The Business Cards Of The Art World: Artist Trading Cards

Artist trading cards (ATC’s) are trading card sized art works that are gifted or swapped for other ATC’s. Fantastic right! Considering how long I have loved art; It’s ridiculously that I only found this tool more recently. And it most certainly is a great one! I like to look at them like the business cards of the art world.
ATC’s are 2.5 by 3.5 inch’s but apart from that, there aren’t really any rules. They are stitched, drawn, painted, collaged and some even have more sculptural and 3D effects.

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There are local and online card swaps where people get together for this; which is a great way to show your art to other artists and exchange a form of contact. On the back is a common place for an email or web address, work title, the medium you used, date, name and signature.
The other week I was ordering some business cards online, and it hit me!… I’m going to make my business cards dual functional! Since my cards have now arrived I began the task of covering there backs.
Here are five I have so far, waiting to go out into the world
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I also reserve the right to use this one in case anyone takes offence to the above ATC’s

The Importance Of Mess: An Art Tip

When I was around 13, I by chance decided to turn up to class one day. It was one of few days I actually walked away with something useful from school. It was art class.
Our art teacher had banned rulers and erasers from the classroom and anyone caught using them, had the items taken of them and thrown out the classroom window. He told us story of his daughters, both who love to draw, One stayed inside the lines and meticulously tried for perfection while the other scribbled and played and never worried about the lines. Guess who went on to become a successful person in the creative field? The second girl.
Mess can in some places be very useful. You use it to experiment with texture and media, to loosen up your hand for greater skill, you notice things you may wish to transfer over to a final piece or even experiment more with: Mess builds your art vocabulary.
Art isn’t just about drawing in a way to make something look as close to something else as you possibly can. It’s about expression and telling truths and invoking thought, questions or emotions in the world and about the world.
I think it’s important to practice art at a slightly more raw level. To scribble for the feeling of movement in your hand with out any thought to the end result, just the action of drawing. To throw the media on with no planning and build up a page of absolute nonsense and color and lines and scribbles and maybe even tongue prints 😉
Sketchbooks should mean it’s time to play not just time to work 😉


8 Cool Filofax or Day Planner Ideas

Things can get unorganized very rapidly. A once; fantastic, crisp, new day planner, schedule or system can soon become a disastrous mess imposing itself on your life. Okay well maybe it’s not that bad but you don’t have to wait for the new year with it’s new diary for that special, “I’m going to take this world: it’s mine!” attitude. Nor do you have to wait for spring to do some spring cleaning.
If you’re falling behind a little on your to-do lists and self management, maybe it’s time to give your day planner, or what ever system you feel has become cluttered, a wee make over. Throw out no longer needed notes and receipts that you’ve jammed in there, re-decorate, reorganize and make it fresh again!

Today I did this with my Filofax. Now it’s back to looking like the edible sandwich that I feel in love with.


Here are are 7 things that I have done to my planner that are really handy

#1 A clear slip at the front for frequent change of image.
Just like my computer and cellphone images, I get bored of them and change them almost as often as my underwear. Being able to change that first page so easily means I can freshen up my planner as often as I want! I can now keep multiple images in the slip too, just waiting for their chance to get on my cover 🙂


#2 A place to go when I need a pick-me-up.
Many filo fax owners have a page for some quotes and cheerful musings. I have done this but have also put in a page specifically for the darker days when “Shine like the stars!” really isn’t going to cut it. thus far I have only found one and placed a musing of my own. My filofax is always on me so it’s the perfect place to have a place.
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#3 A scheduled for my ideal morning and night routine
I wrote out my ideal morning and night routines in the most efficient order and manner. If we prep before bed our mornings are easier and the better our morning routine the more productive we usually are: adding to the whole point of keeping an organizer!

#4 A list to check my bag is organised.
There are certain things you don’t want to be caught without. Panadol or Aspirin if you get a sudden migraine, a notebook for when inspiration strikes, your water bottle, pocket knife, spare phone battery or scarf (you wouldn’t believe how fantastic these things can be in some situations eg. injuries and make-shift belts or dog leads)
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#5 A dashboard!
Using a piece of watercolor card I made a dashboard for key things that need urgent or prolonged attention but may not have particular time slots. Using small post-it type sticky tabs, which I stuck to a clear plastic insert, I can write on a keyword then stick it onto the dashboard and remove it when it is no longer needed.
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#6 A collection of symbols that are quick to draw.
I was looking for a good calender for my phone that had cool symbols like my tablet for daily scheduling. Unfortunately the only one I like so far is way too small to read but it did give me the idea to add the feature to my planner. I went on the hunt for lots of little easy to draw pictures and jotted them down on a page to use a reference. I can, of course, make them up as I go along but I have already found this quite useful.

