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.

The newest addition to the calendar is “Monday Morning Minis” with Kristy. I’ve been training Kristy for the past few months, and she was a terrific artist to start with. Together, we’ve designed 4 bird paintings and 4 flower paintings, and she’ll be teaching them each Monday morning from 16 October.

 

I’m also bringing a classic back this term.

“Wise Owl” is wonderful fun to paint and includes collage elements and colour options, and Kristy is all prepped and ready to teach it, step by step.

Kids After School classes are also back, and Carolyn and Nellie are set to teach the kids all about Georgia O’Keeffe, Jane Donaldson, Janine Daddo and Rebecca Cool. These artists are favourites of mine and the kids are going to love the projects inspired by their art.

 

It’s time for the FIRST ONLINE WONDER WORKSHOP

It’s time for the FIRST ONLINE WONDER WORKSHOP

 

While we’ve been making art and learning all about fish in the studio this term, I’ve also been filming each of the projects.

The result? Well this is the closest to the learning you would get by being right here in the studio with me.

We discuss art supplies, artists, inspiration and, incidentally, fish! You’ll be surprised by how exciting the topic can be.

It’ll go live this Friday night so if you’re free this weekend, you can make a start.

Each project includes videos, written instructions and printables when needed. I’ll list recommended art supplies but I’ll also talk about substitutions (remember, close enough is good enough! And you might learn something wonderful!)

It’s just $55 for all TEN projects and their associated videos and printables, as well as an introduction to fish themselves – and it’s a really fun way to learn.

PLUS you get ‘forever access’ (‘forever’ means as long as I have the site, and I’m not planning on going anywhere). That means there’s no pressure and no deadlines.

Here’s where to reserve your place – http://bit.ly/wwwfish

I’ll see you in the (virtual) studio!

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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Chinese Duck Coleslaw – Illustrated Recipe

Chinese Duck Coleslaw – Illustrated Recipe

Every year or so, most of the women from my Dad’s side of the family, commonly known as ‘The Battle Women’, (sounds just a bit cool – my maiden name was Battle) spend a weekend away.

These are excellent weekends. It’s fabulous to catch up and I’m really lucky to be related to some incredibly interesting and lovely women.

Anyway, quite a few years ago we all went to Stanthorpe together. And one of the activities that was planned was a Cooking Lesson and spectacular meal at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism. Eight of us cooked four different recipes, then we all ate them together (with some very lovely wines).

My Aunty Sonia (with my Mum, below) and I made this Chinese Duck Coleslaw and, if I do say so myself, it was AWESOME.

Sonia and Mum

So if you get the chance to make it yourself, I recommend making an occasion of it because you’re gonna LOVE IT!

Click the image to download a pdf of the illustration. Enjoy!

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New website goes live!

New website goes live!

Thanks for coming by and checking out my new, improved (I hope) website!

I’ve changed platforms (now back to wordpress) in an effort to integrate the varied parts of my business, and bringing the reservations for Paint Alongs into the main site as well.

Please bear with me if there are any glitches in these first few days – and please let me know if you find any typos or broken links!

I’m manually moving blog posts across, so that’ll take a little bit of time too.

Here’s cheers to the next chapter of Shiny Happy Art and all the wonderful things just around the corner…!

What paints are best?

What paints are best?

Over the years I’ve tried a lot of brands of acrylic paints.

The great thing is that you can mix and match paints, but it’s nice to learn what to look out for in a paint and figure out what your favourites are.

  • Check out the Series number as this will indicate price.
  • If there’s a swipe of paint on the label, this will show translucency/opacity.
  • Experiment with the flow of the paint. I prefer a fluid consistency for most of my work, but ‘heavy body’ is another option.
  • Realise that you’ll need to use more of the cheaper paint to achieve the coverage of the artist quality paint. And many cheaper paints contain ‘fillers’ that make the paint less vibrant.
  • Buy what you can afford so that you’re not skimping on paint. You need to feel like you can throw it on when you need to – without worrying about wastage too much.

Just remember – DO NOT waste your money on the SUPER cheap stuff! Don’t go cheaper than Jo Sonja’s please 🙂 !

There’s a LOT more that you can learn about acrylics, but in terms of colour, coverage and glide, here are a few brands I do recommend: