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What’s inside FEBRUARY Red’s Art Cart?

Feb close up

And just like that, the first month of the new year is gone and we are well into February! We have gone for a paint/mixed media theme this month and one thing I can tell you, there will be more ‘sample pots’ to come!

Atelier Free Flow acrylics came onto the market approximately 2013 and has changed the way acrylic paint can be applied! Personally, I had to have my arm twisted to give it a go and also sell it in my then art shop, on the Gold Coast. Good job I caved because this paint can do so much more than be applied to a canvas! This is however, not a liquid acrylic as it is way too thick for that, however it can be mixed with pouring mediums, dispensed into squeezy bottles and even with a little extra water, into an aqua brush for a more water like consistency. The surface dries with a velvety matte finish and dense colour. It’s spreadability is that of gouache and water colour and with 36 colours available in different Series, the colour palette options are limitless!

The Liquitex Glass Beads which has been included in a 40ml sample pot would usually come in a 237ml tub. The Glass Beads are one of many painting mediums in the Liquitex range and can be applied over the top of dry paint and mix it into acrylic paint. I did a lot of experiments with the glass beads, both with the Free Flow and with heavy body acrylics and the examples of these experiments are shown in the ‘What’s Inside’ video, attached below. Check it out as I will save you time (and beads)!


It was exciting to be able to feature a sample pot of a medium and now that I know this is completely do-able, I will make up more pots of different mediums for the online art shop and in the Art Carts.

As always, make sure you check out the YouTube video’s below to see the still life jug artwork being created and if you want to subscribe to the Art Carts then please follow the links on this website. The contents of each month’s cart is a big secret that only my suppliers and myself know about. For you, it cuts out the decisions of what art materials to buy, finding the time to buy them and to explore products you would never select yourself. There is never anything wrong with having too many art supplies!


Finally, if you have purchased this cart, please show us your artworks via Instagram or the Facebook page which is mentioned on your information card inside your cart.

I look forward to seeing what everyone creates with the Free Flow and Glass Beads!

Mrs Red

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What’s inside JANUARY Red’s Art Cart?



Nothing says HAPPY NEW YEAR like a bit of shimmer! For a brand new year, we need to add a touch of sparkle to our artworks and included in this months Red’s Art Cart is a Liquitex Metallic Ink!  The Liquitex Ink! range can be used in so many ways including watercolour, stamping, calligraphy and pouring mediums.

Also included is a Winsor & Newton Cotman’s half pan watercolour to add a touch of colour to your artwork. And because of the ink and watercolour being so fluid, we have gone with a dagger tip brush because these brushes hold the fluid like no other brush can and if you are someone who can paint swirls or calligraphy then you will love this brush.

We have also included a fine and brush tip Faber-Castell PITT artist pen which are lightfast and waterproof, although I found they need a bit of time to become waterproof, possibly 24 hours. And for the calligraphy touch, included is a Sakura Pen-touch calligrapher in white which sits perfectly on top of the PITT pens.


Make sure you check out the YouTube video’s below to see the Metallic Balloon artwork being created and if you want to subscribe to the Art Carts then please follow the links on this website. The contents of each months cart is a big secret that only my suppliers and myself know about. For you, it cuts out the decisions of what art materials to buy, finding the time to buy them and to explore products you would never select yourself. There is never anything wrong with having too many art supplies!

Finally, if you have purchased this cart, please show us your artworks via Instagram or the Facebook page which is mentioned on your information card inside your cart.

I look forward to seeing what everyone creates with this metallic themed month!

Mrs Red

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What is a Bullet Journal?

Photo by Estee Janssens (Unsplash)

Have you heard of a Bullet Journal? Do you know exactly what one is? Personally, I had heard of them, mainly on YouTube, and recently found myself watching this random video of one YouTuber who was showing her 2017 Bullet Journal and I realized that I didn’t really know about them at all.

Surprisingly, to me anyway, the Bullet Journal was created by Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer living in Brooklyn, NY. You can go to to hear his story and the reasons behind the journal. However, I have got to say, what he has created and what is now all over YouTube is a colourful extension of a very useful journal about the past, current and future of the owner of that particular journal. Ryder does not use creative lettering or do any doodling, in fact he just sticks to one black marker pen the whole way through. I must also make it very clear that Bullet Journal is a registered name, hence why I am using capitals every time I mention it.

