June Happy Highlights 2018 ~ Hot Sleepy Summer ~ Sunray Sister

Hello,

Another month has been and gone! Welcome to July, and my regular monthly post celebrating all the little things that made me smile during the last few weeks. What have been some highlights for you this June? Let me know in the comments, or via Instagram or Facebook.

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One of many gorgeous sunsets I’ve watched recently

My Happy Highlights for June 2018…

  • Gradually adding more art work and products to my corner of Gallery Twenty. I currently have framed originals, limited edition prints, notebooks, stickers, printed greetings cards and handmade collage cards. There are lots more products on the way, and possibly something slightly less tangible…  Stay tuned for updates!
  • Went out on another lovely cinema-and-delicious-food date with Fraz – our monthly treat!
  • Finished a self-portrait commissioned by my dad, and I am so, SO pleased with the result! It is now my profile picture on my social media accounts, and you can see it below too. If you would like a similar portrait of yourself or a loved one, head over to my Etsy shop!
  • Posted two long overdue pen-pal letters! I put off finishing my replies for ages, so I was glad to finally get back in touch with my pen-pals. I have a couple of videos about pen-paling on my YouTube channel, this one was particularly popular!
  • Enjoyed a couple of catch-ups with my mum and dad via phone and video calls.
  • Had my heart broken into a million tiny pieces watching the film ‘Call me by your name’, and also fell in love with the soundtrack. I’m now reading the book by André Aciman to make this intimate, emotional and magical story last a little longer.
  • Basking in the incredible hot sunny weather – all of that snow seems like a lifetime ago! What a contrast! Just making me even more aware of the wonderful seasons and cycles of our beautiful earth – read more about that in my last blog post.
  • After feeling stuck over the Summer Solstice, I finally got myself moving again and went for a late afternoon walk around Rudyard lake; I felt like I was somewhere else, somewhere far more exotic than England! It is so nice to be able to escape and forget where you are, just a few miles from your own home.
  • Went to Little Morton Hall with family for a relaxed day out, and to celebrate a birthday! Did some sketching too.
  • Watched quite a few films, and sketched some of the characters whilst watching, which was fun.
  • Started reading ‘Vein of gold’ by Julia Cameron – I think it will help me focus on my path, and clear my brain of the doubts and fears that often get in the way.
  • Getting better and better at playing piano, plus doing some meditative improvising/messing around! And my private teaching is going well too.
  • Went to a vegan fair in Stoke-on-Trent; of course we stuffed our faces with delicious vegan food!
  • Spent a hot, sleepy Sunday making art that I’m really pleased with and feeling excited by a new development in my creative process and art style.
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Self portrait! Order your very own personal portrait via my Etsy shop!

So those were my happy highlights from June, and for July – as always – I have lots of plans and projects in progress. Fingers crossed I can achieve my goal of a blog post every Friday this month!

Until next time, stay creative sisters.

Peace and love,

Rachel x

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Joining a Local Gallery! ~ You’re Invited ~ Sunray Sister

Hello,

I have some exciting news to share today: I have joined a local gallery! Keep reading to find out what this involves… but first a bit of a last-minute invitation to our special celebration tomorrow evening, Thursday 24th of May, from 6-8pm. Find more details on the event page on Facebook. If you’re in Leek or nearby, we’d love to see you there for a chat and some fizz!

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Located in the magical, cobbled alleyway, Getliffe’s Yard – tucked away off Derby street in the heart of Leek – Gallery Twenty is a co-operative business which only opened its doors in October 2017.

Starting out as a group of nine artists, the team has set up an incredible gallery to showcase and sell stunning paintings, ceramics, glassware, jewellery, textiles, sculpture and everything in between; all lovingly and locally produced to create the most beautiful gifts and decorations to collect and treasure for years to come.

Two members have recently said farewell to the gallery as they continue their creative journeys elsewhere, and I have stepped in to fill the space. I feel so lucky and grateful that I was in the right place at the right time to apply for this incredible opportunity, and that the team chose me as their newest member! 

