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??

oppurtunity-c_wm_resizedWhat is the best thing about being an artist?

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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Dreamin’ of Spring-Art Journal Page

Hiya! Idiana here from Idiana’s Creations. Today I am sharing with you this simple and fun art journal page.

I started on a black background then layered with paint and gesso. I had these pre-cut flower shapes on white cardstock (you can make these yourself and cut out by hand) and painted with watercolours.
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Then the fun part was using a fine line applicator with Dylusions white paint and scribbling. I find that adding a little water in the bottle helps the paint flow out smoother.
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Full Product List:

Dylusions Art Journal 9×11

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolours 36/Pkg

PRIMA – FINNABAIR ART ALCHEMY ACRYLIC PAINT – OPAL MAGIC : Green/Gold

DYAN REAVELEY – DYLUSIONS PAINT White Linen, Black Marble, Fresh Lime

PRIMA – FINNABAIR ART ALCHEMY ACRYLIC PAINT – METALLIC: Metallic Lime Peel, Emerald Green, Silver Spoon

DINA WAKLEY – HEAVY BODY ACRYLIC PAINT – 2OZ TUBE Tangerine

Fineline Applicator – Standard Tip – 18 Gauge – 2 Pk

Dylusions Stencil – Keyholes – 5×8

Liquitex – White Gesso

Ranger – Mini Ink Blending Tool

Ranger – Non-stick Craft Sheet 15×18″

Full video tutorial below. Hope you try these techniques and let me know how they turn out. Happy crafting!

Full tutorial page below:

 

 

 

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Messy, Painty Art Cards Tutorial

Hello fellow creatives, Rochelle here from rockmelon recycled. Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day to play with art supplies.  Today I’m showing you how I play with paint, ink sprays, brusho crystals, stencils and a gelli plate.  At the end of our messy, painty play we’ll all have 16 unique arty cards to post, pin to an inspiration board, frame or leave in the public library to bring happy to someone’s day!

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Here we go (I hope you’ve had coffee… grab your paints, stencils and inks and play along!) And don’t forget coffee… lots of coffee).

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Supplies List:

Paint: Dina Wakely (tangerine, magenta), Dylusions (crushed grape, vibrant turquoise, fresh lime) black, white, fluro pink, bright yellow

Ink Sprays: Dylusions (after midnight, crushed grape, cut grass, squeezed orange, bubblegum pink)

Watercolour paper: Try the fabulous Prima watercolour pads in A4

Colourcraft Brusho Crystals (yellow)

Stencils: Donna Downey (Butterfly)

 Tim Holtz (Wildflower)

TCW (Inspired words 6×6, Art is 6×6, Sheet Music 6×6, Circle Explosion 12×12)

Gelli plate (I used 5×7)

Soft rubber brayer (for gelli plate paint application)

Water in a spray bottle

Paper trimmer or scissors

Paper towel, damp washer for clean up

You can watch this tutorial below:

 

 

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And don’t let you inner critic tell you that you can’t paint, go right ahead, it will be silenced when you begin to paint. Have a great week everybody!

 

Recycled Packaging Art Journal Page

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

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BASIC TECHNIQUE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUPPLIES

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Colour Me Positive – Week 39

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This week our quote is all about HOME. We have talked about travel and exploring in previous weeks but there is so much to love about where we live. We can travel all around the world but there is nothing like coming home as it is so much more than just a place .. it’s a feeling! It’s the place where you hang your hat and it’s where your heart is .. so the sayings go 🙂

No matter what place you call home, the very word strikes a chord deep inside each of us. Home means sanctuary, the place we can rest, relax, enjoy time with friends, learn, grow … and just be.

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Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:

Where do you call home? Write this somewhere on your page.

So following on from this I thought I’d share some photos of the place I call home.  These were taken only yesterday by a friend out walking around our beautiful beaches of Noosa. The first two are the beautiful Alexandria Bay (an hours walk away through the Noosa National Park) and the third photo is our busy beach at Noosa Heads. What a beautiful spring day for our holiday makers and locals to enjoy. It’s very busy here this week as it is school holiday time.

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Hope you are all having a wonderful week.

Week 39 Prize:

For this week’s challenge prize we have another selection of stencils by the lovely people at http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com .. their stencils are such fun! We will draw a random name on Friday 7th October from those who have uploaded into the Week 39 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!

wk37_winnerWinner of Week 37 Draw:

Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 37 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is Lou Welker McCulloch‎. Congratulations! Here is the page that Lou 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 38

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This week’s post is going to be a short one. I’m a little under the weather today with a yucky head cold so off to crawl back in bed shortly. But just wanted to say hi and share this weeks quote all the same. I know how much you miss it if I’m late! 🙂

Today is just a reminder that it’s ok to occasionally have a pyjama day!  We need to take time to rest and switch off now and again. So recharge those batteries and then you’ll be ready to move mountains again soon.

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Hope your all having a terrific week. Can’t wait to see your artwork in our Facebook page.
Week 38 Prize:

For this week’s challenge prize we have a selection of stencils by the lovely people at http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com .. their stencils are such fun! We will draw a random name on Friday 30th September from those who have uploaded into the Week 38 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!

winner_wk36Winner of Week 36 Draw:

Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 36 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is Janet Jackson‎. Congratulations! Here is the page that Janet 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 37

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Welcome to Week 37 of our challenge. The year is flying by so fast! This week is all about CHANGE and how important it is in our lives.  There is a lot of change happening in my life right now and I find it both daunting and exciting at the same time!

We are often resistant to change, but it’s far better to have an open mind to it so we are not taken by surprise and better still for us to realise that if we want our lives to improve then we should actively make changes.

We all have things in our lives we’d like to improve – it might be finances, career, relationships, house, etc. All of us know that nothing will improve by itself. We need to do things differently to make that happen. One never knows what each change may bring. When you turn from your usual path there will be plenty of different opportunities waiting for you. Changes will bring new opportunities for happiness and fulfilment.

What will you change today?

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Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:

Write something on your page that you would like to change.

This weeks inspiration:

This is a page I’ve created in my journal based around change and contemplation of the future.

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This week I have decided to share with you some links to artists on YouTube who have created pages around change! There should be enough here to get your creative juices flowing! Have fun 🙂

Vicky Papaioannou

Mike Deakin

France Papillon

MixedMedia Jenn

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Week 37 Prize:

For this week’s challenge prize we have another lovely collection of books donated by the gorgeous people at www.compendium.com.au. They are the sweetest books and full of inspiration. We will draw a random name on Friday 23rd September from those who have uploaded into the Week 37 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!

cmpwinner_wk35Winner of Week 35 Draw:

Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 19 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is De White‎. Congratulations! Here is the page that De 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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