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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

A photo, a rabbit and perspective


Do you have a favourite photo? I do ... it happens to be a photo of my dog that was taken quite a few years ago. Here it is ...


I love how he is looking up at me with his expressive face. He seems to have a look of 'demand' - I want you to play with me, I want you to take me for a walk, I want a treat ... the list continues.

The opportunity arose to design a fabric and paint art work for a dear, little girl that had experienced a tough time of late. The result is similar to the above photo ... take a look ...



The little girl loves rabbits, so once again I made the motif a rabbit. I thought I would change the perspective of the rabbit, compared to the earlier rabbit design, this one looks as though it is looking up you. I ended up creating two of the same design. The first one I made had white highlights around the ears and on the feet and it was the design that I ended up giving to the little girl I had in mind (photos are available for viewing on my Instagram feed. Click here.) This one has dark brown highlights and this one is currently in the Etsy store (Click here to view).



Which one do you like the best?

Thank you for viewing!

~ Jen.

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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Now open ... Tupsy Turvy Designs Etsy Store


Tupsy Turvy Designs NEW Etsy Store is now open! To view, please click here.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Jen.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Sunny, Daisy Flower Mixed Media Canvas




We all need some motivation and encouragement, right? This sunny, daisy flower mixed media canvas was created with this in mind.

I love flowers. I love the range of vibrant colours that they burst forth with. I love how a group of them can't help but look cheery and happy. Combine these happy flowers with tones of yellow and green and a tone of happiness is set!

I also believe that we are all created by God for a purpose and that there is a need to stop life from clouding or diminishing this at times. The words that I wrote on the canvas are meant to remind us of our value, to be strong and to proudly do what is required.



Paint is a wonderful medium to work with. I enjoy working with it so much as it offers such freedom in creativity. I love blending colours together and adding textures. I have been inspired by other mixed media artists, of late, and have experimented with new techniques. I have even started an art journal to make the most of trying out these new ideas. In this canvas, I have used bunches of thread as a way to create some extra dimension. I have also used torn magazine pieces as the centre of the flowers.


This canvas is currently available, although I am having a bit of a hiccup listing it in the new shop that I hope to open soon online. 


(Feel free to contact me for more details about this canvas, if you have any questions though).

Thanks for viewing!

~ Jen.

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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Rabbit Embroidery



How have you been?
It seems like a long time since I have sat down and shared about what has been happening.

I am slowly getting back into the routine of things after a lovely holiday break and embracing a new year that is filled with new opportunities and ideas.

One such idea is the notion in being more active in helping others. Mim from 'Hero Happy Mail' has the wonderful idea of assisting 'little heroes' that have experienced a tough time of late. It has been delightful to join a community that is focused on giving special surprises to these little ones. I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to create something each month, especially for a little hero. Everyone loves a handmade gift, right?

Here is my first ... a little bunny nibbling on some grass.


I wanted to merge my love of painting, a different medium to paint on, in this case, some reclaimed fabric and embroidery. Instead of purely painting on an image, I have stitched an outline in part and then added some paint to fill in with colour. The finished product is then framed in a recycled frame with a touch of padded softness added.


Thanks for viewing!

~ Jen.

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

NEW Freebies for Golden Ticket Members



Last week, I gave a few hints about something that I would love to give to my 'Golden Ticket Members'...

 I have now launched a 'Resource Library' where members can login and access FREE downloadable items that I have created. I aim to update this library monthly with new designs and items.

Existing members would have received login details in the latest update that was sent out.

Not a member? Never fear, signing up is FREE and simple to do. Just click here, and enter in your email address. You will receive all the info about your freebies once signed up.

If you are having any troubles, feel free to email me.

Thanks for viewing!

~ Jen.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

A new FREE gift for members



It is November already and Christmas is just around the corner (scary, right?). I love everything handmade and homemade and love to share that with others by making handmade gifts or supporting other handmade artists.

But at this time of the year, I am also thinking about you (yes, you)! I often reflect on the support that I receive from my family and also from people like you that purchase my items and  provide me with lovely feedback. Some of you have signed up to be 'Golden Ticket Members' and for that I would love to give you some freebies as a way that I can say 'thanks'.

I have been busily working on a special resource library where 'Golden Ticket Members' can log in and download freebies that have been designed by me. It is very close to completion and I can't wait to email you so that you can check it out for yourself.

Not a 'Golden Ticket Member'? Don't worry ... you can sign up here! It is FREE and you will receive updates, member discounts, 10% off of your first purchase from the web store ... AND access to the resource library when it is set for launch.

I hope to email you soon, with more details!

~ Jen.

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Dandelion seed head canvases - "It is well with my soul"



"It is well with my soul..."

The words

These words are from a hymn, the words written by Horatio Spafford, after he suffered the tragic loss of four daughters as the result of an accident at sea. Only a few years earlier, he lost real estate due to fire and  had mourned the death of a son. He was a very wealthy and successful lawyer that resided in Chicago, and a man that was very strong in his Christian faith. (I sourced a lot of this information from this website).

  The thoughts it evokes

I find that these words are words that exude strength. In my thoughts, I can imagine dark, thunderous storm clouds of turmoil, grief and tragedy and in the midst of the swirling winds, a man quietly, yet firmly stating "It is well with my soul...". To me, it promotes a resolve, that no matter what horrid event develops in life, nothing can rip faith and inner strength away. This in turn provides encouragement and hope.


The canvas collection

 I must admit, the canvas design did not start with the words, rather it started with a photo that I took when I was walking the dog...



 Dandelion seed heads were standing tall in a patch of greenery on the edge of the footpath. I decided to take a photo and add it to my bundle of art inspiration. I then decided to create colourful backgrounds on canvases, trying out different paint techniques. I have been inspired by a number of mixed media artists that incorporate beautiful patches and patterns of colour and I wanted to create art works using similar techniques.

I remembered the dandelion seed head photo and got to work developing simple sketches of dandelion seed heads, until I was happy with the look. This idea was then transferred onto the canvases. I wanted to add a quote or relevant words to the art works and the words of this hymn came to mind. I thought they would match perfectly with the dandelion seed head - standing strong despite being blown in the wind and still holding firm to the majority of the seeds. I also thought that the loose dandelion seeds offered freedom - freedom from the crushing forces of life. All these thoughts combined with the strength evoked by these words.

"It is well with my soul..."



Hoping all is well with you!

~ Jen.

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