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Latest Updates for New Arty Treasure - Product News Jan-Mar 2017

Latest Updates for New Arty Treasure - Product News Jan-Mar 2017

March 21 Update

PreOrder Update - My 2nd Delivery for Distress Oxide Ink Pads is next week, 28th March 2017 :)

I received a shipping notification today (21st) and had a wonderful surprise... the Oxides are on their way sooner than expected! Woo hoo! Wait till you see them in real life too - the colours look gorgeous :)

Single colours for each the ink pads and refills will be online later today along with everything else in my shipping notification - lots and lots of treasure! Gonna be a busy girl today :)

What else? I received a shipping notification from Stampers Anonymous a week or so ago, so more of the brand new CHA / Creativation releases will be here any day now!
- edit : 5 new stamp designs arrived last night - Slate & Stone, Vines & Roses (so pretty), Flower Jar (love it), Illustrated Garden (gorgeous) and Scribbles & Spirals.

Click here to check out the newbies :)

Dyary News

I know, the  Dylusions Dyaries feel like they're taking forever but they'll be here very very soon. My sources say they'll be here with me at the end of next week (around the 28th) with Dyan's other groovy treasures like the journal tape, flip journals, Dyary ink, Dyary tape, Dyary stickers and a whole stash of Tim's Idea-Ology - boutiques of flowers, paper dolls, alphabets and more! So much more :D
Sadly, my order doesn't include the Dyary die cuts - but I do have in stock 3 collections of colouring sheets.

Its pretty awesome! I just need to get my skates on and get them online so you can find them. Which reminds me, if you ever want to buy Tim's set of 12x12 metal drawers or spinning storage tray, sing out any time! I have deliveries from the US every month so its easy enough to add 1 or 3 extra items just for you :)

Darkroom Door have just announced a set of fantastic NEW Eclectic Stamps and they'll be here late March or early April. The pics look amazing :) I'll download them and add them to this blog post. Sing out if you want to PreOrder :)

Tim's Hipsters look so groovy in real life... just sayin' :)

Thanks for waiting with me for these treasures. I wish you a happy, creative day!
:)
Jenny


Feb 26 Update

They've arrived! Tim's stamps of Hipsters, Motivation series, Illustrated Garden, Brush Strokes plus Darkroom Door's beautiful new collage stamps.

Dyan Reaveley's newly designed Silhouette Stencils arrived as well, named from left to right - Jay, Ben and Emmi. These 3 stencils are the replacements for the dearly departed Flossie, Ruby, Lottie, Bert and Fred.

Etcetera now means 'Tim Treasure'!

The Tim Holtz Etcetera tags are here! These look and feel amazing :D

Tim Holtz's Etcetera range of tags are different to any surface you've used before! Made by Stamers Anonymous from what they call thickboard, a type of craftwood or thick chipboard. These tags are strong, smooth and ready for anything you want to create, embellish, paint, sand or drill - anything at all. Available in 3 sizes - 5.5"x10", 6.5"x12" and 8.25"x14.25".

Tim Holtz Etcetera tags

click here for New Treasure!

Love stencils? Me too! Finally, I've ordered my faves of the Mini Tim Holtz Layering Stencil range. The new ones aren't far away. The estimated release date from Stampers Anonymous is April (must check this!). If you come across any that I've not put online and would love to buy, let me know and I'll get them in for you. You can find all the stencils and masks here.

Tim Holtz cling stamp set Hipsters are animal portraits wearing ties and hatsThe Distress Oxide ink pads are arriving soon! Have you seen them? So much fun to be had I reckon. I've added them into the shop now as a PreOrder (click here) with the first delivery of ink pads and reinkers arriving mid to late March. Order today or contact me to be notified when they are here.

Dyan Reaveley and Dylusions Dyary or Perpetual DiaryDyan's dyary has had a slight delay but they'll be here very soon, also in mid March! Along with ALL the stickers, stamps, washi and more. The accessory bags aka stencil pockets will be here soon too.

