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What’s inside September Red’s Art Cart?

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Given how long I have been in the Art industry, it still surprises me that there are still art materials out there that I have never come across. I hope this is the case for some of you as well! Alcohol Inks is one of those products. I had heard of them of course but have never really seen what they are used for etc. Wow, so glad I was brave enough to give them a go because I absolutely love them!

They are the main product in the September Red’s Art Cart along with another product I have heard of, watched being used but never really had a go myself, which is YUPO paper. To say this months cart is filled with unbelievable goodliness is an understatement. Mrs Red has definitely delivered this month!

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Let’s take a look at what is inside and what you might want to add as well. Let’s start with the Jacquard Pinata alcohol inks. Every cart received 3 colours and the great thing about these inks is that even though you may think the colours may not go well together, once down on the surface the subtle blends are beautiful.

I have chosen to go with the YUPO paper, mainly because it is the most suitable for the purpose of the art cart. However, alcohol inks can be applied to glass, metal, vellum stock, fabric, clayboard and ceramic. Drawing paper isn’t very effective, with colour becoming very flat and not a lot of spread.

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YUPO paper is a synthetic paper, meaning it is tree-free. It is waterproof and tearproof. The down side to YUPO paper though is that our natural oils in our fingers will damage the surface of the paper so when handling YUPO you need to either wear a latex or cotton glove or simple use a piece of paper towel and grip it between your fingers.

The Liquitex Paint Marker pen is the finest in the Liquitex range, with a chisel tip so you can perform a stroke which is thin or thick. These pens are waterproof and also like the alcohol inks, can be applied to all kinds of surfaces, including canvas. They work really well over the top of all paints as well. The colour I chose to use in the artwork was fairly light, going on top of darker inks, so the nib did end up a little dirty but nothing a quick scribble on scrap paper can’t fix.

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And who is a Pigma Micron fan out there? Mrs Red most definitely is and really really wishes this new pen in the range was around when I had my art shop, running all the kids art classes and trying to find a good working black pen that didn’t have its nib broken by heavy little hands. The new Pigma Micron has a plastic nib (0.4) and is referred to as PN. It has the one weight but comes in 8 different slightly unusual colours. The ink and quality are undeniably the same as the rest of the range.

And what are you going to spread your alcohol ink around the YUPO paper with? I nice economical style brush. Nothing fancy about this brush but that is exactly what I wanted. All it is doing is helping spread the ink. You just have to be careful of fly away bristles.

When you purchase an Art Cart, they come with one Artist Trading Card (ATC). The intention is to experiment on the little card and either pass it on to family or friend, or you can post them back to Mrs Red and I put them in other carts and someone will receive a little artwork by a complete stranger. It’s the little things that makes us smile J

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All stock in this month’s Art Cart can be purchased through the Mrs Red’s art shop which is www.mrsredsartshop.com

As always, make sure you check out the YouTube video’s below to see an explanation of how to use the alcohol inks and YUPO paper and to watch the feather artwork come together. If you would like to subscribe to the Art Carts, then please follow the links on this website. Mrs Red was holding an online art class every month where the Art Cart subscribers could come together, however the times never suit everybody plus some people just want to be left alone, so now, when you subscribe, you are given the opportunity to hook up, one on one, with Mrs Red for a private art class for 30 minutes. This way, Mrs Red can get to know the Art Carter’s and what type of art they are into etc.

 

Red’s Art Cart is perfect for hobby artists, people who live in rural areas, artists who need that push to just get moving on something and is a great way to hold accountability for your monthly creative time. You will also use products that you would not normally purchase, and some Carts contain samples of products that normally have to be purchased in larger amounts. The feeling you get from sitting down and having a dabble is such a wonderful and healthy way to spend your down time. Give it a go!

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. This way we all get to see your beautiful artworks.

Happy creating everyone!
Mrs Red
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Meet Suzi Poland – Mrs Red’s Artist of the Month!

