Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hints and Tips - Pantone Numbering Systems Explained

Image available as a desktop wallpaper at www.pantone.com

Do you look at the number system of the Pantone colours and think what on earth do they mean and how will it effect what I’m working on? We’ll I’ve an article that I came across that explains in an easy to read format the numbering systems of Pantone. To view the article head to www.pantone.com

Though there is a catch; to read it you need to sign up as part of ‘My Pantone’ which is will give you access to:
• Member Posted Colour Palletes
• Tips and Techniques
• Colour Management
• Relevant News
• Colour Tidbitd
• Support Files and Fun Tools
• Access to Colour Forecasts

For anyone interested in or works with colours I recommend you sign up if you haven’t already. I joined up mid last year and at least once a month I’m utilising the colour palletes, reading the tips and techniques and checking out the colour forecasts.

NEW! Items in online shop

With my cards flying out the door at recent exhibitions and the like, I've managed to save a few and have added some new ones to my online store for those of whom haven't been able to make it to any of the shows or events. I've also added alongside them a few smaller artworks too!

To visit my online shop head to www.nicoletattersall.blogspot.com/2008/01/shop.html. The shop is via Pay Pal, so it is perfectly safe to use.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Lily Mae Martin - Mêlée

Yet another Melbourne artist showing their works on the other side of the globe this time it is Lily Mae Martin; with her first European exhibition 'Mêlée' to be held at theARTer Galerie in Berlin, Germany. Lily's works that will be displayed in this exhibition have been inspired by her recent journeys throughout Europe; from post-war Berlin to the hyper-sensitivity of security and terrorism in London. Lily portrays her subjects as confused, chaotic and frantically searching to grasp some form of control and stability within their world through her drawings and paintings.
I wish her all the best of luck with it and if your in Berlin please stop by and check out the works by this highly talented Melbourne artist.

Lilly also has done an interview for Metal Glory about her up and coming exhibition which you can read at www.metalglory.de/interviews.php?nr=687, there are also some amazing pictures of her recent works too.

Also to keep up to date with what Lilly is up to head to her blog www.lilymaemartin.blogspot.com

theARTer Galerie
Hagenstraße 56, 10365 Berlin
Exhibition: Saturday 4 July - Friday 7 August
Exhibition Opening:
Website: www.thearter.de (in German)

Tim Burton - Alice In Wonderland

Have you yet seen the pictures that were recently released by Disney for the up and coming ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Tim Burton? I hope you have because ‘WOW’ they are just so gorgeous and I’m all so very excited about seeing the film when it comes out early 2010.

Which ever coined phrase you choose to use ‘Burton-esque’ or ‘Burton-ized’ this film appears to be a ghoulish, dark, bright, colourful, enchanting, vintage, child like, innocence, dark and nothing less than what one can expect in a Burton film.

To send you on your own wonderful journey I’ve some links for you so that you can view even more pictures and articles about Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’:
• Pictures taken durring the making of the film: www.infdaily.fusebox.com/2008/09/our-first-look-at-tim-burtons-alice-in-wonderland.html
• Interactive pictures and articles at USA today: www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2009-06-22-wonderland-art_N.htm
• Discussions and images of the magazine article from Disney 23 Magazine, March 10: www.timburtoncollective.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1057

Not so many people were impressed with Tim Burton’s version of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ compared to the 1971 version directed by Mel Stuart, but I felt if you took on each film as an individual work, each was just as stunning in their own rights. This is how I hope people will view ‘Alice in Wonderland’, with new eyes and see it as an individual piece rather than to compare.

On another ‘Alice in Wonderland’ note I’ve been waiting for a ‘Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll’ with Marilyn Manson which I’ve read is due for release in 2010, but then I’ve also read that it was meant to go out 2006 and 2008. If it’s out or even if you know when please someone tell me.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Introducing Three

Last Tuesday in my post titled ‘Hints + Tips - Five Tiny Things You Can Do Today To Improve Your Online Business’ in point five I mentioned book marking three blogs/websites that you feel offer valid advice that will benefit you/your business and to read them on a weekly basis for new articles. Here are three of mine that I love to read for advice and useful business tips:

Friday, June 26, 2009


Photographer: Tristan Brando
Model: Tristan Brando
Hair & Makeup: Tristan Brando
Styling: Tristan Brando
Website: www.leblahg.com

