Artist Interview with Jesse Warren

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

Introducing Jesse Warren from Warren Creations. Jesse is the youngest member of our team, as well as being the only male. Jesse will inspire you with his eagerness to improve as an artist and his enthusiasm, as well as his easy going nature. I’m hoping Jesse will inspire other males to get into mixed media.

I asked Jesse to tell me about himself and asked him a few questions over a virtual coffee.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.
I am 25 years old and I live in Hervey Bay Queensland, in Australia. I live on just over 2 acres with my new wife, horse and our rag doll cat. I am a warehouse manager for an electrical contracting business. I enjoy watching movies in our home theatre, photography and enjoying and making the most out of life. I became a married man this month, the 18th of March to be exact and I cannot wait to create and enjoy this next chapter in my life.

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How/when did you get interested in art?
I have always enjoyed art. I did art in high school but stopped when the teacher told me, for an assessment, that my colour palette and shading were not up to her standard and I was made to paint over it and start again. I believe that art is not meant to be perfect and can many mediums can be used at once. But I never stopped there and have been creating ever since. A lot of my methods are trial and error and experimenting with what works best for me and what I enjoyEllie

Can you remember one of the first things you drew/painted?
I wish I kept them but they got damaged in a move. They were a series of cartoons and figures for a class art assignment. This was my first real experience using coloured pencils to build up light and shading. I also painted a sunset looking over silhouetted mountains. This was my first real experience using and blending acrylic paints.

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

I am objective and honest with my work and don’t believe that I have ever reached a stage in my creative journey where an artwork has stood out as my complete favourite as yet, but I do like a piece that I have been working on recently. I cant stop staring at it and its not even finished yet! So that must tell me something!

Do you have a favourite artist?

I have a few and go through stages but my top most favourite would defiantly be Tamara Laporte from Willowing Art. I love her lose and carefree nature when she create and her general style just appeals to me.

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What’s the best thing about being an artist?
Being able to get messy and by the end of a creation to be able to say that you have accomplished something that you can be proud of and feeling joy at the possibility that  others might like it. It helps me let go of any issues that may be bothering me and has taught me how to be patient and more easy going.

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Quite often I listen to spotify and listen to the current hits. But I am a big sucker for the Disney channel songs (Most likely the kid in me that refuses to grow up!)

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

I am not quite sure yet but hope to find this as my art journey grows, but I do tend to favour the colours green and blue and often put butterflies or wings in my work. Most recently, I have stated including rabbits in my work.Blonde

What are you doing when you’re not creating?
I can be seen taking photos as I also really enjoy photography. I love being in my veggie patch, attending to and nurturing my crops. I love sitting on our back patio, listening to and hand feeding the wildlife that have grown to trust my wife and I.Graphite

What are your favourite products to use?
I have always been drawn to everything Tim Holtz and I have also been loving liquitex.

Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?
The biggest thing I can say is just keep trying and be willing to experiment and keep playing. Sometimes it may not always work out but you should enjoy the process and you will  better for it.

Where can we view your work?

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https://www.facebook.com/warrencreations 

Website/blog
http://warrencreations.com 

Twitter
https://twitter.com/jesseryanwarren 

Youtube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL0XDaUuWtoFgIswDqfuu7w 

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https://www.instagram.com/jesseryanwarren/ 

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

Perhaps some day, when I have a greater level of knowledge and skills that I can teach everyone.

 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Jesse, our next Lulu Art Design Team Member. Pop back tomorrow to see Jesse in action when he creates a free tutorial for you. It’s beautiful.

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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Artist Interview with Dani Choate

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

Introducing Dani Choate from Pyglet Whispers. Dani is known for her beautiful mixed media artwork, particularly her cute whimsical girls.

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

Dani Choate is a mixed media artist, designer and art journaler form Sydney. After studying Graphic Design in the early 90s she spent the next 12 years immersed in the Natural Health and Alternative Therapies industries. When her children were small she was inspired once again to return to art making. These were adventures in soft toy design, zine editions, lino & gocco printing, ATC & ACEOs, book page line art and a hobby turn at children’s fabric design.

Her current work is most often whimsical, feminine and full of colour & pattern. She displays a playful, childlike quality within each of her pieces.

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Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.

I predominantly spend my time being a mum to my 3 young girls…7, 10 & 13. I am a mixed media artist, designer and illustrator. I am also a collector and source and sell all kinds of vintage and eclectic bits and pieces, not only online but also from a space that I have at a vintage emporium in Sydney’s Alexandria. Arting is my release, my time. The moments I can be most, myself.

How/when did you get interested in art?

I think I have always been interested in ‘making things’ and creating. I cannot remember a time that it wasn’t just a natural part of how I functioned.

