Colour Me Positive- Week 31

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Today the Lulu Art team is right in the middle of an amazing art retreat called the Australian Mixed Media Roadshow today. This is only Day Two of the retreat but already there is magical art being created and many new friendships being made.

It has been a massive reminder to me how rich our lives are when we not only have beautiful friends in our lives, but those friends really “get” us and continue to lift us up with their love, encouragement and inspiration. They make our lives SPARKLE.

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Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:

Use something sparkly on your page.

This weeks inspiration:

 

What better inspiration than some of the work by the amazing Roadshow teachers.

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Art-Is-You – Australian Mixed Media Roadshow

 

I feel so blessed to have been involved with Sallianne McClelland and her wonderful team of helpers and teachers. They put so much thought and work into each and every event and they manage to create an environment that is nurturing and incredibly fun! Look at the smiles on the faces in the photo below. It says it all really!!

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Here are a few quotes from some recent attendees …

“First day of Art Is You and it’s everything I hoped it would be…and more! The most wonderful art retreat where magic happens, encouraged and guided by generous and talented teachers; sharing with like minded artists, most of whom have become good friends; where time is spent in a safe, nurturing, holistic environment.

I feel so grateful and blessed to have found the wonderful Sallianne McClelland and her amazing faculty and I will never miss an Art Is You, it’s just the best creative time anyone could wish for. Sign me up to the next one, Sal!” – Barbara Hodges

“Thank you Sallianne, and your great team of teachers, for a wonderful mixed media experience that I enjoyed on Friday. Warm hospitality, inspiring art making, good company and a perfect venue made for a great first time experience of your roadshow!” – Fiona Fitzpatrick

“Words cannot describe the awesomeness of the entire Art Is You experience. I loved every minute of my time spent there, meeting & connecting with such a talented & special group of people, reigniting my passion for all things creative & having an opportunity to continue my journey into re-discovering myself. I love you all. Thank you Sallianne McClelland for facilitating such an incredible event. I wish I could attend them all! – Ruth Swadling

How can you find out more?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mixedmediaartretreats/
Website: http://www.eatcakecreate.com/

Email Sallianne at eatcakecreate@eatcakecreate.com to get put on an expression of interest list for future Art-Is-You events in both Australia and the U.S.

FullSizeRender 14Week 31 Prize Draw:

Today we have a lovely prize donated by the generous people from Compendium. I love all their beautiful inspirational books.

We will draw a random name on Friday 12th August from those who have uploaded into the Week 31 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

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. So have fun, upload your photo and you may get a lovely bonus!

Wk29_WinnerWinner of Week 29 Draw:

Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 29 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is Carol Van Gerve. Congratulations Carol! Here is the page that she created.

Make sure you check out the photos in the Facebook albums. There is some amazing work in there. What a great place for inspiration. Make sure you leave a few comments while you are there.

Please remember:

It’s ok to skip a week and jump in wherever you can. Don’t feel pressured if life gets busy!

Don’t compare yourself to others. We’re all in different stages of our art journey. You’re an artist and you’re amazing no matter what level you’re at. Just have fun and keep going.

Please PM or email me if you have an urgent question as I’m more likely to see it. The facebook page moves so fast it’s so easy to miss comments.

Have fun, be happy and support one another!

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Colour Me Positive – Week 30

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This week our fabulous feature artist is Shelley McDonald and she has given us some inspiration and a favourite quote for us. Make sure you scroll down to read all about Shelley and her colourful artwork.

I love this quote and love to think that our CREATIVITY is so valuable.

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Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:

Tell us what creativity means to you.

This weeks inspiration:

This is a piece of art created by Shelley which she has had made into a cushion cover. I hope it inspires you with it’s colour and fun.

