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, Cat and Cow.
Now, with ages 7, 8 and two 9 year olds, I would recommend spreading this activity over two or three sessions. They did a fantastic job but it’s a long time to stay still (and it makes for a better result if they are still concentrating!). And see the elbow in the paint above? Yes, best to put the paint palette up next to the water bucket!
We stopped and started the video so all four could keep up (the youngest were the speediest) and I realised that it would be good to also have photos of each stage… so I’ve just added 9 step-by-step photos to the Cow video and will add them to the Owl and the Cat over the weekend.
These were the basic supplies we used. You can get Chromacryl paints from most newsagents in Australia I think. They’re ‘student quality’ acrylics and not too expensive. They did need a bit of water to help them flow though. Oh, and definitely use aprons as acrylics are hard/impossible to get out of clothes.
We also did a few extra lines to practice how to drag the brush along, and when you bend the bristles you get a thicker line… that’s also mentioned in the video.
All in all, they were all very proud to show their paintings to parents, friends and grandparents, and we had something great to show for the effort!
At just $35 for all three painting videos, and all three need only four paints, I hope it’s a fun thing for more parents to try with their kids these holidays, and I encourage you to paint alongside your child to make some real memories!
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 next to Mother Megs Biscuit Factory – I took that as a good omen!), opposite Downlands, and is nice, big, airconditioned and clean.
I’ll be Shiny Happy-ing the space up before you get there so you are wrapped up in creativity as soon as you walk in the door. I’ll share some pics as soon as we’re in.
This decision has been forced on me by Nexus and Toowoomba’s Second Range Crossing. Just a couple of weeks ago we were informed that, from January, we would have up to 12 months of roadworks directly in front of the studio, as well as driveway access only (restricting parking in front of the studio, even on our land). It’s not good, it certainly isn’t fair, and my expenses are increasing significantly… but Shiny Happy is not only my business, it is my nature… and so I’m trying to see the bright side…
The bright side for you is that I will be offering more Paint Alongs and more Workshops!
So take a look and click to book these Term 4 Paint Alongs:
I’m also now taking bookings for some other new and fab workshops.Numbers are limited in all of these sessions, so if you see something you like, please click on the title and book as soon as you can:
Watercolour Basics Day
Colour Wheels and Watercolour Techniques
Facilitated by my mother, award-winning artist Diana Battle – and me!
All art supplies included | $180
Sun 6 Nov, 9:30am-4pm
Wednesday Wonder Workshops
Starts Wed 12 Oct for 6 weeks
Due to repeat bookings by previous participants (which is a good sign!), these workshops are already full. So I’ve introduced Shiny Happy Drawing Sessions…
Shiny Happy Drawing Sessions
2 hours of inspiration and coaching | BYO sketchbook | $35
Just book the sessions that suit you. (If you’ve missed out on my Wednesday Wonder Workshops, coming along to one or two of these might be an option for you.)
Mon 24 Oct 6-8pm, Thur 27 Oct 10-12noon,
Thur 17 Nov 10-12noon, Mon 28 Nov 6-8pm
Shiny Happy Flowers Weekend Workshop
Two full days of creativity, inspiration and guidance resulting in (at least) two large, original canvases bursting with colour and flowers. (Very similar to the workshop I just ran at USQ.)
BYO art supplies | $275
21-22 Jan 2017
So that’s your Shiny Happy Art Menu for Term 4! I really hope there is a session or two there that tickles your fancy.
Thank you so much for all your encouragement and support for my little business. I truly love being able to help so many people find joy in art and ‘get out of their own heads’ for a bit while they’re in my studio. It’s a fabulous form of meditation I think!
And as the Shiny Happiness grows (and has to keep growing now that I’m paying rent and GST!) I’m so appreciative of all your testimonials, facebookand instagram likes and comments and of course, that you tell your friends about what happens here at Shiny Happy Art.
So, thank you. Please consider this a virtual hug.
I hope to see you and your friends in the new studio soon!
it’s my favourite time of year and I’m delighted to be the Cover Artist for this Souvenir Guide for the second year in a row.
See you at the Carnival!