So, what’s a #shacard?

So, what’s a #shacard?

It's a Shiny Happy Art Card - and the hashtag I gave to my July/August 2020 Facebook Live project! I painted all 54 playing cards in a jumbo deck, in acrylic, with flowers, birds, cups and landscapes. It was a painting a day (ish) and I had a lovely group of regulars...

Whites & Blue Skies in Watercolour

Whites & Blue Skies in Watercolour

Watercolour paints last really well and can be an heirloom item to be passed down from generation to generation.  Don’t hesitate in buying the best set you can afford and use them often. Painting 'white objects' can be struggle for those just starting out with...

Which Brush is Best?

Which Brush is Best?

Choosing the right brush size and shape can be a big decision when you are just starting out as a painter. In my opinion, size does matter - especially if you are painting a big canvas, I recommend you start with a big brush. The shape of the brush matters too - to...

Fill your book

Fill your book

Are you onboard yet? Are you painting and drawing regularly? My mission is to share the joy of drawing and painting because … I have found that it simply makes life better. I invite to you look for every opportunity to include painting and drawing in your life....

Where’s your favourite place?

Where’s your favourite place?

Or even your second favourite place? One of my favourite places is Rainbow Beach. I have lovely memories from my childhood, and have a fun bunch of terrific rellies to visit there... I just feel really connected to the place. I visited last weekend and finally made...

DIY Sketchbook Webinar – May 2019

DIY Sketchbook Webinar – May 2019

Thank you so much to everyone who joined me for my Webinar today! We had a RECORD NUMBER of attendees from around the world which is extremely exciting. 🙂 In case you missed, it, here's the replay for your viewing pleasure. The password is just below the video....

How to Save Money on Paint

How to Save Money on Paint

It's the Thursday before the 25th of the month, and that means it's... WEBINAR DAY! I get to share more info about some of my favourite things (paint!) and the doors open for this month's enrolments into the Paint Along of the Month Club (they close again on the 31st...

March Paint Along of the Month is LIVE!

March Paint Along of the Month is LIVE!

This month we're painting LLAMA FIESTAs in the Paint Along of the Month Club and you are invited! You have four options: wait two months until it goes on sale to non-club members for $44 AUD (still very good value, I promise) sign up to a monthly subscription for $33...

Join the dots and draw

Join the dots and draw

There are so many ways to approach a drawing. And so many types of drawings in general! I think it's great to find out how different artists approach drawing, just to see if their way makes sense to you. Because I believe drawing is the foundation to good art, and...

REVIEW – Dare to Sketch by Felix Scheinberger

REVIEW – Dare to Sketch by Felix Scheinberger

I have found this to be a terrific book, full of bite-sized inspirational lessons that you can use in your sketchbook straight away. Scheinberger's use of expressive line and restrained colour is delightful in its loose details. Of particular interest is the section...

The entire Chook mural in 2 minutes!

The entire Chook mural in 2 minutes!

I loved painting this mural in late 2018! The mailboxes were from a photo I took at the Bunya Mountains in March and all the chooks now live in one of the Toowoomba Hospital Paediatric Oncology rooms. Huge thanks to the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation for supporting...

Give an online workshop

Give an online workshop

With Christmas around the corner I've had a lot of enquiries about how to give an online workshop as a gift. Here's how to do it. Simply purchase a gift voucher to the value of the course you'd like to give. (If the denomination you need isn't listed, please let me...

Day 6 #shinyhappy7

Day 6 #shinyhappy7

Today I am introducing the very first Shiny Happy Art A5 sketchbook covers that have ever been available for sale. The students on my recent Norfolk trip received sketchbooks with covers like these as a special gift - and they were a big hit! My favourite design of...

Win an Art Prize Pack valued at over $500.

Win an Art Prize Pack valued at over $500.

As part of my #shinyhappy7 promotion, every purchase made via my website between 12:00am Saturday 1 December AEST and 9:00pm Sunday 9 December AEST (2018) will go in the draw to win these items pictured. It's quite a haul! Anna Bartlett, Shiny Happy Art, is the...

Day 5 #shinyhappy7

Day 5 #shinyhappy7

Today it's all about ORIGINAL art. These nine paintings have been painted by me, using Artists Quality acrylics, on original sheet music affixed to a cradled birch panel. And if that all sounds pretty special, that's because they are! I'm quite proud of this little...

Day 4 #shinyhappy7

Day 4 #shinyhappy7

Today is a BIG ONE! I'm releasing FIVE new Online Paint Alongs, along with a great 'bundle' price for the school holidays. In Australia, Christmas means summer and LOOOONG school holidays. So here's some festive creativity for you and the kids - it's screen time, but...

