Artist Interview – Rochelle Melville

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Today it is my pleasure to introduce the next Lulu Art Design Team Member for 2017.

Introducing Rochelle Melville from Rockmelon Recycled. Rochelle is known for her use of bright beautiful colours in her gorgeous artwork. You’ll see what I mean. She was also part of the Lulu Art Design Team of 2016.

I asked Rochelle to tell me about herself and asked her a few questions over a virtual coffee.

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I am immersed full time in intentional creativity. I am in my final tern of study to become an art therapist, plus I design and make fine wood creations for a woodwork business with my husband called Lathe & Chisel. I also teach art classes specialising in teaching art journaling for health and healing (no art experience needed). I am about to self publish my first book on getting through the difficult seasons in life too, so it will be a busy year.

How/When did I get interested in art?

Creating has always been my thing. Even as a child I was colouring, drawing, making stuff out of cereal boxes, sewing my teddy bear’s outfits and painting. I wanted to study fine art straight out of high school, but instead I chose to ignore my heart (artist can’t make a living blah, blah, blah, blah) and study something ‘sensible’.

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Can you remember one of the first things you drew or painted?
I remember on my very first day of school we glued red crepe paper balls into a picture of an apple. Interestingly, it’s my only memory from that first day of school.
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What’s you favourite piece of work that you have created?
The piece I am working on now. I just fall in love with every piece I make.
 
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Do you have a favourite Artist?
No,  but I have been strongly influenced by Christy Tomlinson’s techniques and products.
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What’s the best thing about being an artist?
Everything. It’s a lifestyle and a life calling. It is a heart and soul connection to seeing beauty, inspiration and encouragement all around and sharing those moments with the world through free artistic expression.

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Do you like to have music playing while you create and if so, what kind of music do you to that inspires you? 

On the rare opportunities that I am creating in an empty house, I do put music on, but I’m more likely to listen to dialogue on a favourite DVD while I create.

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What is your favourite thing that you often include in your work?

A tree, bird, butterfly or dragonfly, the words ‘hope’, ‘beautiful’ or ‘faith’. I can’t seem to get away from the colour pink. Even though it’s not my favourite colour, I love creating with it. I also love to incorporate secret symbols, words or messages in custom artworks.

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What do I do when not creating?

Sleeping…lol.

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What are your favourite products to use?

Inks sprays and paint or salvaged and reclaimed timber.

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Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?

Grab your fears and preconceived ideas of what art is and should be, screw them up into a ball and toss them in the bin. Then set fire to it and toast marshmallow. The best way to silence the inner critic is to have fun without any judgement (good or bad, just focus on allowing things to flow). Simply create and create and create.

Where can you see my work?

Find me as ‘Rockmelon Recycled’ on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rockmelonrecycled/ 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCezHjYXiL1rgdOY4Mla1cig

Facebook as ‘Rockmelon’: https://www.facebook.com/rockmelon-224761254234983/

and on my blog: https://rockmelonrecycled.com.au

Do you have any upcoming classes?

My 2017 workshop calendar is still coming.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know our first Lulu Art Design Team Member. Pop back tomorrow to see Rochelle in action when she creates her very first tutorial for the Lulu Art Design Team of 2017.

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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Colour Me Positive – Week 8

Welcome to Week 8.

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I guess I see this quote being about PERSEVERANCE. Do you find that you appreciate things more if you’ve had to work harder for them? Often this is true.

My first thought is of pregnancy and birth. Going nine long months, with a little human growing inside you. ‘The climb’, being the journey of pregnancy and it’s effects you. Nine months of putting on weight, aching body, pains in places you never new existed, sleepless nights, being uncomfortable, changing hormones, hands and feet swelling, morning sickness, etc, etc. With me I hap lots of hip pain, as well as hand and wrist pain due to a condition that developed while I was pregnant, where I had to wear a brace to bed to keep my hand in a certain position to stop the pain.

Then the long awaited day of the birth arrives. To meet you child for the first time is my ‘the best view’.

There are many other examples that relate to this quote. What do you think of first when you read this quote?