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At the moment I have my original framed illustrations in the far corner of the gallery, set up on some shelves and on the wall, plus a couple of portrait commission examples, which can be ordered via my Etsy shop, or in the gallery.

The fact that my work is in a gallery hasn’t quite sunk in yet; it’s all a little bit surreal! I am really happy with my display though, and can’t wait to add more creations soon.

Speaking of which I have a lot of plans for work I want to create in the future, not only original paintings but additional products and merchandise. More on that in another blog post next week!

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Of course we have endless plans and schemes for the gallery’s future; since we are a co-operative we all have a say in what happens. There will be events and workshops, a website and blog, and much more besides. I’m not sure how much I can tell you right now… except watch this space!

One thing I can share is our next big event on the 2nd and 3rd of June, called Art in the Yard. This will see Getliffe’s Yard filled up with new independent artists sharing and selling their creations. Keep an eye on the Gallery Twenty Facebook page or Instagram profile for more information, and if you are a local artist there may still be time for you to apply!

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That’s all for now, but I’m sure I will have lots more to share about this new branch of my creative career very soon!

Remember to join my special welcome event over on Facebook or find your way to Gallery Twenty in Getliffe’s Yard, Derby Street, Leek, between 6 and 8pm this Thursday 24th of May, and celebrate with us! If you can’t make it I will also be in the gallery all day on Friday, as it’s my turn to run the shop. We are open 10:30am-4:30pm on Tuesdays-Saturdays, plus the first Sunday of every month.

See you back here on Sunday for another blog post. In the meantime, stay creative sisters!

Peace and love,

Rachel x

First Ever Leek Market and Open Art Exhibition ~ Sunray Sister

Hello,

How are you? I hope you’re having a wonderful week and the beautiful weather isn’t distracting you from your work too much!?

I’ve had a busy couple of weeks, and I just wanted to share a quick blog post to reflect on a couple of exciting creative events that I took part in recently.

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First of all, as I mentioned in a previous post, I had a stall at Leek’s Sunday Supplement market on the 6th of May. This was my first time as a trader at the market, and overall I had a very positive experience!

Of course I had the usual doubts and worries, especially about whether I would have enough work to fill the table. On the day however, I soon discovered that I had more than enough work. I was actually really happy with how my stall looked! Additionally we had really great weather, which brought lots of people out into town.

Thanks to Fraz helping out, I was able to walk around the market and see all the other lovely stalls. In particular I saw a few artists that seemed similar, yet different, to me that I would love to collaborate with and exchange our experiences as creative entrepreneurs.

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The only negative aspect of my first market experience in Leek was a lack of customers. I had a good amount of people actually come up to my stall, and quite a few of those picked up pictures for a closer look or flicked through my handmade cards. Most of those people took a business card, which I really appreciate.

A few passers-by showed interest in the live portrait service, but seemed frightened by it; having someone stare at your face for five minutes is a pretty daunting prospect I suppose! So I need to work out ways to make the live portraits more appealing and make sure people know exactly what is involved in the process. Any ideas? 

I think there are a few key reasons for my lack of customers. The first is the fact that I’m an unfamiliar face both to the market and to Leek itself, (I only moved here last August), therefore people don’t know me or my brand yet. The second reason is possibly that people don’t want to buy original artwork, instead they want products such as jewellery or stationery, which is something I am looking into. And the third and final reason is simply that my target audience was not in Leek on that day. But I’m not too worried about this since we live in a digital age of global connection, and I feel very lucky to be able to bring together my audience from all over the world!

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In other news the Staffordshire Moorlands Open Art Exhibition finished on Saturday the 12th of May. Unfortunately I missed the closing ceremony, but I have since collected my three moon-lady mixed-media artworks, and they are now on display somewhere else, which I can’t wait to tell you all about very soon!

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I absolutely loved being a part of the open art exhibition. Having my work on display out in the real world makes me take it more seriously, and it becomes more than just a thing to share on social media, which it shouldn’t be anyway. I am also just really proud of myself for meeting the application deadline, and creating three new pieces especially for the show; three pieces that are a huge step forward in the direction I want my work to go. I’m incredibly excited for the work I will create next…!

