Mixed Media Artwork of late & a LifeBook lesson.

Hello there. Yes I know I should be posting more often. I have good intentions but things always seem to come up. The last few weeks have seen illness fill our home, including a few nights overnight stay in hospital with my youngest. I’m happy to report that everyone is now well and life is back to normal. Hallelujah!

Here a some of my completed mixed media artworks of late. You may have seen them already on facebook, as I find it much easier to post on facebook than creating a blog post, however I plan to post more regularly here. My blog also needs a serious makeover so hopefully I’ll get it done over the next month or so. Fingers crossed.

‘Tulip Appreciation’
‘Cafe Express’
‘Life is Perrrrfect’
‘Sunset Gal’
‘She wished she could Fly’
‘Alice & Friends’

‘Sail Away’

The top three are still available here. The last artwork was created in a lesson by Tamara Laporte’s Lifebook 2013 Course. You can still join in here. All lessons are downloadable so you can catch up at your own convenience. I highly recommend it.

School Holidays & Thinking of Prints

 School holidays have almost come to an end, which means when Monday comes all three children and my husband go back to school. My husband is the principal of the local Secondary school and my children go to the local primary school, so school holidays mean everyone is home. It means that we get to have family time each holidays without anyone missing out and I love that. In saying that….. Woo Hoo! Naaaaaaaaa, actually these holidays have been great. I am just looking forward to getting back to work (artwork that is, of course) =D.

 This first image is very special to me because it was created in conjunction with my 9 year old daughter, Louise. I had originally drawn half of the image up and was dissatisfied with it so I put it aside, not knowing if I would ever finish it off. Louise asked me if she could work on it. Once she had finished working on it and showed me, I immediately felt inspired to complete it. I told her due to her contribution that if I sold it that she could have the money. And guess what…….it sold. She is very happy indeed and I am one proud Mum.

‘Coffee Gratitude’ 
This image below came about from one of this years Lifebook classes by Tamara Laporte over at Willowing.ning. Thanks Tam. Tam’s classes are always inspiring.
‘Home is where Bunny is’
 Both originals have sold.
I’m planning on putting more art prints in my Etsy store, so if you have a favorite please let me know. I’d be grateful.
Hugs,
Kyles xo
P.S Thanks Jen xo

Lifebook Begins

Just a quick reminder that LifeBook begins 1st Jan. 
Over 1200 students have enrolled thus far. So if you would like 12 months of mixed media art classes, learning from 16 different instructors, including the amazing Tamara Laporte, then sign up now. Each week (yes all 52 weeks) you will be offered something new. It’s brilliant. I was one of the instructors for 2012’s LifeBook course and I can honestly say that this course is certainly the best value for money I have come across. Although I am not one of the instructors for 2013, I have enrolled as a student. I hope to see you there. 
May 2013 see all your dreams come true.
Hugs, Kyles =D

Life Book is underway. WooHoo!

Happy New Year to you all. I know it’s a little late.
Just popping in to let you know that the Mixed Media Life Book course has just started. It’s never too late to jump in and get started. The first class, by the wonderful and talented Tamara Laporte (aka Willowing) is up and running and is as brilliant as I expected. My class starts on 30th January.
 If you’re thinking about treating yourself to a year of fun, friendship and creativity, then Life Book is for you. Click on the image above for more details. I do hope to see you here.
My upcoming post will include my last two finished portraits of 2011 and some new mixed media pieces I’ve been working on.

I’m also planning a giveaway for my 100th post (2 posts away), so stay tuned.

Until then,
Hugs, Kyles xo

Life Book… Under 2 weeks until classes begin.

Just a reminder that there is less than 2 weeks (yes that’s right, 2 weeks left until the amazing LIFEBOOK begins. 
Would you love a whole year of Creative Bliss, with like-minded people?
Would love to learn from AMAZING teachers
like Tamara Laporte (AKA: Willowing), and many, many others?
Then this is the course for you
To find out more click on the image below. 