Extra Challenge for this prompt: This week I challenge you to start your creation by using your favourite stencil.

If you have any suggestions on how you would like to see this challenge develop, please don’t hesitate to let me know either by commenting on this post or emailing me at admin@luluart.com.au.

Extra Daily Challenge:

For those of you who would like daily or alternative prompts, I have prepared a Daily Journal Prompt List. You can find it in the Facebook Group under Files.

Wanting to know more about Colour Me Positive Challenge visit, The Introduction Post.

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Week 8 Challenge Prize: 

This weeks prize is a surprise pack of goodies, for the lucky winner from Lulu Art Store.

I will draw a random name on Friday 10th March from those who have uploaded into the Week 8 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

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Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill,  you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw.

Week 6 Prize Draw:ekgorman

Today’s lucky winner is EK Gorman. This is so sweet. Congratulations.

 

 

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Did you see our first Artist Interview for 2017? You can view it here. It was with our Design Team member Kate Palmer, AKA Sparkle Tart.

You can view her free video tutorial here, where you see create a gorgeous, sparkly journal page.

 

Some New Arrivals

 

Shopping from outside of Australia.

If you are outside of Australia you can order through Lulu Art store. Once you place an order I will calculate the cheapest possible shipping rate for you. You are under no obligation to complete your order, if postage cost is undesirable.

Please PM or email me at admin@luluart.com.au if you have an urgent questions.

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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Kylie Fowler Website

Recycled Packaging Art Journal Page

Hi Lulu Art Fans!  Kate (aka Sparkle Tart) here with you on the blog today with a cool idea for using some of that gorgeous packaging you get on your art supplies!  Today I’m going to let loose my slightly WEIRD side!  I hope I’m not alone when I buy a new art supply and spend a minute or two marvelling over the beautiful packaging.  I mean that’s not so weird right – they MAKE the packaging to be attractive, eye-catching and pretty so we want to buy the product!  Well, my latest purchase of a Black Dylusions art journal from Ranger had packaging just too pretty to throw away – so I decided to incorporate it into my journal as the very first page.

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BASIC TECHNIQUE

Cut packaging into a variety of interesting shapes and glue onto your pages using Matte Gel Medium.

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Use a Dylusions stencil (I picked patterns that were similar to the images in the packaging, and the shapes I cut out) and Black Gesso to break up the shapes of the packaging by adding stencilled images over both the packaging and the background.  Then get in there with the paint left on the brush and really scruff up those edges!!

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Add texture using Light Molding Paste and stencils, you can use the same ones you used before or introduce new images.  You are again aiming to break up the background and blur the line between the collage papers and the journal page.  Also smear a little of the paste around on the page to create interesting texture and a bit of shape to the page.

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Add colour to the Stencilled shapes using acrylic paints (Golden and Dina Wakley) – choose colours that compliment, though stand-out, against the background – make sure there is some variety in the paint you use, for maximum interest.   Try adding one colour while another is still wet, for interesting blends and then let other colours dry between layers for a different look.  Also flick a little of each colour over the background to scruff up that clean black paper.

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Add some of the  Gansai Tambi metallic paints onto and around the textured elements.

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Add some of the art alchemy paints to both the images, the texture and around the patterns and make sure whatever you do on one side you add a little to the other side as well.  Look at the amazing shimmer from the Art Alchemy paint – super gorgeous.

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Once all the paint is dry, highlight some of the texture on the page using a gold wax paste and add some white paint pen and embellishments to really make the design pop.   Leave some of the paint pen as white lines and use your fingers to blend other sections into the background.

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And your finished pages might look something like this, a blend of packaging and new texture, metallic and bright painted elements.  If I hadn’t told you I was using packaging you would never guess!

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Here are a few close-ups so you can see the yummy details.

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You can watch this page being created in the video clip below.

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Artist Interview – Kate Palmer

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Today it is an absolute pleasure to introduce the very first Lulu Art Design Team Member for 2017.

Introducing Kate Palmer, otherwise known as SparkleTart. I’ve known Kate for quite a while now and have followed her along her creative journey. I’m sure you’re going to love her.

