather than allowing the comments of others to bonsai our creativity.