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Coming up on the blog in the next few weeks I will be announcing where my moon ladies are now, launching my newsletter, sharing some new projects and ideas for new products, and giving you a sneak peek into my studio. Lots of exciting things on the horizon!

Let me know what you’ve been up to. Stay creative sisters!

Peace and love,

Rachel x

 

March Happy Highlights 2018 ~ Glimpses of Spring ~ Sunray Sister

Hello,

How are you? I am a little late with my Happy Highlights post, which I usually share at the end of each month, but we’re now half way through another month! It’s ok, I forgive myself. In these posts I like to look back on the previous few weeks, and consider which moments made me smile, and which achievements made me feel proud.

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Sketchbook page – watercolour and coloured pencil – 27th March

Even though the month began with lots of snow, it ended with some hopeful glimpses of Spring; both literally and in terms of things gradually coming together in my creative career!

My Happy Highlights for March 2018…

  1. We had a lot of snow! It caused a bit of trouble and changed plans, but I still found it so magical.
  2. Continued teaching piano, gained a couple more students and shared my poster to get even more students hopefully!
  3. Went to a Susanne Sundfør gig with Fraz. She is BREATHTAKING! Please go and listen to her music now! I also had the best day exploring Stockport and Manchester by myself, stumbling across all sorts of interesting places.
  4. Had a curry tapas meal out with Fraz and his parents. Yes, curry tapas! It meant we could have a few little dishes, and experience lots of wonderful flavours.
  5. Video called mum and dad; which is always lovely!
  6. Got to do some window displays for the charity shop where I volunteer. I really love creating fun displays!
  7. Secured a stall at the ‘Party in the Park’ event in Leek this June. Looking forward to selling my art and drawing lots of sunny, happy faces!
  8. Entered a national art competition, which also meant writing my artist statement. I found this super hard for some reason! But I’m glad I’ve got one now; I might add it to my ‘about’ page here on the blog.
  9. Discovered a new direction and freedom in my 365 day art challenge. I explained more in my previous blog post, which you can read here! Remember to follow my daily progress on Instagram and Facebook.
  10. Went out on a long walk along the canal for the first time; it was so peaceful! I love exploring new places so much!
  11. By the end of the month there were lots of happy signs of Spring; in particular I’ve been noticing all the birds singing sweet songs. I can’t wait to see more flowers and full green trees everywhere!

I’ve already done so many exciting things during April, which I can’t wait to share in my next Happy Highlights post, and possibly in that newsletter that I keep meaning to start!

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Sketchbook page – watercolour and coloured pencil – 27th March

How was March for you? Did you get a lot done? Or are you still emerging from Winter hibernation? Share your happy highlights in the comments, or over on Instagram or Facebook. Speak soon sisters!

 

Peace and love,

Rachel x

Two Month Sketchbook Tour – part one of my 365 day art challenge!

Hello!

Today I have a new video on my YouTube channel! It is the first of six videos I will be making, each with a two-month sketchbook tour of my daily art challenge. At the end of the year-long challenge, I also plan to do a complete flip-through of all 365 pieces of art!

Remember to follow my daily art challenge on Instagram and Facebook – all your support means so much to me!

 

Peace and love,

Rachel x

Inspiration Wall ~ Sunray Sister YouTube Video

Hello!

I have a new YouTube video to share with you all! And it is my first one of 2018!!!

Here is the video description written out as it appears on my channel:


☞ Hello! ♥︎ It’s Rachel here with my first video of 2018!!! ☺︎ all info and links below! ☆
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✿ In today’s video I show you how to turn a boring, blank wall into a beautiful, inspiring collage! ✿

I have written out the steps below, and included as many of the image sources as possible. Also check out the links to my portfolio, shop & social media profiles!