I asked Kate to tell me about herself and asked her a few questions over a virtual coffee.

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A bit about myself

Where do I begin, I’m a 40- something artist/crafter who likes to collect fabulous supplies.  My husband called me a ‘Sparkle Tart’ and now everyone else does as well.   I live in Townsville in QLD and spend my days working at James Cook University in Tech Support and Communications (yes I’m a total computer nerd!) and the people I work with have gotten used to seeing me with the odd bit of glitter somewhere – that stuff gets all over.  I get a great deal of joy from pottering about in my studio and from explaining to others how to use their supplies to create amazing art (perhaps because I used to be a teacher!), for some weird reason I also LOVE organising and cataloguing my art supply stash.  I don’t have one specific style, as I adore learning and creating too much to have settled into one particular look.  I adore mixed media (even before I knew it had a name!), in particular, I love mixing watercolour and acrylic products and techniques with everything.  If I’m being honest, often I just have a ball just messing about in my studio.  I really hate doing the exact same thing more than once, so am constantly evolving and trying out new ideas, supplies, and combinations.  I mostly create Art journal pages, cards and the occasional layout, canvas or off the page project and enjoy incorporating techniques, doodles and of course, there is always a little bling tucked away on my pieces somewhere!

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How/When did I get interested in art?

My grandparents had a ‘busy table’ and since they were quite traditional (kids were supposed to be quiet), I spend a LOT of time at the busy table.  There was a great supply of pens, pencils and paper and I was happy to create for hours.  My Grandpa would often sit there with me and chat as I would draw – I love those memories.  I continued to create during Primary and High school, but began to feel inadequate and compare myself to others – one of the killers of creativity.  I would say my passion was rekindled while taking my very first art class, which was a requirement for my degree in Education.  I had the opportunity to get inky, try new ideas and I found my passion rekindled (I ended up being the class tutor the following year).  Since then I haven’t stopped creating and am so grateful to have this back in my life.

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One of the first things I drew or painted?

I’ve been drawing since I can remember, the first specific thing I can remember trying to draw was ET after my Mum and I went to see the movie for my birthday. I can’t say it was a huge success. Everyone thought it was a teddy bear but for a 7 year old it was pretty momentous!  After that, I went through a horse phase for about 3 years – I think I drove my parents just a little nuts!

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Favourite piece of work that I have created?

This changes with the day. My current favourite is my watercolour galaxy – probably because Karl Urban signed it and said it was ‘Very cool’ – sigh – I DIE!  You can see it here:  http://www.sparkletart.com/rsr/2016/10/how-to-create-dark-watercolor-glalaxy-with-amazing-patterns-for-a-star-trek-journal-page.html

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Favourite Artist?

There are sooooo many artists I admire, but if I have to pick just one it would be Leonardo DaVinci – he appeals to both the artist and the science nerd in me.  I would love to go to the DaVinci museum one day.

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What’s the best thing about being an artist?

Oh gosh, the freedom to create whatever your little heart and hands desire.  When things go right the amazing moment when you sit back and look at something and realise that I made THAT!

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Do I play music while I create and what inspires me?

Sometimes. I also create with a movie playing in the background or while singing to myself.  As for what type – Everything. It changes with my mood – I love pop songs, zen music, 80’s Rock, a little classical and some blues on occasion.  My taste in music is a bit like my taste in art – pretty eclectic!

Favourite thing to include in your work?

Colour and tiny elements, patterns or textures that you can only see up close and in person.  Sometimes it’s metallic powder, tiny gem stones, small doodles, just little touches that make things feel finished for me.  Though I also rarely finish something without adding a little sparkle somewhere!

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What do I do when not creating?

I love to read, potter in the garden (I grow orchids), I love movies, I plan and organise, and I’ve even been known to play the odd computer game (dragons and treasure are mandatory).

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Favourite products to use?

Sparkles, paints, mica, sprays, embellishments, ink – if it sparkles I LOVE it!  Don’t make me pick just one, though I do love my sparkly sprays and powder paints from Lindy’s if you force me to pick a favourite.

Tips or inspiring words to share?