So many treasures! Are you lucky enough to get your hands on any of these yet? Had time to play yet? I hope so. After all, that's what buying all these treasures is all about - more to use for art, craft and being creative in any way!

Thanks for your time :) Have an awesome happy, creative day!
:)
Jenny


Feb 12 Update

Some of Tim's stamps are flying across to us as I speak (type) ... Hipsters, Motivation series, Illustrated Garden, Brush Strokes and more. Darkroom Door newbies are instore now :D

I received the shipping notification from Stampers Anonymous yesterday (11 Feb) and it usually takes around a week for treasures to arrive so look for "nearly here" or "on its way" in the product name to see what's included. I've left the word "PreOrder" on as they're not here yet :) Any questions, sing out any time!

Tim's latest stencil designs will be here any day now... the tracking estimates Wednesday this week :D Sooooo exciting! Travelling with them are refills for the Masters' Cleaner, Yupo paper, most of Tim's stencils plus a "few" other treasures. Prismacolor blending pencils sold out again but will be back in March.

Dyan's groovy Dyary (diary, journal) is on its way to us too. I've only ordered 1 box (10) so get your order in quick so you don't miss out! Next delivery is in March for these. 

That's it for today's news. So far! lol :) There's always something exciting happening in the art and craft Universe!

Have an awesome happy, creative day!
:)
Jenny


Jan 31 News

As you probably have already seen and heard, there are so many arty treasures from Tim Holtz, Tonic Studios, Dylusions of Dyan Reaveley and Ranger about to be released.

Just like every new product announcement, they show off their new ideas and favourite new toys, then make us wait until the products have been manufactured. But its a good thing - this way we all get to have a good dose of retail and art therapy each and every month, not all at once!

image showing products soon to arrive at Art by Jenny online shop

Arrivals from Tim, Dyan and friends are happening every 4 or 5 weeks starting mid February. So exciting! Can't wait to see the bouquets of flowers (Idea-Ology), Tim and Tonic's fabulous new stamping gadget (like the Misti but half the price!) and Dyan's groovy new diary, I mean Dyary. I'd say sorry for my excitement but I'd just have to take it back because I simply love love love it all! The colours, designs, textures, ideas, inspiration, and more colours... {{happy sigh}} lol :)

Tim Holtz Stamp Collection HipsterDylusions Creative Dyary by Dyan Reaveley

This link will transport you to the "What's New" category to see what's just arrived

Click this link to see and preorder all the brand new goodies

Gorgeous NEW Darkroom Door stamps are on their way - arriving in a couple of weeks... can't wait :) I love the look of it all (as always! lol), the Grunge Marks, Butterflies and Classic Cars. And the Hummingbirds are gorgeous too! Rachel's special occasion sayings are practical as well as beautiful.

Darkroom Door Classic Cars Stamp SetDarkroom Door Hummingbirds stamp set 

The Texture Stamps and more of the other collections are planned to arrive this year. Slowly I'm building up the shop to have every single Darkroom Door stamp available for you to buy.

This is a direct link to all Darkroom Door new arrivals

Speaking of my wishlist, Liquitex acrylic paints are arriving in the next few weeks. I'm ordering the basics plus a few favourites like veridian, aqua and turquoise! You've just got to have all the gorgeous mermaid colours at hand, it saves so much time and hassle mixing them. With basics you can create nearly every colour under the sun but if you want other colours, simply ask :)

The Liquitex bottles of ink are on their way too. I love ink :) Such a versatile medium - it can be used for drawing, colouring, painting, splashing, dripping - anything at all. Plus if you add it to the thick gel mediums, it becomes a thick paint. AND it works beautifully with all the Distress, Winsor & Newton and Gansai Tambi ranges too :) Yay!

Paint brushes are still here waiting to be added to the shop... along with Winsor & Newton mediums (watercolour paints in tubes and pans are on the way), Liquitex gesso, IndigoBlu stamps ... I've got Rain Drops, Kibble Puppies and Kittens, Rebecca, Ella Bella and a few more.

