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  • The Wonderful World of Sakura

    Sakura Pens 

    When you start to venture into the market for art pens it can seem overwhelming the number of brands there are to choose from.  This is further complicated by the fact that most artists will have a favourite and different parties will recommend different things.

    My first contact with Sakura products was through the Pigma Micron range of fine liners when doing some research for an article on Zentangle and Zentangle Inspired Art.  The creators of the Zentangle method explicitly recommend the Pigma Micron range for Zentangling because of the quality of the ink and of its free flow from the nib.

    I have to say I was surprised.  I already owned a set of other coloured fine liners and I thought I’ll just use those.  But I found several things right from the get go.  Firstly, the nib was nowhere near fine enough to get the really fine lines that I wanted or for really crisp cross- hatching.  Secondly, the sketchbook I was using (not of a very high quality, and not one stocked by us) obviously didn’t have an amazing quality of paper.  The other fine liners bled instantly and were absolutely no use.

    So I thought, let’s see what all the fuss is about.

    I have to tell you, no word of a lie, I haven’t stopped raving about these pens since.  I started off with three, a 005, a 4 and an 8 to give myself a range of sizes (the pens come in sizes 005 to 08).  Not only was there absolutely no ink bleed, even in exactly the same notebook, but the quality of the line, the flow of the ink and the density of the colour was unbelievable and more than lived up to the hype I had heard.

    But these are just one facet of the incredibly wide range of quality products that Sakura produce.

    Let’s take a look at a few of the ones we stock for you….

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    Pigma Micron

    As I’ve said above, the Pigma Micron are an absolutely superb set of fine liner pigment pens, and no customer who I have recommended them to has ever come back unsatisfied.  In fact they have often come back for more in a very short space of time.

    It is over 30 years since Sakura invented and patented the PIGMA® ink.  Based on pigments rather than dyes this archival quality ink is rightly renowned amongst artists, writers and illustrators.  Also ideal for technical drawing the Pigma Micron is the first disposable technical pen to use this type of ink, truly making it a one off.

    The range comes in six sizes: 005= 0.20 mm, 01 = 0.25 mm, 02 = 0.30 mm, 03 = 0.35 mm, 05 = 0.45 mm, and 08 = 0.50 mm.  To see the full range of colours which Sakura produce see Micron Pen Color Chart.  Here at Trinity Arts we stock the black, red, sepia and green ranges, as well as sets of three and six in the black pens.

    Sakura Color Products invented and patented PIGMA ink over 30 years ago with its unique pigment rather than dye formulation. Pigment molecules are 100 times larger and more chemically complex than dye molecules, which makes them less susceptible to UV rays, chemical degradation, pollution from contact with oils and other chemicals, etc. This makes Pigma ink inherently longer lasting than dye-based inks. The quality has made it the standard for reliable, permanent high quality archival ink.  This produces a depth of colour especially in the black pens which is quite astonishing and makes them perfect for working with watercolours as once then ink is dry it will not run.  Learn more about Pigma Inks.

    Pigma Graphic

    Also in the Pigma range are the graphic pens.  These pens were designed to meet the specific needs of illustrators, cartoonists, and manga artists with distinctive nibs to broaden the variety of possible illustration techniques.

    The Pigma Graphic uses the same high quality archival ink as the Micron range and comes in three line-widths of 1mm bullet, 2mm chisel, and 3mm chisel which we stock in black.

     Identi- Pen

    The Identi-pen is a multipurpose permanent marker.  It has a dual point with a fine plastic point for details and a tough fibre point end for broader lines and heavy use.

    Sakura produces eight colours in this pen and we stock the black, green and red.    The pens is permanent on most non- porous surfaces and can be used on leather, wood, CDs, plastic and photographs. Identi-pen can be used on non- porous surfaces but can be removed from these with an alcohol based cleaner.