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Our feature artist – Shelley McDonald

So happy to introduce you to this weeks feature artist, the lovely Shelley McDonald – Creatologist.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself …

Creative since birth and living in a perpetual state of mental escapism, Shelley started off working in Film and Commercial Advertising before running her own Ad Agency. It took a while, but she soon realised what she really wanted to do was make art, not write ad copy…. And after a collage workshop she discovered her inner glue stick – things really took off! Returning to study for a few years (visual and fine arts), Shelley established her own teaching studio – the creatology studio in Brisbane where she runs mixed media art classes, specialist workshops in creativity development and has her own line of quirky art cushions. She was also a founding member of the Creative Activists – who’s aim was to develop group exhibitions and events that were inclusive but also gave back to charities or causes in need. After hosting several international art tours, this year, Shelley is travelling to Mexico on a pilgrimage to the home of Frida Khalo – a long term muse, with the hope of taking future artists on a Mexican inspired art tour….

Shelley describes her art style as “Bricolage” (a fabulous French term which means ‘spontaneous creativity’ and a willingness to use and make do with whatever materials one happens to come across). Shelley is passionate about teaching creativity which she believes is a skill we all have and one that can be well and truly developed! Not one to stick with a solo medium, Shelley believes the creative process is the focus and not always the end product which has resulted in an eclectic base of works and skills.

What is your favourite quote?

All who are creative, in whatever way, are doing something very important to the well being of the world. ~ Sandra Chantry

I used this quote on my webpage once and Sandra actually sent me an email because she came across my webpage and read her own quote on it! She was so excited and we ended up corresponding for a while – she is a retired American nun but also a very dedicated artist…. I love this story – not only did her quote inspire me but the lady herself ended up being even more so!

What inspires you?

I am inspired by so many things but mostly creative and eccentric women of the past serve as my muses… Frida Khalo, Vali Myers, Emile Floge, Luisa Casati, Marie Antoinette – give me a girl with a story and let the creative processes flow….. I call these women my goddesses of creativity – I just tap into their collective creative energy and something magical happens …

Where can we find you?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Creatology-Studio-123426181019289/
and https://www.facebook.com/ShelleyMcdonaldCreatologist
Website: www.shelleymcdonald.com

drama queenWeek 30 Prize Draw:

Shelley has donated this gorgeous Marie Antoinette “Drama Queen” cushion cover for our prize draw this week. What a great prize!

We will draw a random name on Friday 5th August from those who have uploaded into the Week 30 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

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. So have fun, upload your photo and you may get a lovely bonus!

Wk28_WinnerWinner of Week 28 Draw:

Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 28 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is Simon Robertson. Congratulations Simon! Here is the page that Simon created.

Make sure you check out the photos in the Facebook albums. There is some amazing work in there. What a great place for inspiration. Make sure you leave a few comments while you are there.

Please remember:

It’s ok to skip a week and jump in wherever you can. Don’t feel pressured if life gets busy!

Don’t compare yourself to others. We’re all in different stages of our art journey. You’re an artist and you’re amazing no matter what level you’re at. Just have fun and keep going.

Please PM or email me if you have an urgent question as I’m more likely to see it. The facebook page moves so fast it’s so easy to miss comments.

Have fun, be happy and support one another!

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Create your Own Stamps with Kathryn Cruise

LuluArt profile picHi everyone .. Kathryn here!

For this project I decided to make some of my own stamps. I recently watched a video by CeeCee from Creationsceecee wherein she said that she had to pull down some of her favourite and most popular art pieces from her Society 6 store as she had used stamps/stencils that didn’t have an angel policy that allowed for mass production of artwork where their products were used.

This got me to thinking that it makes it really difficult as an artist to then want to be able to sell prints or other forms of copies of your art work without having to remember exactly which stamps or stencils you can use. So why not make our own?

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I was actually really excited at the possibilities of what stamps I could make and once I got started I found it super addictive and insanely cheap when you consider how much some rubber stamps are these days. I ended up with quite a few stamps and still have about 1/3 of my Speedy Carve left. I have to say it was so much easier than I thought it would be. I would say my favourite out of all of them was the feather and will definitely be making more feathers and other stamps again.

I’m not saying I won’t continue to use or buy any more stamps but I now know that at least with the stamps I make I can use them where ever I like and not have to worry about an angel policy.

So I hope that you like my video and would absolutely love to see some that you make.

You can watch the video here:

Supplies List:

Thanks again for joining me.

