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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!

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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.

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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
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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

Pens

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!!).

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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 create@mrsredsartroom.com.au

Enjoy!

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!

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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What’s inside NOVEMBER Art Cart?

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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!

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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
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Art Edit – a magazine for us!

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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.
Print https://artedit.com.au/subscribe/print-subscriptions/
Digital https://artedit.com.au/subscribe/digital-subscriptions/

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
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Should I use black paint for shadows?

When it comes to painting, no matter what your subject is, you need to take note of the area’s that are in full light and in shadow and choose your palette around these factors. The lighting in a painting is just as important as the composition.

 

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Photo by Jeremy Bishop, Bali, Indonesia – Unsplash

Take a look at the image above and look closely at the area’s that are in shadow. There are a lot of them, it is a very busy photo but what you will notice is that the shadows are just darker hues of the colours already there. Now look at the area’s that the sunlight is hitting. Again, they become a lighter hue of the existing colour. This photo has been taken when the sun is high and the light is at its best. Let’s take a look at a photo taken when the sun is just rising.

 

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Photo by Joshua Sortino, Big Sur, USA – Unsplash

Now take a look at the areas that are in shadow. The light is poor therefor the only way you can get depth and contrast when painting an image lit with poor light is by using black in your mix of paint.

In summary of the photos above, light is a main factor when it comes to choosing how dark shadows should be painted.

 

Let’s now explore how YOU can darken a colour, without any black paint in sight. I have painted the colour wheel using only the three primary colours and then added more colour to create the darkest hue possible for red and blue.

 

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We will start by having a look at the basic colour wheel.

Primary colours are RED, BLUE, YELLOW. Why are they called the primary colours? Because you cannot make these colours by mixing other colours together.

Secondary colours are PURPLE, ORANGE, GREEN. These colours are made by mixing two primary colours together.

Complimentary colours are the opposite colours facing each other on the colour wheel. RED & GREEN, BLUE & ORANGE, YELLOW & PURPLE.

Cool colours are BLUE, GREEN, PURPLE.

Warm colours are RED, ORANGE, YELLOW.

To darken a WARM colour, it is best to use a COOL. It does not have to be its complimentary colour.

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Green has been added to get a darker colour.

To darken a COOL colour you have to use another COOL colour.

Blue dark hues
Purple has been added to get a darker colour.

 

Compare the Pear

Black Shadow Pear

Here are two pears I have painted. Pear A has no black in it, the shadows have been created by darkening and mixing colours and it was very easy for colours to blend, mix and sit beside each other, using this process. Pear B uses only black to make shadows. Black is such a dominant colour and I have only used the tiniest amount and it was very hard to try and blend the shadow area in. I don’t think I did a very good job of it at all, I felt scared I was going to ruin the painting and therefore it is definitely the worse of the two.

Click here to watch the colour wheel and Compare the Pear video on YouTube.

It just so happened that I wrote this article after days of wet and overcast weather and looking outside trying to look at shadows was not easy because of the dull light. It’s your turn now, have a look at natural light casting shadows on objects and see what colour the shadows are. Why not have a go at Compare the Pear and see which way feels more comfortable, using colour to paint shadows or using black. You don’t have to paint a pear, a simple rock or ball will do but I do recommend you use more than one colour in your paintings.

Also worth noting, I painted the colour wheel and pears with Gouache paint, mainly because it is always close by however this article relates to all paint varieties, from water colour through to oils.

And finally, if you do give this exercise a go, please #mrsredsartroom so I can see your results as well.

Happy painting!

Mrs Red
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Meet an Art Cart’er – Jasmin Pinnington

I have met some wonderful people in such a short time with Red’s Art Carts and there are some seriously talented folk out there! Every month I will feature another Art Cart’er so everyone can have a sticky beak into the creative lives.

If you had to describe an ‘art dabbler’, Jasmin comes to mind. She walked into Mrs Red’s art room several years ago when I had a shop here on the Gold Coast and every Friday she would come in to fill her creative soul by purchasing something. She had a budget and if items exceeded that budget, I would see her in two weeks rather than one. She became a great friend, one I could bounce creative ideas off and she is one of very few people who I told about Red’s Art Cart (although never what was inside). She was on board immediately and is the reason why I wanted to ask her to be my first Art Cart’er – so thank you for your ongoing support Jasmin Flower (that’s how I remembered her name in the early days and how her name and number is stored in my phone).

 

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Describe yourself in 5 to 10 individual words.
Neurotic, creative, honest, empathetic, over-thinker, enthusiastic, open minded, argumentative, fickle.

Where do you reside and who do you live with?
Burleigh, on the Gold Coast with my husband and three of my four children (20, 15 and 8). The eldest (22) moved out 2 months ago but is close by and still comes home at least once a week to do her washing and raid the fridge and pantry.