Day 3 #shinyhappy7

Day 3 #shinyhappy7

Today it's a special little release. I have some cushions and calendars in stock and it's time they went out in the world. But there are only a few. Take a look. If you like what you see, but they're sold, you can order directly from my page on Society6 here. Please...

Day 2 #shinyhappy7

Day 2 #shinyhappy7

I love painting these little gems of canvases - they’re just 10cm square, and they’ll hang on your wall or stand on a shelf, desk or bedside table. They’re just lovely. The concept behind these artworks is ‘A Cup Of’. We all know someone who could do with a cup of...

Murals come to life

Murals come to life

Huge thanks to the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation for engaging me to paint 6 new murals in the Paediatric Outpatients clinic. I've spent quite a bit of time in there and we're now 4 down, with 2 to go 🙂 Here are two timelapses of the process (if I could afford the...

The FAQs about Shiny Happy Drawing

The FAQs about Shiny Happy Drawing

I’ve had a few questions about my upcoming drawing eCourse… (and most were from my Mum – thanks Mum!) I’m talking about ‘Shiny Happy Drawing’ . It goes live on Sunday 1 July and includes 6 weeks of videos and projects (one will be released each week). (If you’ve...

Bookings are now open for Norfolk 2018!

Bookings are now open for Norfolk 2018!

We had such a great art holiday last year I'm going back just one more time! Join me on beautiful Norfolk Island from 16 to 23 October, for art, culture, food and relaxation. It's a wonderful getaway and you can do as much or as little art as you like (I like a lot!)....

Coming up in the studio this June

Coming up in the studio this June

Huge thanks to everyone who has joined us in the studio so far this month! I ran sessions for two brand new subjects this weekend just gone - Dreamy Landscapes, and Bottlebrush and Bird - and they both went swimmingly! (That doesn't seem like quite the right word when...

Free video project for Donna Downey’s Artist Gang

Free video project for Donna Downey’s Artist Gang

It's an interesting exercise when you are given an art supply and have to think up a project with that as the starter! That's exactly what I had to do with my latest Donna Downey Artist Gang video. I used her 'Chicken Coop' stencil to create a layered and textured...

My first podcast interview

My first podcast interview

And it was fabulous to speak with Patty Palmer of Deep Space Sparkle. I have been following Patty's blog for years, and regularly recommended her site to teachers who asked me about art for kids, and last year I signed up to be a 'Sparkler' on her membership site. As...

Come and draw with me

Come and draw with me

I truly believe that drawing makes my life richer. It's also the basis of good painting, so that's handy from an art point of view. So let me introduce you to Shiny Happy Drawing. It's 6 weeks of step-by-step drawing instruction, complete with videos and photo...

When bigger is better

When bigger is better

Late last year I was SO HAPPY to facilitate a group painting project for TRC here in Toowoomba. This Team Building painting activity brought together 75 team members, some of whom had never met, to work together, problem solve and paint a multi-panel artwork. I had...

Take a tour of the studio with me

Take a tour of the studio with me

I'm a bit of a fan of the ol' Instagram. And on Tuesday this week, the 'good hair' vibes and the 'not too untidy' situation collided, so I recorded a little video tour of the Shiny Happy Art studio here in Toowoomba. Now, because it was recorded for insta, I am...

So you want to learn brush lettering?

So you want to learn brush lettering?

UPDATE!!! Intro to Brush Lettering is happening! Toowoomba - Sunday 18 March, 2-5pm Injune - Saturday 24 March, 2-5pm ******************** But you can still join the 'First Dibs List' and you'll be emailed as when I announce new dates. Here's the link 🙂 Thanks and...

Wonderful Norfolk Island – October 2017

Wonderful Norfolk Island – October 2017

2017 was a year for firsts! And this was a BIG one! With the encouragement and support of two of my most enthusiastic Wednesday Wonderers, Linda and Kim, we went to Norfolk Island! The fun actually began long before we left as introductions were shared on...

The planning calendar I use – my gift to you

The planning calendar I use – my gift to you

It's no secret that most of us are trying to keep a lot of balls in the air. I've tried SO MANY systems, online and off, and while things have still been known to fall between the cracks, I feel like it's going ok at the moment. Right now I use Google Calendar and a...

Kids Holiday Workshops coming up

Kids Holiday Workshops coming up

We love making art with kids! This is the third school holidays we've offered special, kid-friendly workshops, here in the Shiny Happy Art studio and this is the program for December 2017. We work hard to make sure these are the very best art workshops we can deliver...

Why painting is good for you

Why painting is good for you

I've been thinking a lot about why I encourage people to paint. Why I think it's good to connect to your creative self and exactly why I encourage people to draw and make their daily life richer. And this is what I came up with.   Reason 1   Artists are...