Focus on making your art interesting and enjoyable, rather than perfect!

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Where can you see my work?

Blog:  www.sparkletart.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/CraftyKatePalmer

FaceBook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/keepitsimplysparkly/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/k8palmer/

Upcoming classes?

I’ve got 2 classes on the go right now

Creative Cardmaking Basics – hosted with Big Picture Classes online – You don’t need every tool out there to make beautiful cards! Kate Palmer encourages you to take your basic supplies further by teaching you 14 amazing techniques using dye ink pads, stamps, embossing powder, paper and embellishments. She walks you through each technique with a detailed video, sharing helpful tips that will help you master each one. You’ll wrap things up by combining what you’ve learned into a series of cards, and leave the class with a creative arsenal full of clever techniques.

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K.I.S.S.ing Class (free) on YouTube – That’s Keep It Simply Sparkly for those who need to know.    Every week there is a new video, looking at SPARKLY PRODUCTS, ways to use them, swatch them and make them SHINE on your cards, layouts, pages, art journals and mixed media pieces.  Let’s have a little fun and Make Your Art SHINE!

 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know our first Lulu Art Design Team Member. Pop back tomorrow to see Kate in action when she creates our very first tutorial for 2017.

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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Colour Me Positive – Week 7

Welcome to week 7. This week is about PROGRESS.

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Did you know that one step forward, no matter how small your feet, no matter how short your stride, even if you crawl, is still a forward motion. Only those who quit and stop moving will not reach their destination or goal.

At times we feel that we’re not making any progress whatsoever, but it’s not until we monitor or self reflect that we notice how far we’ve actually come. If you ever feel like you’re not making any progress, look back at where you started. It’s a good idea, every once in a while to write down all our accomplishments for the previous year. It’s not until we sit down and truly think about what we have done, do we notice our accomplishments. Make sure you celebrate every accomplishment, even if it’s little.

I often feel like I’m continually moving but not really getting anywhere. Does this sound like you? It’s not until I write down my accomplishments, do I realise that there have been so many. Things that I have forgotten about or overlooked. Things that were little but have  aided my journey none the less.

When you first start moving towards your goal, you may not leap off the starting blocks and you may not be the fastest, but that doesn’t matter! What does matter is that you’re taking an important step to improve and that’s a huge accomplishment. Take pride in the fact that you’re taking your life in your own hands, no matter what it is you’re trying to accomplish, no matter how small, no matter what pace you are going.

This week I challenge you to sit down and write a list of all the things you have accomplished in the last 12 months. Really think. Write them all down, not matter how small. I’m sure you will be pleasantly surprised at all the things you have achieved. This may be the boost that you need.

If you have any suggestions on how you would like to see this challenge develop, please don’t hesitate to let me know either by commenting on this post or emailing me at admin@luluart.com.au.

Extra Challenge:

For those of you who would like daily or alternative prompts, I have prepared a Daily Journal Prompt List. You can find it in the Facebook Group under Files.

Wanting to know more about Colour Me Positive Challenge visit, The Introduction Post.

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Week 7 Challenge Prize: 

This weeks prize is a surprise pack of goodies, for the lucky winner from Lulu Art Store.

I will draw a random name on Friday 3rd March from those who have uploaded into the Week 7 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

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Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill,  you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw.

Week 5 Prize Draw:julie-mclean

Today’s lucky winner is Julie McLean. Beautiful work Julie. I’m loving your colour scheme. Congratulations.

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For those of you wondering about the Design Team, the Design Team has been chosen, so keep an eye out, as introductions will be made soon. Monday will be the introduction of our first Lulu Art Design Team member, along with our first Design Team video.

Many items are arriving regularly, but here are a couple below.

Some New Arrivals

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Look out for new Ranger and Prima products. Some have already arrived, but more are on their way. This week my favourites are definitely these princess stamps by Prima. Have you seen all the Princess stamps that Prima have released. There are so many. Which is your favourite?

Shopping from outside of Australia.

If you are outside of Australia you can order through Lulu Art store. Once you place an order I will calculate the cheapest possible shipping rate for you. You are under no obligation to complete your order, if postage cost is undesirable.

