Warning this may be a bit woo woo and gushy :))

Its been a week since Art Is You Noosa 2016 wrapped up and as with the first time around in 2014 its left me feeling so validated, empowered and downright full of inspiration.  So blessed to have met this wonderful family of artists, kick butt organisers and gifted tutors!!!

All my classes for the duration were with Kecia Deveney….. I was not expecting to learn so much about myself and my art process along with learning some of her techniques.  As a natural planner she had me pegged from day one :))  The first two days in Art Brut took me far out of my comfort zone with intuitive painting and using black (gasp) into making decisions quickly and not planning in painting and Chimerical doll making.  Thank you Kecia for pushing me and all of your kindness even while under the weather ….. my new mantra will forevermore be “black is the new clown”    xxx

My painting in progress from 2 Day Art Brut Workshop

I also took a bit of a leap off the edge and displayed some of my artwork at stallholder night, let me tell you I was feeling the nerves setting up!!!!  Thank you to all for your encouragement, kind words and support…..  I’m not one with the words at times but I hope you know it means the world (stay tuned for etsy store restock)

Many huge hugs and thanks to Sallianne and the team….. for without her this all wouldn’t be possible, I hope you know how much we appreciate and heart you hard ❤️


So with all that being said between work and mummy duty, its been a blur of creativity back here in muse studio….. lots of painting and clay clowny monsters to come

xx Jo



Hello hello 2016…. The first half of the christmas/new year holidays feels like its gone by so fast.

I ended the year with my second project for Luluart using my favourite supply of all time, Neocolor Crayons, they are just so versatile…. I heart them!!!!!  You can see the post here or im storing them in my videos tab where my to come videos will be 😃.  Yep you heard right, who would have thought a leap with the design team would reveal how much i enjoy making videos of my creations.


Just for fun i did a little video on my instagram, another way to use Neocolor here its inspired by something similar that @kileyinkentucky does with tombows, her calligraphy is amazing!!

Still working on the 30 day challenge, with the holiday season i may have to stretch it out to 60 days hahaa, i also found a cute use for this holder i made (from my days of rust dying fabric) These days i just hoard the fabric 😀


So up next im working on a set up video of my leather journals to share with you guys, if your interested please subscribe to my youtube channel so you dont miss the fun!!!

Look forward to sharing with you in 2016, 

Jo xx


Beyond excited here at Josie’s Muse…..  My first video as part of the Luluart Design Team is ready!!!                It has taken a lot of not overthinking and putting on my brave pants to take this step so would very much appreciate your liking, sharing and supportive feedback as I take this new step 😀

Head over to Luluart to see my video

While I have my brave pants on …. Have set a goal to get prints of my artwork up for sale by years end so keep an eye out

Jo xx

106 resize its no secret that I have a love for all things watersoluble art materials…. ive stumbled upon a few ways to store them that I wanted to share with you

My epic spinning palette from Robax…. when i saw this it was love at first sight….  I refer to the colour wheel a lot when I paint backgrounds so its prefect that you can set this palette up like the colour wheel….. and did I mention it spins??? 103 resize for travel I love the empty metal palettes you can buy from several different companies, great for travel, can mix out the pans as you please and has a handy mixing area ….  have set one up with just skin colours the dot cards by Daniel Smith (my all time favourite watercolour) are a really compact way to travel with watercolour 107 resize have just come across these old playing card plastic holders that ive converted into pan storage… they are clear so you can see names of colours without opening and compact enough to travel with 105 resize  

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So long between updates …..  i’ve kind of gone to ground these past few months, much less time online and more time in the art studio…. practise, practise

I feel like after so many years persuing my style I am finally in the right place for me with my drawing, creating a style and painting process that is unique to me….  its funny how when you stop trying to draw like someone else or be what you think people want to see you find that

go figure!!!!

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Warning be prepared for gushing ahead……………

Still coming down from the wonderful experience of  Art Is You Queensland retreat two weeks ago…. having attended art retreats in the past and not coming away from them positively, I was not prepared to have one of the best times of my life with these kindred spirits.

Not only was the retreat, organised down to the last detail and my classes with Jane Davenport were everything you would expect but I came away with friends that feel like you have had for a lifetime.   I actually meet some for the first time but have known online for 10 plus years!!!!

I have to congratulate Sallianne and her team for their efforts in putting this retreat together.  Without them we would not have had the opportunity to learn from these talented artists.

I have taken many, many of Jane’s classes online :)) and in person and I always get so much out of watching her create.  I knew this wouldn’t be any exception.  Two days were spent amongst my pencils and paints.  Above is some of the work from my Mermaid storybook in progress.


Many giggles and antics were had as well….  Jane, Geri, Cathie, Monika and Coral nearly had me wetting my pants in laughter with their stories.   Fun, fun night girls!!!!!!


Looking to 2015 when we get to do this all over again, if you have the chance to come , take my word for it you wont regret it.

Jo xx


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Having entirely too much fun with my new Daniel Smith Watercolours lately….  having only 10 to choose from has really forced me to work on my colour mixing knowledge and a lot of fun in the process….  Ive been taking part in Mary Ann Moss online class Sketchbookery.  Love her sketchbooks and attitude to working with what you have …..  something ive taken onboard, you just don’t need everything on the market to make art

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