Recently the Disney Princess Postcard packs were re-printed. Half of the goodies were snapped up by plenty of babes on the internet, and it made me want to create a new series of sorts. I kind of forgot how much I love working on my own stuff then launching it online. It's super rewarding to work your butt off on a collection, and realising other humans want a part of it for themselves.
Getting those postcards delivered to my place reminded me of the time in my life when I enjoyed creating the most. I've been so distracted by commercial jobs, I haven't had the chance to go into my cave and make magic like I usually do. I'm going to make a promise to myself, to make more time, or work smarter so I can make more technicolour drawings in the next month.
Postcard packs are available here
I recently embarked on a creative venture to revamp my little house with some greenery. My sister and I did a crafternoon session at her place during the week with her plants, and I had to share the process with you guys.
Unfortunately all the pots at most nursery's / hardware stores are pricey. So this cute little DIY sesh is perfect if you're on an artist's budget ;-)
What you need :
Cute plants $11 - 20 (Mappins Nursery)
Pots $6 - Kmart (as pictured above)
Water Dish $1 - Kmart
Fairy Lights $5 - Kmart
Derivan Matisse Acrylic Paint - $6 each Riot Art & Crafts
2 x Paint Brushes (one thick, one thin) - $10 Riot Art & Craft
Small bag of potting mix - $8 Kmart
Hairdryer if you own one
To get inspired, hit the Pinterest boards and search for some example pots, or pattern references. Once you've got an idea in mind, lay your drop sheet and crack open some paint.
I recommend not getting too elaborate with your patterns - you don't want to detract from your plant. Plus you'll find the less detailed the design, the quicker the process will be. I chose little geometric triangles, and kept the colours all in theme. With my illustrations I like to have a 5 colour rule, that way you don't overload your creation, and the outcome will have nice harmony. When choosing your colours too, make sure they are colours that compliment a garden green tone. Even if you use a tube of garden green acrylic as reference against the other colours you're trying to pick. Try matching some tones with your decor too, whether you pick some colours from your bed linen or any wall art. Also, don't cheap out on your paints - Kmart pots are top notch, the acrylic paint is not! Make sure you get some decent paint at an art shop (Riot, Eckersleys, or even some sample pots from a house paint shop)
I found that it took about 3 layers to get full coverage of each pot. If you're impatient, like me, grab a hair dryer and give it a blast for a few minutes until the outside is semi dry. It fast tracks the process!
Once your pots are 100% dry repot them with your new plants.
Your new space will look lush as.
The end result. It's crazy how much these guys brighten up then place. It feels like I have a new home, and the first thing I see is my plant babies when I open my eyes. Place the fairy lights in your bigger pots. Hopefully this has inspired you to kick off a cute afternoon of painting and decorating your little space.
So earlier this year I moved into a fancy new place at the top of my building. After staying in a teeny tiny apartment for two years in the city, that overlooked the train tracks, it was decided an upgrade was in order.
I was never really that into the idea of beautifying my space because to be frank, my original apartment was a dank shithole.
I've tried to put effort into making whatever I have in my life beautiful - my clothes, my art, my house. To make my space a little more lush, I went on a pinterest frenzy, had some epic diy pot painting sessions, florist visits and kmart / bunnings runs.
For the first time ever I wake up and am excited to sit in my little utopia and do work.
Here are some helpful links if you're after some inspiration to vajazzle (yep, I used that word) your workspace:
Custom made desk by Duffleshuffle
Pots from Kmart
Plants from Mappins Nursery
Flowers from Brisbane Flower Market
Happy revamping my darlings! x
This project has been 7 years in the making.
7 long years I've had this little itch in my brain, that would surface when I least expected it. Sometimes it would turn up in the middle of the night, or other times when I'm drowning in emails in a busy cafe.
I finally wrangled the idea by the balls and went for it. It wasn't for anyone else but me. A new way to translate the ideas in my head about how I view the world to others.
I've always felt that my brain exists in a cartoon fantasy land but my body is trapped in reality. So I decided to become a part of my artwork.
Oh She blooms. #thumbelina
"But now I'm refined"
When Little Red met the Big Bad Wolf
Her head is always in the clouds
Dancing with the devil
"Shh. Be quiet or he will hear you"
My heart has a rave party whenever you're near
"I could have sworn you were human"
Limited Edition. Each sold separately.
For years i've wanted to create photo vs real life images. When I finished uni, it was something I was so passionate about. I approached magazines and clothing companies asking if I could create this kind of work for them (without payment) and got so many knock backs, mostly because my style wasn't the right fit I guess. An Australian label even rejected my email, took my pitch and did it using another artist.
It took nearly a decade and a love affair with snapchat for me to realise how much I enjoy drawing ridiculous things over my mug. I feel like i don't live in the real world anyway, so I want to give you an insight to just how colourful mine really is.
"It appears that boy gave you butterflies madam"
"I feel distracted today"
"Sugar Spice and all things nice" #whatgirlsaremadeof
"She came from the sea"
"Cheers mate, I like yours too"