Look at all the paper goodies my friend Mark bought back from a secondhand market for me! I can’t wait to draw & paint on it & snip it all up & make collages. Is it weird to get so excited about bits of old paper?
I’ve been busy working on a new painting, as well as making some collages for my Etsy shop, & also printing packaging for buttons, magnets & keyrings, so I’ll have some new things for sale soon & some special goodies for my next giveaway. Don’t forget, to be eligible for the monthly giveaways, you need to be a subscriber to my mailing list!
I’m also extremely excited about a Gocco exhibition that I’ll be taking part in later this year. Stay tuned for more details!
And the Winner Is…
Lastly, the winner of my little collage giveaway is Kelly Rinehart of Purple Lemon Designs. Her prize is in the post & making its way to her letterbox!
Well, I set my alarm for an indecently early hour on Saturday morning (& promptly snoozed through it) because it was the opening day of an annual secondhand book sale, held every June long weekend, that I never miss. Arriving an hour later than desired with two friends, we set about struggling through the dense throng of rummagers in the hopes of getting our grubby hands on some coveted treasures.
Side note: Coincidentally, the three of us were wearing fair isle jumpers (or sweaters, if you like to call them that) & so inadvertently set a new book sale trend. We’re thinking next year everyone will be resplendent in fair isle, but by then we’ll have moved onto houndstooth or paisley or something.
These book sales are brutal. Secondhand book collectors are a particularly aggressive breed. After jostling through the masses, feverishly (& rather possessively) stooped over trestles piled with dusty books, I finally unearthed a few bargains that made the struggle worthwhile. Actually, it was my friend Mark who found this little beauty for me.
…with paper continues… I’ve just given myself blisters from cutting hundreds of little paper shapes for a new collage I’m making. Someone needs to invent scissors with fur-lined handles. Fake fur of course. After cutting (what seemed like) the 40 billionth shape, I started fantasising about buying a digital die-cutter, but for this project at least, part of the fun is in hand-cutting the paper.
I really do love paper & ink…I hope my passion for them shows in what I do. The finished collages, which are bases for paintings & prints, are just so tactile & lovely. The blisters are (almost) worth it!
Notice anything different? Take a look at the top of my left sidebar…pretty spiffy, eh? Turns out Julian Lievano (of Heart-o-Matic fame) is not only the Evil Knievel of glass blowing, but the Steve McQueen of coding too. He made this nifty little gallery widget especially for my blog. Thanks Julian, I love it! :)
Anyway, toodle-loo for now! :)
Here’s a little preview of two new Gocco print designs I’m working on. Both involve quite a bit of colour & detail, using four screens each, so I’m having lots of fun (make that headaches) working out the colour separations. One of them is going to be a 6.25×9.25″ print made on the larger Arts Gocco & the other is a standard 4×6″ design. Still a lot of work to do, but I thought you might like to take a li’l look at my progress!
I’ve been lucky enough to appear in four Treasury lists on Etsy’s front page recently. The latest was curated by the exceptionally talented Sonia Romero, who along with the equally amazing Marissa Lee has started an Etsy Street Team for printmakers called Printsy. So if you’re an Etsy seller who makes original prints, or a printmaking appreciator, go take a look! It was so great to make it to the front page of Etsy in such good company – what beautiful prints.
Recently I’ve been working on sprucing up my blog, so things will be looking a wee bit different around here quite soon.
Oh! Almost forgot! Fellow Etsian & super-duper artist Andy Mathis let me know I’ve been included in decor8′s list of favourite Australian blogs – how nice is that? I’m honoured! It’s brought masses of traffic to my blog & lots of new subscribers!
And I’ll leave you with quite possibly the greatest video ever to grace the pages of You Tube. It was brought to my attention by my best friend’s partner Stevie who found it via Eartha Kitsch on Flickr. How have I ever lived without it? Enjoy! :)
Look at this great board game my friend Mark brought home for me from a secondhand market a few weeks ago. You’re all invited to come around to my place on a rainy Sunday afternoon & we can sit on the floor & play Fairyland & have fizzy grape juice & ginger cookies. Hooray!