    Pen- Touch

    Pen- Touch are a valve type paint marker which can be used on a wide variety of surfaces including card, plastic, wood, glass, porcelain, paper and metal.

    Here at Trinity Arts we stock Pen-touch paint markers in white, black, gold, silver, and copper.  The pens show up best on non- absorbent surfaces, like coated paper and are great for cards and invitations of for scrap- booking and journaling.

    The archival quality paint is both water and fade resistant and chemically stable.   The pens come in three point sizes, 0.7mm, 1.0mm and  2.0mm.

    Pen-Touch Calligraphy

    This variation on the Pen-touch is designed to help the user create beautiful decorative text.   They use the same archival quality paint as the Pen-Touch and can be used on most surfaces including glass, wood, porcelain, plastic, paper and metal.  We stock the pens in gold and silver.

    Koi Colouring Brush Pens

    koi_brushpenThe Koi colouring brush pens come in a range of intense colours and have an excellent flow of ink from the brush tip which can hep you to create delicate artworks using coloured markers.

    These dye-based Colouring Brush pens have a durable, flexible nylon nib which can be used to create varying brush strokes.  The water- based dye is odourless and easy to blend and layer. The blender pen can be used to create washes and gradations of colour.  These markers produce the best results when used on a heavy weight, plate-finish paper (smooth but not coated).

    You can download the Koi Coloring Brush color chart to see the range of colours available.  For best results, use on a heavy weight, plate-finish paper (smooth but not coated)

    Gelly- Roll Metallic

    Sakura also produce a range of Gel- pens which we stock three of.  The first is the Gelly- Roll metallic range.  The 1.0 mm roller ball nib (0.4 mm line) delivers a smooth flow of metallic pearlescent colours.  If you are in any doubt of Sakura’s credentials in this area they also invented and patented Gel – ink introducing it to the pen market.  The Sakura gel pen ink is also archival quality and will not bleed or feather and will write on light and dark, glossy and matte surfaces.

     Stardust Glitter Pens

    Very similar to the Metallic range are the Stardust Glitter pens.  Also a roller ball with a pigment- based archival quality ink the added glitter gives a slightly different effect.  These pens work best however on light coloured or matte paper surfaces.  Its technical specifications include a 1.0mm ball with a 0.5mm line, a patented pigment based sparkle ink but although the ink itself is of archival quality the sparkle may lift over time.

    Gelly Roll Stardust Color Reference Chart. ( Click here! )

    Glaze® 3-D Glossy Ink

    The Glaze® pens offer a 3-D ink in a range of glossy, vibrant colours. They leave a raised ink line for giving depth and texture to your designs.   The pens can be used on non-porous surfaces such as plastics, coated papers, acetate, vellums and glass.  The ink is water resistant and can be used to achieve the effect of stained class, batik, heat embossing and professional printing.

    It is best to write slowly with these pens so that you achieve a thick flow of ink. You should also allow time for it to dry fully, around ten minutes should be sufficient.  The best raised effect is achieved on non- porous, clean, smooth matte surfaces.  Due to the nature and thickness of the ink this pen is suited to projects where its use is concentrated and limited.  It is not really ideal for lengthy handwriting.

    The roller nib has a 0.8mm ball producing a 0.70mm bold line width.  For colour availability see the Glaze color chart.

    As you can see the Sakura pen range can provide the necessary materials for a wide range of projects.  Why not pop in and try whichever suits your needs best.  I feel confident you won’t regret it.

  • Art Profiles: Sophie Gackowski

    Sophie Gackowksi of Just Miniature Things (Small Curiosity Shop?) is our first interviewee in our new art profiles series which aims to introduce local artists and their work to our readers. 

    "A vibrant artistic spirit."

    Having started at Art College at 15, Dundee resident Sophie undertook a year of fine art and a year of interior design before making the decision to not continue with a formal art education and to do a degree in literature and philosophy instead.  “So I’ve got two degrees, but nothing arts based” she laughs.