Humane Chain and Handle With Care - Update 1

You may recall a little while ago I posted about the campaign against the transport of livestock to the Middle East (click here for the post), the campaign is being driven by Handle with Care and the Humane Chain. I mentioned that I was going to be doing something to help with their plight; it’s via a small collection of illustrations that I plan to help promote the campaign. It is my hope that each illustration will start conversation about the cruelty that sheep and other live stock undertake as they are transported across oceans to the Middle East. Without people knowing about what is happening there can be no change, this is the first step towards finding a better solution.
Handle with Care’ is the first of the illustrations. For this piece I wanted to try something a little different so I’ve challenged myself by using only coloured pencils, charcoal and graphite. To be honest I’m quite happy with the result and thinking of doing more pieces utilising these mediums.

I’ve made available cards, prints and t-shirts of the illustrations through Red Bubble with 100% of profits going towards WSPA one of the organisations behind this campaign. When all the illustrations are complete I’ll be auctioning off the originals via e-bay.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Blog Face Lift

Yesterday I took one look at my blog a went ‘Eeek! It’s in dire need of a refresh, a face lift is definitely required’. In haste I went on an online mission to find a suitable free template that I could alter to fit the look and layout I throughout would work best in improving the function of my blog.

Due to a error on my part I loaded the html without altering it first and didn’t copy the old so lost a whole pile of things such as the sign up form for my mailing list and my blog looked just as bad and functioning not nearly as well as before. That night I then spent a good 4 hours making my way through the html changing things and altering the layout.

Sadly though I’m still not done and there are more alterations to come, so please do be patient with me whilst I alter the layout, colours and functions over the next week or so. If you’ve come across something that you feel isn’t right, is perfect just the way it is or maybe you’ve a request/advice please let me know, as I would love to hear what you think.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Hints + Tips - Five Tiny Things You Can Do Today To Improve Your Online Business

1. Online Business Card
Make sure your email signature has links to your online shop, website, blog and whatever else you wish to promote. If you don’t have one yet create one now, as this works as your online business card. I’ve some friends who I thought knew I had a blog and turns out it wasn’t until I sent them a quick hello email with my signature that they then knew about it.
To give you some inspiration here is a quick screen grab of what my email signature looks like:

2. It’s in the email
Start a mailing list, I use Bravenet (www.bravenet.com) to compile my mailing list online, and when at markets or something similar I’ve sheet for people to fill out. I send out a monthly email including a freebie/discount, what’s happening exhibition wise, exciting news, thank you’s and anything else I think maybe of interest, keeping it simple none the less.

3. Look At Me!
Twitter/Myspace/Facebook update your stauts with something new or recent you may of created or posted.

4. Make a list and check it twice!
Set your self a small list of goals/to do list of things that you feel you need to get done/achieve. For example it maybe get new business cards or order more, make a sale, clean your computer desktop or even something as simple as getting a certain number of hits on your blog.
I use ‘Stickies’ on my desktop or my i-cal however if you want make your list on a bit of paper and stick it somewhere you’ll see it regulary do so. Just don’t forget to take it down when everything is done and do a happy dance.

5. Bookmark it!
Find yourself 3 or so blogs/websites that you feel offer valid advice that will benifit you and read them on a weekly basis for new and uselful tips.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Introducing 3...

Architecture is all around us, it’s what we live, sleep, work and play in. Every now and then you come across a building that just blows you away, which is why this week I would like to introduce three blogs that offer a good daily dose of architecture design.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

‘Americana’ - Reuben Rude

‘Americana’ is a solo show by Reuben Rude; who up until now I’ve never heard of. His illustrations, paintings and sketches show such a wonderful combination of street art style and delicate illustrations. I would just love to check out his work in the flesh one day as I’m in awe of his skills

Los Angeless
Gallery 1988
7020 Melrose Ave (At LA Brea), LA, California, USA
Opening Night: Tuesday 23 June, 7pm - 10pm
Exhibition: Tuesday 23 June to Saturday 11 July
Website: www.gallery1988.com or www.reubenrude.com

Giveaway - Advertising

Win yourself some advertising space! Just by simply sending an email to nicole_a_tattersall[at]yahoo.com.au with why your deserve 1 month of free advertising. You’ll go in the draw to win a Second Class Side Ad: 202 px x 202 px that is valued at $10 per month (AUS$).

Visit www.nicoletattersall.blogspot.com/2008/04/sponsorship-advertising-info.html for information on the sponsorship packages available, starting from only $10 a month.