I do hope to see you there.
Big Smiles,
Kyles =D

ATC Swap with Kirstin McCulloch

The theme for the month of December was ‘Baby Animals’ and I was lucky enough to be partnered with the lovely Kirstin McCulloch of ‘Listening to the squeak inside’ blog.
You can view her amazing work on blog or her Flickr site.
Here are my ATC’s I sent to Kirstin:
If you feel like you want to be apart of an ATC swap, pop on over to Willowing.ning.com. Who knows, you may end up being my swap partner.

Big Smiles,
Kyles =D

New artworks, Life Book and more…….

I’ve got a few things on the go at the moment and thought I’d show you snippets of a few. Below is another box I am making. This one is going to be a Christmas present for my girlfriend’s daughter.


I have been seriously thinking of putting some original artworks up for sale in my Etsy store. At the moment I have a few original ATCs for sale, but the rest are art prints. I’d love to hear what you think.
Here is a sneak peak at some small whimsical works that I’m working on , possibly to put in my store.

 I am also in the middle of 2 portrait commissions, but I can’t show you much, as they are for gifts and I would hate to spoil the surprise (even if the chances of the recipient seeing this post is very minimal). Here is a peek:

I am also busy working on my Life Book classes. That’s right ‘classes‘.  The first of my classes is January 30th 2012. I have seen the itinerary and their is something available every week. Yes you heard that correctly, every week. If you haven’t enrolled yet, you still have time. 
Classes start January 1st 2012. I hope to see you there.
Kyles =D

Printmaking Class Work.

This is just a little something I was playing around with in my Printmaking class. This print was made using my hand carved vinyl plate and water soluble ink. After printing I coloured it in with pencils and markers. This was a practice before printing on good paper with oil based ink.
***Linda (Serendipity), this post is for you =D***
In other news:
You can now find me on Pinterest. And yes it is addictive.
You can still enroll in Life Book, the year long mixed media course that I will be guest teaching in.
Click here for more details.

Hope you’re having a wonderful day.
Kyles =D

And the winner of my Life Book Giveaway is………….

Thank you all very much for entering my Life Book Giveaway.
In total I received 58 entrants into this Awesome Giveaway.
I went through each and every comment to see which bloggers needed to have duplicate entries, due to promoting elsewhere. I had 2 entrants who emailed me to enter and another 2 who commented on my Facebook page, letting me know they promoted on facebook.

Here is a recap of the prize on offer:

A place in the year long mixed media course, Life Book. 

You will receive a whole year of amazing artistic growth, art creating, personal development, joy, fun, laughter, friendship, art community, painting, painting, painting, mixed media, gluing, collaging, cutting, sticking things on, drawing, having crazy awesome fun!

And by the end of it, you’ll have a beautifully bound journal (or Life Book) with gorgeous art that will have captured your special journey in 2012!
With the help of my trusty assistant (my son James).

 Drum roll please……………………No. 29. ***looking over my list****
And the Winner is: Kate
Why not go over to Kate’s blog to congratulate her.
Congratulations Kate. You are going to loooove this course.
Thank you to everyone who participate in my giveaway, particularly those of you who promoted it.
For those of you who missed out, but would love to enrol:  
Click here to view more details

Best wishes,

Kyles =D

    Life Book Giveaway – Spread the Word

    As one of the teachers on the up and coming course, Life Book, it is my privileged to be able to give away one spot to this year long mixed media extravaganza.
    To enter this HUMUNGOUS giveaway all you need to do is click through the link here: 
    and then come back and leave me a comment. Tell me what you would like to learn from me and if there is a particular style of mine you would like to know more about.
    For a second entry, please be a darling and promote this post, either on your blog, facebook, twitter, a billboard on the roof of your house, sign writing in the sky, screaming it from the top of a mountain peak,  etc, whatever is easiest for you.
    (please only comment once, but make sure you let me know each place you promoted for additional entries.)
    I am still making decisions regarding the content of my contributing workshop, so your feedback would be greatly appreciated.
    Entries close Tuesday 18th October.
    Good luck. 
    Kyles =D