So, what exactly is a Bullet Journal? As Ryder explains, it is a quick fix for writing a journal by using topics, page numbers, short sentences and bullet points. Anyone can go and purchase a yearly diary but in all their shapes and forms, the diaries are not unique to the user. The Bullet Journal is designed in a way that you customize every page the way you want to. Some layout a page per day of every month. Others will make it more of a journey through the year with goals, movies to watch, books to read, even down to weight check-ins and how many Insta followers you have each month. From what I have seen, there are creatives out there putting hours and hours into these journals and will become an incredibly valuable keepsake for themselves and their families in decades to come.

Photo by Estee Janssens (Unsplash)

I did a search on YouTube of videos on Bullet Journals and there are 748 000 video’s, which is why I am not about to tell you which ones to watch, other than Ryder’s But if you are inclined to find out more on Bullet Journals, then I do think you should invest some time into watching a few random video’s as they are all very different and personal.

Then there is the journal itself. You can purchase a Bullet Journal off for a very reasonable price. Moleskine also do a range of blank and dot lined journals that would suit. Leuchtturm also have a dotted journal. Honestly though, if you can get your hands on a blank journal booklet, then this will do. They are not intended to be mixed media journals and the paper weight is usually around 90gsm which is the same as a standard year diary.

Who is the right person to have a bullet journal? The good news is you don’t have to be a creative type, but it helps because you actually get to use all the gazillion fancy pens you have in your pencil cases, drawers, cupboards, bags and car! Bullet Journals are perfect for people who like to write ‘to-do lists’ on paper, who are into goal setting and habit tracking, who love the smell, feel and appearance of a journal (I mention smell because I smell all my art products and know I’m not alone on this), organized people who like to visualize their day/week/month, and also people who like to hold on to their yearly diaries to look back on the years hand down to the generations.

Photo by Mike Tinnion (Unsplash)

What you need to get started! Of course, you need a journal. Blank is perfect but if you can get your hands on a dotted grid, they just help with us perfect types who don’t like it when lines or letters are not straight. Ryder uses one black pen throughout his Bullet Journal but if you are the creative type, then go to town on your journals with an array of different marker pens and pencils. I wouldn’t recommend watercolours though as the pages are thin and not designed to work with wet media.

Need inspiration? Like I mentioned, go to YouTube and search for Bullet Journaling and also go to Instagram and search the hashtag #bulletjournal. The ideas for your Topic pages are seriously endless and if nothing else, it gets us all hand writing again not to mention spelling!

As mentioned in my last post, I have set up a group page called Mrs Red’s Art Accountability. It is here that you will find me mentioning that I am going to create a Bullet Journal for next year. I have just ordered a Moleskin and although it won’t arrive until early January, that gives me a few more days to plan how I am going to tackle this, be accountable for it and plan it so that it is achievable. I guess you could say it is my yearly goal for the new year!

Have fun!!
Mrs Red



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New Year Resolutions for Arty Types

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Does anyone successfully stick to their new year’s resolutions? Mine for this year was ‘Meatless Monday’ and I loved it and looked forward to our vegetarian meal every Monday. My kids on the other hand were less than impressed. My reason for Meatless Monday was saving a bit of cash. Meat costs a lot of money and I have 2 teenage boys in the house and they can eat! By having a meat free meal once a week, was a saving of $15-25 every week. I managed to pull this resolution off until mid-September and my reason for ending it was very valid. My uncle owns a lot of land and keeps cattle to mow the grass. Problem being, the cattle love their home so much that they decided to all have babies and it got out of control. So, I was told to buy a chest freezer because I was about to get steer and lamb and it was coming every couple of months. We now have an endless supply of beef and lamb so was saving more on meat than when I made the resolution.

Do you make new year resolutions AND do you stick to them? What about an ‘ART’ resolution. Who has said “I’m going to draw/paint every day for the year”? And did you pull that off? There doesn’t seem to be any available statistics on this but I am going to say that it is less than 10% success rate.

Photo by Nik Macmillan (Unsplash)
Photo by Nik Macmillan (Unsplash)

I do believe it is important to make some sort of new year resolution for us creative types. We need to check in on ourselves and understand that apart from the enjoyment and outcomes of our creating, that it is actually incredibly valuable to our mind and soul to be creating.

Here are 6 easy steps for ALL of us to follow and get through the next 365 days.