    Sophie now makes 1/12th scale miniatures of normal life size things; amongst the examples she has brought along to show me are a tiny pack of tarot cards, tiny erasers, tiny chocolate bars, tiny everything…

    She first became involved in this nano-world through dolls house miniatures.  A collector herself she was motivated by the prohibitive prices of many pieces to begin making her own.  From there she moved on to making miniature scenes in an attempt to attract interest from outside the dolls house market.  These little sets, as seen in the pictures below can be bought as little ornaments.

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    When asked how she sees herself as fitting into the dolls house market which got her started, Sophie feels her position is confused at the moment.  Top end items of the dolls house miniature market she tells me can cost up to £700 or £800.   A lot of the people who make miniatures, like furniture, also make the life size equivalents and so are coming to the table with a very high skill set.  However Sophie doesn’t see this as a problem.  Rather than being boxed in to the dolls house market she is trying to take the concept of miniatures and seeing how they can be developed.

    Sophie uses all kinds of craft materials to create her mini curiosities.

    “That’s the fun of it,” she says, “because you get to work with wood, you get to work with metal, you get to work with sculpture…all kinds of mediums but just sort of condensed.  I use a lot of everyday things which you would just find around the house, cocktail sticks are invaluable, but yeah, Fimo.  I spend a lot of money on Fimo.”

    She also uses a specialised set of tools, including mini fretsaws and chisels.  These items are also quite expensive she tells me; another reason which can make it quite costly to get involved in this area, and which has to be factored into the price of the work.  Sophie is trying however to create a more accessible range of miniatures price wise, the kind of thing that students could buy as gifts, “Because not everyone can afford to spend £50 on something small.”

    After half an hour of speaking to Sophie and seeing her work it is clear that Sophie has a strong creative ethos and a vibrant artistic spirit.  So what was it, I ask, made her decide to abandon her arts degree and go into the humanities and what was it which brought her back to art?

    The short answer was competition she says,

    “Realising there are some fantastic artists out there and seeing yourself perhaps as not as capable, not as talented….and also money.  At the time, when I was sort of sixteen or seventeen I was thinking about getting a job and having money and being able to live a comfortable life, and I thought it would be easier to do that with a degree in literature than in art which is ridiculous.  I think everybody has that idea, and I think a lot of people go into the humanities who are actually quite creative.  So that was what put me off and it took a few years but now I’m finally getting back into it, because now I know that money doesn’t actually matter that much, you just need what you need to get by.”

    “I had a bit of a strange time last year.  I was diagnosed with cancer in August, and had my arm amputated.  So before I had two, which made it a lot easier to do miniatures.  And that completely, completely shifted my perspective.   I thought, no actually I’m going to do the miniatures because I enjoy it and if I don’t make any money out of it then I’m still doing what I enjoy.  I realised that I don’t want a nine to five and I want to do creative things and do arts things, and do what I love.  So I guess that’s what’s happened with regards to going back into art.”

    It is quite simply nothing short of awe inspiring to be in the presence of such a positive attitude of determination not only to not allow this experience to limit her creativity, but also to actively use it as a way to re- embrace her artistic practice.

    Sophie’s philosophy should be an example to all.

    Being creative is a therapeutic thing

    “You don’t have to make money out of it [art]; it’s such a therapeutic thing.  Being creative is the closest thing you can get I think to nurturing your soul and your spirit.  It’s just being kind to yourself. I think more people should just sit down and scribble drawings if they fancy scribbling a drawing.  It can be a kind of diary.  But people don’t often see it like that, and they compare themselves too often to people who are extremely talented artists, who might have huge galleries and exhibitions and make loads of money, and that’s fantastic for them, but its important I think that people don’t perceive it as so elite.”

    This is often such an unusual attitude to encounter in the highly competitive art world that it is extraordinarily refreshing to see this democratising attitude to creativity. ship  tarot

    So how, I wanted to know, does Sophie choose the things she creates?

