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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My Old Girl

My precious cat is getting old. It makes me really sad to know she doesn't have much time left, but I am so glad I have be able to give her the best life possible. I got her when she was 4 years old, in 2004 from New Zealand where I am originally from. When I moved over to Australia in 2006 she came with me, in her little cat carrier cage. She didn't like that too much!

Now she is 12 years old (nearly 13) which doesn't seem too old for a cat, but she is showing major signs of old age. I hope we still have many more months to spend together. I love her so much and hope she will always remember me when she passes and goes to Kitty Cat Heaven.

My gorgeous girl 'Kitty' today

Kitty in 2010, having a nap outside

Kitty in 2006, watching TV :)
I love you so much Kitty xoxoxo

Thursday, June 14, 2012

New Portrait Series

I have been painting a 'Beach Series' now for the past year and have decided I want to start a new 'Portrait Series'. So I just wanted to share my very first painting to start the series off. I have named this piece 'Seduction', please let mw know what you think :)

I find portraits much more difficult and time consuming to paint, but once you get that magical look in the eyes its all worth it!

'Seduction' by Ellie St George

Monday, June 11, 2012

Tutorial: Make your own Photos or Art into Cards!

This is how I make my own Art Greeting Cards which I sell at markets and online via Etsy. Here's how you can have a go yourself!

What you need:
4" x 6" photographs
A4 Gloss or Matte Card Stock 250gsm
Spare piece of A4 Gloss or Matte Card Stock 250gsm
Fine Black Artline Pen
Stanley Knife
Ordinary Ruler
Flat Metal Ruler
HB Pencil
Double sided tape
Computer and Printer with Microsoft Word
Craft Cutting Board

Step 1(Optional): Using your craft cutting board trim your photographs down a little to a nice size, using a ruler and Stanley Knife to cut straight and steady.


Step 2: Make up a template via Microsoft Word. Close to the bottom of an A4 page insert a small logo or message for the back your card. Then print copies using your A4 Card Stock.

Step 3: With your spare piece of Card Stock, measure 10" x 7" and draw a rectangle. Cut this out using your Stanley Knife and ruler keeping it perfectly straight and even. Fold your template perfectly in half creating a 5" x 7"card size. This is your card template. Write the words "TEMPLATE" over it so you don't confuse it with your other Card Stock.


Step 4: Using your template, steadily draw around onto the inside of your Card Stock.

Step 5: Cut around these lines straight and steady using your ruler and Stanley Knife.

Step 6: Using your template, measure and mark halfway down the Card Stock to create your fold points.

Step 7: Place your flat metal ruler against the small marks and gently fold one side of the card over to meet the other, against the ruler.


Step 8: Stick your double sided tape on the back of your photographs covering all sides and corners.

Step 9: Gently place your photograph in the centre of the front of your card.

Step 10: Sign your beautiful card in the bottom right hand corner directly under your photograph using a fine Artline pen. Then write your message inside!!


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Market Success

In the past couple of weeks I have just started holding a stall at some local markets, selling my original paintings, prints and greeting cards. It is going really well and I have received so many wonderful comments about my art. It makes me feel so humbled and thankful. To top it off I sold a painting at my second market! Here is some photos of my stall:

It was a rainy day, so the tablecloths are soaking wet!

Greeting Card Stand and Small sized Prints

Large Print Stand

Hanging Paintings

Friday, June 1, 2012

Blog Feature - Talie Bagley Art



To start this month off, I would like to welcome my Blog Feature Talie Bagley from Talie Bagley Art. Talie paints acrylic abstract and realism paintings, as well as making bow holders, painted wood letters, refurbishing furniture and other small decor. She has had her Etsy store for around 6 months, which you can check out here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TalieBagleyArt. And she has been actively blogging on her blog for the past year: http://taliebagleyart.blogspot.com.

'Los Angeles Skyline' 16"x20" http://www.etsy.com

Talie mentions "When I'm not painting, I'm spending time with my husband and two dogs, out taking photographs of whatever strikes my fancy, or geeking it out playing video games or messing around with different kinds of computer projects."


She lives her life by the motto - "Don't waste life trying to make a living. Live to make a life." I love this motto, and can strongly relate to it.


Acrylic Horse Abstract 20" x 24" http://www.etsy.com


Talie also has some great advice for new artists trying to follow their dreams - "Don't ever ever ever compare yourself to another artist. You can use them as inspiration to grow your artistry, but never compare your work to theirs. You can't compare Michelangelo to Picasso. They are as different in their works as can be, yet they both created masterpieces. Your style is as unique as your fingerprints. Find yourself in your art and then share that part of you with the world." 


Amazing words and artworks Talie! Thank you!