  1. Set ONE long term goal for the new year. This may be as simple as enter one art award/competition in your local area. It may be to look at setting up an online shop and begin to sell your creations. What about attending a local art market twice a year? The goal doesn’t have to be big in itself, it just has to have a good few months to plan and prepare for it. Join an online challenge, Inktober is a good one, every October. This is also where a 30/30 could take place – 30 drawings/paintings in 30 days – just choose the month and plan ahead. I wouldn’t recommend that month being December (just sayin’).
  2. Set ONE monthly goal for 12 months. Again, keep it simple. For example, do one journal entry in the month, complete one artwork by end of each month, theme the month so any artwork you do in that month is based around that theme ie/items I wear everyday like glasses, earrings, shoes.
  3. Buy Red’s Art Cart! You know I had to mention this one! Doesn’t have to be a monthly subscription, could be a one off. But it is a great way to explore materials you wouldn’t go and buy yourself and does help you sit down and just do something. Click here to find out more!
  4. Visit an Art Gallery. Depending on where you live will determine how many times in the year you can do this, of course. If you live in a city area, then perhaps 4 visits in the year will work. If you are more remote, then this needs to be included in a holiday or cityscape getaway. The importance of a gallery visit is invaluable though as you get instant inspiration from the artworks and then there is usually the Art Gift Shop and if anyone gets away from them without buying something arty then you have more control than me!

    Photo by Ryan Stefan (Unsplash)
  5. Be accountable. I love this because as soon as you let others know, the pressure is on to make it happen. But don’t be one of those ‘go-na’ (Aussie slang for ‘going’) people. I have a family member who is always on a new diet. Her facial expressions are always very certain that this new diet is going to work. I have lost track of how many diets she has now done but I can guarantee every time we catch up she will be on one. She holds herself accountable but fails to deliver. Don’t fail to deliver. If you say you are going to do something, DO IT!
  6. Finally, do it for YOU! This is the one I suffer with. I am so busy doing my artworks with a purpose, possibly for one of Red’s Art Carts or one of the Student Carts that I never sit and draw or paint just for me. If we go camping, I will sit and draw, if on a flight I will draw but these don’t happen every month so in a year I probably have 2-3 goes of drawing for myself. In order for me to get ‘my time’ I am going to be setting myself a long-term goal. It won’t be a huge one but it will be something that can be achieved with a bit of planning.So now we have a clearer plan to head into the new year. BUT, and there is always a but! Please don’t set your art goals too high and unless you already draw or paint 4/5 times a week, I do not recommend jumping into a year of daily artworks. You are setting yourself up to fail. Start with a 30/30 if you have to and if day 31 rolls around and you are still going strong then go for another 30/30 and build from that. I personally would love to do a 30/30 but I know it is not going to happen so I will set a monthly goal of completing one drawing in my journal by the end of every week, for a month and if that works I will head into the next month.
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I have set up a Facebook group page, called Mrs Red’s Art Accountability, which anyone can join and share their yearly, monthly, weekly goals and also share their artwork. This will help with the accountability of our art goals. I look forward to seeing and reading about everyones new year goals for the year ahead!

Happy New Year!
Mrs Red


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Meet an Art Cart’er – Wendy Patterson

December’s Art Cart’er lives in Kingaroy, Queensland and jumped on board a couple of months after the Carts launched. I began following Wendy on Instagram when she purchased her first Cart and love all of her posts about life, work and creating. Wendy jumps in head first with each new Cart and is usually one of the first to post her artworks on social.

Wendy is a busy lady and I appreciate her taking time out to be interviewed. Enjoy this great read through the life of another fabulous Art Cart’er!


Describe yourself in 5 to 10 individual words (ie/fabulous, married etc)
Wife; Mother; nurse; creative; unique; friendly; caring

Where do you reside and who do you live with?
I live in Kingaroy, Queensland.  3 hours northwest of Brisbane.  I live with my amazing husband of 22 years and two incredible girls (14 and 15)

Where would you like to reside?
Sunshine coast…..  dreaming and planning to move there after the girls finish school.

My pup, “Isa” (short for “Is a dog”) is always begging to sit on my lap when I’m ready to paint!

Describe your ultimate holiday escape.
I’m a bit boring in this area.  My idea of an ultimate holiday is glamping somewhere isolated within Australia with my family.  No TV, no phone, no connection to the outside world, but I MUST have a box or two of art supplies.

