colour me happy

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Welcome to the “colour me HAPPY” classroom!

I love painting still lifes.  And well these one’s are sort of still, but mostly “jumping for joy lifes”!

Creating these makes me so happy, and when I look at them I smile so BIG!   I know you feel that too, and that’s why you’re here 🙂

This class is a marriage of pattern and big bold colours, with simple shapes and brushwork.  These pieces almost create themselves.  The whole piece is pretty much a happy accident as we follow our intuition, choosing colours because we like them, not because of some “art rule”.

First we’ll make our patterened collage papers, let yourself go and just get stuck in!

I have added lots of little sketches you can use as references for your pieces (pdf at the bottom of this page), but I also encourage you to have a go at sketching some yourselves, you’ll find out about that in the “supplies and sketches” video.


This page contains all the classroom content and links to the videos for the five lessons (which are right at the bottom of this page!).



I have a private combined Facebook group for all of my classes called “a journey for the soul”.  Here you can share your artwork with others taking my classes, and gain feedback and ask questions.

I will add or invite you to the group after you join the class.  If you have already purchased a class from me before you should already be in the group (if you use Facebook).

(If your login email and facebook email are different please message me as sometimes it is difficult to join the group as it is a secret group.)


Hello!  video

download video here

Supplies & sketches video

download video here

Scroll to the bottom of this page where you will find the link to the lesson videos.

Supplies list

Please use what you already have in your collection.   The items below are what I have used in this class.

  • Assorted acrylic paints – any kind will work (fluid acrylics are best for the pattern printing, and heavy body for the broad areas of colour, I use many different brands and mix them all together)
  • Gelli Plate – (mine is 8×10″) (preferred but not essential, I’ll show you how to make prints without one, but they turn out a little better if you have one)
  • Rubber brayer
  • Assorted stencils – geometrics work best
  • Assorted brushes – mostly flat from about 5mm to 2cm (1/8″ to 3/4″), plus a couple of round brushes, small.
  • Liquitex Matte Gel
  • Plastic scraper or old credit card
  • Charcoal or watersoluble pencil
  • Stretched Canvas – 2 x 16×20″, 2 x 8×8″  (you can use another size, it’s not critical)
  • Paper to make your prints (30-40 sheets, or more!) – I use A4 size tracing paper, you can also use Greaseproof roll (from the supermarket) or regular white copy/printer paper.  Use what you have, I do discuss the paper and show you how each type will work.
  • Varnish to finish – I use Liquitex Matte/Gloss mix.


Please work at your own pace.  There is no need to hurry.   You have access to this class indefinitely so relax and enjoy the creative process!

You can watch the video’s within the classroom or click on the download link under each one.
When you are taken to the download page click on the “download” button
and choose your quality/size.


Printable PDF containing the finished artworks & supply list

click on the link below the picture to open the pdf

colour me happy printable artworks and supplies

Reference sketches

click on the link below the picture to open the pdf

colour me happy reference sketches


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