    “When it was more hobby based,” she tells me, “I would always make things as gifts.  I started out meaning to make things for my own dolls house, and then ended up usually making things as presents for people because that was a good point of reference I suppose.  Like a fiddle workshop I made inside a full- sized violin.  Whereas now I would say I’m less picking up things and thinking I would like to make that and more thinking about what people might be interested in in miniature.  In terms of the dolls house market, I like making curios, because people are very strict about the period their dolls houses are in and the things they put inside, so most people go for Victorian.  The Victorians were massive collectors, so making tiny butterflies, or tiny death masks, things related to palmistry and tarot and things that Victorian people would have had as little knickknacks.  Because the furniture is taken care of,  and the glass and amazing food and things that people can make who are absolute experts at doing that, but there’s not a lot of people producing curios.  It’s fun.  It’s really fun.  I’m thinking of branching out into tiny taxidermy….”

    It’s unusual enough to find somebody who creates life size taxidermy, let alone mini-taxidermy these days.  This is too intriguing an idea not to follow up, how exactly does she intend to create mini taxidermy?

    “ I guess it would have to be sculpture.  My father’s an antique collector and he’s got lots of taxidermy and he has a beautiful parrot under a bell jar.  Whenever I am making things I like to use things that I have around me so I can actually get the scale right, because I’m quite particular about that. So I suppose I would have to sculpt it out of Fimo, and carve into it the feathers and things…”

    So where do all these diminutive creations come into existence?

    “I have a Victorian table in the living room, which comes out and gets covered in things.  Because its tiny things, I don’t have to have a huge amount of space, and then in terms of storing the things, I don’t need much space either.  So there wouldn’t be much point in getting a studio.  Unless I was to be doing this full time.  So I just work from home at the moment.”

    Would she like to be doing this full time?

    “Absolutely, but I’ve never been particularly good at marketing myself.  It’s quite a difficult thing to get set up in and work out “Who are you publicising this to?” Who are your audience and your customers, and I think I need to figure that out first.  If I were to get a stall at the Kensington dolls house show next year I might think about getting a small space.  It would be lovely to be somewhere where I was working with other creative people doing things in arts.”

    With such a positive outlook on what she is doing and why, I wanted to know if Sophie had any advice for those people (potentially our readers) who want to get involved in art?

    “I would say to go into things for the right reasons.  Do it because you love it, and do everything you can to carry on with what it is that you love doing.  For people that don’t necessarily have any experience in the arts you just have to give it a bash.  Its like my background is writing and the first dozen stories that I wrote were awful, but you have to get the bad stuff out before any of the good stuff can come out, and its practice.  Every skill and every kind of art takes practice.  It’s taking that first step of actually putting pen to paper or paintbrush to canvas, or scalpel to a bit of wood and just giving it a go.”

    Sounds like good advice to us.

    Fiona MacHugh

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    If you want to see more of Sophie’s work, or are interested in commissioning some of your very own miniatures you can go through either her Etsy site:

     www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SmallCuriosityShop

     Or contact her through her business e-mail:

     justminiaturethings@gmail.com

  • Zentangle®, Doodle Art and Sakura®

     “Anything is Possible One Stroke at a Time.”[1]

    Zentangle® and its creative outcomes (and offshoots) are probably more familiar to a lot of people than realise.  There has been a veritable explosion of images on Pintrest, Google Search and Fickr of designs which either use the method or a method inspired by the technique.

    The “Zentangle® Method” was developed by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas as a kind of meditative, artistic practice through the creation of “beautiful images by drawing structured patterns”[2].  According to the Zentangle® website the technique is designed to be intuitive, fun, relaxing, ceremonial, timeless, portable, non-technical and empowering.  Zentangle® patterns are created on “tiles” which measure 3 1/2 inches (89 mm) square and are designed to be completed in a single sitting.  The creators advise that you keep some tiles in your pocket or purse so you can be ready to create at any moment.  True Zentangle® tiles should be non-representative patterns with no distinguishable form to them.   The creators of the method liken the experience of the practice to a Tea Ceremony, or to forms of meditation.