Describe your art style.
This is something I’m working on.  I’ve only started to get back into art work this year and I’m playing with many different styles and trying to push myself.  I’ve joined a local mixed media art group which has introduced me to so many different products and techniques.



This year I’ve started trying my hand at whimsical characters.  A class I completed from LifeBook (

I love painting landscapes.  I work primarily in acrylics, but starting to play with oils and watercolours.


Did you do art at school?
I did art in years 11 and 12.  Now this was 30 years ago, so the memories are a little fuzzy.  I can’t remember the teachers name, but I know they started a little fire for the love of art that has continued burning throughout the years.

Do you have an actual art space at home?
I’m lucky, do I have an art space at home.  I have one half of the old garage.  My husband has a gym in the other corner.  I think I need more space though 😊


Do you earn any money from your creative talents? If not, do you want to or just happy doing it for yourself?
I have been asked to do commission work before, but haven’t felt comfortable painting for others.  I am my biggest critic and always worried about what other people will think about what I have painted for them.  I’m starting to feel a little braver lately and I’m considering beginning selling some of my paintings.

Where do you get your creative inspiration from?
I have to say I love YouTube, it has been an invaluable tool in learning assorted styles and techniques.  In the last 18 months my biggest influences have been Toni Burt; Sabine Belz (abstract painting), Jane Davenport, Lamara Laporte; Cinnamon Cooney and Jane Font.

At time of this interview, please note down the last photo taken on your phone and describe why you took it.
Currently in the process of making Christmas decoration for our work unit.  An acrylic pour come Christmas bauble.


What was for dinner last night? Did you make it? Are you the main cook? Do you like cooking dinner?
Last night was left overs night with tuna curry bake and veggie soup. As a shift worker, I’m very lucky to have a husband that is a partner in house work and cooking.  I would consider the both of us to be very good cooks.  My favorite meals are those where all the family is involved.  Somehow it tastes just that little bit better.

Scroll forward 10 years. What is life looking like?
Living on the Sunshine Coast, working less and painting more.

How are you going with the Art Carts?
I really am thankful that I found Mrs Red via Facebook.  To have these amazing boxes of goodies turn up on my door step each month is just like Christmas for me.  I have received products that I normally would not consider buying and have ended up really enjoyed learning to use them.  The tutorials that have been provided have been great.  Looking forward to seeing more.

Do you have art galleries and art shops where you live? What about art style markets?
We do have a local art gallery.  Sadly, with my crazy busy life I still haven’t been.  On my bucket list for next year.  My favorite place to visit is Two Sister Scrapbooking and papercraft, in Kingaroy (   Tania holds mixed media art classes every Friday.  While the name suggests scrapbooking it is much, much more.

To check out more of Wendy’s creative talent please click on any of the links below.







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What’s inside DECEMBER Red’s Art Cart!

Gelli print

The festive month has arrived well and truly and the Art Cart had to have a festive feel to it. So Mrs Red went for something a bit more art & crafty and nothing says fun like some Gelli Printing!

Gelli printing has been around since 2011 but really only became popular around 4 years ago when the art journaling movement went up a notch. The actual Gelli Plate is made from mineral oil and is a hypoallergenic polymer material, not gelatin as many would think. The Gelli plates are easy to clean and as long as they are looked after, will last many years to come!

Dec17 contents

The Student Gelli Kit comes with 5”x5” gelli plate, 2 x stencils and a brayer/roller. Then, Mrs Red has included a concertina art journal and 3 samples of acrylic paint. I imagine most of my Art Cart’ers already have a stash of acrylic paints but still wanted to include some paints in the Cart.

Art Journal
I drew this portrait over the top of one of the printing pages in the concertina booklet. A combination of oil pastel, zest-it blend and black marker pens.

Make sure you check out the YouTube video’s below to see the Gelli Plate in action and if you want to subscribe to the Art Carts then please follow the links on this website. The contents of each months cart is a big secret that only my suppliers and myself know about. For you, it cuts out the decisions of what art materials to buy, finding the time to buy them and to explore products you would never select yourself. There is never anything wrong with having too many art supplies!

Finally, if you have purchased this cart, please show us your artworks via Instagram or the Facebook page which is mentioned on your information card inside your cart.

I look forward to seeing what everyone does with the Gelli printing!