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

Aside from preschool painting and creating and at home as a child with my mum, a teacher…. I do remember a particular time when I was about 8 or 9 when I saw a stranger painting a seascape at the beach. I remember being particularly transfixed by what he was doing. I stood behind him and watched for ages until at some point he turned and offered me a small canvas board and a paint brush. He set me up next to him and began to show me step by step how to paint the water to get the foam at the top of each wave and how to paint the clouds to get a little shadow on each fold. I remember thinking it was a bit like magic!! Seriously…I must have painted that particular image a thousand times over the next few years, practicing and perfecting what I had learned from him. I was not very good at it…but I was hooked at trying to be!


What is your favourite piece of work you have created?

Recent favourites…

Do you have a favourite artist?

So many favourites… the list is really never ending. Currently I am inspired by artists like Estee McLeod, Maria Pace-Wynters, Lizanne Tran, Helmtrud Kraienhorst, Hanna Ekegren, Tina Berning, Kyoko Uematsu. Cori Dantini, Gustavo Aimar, Claire Desjardin… do I have to stop??

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Exploration, possibilities, expression, immersiveness, stillness, clarity – the space it draws you into.

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 have current favourites but they are always changing… at the moment I am listening to a lot of  Mansionair, Rufus, Palmistry and Christine & the Queens .

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

Faces, flowers, pattern and colour.

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What are you doing when you are not creating?

Adulting, taxiing family members and scrambling to make a living… would much rather be arting.

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What are your favourite products to use

White sharpie, acrylics, posca pens, caran d’ache neocolour II, collage & spray paint (when I get a chance)

Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?

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As a younger person I was encouraged to approach the world from a perfectionist standpoint. I grew up in a family where art and art making was given little importance and doing only what you were good at was valued over doing what you loved.

In my experience, this perfectionist standpoint makes it very difficult to ever begin the process of art making. If you begin to create something, with an attachment to a specific outcome, you give yourself  no room for error, no room for exploration, no room for mistakes. Yet, mistakes are important, mistakes are our teachers, mistakes are in fact, vital. Mistakes allow you to observe yourself and your responses and to explore your capabilities. Mistakes give you the gift of being able to discover your new ‘edges’ and have faith that abilities that you didn’t even know yet existed will always be ENOUGH. Embrace the mistakes that you may make within your art. They are the teachers that we can rely upon to guide us along our way.

Where can we view your work?

INSTA: http://www.instagram.com/pygletwhispers

VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCq2T-XZ-aTUS4x64N5xbbA (Dani Choate)

BLOG: http://www.pygletwhispers.blogspot.com.au

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/pygletwhispers
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SHOP – http://www.society6.com/pygletwhispers

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

It has been in the works for a while but hopefully this year I will be holding some local workshops – will keep you posted!

 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Dani, our next Lulu Art Design Team Member. Pop back tomorrow to see Dani in action when she creates a free tutorial for you.

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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Artist Interview with Anne Cahill

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

Introducing Anne Cahill from Must Love Paint. Anne is known for her stunning folk art style. You’ll see what I mean. She was also part of the Lulu Art Design Team of 2013 and if I remember correctly, she created the first ever free tutorial for Lulu Art. You can view it here at Catching Stars.

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

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I have owned a folk art and decorative painting studio in Hervey Bay where I taught numerous classes each week. I really enjoyed teaching classes and met the most amazing people. I have also been fortunate enough to be published numerous times in Handmade and Folk Art and Decorative painting magazines. Back then I was creating mainly decorative timber pieces which progressed into canvases and then journaling. All of which has taken a back seat as our Electrical and Data Contracting business continued to grow and I was needed to help run and organised the staff of which today we have a team of 15 so there is lots to co-ordinate. Not the industry I ever imagined myself in but have found the past 20 years very rewarding. On the weekends you can find me in my art room, it is bright and airy and it is a place I retreat to.

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How/when did you get interested in art?

I have always been interested in arts and crafts for as long as I can remember, something my parents had always encouraged. I became interested in painting when my daughter and mother bought a cow head cookie jar from the flee market for my Mother’s Day gift. We later went back to the stall and there I saw a beautiful teddy bear and I just wanted to learn how to paint one myself. From there my love of painting and drawing began and my other crafts have taken a back seat.

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

Teddy Bears, I adore drawing and painting them, I have a few stuffed ones which I keep tucked away in art room who are only too happy to pose for a painting or two.

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

That is one tough question, my house if full of canvases and timber pieces I have created over the years. They are all precious to me and remind me of my painting journey.

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Do you have a favourite artist?

Current artists in the style of which I enjoy today, would be Jane Davenport, Tamara Laporte and Jamie Dougherty, all are equally my favourite and I have taken classes with them.

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What’s the best thing about being an artist?

Connecting and sharing with other like-minded people who get excited about a simple tube of paint or the latest coloured pencils.

