straight up: illustration


All the Colours

When I look in my jewelry drawer, I often think to myself… I should make more of my own jewelry! I can lay in bed at night and think of fantastic ideas, but often run out of time to actually make what I am dreaming about.

So, I have finally gotten my act together and started to make some pieces of my own. I do have them for sale on my Etsy store, but have also given them as personalized gifts to people I care about! I love giving handmade gifts that are one-offs that no one else will have and that no one else can give.

What do you think of the necklaces that I have made so far?

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Lumi and Inkodye

I had heard about this new thing that was like screenprinting, but was much easier, so I wanted to try it!

It is called INKODYE! Instead of exposing a screen, then printing it using a squeegee onto fabric, this formula allows you to just paint it onto the fabric, expose it in the sun for 10 – 20 minutes and Ta Da! It is there!

Check it out!

I was excited because Screenprinting at school has been problematic…. exposing the screen is not always reliable. But this technique is pretty sure fire, and it is great for a one-off print which is what would happen in my classroom.

This is my first experiment, creating a little summer tote bag…. Next time I do it, I would put it in more direct sunlight, and leave it for longer! I think I just got too excited to see the final product! HAHA!


The Tote Bag…


The Inkodye


Create and invert the image using the Lumi App.

Beach Feet


Mask off the area that you are going to paint the dye onto. (This is optional, but I think that it looks neater!) Then paint the dye onto the fabric surface. They recommend that you dilute the dye, but I wouldn’t dilute it next time so that the colour is richer. I also recommend putting newspaper in between the fabric, so that the dye stays on one side of your garment.


Place your image onto the wet surface. The image needs to be made into a film negative. This is done by printing your image into an overhead transparency sheet. I held the image down with a sheet of glass, to make sure there was good contact between the film and the ink.


Once this is done, place your garment with the ink and film in the sun for 10 – 20 minutes. (Perhaps longer is better!) And then impatiently wait….

You will notice the dye start to change colour as the chemical reaction occurs.


Oh my goodness, time to reveal the design!

It looks soooo awesome! I am just imagining what I can do with this process!


No, it hasn’t ended yet, because we have to rinse it out with special detergent.

Once I did this I was a bit sad because the colour seems to have faded… I hope that next time if I leave the image in the sun for longer, it will bode a better result!

Once it is dry and ironed, I will post up another image to show you the finished product! I can’t wait to try it out some more!


Creativity lost; Creativity found

I started this blog with the aim to extend my creativity in my everyday life and force myself to experiment with different approaches to Illustration and Art. Sadly, time has forsaken me… But as I reflect upon this, I realize that while I may not have been pro-actively creating my own Art – I am constantly surrounded by creative forces that enhance my world.

So what have I been doing over the last few months that has quenched my creative thirsts?

1. I learnt how to sew a Bra at Booby Traps.

This was a really fun day! Even though I didn’t finish the bra that I was making, it was a good experience to have!

2. I have been over-sharing on Instagram

I seem to have an array of photos of the food that I eat and the clothes that I wear…..!

3. I have gone on an #epictrip2012 to Wales, London and Paris

Seeing the sites, shopping and eating wonderful food was a creative expression in itself! I went to all the galleries that I could and admired the array of street art! It was an amazing 3 weeks!

4. I got engaged!

Hidden in my suitcase when I was overseas and engraved with “Will you Marry Me?”

5. I have been guiding my Year 12 students to HSC success

This is probably one of the things that has most taken the creativity from me! I have been giving it to others!!! But, I am very proud of them!

My classroom!

So where does this leave me now?

Well…. I have decided to experiment with some Jewelry making and am quite pleased with the progress that I have made!

Here is a sample of my necklace, now available on ETSY!

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The Bake Off!

It was my little sisters birthday last week. She is studying to be a chef.

So, my other sister decided it would be a brilliant idea to have a BAKE OFF  for her birthday cake!

Who has a bake off for someone who wants to be be a pastry chef!

