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Kate P. (aka Sparkle Tart)
I am a collage - a collection and reflection of every idea I've ever found inspiring, every technique I've ever seen and all the beauty I see in the world. Within me and my work, these things are merged, reflected and somehow become the unique being that is me and the unique form that is my art! I see the world differently to many, I am constantly amazed by the beauty around me. I like to express myself through art - I stamp, I journal, I colour and I create. I love my life and the part that art plays in it. I enjoy learning new things and teaching others new things - I love sharing the WOW moment.
Interests: gardening, card making, cooking, copics, art journaling, mixed media and growing orchids all keep me busy.
Recent Activity
Looking for ways the creat cool color charts? Then have a look at this idea using supplies from Lulu Art of course! Colour charts - I love to make them but often seem to fall into the trap of having them be purely for 'utility reasons' - I can be a little too practical on occasion. So I've been looking at ways to make them more exciting and interesting while still retaining their original purpose - which is show off... Continue reading
Today we are going to check out 5 simple techniques for decorating notebook covers. So why do you need special techniques for notebook covers? Well most of us are actually using the notebook, so the cover needs to be sturdy, and easy to slip into a bag or a bookshelf with other items. If you have 3d flowers or embellishments that protrude too far these can become ripped off, snagged, damaged or at worst damage other items! So it's best... Continue reading
Hi there Sparkly peeps! I've been excitedly waiting for my Prima Traveler's Journals to arrive in Australia and gathering supplies to use with them while I wait - yes interpret this as hoarding! Now that they are finally here, I thought I'd show you my brand new Prima Marketing Traveler's Journals (aka Traveler's Notebooks or TN's) in the Nomad's and Lady Like Starter Sets and give them both a quick review. Please let me warn you that my review is... Continue reading
Thank you Leslie - that's the whole reason I have a blog oxoxo Enjoy playing with some of those BRIGHT colors :)
Thanks Leslie - I bet any of your patterns would look amazing done in paper oxoxo
You may have seen over on my Instagram or YouTube accounts that I managed to get my grubby little hands (literally - I've always got paint or ink somewhere) on some of the fabulous new Prima Traveler's Journals in the Lulu Art store - my current favourite is the Nomads set! Each travelers notebook set comes with some plain notebooks tucked inside and well you know me, I couldn't just leave the inserts undecorated! So, I thought I'd show you... Continue reading
Join the fun and let's get INTO Art Journaling! This class will get you right INTO Art Journaling by looking at combining your craft supplies & art supplies to create fabulous Art Journal pages in a variety of styles. We will chat about different journaling types, products and which journal might be right for you! Continue reading
Mary - I don't know what to say - that is the WHOLE reason I have a blog to encourage others - thank you so very much for your words, knowing that I've been able to help make a difference is my reason 'why' oxoxooxox
Mary - You've just made me cry in the best possible way! For me to have created something that brings even just one person a smile and inspires another person to create something of their own, is the best gift around. I can't tell you how happy you've just made me and I am so thankful that my efforts to improve my art have also led you to people who can help you improve yours oxoxoxoxo Thank you so very much for your comment - I will treasure it!
Today and I'm being brave and stepping out of my comfort zone a little, to share a bold and vibrant page inspired by the art of Tracy Verdugo. My art journal spread was created using an array of my favourite products from sprays to paints - available from the Lulu Art online store! The basic idea for this page is lots of layers, LOTS of LAYERS, each one different to the last, using different products for each layer, though I... Continue reading
Oh wow, I'm so excited - just jumping up and down and squealing to myself - just a little! I feel like I've been buried under a rock for the last few months working on this and finally, my new online class will soon be LIVE over on Big Picture Classes. Watch this space because very soon you will be able to join in with all the yumminess!! While my last class CREATIVE CARDMAKING BASICS looked at using common craft... Continue reading
Today I felt like creating something with a photo of my cat taken over Christmas - who can resist a holiday snap! I decided to use this as an opportunity to have a little play and experiment with a few new techniques and ideas in my art journal. I think the key to this one was the mixed media layered background using washi and deco tape, light molding paste, watercolor paint and sprays, to add soft and subtle color. Let... Continue reading
Hi - hope you are all having an amazing month - I know I am :) This month I got a little carried away with an idea, and setting myself 'to try' goals - I ended up with a very long list! I had been browsing on Pinterest and come across the work of Loui Jover who creates amazing art over the top of book pages. Now this isn't a new thing, but I found it particularly inspiring and couldn't... Continue reading
I'm back with another Mixed Media project for Lulu Art! Today we are going to create a mixed media card from vintage papers, scraps and the fabulous pastes and paints from Prima and Finnabair! There are a few steps involved in creating this card - but each step is so simple you will easily be able to follow along and create your own version, plus it helps that there is a start to finish video at the bottom of each... Continue reading
Today we are looking at a simple way to use some of those beautiful paper scraps we all collect. You know you have them, stashed in a draw, bucket or folder, all those pretty pieces you couldn't throw away because they were too lovely, the paper was expensive or you might use that one day... Well, that day is today - so go and grab those fabulous paper scraps and join me in making a paper Bargello card - Sparkle... Continue reading
In keeping with this month's theme of RECYCLING we are going to use a few unloved supplies and left-over scraps in today's post, which is a little bit of fun and a cool way to use all those odd flowers you have collected over the years! You guessed it - we are going to alter and Up-cycle some paper flowers, because no-one likes to have random flowers hanging about that you can't use! Keep reading and we will take a... Continue reading
Thanks so much Gio oxoxo
Today I'm going to let loose my slightly WEIRD side with a cool idea for using some of that gorgeous packaging that you get on your art supplies! I hope I'm not alone when I buy a new art supply and spend a minute or two marvelling over the beautiful packaging. I mean that's not so weird right - they MAKE the packaging to be attractive, eye-catching and pretty so we want to buy the product! Well, my latest purchase... Continue reading
Absolutely lovely!
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2017 on Artist Gang Tuesday... at simply me
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I am so excited to announce that I will be a part of the Lulu Art Design Team for 2017. Kylie the owner of Lulu Art asked me to have a chat over a virtual coffee and let you all know a bit more about myself, so here goes.... A bit about myself Where do I begin, I’m a 40- something artist/crafter who likes to collect fabulous supplies. My husband called me a ‘Sparkle Tart’ and now everyone else does... Continue reading
Hi Aisley - the Copiz Oz team all did a set of colours, if you head over to the Copic Oz blog you should find them there oxoxo
Ahh - doesn't leave you feeling very happy with your purchase does it! I now have a DAHLE 550 about the same cost and it's been going strong for almost 4 years now - worth a look Michelle :)