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

We live on an acre block near the beach, on a still day you can hear the waves crash on the beach and there are many birds that sing through day so I prefer to sit and listen to natures music. It helps me clear my mind of my busy work day.

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

My work can be varied but currently I am enjoying drawing faces, and the colour blue often pops in.

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What are you doing when you’re not creating?

Besides work, I enjoy cooking, camping and watching movies.

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What are your favourite products to use?

My favourite medium would be acrylic paint, I have a variety of brands but love the matt ones most of all. Recently I have started to enjoy incorporating colour pencils on top of the paint. I find the process of adding the shades and highlight with pencils rather relaxing.

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Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?

Creating is so rewarding, it need not be expensive to get started as you will be amazed at what you have already have that you can use. But beware…….once you start you will be addicted for life and the friendships that are out there waiting to connect with you are endless.

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Where can we view your work?

I am slowly adding pieces to

my blog  http://mustlovepaint.blogspot.com.au/ ,

my Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/mustlovepaint and https://www.facebook.com/anne.cahill.39?fref=ts

my you tube channel  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8uAdPDy84vyh0JMkMFX1MA

my Pinterest https://au.pinterest.com/paperworkqueen/mustlovepaint-mixed-media/

and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mustlovepaint/

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

I have taken a back seat to teaching over the past few years and have enjoyed taking other people’s classes whether they be in person or online. So you never know where we will run into each other.

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I hope you enjoyed getting to know Anne, our next Lulu Art Design Team Member. Pop back tomorrow to see Anne in action when she creates a free tutorial for you.

Happy Creating,

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Artist Interview – Idiana Clausell

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

Introducing Idiana Clausell from IdianasCreations. Idiana is known for her beautiful mixed media artwork using embellishments and 3d objects. The texture in her artwork means that you not only want to view her work, but touch it also.

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

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

I have lived in Denver CO for over 10 years with my amazing husband and our cat TicTac. I love everything about all crafts and diy. I am always snapping pictures and thinking about my next project. My style is whatever I feel like doing at that time, from shabby chic to steampunk. I like to think outside the box and create on the spot. My hands always have paints, inks, and/or glue on them no matter the occasion.

How/when did you get interested in art?

Since a child my mother was always doing some sort of craft. Just watching her and wanting to learn more sparked my interest.

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

In  my art class in high school I remember was a sunset scene with watercolours. It was not my best!

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

I did an altered liquor bottle with crackle paint and a ton of embellishments. It turned out very shabby chic and elegant.

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Do you have a favourite artist?

I love all different types but I get my inspiration mostly from Anna Dabrowska.

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What’s the best thing about being an artist?

Creating anytime I want to and customising everything. I also enjoy it when others like my work and want to learn.

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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? 

No I am usually watching youtube and getting inspiration from other artist.

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

I love adding a splatter of colour as the finishing touch.

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What do you like to do when you are not creating?

Cooking is my other hobby since eating is not considered a hobby. I love food and trying new flavours and from all types of cultures. Learning to make .

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What are your favourite products to use?

Liquitex inks and pouring medium. Anything Prima and Ranger. Also random embellishments I find.

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Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?

You do not make mistakes on art, you make art out of mistakes.

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

Not at the moment.

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Where can we view your work? 

 My blog at blog.idianascreations.com or my youtube channel www.youtube.com/c/idianaclausell

Some of my other social media sites:

Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/IdianasCreations

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/idianascreations/

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

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+IdianaClausell

Tumblr: idianas-creations.tumblr.com

 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Idiana, our next Lulu Art Design Team Member. Pop back tomorrow to see Idiana in action when she creates a free tutorial for you.

Happy Creating,

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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,

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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,

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Artist Interview: Tracey Fletcher King

images (13)Today’s Artist Interview is with a lovely Brisbane artist called Tracey Fletcher King. I’ve been following Tracey on social media for a long time and love her particular style. I was thrilled when she agreed to answer a few questions for us! She has even added a couple of links to painting demos for us.  We are also excited to announce that Tracey will be one of our feature artists for our Colour Me Positive weekly art journal challenge (have you signed up yet?) so keep an eye on the blog. ~ Lisa

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.
I am an artist, illustrator and teacher living in Brisbane. I was a high school art teacher for a few years, I taught primary art, and at a university, plus privately and hold a Masters degree in Art Curriculum majoring in creativity theory and I have an amazing creative life. I spend my mornings working on illustration work, working for companies to create images for their packaging, artwork for their websites and social media feeds, and other fun stuff like that. It feeds my love of realism and keeps my skills fresh, and keeps me on my toes creatively. In the afternoons I work on large canvases which are sold mainly through interior designers, and I work on art work for my blog, and just for me. Any spare time goes into planning upcoming classes and workshops and refining my existing online classes and workshops. To say my days are overflowing with creativity would be an understatement.

