Artist Interviews

Artist Interview: Juliette Crane

Today we are excited to be interviewing the lovely and talented Juliette Crane! Sit back with your cuppa and enjoy. Make sure you check out Juliettes newest online course called Happy Painting.


Also Juliette has given us the links to a couple of fun videos you may enjoy. How lucky are we as we get to see her in action! Thanks Juliette!!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

I am a full-time artist and writer. I create mixed-media paintings. Every painting has a story and I put those stories with my artwork into inspirational books, children’s books, novels and picture books.

How/when did you get interested in art?

I have always been an artist. Whether it was coloring with crayons or fingerpainting as a little kid I always loved to create and had a wild imagination. But I went to college to study environmental biology. Yet I could not stay away from the art room. I didn’t know what to do with art and graduated with degrees in journalism and fine art.

At first I went into arts journalism and worked at newspapers. It took lots of different jobs as a journalist, graphic designer, web programmer and many more before I finally became a full-time artist. All of those different jobs in what seemed like mistakes at the time now help me to run my current business.

Can you remember one of the first things you drew/painted?

I always loved color and abstracts. When I was a kid, I would lay out sheets and sheets of typing paper on the ping-pong table and drip watercolors to see what sort of patterns and combinations of color I could get.

Whenever I would paint, I would continue to create abstracts. But it wasn’t until I started adding whimsical characters that I felt connected to my paintings. Before then, I would just keep painting over my artwork again and again. But with the character, there is something in the eyes where I can feel a connection. It’s almost like looking into a mirror and I continue to paint a character into it resonates with my heart.


What’s your favourite piece of work that you have created?

My favorite artwork is usually whatever I am working on at that time. For a while it was owls. Then last year I completed my first book. Right now I am super excited about a series of sketches and whimsical characters inspired by trees and flowers. As I have been creating them all of these stories have been coming to mind as well, so I am including these new paintings in a picture book and novel. 

What’s the best thing about being an artist?

I love being able to have ideas and to build them into whatever it is I might dream. I delight in seeing how all these creative ideas spin off of one another. It is so fun to do a sketch in the morning, go for a walk and on that walk come up with a story that I realize would be perfect to go with that morning’s sketch. Then I might have the idea that that one sketch could be a series of sketches which then inspires me to do a series of stories.

Then it all becomes a book that I can put out and share with the world. I love not ever having to hold back. I feel the same way about being inspired to combine and play with different art supplies.

I love having all of my art supplies out in the moment and just grabbing whatever inspires me, seeing if it works and trying something new.


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

I find that the type of music I am listening to while I paint completely affects what I create. I know that if I really want to feel in the flow, I listen to Andrew Bird. His  music always puts me in a good place. Often times I will put Pandora on my Andrew Bird channel And know things are going to be good.

What is your favourite thing that you often include in your work? (e.g. faces, quotes, birds, etc). Faces are definitely the thing that I always include in my work. I am especially attracted to the eyes. They really define for me what the rest of the painting is going to look like. I keep the supplies and the colors are used for my faces the same, so that I always have a template to follow. That way my imagination for the character can go wild.

Do you have a fun story to share involving your artwork?

One time I saw an owl in all of the layers of my painting. I decided to go with it and created my first owl.

That painting turned into a few more and I submitted those first owl paintings to Somerset Studio magazine. They asked me to write an article on how I paint my owls. When I mentioned the article to friends online, they said they wanted to know how I paint my owls too.

So I started teaching a few local, mixed media owl painting workshops, which then led me to start my series of online classes. And that led me to where I am now as a full-time artist.

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What are your favourite products to use?

I especially love acrylic inks and oil paint sticks. The inks are great for creating calm areas in a painting, adding a sheer solid pop of color over all of my other layers of texture, marks and paint. I use the oil paint sticks whenever I want to add an opaque but textured area of calm to my paintings. I love the creaminess in contrast to my acrylics, inks, pencil, paint pens and papers.

Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?

I try and remember to always have fun with whatever I’m creating. If I think too much about the end result or painting what’s in my head or trying to paint like someone else, I either freeze or paint something lifeless. I also try to make it easy for myself to create every day by keeping a few favorite supplies and my sketchbook out, ready to go at all times. And I always push myself in new directions by recognizing what I am drawn to in my every day. In that way, I continue to develop my style in a way that is unique to me… and fun.

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Where we can view your work?

I have a blog, videos, shop and website at:

I also post what is on my painting table daily on my:



Google+ :

Do you have any upcoming online classes where we can enjoy learning from you?

All of my online classes are self-paced, instant access classes, so you can always sign up and go at your own pace and join the private facebook community which is super supportive and encouraging.

My newest online workshop is Happy Painting – A Mini Course, where I share my favorite supplies, techniques and characters to help you loosen up, overcome creative blocks and develop your own style.

Thank you so much Juliette for sharing your wonderful art with us!

Design Team

My Own Little World by Robyn Wood

RobynHello, it’s Robyn joining you today to share a colourful art journal page.  For this project I used the new Ranger Dylusions Acrylic Paints and I have to say I am crazy about their vibrant colours and great coverage. I found that the paints brushed on very smoothly and dried quickly to a lovely matt finish – perfect for stamping, stencilling, drawing or painting over the top. The colours are easily blendable if you happen to need a slightly different shade or colour, I created the purple from Vibrant Turquoise and Bubblegum Pink.