Here’s how you can enter:
- Send an email to nicole_a_tattersall[at]yahoo.com.au with why your deserve 1 month of free advertising
- It will be drawn via www.random.org
- All entries are to be received by Friday 26 June 2009, 10pm
- Winners will be announced on Saturday 27 June 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

At Large Gallery - Grand Opening

At Large Gallery is a new street art gallery located at 208 High Street in Northcote and it’s opening this Saturday in true street art style as part of Northern Exposure 2009 (www.highstreetnorthcote.com.au/northernexposure2009). In regards to location for those of who have been to Sketch City at Dazzleland Studios it’s less than a 5 minute walk from there.

The grand opening will include a group exhibition featuring over 20 Melbourne artists whose works come in all forms of street art, live painting by Day Dream Designs, Yowser, Drew Funk and others yet to be named, visual projections with be by Conscious Flux and the Dj’s providing the tunes will be none other than Pauly Fatlace and Ghost Soul.
The artists fetauring works in the group exhibition are: Scale, Simz, Rachee Renee, Mishap, Ko, Milk, Cax One, Damage, Club Muchacho, Paul Pirie, Piker, Custards, Yowser, Rachel Jessie-Rae, Leon Williams, Gabrielle Murphy, Bengamin, Sevenmilligram, Philipa Crisp, Soft Science, Sink, Daymon Greulich, Nicole Tattersall (myself), Roman, Nathaniel Meow Diamond and Sparcs Amy Eating Apples.

As I dropped my works off with Rachee, I’m yet to see the space and all I’ve been told that it’s painted black on the inside; so I’m excited to check it out for myself on Saturday.

The two works that I’ll be exhibiting in At Large Gallery’s first exhibition are both stencil works on canvas, ‘Face & Fringe Azure’ and ‘Pink Ducks in a Cup’.

‘Grand Opening’
At Large Gallery
208 High St, Northcote, Victoria
Exhibition Opening: Saturday 20 June, 6pm - 9pm
Exhibition: Saturday 20 June - Saturday 11 July
Website: www.atlargegallery.com

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

End of Financial Year Sale - Kikki.K

Just a little message that I want to pass on... one of my favorite stationery stores Kikki.K is an End of Financial Year Sale with up to 50% off original marked price on selected styles. Though this is only while stocks last, so do be quick to stock up on some gorgeous stationery and gifts. You can visit Kikki.K online at www.kikki-k.com.au

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Hints + Tips - How To Make A Wheat & Lavender Pillow

Here in Melbourne the past week has been so very cold that I’m thinking of making my own wheat & lavender pillow to slip into the bed to warm it up before I get in. On thinking about this, I searched for easy to follow directions in just how one goes about making a wheat heat bag and found them at Ehow, so should you also be keen to try your hand at making a wheat bag too, head to www.ehow.com/how_5075394_make-wheat-hot-bag.html

If you don't want to make your own you can pop on over to Love Me Knot Creations on Etsy who makes them out of some of the most gorgeous fabrics www.lovemeknotcreations.etsy.com (pictured above)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Move over plain white page black books!

The very moment I spotted this I thought of all the black books that get passed around for people to be creative in; and how much fun would it be to pass around something like The Walls Notebook instead.

There are so many pretty notebooks out there but what do you get someone who a notebook covered with a light pink fabric that’s been screen printed with lime green flowers would not suit? I’m putting forward The Walls Notebook; it is a notebook/sketchbook with 80 pictures of clean New York City walls ready and waiting for the owner to write, draw, paste, or just take notes till their hearts content or until they fill all the unique pages. In thinking of that; in true street art style, you could pull out the white out and buff the walls yourself to start all over again.

Now, my big question is; when can we expect a Melbourne one?

For more information and to purchase visit www.thinkofthe.com/products/walls_notebook.php

Saturday, June 13, 2009

A Novel with a Novel Mug

Right now I'm going to sound so sweet 16, but do you remember that scene in ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ when the younger sister and her friend are talking about the difference from liking and loving an item? Well I had one of those moments when I spotted these Penguin Mugs; I use to LOVE and want a Pantone Colour Mug but now I only LIKE them as I LOVE and want a Penguin Mug. Which one? 'A Room of Ones Own' of coarse.

Why do I LOVE them? Each porcelain mug features the iconic covers of the classic Penguin book series that were originally designed by Edward Young in 1935. To think that these covers have been around for over 70 years and do not look out of place in today’s modern society. They are truly a great example of great design that lasts.