 

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I grew up in a creative household, and many members of my family were involved, and are still involved in creative jobs and lives. It was always part of my life and I honestly can’t remember a time when I wasn’t painting, writing stories or making crafts. It has always been part of my earliest memories.

 

Can you remember one of the first things you drew/painted?
I was always drawing, and writing, so I can’t remember my first drawings or paintings, but I do have a vivid memory of getting a set of 104 crayons from my uncle which was my most treasured possession for one summer when I was little. There were metallic crayons, and so many colours… it was just perfection in a little box.

 

What’s your favourite piece of work that you have created?
My favourite piece of work is still my blog and website header. I created it to try to capture all the things I love about tea and my favourite studio mug. It hangs above my desk in the studio and makes me smile every day.
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Do you have a favourite artist?
I love Matisse for his sense of colour, Brett Whitely for his sexy lines, and Cressida Campbell for her amazing line, and composition. I am always on the hunt for inspiration though and hit the galleries whenever I can.

What’s the best thing about being an artist?
I get paid to play with colour all day long. Sometimes the hours are crushing, and not all illustration jobs are fun, but it is amazing. My paintings and prints are in people’s homes and lives, my classes have helped people to push their own art and I get to spend all day surrounded by paint, ink and brushes. Life doesn’t get much better than that and I have no clue what I would do without it.
A bit over two years ago I was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer and was given a dire prognosis for quite some time, but art really did get me through. Making myself get out of bed to keep my blog going and to create things for that kept me sane through a long year of treatment, and since coming through and flourishing physically I have found I have flourished creatively as well. I honestly don’t think I would have had as great an outcome without art to get me through it.

 

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 always listen to music. Sometimes I get in a bit of a groove and don’t notice it too much, but I have set playlists that I have created. Some are classical music for days when my brain is on hyper mode, which is quite often, but otherwise it is a mix of acoustic playlists with people like Newton Fawlkner, Ron Pope and the like, or it is straight out pop like Halsey and Taylor Swift, but I have been known to get a bit of country on with The Civil Wars and The White Buffalo. It is a huge part of my process and the only thing I have to watch is singing along when my earphones are in. I have a seriously bad singing voice. We are talking making peoples’ ears bleed territory, but I try to make up for that with enthusiasm.

 

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

I don’t have a symbol or object that I use in my work all of the time. I tend to like things like maps, and geological survey type ideas in my large abstracts, and tea is a theme that runs through a lot as well as I am obsessed with the stuff. But I tend to be a bit of a mish mash of ideas.

What are you doing when you’re not creating?
I work insane hours… but when I am not working. I read, cook dodgy meals, avoid cleaning like a pro, and walk along the waterfront at Wynnum where I live. It is a constant source of inspiration and I never go without my iphone camera at the ready.

 

What are your favourite products to use?
I love using watercolour and ink more than anything else and I use acrylics for large canvases. I am not too particular about watercolours and tend to go for a colour rather than a brand, though I don’t believe you always need the most expensive brands. I have a huge collection though and happily justify that because I need them for work. For canvases I love golden acrylics, and some of their mediums as well but hands down the thing I love most and couldn’t live without is my fineliner making fluid which I use every day in my illustration work. That stuff saves my butt a lot!

 

Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?
I believe that art is universal. We all need some in our lives, though we don’t have to share everything. The internet seduces us into sharing all of our work all of the time, and thinking other people have better skills than us, and have perfect creative lives and we can all fall prey to feeling inadequate. I purposely don’t share everything and I have sketchbooks that are just for me. No one sees them and they are a safe place for me to explore and express myself and know that it won’t be judged. No one said you have to share everything and it is okay to keep things for yourself. I also follow that by having my website and the website blog for business and a personal art blog that is separate. I like to share mistakes and rubbish as well as fun things on the personal art blog, but that wouldn’t be suitable on the website. I didn’t want to give up the fun of blogging and it is a great place to have fun and share things I wouldn’t dream of sharing business wise, so I keep them separate. In short make technology work around you and make sure it suits you creatively.

 

Where can we view your work?
My website and newsletter sign up is http://www.traceyfletcherking.com/
My art blog can be found at http://www.traceyfletcherkingblog.com/

 

Do you have any upcoming online or offline classes where we can enjoy learning from you?
I have a re run of my online course Delicious Paint being run again in Feb/March 2016 . To be kept updated on details on this and other classes sign up for the my newsletter on the website at http://www.traceyfletcherking.com.
I am in the middle of planning and filming a series of free basics tutorials which I am hoping will be launched very early next year, and two classes are well into the planning stages, both of which should come online next year.

 

Thanks so much Tracey! We look forward to seeing more from you throughout the year!