Win one of three $90 gift vouchers

Win one of three $90 gift vouchers

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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 lovelies who’ve added themselves to my mailing list.

A gift voucher means that if you live close by you can spend it on a Studio Paint Along, or if you’re far away you can spend it on an Online Paint Along… so everybody’s happy!

Here’s the link to add yourself to the mailing list!

Thank you again, and Merry Christmas!

New Envelopes – for gift vouchers or anything you like

New Envelopes – for gift vouchers or anything you like

Just yesterday I decided to draw and paint some of my favourite Christmas decorations. They’re just so lovely I couldn’t resist, and I’m planning to work my way through more of the box!

And this morning I realised that I needed to update my special Gift Voucher envelopes going forward into 2017 (as it is ‘gift voucher season’ after all!).

So I put two and two together and created these new envelopes for you… oh and some Christmas papers and tags for good measure.

GIFT VOUCHER ENVELOPES

Print the file double sided to use for a Shiny Happy Art gift voucher, or just print the outside and use for whatever you like – maybe even writing a little letter… just like the olden days!

I’ve used my ornament drawings to create a repeat pattern and I’ve included three background colours for you to choose from, just like in a Paint Along, really! Click your choice of design from the four options below and you’ll be able to print out the pdf file.

CHRISTMAS PAPERS AND TAGS

Just download the 11 page pdf file and print off as many or as few pages as you wish!

Both the papers and the ornaments are free downloads for you, I just ask that you only use them for personal projects… but other than that, enjoy the leadup to Christmas.

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Printable Gift Cards for you

Printable Gift Cards for you

While I actually LOVE choosing presents for people, whether I make them or buy them… sometimes a Gift Card is still the right thing.

It might be easier to post, or for an experience that you just can’t wrap up… or you’ve just run out of time (I swear I “time-travel” to Christmas sometimes!).

Here at Shiny Happy Art I have Gift Cards for

They can be spent as intended (ie. on a Paint Along) or on any other items in my online shop, including original paintings, calendars, paints, etc.

Unfortunately they don’t work on the ‘print on demand’ items in my Society6 shop, but I do buy samples of cushions and mugs from time to time and put them in the Shiny Happy Art shop, so the Gift Cards will work on that.

Anyhoo, when you buy one online you will receive an email with a code and expiry date. And that’s lovely, but I think it can be shinier and happier. So I made a very special Gift Card printable envelope!

The extra bonus to this printable is that yes, you can certainly use it for Shiny Happy Art Gift Cards (and I do encourage that 🙂 !!!), but you can also just print out and cut out Page 1 of the pdf file and write your own thing on the other side… like a love note or a promise, or something suitably Christmassy. It’s up to you!

I’ve printed mine out on 200gsm paper (it’s thin card that goes through my printer), which will give you better results than plain paper. Glossy photo paper would work too.

Get the PDF file of Anna's Gift Card envelope

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It’s a Rumball Christmas

It’s a Rumball Christmas

I’m serious. It really is.

I think I’ve made eight batches so far this month. I have hardly worn my rings because I’ve ‘been rumballing’.

Last year it was choc popcorn, before that it was citrus curd, and before that mini-puds. This year – rumballs.

And I’ve illustrated the recipe for you to download, print and stick on the fridge. Or make cards or gift tags with it – it’s totally up to you.

The recipe comes from my mum, Diana. And it’s got weetbix in it, which makes it totally ok to have rumballs for breakfast. I’m sure that’s true.

So here it is, my gift to you. Illustrated rumballs.

Have a shiny, happy, rummy Christmas!

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 these truly unique gift bags and boxes.

Firstly, you’ll need some bags and boxes to upcycle. I LOVE Apple packaging, and it’s best to paint over all the imagery on them so you don’t get your recipient’s hopes up (unless you truly are giving them and iPad of course!). I’ve also used a couple of simple bags and a post box with some interesting Ukrainian leaf stamps (thank you Etsy!).

If there are stamps or interesting things or images on your bags and boxes, make sure they’re stuck on well. I’ve used some Golden Gel Medium to adhere the stamps well, but PVA or a glue stick would also do the job for this project. (The leaves on these stamps inspired the pattern I ended up painting onto this box.)

Choose your colours and paint over the text and logos – I’ve used Teal + White, Hansa Yellow + White and Magenta + White. By adding the white to each colour I’ve made the paint more opaque/less transparent, and more likely to do a good job of covering the bits I want to disguise.

Then using a paint pen or brush, start adding some patterned detail. You can also use stencils, more collage, pencils or sharpie markers. Be inspired by the patterns around you – fabrics, cushions, even all those new colouring in books that seem to be everywhere at the moment, can all be sources of pattern inspiration.

Here I googled ‘woodblock’ images and started with this paisley pattern inspiration.

For this bag I used acrylics to sketch on a loose wreath especially for Christmas.

Now, whether they go under a tree or in the mail, know that your packaging is as much a gift as what’s inside. Do a few at a time so you’ve always got a bag or box handy.

Fun, huh? I’d love to see what you make! Share with me on instagram or facebook – #shinyhappyart

Gold Leaf Ornaments

Gold Leaf Ornaments

If you know a bit about me here at Shiny Happy Art, you’ll know that I LOVE gold and silver leaf!

Think about gilding some simple, timber ornaments, or refreshing some old decorations with a bit of bling.

I found these plywood shapes at Cotton On – they are a charity item to start with, and at such a good price I couldn’t pass them up.

So grab a cuppa and watch how I apply some gold leaf to these plain decorations. I hope it inspires you to get a little bit crafty this Chrissy.

(If you love it – check out my other gold leaf video too!)