Kathryn

You can find me here:
http://limekatz.wix.com/limekatz
https://www.facebook.com/Limekatz/
https://www.instagram.com/limekatz/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6Yccr4ak5gBw95uj5b9Vgw

Colour Me Positive – Week 29

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This week our fabulous feature artist is Mary C. Nasser and she has kindly provided us with some terrific inspiration and a quote for us to use. Make sure you scroll down to read all about Mary and her wonderful map inspired art.

This quote reminds us that our life is one big JOURNEY and even though at times we can get overwhelmed with the enormity of our grand plans, if we can just keep taking small steps forward we will eventually get there!

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Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:

Add a place on your page that you would like to go on a journey!

This weeks inspiration:

This is a page that Mary created in her art journal which was inspired by the quote.

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Our feature artist – Mary C. Nasser

I’m so pleased  to introduce you to Mary. I totally love Mary’s work and the wonderful stencils she designs. Her map inspired artwork is fabulous.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself …

Mary C. Nasser earned her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, studied Medieval Art History abroad in London, England, and attended a monotype workshop in Mexico City. She was a visiting artist and guest lecturer in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where she lectured at Academia de Arte Vizuale “IOAN ANDREESCU” (Academy of Visual Arts) and exhibited her work in “Deschideti U.S.A.” (Open the Door) at the Casa Matei. Mary has had over 30 solo shows since 2002 and has been awarded numerous residency opportunities. Since 2007, she has participated in three public art projects, too.

Recently, Mary’s mixed-media map paintings and interview appeared in Featuring magazine. She is also a contributing artist in the book Stencil Girl by Mary Beth Shaw and Making Art From Maps: Inspiration, Techniques, and an International Gallery of Artists by Jill K. Berry. She designs stencils for StencilGirl Products and has also designed a line of cartography-inspired rubber stamps for RubberMoon.

What is your favourite quote?

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~ Lao-tzu

What inspires you?

I find inspiration in vintage atlases I collect, fascinated by the antiquated pages and the ideas of time and travel they contain. I am captivated by the way maps look – their lines, rhythm, movement and patterns. Maps and cartographic elements are repeating motifs in my work because I love both the concept and imagery of maps.

Where can we find you?

Website: http://www.marycnasser.com/
Blog: http://www.marycnasser.com/blog
Facebook: https://facebook.com/MaryNasserArt
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marycnasser/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/marycnasser
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaryCNasser

Gift CertificateWeek 29 Prize Draw:

Mary has donated a very generous prize for our draw. It is a $25 gift certificate with Stencil Girl Products. Aren’t we lucky to have such wonderful prizes donated!

We will draw a random name on Friday 29th July from those who have uploaded into the Week 29 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

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. So have fun, upload your photo and you may get a lovely bonus!

Wk27_WinnerWinner of Week 27 Draw:

Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 27 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is Carol Thomson. Congratulations Carol! Here is the page that she created.

Make sure you check out the photos in the Facebook albums. There is some amazing work in there. What a great place for inspiration. Make sure you leave a few comments while you are there.

Please remember:

It’s ok to skip a week and jump in wherever you can. Don’t feel pressured if life gets busy!

Don’t compare yourself to others. We’re all in different stages of our art journey. You’re an artist and you’re amazing no matter what level you’re at. Just have fun and keep going.

Please PM or email me if you have an urgent question as I’m more likely to see it. The facebook page moves so fast it’s so easy to miss comments.

Have fun, be happy and support one another!

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Colour Me Positive – Week 28

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How’s everyone going with the challenge? We’re over half way through the year and I’m so pleased that so many of you are still playing along with us!

This week our lovely feature artist is “denthe” and she has provided us with some fabulous inspiration and a quote for us to use. Make sure you scroll down to read all about denthe and her wonderful art.

There is a longer version of the quote which says “Life is short, break the rules, forgive
quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

This quote reminds us that our life is (and can be) full of great experiences of our own making and we should never regret anything that makes us SMILE. What is making you smile today?

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Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:

Put a smile on your page somewhere.

This weeks inspiration:

denthe made this painting a few years ago based on the quote and has allowed us to share it here for your inspiration.

