Category Archives: Creative Crush Wednesday

Creative Crush Wednesday: I’m smitten!

Hello Friends.

It’s true. I can’t hide it anymore.                                                                                                    I am totally in love with the work of encaustic artist Robin Luciano Beaty and I just have to share her brilliance with you….

Oh. My. Goodness. The TEXTURE. The LAYERS. The COLOUR. The little scraps of FABRIC. The snippets of HANDWRITING. Did I mention the TEXTURE?

For the record, encaustic painting is described by the ever trusty Wikipedia as:

” Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid/paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pigments to beeswax… Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Today, tools such as heat lamps, heat guns, and other methods of applying heat allow artists to extend the amount of time they have to work with the material. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted. Other materials can be encased or collaged into the surface, or layered, using the encaustic medium to adhere it to the surface” – in Robin’s case, that would include nails, metal fibres, mesh, cloth, lace, paper and photographs.

(Click on all images to link to Youtube source:)

While these images look like whole paintings in themselves, they are in fact close ups to show the detailed layering that goes into each work. I know, delicious.

I have always been intrigued by encaustic art making in my creative jaunts around art and design school, but somehow have not stumbled upon the wonderfulness of Ms Beaty until now (thanks again, Pinterest!). I have complete studio envy, and would quite like to spend my days wielding a blow torch and mixing up caramel-y layers of wax. Actually, I wouldn’t mind rocking a tank top and bangs like that either ….

If you are as enamoured as I am, you will enjoy a good potter through Robin’s website here, where you can sigh delightedly over an extensive catalogue of work.  And check out Youtube here and here to see these lovelies being created… and a spot of rollerskating. True.

Happy Wednesday folks.


Creative Crush Wednesday: More Design Please

Welcome Friends.

A yummy addition to your burgeoning blog list:

We know that we now have you addicted to Pinterest, so you will have already seen many clever tid-bits from this fabulous site (like this lovely light shade that seems to be pinned everyday!).

In her own words:

Hey, I’m Summer. More Design Please is a product of my overflowing imagination. I decided to start this blog to introduce you to the wonderful things I come across in life. During the day I work as an Art Director in Los Angeles, and at night- a crafting, home decor and food enthusiast. My particular taste can be attributed to growing up all over the southwest. Raised in Southern California, moving to New Mexico, tiptoeing through good’ol Texas then rounding back to California again- I’ve been greatly influenced by this beautiful region of the world. I love warm earthy colors, cozy inviting spaces, and unique objects with rich cultural history. My personal taste is a melting pot of new and vintage, vibrant and subdued, whimsical and modern… you can call me a schizoprenic designer becuase I’m all over the place. But the one thing that ties these things together is their beauty. And I think that’s what I really want to share with the world- the beautiful things in life that we tend to overlook.

And share she does! As erratic but well intentioned newbie bloggers ourselves, we are in awe of the regularity, consistency and all round loveliness of Summer’s blogs. Curated from far and wide on the www, the DIY section alone will have you ready to bust out your crafty toolbox and whip up some surprisingly easy new treats.

We have managed to keep our love of sugar and voracious appetites out of our encounters with you here so far, but we just have to share this post you will find under ‘Food’:

Yes please!

Get cracking then, much prettiness awaits you – you’re welcome.


Creative Crush Wednesday: The Student/Teacher

Hello friends.

A quick one today – eyelids heavy, to do list smirking at me, and pillow calling seductively. We know you understand, and hey, the less jibber jabber from us, the more time you can spend exploring this weeks fabulous link:

We love The Student/Teacher for it’s blend of clever craftiness, poignant writing and mamma moments. We think you will too.

Ok, time for some zzzzzzzzz’s, see you recharged and full of scintillating tips for our date for Show Me How Friday.


Creative Crush Wednesday: How About Orange

Hello Friends

We are glad you have made your way out of the Pintrest vortex, and are ready to follow our lead to another little corner of the interwebs…

Today we would like to introduce you to:

In Jessica’s own words:

How About Orange features craft project how-tos, decorating ideas, printable downloads, useful design resources, and lots of inspiration for people who like to create things.