Thanks for watching! ☺︎

Peace and love,
Rachel x
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☆ Steps ☆

1. Choose a playlist, or podcast (I was listening to ‘Hashtag Authentic’ from Me & Orla – https://meandorla.co.uk/hashtagauthentic/)
2. Gather your inspirational material
3. Select a sticking method
4. Find a blank wall
5. Start arranging everything!
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☆ My links ☆

♥︎ Portfolio & blog: https://sunraysister.wordpress.com/
♥︎ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunraysister/
♥︎ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sunraysister/

I also have an Etsy shop!
♥︎ https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SunraySister
♥︎ Video about my shop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxxbtkGjVuI&t=439s
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☆ Artists & image sources ☆
(from left to right, top to bottom)

♥︎ Fairy painting – ‘Titania’ by John Simmons
♥︎ Black & white sun & girl – unknown for Lionheart magazine
♥︎ B&w circle image – unknown
♥︎ B&w, and colour detailed illustrations – Brittany Davies
♥︎ Long artwork from ‘Shallow Bed’ album by Dry The River
♥︎ Long card with rabbits – Mark Hearld
♥︎ Colour penguin & bunny postcard – unknown (possibly Japanese?)
♥︎ Vintage b&w postcard – ‘La Primavera’ by Botticelli
♥︎ Balloon & bike photo – Dara Scully from Oh Comely magazine
♥︎ 3 pastel watercolour girls – And Smile Studio
♥︎ Fairy, head, mushroom & flowers illustration – Marie Gardeski/Imaginary Animal for Oh Comely magazine
♥︎ Flower photo – unknown
♥︎ ‘I’m Ok’ blue illustration – Naoshi for Lucky Dip Club
♥︎ Purple fairy queen postcard – ‘Queen of the Night’ by Susan Anderson
♥︎ ‘Today Is Going to be Awesome’ quote poster – Becki Clark for In The Moment magazine
♥︎ Dark tree and white circles photo – Richard Long
♥︎ Pottery piece photo – cut out from Oh Comely magazine
♥︎ Staffordshire postcard
♥︎ Peak District postcard
♥︎ Kikki’s Delivery Service Studio Ghibli postcard
♥︎ Urban map illustration – unknown from Oh Comely magazine
♥︎ Trees & lake illustration – Bon Iver poster, by Gregory Euclide
♥︎ ‘I think you are really nice’ dog (business card) – Nikki Miles
♥︎ ‘Have a lovely day’ (business card) – And Smile Studio
♥︎ ‘A little magic’ quote card – Kikki.K cute paper lovers book
♥︎ Horses card – Mark Hearld
♥︎ Ceramic baby with flower (business card) – David William Sampson
♥︎ Lion mini card – Nikki Miles
♥︎ ‘Do your thing’ marbled mini card – Pup Tart
♥︎ Circle maps illustration – Katie Green
♥︎ Purple embroidered fabric – my own work
♥︎ Ikigai floral poster – Holly McCulloch for In The Moment magazine
♥︎ Girl reading poster – Yelena Bryksenkova (LOVE her work!)
♥︎ Sunflower girl photo – Julia Aumann for Oh Comely magazine
♥︎ Mini cat cut-out – Kikki.K cute paper lovers book
♥︎ B&w blobs (business card) – Jo Parker
♥︎ 3 mini cards – Annelinde Tempelman for Flow magazine
♥︎ Wizard poster – Adventure Time
♥︎ Large b&w poster from ‘Helplessness Blues’ album by Fleet Foxes
♥︎ ‘You are brilliant & beautiful’ girl image – unknown from an old diary
♥︎ ‘Give yourself time’ scrabble letters – from Mollie Makes magazine
♥︎ ‘Votes for Animals’ rosette – Lush campaign
♥︎ Fabric owls in hand (business card) – Grace Gatley Textiles
♥︎ Abstract landscape (business card) – Liz Salter

Book mentioned at end is ‘Steal Like an Artist’ by Austin Kleon, more on that in the follow up video, out in a couple of months!
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☆ Music ☆

‘Cooperation Road’ by Unicorn Heads
‘New Land’ by ALBIS
Both from YouTube Audio Library
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My finished inspiration wall

Next week I will have another video! Stay tuned. In the meantime keep up to date with my daily art challenge via Instagram and Facebook. Stay creative sisters!

Peace and love,

Rachel x

Making 2018 My Best Year Yet ~ Sunray Sister

Hello!