    Creators of Zentangle®,  Maria and Rick state;

    “We believe that life is an art form and that our Zentangle® Method is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life.”[3]

    The deliberate strokes used in the method are seen by its creators as being representative of the “strokes” we make in life (our actions or thoughts).  “There is no eraser in life, and there is no eraser in a Zentangle Kit” they say.   The idea is to create abstract spontaneous, unplanned patterns without second guessing or correcting them.  “Apparent mistakes can be foundations for new patterns and take you in unexpected and exciting new directions.”  [4]

    The creators of the official Zentangle® method recommend that practitioners take up the technique using Zentangle® kits that can be ordered through the official site or by taking regular courses with qualified Zentangle® instructors.

    A starter Zentangle® kit includes 32 tiles, 2 pens (the site recommends Sakura® Pigma Micron 01 black pens due to the fineness of the line (0.25mm) and due to the permanence of the archival pigment ink which the pens use), pencils and a sharpener (no eraser!) a tortillion or smudge stick,  an instruction booklet and companion DVD,  a Zentangle Legend™ ( a card with 20 numbered and named Zentangles with how-to instructions) and a Icosahedron (20 sided die) so you can use this to choose patterns if you wish.  The legend can also be used as a quick visual reminder of patterns.

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    (Above:  Zentangle Legend™ and Icosahedron)

    All this comes in an easy to carry, book shaped box (5 1/2” x 8”x 1 ¾” or 14cm x20.5cm x4.5cm).  The kits can be purchased for $49.00 (approx. £32.50) form the official Zentangle® Website, although the creators also state that;

    “We provide enough free information in our newsletters, blog and youtubes to get an idea of our Zentangle method. More and more sites and books describe what you can do with the Zentangle method. Even we joke that, "all you need to create Zentangle art is a stick at the beach at low tide." And when you think about it, you probably don't even need a stick.”[5]

    So, given that you could probably put the kit together yourself, why do the creators recommend you buy a Zentangle® kit?

    “To understand and appreciate something fully, it's good to learn the basics as they were developed. We regularly receive emails from people who finally bought a Zentangle Kit and they regularly say how much more they discovered that there is to the Zentangle method, how beautiful the kit is itself, how enjoyable the DVD is and how much more pleasure they now receive from creating Zentangle art.”[6]

    Illustration Art Supplies

    This is probably a good point, but here in Dundee at Trinity Arts (or our UK online store www.iartsupplies.co.uk ) we stock most of the kit essentials if you wanted to have a go before buying the full shebang.  We have a range of Sakura Pigma Micron Pens in Black, Red, Green, Sepia and Blue from sizes 005 to 08 and we sell sets of 6 or 3 in the Black Pens (range of sizes).

    We also obviously have a range of pencils and sharpeners to suit your needs, as well as tortillions and tiles can be created using one of our range of papers and cards.

    If this abstract method doesn’t take your fancy though, why not check out some of the Zentangle Inspired creations out there on the internet.   Although these do not follow the true Zentangle® method, they can also be a relaxing and fulfilling activity.   I suppose most are somewhere between this Zentangle® method and a more traditional doodling idea.  With a standard A5 Sketchbook, HB pencil for sharp lines and Black Micron Sakura Pens size 005, 04 and 08 (all of which are available in the shop or online) here’s some of my Zentangle Inspired designs.

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    Above: Doodle/Zentangle Inspired Drawings by Fiona MacHugh)
     

    Why Sakura Pigma Micron?

