How to Paint a Nutcracker

With Christmas just a month away I would like to share a  post with you. It’s  one I posted about a year ago which is getting a lot of action lately; it’s becoming one of my most popular posts. I’ve been enthused by nutcrackers since I was a child. You know the ones … the […]

Father’s Day Project

It’s almost Father’s Day in Australia and to honour this special day I’m sharing a quick and easy handmade gift idea for the men in your life. Father’s Day? Now, I know what you’re thinking I know… I need to clarify I know we’re in August… But … Australians celebrate father’s day a little later […]

Painting Technique -Faux Woodgrain

There is nothing quite like the look, the charm and the character of natural timber. And I do believe with all my heart that the natural beauty of woodgrain cannot be replicated. The depth which woodgrain can achieve when used as a surface can enhance any artwork. And the results can be rather exquisite. But, as a […]

Experimenting with creative materials – Applying Texture Medium

What is Texture medium? Acrylic Texture Medium is used to build up surface texture or add exaggerated dimension to a painting.  It has a thick, “Polyfilla” like consistency which will hold its shape when applied to almost any surface that you can use acrylic paints on. It won’t flop or droop. You can create anything […]

Let’s paint Easter Eggs

When Inspiration strikes! … It’s usually when it’s least expected. While I was browsing the frozen food aisle of our local supermarket, a disposable small paper Ice Cream container with a paper lid caught my eye. Now, it wasn’t the flavoursome contents that had me salivating, nor was I astounded by the OVERSIZED low calorie […]

Christmas Gift Tag/Decoration Project

There’s nothing more personal than something handmade.  Although I don’t always have time to make elaborate gifts, I can assure you something as simple as a handmade gift tag or Christmas decoration can be just as cherished by a loved one. Today I’m sharing a project with you. Gift Tag or Christmas Decoration?  I just […]

How to Paint a Christmas Nutcracker

I’ve been enthused by nutcrackers since I was a child. You know the ones … the kind that resemble little kings, soldiers or policemen that pop up at Christmas time. These figurative wooden doll looking carvings with stern, almost angry faces come in a range of sizes – from a few inches tall to full […]