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Our feature artist – denthe

I’m thrilled to introduce you to denthe. I’ve been following her online for quite a while and really love her style! I was so pleased she agreed to be our feature artist this week.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself …

I’m denthe, a Belgian artist who has been living in Australia for 3 years and only recently moved back to Belgium with my 2 kids and hubby. I have been creating all kinds of things for as long as I can remember. I come alive when I have a paintbrush or a pencil in my hand, I make mosaics, I sew my own clothes, and generally have more ideas in my head than I have time to work them out.

Painting is my passion. It gives me energy and makes me happy. I need it for myself, but with my art I also want to bring some joy into the world, colour instead of grey, emotions instead of indifference, sun instead of rain. I want to take people into a magical world full of life and energy, and come out of it with a positive happy feeling. I love combining my art with quotes, make people think, urge people to see the good in themselves and in the world around them. Give them a sense of wonder that they can take with them and use in their own life.

What is your favourite quote?

“Never regret anything that makes you smile.”

What inspires you?

Everything inspires me: a shadow on the wall, a pattern on the ground, lyrics from a song, a story that I read, …. And the more I paint, the more I get inspired. I started painting in 2004 and was immediately hooked. Acrylics are my favourite medium, because they dry so fast and you can keep layering over them. In 2011 I did the first online workshop of Flora Bowley and that completely changed my way of painting. Before I did that workshop I always drew something and then made a painting out of it. Now, when I start a painting, I don’t know what’s going to come out of it. I let the painting guide me. It is exciting to see the painting come alive, and gives a great sense of freedom. I still make paintings sometimes that are inspired by a drawing, but generally I just let my intuition guide me.

I like to paint big, on canvas. A few years ago I started an art journal, where I like to experiment with different tools and techniques. I have a lot of sketchbooks too, where I use graphite and colored pencils to make sketches, and thin black markers to make my lyrics-girls and my doodles. I usually do this when I feel the need to create but don’t have the time to work on a big canvas. I’m still trying to make artjournaling a daily practice, but so far I haven’t found a way yet.

Where can we find you?

Blog: www.denthe.blogspot.com
Website: www.denthe.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dentheART
Exto: www.denthe.exto.org
Society6: www.society6.com/denthe
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/denthe
Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K-TSbyflug&google

quote never regret anything denthe colour me positive prize donationWeek 28 Prize Draw:

denthe has donated a very generous prize for our draw. It is this beautiful A4 sized original painting which includes this weeks quote!!

We will draw a random name on Friday 22nd July from those who have uploaded into the Week 28 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

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. So have fun, upload your photo and you may get a lovely bonus!

Wk26_WinnerWinner of Week 26 Draw:

Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 26 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is Sharon Hegarty. Congratulations Sharon! Here is the page that Sharon created.

Make sure you check out the photos in the Facebook albums. There is some amazing work in there. What a great place for inspiration. Make sure you leave a few comments while you are there.

Please remember:

It’s ok to skip a week and jump in wherever you can. Don’t feel pressured if life gets busy!

Don’t compare yourself to others. We’re all in different stages of our art journey. You’re an artist and you’re amazing no matter what level you’re at. Just have fun and keep going.

Please PM or email me if you have an urgent question as I’m more likely to see it. The facebook page moves so fast it’s so easy to miss comments.

Have fun, be happy and support one another!

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Colour Me Positive – Week 27

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This weeks inspiration and prompt was chosen by the wonderful and colourful, Carolyn Dube. Make sure you scroll down to read all about Carolyn and her gorgeous art because she has some lovely treats for you.

This quote is a reminder to just get in there and DO IT. Stop worrying what it looks like, whether it’s good enough, what people might think, just do it! It will help you grow and make your heart happy. Seriously, just do it!

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Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:

Use a bright colour on your page that you wouldn’t normally choose.

This weeks inspiration:

 

Carolyn has made a video inspired by the quote and you can read all about it on her blog. Aren’t we lucky to see her in action! Get ready for a wonderful burst of colour.

Click here to go to the blog post.

When I read this quote it reminded me of one of my favourite Ben Lee songs so have linked it here for you to listen to .. it’s called “Whatever It Is”.