    The Sakura Pigma pens are really great for fine line illustration. The flow of ink is fantastic and there is no bleeding (I originally tried using a Stabillo Fineliner but this bled too much to get crisp lines.)  The clarity of the ink and the precision that it is possible with these pens make them a real pleasure to use, and the archival ink is waterproof, chemical resistant, temperature proof and permanent of paper once it dries with the potential to last hundreds of years!  So come on down and try them out, whether you fancy a go at Zentangle®, your own doodles or another kind of pen illustration.

    Useful links to help you be further intrigued and inspired

    Useful links to help you have a go are the Zentangle® YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOTuMDZPrfXCPtwr-Q1EzqA). You can also find plenty of other videos by other users which are not from the official channel for advice and inspiration simply by searching “Zentangle”.  To sign up to the newsletter visit the official Zentangle® website (https://www.zentangle.com)  where you can also read up more on materials, methods, philosophy and courses.

    [1] https://www.zentangle.com/zentangle-method
    [2] https://www.zentangle.com/zentangle-method
    [3] https://www.zentangle.com/zentangle-method
    [4] https://www.zentangle.com/zentangle-method
    [5] https://www.zentangle.com/product/zentangle-kit
    [6] https://www.zentangle.com/product/zentangle-kit

  • Artist & Illustrator Kim Anderson

    Kim Anderson Artist & Illustrator

    We are working at home today and I came into the office after dropping our kids off to school, unsure what to do. I logged onto facebook and went through the news feed and, found something very unique and breathtaking that i just had to share. I will admit this, I have fallen in love! with this artist & illustrator.

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    Spontaneous Designs With A Wide rage of Art Materials

    Kim Anderson creates spontaneous designs using paint, pen, ink (Dr.Ph Martin Radiant Inks) and paper collage work to create her Family Trees and collages - where she uses various patterned and textured papers. Her artwork is designed and used for greeting cards, publishers and wrapping paper, and also for wall art in the UK, Europe and the USA.

    Kim is recognised for her excellent use of paint, pen, ink and paper collage work contributing to many of her beautiful ranges including, Crème & Noir, Papillon and Mimi.

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    Kims success commercially has naturally followed on from her inspirational artwork and led to several collaborations with high profile companies as well as running her successful online Etsy shop. The artist lives and works from home in Kent and has her own beautiful studio where she creates her beautiful designs.

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    Kim Anderson is in high demand for her family trees and is always being commissioned for these (above is just one example of many).

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    Not only does the artist & illustrator create stunning trees but she paints hearts as well which prove to be a hit with newlyweds. How gorgeous a gift that would be to receive as a wedding gift, framed too!

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    Examples of Kim Andersons greeting cards as shown above. These cards are just beautiful and you would certainly know cards if you walked stumbled upon them, as Kim has her very own signature and it is noticable straight away.

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    Kim has had some of her designs created into cross stitch patterns as well as her greeting cards and collage work. Now that I have seen this I would love to purchase one of her cross stitch designs and create, could see this being made into a cushion with very pretty floral fabric on the other side.

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    Above just shows an example of Kims' collage work, I can just see this in a box frame hung on a wall.

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    I simply love this teacup with little butterflies fluttering out the teacup and lots of pretty tiny flowers adorning the teacup also. This is called "Flower Burst". Absolutely delightful and the colours are gorgeous. This would be perfect for on the walls of a bakery or cafe.

    Below is just showing you an example of Kim Anderson's collage work where she uses an array of pretty patterned papers creating her illustrations. I think these owls are just really twoo twoo cute!

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    Her inspiration is found from all around her in daily life but is also inspired by magazines and well known artists Elizabeth Blackadder, Picasso and the Bloomsbury Group. You can see more of her designs and creations on either her facebook pageor her website. Amazing artist & illustrator.

  • Wonderful Rainbow Artwork

    Research for Inspiration

    I have been researching the last few days for business, looking for new ways to help with our business and, all the while doing so I have had the joy finding many talented designers, artists, textile designers and more. I find this part of business to be exciting and fun,  as it really helps to see what other artists are up to out there around the world, and seeing their unique way of creating.

