In August it’s all about the brush…

Freshly made from sustainable ingredients in an ethical manner, seeped in olive oil and family tradition… might not be words you immediately associate with your brushes!

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And yet, there is a family in Spain, on the outskirts of Barcelona to be precise, who have been making elegant and intelligent brushes (yes, yes that too!) for eighty years exactly. To read the full story, click here

Meanwhile, just a few more days to get that coveted sable brush or very large hog one… at a discount!

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Are you a fan of art materials?

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If you are a fan of art materials then you should discover my blog: inbedwithmonalisa.com

For some years now I have been writing this blog (on and off mind you as I was pretty busy in the shop too) and, behind the screen, collecting more knowledge about art materials whilst visiting all over the world the lovely people who make your brushes, paints, pastels and paper!
I have now chosen to super charge with information all those pages in the back of the site and to share with you all the articles I have written about my visits.
Browse the site… it’s far from done but there are already some good pages. You could check out my new Pigments pages by clicking here, however, your interest might be more in oil paint, oil sticks or brushes so click on those.
If you choose to subscribe to my blog, you will received directly in your mail all my upcoming pages and articles… please feel free to do so… I would so love to grow this community!
Spreading the love and the paint,
Sabine

PS By the way, I am not selling anything on this blog, you can safely just read and, if you enjoyed it, share with friends, t’is all about the passion, nothing else!

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Hooray, hooray… big colour tools for little hands!

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Hello everyone,
a last minute message to let you know our new kid’s corner has officially opened yesterday with the arrival of the beautiful Lyra and Stockmar stand. As usual, we have gone for great quality in our choices, we have also picked the most environmentally friendly art supplies for kids available (the green earth range from Micador for example). This being said, we have also made very dollar conscious choices too!
So come and have a look. You should find something to encourage the creativity of your little ones, from 2 years old onwards… even on a small budget!

See you soon @ the Centre
Non toxic, vibrant, large colour tools for the 2 to 4 years old

Non toxic, vibrant, large colour tools for the 2 to 4 years old

Metallics, fluos, 3D, watersoluble pencils, pastels, paints and much much more!

Metallics, fluos, 3D, watersoluble pencils, pastels, paints and much much more!

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Term 4 dates are out and the M&Ms are in!

All the infos are already on the website so please go to art classes if you might want to join one and… good news, we are adding a drawing class on Tuesday afternoon!! Also, since both of us are away (and there is already enough to learn in the framing and art supplies department without the large format printer!) there will be no fine art printing until mid October, sorry for any inconvenience. Meanwhile the new M&M team -the beautiful Michelle and delightful Moana- will be holding the fort.

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Thank you for your love and support in the last months…

Sabine

PS Am going to France via the USA where I shall visit Natural Pigments, Daniel Smith, R and F and Golden (am so excited and will have no doubt plenty of tales to tell on my return!).

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Term 3 begins in a few days

Menu of art classes

need more infos?

Check our Art class page or call (02) 6685 5808

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2 winter holidays workshops for young creatives… book now!

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By popular demand… one more Gelli workshop!

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By popular demand, Turiya Bruce’s workshop: Gelli Plates + Open Acrylics = Monotype Magic… will run again on Sunday June 15th.

Based on the original gelatine plate and hectograph this flexible plate will constantly surprise and mesmerise with its unique capabilities. The sensitivity of the plate is such that it gives optimal paint release onto paper without the need of a press. Stencilling and layers of acrylic paint will engage and inspire you , as Turiya guides and demonstrates many facets  of this delightful form of artist printing.

As a participant you will have the use of a Gelli plate and a limited range of Golden Open acrylics with which to make your own monotypes. It is also advised to bring a selection of your own favourite acrylic paints and acrylic inks, stencils and soft found natural objects that you can use to impress upon the plate. Bring paper too if you have some… however other paints or products are available from the art shop to purchase.

BYO lunch to share, morning tea provided. Places limited to 10 participants.

10am till 4pm $120 all materials provided. Please book soon if you don’t want to miss out this time round!

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Sharpen your pencils, open your eyes…

Term 2 classes resume this coming week for young (at heart) creatives and next week for young (in years) ones!