Well it was just a matter of time I suppose…it looks like I’ve been tagged by the well-preserved & fabulously talented benconservato & illustrator extraordinaire Racheal Anilyse. I won’t tag another 7 unsuspecting bloggers, but here are my 7 random or weird facts about myself:
So there you are! 7 things you didn’t really want/need to know about Magic Jelly! Jot them down…if I ever become famous, they may crop up in Trivial Pursuit.
Recently Dick & Dora featured me in their blog…thank you! They also have an Etsy shop & make fab jewellery! And Fric de mentol included one of my Benediction collages in an Etsy Treasury list that made it to the front page. Hooray! Thanks Julian for getting a screenshot for me (a bouquet of parsnips is forthcoming) – it appeared in the middle of the night here in the Southern Hemisphere, so I would have missed it. Fellow Etsy sellers Anna Laura, Sherry Truitt & Salmon Street Studio also kindly let me know about it – thank you! It’s so nice to see such a great collection of artists make the front page – it was an honour to be among them!
Finally, thanks again to everyone who took part in my giveaway – the winners’ prizes are all in the post & on the way to their letterboxes.
Toodle-loo for now!
Hooray! Time to announce the winners of my Super-Duper Mega April Giveaway!
I’ve drawn the names from my Mailing List for the 4 prizes, but 1 of the people hasn’t replied – eek! Shows how important it is to keep your mailing list info up to date! I’m going to draw another person’s name if they don’t respond in the next 2 days, so stay tuned…
The winners (so far) are…
As for the bunny Haiku…wow it was hard to pick a winner – they were all so great! Drumroll please…the winner of the Jack Rabbit print is…
Ashley aka Le Petit Monstre with her poem…
Jack Rabbit stares off
sees much to both love and fear.
It’s a jungle out there.
I thought it was really touching in its simplicity – I particularly love the line “sees much to both love and fear” – beautiful work Ashley! Congratulations! Not only a talented artist, but a poet & bunny lover too!
As I said, it was really hard picking just one. I wanted to give a few more an honourable mention…
The lovely Anna Laura for her ode to vegetarianism…
chicken, pork, beef, fish
who eats rabbits anyway?
they look better alive!
Goodfeets with a lovely little springtime revery…
green spring leaves unfold
lying in the grass, she sighs
a rabbit is born
And finally, Treet submitted this enigmatic little number…
Quietly I sit
Part of all the universe
You call me bunny
I’d like to send those 3 entrants a little something too, while I’m in a prize-giving mood.
Wow that was fun! I think I’m going to have to hold another contest soon… Thanks for your entries! :)
I collect fonts of the Circus/Sideshow/Carnival/Wild West ilk. I tirelessly trawl the depths of the internet to find them.
Here are 12 of my favourites, & I’ve spared you the trouble of searching for them…
I have been totally remiss when it comes to my “monthly” giveaways…I think I’ve only had one since I started my blog last October. Today I’m making good on my promise & launching a Super-Duper Mega Giveaway with not one…not two…but FIVE different prizes to make up for the months I’ve missed. And I promise to keep up with my monthly giveaways in future!
Here is the little swag of prizes I have to giveaway…
Prizes 1 & 2 are packs of Magic Jelly goodies (value approx. $20 each)…they each contain the following…
Prize No. 3 is a 5×7″ print on canvas panel called Snap!
& a pack of 5 Jelly tags ( value $18). Prize No. 4 is one of my Fox & Flowers limited edition Gocco prints & a pack of 5 Jelly tags(value $15).
To win one of these, all you need to do is subscribe to my mailing list – that’s where I’ll draw the names of the winners. If you’d like to leave a comment or email me with your preferred prize, I’ll keep that in mind if I happen to draw your name. Easy!
The 5th prize is an extra special one…an original Mixed Media piece called (rather unimaginatively) Jack Rabbit. It’s an ink drawing on tea-stained Hahnemuhle paper, on a collaged background, mounted to brown kraft card (sheet size 6×6″). This is an original – not a reproduction – & is worth $85 (the winner gets a pack of Jelly tags too).
Picking a winner of this one is a little bit different…rather than just drawing a name out of a hat, I’d like you to write a Haiku about a bunny. Either post your little poem in the comments or email it to me & I’ll pick my favourite!
I’m announcing the winners in a week’s time, so you have until Wednesday the 9th of April to sign up to my mailing list & submit your Haiku if you want a chance to win the bunny! :)