    Having been to art college and studying textiles I am like a sponge soaking up all the beautiful, colourful and unique works of like minded people. I look at someones work and think, "I could do that". It really urges me to want to go create but, in reality I just do not have the time to create (well I do to be quite truthful but, having two kids, a house to tend to and business to attend to every day I am far too tired to even think of creating. I get as far as "ohhh I really like that crafty make or painting and, just have to go create myself" but, never do it. Time is precious and I am now beginning to realise that any little time to create will be all the worthwhile.

    Anyway, as I was looking through the newsfeed of facebook I found the wonderful rainbow artwork of the artist, Jane Donaldson.

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    Meet Jane Donaldson

    Janes art is somewhat different in style as has a beautiful whimsical feel to it and her chosen subject is natural with lots of pattern and rainbows of vivid and intense colour. The artist works with ink & watercolours mainly but, also uses acrylics and, creates gorgeous paintings on canvas of more abstract work. You can view her amazing brightly coloured paintings on her website. Some of her work is just below though to give you an insight into her artworld. Quirky, fun and truly amazing paintings. Her art portrays whimsical observations of human behaviour, relationships with one self and others and, the place we call home. Many of Janes’ paintings draw inspiration from life events or musings about her very own life and, somewhat become all about her life, like an autobiography but just through paint and expression. Her work is characterized by tales enriched through the artists imagination and dreams. Her main focus is on colour and does so through her fascination with the human face.

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    Jane started painting in 2008 but was exposed to art through her family having been to many exhibitions and seeing art of true artists. Her family encouraged expressive art and, this we can see in her paintings. her work has flourished from being a stay at home mum to exhibiting in private collections and commissioned throughout eastern states of Austrailia.

  • Art by Mel Graham

    Melanie Graham

    I discovered this talented artist a little while back and found myself falling in love with her intense and vibrant paintings. Mel uses oils and acrylics to produce her paintings of free-forming dramatic seascapes and landscapes, through to emotional skies and vibrant abstracts, focusing on the raw and sheer beauty of space and nature. She produces her paintings in her attic where she paints her emotions and nothing else, she creates the emotions she feels there and then and what gives her joy is when people can connect with her paintings.

    I simply LOVE her work and love her use of rich colour as well as her individual style and use of paint.

    You can find Melanie's work on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Art.MelGraham?fref=ts

    Below are just a couple of her wonderful vibrant paintings.

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  • What is Anime/Manga and Why should you Create it in Vector? | Vectortuts+

    Sometimes the words can be confusing, but the term anime refers to Japanese animation, such as the cartoons on television, and the term manga refers to comic strips. Often times, Japanese people will use manga to refer to both. The vector media works well with anime because of the clean crisp lines and the ability to create nice, smooth gradients.

    Read the full article here:
    What is Anime/Manga and Why should you Create it in Vector? | Vectortuts+

  • Kath's Blog......diary of the everyday life of a crafter: The Fiskars Fuse...

    Fiskars Fuse

    If you are a papeterie fan and the Fiskars Fuse rings a bell, you are advised to read this fun and easy to follow blog written by Kath Stewart. If you are her follower you are already familiar wit her excitement and great explanations on how to do stuff in this secret little word of magical crafts. So, start reading and make sure you have fun.

    Read the full article here:
    Kath's Blog......diary of the everyday life of a crafter: The Fiskars Fuse...

  • How to Create a Set of Rubber Band Corner Banner Treatments in Illustrator | Vectortuts+

    If you are an Illustrator user and you would like to include rubber band corner banner into your work this is a nice step by step guide that will help you understand the whole process and come up with a nice result at the end. You don't need to be an Illustrator expert to understand this process because this guide helps with clear and simple instructions.

    Read the full article here:
    How to Create a Set of Rubber Band Corner Banner Treatments in Illustrator | Vectortuts+

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