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This term again we are please to offer 4 on going morning classes for adults (10am-1pm)

Painting on Tuesday with Bernadette Curtin, Creativity through art journaling on Wednesday with Zom Osborne, Watercolour painting on Thursday with Harry Westera and Mixed media on Friday with Turiya Bruce.

Open to all, these classes are given by local artists, all wonderful teachers. They are relaxed and professional at once… giving you encouragement, inspiration and companionship on your creative journey. Treat yourself to one and you might really want to keep going (which is a good thing because you get a discount if you pay 5 classes at a time and even more for the whole term!).

For younger creatives, classes are held on Wednesday (4pm-5.30pm) and this is the term’s program…. 1. Foil embossed painting / 2. Georgia O’Keeffe watercolour flowers / 3. Sgraffito silhouette / 4. Tone dropout selfie with words / 5. Clay bowl making /6. Collagraph making and printing / 7. Art mask making / 8. Gelli printing gift tags with foam textures

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For more info on these classes and the teachers giving them please go here

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Come and try “the paint that flies off your brush”

Please join artist Margaret Kirman for a free Demo this Saturday 5th of April – from 10.30am till 12 free_flow_glider2

Come and discover ( and play with ) the new Atelier Free Flow Acrylic Paint. This is a free flowing, very versatile Professional Artists Quality Paint, with really intense colour and excellent coverage. It can be used as a Watercolour, Ink, Gouache or Acrylic. This paint “just flies off the brush” and is delicious to paint with. Come and see a presentation of some Atelier mediums and the Free Flow paint and try them for yourself. (Bring some brushes and enjoy !)

1. Frogs Home PageThis Atelier Free Flow Paint Demonstration will be given by Brisbane artist, Margaret Kirman who has been giving workshops for Chroma Australia since 1999.

Limited seating… please give us a call to book: 6685 5808

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Repeat workshops

Hello everyone,

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the three workshops we had here in January were such a success that we are repeating immediately both Turiya’s Gelli Plates + Open Acrylics = Monotype Magic (above tags were made with that technique) and Zom’s The Secrets of Creativity, the secrets I wish I had known 25 years ago. Zom’s is this coming Wednesday 29th already and Turiya on 23rd February… all details below. Please book soon if you don’t want to miss out this time round.

Wednesday 29th January

the Secrets of Creativity, the secrets I wish I had known 25 years ago

with Zom Osborne

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10am till 4.30pm – $95

In this workshop I will share the secrets of creativity that I have learned from 23 years as a practicing artist. From complete beginners who want to explore their creativity to experienced creatives feeling stuck or wanting to expand, these secrets are for everyone.

“I share how creativity works, how to call in inspiration, what slows creativity and what stops it completely. I call it ‘the Secrets of Creativity’ because much of what I reveal is counter to how we have been taught to do things. My creativity expanded exponentially since I discovered these ‘rules’.”

This is an experiential workshop, there will be lots of doing and experiencing and play. No need to know how to draw or paint.

Bring your lunch or walk a little stroll away to find shops and cafés.

 

Sunday 23rd February

Gelli Plates + Open Acrylics = Monotype Magic

with Golden Artist Educator Turiya Bruce

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 10am till 4 pm – $120

A day of exploring the unlimited fun and beauty with the latest innovation of Monotyping: the Gelli plate.

Based on the original gelatine plate and hectograph this flexible plate will constantly surprise and mesmerise with its unique capabilities. The sensitivity of the plate is such that it gives optimal paint release onto paper without the need of a press.

Stencilling and layers of acrylic paint will engage and inspire you , as Turiya guides and demonstrates many facets  of this delightful form of artist printing.

As a participant you will have the use of a Gelli plate and a limited range of Golden Open acrylics with which to make your own monotypes. It is also advised to bring a selection of your own favourite acrylic paints and acrylic inks, stencils and soft found natural objects that you can use to impress upon the plate. Bring paper too if you have some… however other paints or products are available from the art shop to purchase.

BYO lunch to share, morning tea provided.

Places limited to 8 participants.

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