Our Feature Artist – Carolyn Dube

I’m so excited to introduce you to Carolyn. I’ve been following Carolyn online for quite some time and am totally in love with her wonderfully free and colourful style and her videos are such fun! Do yourself a favour and check out her work.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself …

I am a self taught mixed media art adventurer. I play with every colour of the rainbow, avoid rules whenever possible, and let the little kid inside of me free. You can find my articles in magazines such as Somerset Studio and Cloth Paper Scissors, spot me teaching in person and online workshops, designing stencils for StencilGirl Products, and sharing the message of O.O.P.S. through my YouTube videos and blog.

What is your favourite quote?

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” – Kurt Vonnegut

For me, this quote is all about giving myself permission to make something no matter if it is pretty or a hot mess. Perfect isn’t important. What is important is the starting, the doing. So that’s what I do now anytime I hear those thoughts.

In the video on my blog, you’ll see how I take that quote to heart. This starts out as one hot mess where I am doing it all the “wrong” ways, and it brought me such joy.

What inspires you?

Play is where I find my greatest inspiration because that is when the muse comes to visit. But it didn’t start out that way for me because I had forgotten how to let go and play. I was stressed out by my life. I was searching for something to help me come alive. I had a nuclear powered inner critic that squashed my creativity like a bug.

But that is all in the past! Why? Because I began to play, to have fun, and to embrace all of my “mistakes”. All those “failures” and “mistakes” that I had so harshly criticized myself about actually became true gifts as soon as I started saying O.O.P.S.

Why O.O.P.S.? Because it stands for Outstanding Opportunities Presenting Suddenly and I just can’t take myself seriously when I say Oops!

Where can we find you?

Blog: http://acolorfuljourney.com/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdXS_Br77vmmJTlHQFL0rNQ

Instagram: https://instagram.com/carolyn_dube/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carolyn.dube.3
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/cdube/

Week 27 Prize Draw:

cardboard-journal-carolyn-dube-paint-5We are all being spoilt this week as Carolyn has been so generous and provided a free (5 lesson) art journaling video workshop for all of us and has also donated a very generous prize for our draw.

Giveaway for everyone-
Permission to Play, a free art journaling workshop (2 photos)
https://acolorfuljourney.com/freebies/permission-to-play-mixed-media-workshop/

In Permission to Play, I share 3 of the ways I reclaimed my sense of play. You’ll see those 3 in action while we make an art journal out of cardboard. Along the way I share some of my favorite mixed media techniques too.

This is a 5 lesson workshop with each new video lesson coming out every 3 days. Starting when? Right when you sign up. You can start playing right away. You can watch the videos as your schedule allows plus all the videos are all downloadable. You’ll also have access to the classroom forever so any time you want a refresher you can log in and watch it again.

Prize Draw –
All 3 Modeling Paste Play mini workshops +the bonus workshop!

modeling-paste-squareI love the texture and feel of modeling paste but hate to wait for it to dry when I am playing. That got me thinking about different ways to use modeling paste so that I could have the awesomeness of it without waiting.

That is how the Modeling Paste Play a la carte workshop series came to be. 3 lessons for you to choose, each with 40+ minutes of video for you! These videos go into the hows and whys so you can play with confidence. This is content you won’t see explained on my YouTube channel.

I’ve figured out the details so you can focus on the fun. In these videos, you’ll see everything from start to finish. You get it all so you can jump right in and start playing.
You can find out more about this workshop at https://acolorfuljourney.com/modeling-paste-workshop/

We will draw a random name on Friday 15th July from those who have uploaded into the Week 27 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

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. So have fun, upload your photo and you may get a lovely bonus!

CMP_Wk25Winner of Week 25 Draw:

Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 25 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is Cath Sheard. Congratulations Cath! Here is the page that she created.

Make sure you check out the photos in the Facebook albums. There is some amazing work in there. What a great place for inspiration. Make sure you leave a few comments while you are there.

Please remember:

It’s ok to skip a week and jump in wherever you can. Don’t feel pressured if life gets busy!

Don’t compare yourself to others. We’re all in different stages of our art journey. You’re an artist and you’re amazing no matter what level you’re at. Just have fun and keep going.

Please PM or email me if you have an urgent question as I’m more likely to see it. The facebook page moves so fast it’s so easy to miss comments.

Have fun, be happy and support one another!

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