Saturday, November 1, 2014

Inspiration Exists but it has to find you working

Over the last couple of weeks I have felt the call to create another Card Making Kit - with photos and instructions, the kind that I used to create.  I lost interest in making them up and felt totally bored with designing and typing out my step by step process, photographing etc.   However after a year of not having created one I really felt the call to design a new Christmas Kit

Every day over the last couple of weeks things would come up, people would need me, orders would come flying through my inbox, urgent orders, or I was too tired, or it was night time, I prefer not to create at night because I can't match the colours as well, so pretty much every type of resistance you can imagine really.

Anyway this week I declared publically  on Instagram and Facebook that I would sit down and make a start for a new Christmas Kit.  I already had the supplies here I just need to sit and do it.  I declared it for two reasons, firstly to let my customers know that I was creating a kit and also to keep myself accountable.  Wouldn't you  know it, over two days the kit was designed, created, typed up and photographed and for sale on my site.  Amazing what inspired action can do.  When I first sat down the ideas weren't coming and I was spending way too much time on even the first card to get it right.  However once the first card was done that was it, the rest just flowed, suprisingly quickly.

When you declare to do something and sit your butt down no matter what and create, inspiration and ideas will show up and you will get into the flow.  "Inspiration exists but it has to find you working"  Love this quote by Pablo Picasso, it is up on the wall in my studio as a constant reminder.

After that really long background to the birth of this kit, here it is below, you can purchase on site, just click on the photo to find out more about this kit.

Happy Holidays Card Making Kit - 2014

http://www.kokovanilladesigns.com.au/store/card-making-kits/happy-holidays-christmas-card-kit-2014/

Anna xx

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mixed Media Garden Canvas Video Tutorial and Kit

Happy Friday.

I am excited to pop in and share a brand new Video Tutorial for my lovely readers, YOU!

Today's tutorial also has an accompanying kit which can be purchased here. 

I chose to create a Mixed Media Canvas with this kit however you could use this kit for any sort of creative pursuit, whether its scrapbooking, Cardmaking, Art Journal, Mail Art and more.


I hope you enjoy the tutorial!






Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sprinkle Kindness Like Confetti - Mixed Media Art Canvas

My daughter asked me to make a canvas for her friend as a birthday gift with the words as the main feature "Sprinkle Kindess Like Confetti"

This is the end result.  If you love this sample of work you can come and join me this Sunday for a mixed media workshop in Box Hill, Melbourne where we will make something similar to this, however you choose your own colours and papers and style and whether you want to add words or not.  Imagine creating your own wall decor and how proud it will be to have a beautiful Canvas on display that you have poured your heart and soul into. 

Come join me details for the Workshop are here..

Sprinkle Kindness like Confetti Mixed Media Collage Canvas




Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Mixed Media Workshop Melbourne - Sneak Peak Video - Art with HeART

Here is a little Sneak Peak Art Video of my upcoming class in Melbourne which will be held on Sunday 14th September.

If you are free come and spend a Sunday afternoon creating with me and a few others.  Here is a sample of the style of art we will creat.  No prior art experience necessary, all supplies provided.

 Art with HeART
Sunday 14th September
1pm - 4pm
Box Hill Melbourne

http://www.kokovanilladesigns.com.au/store/diy-craft-scrapbooking-kits/listen-to-your-heart-workshop-adults-14th-september-2014-1-3pm/



Sunday, August 17, 2014

Life Lessons Learned on the Art Journal Page and a Mixed Media Melbourne Workshop in September

I am totally loving the process of creating art backgrounds.  It is freeing and fun and I am slowly learning to let go of being perfect and not scared to make mistakes.  A metaphor for life I think.  I get to a point in my background and I think its perfect and I don't want to do anything else to it in case I stuff it up. 

So then I leave it and think hmm what can I add cause I can't just stop at the background.  This is definitely the part where I get stuck, like badly stuck and don't move forward.  Do I put words, paint images, add patterend paper, shit too many decision and it's a bit overwhemling. I'll just come back to it later and see.  Something will come to me, or I'll just start another background!  Okay so there is life again reflecting itself in my art.

I guess to keep it short here otherwise I will rant on forever, the take away might be that not every decision is the right one but that can't stop us from making any decision because, not making a decision is in effect making a choice to do nothing which is a decision.  This then has a consequence. 

To push myself even further out of my comfort zone I have scheduled to teach a mixed media class in September, see below, to force myself to overcome the fear of not being perfect and not being able to know everything about what I am teaching because I've only been back into painting for a year and a half.  However I have something that needs to be shared and a message that goes with it.  Just to add a little pressure and discomfort I will push through the lack of confidence and all the other BS excuses that I keep telling myself and just do it.  If you are in Melbourne and wish to join me details are here.

So here the pages I speak off and given that the biggest mistake I can make on these pages is with paint and paper and not with my life, time to practice making mistakes and pushing past my comfort zone so that it isn't scarry anymore.

I knew this art stuff was good for something, other than the pure fun of it and the fact that it makes me happy.  Give it a try you might like or even love it.  If you need an intro and a fun Sunday afternoon come join me I promise it will be fun and maybe just a little life altering too.



http://www.kokovanilladesigns.com.au/store/diy-craft-scrapbooking-kits/listen-to-your-heart-workshop-adults-14th-september-2014-1-3pm/

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Short Break


The Koko Vanilla Team is taking a short winter break from
1st - 9th July 2014

Orders placed during this time will be mailed on
10th July 2014

Thank you for your patience and we looking forward to
returning refreshed and inspired with new creative ideas
to share with all our wonderful customers

In the meantime
 continue to
Dream, Create, Inspire

 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Neon Paints

Any art/ craft stash is not complete without Neon Coloured supplies scattered throughout.  Now in store some cute bright paints that are fluoro neon to add to your art work and scrap pages.

Now available in 4 Colours.  You will find them here.  Of course I couldn't resist a little play in my journal to sample them.  Someone has to sample the stock around here!

  

 http://www.kokovanilladesigns.com.au/store/paint-ink-glitz/ 

Green Neon

 Orange Neon Paint

Pink Neon Paint

Happy Crafting
Anna

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