So, I took on the challenge! I was going to win! I decided to combine my (minimal) baking skills with my creativity and create something that would blow her away!

I started by going to the designer kitchen ware shop to get inspiration… and I got these gorgeous patty pans.

When searching for cupcake recipes, I wanted something that WOWed! There were your usual chocolate, blueberry, vanilla ones… but I wanted something that would win the bake off and turn heads… That was when I stumbled across a ZUCCHINI cupcake recipe! As with many children growing up, my little sister did not like this vegetable, especially after my grandma once over boiled it and made her eat it! So, I thought for her birthday, this would be the perfect way for her to overcome this fear!

Thank you to Martha Stewart for the awesome recipe… I did adapt parts and made it my own though! (I put in choc chips and didn’t have walnuts!)


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 zucchini (10 ounces), coarsely grated (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cups of a standard (12-cup) muffin tin with paper or foil liners. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Mix in nuts.
  3. In another bowl, combine zucchini, oil, eggs, and vanilla; add to flour mixture, and mix just until combined (do not overmix).
  4. Divide batter evenly among cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes.
  5. Cool in tin on a wire rack for 10 minutes; turn cupcakes out, right side up, and cool completely. Meanwhile, make frosting. Using an offset spatula or butter knife, spread frosting on cupcakes. The frosted cupcakes are best eaten within 1 day.
To match the patty pan holders, I put blue food colouring into the mix! It would also hide the colour of the zucchini in the mix. 

And then it was time to decorate! I went all out!

I think they looked really pretty!

When it came time to compare, I knew I was up for some competition!

Zucchini Cupcakes, Banoffee Pie, Apple Crumble

We made my little sister eat a tasting plate and  judge us!

And she ate them… and wouldn’t choose a favourite…

But she did say that mine won for presentation! WOOT!

Happy Birthday little sister! Love you!

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Ditzy Fish

It seems like a long absence since my last post… but I have been away, down south to get some sun and sand!

At the Beach

We all took some craft stuff to do… but instead I read my book and relaxed.

Now that I am back, I really wanted to experiment with a repeat pattern technique that I read about in a book.

The idea is that you create your design in quadrants, then cut them up and shuffle them around so that all bits match up.

I decided to create a design that I may be able to enter into the Spoonflower weekly contest. The theme is Ditsy sea creatures.

It was quite fun, though without a ruler, I didn’t cut the squares very straight, so it didn’t all line up perfectly.

Now to add some colour….

I then scanned the finished quadrants into the computer to realign and manipulate the image…

The Ditzy Fish textile design

Notice some bits don’t line up? That is OK… It was good to see how well this simple technique can work.

I uploaded the design to Spoonflower to see how it would work as a continuous repeat design….

Spoonflower repeat

I don’t think the design is resolved enough to enter into the weekly contest! But it is certainly a start and something that I can work on!

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It was a Hoot!

The New Year has come and I had a great start to the year! After a night of family fireworks and then a pirate party to bring in 2012, I spent the first day of the year at the Beach…

First day of the Year! 2012

Inspired by the colours of the fireworks and the desire to create some texture in my illustrations, I have experimented with some collage.

Getting creative.....

Using a colourful magazine that I had lying around, I cut into it to triangle pieces. I used these to create a feathered texture overlayed over the top of a gouached cardboard background. I really liked using the cardboard as it is not only a recycled material, but it gives a totally different feel to the work than watercolour paper does.

Once I had photographed the work, in Photoshop I digitally smoothed out the layers using the ‘paint daubs’ filter.

It really was a hoot….

It was a Hoot

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Coming to life

Now that I have this crazy character, I have made my FIRST attempt at a quick flash animation.

I started with a quick digital sketch

Digital Sketch

I then imported the image into Flash and played….

It is nothing to rave home about – I tweened one piece of grass and got the lawnmower to chase it!

It is exciting to see something come to life that was static before.

This is definitely something to play with more!