These porcelain mugs have been created in the UK by Tony Davis of Art Meets Matter under license from Penguin Books Ltd and are available for just $24.95 each at Until (www.until.com.au/catalogue/penguin/penguin-mugs.html) also available are Penguin pencils and notebooks!

The selected titles available to choose from in mug form are:
• Great Expectations
• The Common Reader
• Country Life
• Together
• Man and Superman
• A room of Ones Own
• Brighton Rock
• The Great Gatsby
• The Pursuit of Love
• My Man Jeeves
• Wuthering Heights
• Pride and Prejudice
• Persuasion
• Jane Eyre
• Nineteen Eighty Four
• The Body in the Library
• The Invisible Man
• The Big Sleep

Winner! - Giveaway - Nicole Tattersall

Congratulations to Katy who has won an online gift pack containing a $10 gift voucher for my online shop that is valid for 3months, a Second Class Side Ad: 202 px x 202 px that is valued at $10 per month (AUS$) and an interview!

Friday, June 12, 2009


Photographer: Steff Wood
Website: www.flickr.com/photos/piratephotography13
Model: Sandy www.sandybyrne.deviantart.com

This image is under copyright and has been used with permission please contact Steff Wood if interested in using this image.

Humane Chain and Handle With Care

Animal cruelty is something that I'm so very much against, so when I got a call from WSPA (one of the organisations involved) about spreading the word about Handle With Care and the Humane Chain how could I say no.
You'll be hearing more about what I'm doing to help with their plight over the next few weeks; until then here is some information on what these programs are about and how you can get your voice heard about the long distance live transportation of animals.

What is Handle With Care?
It's a campaign to about the cruelty of long distance transport of animals, this is mainly Sheep and Cows, who get transported across country sides and ocean to the other side of the globe to the Middle East.
I've been on long distance flights as I'm sure you may of too, economy can be pretty tough, though nothing compared to what these animals have to endure. Poorly lit and cramped conditions, they are at risk of injury, heat stress and disease. With many starving due to stress or because they fail to recognise unfamiliar pellets as food. Then if they are lucky and are still alive when arriving in the Middle East they are often exposed to appalling handling and slaughter techniques that would neither be legal nor tolerated in Australia.
To find out more visit www.handlewithcare.tv

How Does the Humane Chain Help?
Just like I have you can write a letter/email to your local MP about how you feel about these current practices and join the Humane Chain at www.humanechain.org.
Handle With Care are working to start at a ground level to implement alternative and more humane methods, by inviting those apposed to write to their local MP about why they want to see a change to the current methods.
By becoming part of the Humane Chain, you show you care by raising your hand and becoming one of many to appose this cruelty and unite as a nation.
Both of these actions will *fingers crossed* gain the Australian Governments attention and hopefully we will see a change which will prevent the needless deaths of tens of thousands of animals a year en route.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

12X12 3 - Presented By weAREtheIMAGEmakers

12X12 is an exhibition featuring 12 talented Australian artists who each create 12 artworks on 12x12 inch canvases, equalling a total of 144 canvases for you to drool over in Sydney at aMBUSH Gallery and in Melbourne at No Vacancy Gallery. 2008 featured the likes of Apeseven, Ghostpatrol, Jeremyville, Junior and a huge favorite of mine SMC[3] and 2009 looks not to disappoint.

This year the chosen 12 are Adrian Knott, Ainslie Fletcher (www.ainsliefletcher.com), Bridge (www.bridgestehli.blogspot.com), Justin Lee Williams (www.justinleewilliams.blogspot.com), Kareena Zerefos (www.kareenazerefos.com), Kid Zoom (www.kid-zoom.com), Luke Taaffe (www.euphoriagraphics.com.au), Max Berry (www.ohreallymagazine.com), Meggs (www.houseofmeggs.com), Phibs (www.phibs.com), Simon Degroot (www.simondegroot.com) and Twoone (www.onethousandcans.com).

It’s like you picked up a bag of jelly beans filled with all your favorites; I’m looking forward to checking out some new works by Bridge, Kid Zoom, Max Berry, Meggs, Phibs and Twoone

aMBUSH gallery
4A James Street, Waterloo
Opening Night: Friday 12 June, 6pm-9pm
Exhibition: Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 June
Opening Hours: 12pm to 4pm
Website: www.ambushgallery.com or www.watim.com

No Vacancy Gallery
34-40 Jane Bell Lane, QV Building, Melbourne
Opening Night: Friday 3 July, 6pm-9pm
Exhibition: Saturday 4 to Sunday 12 July
Website: www.no-vacancy.com.au or www.watim.com

WATIM - Issue 20 is out now!

