Donna Downey Workshop at ‘The Nest’

Spent the previous weekend at ‘The Nest’ attending Donna Downey’s ‘Metamorphosis’ workshop in Byron Bay, Australia. It was a brilliant weekend jam packed with creativity, fun and frivolity, with some lovely like-minded creative souls.

Photo courtesy of Donna Downey
The before and after pics of one of the projects that we completed during the workshop.

Hope you are having a wonderful, creative week. Hugs, Kyles xo

RADIANT – An upcoming collaberation

I am so excited to let you in on a little secret. I have a wonderful opportunity to work with 8 talented mixed media instructors in an upcoming 9 week online class,
The brains behind this fabulous course is none other than the talented Effy Wild, popular for her online art journaling class, ‘Book of Days’.
9 Teachers, 9 styles, 9 faces, 18 lessons – starting October 1 2014.

Come join me on this creative adventure.
I look forward to creating with you.

Kylie =D

Travel Journal Sneeky Peek & WOYWW

Here is a sneaky peek at my mixed media art journal that I used while I was in Europe recently, as promised.

I quickly whipped up a travel size watercolour journal to fit into my carry/hand bag that I kept with me throught my travels, using 300gm watercolour pages as well as some beautiful scrapbooking pages. Yes the front cover lacks some pizazz,  but that’s a job for another day.

 This is the AMAZING Peerless colour palette I made before I left so I didn’t have to take too many supplies. I learnt how to create this from the talented Jane Davenport. You can see how to make one for yourself here.

 I used only the Peerless Watercolours for this page.
Yes it did rain in London, surprise, surprise. A great excuse to play in my art journal I say.  😉

The following two pages were inspired by Teesha Moore‘s unique style. This is certainly not my usual style, but was a lot of fun. The first page I finished off on returning home. The second page still needs some more work.

 I thought I would add this image of my studio to celebrate ‘Whats on your Work desk Wednesday’. Artist Julia Dunnit’s blog Stamping Ground hosts an international party full of a variety of artists sharing their work/studio spaces. So I thought this week I would join in. This is what my work table looks like at the moment. Lots of ‘works in progress’…… usual. he he he. =)

Wherever you may be in the world I hope you are feeling blessed, loved and supported.
Hugs, Kyles =D

It’s Official. ‘Supplies Me’ Workshop has started.

Yes it is official. Today I started Jane Davenport’s work shop. I have just viewed the introduction week videos and am SUPER EXCITED. Whoo Hoo!!!!!
It’s not to late to join Jane’s new workshop, ‘Supplies Me’. If you haven’t signed up, then you are missing out……………..Big Time. =( 
There are so many wonderful ladies already signed up. I can feel it in my bones. This is going to be one AWESOME adventure.

“It’s for anyone who has bought lovely art supplies and hardly used them.
It’s for anyone who loves drawing pretty faces ( or wants to learn how!).
It’s for anyone who needs a break from the craziness of the world.
…wait a minute…it IS all about me!
But hopefully it is all about you too, and you will take that leap of creative courage and join me in my brand new School!” -Jane Davenport
So what are you waiting for. Join me and many other creatives in this SUPER EXCITING creative journey with Bubbly Jane Davenport. Bring it on!
I hope to see you there.
Kyles =D

Lady Bug Journal Page. Jane Davenport Inspired. =)

My first journal entry in my new beautiful journal that I brought from Jane Davenport, during a recent visit to her gorgeous store ‘The Institute of Cute’.
Obviously inspired by Jane’s store and her love for cute lady bugs.
Speaking of Jane, she has a new online workshop ‘Supplies Me’
 Supplies Me is an online workshop about art supplies with an emphasis on use in visual/art Journals. Jane has designed a program of intensive (not scary!) drawing lessons, to truly understand and unlock the potential of your art supplies and journal. The focus in this workshop is on faces and the figure. So as you are experimenting with using your art supplies in different ways, you will also be learning the basic structure of the feminine face and how to shade, colour and render it. Jane will also share her fashion illustration experience and get you drawing the female figure with ease. 
So if this sounds as good to you as it does to me, you may sign up here.
No, I am not an affiliate, I just love her work. =D
As usual, your feedback is most welcome. Prints will be available from my store shortly.

I went to see amazing artist Jane Davenport

Last week I finally got the chance to visit Jane Davenport’s ‘The Institute of Cute‘, located in the beautiful Bryon Bay.  We were on our way back from visiting family in Queensland, and I convinced my husband to alter our planned route back to Melbourne so that I could stop at Jane’s gorgeous store. Ever since I discovered Jane’s blog I have wanted to visit her super cute. 

Unfortunately I did not get to meet the lovely Jane herself. However when I arrived, I was greeted by the wonderful Fiona, who was working there at the time. Talk about great customer service. What a gem she is. She seemed just as excited about Jane’s store and its gorgeous items as I was. If it wasn’t for my husband and kids, that were waiting for me patiently, I would have definitely spent longer there.

I ended up buying a beautiful A4 hardbound journal, an Aquah brush pen, an Acylic paint dabber and a blending pencil. As you can see from the above photo, the cute lady bug bag I’m holding was a free gift with my purchases. I love it. There were so many more things I wanted, but I thought I’d save the rest to buy from Jane’s online store. I have my eye on some of the items pictured below, as well as some more of the art supplies, obviously =D.
I walked out of this store with the biggest smile on my face. This visit to Jane’s awesome store was the highlight of my holiday for sure.
You can find Jane at the following places:

Special thanks to Jane and Fiona. =D
If you would like to learn more about Jane and her artwork, Jane was interviewed by Tam Laporte (Willowing) on Tam’s fabulous Ning site You can read the interview here.