You can watch the process video here:

Supplies Used:

I hope you enjoyed learning how this project comes together. Don’t forget to pop by Lulu Art & Friends Facebook page to say hi, share your project or leave a comment on my blog,



Artist Interviews

Artist Interview: Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

In this edition of our artist interview series we’re getting to know the lovely Chrissy Foreman Cranitch.  Make sure you check out her upcoming Expressive Painting E-Course. Sign up before 30th April for a special price!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

Hello, I’m Chrissy and I’m an Expressive Artist, Teacher, Intuitive Bohemian and Mumma.

I create colourful, mixed media Artworks inspired by my Feelings, Intuitions and Spirit. I use vibrant paints, inks and a range of collage techniques to express these musings.

How/when did you get interested in art?

Creativity has been a lifelong practice for me. I wanted to study Art after high school but my parents convinced me to get a real job, so I studied teaching instead (which I’m now so glad I did!).

Years later in the early 2000’s, I moved to Melbourne to study Art, however, it wasn’t until I began studying Art Therapy almost ten years later, that I found the missing link I had been searching for.

Learning to focus on the richness of my process helped me step into a beautiful new place of expressive creativity – Somewhere where I could voice my deepest, inner truth, instead of what I thought others might approve of in my paintings. Ever since, I have experience such a beautiful healing and intuitive journey through my work.

Can you remember one of the first things you drew/painted?

In grade two, I used to write and illustrate my own storybooks and put them in the classroom library, for the other kids in the class to read. My favourite creation was a story about travelling in a time machine, back to the time of the dinosaurs. My sense of adventure and discovery has never grown old!

What’s your favourite piece of work that you have created? 

This is such a hard one, but I think it would have to be ‘Giftenne’, a piece featuring beautiful expressions of our family holiday away in Caloundra. Throughout the trip I would take photos of the sunrises and views from our unit overlooking the sea, as well as the trees and moments with my family. All of these made their way stylistically into my work.

Do you have a favourite artist?

Gah – So many! However these days, I’m connecting most with Artists who have incredible personal values, as well as how their Art makes me feel. For this reason, I adore Flora Bowley and Alena Hennessey for their Spirited, Colourful, Intuitive and Generous approach to sharing themselves through their Art.

What’s the best thing about being an artist?

A great excuse to play with paint, well past my childhood years!

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

Yes! I love SBS Chill on my digital radio and basically anything that takes me to a restful or inspiring place. I also love the compilation album called ‘Tribal Groove’ (available on itunes) which I often play when I teach, as well as Ben Lee’s album called, ‘Ayahuasca: Welcome to the Work’; for times when I really want to go within and connect deeply with myself while I create.

What is your favourite thing that you often include in your work? (e.g. faces, quotes, birds, etc)

COLOUR! As well as leaves, feathers, flowers and more recently, collaged animals.

What are you doing when you’re not creating?

Being a Mumma and Wife, drinking Chai, doing Yoga, Walking in Nature or riding my ‘grown-ups’ scooter … Preferably things that are good for either my body, mind or Spirit.

Also, I work part-time as a Kindy Teacher because kids, to me, are such rich, free and creative beings to engage with – Someone us ‘grown-ups’ can learn lots from!

What are your favourite products to use?

Golden and Atelier paints, Inks, NeoColor II Water soluble Crayons, Gel medium and recycling old, National Geographic magazines.

Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?

Allow yourself the rich and rewarding experience of painting what ‘Feels good’, rather than just what looks good. This will add a whole new layer of depth, authenticity and joy to your work.

Where we can view your work? (e.g. website, blog, Facebook, etc)

Website and Blog: 



Subscribe to my Expressive Art Letters:

Do you have any upcoming online classes where we can enjoy learning from you?

Yes! I have just launched a brand new Self-paced ‘Expressive Painting E-Course’, which also includes my Expressive Painting Workbook as part of the course content. Best of all, it’s currently available on sale for just $99 until 30th April 2015.

I also offer a couple of inspiring free E-books to my newsletter Expressive Art Letter subscribers. All the details are on my website.

Thanks so much Chrissy!

Design Team

Birds Flying High – an art journal page by Robyn Wood

RobynAn art journal page using a random,  messy, Gelli print background ~ 

Hello, it’s Robyn joining you today to share a mixed media art journal page. I have to admit to being a huge fan of Michael Buble, I’ve seen him in concert each time he has visited Australia. When I started playing with this project, as usual I had no idea in mind just started playing with images and backgrounds – popping the birds on the page caused these lyrics from Feeling Good to come to mind.

The song itself is such a happy one, check out the lyrics online if you aren’t sure how it goes. I think it also describes the practice of mindfulness – enjoying all the little things in life by taking notice.

What are you feeling good about today? Take notice of one small, good thing and think about it for a few minutes. You will be glad you did!


I started with a tiny cheat for creating this page – the basis of the background was already done during a long past Gelli printing session. I tend to keep an art journal and scrap paper close to mop up all the extra paint from my plate in between prints. These pages become starting points for future pages.  I’ve learnt that for best results I keep to one set of colours, either warm or cool with maybe a pop of a complementary colour if it seems to work.

Watch the video of the process here:

Supplies used:

I hope you enjoyed learning how this project comes together. As always, don’t forget to pop by LuLu Art & Friends Facebook page to say hi or share your project or leave a comment on my blog,