Suzi Poland is August 18 Red’s Art Cart feature artist (that seemed like a mouthful)! The theme for August was Urban Sketching and with Mrs Red showing a lack of skills in this department it was time to bring someone else on board as the feature artist. After a quick hashtag search on Instagram I came across Suzi and her gorgeous work, both urban and other art styles. Her urban sketching is inspiring, and I had my fingers crossed she would agree to my last-minute request, which she did, and I am so happy to have met this talented Aussie artist, who helped me out of the hole I had dug for myself. I adore urban sketches and think anyone who can sit and draw what is in front of them are amazing. It’s not my strength but hey, we can’t be good at everything, so I was happy to ask for help. I hope you enjoy reading about Suzi as much as I have had interacting with her over the past month.

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Tell us briefly about what part of Australia you live in?
I live on the northern beaches of Sydney, Australia, just over an hour’s drive from the city.

What style of art do you do?
Depending on my mood, location, the subject, or materials at hand, my work falls into different styles. Some are restrained, monochromatic, others colourful and playful. Some are journalistic reportage, others intuitive or imagined. Currently, I am working on combining everything I do, so if I had to define what I’m aiming for, I’d say whimsical minimalism, or simply, what makes us happy.

What influences your art style?
Sometimes when I create, I am designing/making for others, sometimes I am simply pleasing myself, capturing the essence or telling a tale. Working alone for five years, I developed a practice based on where I live, by the sea, the bush and the bay. Nature, the local seaside culture and cycles of the seasons and the moon are all influences on my work.

I am also influenced by my childhood, spent on the English coast and countryside, and my background in landscape architecture, tourism and design.

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What is your history with art (any courses, self-taught, professional or hobby artist)?
As a child I sketched and drew, but instead of art school, I chose to Landscape Architecture and learnt how to draw to communicate concepts and imaginings so they could be constructed as playgrounds, streetscapes, parks and gardens. I also learnt how to think in space and time. This, and my love of adventure, led to a post graduate degree in Tourism Management. Whilst it may seem a slight detour on the path to art, it taught me much about what we desire and allowed me to explore themes of attraction, happiness and story in my work.

After my Tourism degree and when my girls were still in primary school, I started a business selling tropical flowers at local markets in Sydney. It came after a trip to Nth Queensland where my husband and I have a close affinity to the reef and the rainforests. I learnt lots through this phase about creating in conversation with the marketplace, starting with flowers and ending up doing gigs for weddings and at the Sydney Opera House! Most of all I learnt, that in everything we do there is always a second meaning, so I wasn’t selling flowers, but rather messages of love.

Later, I did a series of creative courses, online and in-person in a variety of mediums both 2D and 3D and just last year I completed a Diploma of Ceramics.

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Have you ever exhibited or entered art awards?
I will be exhibiting my drawings at the #100DayProject Global Meet Up in Sydney which I am hosting. My ceramics have been selected to Little Things twice and the Newport Art Trail and my printmaking was exhibited at Manly Gallery. I also have a sketchbook in the Brooklyn Library which I did as part of The Sketchbook Project.

Do you have any advice to anyone else who loves to dabble or is just beginning their art journey?
Don’t listen to the mob or succumb to the pressure of the mainstream art world as a way to pursue your creativity … keep searching, keep trying all sorts of things, set up little projects of your own to explore aspects of your creativity. Sure, go to art school, learn techniques, but throughout all of it, don’t search for fame as a measure of success, instead keep searching for what makes you come alive. If that is simply learning, beginning, trying, that’s enough, keep exploring. If through persistence you don’t give up and you get good at something, that may please you, keep going as you will get even better. Re-visiting old ways can be exciting, so too can teaching others, selling stuff or entering competitions. Please, whatever you do, don’t set such a rigid route that you become stuck and art becomes a chore, but if it does, start a side-project, you never know what might spring up!

