my creative space: emulsion workshop

I finally got to do a screen printing emulsion workshop on Saturday at Peter Leis in Leichhardt with the lovely Susie from Flower Press! Wow... what a great day we had, we learnt so much! Love it!

It was quite a process, but Shivaun from Peter Leis was fantasic and took us through it all! We first applied the emulsion to our screens, quite easy once you get the hang of it! The screen is then left to dry. It all had to be done in yellow light as the emulsion is UV light sensitive.

Then we prepared our art work. I decided to do "kitty luvs bear", my cats design and some "do a bit" labels. I crammed as much as I could on my screen!  Once the screen has dried the artwork on the screen and then placed out in the bright sun for exactly 5 minutes so that the images are burnt into the screen.

Once the 5 minutes was up, we then washed the screen out - it took a bit of washing/blasting! And then voila... our screens were done! It was so exciting to see my finished screen!

I couldn't wait to get home and test my new screen out and do some screen printing!

I LOVE my new screen and "kitty luvs bear" look pretty cute in fuchsia, I think! :)

Hope you have had a wonderful creative week... check out what other creative people have been up to at my creative space!

Fuchsia cats pouch feature on Etsy

Today my little "Fuchsia cats grey pouch" was featured in the Etsy Finds email newsletter "What a wonderful world" your daily shopping guide!

I am so excited to be part of the Aussie Invasion! It has made my day :)

my creative space: product photography

I feel extremely lucky to have been asked by Etsy Australia to partake in their Professional Photography Workshop with the very talented Heidi Adnum on the weekend at The School.

Along with some other lovely creatives, we were guinea pigs to see if professional photography would help increase traffic and sales to our Etsy shops. I have been desperately wanting to improve my product photos for ages and I was so excited when this wonderful opportunity came up!

We had an amazing day, first Heidi went though some camera and lighting basics and then we got stuck into setting up our photography shots with lots of help from Heidi!

:: making things look pretty is a messy business!

It was such a fun, interesting and inspiring day but REALLY hard work too! I learnt so much... loved it! So here is the before photos of my Etsy shop:

:: do a bit etsy - before

This is what my Etsy shop looks like now...

:: do a bit etsy - after
And I also used a chalkboard background too, which I love too!

It's amazing what a bit of professional photography can do! I am SO happy with how my shop looks now!!! And the new photos have definitely helped with the increase in traffic to my shop! It makes me realise how important it is to have good professional photos!

It was such a wonderful opportunity and experience! I really hope Etsy Australia decide to do some more professional photography workshops, I would definitely go again!

Hope you have had a wonderful creative week... check out what other creative people have been up to at my creative space!