Art Carts

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

Creating art

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



Art Carts

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 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.



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!



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!



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.


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.

Info card-2

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.

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!


Red’s Art Cart or Red’s Student Art Cart?


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.

Contents of September 17 Art Cart

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.

Snapshot of the projects found in the October 17 Student Art cart


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


Red’s STUDENT Art Cart has arrived!


Please click here STUDENT to read more about what is included and price options. The Student Art Cart is in my opinion the first of its kind in that the 3 projects inside have lesson plans included and you can also watch Mrs Red do the projects as well on the YouTube channel.

The first Student Art Cart orders close on 30th September and will be sent out on the 13th October. A whole lot of fun!!!!