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Away from the desk/easel, what are your other interests?
Haha! When is an artist ever “off the job” especially when you are a sketcher like me! Even on holidays, as well as my clothes etc, there’s always a small bag of art supplies that come with me. Just ask my family! I love walking the many bush and coastal paths around where I live and my husband knows almost every plant we see. He and I love visiting rainforests and gardens and places of natural or cultural beauty as much as we love visiting a pub! He loves to surf whilst I prefer to swim in summer, go to yoga or do WuTao, which is like dancing Tai Chi. I love hanging out with my family, watching movies or catching up with friends, but yes, art and creativity form a big part of who I am.

If you could meet any particular artist, living or not, who would it be?
I think what I love most is the ability we have to meet kindred spirits online, so they are the one’s I’d love to meet. If it was someone from the past, it would be my ancestor who collected wildflowers in Western Australia, or other female artists or anyone who told stories or found joy in their life by simply making art from what’s around them.

Do you have a studio space? Describe it (as in organized, chaos, minimal, can’t move etc).
This question always amuses me. I did have a studio in the village for several years where I could create and people could visit, but I am lucky enough to live on the edge of a big city and now I am doing more things that need equipment, it’s been great to be able to attend Open Studios and join other creatives in specifically designed spaces for printmaking, woodworking or ceramics. I also work from various parts of my home painting, drawing, sewing, writing or creating online and when the weather is good I go out filming or sketching or if I need solitude, I can retreat indoors to one of many local cafes. I admit, I do love the variety!

Where would you like to see yourself in 10 years from now?
Ten years from now, I’d like to be living lightly, somewhere peaceful, surrounded by nature, the sea and the city, close to my family and connected to creative people. Having a quiet cuppa or glass of something while laughing at how silly we can be. I’d love to be a prizewinning artist, but more importantly, I’d like to be creating beauty, contributing where I can and sharing the joy in the world that I see. I do love connecting and gathering, so maybe a beautiful studio where I could offer workshops and retreats would be fun, so too would traveling with a sketchbook meeting all sorts of people!

Click here to visit Suzi’s website and to find out more about the Sydney 100 Day project (in News tab)
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Wow, such a great read and I really thank Suzi for taking the time to answer my questions and wish her well with the 100 day project coming up on 25th August.

This article has been written in regards to Red’s Art Cart, which is a monthly art subscription box, packed full of art supplies, YouTube video’s, links to online art classes and information on art supplies. For more info and to subscribe to the Art Cart please click here.

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What’s inside August Red’s Art Cart?

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Every month Mrs Red likes to bring exciting and different art supplies to the Art Carter’s doors. This month is no exception, pushing boundaries for some, including Mrs Red!

For the past year, every month, Mrs Red has done the accompanying art work for the Art Carts. This artwork is also filmed and uploaded to the Mrs Red’s art room YouTube channel for everyone to enjoy. However, this month was different, for two reasons. Firstly, I am not equipped to film myself drawing beyond my studio due to my camera set up and this month is all about drawing outside. Secondly, I have not done a lot of location sketching and like everything, the more you do it the better you become. So, I rapidly decided to have a feature artist for this month, which is something I have been intending on doing but haven’t got around to it.

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For August, the theme for the Art cart is Urban Sketching. Have you heard of Urban Sketching before? It is actually an art movement which began in 2007, where groups of people would come together and sketch, on location, sketching what was happening right then, right now. Seattle based illustrator and journalist, Gabriel Campanario created an online forum, inviting others to draw the cities they live in, the cafes they adorn, the parks they sit and have lunch in. There was only one rule, the sketch had to take place on location, not by photo’s or memory. A year later Gabriel set up a blog called Urban Sketchers, where he invited people to upload their sketches so that we could all “see the world, one drawing at a time”.  This blog went crazy and by December 2009, Urban Sketches was incorporated as a non-profit in the state of Washington.

Fast track to today, there is a yearly event held in a different city of America, worldwide urban sketching workshops and on Facebook you will most likely find an Urban Sketching group in your closest city or town. But don’t let the social aspect of it stop you. If you are an Art Carter and received this cart or you simply want to give it a go, head outside with as little as a piece of paper and a pencil and sketch away!