Mrs Red


The perfect handmade School Teacher Christmas Gift!

It’s that time of year again in Australia when busy parents have to think up something for their children to give to their school teachers as a thank you gift for all the hard work they have done throughout the year. I’m pretty sure this gift is going to get the teachers approval!

Mrs Red has come up with a unique and very practical gift that these teachers can actually use and will most likely be very grateful for. And really, how many boxes of chocolates does the teacher need?

Pen Candy Cane

A candy cane made of pens and blutac!

This gift cost me $34, with $29 spent on the pens and blutac and $5 on wrapping and decoration. The pens I purchased were not the cheapest nor were they expensive and I put a mix of coloured, traditional red, blue, black and the all-important highlighters. The main thing with choosing your pens is that they need to be of similar thickness and length, otherwise I think the end result won’t look as effective.

What you need:
Stack of pens
Whole pack of blutac (I found white at Officeworks)
Sheet of newspaper
Large piece of thick cardboard
White acrylic paint and large brush (optional)
One sheet of clear cellophane (75 x 100cm)
Ribbon and bows for decoration
Sticky tape, black marker, pencil, stanley knife and scissors


Let’s get creating!

Layout your sheet of newspaper and arrange the pens into a candy cane shape. When happy with the shape, take your black marker pen and trace around the outside of the pens, then cut this shape out. This becomes your template.

Pen layoutPen outlineTemplate

Take your template and lay it on top of the thick cardboard and now trace around it with a pencil. Best not to use marker pen for this as cutting the shape out of cardboard is difficult and you don’t want to see bits of marker pen around the edges.

Template on box


Now it’s over to an adult to use the stanley knife and cut out the candy cane base. You can neaten the edges up with scissors afterwards if you have made a bit of a hack job of it.

Cardboard template

If you wish, paint the top side of your candy cane with white acrylic paint. It wasn’t really an option for me, even though ‘Antler’ is kind of appropriate for this time of year, I still did not want the luggage brand name being seen. Yes, Mrs Red got new suitcases for a trip to Canada in January (so excited!!!).


Once the cane is dry, get the blue tack out and stretch throughout the centre of your cane as this is what the pens will stick to (and they stick well). Then begin by laying pens out with big even spaces and slowly make those spaces smaller with more pens. Don’t press them into the blutac yet as you may need to move them around a little for even spacing. Once all laid in place, gently apply pressure in the centre of the pens so they adhere to the blutac.

BlutacPen layout 2Pen layout 3Pen layout 4

This is where the fun really begins, not! I did not photograph wrapping the candy cane as I was figuring it out as I went along. However, I did use only one sheet of cellophane. I lay the cane down with all the pens facing down onto the cellophane and then I made a cut up the center and gently wrapped it all around and stuck it down with sticky tape all over the back. Use as much sticky tape as you want because cellophane tears easily. Again, adult help may be required here. Then if you choose to use ribbon as I did, wrap it around and stick more tape at back of cane and then place any further decoration on front of cane where you choose.


The only thing left to do now is get the kids to make a handmade card for their teacher and stick it on front of your pen candy cane!


This whole project took less than an hour to do and apart from the cutting of cardboard and possibly the wrapping of the cellophane, the kids should be able to do the majority of this project themselves and what a fantastic gift to give! Better than a box of chocolates, don’t you think?

Make sure you send me photos of your pen candy canes either on social media or via email at


Mrs Red

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Meet an Art Cart’er – Sam Cosgrove

This month, we are visiting country New South Wales, to meet a mum who jumped on board with the Art Cart’s since day one. Living fairly remote and a incredibly busy lifestyle with 4 kids under 6, I can see why Sam looks forward to her little box of ‘all about ME time’ arriving every month!


Describe yourself in 5 to 10 individual words.
Optimist, Cruisey, Funny, Determined and Effective!

Where do you reside and who do you live with?
I live in the beautiful little village of Taralga NSW in-between Goulburn and Oberon in the Southern Tablelands where it snows in winter and is not meant to be too hot in summer, but me thinks it missed the memo in recent years.

In our cosy little two-bedroom cottage, you will find my son Beau 6, twin boys Ty and Zac 5, daughter Kit 18 months, husband Joe and lucky me, the 5 horses, 5 dogs and crazy cat that gets to stay outside (though again, the cat misses the memo).