Brand new subjects for Term 4 Painting Parties

Brand new subjects for Term 4 Painting Parties

I'm so keen to get started on the new Painting Party subjects this term! "Clothesline Memories" can be personalised for your own family, "Gum Blossoms" is a beautiful, "loungeroom painting" that I'm very proud of, and there's a great Christmas design still to come....

Teacup Collages for Mother’s Day

Teacup Collages for Mother’s Day

We had an absolutely brilliant time making Teacup Collages in the studio last weekend. I LOVE IT when adults make art with their little people, so I designed a project for all levels of confidence and attention spans. And the feedback was just wonderful. Very special...

Art Holiday on Norfolk Island

Art Holiday on Norfolk Island

Hey! Come to Norfolk Island with me! Check your calendar - we'll be there 10 - 17 October 2017. We'll be sketching and painting our way around the island... we might even start at the airport! I am so looking forward to not rushing, drawing with people who are happy...

Holiday art cows

Holiday art cows

We're at the end of the first week of Easter Holidays here in Queensland and while they've enjoyed laying around recovering for a few days, it was time for an activity. With a friend and cousin we took a vote and painted the Colourful Cow from my online class, Owl,...

Starting the year right!

Starting the year right!

When I planned a weekend workshop called "Shiny Happy Flowers" I hoped it would attract lovely people and they could go home with two bright, floral paintings that they were super proud of. And oh, the weekend met my expectations and so much more. Twelve delightful...

Sweet Potato Wedges – Illustrated Recipe

Sweet Potato Wedges – Illustrated Recipe

It's been a while between Illustrated Recipes... but that's not the point. You see I was watching Nigella before Christmas and she did some very special roast potatoes with this magical ingredient. OK. Maybe hers wasn't from Coles. But I tried them, and oh, they're...

Happy New Year! I’m going to Fill a Book!

Happy New Year! I’m going to Fill a Book!

I hope you've had a lovely start to the new year! I've felt a little discombobulated to tell you the truth... I think it's from trying to take a break, but having a whole bunch of ideas for the new year in my head at the same time... and having the kids at home is...

Win one of three $90 gift vouchers

Win one of three $90 gift vouchers

It's been a massive year for me and next year's going to be even more productive - so as a little thank you I'm giving away 3 x $90 gift vouchers on Christmas Eve at noon (Queensland time). There'll be one for Facebookers, one for Instagrammers and one for those...

Poppies on Remembrance Day

Poppies on Remembrance Day

'Anzac Poppies' was one of my very first Paint Along compositions, and five years on, it is still a favourite. Seeing as Remembrance Day fell on a Friday this year, I scheduled a Paint Along and some lovely people showed up to paint with me. Take a look at their...

Watercolour Wonder Workshop

Watercolour Wonder Workshop

Last Sunday we welcomed 20 lovely painters to the new studio to enjoy a Watercolour Wonders Workshop. Covering the basics of both colour theory and watercolour, my mother, Diana Battle, and I, prepared a suite of exercises and examples that were designed to 'learn by...

Mexichica and mixing flesh tone in acrylic

Mexichica and mixing flesh tone in acrylic

Well we've christened the new studio already with four Wednesday Wonder Workshop sessions and a fantastic new Paint Along - Mexichica! We had lots of brand new painters along for Mexichica, and it was terrific to watch so many faces come to life as we built them,...

Term 4 Paint Alongs Announced

Term 4 Paint Alongs Announced

SO MUCH to share! The biggest news really is that I've just leased a brand new (to me) studio space and get the keys this Friday! So you'll find your next class or workshop at 1/3 Progress Court, Harlaxton. It's just 3 minutes down the road from my home studio (right...

I’m well and truly back

I’m well and truly back

What can I say? It was a truly fabulous trip!  Just over 2 weeks in Germany with friends and then 6 nights in Paris by myself... I can't believe it either. And the 3.5 years in the planning definitely added to the excitement. And I got to draw, and draw and draw!...

Art Supplies for Travel

Art Supplies for Travel

I'm heading off to Munich, Berlin, Cologne and Paris (I can't believe it) on Wednesday night. It's a trip that's been 3.5 years in the planning (and gentle saving) and, as I'm usually from the school of "if it fits, pack it" (we rarely fly anywhere), I've been reading...

The Postcard Project

The Postcard Project

I'm heading overseas this week - which sounds just incredible because this trip has been 3.5 years in the making (and saving!). One of my dearest friends is German so we're heading to Germany for a couple of weeks to celebrate her 50th birthday, and then, because I'm...

Here’s June!

Here’s June!

It's time to change that calendar over - here's the pdf for June... And for the super organised amongst us, here's July too! Just click through to the printable pdf.

Purple Rain in my studio

Purple Rain in my studio

I just realised that I hadn't yet shared the timelapse of one of my recent paintings, 'Purple Rain'.  I was painting on the day Prince died, and while I was planning to do 'all the colours', for this one, purple flowers with gold foil berries seemed appropriate. This...