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Where would you like to reside?
Burleigh, on the Gold Coast! Maybe a little closer to the beach, and with a little more of a garden. Tallebudgera is gorgeous and the NSW North Coast is also beautiful.

Describe your ultimate holiday escape.
Either backpacking Europe, or on a beach in Fiji.

Describe your art style.
I don’t know! Eclectic perhaps. I actually don’t feel like I have developed a ‘style’ yet, there’s too much that I love and feel inspired by. I love colourful, busy art and also simple minimal and whimsical artwork.

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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).
Only in the first year of high school, and I hated it, probably mostly because of the teacher. I also thought I was no good at art so why bother trying (probably why the teacher didn’t think much of me either!)

Do you have an actual art space at home?
Can I preface this question by saying, I am really looking forward to reading other answers, I am a bit obsessed with studios and creative spaces in general and I have a Pinterest board full of dream studios! One day!….

Anyway, what I have now is, half of our living area space. Over the past few years, I have gradually taken it over… our dining table hasn’t been a dining table for about five years! I don’t love that it interferes visually with our living area but it’s pretty vital space for the continued existence of ‘me’ as a person and it accommodates all my interests. I am very lucky that I have a very accommodating husband and an understanding family and nobody yells about all the space I take up.

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Do you earn any money from your creative talents? If not, do you want to or just happy doing it for yourself?
Not really! I have sold a bare handful of pieces. And that’s ok. I ‘make’ because I am alive and it’s like breathing for me, so…. I would love to make some money from it, just to finance my obsession with buying new art supplies J (I am sure my husband would also appreciate this!)

Where do you get your creative inspiration from?
Everywhere. The beach and nature, are really big things for me. Some of the polymer clay pendants I have made are very ocean inspired. But I tend to love everything so inspiration is really, everywhere.

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At time of this interview, please note down the last photo taken on your phone and describe why you took it.
The last photo I took is actually a screenshot of Vodafone’s phone plans! So, let’s go with this one… it’s a close up of a skirt that I made for myself, I took the photo to send to my mum.

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What was for dinner last night? Did you make it? Are you the main cook? Do you like cooking dinner?
Last night was Subway, because I was on my way out. Cooking is shared in our house, I don’t do anywhere near as much as I used to which I’m very happy with. I kind of got over it, after doing it for so many years. Occasionally I have bursts of culinary inspiration but mostly, it’s a chore.

Scroll forward 10 years. What is life looking like?
In ten years time our youngest child will be 18 and the other three will have all moved out. All I can see is more time for making – it looks fantastic! 😀

How are you going with the Art Carts?
I love getting them, and opening them up. That’s the highlight of my month! I need to dedicate time to actually using the supplies though, that’s my big let down at the moment.

Do you have art galleries and art shops where you live? What about ‘art’ style markets?
Yeah, I guess so? We have the Art Centre at least….to be honest I don’t look around that much… I do look online a lot and we go to local markets which often have artists there.

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Facebook       Instagram      Etsy shop

Thanks Jasmin for letting us into your world. Above are the links to where you can follow Jasmin’s business, Indigo Shores and maybe even support one of our budding Gold Coast artists!

 

 

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What’s inside OCTOBER Red’s Art Cart?

With another month beginning, another truck load (ok maybe not truck load, yet) of Art Carts were sent out in the post. There is a triple wow factor with these carts.

 

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The first WOW starts with the simple and old style brown paper packaging complete with colourful washi tape. What a shame I cannot put all the postage stamps on these parcels, that would top the look right off!

 

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The second WOW is when the customer opens the brown paper and is greeted with a paint splattered box. This is one of my most favourite times of the month. I put all the flat boxes out on the back lawn and go nuts splattering paint everywhere and then watch as colours come together, so much fun!

 

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The third WOW is opening the box and seeing what is inside! Only my own family knows what is in each months carts and they are sworn to secrecy. Working 3 months ahead of delivery, there is always a lot of art supplies turning up at my front door, ready to play with or pack.

 

So, let’s have a look at what exactly did arrive in the October Art Cart.

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Watch the link of the YouTube video, with the first few minutes just scanning the items in the cart. I then show how each item actually works. This does make for longer video’s and I am trying to make them shorter but there are two problems in my way. One is that I love to talk, secondly, I am very passionate about my art supplies and can’t help throwing in a little story/experience from time to time. Sorry!

If you like what was inside and want to see more of how the marker pens are being used then please watch the Dream Catcher video, which happens to be sped up 600 times so doesn’t take as long to watch.

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.

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I look forward to seeing marker pens take over October!

