a 1 degree shift

It’s been very quiet here for a very good reason, my life is having a 1 degree shift.  I’m transitioning from teaching art and creativity to working as an art therapist. A small but significant shift has been happening for some time now but a formal career move started two weeks ago when I officially opened Kaleidoscope Art Therapy  room doors for the first time. I am still teaching some art but as I work with more and more clients I will teach less art and wont be seen very often blogging here.


Thanks for your patronage on this blog over the 7 or so years I’ve been writing and creating, please follow Kaleidoscope Art Therapy on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.


If you’re a north Brisbane local you are invited to Kaleidoscope Art Therapy Open Night next Tuesday. Drop in for 15 minutes or come for an hour, all welcome.

Blessings all, Rochelle

starting the day right

I am a huge believer in starting the morning right. My ideal morning is a slow start: reading something inspirational for 15 minutes (i read my Bible), and do an art journal response to it. Sometimes the art journal page asks a question, sometimes it answers a question, sometimes i write a note to myself to help me get through the day, sometimes its a meditation or prayer… i don’t usually manage to spend a long time and sometimes the page is more writing than art… there are no rules, i just do what i feel i need to do in that moment.


A ritual such as expressive art journaling is a terrific way to start the day right. And yes i run around making sure the teenagers get off to school OK before i settle down with paintbrushes and a coffee. No, i don’t manage to do this everyday.  Yes i do work (and study) full time.  I have also chosen to nurture my soul as often as possible. 15 minutes is all i can grab sometimes but even prioritising those 15 minutes for me, can be very soul satisfying; it starts me off with a full cup and sets my inner compass.

Do you have a morning ritual? What works for you?

tag booklet: art room destash

Do you have way too much craft stuff???? Want to use up some of your stash like ribbons? Die cuts? Buttons? Stickers?


This tag booklet tutorial I designed for Lulu Art Store design team is a great way to have fun creating while trimming down that mountainous craft stash.

Watch the video here:

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Art Supplies list is found here on the Lulu Art Mixed media blog.


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

Cheers, Rochelle x

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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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

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.