Please PM or email me at admin@luluart.com.au if you have an urgent questions.

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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Kylie Fowler Website

Colour Me Positive – Week 6

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Welcome to Week 6. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, this week is about LOVE.

This week I want you to tell those closest to you just how much you love and appreciate them. This could be a partner, a friend, your daughter or son, your neighbour, your internet buddy, your Mum, etc. If possible, leave them a hand written note somewhere where they will come across it in their daily routine or send them a handwritten letter in the mail. Handwritten letters are so rare and even more special these days.

For an extra challenge, place a few drops of ink on your page and tilt your paper around or blow the ink around using a straw, as a starting point.

If you have any suggestions on how you would like to see this challenge develop, please don’t hesitate to let me know either by commenting on this post or emailing me at admin@luluart.com.au.

Extra Challenge:

For those of you who would like daily or alternative prompts, I have prepared a Daily Journal Prompt List. You can find it in the Facebook Group under Files.

Wanting to know more about Colour Me Positive Challenge visit, The Introduction Post.

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Week 4 Challenge Prize: 

This weeks prize is a surprise pack of goodies, for the lucky winner.

I will draw a random name on Friday 21st February from those who have uploaded into the Week 6 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

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Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill,  you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw.

Week 4 Prize Draw:jessicaannlane

 

Today’s lucky winner is Jessica Ann Lane. Beautiful work Jess. Congratulations.

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For those of you wondering about the Design Team, the Design Team has been chosen, so keep an eye out as introductions will be made soon.

Many items are arriving regularly, but here are a few below.

Some New Arrivals

 

Look out for new Ranger and Prima products. They should be arriving soon.

Shopping from outside of Australia.

If you are outside of Australia you can order through Lulu Art store. Once you place an order I will calculate the cheapest possible shipping rate for you. You are under no obligation to complete your order, if postage cost is undesirable.

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Did you know that I run an online class, Journal Playground? It’s a 5 week self-paced course showing you different art techniques as well as how to make various journals and protective covers to keep your precious art journals safe and protected.  Click here for more information.

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To watch the promo video click on the image above.

I hope to see you in class. xo

Please PM or email me at admin@luluart.com.au if you have an urgent questions.

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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Kylie Fowler Website

Colour Me Positive – Week 5

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Welcome to Week 5. This week is about BODY IMAGE.

For those of you who are struggling with your weight or body image, this one is for you. I thought this would put a smile on your face.

For an extra challenge, try using a colour palette different to what you normally would use.

If you have any suggestions on how you would like to see this challenge develop, please don’t hesitate to let me know either by commenting on this post or emailing me at admin@luluart.com.au.

Extra Challenge:

For those of you who would like daily or alternative prompts, I have prepared a Daily Journal Prompt List for January. You can find it in the Facebook Group under Files.

February’s list is on it’s way.

Wanting to know more about Colour Me Positive Challenge visit, The Introduction Post.

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Week 5 Challenge Prize: 

This weeks prize is a surprise pack of goodies, for the  lucky winner.

I will draw a random name on Friday 14th February from those who have uploaded into the Week 5 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

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Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill, you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw.

Week 3 Prize Draw:miffy-howell

Today’s lucky winner is Miffy Howell. Lovely
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Lulu Art Store News:

For those of you wondering about the Design Team, I’m yet to finalise the details and contact all the applicants. I wanted to have this done in early January, but have not had the time due to various happenings.

Many items are arriving regularly, but here are a few below.

Some New Arrivals

 

If you have any suggestions on products that would be a great addition to the store, please let me know, either by commenting on this post or emailing me at admin@luluart.com.au. I’m wanting to slowly expand the variety of stock on the shelves. Thank you so very much.

Shopping from outside of Australia.

If you are outside of Australia you can order through Lulu Art store. Once you place an order I will calculate the cheapest possible shipping rate for you. You are under no obligation to complete your order, if postage cost is undesirable.

Please PM or email me at admin@luluart.com.au if you have an urgent questions.

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

Kylie - Signature

Lulu Art Supplies Store

Kylie Fowler Website