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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
If you have been wondering which Art Cart to choose then perhaps an explanation behind both of them will help with your decision.
The idea originated from the ‘subscription box’ concept that other businesses have created. From my research, the most popular subscription boxes around are related to health & beauty. And then there are smaller more gift like as well, candles, socks, even ties! I personally love the idea of these boxes and wanted to jump on board.
My competition was in the States and they are kicking arse with it. So, I decided to test the waters and subscribed to one to find out what it is all about. To say my excitement level was overwhelming when that first box arrived was an understatement. I was onboard immediately, using my materials that same day and although I knew what all the products were, they were ones that I had not tried. The following months box contained a product that hadn’t even arrived in Australia yet so felt very special indeed. The biggest issue though was the price. Converted to $AU plus postage hiked the price up considerably. Several months followed and I had a better idea of how to go about this myself. After all, I have art reps I have been doing business with for 5 years prior to being solely an online art business.
The plan was to kick off the adults monthly Art Cart first and then follow it up with a student version. The monthly cart is planned four months ahead which works well with my need to plan, be organized and not leave anything to last minute. The student version was a little harder to work out. What age was I going to target, how in depth was the project going to be. I decided on a bi-monthly box for students, with all supplies and paper included plus detailed project plans.
So, who are you, which box is right for you and is it for you in the first place?
Red’s Art Cart is a monthly cart suited to ages 14+. Each month is a big secret as to what is inside and the month follows a theme so you can use the entire cart for one complete project OR you can just add new supplies to your, most likely, overfilled art supply box/cupboard/drawer. Donna Downey, one of America’s most popular mixed media artists and business owner once said, “she who dies with the most art supplies wins”. I love this quote and I think I am possibly in the running for that award! The monthly cart is not for the novice however. You want to be a hobby artist at the very least, someone who loves to dabble, try new things and get downright excited about starting a new artwork. I want to see you enjoy the challenge of creating something with the materials you received and sharing your artworks on social media with me and the world. All the details for this are mentioned on the information card included in each cart. There are no guided projects in this cart. You do however get to see myself, Mrs Red, create an artwork with the months cart materials over on the Mrs Red’s art room YouTube channel. This cart is designed to be a subscription which means the buyer doesn’t have to worry about remembering to pay before the next month. You can test the waters and buy a one-off month for a slightly higher price and I have also begun to add a few leftover carts to the online shop once that months has been sent out. The other fantastic reason to join this monthly subscription is if you live in a rural/remote area where art supply shops are just not an option.
On the flip side, we have Red’s Student Art Cart. My main reason for calling it ‘student’ rather than ‘kids’ is because the projects that are included are really guided with detailed project plans for each artwork. You may be an adult novice who hasn’t done art since high school and have no idea where to start and this will be the starting point before you progress to the monthly cart. I also wanted to target disadvantaged adult youth, the disabled and aged care. This cart is not aimed at ages 5+ with the projects able to be completed by this young age, with guidance from an adult. Also, a great option for home schooled youth as well as primary school teachers who want to incorporate some art projects with a difference in their classrooms. Three projects are included in the cart with all the supplies needed including the papers, which go up to A2 in size. Each project has a detailed project plan with a step-by-step format and you can also watch Mrs Red do the project on the YouTube channel. These carts begin in October 2017 and I will just keep releasing a new cart every 2 months. When you click on the Student Art Cart in the online shop, you will see a snapshot of the 3 projects included in that cart. So even if you want the October 17 cart in July 18 you can still purchase it, as the projects don’t date.
I hope this has helped in any decisions you have to make about which is the right cart for your needs. If there is anything I have missed, please send me a question below this post.
And remember, it is healthy for the mind and the soul to take time out and do something creative. “Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain and artist when they grow up” – Pablo Picasso
Interested in signing up to Red’s Art Cart but want to know what is inside first? Here is a look at what is in this months Red’s Art Cart. The July cart is also on YouTube along with 2 video’s of artwork that I have done using the contents of each cart.
You have until 14th August to sign up to the September cart and one thing I am fairly confident in saying is that the contents are very different to any overseas art subscription service. I have gone the extra mile with this one!!!