Art and Craft News

Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Information and Shop Update


I'm aiming to have all the treasures in my shop to have FREE postage (Australia wide) enabled... I'm slowly getting there. I'd say about half is marked as free postage by now :)

Today, I've updated all the Tim Holtz Distress Paints to show what's in stock, what's out of stock and how many of each :) Plus, you'll notice that when you add these to the shopping cart, you won't get charged extra postage unless you choose Express. Marvellous!

With that fab news, I'll move on to adding the few colours that are missing but in stock - Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Ground Espresso, Carved Pumpkin, Lucky Clover and Candied Apple.

Distress Paint is designed by Tim Holtz and manufactured by Ranger.

Distress Paint is a waterbased acrylic paint that at times, acts like watercolour. Tim calls it water reactive - a bit of water splattered on its surface creates amazing textures! 

Its a fluid paint, able to adhere to most surfaces, permanent when dry and once dry (allow at least 24 hours) it can be doodled over with your favourite marker - Fudeball, Sharpie, Graphik, just to name a few :)

Originally created with a sponge dauber top and screw on lid, it is fantastic for quick backgrounds or large areas. Once dry, spatter with a sprinkling of water and watch the magical bubbles appear! Love it :) Ranger have designed a new lid for all the Distress Paint bottles - a flip top lid. And soon, you'll be able to buy the bottle with the flip top instead of the sponge dauber.

To look after your sponge daubers, simply spritz with Distress Ink Refresher after your day of painting. This will help stop the sponge from drying out.

If you need more information about these paints or questions about anything else arty, write to me anytime and I'll help you.

Happy Creative Day!

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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!

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Welcome to 2016 from the Creative World of Art by Jenny

Hope you've had a Merry Christmas and enjoyed welcoming in the New Year! Are you ready for a brand new year of creativeness and arty treasure? I sure am :) You can never have too much creativity in your life!

Merry Christmas and a Happy Creative New Year from all of us at Art by Jenny

Shop News

As you may know, the cpi rises every year, the Aussie dollar value changes daily and Aussie Post have put their prices up - which means I need to go through my shop and adjusting prices accordingly. Not everything will go up but I do feel that I need to let you know :)

FYI ... Letter postage with Australia Post is now as follows :
- Small letter ... up to 130mm x 240mm, 5mm thick, 125g
... $1.00
... this is for standard sized envelopes like C4 and DL
- Large letter ... up to 260mm x 360mm, 20mm thick
... $2.00 - up to 125g (was $1.40)
... $3.00 - up to 250g (was $2.10)
... $5.00 - up to 500g (was $3.50)

They're the new prices that Australia Post will charge you to send snail mail from the 1st January 2016. For more information visit

But there is good news!

Parcel postage hasn't gone up (thank goodness), so my postage charges to you are unchanged - $8.50 or FREE postage for orders of $100 and over - plus there's a large selection of treasures already marked as FREE postage throughout the shop, saving you heaps!

Originally, my New Year Sale was only going to be until the 5th Jan but I extended it to Friday night so enjoy it while it lasts :) As a Thank You to you! Yes, I know, I say that alot (thank you), but I'm just so grateful that you visit, wander around, ask questions and go shopping with Art by Jenny! Besides, its always nice to know when you're appreciated :)

Here are the links to the discounted treasures (products) :

Darkroom Door Stamps at incredible pricing PLUS free postage ... CLICK HERE

Amazing Specials - some at below cost price! ... CLICK HERE

Don't forget, if you shop after midnight on Friday, 8th January 2016 you'll turn into a pumpkin. Oh sorry, that's only if you're Cinderella :) Nothing will happen to you at all except you'll miss out on an amazing bargain!

Happy Creative Day!

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Enchanted Art Journal Page

What do you get when you mix serviettes with glue, paint with iridescent medium and butterflies with fairies? An enchanting art journal page!

art journaling with serviettes, Dylusions Paint and Liquitex mediums

I'm happy to say that I'm pleased how this page turned out. What started out as a selection of serviettes, a small Dylusions Creative Journal, pots of Dylusions Paint and Liquitex Matte Gel Medium has turned into such a pretty page.

