Sunny Days – mixed media art tags

Hey there, Lulu Art lovelies!!

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Dani Choate (a.k.a. pyglet whispers) here!

Today, I get to spend some arty time with you all on the LuluArt blog and I just can’t wait to show you how I created these two sunny day tags using fab products from luluart.com.au

So… take a seat, grab a coffee, figure out where the pause button and the speed controls on Youtube are…  as you might want to catch a still or slow down the process for a closer look somewhere along the way…

…and most of all… enjoy the ride!!

I started some pages by basically, just having a play. I used good quality paper and went with whatever ideas came to mind.

A blue background…

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a deep teal swirl… lime and yellow dots…  and a white overlaid stencil.

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Next, I took some prints from the wet page.

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This is something I often do, just simply to dry my work off  a bit so I can keep creating…  (I am more than a bit impatient with drying times!!)

In this video…I finally went with the tags and once I had the idea… I ran with it!

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Hopefully you enjoy the process!!

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Have fun recreating something like this for yourself…  and tag me if you do, so I can come take a look!!

Much fun and many wishes… ’til next time!

~Dani x

If you want to see more of my work you can catch me in a few different places:

Instagram – http://instagram.com/pygletwhispers 

Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCq2T-XZ-aTUS4x64N5xbbA

My blog – http://pygletwhispers.blogspot.com  

Facebook –  http://facebook.com/pygletwhispers

Society6 – https://society6.com/pygletwhispers

SUPPLIES LIST : 

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Dina Wakley heavy body paints – lime, yellow, ocean

Dina Wakley fine tip applicator

Dina Wakley palette knife

Liquitex – gesso

Liquitex – modeling paste

Strathmore Mixed media paper

Inkssentials Giant Craft tags – manila size #12

Caran D’Ache Neocolor II soluble wax crayons – yellow, emerald green, cobalt blue & vermillion red

Prismacolor pencils – grass green, true green, orange, Spanish orange, blue denim & black

Pentel Aquash waterbrush

Ceramcoat – Carribean blue craft acrylic

Sharpie white water-based paint pen – stock up because you will see me using these a lot!

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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
https://www.facebook.com/danichoate.com

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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Love What You Have Hanging Around

Hi Lulu Art Fans!

Today i am going to share with you my video which takes you through my process for the creating the below journal page.

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I Love to sit and create, I always go with the flow and let what happens on the day, happen. Always remember there are never mistakes only opportunities.

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It is time to bust open those paints and brushes, pour yourself a cup of coffee and join me in creating a journal page.

I hope you have enjoyed watching and would love to see what you to create.

But most of all don’t forget TO LOVE WHAT YOU HAVE HANGING AROUND.

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Dylusions Paint  Fresh Lime, London Blue, White Linen, Melted Chocolate, Bubble Gum Pink

Brushes Angle ¼ and 3/8, Waterbrush Flat TipWaterbrush Detail Tip

PensSigno uni-ball white, Micron 01 – black, Millennium .05 – brown, Pacer pencil .07, Gelly Roll – Clear Star

Tombow Pens 755, 899, 993, 685, 947, 555, 977

Prisma Coloured Pencils  Deco Yellow 1011, Princess Red 994, Indanthrone Blue 208, Parma Violet 1008, Mulberry 995, Greyed Lavender 1026, Tuscan Red 937, Clay Rose 1017, Black Cherry 1078, Mahogany Red 1029, Violet 932, Dark Green 908, Grass Green 909

Mono eraser

Prisma pencil sharpener

Palette Knife

Scissors

Archival Ink – Black

Petite Alphabet stamps

Sponge Dauber

Mini Ink Blending tool

Strathmore – Mixed Media Paper Pad 6 x 8

Teflon Craft Mat

Selection of Scrap Booking Papers

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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,

Hugs,

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Kylie Fowler Website