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Learn how to draw a Tonal Scale

 

Tonal ScaleThis week I wanted to show you a quick exercise to try if you are about to draw something in pencil or about to sketch something up, like a painting for example.

A graphite tonal scale shows how heavy that grade of pencil can go following through to how light it can be used. In the YouTube video, I used a 2B which is a fairly standard weight. Ladies, if your own weight is somewhere between size 12-14, the next time you are asked what is your weight, just say 2B, merely to see the reaction!

Tone is a critical part of any drawing, painting or mixed media artwork. Why? Because without tone, your artwork will look flat and 2D. By doing a tonal scale in just one weight pencil for a graphite sketch, you can then check if your sketch includes all areas of that scale.

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Artist: Norman Lindsay (1878-1969) Title: Study for Marriage Medium: Pencil on paper Image Size: 64.5 x 51.5 cm

Australian artist, Norman Lindsay (1878-1969), is a great example for tonal sketches. This continues in his pen sketches, etchings and also paintings. Imagine the lack of choice art supplies available around the turn of the 20th century yet the quality of the work of these artists is simply outstanding.

Enjoy watching this quick video of Mrs Red doing a tonal scale in 2B pencil and then have a go yourself. All you need is a pencil and a piece of paper, too easy!

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9 ways to make time for art, every week.

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Photo by Atilla Taskiran on Unsplash

Since I released the Red’s Art Cart in July 2017 some of my subscribers have said that in that month they haven’t found the time to open the box and play with the products. I am going to help you FIND time to do some art every week, regardless if you are a subscriber to the Art Carts or not.

 

Below is 9 ways to make ART time every week!

Set 30 minutes aside ONCE a week. This may be on your day off, get up 30 minutes earlier if you are an early riser like myself or if you are the opposite, a night owl, plan for 30 minutes in the evening after dinner and when kids have gone to bed. It’s 30 minutes in a WEEK, not a day. It has to be a full 30 minutes too, not broken into 10 minute sessions.

Set a monthly theme. Perhaps for the month of October, your theme is all about flowers (its spring time in Australia so there is an abundance). Set yourself a monthly goal of maybe 4 art projects related to flowers. Again, this is once a week and depending on your skills and your materials, these projects may take 10 minutes or a few hours. Breaking down 4 projects into 4 weeks becomes manageable though.

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Photo by Victoria Bilsborough on Unsplash

Behave like a Master! Think about the Masters of the art world. The likes of Picasso, Van Gogh, Matisse, Monet. I truly believe they became so darn amazing at what they did because back then in the late 1800’s they did not have the distractions that we have now. No television, no telephones, no fast cars to get you from A to B and the big one and you know where I am going with this… no online world to distract them from their profession! I hate to be blunt BUT replace 30 minutes (a week remember) by turning the TV off, put your phone down, stop scrolling through social media. Just 30 minutes, replace 30 minutes of most likely wasted screen time with art time. Social media will still be there half an hour later, I promise.

Join in on a challenge. Contradicting myself a little bit here, because this always seems to be a social media game but there are many #challenges you can join, particularly on Instagram. In the Red’s Art Cart, I include an Artist Trading Card (ATC) in every cart and the challenge if you wish, is to create a little artwork on that ATC and send it back to me and I then put it into someone else’s cart in the future. Joining a challenge also makes you accountable.

Work small. Big isn’t always better! Sometimes a big sketchbook or large canvas can just seem overwhelming. An A6 sketchbook, ATC, or postcard size canvas – all these make a little artwork more achievable and then you feel like you have achieved.

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Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

Art is the best therapy! Studies have revealed that people who doodle on a constant basis are at less risk of losing their mind, as in dementia and Alzheimer’s. It’s not hard to understand that a simple little creative session does sooth the mind, relaxes you and if it is going to help your mind stay strong and healthy in your golden years then what other reason do you want!

Take a course. This could be one in your local community or online based. It is hard to know the good from the bad and not all art teachers are on the same wave length as yourself but my advice is to start a course that is in your budget and find out from that if you are getting value for money.

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Purchase an Art Cart! The best thing about Red’s Art Cart is that you can create something from the contents solely from that cart. Most carts even include paper. They arrive on your door and you don’t know what is inside until you open the box and then you can watch Mrs Red on YouTube creating an artwork with the materials from that cart, to give you a little more inspiration.

 

Create a studio space. There is nothing worse, when you have to wipe down the kitchen table of leftover food so that you don’t get grease stains on your paper. And then you have to pack your artwork up because it’s time for dinner! Create a nook, something that invites you to sit down to be creative. Those small square card tables are perfect as a starting point.

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Photo by Rachael Gorjestani on Unsplash

In summary, if you can adapt just one of these 9 ways to find more ART time, then you are on your way! Let me know how you go and if you have any other ideas, please share with us all by commenting below.