In today’s post I am looking back on 2017 and the goals I set for myself, then discussing my ideas for the year ahead! Settle in, it’s a long one…!!!

What are your plans for 2018? What did you achieve last year? Let me know in the comments, or on Instagram or Facebook.

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I originally wrote a long post about my 2017 business goals at the end of 2016, just a couple of months after starting ‘Sunray Sister’. But a lot changed during 2017, so I felt I needed to re-consider my goals.

In June, I did a mid-year review; I was then able to write a new list of goals in clear categories. Today under each category I have added my reflection of what I achieved (highlighted in pink):


  • Offline:
    • Create more art, whilst being mindful of impact on the environment – use recycled materials, avoid plastic packaging etc.
    • Combine love of collage, paint and drawing to find/define my style – see Alena HennesseyKaren O’Brien and others.
    • Also explore nature/landscape art – see Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long, also Keri Smith.
    • Absorb inspiration everywhere!

    I created a lot of art in 2017! But didn’t really follow the first three goals above. I still really love the work of all the artists mentioned, but have realised I already have my style, know what materials I want and like to use, and just have to use them and create! It’s that simple. Of course I’m constantly absorbing inspiration! I’m never short of it!

  • Instagram:
    • Post every day – both on my grid (permanent) and in my ‘story’ (temporary).
    • Plan content for whole week in advance – done by Sunday of each week.
    • Focus on art content, with occasional nature related images.
    • Comment on similar posts by people I admire.
    • Reach 300 followers.

    Posted almost every day! From November onwards only missed a couple of days since I started my 365 day art challenge, which also meant my account became entirely focused on art. Also reached 300 followers in December. Still need to comment more on other posts.

  • YouTube:
    • Post every Wednesday.
    • Create videos in advance – uploaded by Sunday of each week. Ultimate aim is to have four videos ready at the start of each month.
    • Focus on art & crafts content, with occasional adventure and lifestyle.
    • Comment on similar videos by people I admire.
    • Reach 3,000 total views across all videos – this is the number which will let me ‘monetize’ my channel once I get to 10,000 views!

    Uploaded 17 videos. Not every Wednesday, and not always made well in advance. But still 17 videos that I’m really proud of. As I’m writing, I have also reached 129 subscribers and a total of 6,282 views across all my videos; inching ever closer to that 10,000 view threshold! Plus it’s really fun to be part of this creative community!

  • Blog:
    • Post every Wednesday and Sunday.
    • Write in advance – ready at least 2 days before post day.
    • Focus on ‘Dear Diary’, ‘Happy Highlights’ and YouTube posts.

The blog has gradually taken a back seat in my mind. At the start of the year I was posting a lot here! As I started YouTube (and realised how much fun it is), the more ‘serious’ article-style blogs faded out, and got replaced with these diary-style, personal reflection posts. These require less research, are more useful to me and I don’t mind if no one reads them!

2017 goals summary (after mid-year review):

  1. Create art to share on Instagram.
  2. Create art to share on YouTube.
  3. Share my journey and behind-the-scenes on WordPress.

I think this summary still resonates with me, and I will take it forward into my 2018 goals.


At the start of last year I also wrote a separate list of personal goals, which I have not yet reviewed:

  • Be vegetarian and try being vegan – I’m now vegan!
  • Walk outside everyday – I’ve been on some awesome adventures.
  • Practice yoga and meditation – practiced yoga on and off.
  • Plan each day – I used a bullet journal, but it’s not quite right for me.
  • Respect chores and create a routine for them – still needs work…
  • Plan meals and prepare in advance – hmmm…
  • De-clutter and become minimalist – not me anymore!
  • Become financially secure and track finances – this needs attention.
  • Practice piano – now and then for fun.
  • Learn cover songs – I learnt a few.
  • Sew clothes from patterns I already own – would still like to do this.
  • Keep a collage journal – Did a few collages last year, will be creating a special mixed media journal soon!
  • Plan special dates with Fraz – lots! Especially now Fraz has a car!

Let’s see where this leaves me now, at the start of 2018. I want to take a more holistic approach, combining my personal and business life, thinking about habits more than goals, and only having a few actual goals.

