#artfitworkout Instagram Challenge

#artfitworkout Instagram Challenge

Linda and I were chatting today, about how many months I’d been doing an at-least-12 sketch Demonstration Collection (18!) and thinking up new and fun ways to entice you to join in and get that fabulous ‘I painted that!’ feeling for yourself.

Our lives have changed so much in recent times. For many of us, it’s been a wonderful time to reconnect to our creativity, finding ways to fit art, craft and hobbies into our lives. I hope this challenge encourages you to make time for a bit of Art Fitness.

For the month of November, 2021, I’ll be posting on Instagram to invite you to share your #artfitworkout sketchbook pages. Just seeing that someone else can do it, might inspire one of your friends to pick up a pencil or brush!

How to get involved

Sign up for access to the #artfitworkout Demonstration Collection. There are 4 x15 minute projects there already and this will grow to at least 14 during the month.

Check the hashtag #artfitworkout to see what others are drawing and follow the hashtag to keep up to date.

Share your favourite #artfitworkout sketchbook pages, by posting about them in November, on your public Instagram account. Use the hashtag #artfitworkout in your post so others can find your drawing.

Please be sure to let your friends know so they can join us!

Giveaway and Prizes

There’s also a giveaway to celebrate this challenge. Make sure you’re following me on Instagram to see my giveaway post. This bundle of inspiration will be heading home to one lucky winner drawn on Sunday 7 November.

Let’s get Art Fit!



Come to my LIVE Webinar – Thursday 24 January

Come to my LIVE Webinar – Thursday 24 January

UPDATE – you can see the Webinar replay here –

Length: 47:33
Password: water

For years I’ve wondered how I could do a webinar, because painting demonstrations can be a pretty slow process, but just last week I figured out a way! 

I’ve made a list of the things I say most in a class, to answer questions or solve problems, and these are the first five. Odds are there’ll be a new learning or five for you, because I LOVE acrylics and am so happy to share the way I like to paint with them.

And if you haven’t attended a webinar before, that’s great… because it’s my first one too! I’ve attended them, but haven’t delivered one before – but I’ll be practicing my head off before we go live. Wish me luck!

The Webinar date is Thursday 24 January (that’s this week!).

You have three options so just click on the time that suits you best:

10am  |  4pm  |  9pm

Now, here in Toowoomba, Queensland, we are +10 GMT, so if you’re on the other side of the country (or the world) please check what time it’ll be for you. I use the clock app on my phone to do that easily. And there’s a link in the confirmation email to add it to your online calendar. Easy peasy.

There’ll be gifts for attendees, and as it’s the last day before the Paint Along of the Month Club‘s first paint along goes LIVE, it’ll be your last opportunity to nab the Pre-Release price on that.

I hope you can join me for this ‘first time’ – I’m really looking forward to being able to answer questions as we go, and you’ll finish inspired and ready to paint something!

There are limits to the number of people who can attend each session, so please pick a time and register asap. You’ll then get a personal link (and I’ll send you out a reminder beforehand too).

I’ll see you in my virtual studio to talk acrylics!


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 know and I’ll add it for you.)

Then email me with these details:
– the name of the recipient
– their email address
– the course you’d like to give, and
– the day you’d like them to receive the Welcome Email to the course.

Simple as that!

If you have any questions though, please get in touch and we’ll see what we can do!

Merry Christmas!


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 that batch was a very bright floral so I painted another artwork in that style and had it printed onto some lovely thick vinyl. I have handsewn a batch of just 16 to be available for today, Day 6 of #shinyhappy7. 

These covers will fit most A5 size sketchbooks or notebooks and especially the mixed media journal from X-Press It that I love. The cover measures 33x22cm (13×9”) when laid out flat and the flaps are 6cm (2.25”) so even ‘slightly smaller than A5’ books won’t fall out.  

I like to use mine on my current sketchbook, and when I fill that book, it goes on my shelf, and I swap the cover over onto a new sketchbook! It protects it, makes the book a bit more weatherproof, and simply makes me smile when I use it!

Postage will be charged separately via PayPal prior to dispatch.

Please remember this listing is for the COVER ONLY, and does not include the sketchbook. That way you can choose to fill it with a book with paper that YOU like and the cover can also be used for notebooks or diaries – it’s a long lasting gift with lots of applications. 

I hope you like it too. Please remember these are handmade by me so there are limited numbers 🙂

Here’s the link!

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 sponsor of this contest. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion should be directed to Anna Bartlett.

A winner will be chosen at random and announced on or about 9pm, 9 December 2018 AEST. Announcement and instructions for prize will be sent to the email address supplied during your purchase. Each entrant is responsible for monitoring his/her email account for prize notification and receipt or other communications related to this prize draw. If a potential prize winner cannot be reached by Administrator (or Sponsor) within fifteen (15) days, using the contact information provided at the time of entry, or if the prize is returned as undeliverable, that potential prize winner shall forfeit the prize.

By participating in the contest (ie. making a purchase), entrants agree to abide by all contest rules and regulations.

Postage within Australia is included. If the winner is from outside Australia, half the postage amount will be born by Shiny Happy Art, with the remaining half being the responsibility of the winner. This postage amount needs to be paid prior to dispatch from Toowoomba, Australia.

Any incidental expenses and all other costs and expenses not specifically listed or pictured as part of the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner and not the sponsor. The prize is not exchangeable for cash equivalent.

Here’s the link to go and buy something 😉

Thanks, and good luck!