Custom Medal Painting

Custom Medal Painting

I first thought to paint my husband's medals last ANZAC Day. They're part of our lives, but it wasn't until he did a talk at a local highschool about military colours, including the ribbons on medals, I realised that I really wanted to paint them. I then framed them...

Here’s May!

Here’s May!

The weather turned a little colder this week, and, to be honest, I quite like it when jeans are totally appropriate for the temperature! Here's your May calendar page: And, for the mega organised, here's June too!

Here’s April

Here’s April

The year is slipping away - I hope you're enjoying these printable calendar pages I'm sharing. Here's April (click to download pdf): And for the very organised, here's May too (click to download pdf):

New Wonder Video

New Wonder Video

I'm ready to tell the world about this next series of Wednesday Wonder Workshops. From Wednesday 12 April we'll be learning to see, draw and paint HERBS AND BOTANICALS for four weeks. Then from Wednesday 11 May I'll be showing you how I draw faces, and how you can use...

Term 2 Wednesday Wonder Workshops NOW OPEN

Term 2 Wednesday Wonder Workshops NOW OPEN

In February this year I introduced my first ever 'Wednesday Wonder Workshops'. Quite frankly - they're wonder-full! We draw, we paint, we experiment, we share ideas and learn from each other's technique and experiences... such good fun. I run them in 4 week blocks -...

Choco-Nut Popcorn – Illustrated Recipe

Choco-Nut Popcorn – Illustrated Recipe

Easter's coming... and my thoughts turned to the MOST DELICIOUS popcorn I made for colleagues the Christmas before last... I know... tenuous association. Anyway, it is high time I illustrated this very simple, and very DELICIOUS recipe. Perfect when you're supposed to...

Too many paintings? Here’s an idea

Too many paintings? Here’s an idea

If you're a bit of a hobby painter, or if you've been to a lot of my Paint Alongs, or if you have a sewing machine handy and you just really like crafty stuff - check out this little video I made. We'll turn your canvas art into one-of-a-kind notebooks that you'll...

Here’s March

Here’s March

Each month this year I am sharing a printable calendar. It only seems like yesterday that I shared February... but here's March for you! And if you're a mad, keen, planner, here's April as well for good measure. Hope you get good use out of them!

And so, I’m an author!

And so, I’m an author!

About 3 years ago I went to a business presentation and it was recommended that people who seriously wanted to become an influencer in their area of expertise (and I am very keen to get people connected to their creativity through success with art) should write a...

Rainbow Upcycling

Rainbow Upcycling

Sometimes things that I KNOW won't take very long to do, just have to wait their turn in my life. But today was the day for this little shelf that I use at the back of my studio. Useful, but not beautiful by any means. And of course we all know... Have nothing in your...

Here’s February

Here’s February

It's February ALREADY! Good grief! Thank goodness I've managed to do the first two stages of repainting the studio frontage and get 80% of the way through reorganising the insides, and run a fantastic first session for my new Paint Along artwork, "Passion for Life"....

Passionflowers and puppies and peacocks, oh my!

Passionflowers and puppies and peacocks, oh my!

Welcome back to a new, shiny, arty year! Did you make resolutions? If you've decided to get more in touch with your creative side, consider this your sign...! I've designed two totally new Paint Along compositions for this term, as well as two very different...

Check out this Painting Party Pack!

Check out this Painting Party Pack!

The lovelies at Cloth Paper Scissors have turned one of my book projects into a Painting Party Pack! My book will be published in late April so this really makes things seem real! And check out this video they've put together explaining the pack: (It's so weird -...

Shiny Happy Plans for 2016

Shiny Happy Plans for 2016

This little business of mine has taken many twists and turns over the last 16 years. When I started my first son was one, and in fact, my business name, Shiny Happy Art, comes from watching REM singing Furry Happy Monsters on Sesame Street with him one morning. I've...

Here’s January for you

Here’s January for you

When my cousin wrote to ask if I had a 2016 Calendar available I actually didn't... and then I thought - why not!?! And so I made one! I'm going to release a new 'month page' at the start of each month (they're all done now so I might...

Wishing you a Shiny Happy 2016!

Wishing you a Shiny Happy 2016!

After quite a late NYE with over 18 (mainly teenagers) staying the night, Annie and I escaped to make a little collaborative painting to ring in the New Year. And we really do wish you a shiny happy year!

Shiny Happy Boxes and Bags

Shiny Happy Boxes and Bags

It’s been a long time since I’ve bought wrapping paper... and I find it almost impossible to throw away bags and boxes that I ‘just might’ find a use for. So in the interest of decluttering let me guide you through the creation of...