The problem with using art supplies that are not Lightfast and how to get around that!

As a general rule, anything not labelled ‘artist quality’; or not specifically marked ‘lightfast’ is usually not lightfast. Some dyes and pigments are just not stable and undergo chemical changes even without light.

Some of my favourite-to-use art supplies  such as water-based and alcohol markers,  liquid and cheapie watercolours,  old coloured pencils ( which I LOVE), plus many neon and fluouresent colours may not only fade, but change colour over time – even in their packaging! Some are are described as ‘fugitive’ (short life).

Many of the surfaces I love to use, such as vintage books,  have issues too and can yellow and become brittle over time.

If you intend to sell your work, does that mean you can’t ever use these art materials?

Absolutely not! I love using all the art supplies I mentioned above, so that is why I scan my work and then sell prints of it on archival, lightfast papers. That way I feel free to use whatever art supplies I like, on whatever vintage ephemera and papers I find. I recommend my workshop ‘Print and Scan’ to anyone who is worried about these issues as I discuss them in detail and my personal strategies.

There are sprays and varnishes you can add that may lend some more archival properties to your work, but you would have to test them on the individual products. Also, most will smear or alter the underlying artwork layers anyway.

If you do want to sell your original artwork that uses art materials that probably are not lightfast, or may deteriorate, at least advise that the artwork be framed under glass and not displayed where it gets much light.  Be open about the products you have used. If the artist is open about what they use, the collector can ask questions and make their choice knowing they may need to take extra care with it and the beauty may be fleeting. Consumer Protection Laws probably have a say here too. Fading and colour change could potentially be considered ‘faulty’ goods!

Personally, I wouldn’t like to buy artwork and have it fade or decline in quality, so it’s my choice to create beautiful, archival prints.

Not all art materials are intended as a ‘fine-art’ product.

Lightfast, professional standard materials are more expensive in part, because you are paying for the lightfast pigments. If you are interested in what the lightfast properties of your ‘go-to’ supplies are – go to the manufacturer’s website and see what they say.

‘Gallery Standard’, ‘Gallery Quality’ ‘Fine Art’ or ‘Museum Quality’,  isn’t a judgement on the aesthetics of the artwork, but a judgement on the art materials used to make it. A professional gallery would inquire into your art materials, so they don’t have future problems with upset collectors that could damage their reputation.

Student Quality’ products are labelled that because they are intended for learning and practice before the emerging artist creates ‘gallery standard’ work.

Children’s art products usually have very low pigment loads, and will rarely last any test of time. Again, they are great to practice with, but for work you may want to sell, may not be the best choice.

‘Professional Quality’ or ‘Graphic Design’ standard art supplies are intended for the commercial designer who’s work is scanned or used for story boards etc immediately. Most markers where created for this market where longevity is not an issue.

Depending on where artwork using these art materials are displayed or kept those changes can happen within a very short time.

Now you know why I rarely sell original work, and offer Gallery Quality prints instead! Besides, most of what I create is in my journals, and they are precious to me, so I would never sell the pages. It’s my choice to create beautiful, archival prints.

Maybe that will work for you too?

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The reasons I use Society 6 for my prints are because the quality is excellent, the collector can decide on a wide range of sizes, substrates, framing and formats, AND! The customer Service is excellent.

Important issues like this one are exactly why I created my ‘Print & Scan’ workshop.

There are so many options for creative people to share their gifts with the world now. It is so much fun and with the right know-how it’s quite easy to get your artwork out of your journal and into the world.
You can find out more here:


Ever After – new workshop & Giveaway News!

ever AfterI have some wonderful & exciting news! I am going to be teaching on Ever After 2016! As you know, I love using fairytales as source material for my art, so of course I said ‘yes’ when I was asked to collaborate on this workshop. Plus Tam is a beloved friend, so double-yes!

Tam and I also filmed for a ‘Mutual Admiration Society’ class, and for a bonus lesson in ‘Lifebook’ while she was staying with me at The Nest, so there are lots of delectable things coming up from us. But for now  – Ever After!

There will be a chance to win a spot with the Blog Hop that starts next week.  Keep reading if you want to find out more about Ever After 2016  and if you want to find out how you can win a spot! :)

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First let me tell you a bit more about Ever After in case you haven’t heard about it yet!

“Ever After” is a mixed media art & style development course with a fairytale theme hosted by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. Tam is joined by 12 popular mixed media art teachers ( incluiding myself!) who will all share beautiful fairy-tale inspired lessons with you AND, in Module 2 they will also divulge their hints and tips on how they developed their own style and how YOU TOO can find your own unique voice as an artist! :) Yay!

Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 9.58.48 PMThe  fairy tale I chose is

Sleeping Beauty .

I have some fabulous ideas boiling away!  I loved Malificent and the expansion of the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ fable. So expect some sultry eyes, amazing head pieces and yes, flowing hair!

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Registration opens on May 16th 2016 and the class begins on July 1st 2016. So you can’t join yet – but very soon!

So if you want to start your summer drawing and painting fairy-tales, exploring your own personal story and style and hang out with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls, be sure to join once registration opens! :) Keep this page bookmarked so that you can sign up the moment it goes on sale! :) .

The way most collaborative classes work is, each teacher earns a small teaching fee whenever you join the class using the links for the class on their blog.  So I  think you are  mighty fine of you whenever I post a collaborative class I am involved with  and you join from my link ( group hug!).

Now then, onto the give-away and blog hop! :) I can give away 1 space on Ever After 2016 to 1 lucky winner, yay! :) And if you follow the blog hop starting May  2nd( see below for links and dates) you can up your chances of winning a space by entering all the other give-aways also! :)

How to enter the give-away:
1. Sign up to my newsletter ( in the sidebar).
2. Leave a comment on my Blog Hop Post   May 11th letting me know what elements of Sleeping Beauty you would love to see in my class!

Here is the list of the other amazing teachers who will be teaching on Ever After – they too will be giving away a spot on Ever After so go check them out and enter their give-aways! :)

I’ll see you on  the Blog Hop!

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” Jane Davenport’s Greatest Wish”

What a lovely surprise ! This email from Cloth Paper Scissors titled “Jane Davenport’s Greatest Wish” has a little drawing lesson from me and why I think drawing is so good for you!

You can see the Newsletter here:
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AND I have my own Section in the Cloth Paper Scissors store now!
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Wonderland Scholarship announcement!

Thank you for all your fabulous entries for the Wonderland Watercolour workshop Scholarship!

Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 8.51.18 amOur winner is Beth Harcourt:

“I LOVE the Johnny Depp mad hatter for both costumes/makeup and his interpretation of the character. So much detail in this movie. Alice’s costumes are amazing too. I think I always thought the caterpillar was the coolest character – potential plus!
Has anyone looked at Charles Blackman (Oz artist) who painted an Alice series? Back story includes reference to his blind wife living in a wonderland.”

I found the reference to Charles Blackman very interesting!


The workshop starts next week and I would love you to join in the fun.




A Brave New Year!

I have some fun news, I am joining the Brave Girls University as a teacher this year!

To celebrate I have a code that gives a free trial month!

I am creating my courses and will have them up in amongst the glittering classes already there probably after I have ‘Wonderland’  – my watercolour workshop wrapped up.

One of my New Year Resolutions  was managing my ‘screen time’ better. There is NO POINT in promising myself LESS screen time… I love it too  much, but I can make an effort to fill my screen with informative, inspirational and uplifting  material.

What I love about Brave Girls is the variety of workshops. Most are short and sweet, so you can have them playing on a corner of your computer screen, or on an ipad, or your phone while you are doing other things. Squeezing them into your day!  There are teachers here that I am familiar with such as Kelly Rae Roberts, Flora Bowley, Orly Avineri, Dina Wakley, Tam Laporte, Jeanne Oliver, Mindy Lacefield and Melody Ross, but lots of fab women that are new to me too.

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Look at some of the classes featured for January!

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A little info:

“Brave Girl University is a vast, growing library of soulful online classes, on everything from painting to life planning to stitchery to metalwork to overcoming grief, and so so much more.

Over 80 of the world’s best teachers have come together to build this incredible platform, complete with thousands of videos, PDFs, writings, podcasts, and more–and it’s all accessible 24/7 to work on at your own pace, for one affordable monthly subscription.

It’s a one-stop gathering place for learning, growing and becoming, through hundreds of classes taught by dedicated teachers who offer soulful ways to make life better, happier and more authentic for every woman.”

Access it ALL for just $24.95 per month.

Your Coupon Code for a free trial month is


You can click here to enroll:

click-here-ButtonAnd if you love it, you can continue on, and if not you can cancel anytime.

So now I have to plan what I am going to add!

In the rather spectacular lineup of course offerings, I want to add something new and fresh. Something authentically ‘me’… so you know it will involve  girls, mixed media, colour and journals!

What would you like to see me include in a class?

Planning out and creating my workshop and class content is one of my absolute  favourite things in all my work life. I really find it fun!.