Anybody still want Brusho or Ken Oliver watercolour powders? I haven't ordered them again because I find my Tim Holtz Distress Ink Sprays to be so much easier to use. And cleaner if you can believe it! I ended up with watercolour dust everywhere when I last used Brusho powder - I've given it to a friend who simply loves the stuff :) Obviously it was something I did because she doesn't make a mess at all. lol :)

If you want them, let me know. Both Brusho Crystal Colours and Ken Oliver Color Bursts can easily be ordered from my supplier.

FYI ... Below is a background made for my latest ATCs using Tim's Distress Ink Sprays.

background featuring Tim Holtz Distress Ink

I've found that Tim Holtz's ink sprays and stains are permanent once heat set and if sprayed with a mist of fixative, the colours don't fade. Most watercolours need to be set with a fixative before adding other layers so the colours don't reactivate with water or other ink.

I always spray a fine mist of fixative over my art, just in case. Any brand will work - just make sure it says "non yellowing". If you can't find it or aren't sure what you're looking for, ask me anytime :)

Thanks for reading my shop's blog. I'm off to Blogger now to upload my latest creations... its been a while so there'll be a few pics to see. Have a wonderful, creative and Happy day!

:)
Jenny

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Kuretake Japanese Art Pens Review

Kuretake Japanese Art Pens Review

Summary... Love them!

Kuretake's Hikkei Double Ended Brush Pen and Fudegokochi Fine Point Brush Pens are Japanese professional pens with black archival ink, designed to be used for art, drawing, writing and calligraphy. Kuretake are the people who make Gansai Tambi watercolour paints and other very high quality art and design products.

Normally marketed towards artists who draw comics, cartoons and anime, these pens are versatile and flexible. The brush tips on both pens are springy and precise. They are extra fine if you mark with the very tip and wide if used on the side or pressed firmer. Only time will tell how well the tips last but so far the tips don't go furry and thick, meaning they'll stay beautiful and precise for a long time. I love drawing with them, so light and smooth to use! They glide over the page :)

Click here for the 'Pencils, Pens and Markers' category in the shop

photo of Kuretake brush pens

The black ink is a clean neutral grey base. Alot of black inks have a red, green or blue base, meaning when the black is thinned down, it has a coloured tint. This ink is totally grey, not even a hint of another colour when I was cleaning off my Crazy Cat stamp.

Kuretake Fudegokochi Drawing Pens Review withTim Holts Crazy Cat and Twisted stencil

The pencil drawing in the background of my play space was a sketch of Vincent van Gogh's Starry Starry Night... well, it started out as that then turned into just a few hills that the astromoner could climb to watch the various flying objects! lol Just noticed they're very feint in the photo so may not be visible on small devices but you can see the tent and mountaineer easily (top right) :) Here's my other one...

sketch that started out as Starry Starry Night drawn by Jenny

Anyway, back to the pens!

As a test, I drew a row of scribbly trees with the silver barrelled Hikkei to the right of the page. The 2 thick sweeps are drawn with the side of the pen. Below this I stippled with both the side and tip of the brush, then a few dashes... it can be extra extra fine if you go lightly :)

I then drew more trees with the Fudegokochi, both ends. I found the fine tip drew thinner than the Hikkei. Just realised I didn't draw with the side of this pen before taking the main photo but its about twice the thickness as the Hikkei's thick sweep as shown below.

closeup of the pen marks

Using the Tim Holtz layering stencil "Mini Twisted", I traced a couple of branches. The Hikkei was best for this as I could get the finer twists traced without filling in the space as much. See the yellow branch, its cleaner than the green.

closeup of the Twisted layering stencil lines

Adding colour with my Zig waterbrush and Gansai Tambi paints, I discovered the pens were permanent on paper (and wash off plastic using water). No amount of water made the lines bleed.