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Included in the August Art Cart is some basic needs for a bit of urban sketching. The main product of the cart is the beautiful A5 Winsor & Newton journal that has tracing paper interleaven between each piece of drawing paper. The idea behind this is so that when using soft materials such as charcoal and pastel, the rubbings will not move around so much, you can draw on both sides of one page and they also just keep the opposite page clean. Then there is a HB graphite pencil and a 2B woodless crayon pencil (for shading in larger areas) as well as a Faber-Castell kneadable eraser, which is great to rub off excess graphite or make highlights into your darker areas. And then there are 3 different sizes of paper stumps which help you blend graphite or colour, giving a smoother finish. I have also included two Stabilo CarbOthello pastel pencils so that there is a little bit of colour added to the cart and the best thing about these pencils is that they can be used to turn colour into a light wash as well. Finally, a simple sketching pen, the Artline 200, which does not bleed through but is not archival or waterproof, just keep that in mind.

After realizing that I was not able to provide the artwork for this cart I went in search of an Australian sketcher who could help me out. I came across the ever so talented Suzi Poland. She doesn’t do a great deal of urban sketching but what she has done has such an organic feel to it through loose lines and simply using a black marker pen in her sketch journal. You can follow Suzi at @suzipoland on Instagram or head to suzipoland.com

All stock in this month’s Art Cart can be purchased through the Mrs Red’s art shop which is mrsredsartshop.com

As always, make sure you check out the YouTube video below to see my very first, and a little wobbly, YouTube LIVE video. If you would like to subscribe to the Art Carts, then please follow the links on this website. PLUS, Mrs Red now holds an online art classes every month where the Art Cart subscribers can come together for an art class, show their work, discuss materials, ask questions and get advice on their work, all in the comfort of their own creative space at home!

Red’s Art Cart is perfect for hobby artists, people who live in rural areas, artists who need that push to just get moving on something and is a great way to hold accountability for your monthly creative time. You will also use products that you would not normally purchase and some Carts contain samples of products that normally have to be purchased in larger amounts. The feeling you get from sitting down and having a dabble is such a wonderful and healthy way to spend your down time. Give it a go!

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. This way we all get to see your wonderful urban sketches.

Happy sketching everyone!

Mrs Red
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What’s inside July Red’s Art Cart?

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The July 18 Red’s Art Cart is a special one because….. Red’s Art Cart has turned 1 years old!!! Now that is something worth celebrating. And Mrs Red has not disappointed, packing the Art Cart full of colourful fun for subscribers to enjoy!

 

To be perfectly honest, this was not the intended Cart for July. It was actually intended for April 18 however when it came time to order the stock, Mrs Red was given horrible news in that the main art supply, Brusho, was completely out of stock! Why? Because Brusho is the best and everyone wants to get their hands on some!

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Skip forward to July and the Brusho was back in stock and I was able to get this Art Cart out there finally. I have also filled the Mrs Red’s Art Shop (.com) with the Brusho pots as well because once you try, you will be back for more colours.

So, what is Brusho? The correct name is Brusho Crystal Colour and it is a highly pigmented watercolour ink powder. There is nothing else like it around and its unique qualities make it unpredictable, fun and ideal for anyone wishing to create loose, impressionistic and vibrant art work. There are 30 colours in the range and they can be used for watercolour painting and design work, ink and wash, fabric decoration, dying, stenciling and printing. Perfect for the beginner who just wants to explore and also for children of all ages.

Not to be outdone, also in July’s Art Cart is two Derwent Graphik Line Painter pens. There are 20 colours in this range, the nib size is 0.5mm for all and they contain water-based pigment paint that is lightfast, opaque and permanent. The other great thing about this fabulous range of paint pens is that the barrel is frosted so you can see the paint moving inside and know when it’s almost time to buy a new one. They are completely waterproof as I prove in the YouTube video below.

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And of course, to use the Brusho, you need a paint brush and not a fine dainty one at that. So also included in the Cart is a big Nuart round squirrel brush. This brush holds so much water and was fabulous to use and is at a really economical price.