Where would you like to reside?
Taralga NSW, but on a thousand acres not far from town with stables, a big enough house for the brood of mini Cosi’s and stables, oh and also some sheds for the husband too and did I say stables?

Kids and Sam

Describe your ultimate holiday escape.
My ultimate holiday escape is probably just to be able to stay at home without having to drive anywhere, as impossible as that seems, otherwise Scotland seems like a nice spot to visit.

Describe your art style.
My art style is ‘hold my whiskey dear and watch this’ and then throwing something or trying something new and hoping it isn’t a learning curve and a success instead.


Did you do art at school? If so, please tell us a memory from the art room that stood out (the good or the bad).
No art at school. I WISH!!! Just high school art and the occasional work shop if I get some kid free time.  The thing I took most from high school was ‘NO ERASER!!’  That was a great tip. Though it has made it hard to use one nowadays…though how handy are they!

Do you have an actual art space at home?
I do! Now that I am taking my art seriously and making a little money from it I have taken over half the dining room and dining table. I have a very cool gate my husband built to try and keep the toddler out but she is wiley and has taken to diving off the high back of the couch to get to my supplies.  One side of the table has the kids supplies and I manage to get as much as I can in on my side. I share my studio with the dining room, lounge room and baby change area.  Working my way up to bigger things slowly.

Studio Do you earn any money from your creative talents? If not, do you want to or just happy doing it for yourself?
My plan is to make money from my art.  I have been selling my works for the past year and that has motivated me to take this more seriously.  As I have a son with a rare condition that requires weekly hospital trips I am essentially unemployable, which initially sucked as I loved working and being at home with a brood of kids was hard work!! But it has allowed me to try out this artscipade and take it seriously.  Silver linings people! So, I have recently started on Etsy and also set up a website and also started doing local and handmade markets. Looking very promising so far!

Where do you get your creative inspiration from?
I am inspired by everything.  I now look at the world differently and am always getting ideas for new projects, from in the supermarket to driving to hospital.  I follow a lot of brilliant artists in all mediums on Instagram and find that a great source for inspo and new techniques.


At time of this interview, please note down the last photo taken on your phone and describe why you took it.
I take A LOT of photos, too much I am sure.  The last photo I took was today during my son’s infusion.  He is 6 and has been having weekly infusions for the last four years (and all going well will have them weekly for many many years to come). We have worked hard in that time to get his life saving drug approved and finally this year funded. Today was the first time that his friend, who is 5, was able to do infusion with us at The Canberra Hospital. So, I took a pic, as you do.  He is much happier having an infusion buddy and the 6-8 hour day has flown.

What was for dinner last night? Did you make it? Are you the main cook? Do you like cooking dinner?
Dinner last night? ummm oh yeah we had bangers and mash.  That took a bit of remembering.


Scroll forward 10 years. What is life looking like?
In 10 years all my family is well and thriving, we live on a thousand acres and the husband is happy working the property and starting horses. Beau will be having home infusions and I will have a beautiful garden that horses are not allowed in and an amazing studio to really go wild in, no more dining table for me!  Hopefully also making enough to help supplement our income and awesome lifestyle.

How are you going with the Art Carts?
LOVE THE ART CARTS!! Brilliant, amazing and exciting to open every month. I love that I can try new things that I wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to try.  We don’t have any art shops within 2 hours so I get everything online from shops and Ebay, so the Art Cart is great. I also love the How to Video. Brilliant.


Do you have art galleries and art shops where you live? What about ‘art’ style markets?
As I said, art shops are about 200km away. Though we have a brilliant little art group in Taralga that I credit with getting me started on this journey, they also run a very successful Art Show in June every year. A great credit to the town they are. Goulburn has some great groups and societies too and a gallery that I am part of. We have local markets though not targeted to art. One day maybe.

To check out heaps more of Sam’s gorgeous art (her style is very diverse), do yourself a favour and click on the links below!

Sam’s website

Etsy Shop






What’s inside NOVEMBER Art Cart?


Is it true? Is the second last month of the year here already? I personally feel I have already missed out on the opportunity to create more for Christmas because it’s now only 7 weeks away. The response to the Art Carts has been fantastic and keeping me very busy. Another STUDENT Art Cart will be released next month as well, which all needs to be filmed creating the artworks etc – such a hard life I have!