Quick link to all waterbrushes :)

Cooooool :) So got out my Crazy Cat stamps! Love these guys :) I used the Fudegokochi thick end and brushed over the stamp... it inks up rely well and washes off easily. Great for precision and selective area stamping. Normally I use my Tim markers, Distress inkpads and Archival inkpad for inking up stamps... using this pen for the image will stop me getting black ink everywhere its not wanted!

three little kittens without any mittens

I only inked up this kitten's head once but stamped the three times. You can see the nice cool grey outline better in this pic. Perfect when you want to ink up in grey not black. Just remember to stamp on scrap before your project to get the grey!

I've drawn on the last available page in my Strathmore "drawing paper" visual journal so the paper is absorbant (unlike mixed media, acrylic or mixed media paper) and water makes the paper pill (go fluffy) and swell. I'll draw and paint on anything though unless I'm working on a particular project (that requires a certain paper or object).

I love Strathmore's paper ... so here's another quick link, this time to Strathmore.

So my overall thought? Love them :) Thanks for reading my blog.

Have a happy day!
:)
Jenny

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Color Me Fearless - A Beautiful Book for Colouring and Chilling Out

cover image of Color Me Fearless by Angela Porter and Lacy Mucklow'Color Me Fearless' is the fourth book in the Zen and the Art of Colouring Series

Color Me Fearless is by a world reknown pair of talented peoples - art therapist Lacy Mucklow (MA ATR-BC, LPAT, LCPAT) and illustrator Angela Porter. Check out their Facebook colouring group here - lots of arty goodness based upon the Color Me series of books.

Click here - In Stock Now!

If you're overwhelmed by all the millions of colouring books that have swamped the market, you're not alone. This book isn't like any of those at all.

This wonderful therapeutic book is filled from cover to cover with beautifully drawn illustrations featuring magical scenes that are just waiting to be coloured by you! Wait until you see it - there's a picture that looks like Stonehenge and a wonderful dragon to colour.

I've created a video review that includes my thoughts, over excitedness and ooohs and aaahs as I wander through this book with you. I hadn't opened the book before recording, so unless you've watched my video before (thanks for watching it more than once if you have) then we're both seeing it all together for the first time.

In this amazing book, Angela and Lacy offer up 100 colouring templates, all designed to boost strength, courage, and confidence. At the beginning of each chapter are a few coloured illustrations to guide you along, plus at the end of each chapter is a blank page to draw your own picture to colour. Wonderfully organised into seven therapeutically themed chapters, readers can explore the benefits of putting pencil (or paints, markers and crayons) to paper.

Happy Creative Day!
:)
Jenny

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Dylusions and Other Treasures - PreOrder Update - 7 April 2016

Hello :)

The Dylusions delivery arrived yesterday and everything that was in the box has now been posted to their new homes. Thank you so much everyone! 

A few items were placed on backorder at my supplier but they will be shipped to me late April, early May. Watch this space :)

I'd love to say everything is all now instore but it sold out just as fast as it arrived! All that is left (until the next delivery) are 2 packs of colouring sheets, 2 sets of designer Archival ink pads, 1 pack of plain adhesive canvas and 1 pack of postcards. All Dylusions of course :) Therefore, I'm leaving most of it labeled "PreOrder" so you don't get confused. Any questions, just ask any time!

The Crazy Cat stamp sets are being released later this month so arriving with the delivery I just mentioned. Tim's cottages and roof tiles "Bigz Dies" are being released late May, early June.

Those groovy Frankenstein heads (dies) are available now (and other Sizzix dies) - let me know if you'd like me to order them.

Finnabair, more Liquitex treasures, Ken Oliver, Brusho Crystal Colours, Winsor & Newton paint brushes and the new Tim treasures will be uploaded to my shop on Friday, 8th - some instore now, others arriving late April, early May. Watch this space for details or the category "What's New" on the home page.

