Sunday, April 27, 2014

An (online) shop of my very own.

You know how I was testing out millions of different types of papers? Well I've found the perfect paper for my art prints. The colours look stunningly vibrant. It's matte and beautiful to touch. This paper is made in France (ooh la la!) and it's museum quality, so it's perfect for art collectors.

I've organised my prints, and they are up in my NEW shop!
Yep, it's now OPEN!

 The old version of my art prints will still be available for the next month or so, in my eBay and Etsy stores, just to clear out current stock, however after that I will be converting all of my stores to the beautiful new prints.

This month I'm also offering FREE (Worldwide) postage on all of my new art prints, postcards and ACEOs in my new shop. All you need to do is sign up to my newsletter below and I will send you an email with the FREE postage code!

Now I'm off to make dinner for this hungry family of mine.
Hope you had a great weekend!


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Building a new online art store.

We had a lovely Easter break, and now we're home and back in to things.

For the past couple of weeks I've been working on my new store that's going to be part of my website. It means that you'll be able to buy my paintings and art prints directly from me! :) It's taking a long time to pretty it up and get all of the products listed (there's over 150 of them!). For the past 3 days I've almost entirely been sitting at my computer adding products to my store. My eyes are strained and hurting, my wrist is sore from clicking the mouse, and I've had headaches every afternoon, but it will all be worth it in the end!
This old stock photo is what I look like right now.

Brand spanking new museum quality art prints, new original paintings, as well as postcard sets and other goodies will all be available in my easy-to-use shop! I'm thinking it should all be ready in a few days, but if you want to be the first to know, as well as receive discount codes and special offers - make sure you sign up for my monthly newsletter. You'll be the first to know all the goss!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Hoppy Easter!

Just a note to let you know that any orders placed over the Easter weekend will be posted when business returns to usual on Tuesday 22nd of April. I hope you all have a lovely relaxing Easter filled with love and chocolate. 


Sunday, April 13, 2014

New art prints coming your way.

Although I love my current art prints, I'm always on the look out to improve them, so this week I ordered a bunch of different fine art papers to play around with.

Paper is paper right? It's flat and white and comes from trees? WRONG!

There's cheap paper, expensive paper, thick paper, thin paper, rag paper, micropourous paper, smooth paper, glossy paper, smooth glossy, smooth matte, textured matte, textured satin, satin smooth....130gsm, 310gsm...archival, paper, photographic paper, watercolour paper, paper made from recycled tree bark that's only found in the South of France and has been stomped on by a herd of exotic's a crazy paper world out there!!


After gathering as many different papers together as I could find (including very expensive paper that I've been too scared to touch without gloves!), and trying different printing techniques, I think I have finally narrowed it down to a beautiful Canson Infinity Matte paper for my art prints. These new prints are absolutely stunning.

They are going to cost a little more to reproduce, so there is going to be a price increase in my prints in the next month or so, but the result is SO worth it. They will still be affordable for anyone, at around $20 for A4 size, $35 for A3 (because I believe that everyone should be able to add a little bit of magic to their walls) but they will now be super professional, high quality, collectable art prints that will be an awesome investment for anyone who has one.

 I will post links to these new prints as soon as I have them up in my store. Sign up to my newsletter if you want to know as soon as anything new pops up in my store (you will also get discounts and special offers). 

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Until then, my usual glossy art prints are still available in A4 and A3 size HERE. I now have the busy job of updating all of my listings with the new art prints, and I'm also building an online store that you can access directly from my website to make it easier for people to find my work. Tech stuff!! Aaargh.

 Stay tuned. :)


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Jaz in the City

Long before "Sex and the City", there was a mediocre show called "Caroline in the City". If you were born before 1990, there's a chance you might remember seeing it. It was a sitcom based around Caroline - a freelance cartoonist who lived in Manhattan.

 I was about 12-13 when the show aired here in Australia. I don't remember following the story line much, but I do remember thinking Caroline had the best job in the World. She worked from her apartment, with an easel set up with her drawings...papers, pencils and art work spread out all around her.

You have to remember, this was 1996 and we didn't even have a computer let alone the internet (kids in my day!!), so the idea of this lifestyle was a dream that seemed only possible a World away - ok like maybe if you were rich and lived in New York.  So the other day I had the random idea to YouTube it, and I realised that my job is now very similar to Caroline's! I work from my little studio under the stairs, surrounded by pens, paints and artwork. Even the 90s clothes are coming back into fashion! Ha. Be careful what you wish for kids, because the Universe listens. It's a wonderful thing.

It's funny when I think back to what I wanted to be 'when I grew up'. I wanted to be an actress or a make up artist, I never really thought seriously about being a fine artist. However, I've always had a love for art - any type of art - and I even remember having a folder filled with big eyed characters scribbled in it on old lined paper. When I think about it, they were very similar to the girls I paint today! While I was studying Commerce at Uni (a stable career move if I ever had one!) - I continued to foster my love for art by painting at every spare moment, going to art shows, and watching other artists make a career from their art. It was then that the seeds were planted, and over time I realised that maybe I could actually do this for a living!

It's funny how when you look back, there are little baby steps that lead you to where you are right now.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Are there any inklings or memories from your childhood that are related to what you're doing today?


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Take Me to La Danse Macabre!

I would really like to go on a little flight to Seattle right about now, to check out Camille Rose Garcia's latest exhibition "La Danse Macabre"....

In my eyes Miss Camille can do no wrong. Her artwork is just pure genius...

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"Ghost Moth Serenade" (acrylic and glitter on wood, 36″ x 48″)

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"La Danse Macabre Molar" (acrylic and glitter on wood, 24" x 36")

  Polillafantasma sml"Escape of Palilla Fantasma" (acrylic and glitter on wood, 24" x 24")

Alas, a trip to the USA is not on the cards today. There's a mountain of washing to do, a house to keep clean, a 1 year old baby to care for, the school run, and a ton of art related work to get stuck into.

 Baby A and I went on a little journey to Art Shed yesterday, and I'm all stocked up with plenty of fresh white canvasses and new paints just waiting to be opened.

The quicker I hang this washing out, the quicker I get to painting, so here goes!

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