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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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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 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 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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What’s inside DECEMBER Red’s Art Cart!

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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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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!