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I’m constantly trying to simplify my life and define who I am in neat lists and clear categories. But that doesn’t work! I want to start viewing my work, my life and my values in a wholesome, messy way; where everything is connected.

Instead of cutting things out, I need to realise that these things are all linked. I say I don’t want to sew anymore, or sing anymore, or create any art that requires products in plastic packaging, but these are all just parts of my creativity and parts of my journey, things to learn! I am forever evolving into new versions of myself, and seeing more and more that I like more, not less! I love layers, I love colours, I love texture. And I can still enjoy order and arrangement.


Enough of the fluffy talk, what am I actually going to do in 2018? I’m going to create art. A LOT of art. More art than I’ve ever created before. I’m going to work harder than ever before. My one goal for 2018 is…

To thrive from my art

My art will THRIVE and I will THRIVE from my art! That is my one goal for 2018.

Of course there are many smaller goals that will make this huge goal a reality:

  1. Art products & services
    • Complete 365 day art challenge (end of October)
    • Start other personal projects (small series of paintings to be sold as originals and prints, and/or used as examples for my portfolio)
    • Start a private commission service (doing personalised paintings for individuals)
    • Send personalised work to artists I admire
    • Do live portraits at events/markets
    • Sell prints and other products
    • Create an online portfolio (via this blog) using all of the work above
  2. YouTube videos
    • Upload every week (where possible)
    • Reach total 10,000 views across all videos
    • Gain 500 subscribers
    • Interact with the community
  3. Instagram posts
    • Post every day & use stories
    • Reach 1,000 followers
    • Interact with the community

…and then there are many more habits, mostly daily habits, that will support these goals:

  • Listen to podcasts, read books & articles, watch videos about art & artists
  • Practice yoga & go outside everyday
  • Learn more about nature & try gardening (including looking after house plants!)
  • Use my planner to schedule time
  • Find a part-time job to help save money
  • No new clothes, and try capsule wardrobe system (less decisions)
  • Join a local choir or other club
  • Continue writing pen-pal letters
  • Make a mixed-media sketchbook for collage and experiments

…and many more things too… but the point is that many of these things cross over and weave into each other, bringing me back to my point about taking a holistic view:

  • I practice yoga everyday and want to start more personal projects, so I could paint ten yoga postures, which could also be used as editorial examples to use in an article about the benefits of yoga. Additionally I could film the process of planning this series, or simply painting the pictures, and upload this to my YouTube channel.
  • Another example is studying nature; I could create a portrait series of people with their favourite house plants and what they love about them. And again create some videos to go with this process.
  • I’ve also discovered that people really enjoy pen-pal related videos, so this reinforces my desire to continue writing letters and making cute packages. From this I might decide to design some letter paper and matching envelopes with decorated borders, and maybe stickers too! Or, for another angle, I could create a more conceptual illustration for an article about the recent resurgence of pen-pals.

By taking this whole-picture view, where everything is connected, the path is so much clearer, and the smaller goals and habits give me defined steps along the way.


I found these resources really useful in setting my goals and habits for 2018, I hope they help you too:


That’s all from me for now! Look out for a new YouTube video on my channel this week. Stay creative sisters 🙂

 

Peace and love,

Rachel x

Autumn Favourites ~ New Sunray Sister YouTube Video!

Hello!

Today I thought I’d share my first ever YouTube favourites video! I hope to do one for each season, so look out for that in the future. Also, these are all my own opinions 🙂

The text below is copied straight from the original video description over on my YouTube channel. Hope you enjoy!