WATIM have just brought out issue issue 20 featuring Phibs, Max Berry, Adrian Knott, Nate Trapnell and Kitty Horton along with gallery and a feature gallery featuring Beastman.

Visit www.watim.com/issue20 to check it out.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


I’m so very excitted for Kate Lightfoot (www.scarlettcat.blogspot.com) and Bec Winnel (www.mycharliegirl.blogspot.com) both of whom are part of the Swoon exhibition at Black Maria in Los Angeles, starting on Saturday 13 June. As I’ve said before and I’ll say it again I get so stoaked to see fellow Melbourne artists taking their works overseas, especially when I’ve worked with them in exhibitions and other things.
“Swoon is a group show that brings together an array of talented artists from around the globe. Each piece created for the exhibition has a story behind it and reflects a special emotion, memorable dream or precious memory from within its creator. The mission of this eclectic show is to invite the viewer into the artists realm.” - Black Maria Gallery
Los Angeles
Black Maria Gallery
3137 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039
Exhibition: Saturday 13 June - Saturday 11 July
Exhibition Opening: Saturday 13 June, 7:00pm - 10:30pm
Website: www.blackmariagallery.com

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hints & Tips - Keeping Motivated

It dawned on me the other day that I hadn’t painted, created an illustration or even cut a new stencil for a while except for the Per Square Meter Round Up. In the hall a half painted canvas stares at me every day, I’ve a folder of images waiting to become stencils, primed canvases sitting in the garage waiting to be painted and note books full of ideas.

Hence maybe I’m not the one to be offering advice on this; however on thinking about how to get off my arse and start putting action to thought, I’ve come up with some ways I think may just work.

1. Set a time
Each night set a side an allotted time to be creative. This depends alot on what it is you are working on and the conditions; for me I paint outside and in the current cold weather things take a while to dry, so I can’t quickly move onto the next step. Stages of painting need to be stretched out a bit so I may do slots of time rather than one whole slab.
This method has worked well for me in the past as I like to be organised with my time and can plan out for when a painting or illustration will be completed by. Especially helpful when leading up to a show.

2. For fun
Get a few friends in a studio with some beer/wine/tea (depending on your taste) and just do what you do for a day/afternoon/evening.

3. Have a goal
Maybe you just want to ad a new piece to your online shop, there is an exhibition coming up or it’s a gift for a friend. Deadlines can be a huge motivator and procrastination is it’s worst nightmare. Some self discipline is highly required with this one to prevent a stress out the night before.
Creating a time line will help you out with having everything ready by your deadline, but don’t forget to allow some extra time for just incase.

How do you get yourself motivated to be creative?

Pause - Call Out

Are you a photographer or a fashion designer or maybe even something similar? Would you like to see your work be part of the weekly photo feature Pause? If so send me an email at nicole_a_tattersall[at]yahoo.com.au with a photo you would like shown, along with as much detail as you can; photographer, website, model, clothing by, make-up artist ect.

Look forward to seeing everyone's submissions!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Siana Butterfield, Gemma Duncan, Waimatao - My First Apple Collective

“Youth how bright it gleams with its illusions, aspirations, dreams! A book of beginnings, a story without end, each maid a heroine, and each man a friend!”

My First Apple is a head on collision of fresh emergent art. Three female artists apply playful themes to object, illustration and photography, with underlying currents of cultural integration, masculine error and creatures from under your bed!" - Pixel Ink Gallery
Wellington, NZ
Pixel Ink Gallery
12 Constable Street, Newtown, NZ
Exhibition: Wednesday 10 - Sunday 28 June 2009
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday 10 June, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Opening Times: Wednesday - Friday 10am - 5:30pm, Saturday - Sunday 10am - 3:30pm
Website: www.pixelink.co.nz

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Introducing 3...

After being out last weekend and seeing more fur coats than I care to ever see again (please go faux!) this week I'll be introducing three sites that are all about the fight against animal cruelty.

Also if you want to check out my favorite three brands that don't test on animals visit www.nicoletattersall.blogspot.com/2009/04/introducing-3_12.html



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