I thank you all immensely for waiting with me for these gorgeous treasures - but as we all know, anything by Dyan (and Tim and Dina) is worth the wait. I'll be sure to include something special in with your order to say thank you as well :) I really appreciate you, your time and your custom.

If I've missed anything or you have questions, please get in contact by email, message or phone (0428 898 120). Thank you! Have a happy day :) Jenny


Tim Holtz
- Tim's treasures are estimated to be mid April
- if you have a special request, let me know so it can be added to my list
- fyi, I'm planning on ordering a variety of treasures including the stamps, stencils and his groovy spinning and drawer storage
- I'll add anything I order to this category once I've confirmed my order
- Does anyone want to buy the mini Crazy Birds and Things? They look just as adorable and nutty as the originals, only much smaller!
- I've ordered the Crazy Cats stamps and dies :) Still not released but we're on the wait list now.

Dina Wakley
- I'm ordering the paints, stamps, stencils and media boards
... arrival estimated to be late April
- if you have a special request, let me know so it can be added to my list and this PreOrder category
- I'll add these to this category once I've confirmed the order

If you would like anything else (Dyan, Tim, Finnabair, Dina's, Wendy's, Darkroom Door, Zig, Hero Arts, IndigoBlu, Strathmore, Prismacolor, Derwent Inktense pencils or artsticks - anything at all - simply get in touch and I'll see when I can get them in stock for you.

Sing out if you have any groovy ideas, questions or need help!

Thank you!
:)
Jenny

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PreOrder from CHA2016 - Treasures by Dyan Reaveley and other Amazing Designers

I've created a PreOrder section to the shop - a special place for new treasures that are on all our wishlists - Click here to see the PreOrder collection and see what's been ordered

Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley
- everything else new by Dyan will be arriving in March, um, sorry... now April

Edit 30 March 2016 - Dylusions stamps, stencils, a few tags and other treasures are arriving in less than 2 weeks time! Yay :) Finally! The canvas sheets and postcards may or may not be onboard - I'll find out for sure when the box arrives. Dyan's new paint colours are now instore along with the set of Paint Pens, Tim's crayons and the Distress ink pad and reinker in Picket Fence (white).

The Crazy Cat stamp sets still haven't been released... the current date is 1st April, but that's April Fools' day! Tim's cottages and roof tiles "Bigz Dies" are being released next month sometime. I saw those groovy Frankenstein heads (dies) are available now too, plus so many millions of other treasures are at my supplier, just itching to have new homes with you all - I'd love to just buy it all, but I haven't won xlotto yet! lol :)

I thank you all immensely for waiting with me for these gorgeous treasures - but as we all know, anything by Dyan is worth the wait. I'll be sure to include something special in with your order to say thank you as well :) I really appreciate you, your time and your custom.

If I've missed anything or you have questions, please get in contact by email, message or phone (0428 898 120). Thank you! Have a happy day :) Jenny


Tim Holtz
- Tim's treasures are estimated to be mid April
- if you have a special request, let me know so it can be added to my list
- fyi, I'm planning on ordering a variety of treasures including the stamps, stencils and his groovy spinning and drawer storage
- I'll add anything I order to this category once I've confirmed my order
- Does anyone want to buy the mini Crazy Birds and Things? They look just as adorable and nutty as the originals, only much smaller!
- I've ordered the Crazy Cats stamps and dies :) Still not released but we're on the wait list now.

Dina Wakley
- arrival estimated to be April sometime (Dina and Tim are being planned to be shipped together)
- if you have a special request, let me know so it can be added to my list and this PreOrder category
- fyi, I'm ordering the paints, stamps, stencils and media boards
- I'll add these to this category once I've confirmed the order

If you would like anything else (Dina's, Wendy's, Darkroom Door, Zig, Hero Arts, IndigoBlu, Strathmore, Prismacolor, Derwent Inktense pencils or artsticks, anything at all), please let me know so I can add them to my list and create a PreOrder for them :)

Sing out if you have any fab ideas, questions or need help!

Thank you!
:)
Jenny

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