#7 Note organization
I write a lot of notes as I go through my day, and at random times I need to recall some of these notes. So I used the file separators that came with this filo fax for that. I have one for books I want to read so when I can’t recall the title at the library I have that list ready and one for movies when I am stuck picking a movie at the video store. I have one for music to check out and ones for project and research ideas.

#8 A clear slip for misc. items
some of the things I like to keep on me don’t have to be lose at the bottom of my bag. So I made a slot for things like, loose note paper, postage stamps, emergency phone top up and stickers for keeping my Filofax looking edible.


If you have any cool ideas to share about your day planners or organizational systems, please let me know in the comments because sharing is caring 😀

Scrabble Day Painting: A is for Asshole!

Invented in 1938, Scrabble has been a pass time for so many that it has found it’s own triple word score winning it’s own day on our calender (April 13th: the inventors birthday). That’s right… SCRABBLE DAY!

Originally created by an unemployed architect living in New York; Alfred Mosher Butts called this game ‘Criss-Crosswords’. About a decade later the rights were sold to James Brunot who re-named it, you guessed it!, Scrabble.

So I decided to take our beloved scrabble and use it to play my own game on canvas. I am using one of each letter stuck to the canvas to create an alphabet of swear words 😀 This is going to be a load of fun.


The Blogger Award: Nominees

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It took me a little while to compile some cool blogs to nominate but I had so much fun hunting that I will probably now have an overloaded “reader” feed 😉

The rules of “Very Inspiring Blogger” award are listed below.

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

2. List the rules and display the award.

3. Share 7 facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their blogs to let them know you nominated them.

I’ll jump straight to the nominations before I give away the selfie facts

1 Sarhaareds ramblings
I was loving the darker side of this blog (A mummified teddy bear) mixed with the eloquent (handmade ornaments)

2 The Daily Think
Fantastic little gestural sketches and blurbs about daily life.

3 Motivating giraffe
Great motivational quotes with really funky illustrations of animals!

4 The Ninth Life
Inspirational food for thought.

5 The Re-modern Review
Quirky controversial art talk.

6 Inspirational Geek
This blog had me distracted on my blog nominee hunt for a few hours so I better put it here 🙂

7 The Creative Panic
Another great blog for procrastination

8 Post secret
A cool place where people send in secrets on post cards. BRILLIANT!

9 Mashed Radish
More fantastic food for thought centered around words, complete with really cute illustrations

10 Twilight Beasts
Pleistocene beasts from 2.6 million years ago to around 13,000 years ago. Too cool to be missed!

11 Lights in the Dark
An astronomy blog!

12 I Wanted Wings
A geeky Feminist’s musings on Visual & pop culture”

13 Truth and Cake
A personal and inspiring blog about a girl

14 His girl Friday
A very cool personal blog about a yoga lover, mother and wife

15 Michel Watson
A cool, soulful, creative and inspiring blog

Congrats guys 😉 

And now 7 facts about myself

1. …I don’t like talking about myself in the sense of fact giving. I feel like something true now may not be true tomorrow.

2. I can’t say no when I think a friend might need me.

3. I smoke too much and drink too much coffee

4. I have a dog called King Arthur, he is a giant wussy teddy bear who likes wearing my jerseys when its cold… He hates the cold

5. I have a bird called Angel, he sings “if your happy and you know it” and the kill bill whistle. He also says “what-cha doing” and copy’s my sneezes.

6. I loved “Buffy the vampire slayer” and read “What would Buffy do?”

7. I don’t like leaving the house because people frighten me.

Sign Your Name In Pink Sharpie For Cancer!

Sharpie is spreeding awareness for cancer. Just by signing your name in Pink Sharpie and uploading here you will be raising $1 for cancer! Sharpie is donating a dollar for every signature up to $10.000.


Sharpie is such a wonderful product. It really has it’s consumers in mind and creates the kind of products that we love to create with. From doodling on your shoes to full on fantastic works of art, sharpie are my favorite art supply for customizing…well..EVERYTHING!!

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I recently bought the neon sharpies that glow under black light and can’t wait to get into them! I now hope for glow in the dark sharpies one day….Imagine what sharpie could do to the night!