Finally, Stonehenge have bought out a watercolour paper and a sample selection of these papers have also been included for subscribers to try out.

All stock in this month’s Art Cart can be purchased through the Mrs Red’s art shop which is www.mrsredsartshop.com

As always, make sure you check out the YouTube video’s below to see an explanation of how to use Brusho and to watch the frog artwork come together. If you would like to subscribe to the Art Carts, then please follow the links on this website. PLUS, Mrs Red now holds two online art classes per month where the Art Cart subscribers can come together for an art class, show their work, discuss materials, ask questions and get advice on their work, all in the comfort of their own creative space at home!

Red’s Art Cart is perfect for hobby artists, people who live in rural areas, artists who need that push to just get moving on something and is a great way to hold accountability for your monthly creative time. You will also use products that you would not normally purchase and some Carts contain samples of products that normally have to be purchased in larger amounts. The feeling you get from sitting down and having a dabble is such a wonderful and healthy way to spend your down time. Give it a go!

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. This way we all get to see your beautiful oil paintings.

Happy Brusho month everyone!

Mrs Red
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What’s inside MAY Red’s Art Cart?

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Ever heard an artist say, “once you have painted with oils, you will never go back”. I heard it time and time again and when the timing was right I bought a few cheap oils to have a go and never looked back! I began buying good quality oils and brushes and had a love affair with oil painting for the next 4 years!

The MAY Red’s Art Cart is themed around water mixable oil paints and not having picked up a brush and done an oil painting for well over 5 years now, I frighteningly absolutely LOVED putting this Cart together! So much so I began looking at upcoming exhibitions and, in my mind, have already painted a large Still Life of teacups and cakes. There is just something about oils, the butter like consistency, the texture they give, the way you can take a break and not have your work dry on you and also the smell they give off along with the turps.

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There are a handful of paint brands who are producing water mixable oils and included in the Art Cart this month is the Daler-Rowney Georgian water mixable oil paints. I chose to go with the 3 primary colours and a white so that the Art Carter’s can mix a rainbow of new colours. The Georgian brand is a perfect price for entry level oil paints. And I have to admit, apart from if you stick the tube right under your nose, there is no odor at all. When cleaning, you wash your brushes in a bucket of soapy water, however I didn’t feel this was enough. A brush cleaner would help as well. I didn’t try it, but I would be inclined in future to still use turps on final clean up. The brushes still felt oily after soapy water and when I wiped brushes on paper towel I got paint residue.

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Also featured in the May Red’s Art Cart is a 6”x6” stretched canvas. These are fairly new to my supplier and a nice quality canvas for a nice price. You can purchase different sizes through Mrs Red by simply emailing the size you would like. Brushes by the supplier have also been added to the cart along with quite a handy palette. This palette folds into itself, making it quite compact for travel and although it served the purpose for the Cart I would be more inclined to use a traditional oil palette as it wasn’t easy to clean. It is made of stong thin plastic so for oil paints it really needs to be seen as a throw away palette.

As always, make sure you check out the YouTube video’s below to see the Vase of Flowers painting coming together and if you want to subscribe to the Art Carts then please follow the links on this website. PLUS, Mrs Red now holds two online art classes per month where the Art Cart subscribers can come together for an art class, show their work, discuss materials, ask questions and get advice on their work, all in the comfort of their own creative space at home!

Red’s Art Cart is perfect for hobby artists, people who live in rural areas, artists who need that push to just get moving on something and is a great way to hold accountability for your monthly creative time. You will also use products that you would not normally purchase and some Carts contain samples of products that normally have to be purchased in larger amounts. The feeling you get from sitting down and having a dabble is such a wonderful and healthy way to spend your down time. Give it a go!

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. This way we all get to see your beautiful oil paintings.

Happy painting everyone!

Mrs Red
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What’s inside APRIL Red’s Art Cart?

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The theme to the April Red’s Art Cart is not really obvious until you know what it is. I have themed the Cart to be all Japanese products and the combination worked really well together. And although my example art work always features what is inside each months Cart, you can do whatever you like with your new exciting art supplies.