ZINES + MAGAZINES

– Frannerd’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/frannerd13/
– Frannerd’s shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/frannerd (where she sells zines, prints and more!)
– Project Calm: http://www.calmmoment.com/magazines/p…
– In The Moment: http://www.calmmoment.com/magazines/i…

BOOKS

– ‘Little Tales From Long Ago’ by Ernest Nister: https://www.biblio.com/little-tales-f…
– ‘The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady’ by Edith Holden: http://www.countrydiary.co.uk/
– Beatrix Potter: https://www.peterrabbit.com/about-bea…
– Harry Potter books: https://harrypotter.bloomsbury.com/uk…

PODCASTS

– Witch Please: http://ohwitchplease.ca/
– Creative Pep Talk: http://www.creativepeptalk.com/

ART MATERIALS

– Winsor & Newton gouache: https://tinyurl.com/y8q5znz5
– Derwent Academy watercolour pencils: https://tinyurl.com/yb2o4kse
– Faber-castell Polychromos pencils: https://tinyurl.com/y9qwdzod
– Pigma Micron pens: https://tinyurl.com/y95ehafy
– Dry transfer letters (couldn’t find exact ones online, keep an eye out for them in your local stationery shop!): https://tinyurl.com/yd5csn3j

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Sunray Sister began in September 2016 to venture out on a creative journey. I’m currently doing a 365 day art challenge, and sharing my work every day online.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunraysister/
Blog: https://sunraysister.wordpress.com/
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SunraySi
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sunraysister/

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I do not own the music used in this video.
I downloaded it here: https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/…
‘Space Walk’ by Silent Partner

Please contact me if you would like your music featured in a future video!
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Thanks for watching! Find more over on my YouTube channel.

 

Peace and love,

Rachel x

Shop News and December 365 Theme ~ Dear Diary #12

Dear diary,

Goodness, have I been busy in the past few weeks!

First up, I got some of my handmade products stocked in a local shop!!! The adorable shop and café called ‘Tea Cake’ is also new to town. But they are already jam-packed with gorgeous products from local artists and crafters. I feel so proud and grateful to be included in such a wonderful shop, in a magical Victorian side street called Getliffes Yard in Leek.

Then, I re-launched my much neglected Etsy shop, and kicked things off with a seasonal sale, which continues until 20th of December. I have Christmas cards and handmade textile gifts for sale at the moment.

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To promote this sale, I also made a new YouTube video, after a couple of months without uploading. It felt so good to be making a video again, and I already have a few more videos lined up for the following weeks, and hope to stick to a weekly upload schedule.

Next up, I am doing a Christmas fair again this year! My first ever market was a Christmas fair last year in Bristol. This will be my second market, and I will be taking a slightly different approach by doing live portrait drawing/painting, whilst also promoting my portrait commission service (which will be launched officially in the new year), selling Christmas cards, and possibly some textile gifts.

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Speaking of portraits, I have been spending every day of November drawing faces for the first month of my 365 day art challenge. It has been brilliant! I am making progress, discovering how to get work done every day, and realising what tools and mediums I prefer to use. Below are my four favourites from the month so far, with just a few days left.

Now I have a new theme for December: ‘what I ate today’. I was originally going to write out separate food related prompts for each day, but I think the one negative point from November was feeling too restrained by the words I chose. This way, having an open theme for the month, all I have to do is draw/paint some or all of what I eat each day. Sounds fun!

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(I am working on improving the quality of my scanned images! Sorry for the slight fuzziness here).

That’s all for today!

 

Peace & love,

Rachel x

Etsy and YouTube Relaunch! ~ special Sunray Sister update!

Hello!

I have some exciting news!!! My Etsy shop is back in business, and I’m kicking things off with a crazy festive sale. From now until the 20th of December 2017, you can enjoy 50% off my entire shop! You will find unique Christmas cards based on my original artwork, and handmade, embroidered textile gifts.

Check it out now, and support independent small businesses this holiday season!

But wait, the fun doesn’t stop yet; there’s more…!

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Not only have I relaunched my Etsy shop, I have also got a brand new video on my YouTube channel, showing all of the products in my shop, so that you can learn more about them and get a closer look. Watch the video below, or over on my channel.

My enthusiasm for producing videos has been revived, and I will be returning to my weekly uploading schedule from now on.


Of course, I will continue to share my 365 day art challenge here, and over on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. I am enjoying the project so far! Read more about what’s to come in this Sunday’s Dear Diary blog post, along with even more exciting news!

Have a wonderful weekend sisters 🙂

 

Peace & love,

Rachel x