These great sharpie art works I found lying around the internet, excluding my signature, so I claim no rights to them 😉
I am also not being payed by sharpie. I really just love my sharpies as I’m guessing you guys do too!
For more great sharpie stuff, their website has gallery’s where you can share your stuff, learn cool techniques and accept and submit challenges with the whole sharpie community!

                                                                                Enjoy 😉

Slow internet speed forces blogger to talk about dog urine.

I’m not going to rant, we probably all experience it. My provider tells me it’s where I live and nothing can be done. Dose explain why I can’t load a YouTube video at all on my laptop now but could a week ago? No.
I just couldn’t blog about anything that requires the use of hunting through resources because I’m so far below dial up that Facebook took 10-15 minuets just too pull itself together as html coding. So it’s a think on my toes blog.

King Arthur, the rescue is doing really well, he has lots of energy and is really happy which is my idea of a perfect dog! He can scale a six meter fence but he isn’t left alone at any point, I always catch him. He urinated on me the other day while I was having s nap. He was asleep on top of me which made it weird but I figured he can’t have meant to as he usually only goes outside; so I wasn’t mad… just startled. I initially thought his belly was just really warm, then I realized it was too warm.
This isn’t the first time I’ve been pee’d on. I went to the beach one time and was approached by a very friendly looking dog, it was running towards me, I got excited I was about to make a friend but it just cocked it’s leg at me and piss’d. Didn’t say hello or even buy me a drink first. It quickly scampered off and in that exact moment, a second unnoticed dog followed suit in some kind of twisted game of follow the leader. I was mortified, their owners ‘Pretended’ not to see this all and left the beach pretty fast, but my friend whom I was with certainly notice openly and wouldn’t let it go all day!

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“…The Great Artists Steal”

Pablo Picasso’s quote “The bad artists imitate, the great artists steal.” has been a topic point that keeps coming up these past few days along with a TED talk I watched about a year ago called “Steal Like An Artist”
I remember the day I watched it, I had been doing a similar thing with old newspapers and magazines, crossing out words leaving a story or poem with those left behind. I started this when I was drawing illustrations on old text books thinking I was being original. The news wasn’t to hardly taken though, that it had been done many times over, because that was exactly what this guy had thought.

Around the same time was my discovery of peter draws, and his video “Epic mandala drawing (and thoughts about stealing art)” Peter also handed me another lead after reciting the quote by the director Jim Jarmusch as I then discovered the movie “Coffee and Cigarettes” which was full of some of the most inspiring and weird conversations and quotes such “The earth is a conductor of acoustical resonance.” and “I drink a lot of coffee before I go to bed so I can dream faster.”

I remember I was on a roll this day,and I copied all this cool stuff into my sketchbooks. Notes and sketches about lucid dreaming, sleep deprivation, reviving sharpie pens, zentangling and it was even the day I found Russell Brands political videos such as the messiah complex, the interview for BBC news and MSNBC where he showed them up as complete idiots!


I realized this was all I wanted to do for the rest of my life, I’d be a Blogger. Needless to say, one or two videos set off a snowball effect off research and now here I am. Getting off my lazy bum, not sleeping all day and working for the life I want to have 😉 Above is my old sketchbook on the exact page!

As always, Enjoy!

Art Journalist: Milliande

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Milliande has been one of my favorite mixed journalist for years. She shares many wonderful techniques and has hundreds of great videos so you’ll never run out of stuff to watch! I really wanted all you artists out there to be able to make use of all the really tools you can gain from this incredibly creative woman!

Some of videos are a little long to use as snippets and you really want to sit down with them and take notes. Here are some photo’s I pinched from her blog 😉

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(That awkward moment when you can’t find yesterdays blog and realize you made it its own a page :/)

Tetrachromacy: Some people see more colours than we could ever imagine

I had always wondered myself if “your red is the same as my red” I also wondered about what the mantis shrimp see with it’s sixteen colour receptors (cones). We have three! These enable us to see red, blue, yellow and all the other colours they make.

Ok…well most of us have three. There has been a rear condition more recently bought to our attention. Some people, mainly woman, who have four. These people are tetrachromats and usually come from genetics where a family member is colour blind (most commonly the father)
Her is one tetrachromat who, probably not coincidentally, is an artist.

And here is that mantis shrimp I was telling you about. It can pick up 1500 newtons of force with its claws, accelerating the same as a twenty-two caliber rifle which boils the surrounding water creating bubbles and then, when these bubbles pop, a shockwave killing the pray even when the mantis shrimp misses the target. Check it out