By now, everyone has heard about Zentangles. And if you haven’t, which rock have you been living under!!! They have been around for the best part of the last decade now and in my own brief description, a Zentangle is a pattern with structure and repetitiveness. Doodling can often be confused with Zentangling however doodling is all about just letting the pen take you where it wants and doesn’t have to create a pattern. I am definitely a ‘doodler’ although it was a lot of fun creating the artwork example for this Art Cart.

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Sakura has put together three different Zentangle packs and the one in this month’s Art Cart is called the Renaissance set because of its earthy tones. Included in the set is a sepia and a black 01 Pigma Micron pen (Mrs Red’s favourite drawing pens), a graphite pencil, a white chalky pencil and two tortillions. Also included is 5 mini tiles, a soft recycled paper, which too be honest, the chalky white pencil and the tortillions did not like at all. They were too hard for the papers soft grain. So that is what is included in just the Zentangle set. Then we also included 2 x SAI watercolour brush pens. These markers are not as common as say the Tombow Dual Brush pen however I wanted to give another brand the limelight. I might have to do a separate blog post and ‘compare the pair’ between the Tombow and Sai brush pens. Stay tuned for that. Each Cart received one Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze pen. These pens are cool as! They are like a gel pen, but the ink is thick, and it will dry raised and glossy. There are not a whole lot of colours in the range however they are more of a ‘highlight’ kind of pen so it’s nice to only have a few colours to choose from. And lastly, a Sakura Foam eraser. Again, another Mrs Red fav, mainly because they are very soft, require no pushing and the foam rolls into a little worm as you use it, meaning little mess!

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As always, make sure you check out the YouTube video’s below to see the Zentangle being created and if you want to subscribe to the Art Carts then please follow the links on this website. PLUS, Mrs Red now holds two webinars per month where the Art Cart subscribers can come together for an art class, show their work, discuss materials, ask questions and get advice on their work, all in the comfort of their own creative space at home!

The contents of each month’s Cart are a big secret that only my art 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. It is also a way of ‘just getting started’! 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. This way we all get to see your beautiful artworks.

Happy Zentangling everyone!

Mrs Red
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What’s inside MARCH Red’s Art Cart?

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The best part about receiving this monthly art subscription is that you never know what is going to be inside. It’s like having a birthday every month of the year! The Cart is always stocked with professional art supplies, from all over the world and although the art example piece has always been done by myself, that will not always be the case.

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March theme is around coloured pencils and the Derwent Colour Collection is the perfect way to sample different ranges from the Derwent brand. All the Art Carter’s received the tin of 12 pencils which includes 5 Coloursoft, 4 Studio, 1 Metallic, 1 Blender and 1 Burnisher pencil. But what I love the most about this tin of pencils is that it is a go anywhere kind of pack. There is an adequate colour range so very handy for travelling.

Also included is a Koi Aqua brush and the reason for including the aqua brush, apart from just being very handy to have, is that the metallic pencil is also a watercolour pencil! I have used every pencil in the tin for the drawing of the Koi fish.

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There is a Cretacolor coloured pencil sharpener which although feels different to use, it is designed to not allow too much of the coloured graphite to be exposed, which was hard to get used to. And finally, everyone received one of the 7 sample books from the Fabriano Boutique Paper Range. These are pocket size books with one of the 7 different grades of paper.

As always, make sure you check out the YouTube video’s below to see the Koi fish drawing taking place 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 please please show us your artworks via Instagram or the Facebook page which is mentioned on your information card inside your cart. This way we all get to see your beautiful artworks.

Happy drawing everyone!

Mrs Red
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What’s inside FEBRUARY Red’s Art Cart?

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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)!

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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?

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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.

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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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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!

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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.

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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.

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This year I’ve started trying my hand at whimsical characters.  A class I completed from LifeBook (https://www.willowing.org/product/life-book-2017/)

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

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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 😊

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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?
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.

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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 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 (https://www.facebook.com/twosisters.com.au/)   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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