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Kate P. (aka Sparkle Tart)
Australia
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.
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Recently I was lucky (so so lucky) to be sent a fabulous box of the most amazing metal castings from Mitform, as part of their Toolbox program. I wasn't sure what to expect as I hadn't seen or used these before but to say I got a surprise is a bit of an understatement! So let me tell you a little about these Mitform Castings and show you my very first project using these beauties. TO start with these are... Continue reading
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Artist's Block is real and experiencing artist's block can put you in a difficult position as you need a constant flow of creative juices to create new art. Finding inspiration to encourage you to create these new pieces can often seem impossible, but here are nine of my favourite creative ideas that might just help you overcome your issues and get back on the groove. So, if you would like to find out more, read on to uncover 9 useful... Continue reading
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Did you know that arts and crafts can be dangerous!!! Just think of all the times you almost stabbed yourself with a bookbinding needle, almost took a sip of your paint water, or burned your hand on hot embossing powder or a heat tool! Yes, art and craft can be a dangerous hobby! So let's take a quick look around the studio and look at a few quick tips to hopefully prevent some pain and perhaps crafty injuries, read on... Continue reading
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Hi gorgeous people, today I'm playing with some wonderful new Watercolors from self-confessed art supply addict Jane Davenport. I know I know, Don't I have enough watercolors already - well maybe yes, but these have something the others don't - a fabulous little wrist band and palette so you can have both hands free to paint and hold a journal! I'm going to begin with a quick review of the products, because with a price of $58 Australian you may... Continue reading
Aww thanks so much Janet - that's exactly what I hoped for when I wrote this oxoxo
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One Palette to RULE them ALL! The dream of many a Prima Watercolor Confections lover out there - well I did it (almost)! Hello gorgeous people! I've spent much of the Coronavirus lockdown swatching my watercolors, it seems I have a few more than I thought! It turns out I have quite a few Prima Watercolor Confections, (I'm only missing one set - Currents). For those who haven't seen these, the Prima Watercolor Confections are creamy watercolors that come in... Continue reading
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I was honored to be invited to be a part of the fabulous Nomadic Soul Diaries Instagram challenge. I've chosen to make a mixed media tag from recycled cardboard for the challenge and I've used a bunch of my favorite products to add color and texture. I am one of the Wandering Stars for June and had a stunning bright color palette to work with. This is the inspiration board for the month of June for the Nomadic Soul Diaries... Continue reading
Aww thank you Nancy - that is the biggest compliment oxoxo
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I can't wait to show you how this galaxy-themed mixed media Moon Magic art journal page came into being! You will need to gather up your acrylic paints, pencils, Lindy's sprays, stencils and texture pastes for this one! I'll show you how to make a Galaxy background and then how to make art on top! I have to admit there were a few challenges, but I found ways to get around the issues and will be sharing my tips so you can do the same. Continue reading
Hi Anamika - what kind of doodling are you interested in? I've got info on that here: https://www.sparkletart.com/rsr/2016/08/what-are-the-5-different-styles-of-doodling.html One of the keys is you need a good waterproof pen - I ♡ Copic Multiliners but there are other brands available. Next don't put pressure on yourself, it doesn't need to be museum worthy just relaxing! Have a read and let me know what you are interested in oxoxo
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Welcome to the Autumn Hop fun with the amazing Design Teams from Lindy's and AB Studio combining their creative forces for a massive blog hop with so so many amazing artists! Our hop is a mixture of Blog posts and YouTube videos with many gorgeous ideas, styles and designs and runs from 16th to the 22nd of November. Our hop begins on the AB Studio Blog and ends on the Lindy's blog with loads of amazing inspiration in between. So... Continue reading
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Have you seen the stunning new Watercolor set from the Kuretake Gansai Tambi range - well it's called Gem Colors and they are super pretty and metallic looking and today I'm going to have a play and see how they perform. You know I like to play and test out new products before creating anything with them - so for my project for Lulu Art this month I'm going to test out the new Gem colors and see what they... Continue reading
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Ever wanted to make a DIY foil page for your planner something cute and happy - well I did and I'm going to show you how I created this page in my super short and very sparkly and shimmery video! You're not going to need a lot of products for this, just grab: affiliate links in use where possible Heidi Swapp Mini Minc Machine Irridescent Minc Foil Stalogy A6 planner Happie Scrappie Printables - these are digital files that you... Continue reading
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Hello gorgeous people - I'm back today with a really simple art journal page, something I would usually do for myself as playtime! Recently I was lucky enough to lave a cuppa (Australia for a drink and a chat) with the fabulous Kylie fowler from Lulu Art (yes THAT Kylie!) seriously how lucky am I!!! We were chatting about the art we do for fun - you know the sort, not for any particular purpose or project - but just... Continue reading
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Hello and Welcome to Crafty Sisters YouTube Hop!! You're on the beach as the sun rises over the turquoise waves, or you can smell of fresh roses, or see the peaches hanging heavy on the tree ready to pick - yes, you're looking at a beautiful summer day. My challenge today will be to capture this feeling on an art journal page! Eeep - yes I'm setting myself a BIG challenge and I have to admit it was a little... Continue reading
You are so welcome June - I love showing everyone amazing products and how to use them!
Aww thanks Lori oxoxo It's my absolute pleasure to share!
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OK don't you just love the super fun and happy designs released by Spellbinders as a part of the NEW Jane Davenport Artomology + Making Faces collections - I sure do! So when I had the opportunity to play along with this amazing Blog Hop I jumped at the chance - I hope you all have as much fun as I did playing along with us as we show you some great ideas using Jane's new line of goodies -... Continue reading
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Well hello there beautiful people. As you may know, I've been traveling recently - I went to the other side of the world and explored Canada. This is the journal I took with me and I can't wait to show you how I created this very special mixed media journal cover colored using the new Lindy's Squirts and a whole host of other amazing art supplies. Now this journal cover actually has multiple purposes, not only did I make it... Continue reading
This was an interesting watch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlSlz3H8EoA
Hi Sharon - I've used workable fixative and (waterbased) gloss spray over this with no problems - might be some unwanted reaction between the urethane and the paint. If you have these try a test on a scrap piece before spraying (I've ruined one or 2 things with a finishing spray myself!) I've also heard good things about Kamar varnish from Golden - might be worth a try?
Thanks Ken - will go check this out oxoxo
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Oooh girly squeal - I'm currently counting the days until our holiday and frantically working in the Traveler's Journals, art journals and planners that I'm taking with me to Canada - I'm a gal who likes to be organised. For this page, I thought I'd multi-task and create the title page for one of my journals and test out the blending and water reactive properties of my new Catherine Pooler Inks! Now I need to be totally up front and... Continue reading
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Hello beautiful people, I am so excited to show you what I have created with these gorgeous supplies from Jane Davenport and Spellbinders. Today I'll be trying something a bit different and going subtle and frosty rather than using bright colors! I'm going to use the versatile ColorSticks and Palette Pastels to add color to my project. For those who don’t know me, I’m Kate Palmer, Aussie artist and devoted Davenpeep, though I’m better known as Sparkle Tart online because... Continue reading
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Hello there gorgeous people! I am sooooooo excited at the moment as we are going on our very first BIG holiday in almost 10 years - we are off to Canada! To keep all those special memories I'm making a very special Travel Journal that I will be sharing with you all - some pages will have step by step process clips on YouTube, while others will be a look at the finished page on my Instagram account (@planningwithsparkletart) and... Continue reading