This particular page was made for a journal swap... my journal is currently travelling around Australia enjoying the creativity of other artists. I'll see it again in around 8-9 months so will show it off when it gets home.

I started with a blank page with the fairy serviette with a bunch of stamps next to my pot of gel medium... then forgot to take more photos! So you've just got the beginning and the end :)

I tore around the fairy so the serviette would blend into the background. Then did the same for the butterfly serviette. By the way, if you only have one serviette to use, rip carefully! It saves having to rejoin certain elements of the design :) At least I didn't rip the poor fairy's wings off!

Using the gel medium, I glued down the borders and fairy then added some purple, white and brown paint with a rolled (screwed, squished, scrunched) up piece of kitchen paper. I love how fast this Dylusions paint dries! Makes layering so much easier. It did help having the heater on as it was freezing that night.

I chose the stencils while it dried, then added more paint, again with the kitchen paper stub. I do use regular brushes, foam blending tools, sponges and stencil brushes for creating my art, but this time I wanted to keep a really rough texture to the background while keeping it flat.

I mixed paint as I painted, just adding a bit at a time. The white I just splotched on anywhere then added the purple and brown to get the paler colours. Then added more white as I made it too dark.

The green you can see is from the Chameleon Pens - why? I don't know, they were there next to me and the green just jumped into my hand while I was messing about with the stamps. The toadstools and flowers were stamped with black StazOn then blended into the background using my olive green, grey and clear Chameleon Pens.

Finally, I used a paint brush to add the Liquitex Iridescent Medium to the crystal ball and wings of the fairy and butterfly. I love this stuff... it reflects whatever colour you have underneath and makes it sparkle.

I was expecting the page to get thicker from the amount of paint and gel medium I was adding, but it didn't. And it didn't leak through to the other side (I do get a bit heavy handed with paint). Yay :)

I can't wait to see my journal when it gets home, but in the meantime, I need to create something magical and enchanting for each of the other journals when they visit.

I hope you enjoyed reading how my art journal page was created. Next time I'll remember to take photos :)

Happy Creative Day!

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Mother's Day Promotion 2015 - The Winner!

I ran out of time on Friday, 1st May so drew the winners on Saturday, 2nd May 2015 (last night).

I started a couple of times with the video recording thing, but each time I fumbled and bumbled my words. Instead I took photos. Thinking back, maybe a script would have been useful! Next time :)

Join me in thanking Chameleon Art Products for the major prize of 22-pen Deluxe set of Chameleon Pens. I also want to thank Darkroom Door (groovy photo chips), Notions Marketing (marvellous tool box), Creativity Unlimited (pretty metallic markers), EJs Books (printing and editing), and my family and friends for all the support and encouragement.

Congratulations to Julie Sprake, Tanya Knox and Adelina Hayes.

This is how it all happened...
- exported all April sales from Shopify into excel and deleted the cancellations.
- added all cash sales, invoices and bank transfers.
- printed the 4 columns... name, billing name, email, paid at.
- cut into strips, then squished and twisted each strip into little balls.
- shook the basket and draw out a winner ... JULIE SPRAKE #1332
- then I drew out 2 more names as well (shaking the basket each time), because it was so much fun picking a winner! 2nd is Tanya Knox #1352, 3rd is Adelina Hayes #1281.

Prize Pack includes...
1 x Chameleon Pens Deluxe 22-Pen Set
1 x Art by Jenny Bookmark
1 x set of Art by Jenny Blank Greeting Cards (5 cards, 5 envelopes)
1 x Gelly Roll Souffle Pen Pack (2 pen)
1 x Redbubble Tote by Georgiegirl
1 x Dylusions Art Journal (small)
1 x book (either Color Me Happy, Color Me Calm, Art Camp Artrageous! or Distinctly Dylusional)
1 x pack of Metallic Markers
1 x collection of Darkroom Door Photo Chips
1 x Tool Case
Total prize pool is valued at around AU$300

This link will take you to the details of the promotion.

Congratulations Julie, Tanya and Adelina! I hope you enjoy your prizes of fabulous treasure.

Happy Creative Day!

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