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 it’s productive (and it’s learning by doing, but you might not even notice! It’s built in to every online course I offer.

Until 17 Jan 2018, buy three or more of these Seasonal Online Paint Alongs and use the code HOLIDAY and the price will drop to $22 each. That’s like ‘buy two get one free’ 🙂

See you my virtual studio!


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 to your kids (because we want that for our own!). Each holiday workshop starts with a warm up activity, then Carolyn reads an inspiring book to the group (what child doesn’t like that?!) before jumping into a wonderful art project based on the book of the day.

Every project is the very best we can make it – it’s ‘edutainment’ and the kids love it!

Numbers are limited and sessions do fill up quickly so click here to book asap.


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, 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!

A quickie family tree

A quickie family tree

This week my youngest needed a family tree for school and while I thought we had until Wednesday, when I got home from a meeting on Monday night at 7:40pm both girls were up and waiting for me because apparently it was needed for Tuesday. Good grief.

Luckily I had stayed up on Sunday night and had organised the photos – we’ve got a big family and Facebook profile pics helped a LOT!


I had planned to get some cardboard to make it with and had totally forgotten. Luckily I found this foamcore sheet down the side of a desk and I cut up some brown paper to make this tree shape while the girls where cutting out the leaves and the photos. We stuck everything down with a hot glue gun.


The leaves were made of cardboard – I had two packs of A5 coloured card from Officeworks that were destined for other projects but came in handy for this one. I put dabs of glue on the tree and my youngest stuck on her leaves, flowers and cherries (drawn onto leaves – a bit hard to see).



We stuck on the head shots the same way and added some group pics about how our families celebrate Christmas and Easter – she’s only just started school and I LOVE those back-to-front S’s!
Then she added ‘me’ and an arrow and we were done. Into bed at 9pm. Not perfect when you’re 4 but that’s the way things go around here these days.
Took it into school on Tuesday. Forgot to take a pic with anything other than my phone. Family tree emergency crisis averted.

Now please pour me a wine. Thanks.