Oh Jessica, you had us at ‘craft project how-tos’…. ‘decorating ideas’ and ‘printable downloads’ is just plain saucy.

One of our favourites (remember one half of is a Graphic Designer and the other half is a try hard) is the Pantone chip magnet DIY:

The colours. The littleness. The shiny-ness. The excuse to faff about with magnets and glue. Did we mention all the colours? Genius.

We think you will enjoy the stylish round-ups and nifty finds showcased on this sumptuous blog. Not that we want you to start seeing anyone else – we really like what we have going with you, and we see us having a great future together… but we won’t mind if you want to spice things up with some harmless looking around every now and then.

Off you go then, see you for our date on Friday.


Creative Crush Wednesday: Pinterest

Hello Friends.

Today’s post comes with a warning: the following information is very likely to suck up any free time you had left after phafffing about on Facebook and favouriting on Etsy… read on at your own risk .

Ok then, if you are sure….

Welcome to your new vice.

Pinterest is, in their own words:

A place to catalog the things you love

Think of Pinterest as a virtual pinboard — a place where you can create collections of things you love and “follow” collections created by people with great taste.

People use Pinterest to collect and share all sorts of things — wedding inspiration, favorite T-shirts, DJ equipment. You name it, people are pinning it.

We know you have great taste in something. Our mission is to make Pinterest the best place for you to share your taste with the world.

Imagine that your Etsy Favourites and Facebook had too much wine one night and got friendly – Pinterest is the result. An endless cavalcade of linked images ‘pinned’ by members, this is timewasting dressed up beautifully as creative research.

You can join up via your Facebook account if you want to get ‘pinning’, or simply browse as a lurker and follow the links on your own adventure. Pins have been categorised if you want to look through a specific theme, but we love the little rush of hitting the home page and seeing what pops up.

Make yourself a cuppa and a sandwich, and ask someone to forcibly shut down your computer in no more than 4 hours. Ok, now you are ready – get Pinning!

M & A

Creative Crush Wednesday: Adelaide Love!

Good Morning friends.

On clicking over to Design*Sponge thismorning, what should I find but a lovely little city guide to our very own Adelaide! It is a nice little wrap up of some great known and little-known treasures, and really lacks nothing except a day trip to Hahndorf and the Adelaide Hills (not that we are biased or anything)…

We also love her extensive list of bursting creativity here on her blog          Atypical Type A… so little time as always but this one is bookmarked!

So without further ado, click here and enjoy!


Creative Crush Wednesday: Gretel Girl Draws

Hellloooo friends.

Say – have you met Tracy Chaplin? No? Perhaps you know her as Gretel Girl Draws. If not, please let us introduce you….

In her own words:

I love to draw.
I need to create, to make.
I adore my lovely sewing machine.
I am always looking for fabric.
I blog when Im not drawing.
I draw when Im not sewing.
I love my family.

We love that she loves to sew! Over here at AVS Headquarters we have a totally non-malicious envy of Tracy’s clever shenanigans with fabric. In fact we are often heard to mumble something along the lines of “wish I had though of that!” [Sound familiar Tracy? 🙂 ]…. We also love that so much cleverness is being conjured up by another Adelaide girl – what can we say, we are proud of the talent around our lovely little part of the world. Expect to see more clever Adelaidians here on Creative Crush Wednesday.

Anyway, we just have to show you some of our favourite Gretel’s:

'Read to me' - Megan is coveting this one for Miss C who's 1st Birthday is not far away......

And this one…

'Walk a mile in lace' - oh for a pair of those shoes...

… and with a tip of the hat to a certain Mamma’s loathing of housework:

'Domestic goddess' - because when one is cleaning, one is not sewing.

Be sure to check out Tracy’s blog, full of lots of great illustrations and musings (and who knows, you may even find a special reward )…

Off we go, the sun is shining and the birds are singing, time to get outside and feel the sun on ones face (through the layer of suncream and under the sensibly broad-brimmed hat).