The theme I chose for November was Gouache paints. It might be best to do a future post on what the paint is and can do but for now a brief description is that it sits between a watercolour and an acrylic paint. It is designed to be used as an opaque method of painting. Back in the day when I was a 20-year-old art student, wearing only black jeans, some un-ironed sloppy t-shirt, long ratty hair and my cherry red Docs, Gouache paint was our medium of choice. This was before computers were a household item and we had the subject once a week, on a Tuesday morning I believe. I studied Graphic Design and all our finished art pieces were drawn or painted and gouache was the paint we used. The smell of gouache still reminds me of those student times, the good old days!

I haven’t used the Maimeri brand of gouache before however because it came as a primary colour pack, it was a great option. It is an Italian brand and was probably a little softer from the tube than the Winsor & Newton gouache I have always used. The palette is perfect for this gouache set, brushes come in three different nib sizes for all your little painting needs and then of course the gorgeous little swede feel art journal! Gouache is not intended to be used in a large way so this compact little kit if perfect for the paint.

At time of this post my family and I are actually away at the Noosa Triathlon and this little kit amongst some other art supplies is what is coming with me.

Take a look at the YouTube video’s below to see the products in action and if you want to subscribe to the Art Carts then please follow the links on the website. The contents of each months cart is a big secret that only my suppliers and myself know about. For you, is cuts out the decisions of what art materials to buy, finding the time to buy them and to explore products you would never select yourself. There is never anything wrong with having too many art supplies!

Finally, if you have purchased this cart, please show us your artworks via Instagram or the Facebook page which is mentioned on your information card inside your cart.

I look forward to seeing gouache paints take over November!

Mrs Red


Art Edit – a magazine for us!


A couple of weeks ago I had a borderline first stage melanoma removed from the back of my leg (just above ankle) and I was unable to swim for 2-3 weeks. My kids do Nipper training at the beach on Saturday mornings and I usually am also in the water doing Water Safety. Saturday morning rolled around and it was a gorgeous morning, the sun shining warmly and no wind making the waves just perfect for the kids. Given that I am always in water too, it was hard to sit and watch so I decided to walk across the road to the local streets of Burleigh Heads and purchase a new hat, grab a coffee and the paper to read.

Whilst in the newsagent I had a quick scan of all the home and lifestyle magazines, as you do and always glance at the art magazines even though I am never inspired to buy them as they don’t tend to interest me. There was one magazine sitting amongst the art mags that I hadn’t seen before so I picked it up.  My eyes lit up, my mouth probably opened a little, as I flicked through the wonderful pages. Even though I recognized some names, surely this wasn’t an Australian magazine? I had a look at the editorial page and sure enough, published and printed right here in good old Australia! Needless to say, I purchased Art Edit!

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Walking back to the beach, I sat away from the club but in sight of the kids, because I didn’t want any clubbies to come distract me. I had a new magazine to read and HAD to read it now, I had a full hour left that I wasn’t going to be disturbed.

So, what is this fabulous Australian art magazine all about? On the website, it is described as a magazine about living with art for interior designers, homeowners and art buyers”. As an artist, art teacher and constant dabbler, I too found so much wonderful inspiration in this mag. Some artists and photographers I have heard of before and a lot of new ones and the thing that I probably resonated with the most was that the magazine did not focus on Australia’s most successful artists, these are the guys who are giving it a red-hot crack and doing very well for their efforts. Some featured artists are full time but most are part-time or hobbyist.

Kerrie Lena, publisher of Art Edit describes the magazine, “Art Edit profiles artists, designers, art lovers, collectors and galleries across Australia. The magazine provides readers with advice on where to find art, how to buy it and useful hints on how to install, style and look after it. The editorial emphasis of the magazine is on the acquisition of art to best suit Australian homes. It is a valuable style guide for homeowners and interior designers alike looking to make the most of art in their homes and lives”.

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All the images I have used for this wonderful new read are taken from the Winter 2017 issue and I have just been told that the Spring issue should be heading out to the streets next week! I have advertised the Red’s Art Carts in the next copy so I am doubly excited to get my copy! This is definitely a coffee table mag that anyone can pick up and skim through.

If you would like to subscribe either by receiving your copy in the mail or a digital copy you can go here.

Do it! And when your copy arrives, go do what I did, find a nice quiet spot, coffee in hand and spend an hour reading about the wonderful talented artists we have living right here on our back door! Enjoy.

Mrs Red