Ellie Bunting, Mixed Media Canvas

Anna Bartlett
January 23, 2018
November 28, 2017

Hello! And welcome to another Artist Gang Tuesday - my first for Donna Downey!

I’m Anna Bartlett of Shiny Happy Art and I’ve created a mixed media canvas as a gift for a friend’s birthday - and because elephants are lucky it made sense to use Donna’s ‘Good Luck Elephant’ stencil.

Let's get some analogous colors on.

Color is my thing, so I have used bright, clean, analogous colors for the elephant, and I have also mixed a gray-neutral for the background. 

I’m always stretching myself to see what I can create with only the three primaries plus white.

And use a stencil to find our elephant.

While some layers are worked wet-in-wet, I also used a hair dryer on other layers, to speed the process along.

I have used the stencil as a time saver, as it guarantees the right proportions for the elephant (and the shadow).

Let's go the extra mile and add a second elephant!

I also do a lot of in-studio and online teaching, so you’ll pick up some of my techniques for getting the tonal values right.

I share some of my Shiny Happy Art tips and tricks.


Atelier Free Flow Acrylic Paints - Quinacridone Magenta, Phthalo Blue, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Titanium White

Donna Downey "Good Luck Elephant" stencil



Golden Regular Gel Medium


Collage papers


Paper Palette

20 x 25cm stretched canvas

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and I look forward to seeing what you are inspired to make!

Stay shiny and happy!


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Hi, I'm Anna - an artist, author, teacher and mum from Toowoomba, Queensland (the Sunshine State of Australia).

I've always love to paint and draw but have been sidetracked by lots of other things over the years: accounting, marketing, travelling... even a 12 month stint in the Army!

These days I'm working full time in my business, Shiny Happy Art, which offers Drawing, Painting and Lettering Workshops as well as Acrylic and Watercolour Paint Alongs in person and online. It's a very happy space and my wonderful little team is growing so we now offer sessions for both adults and children. I even hosted my first 'Art Holiday' on Norfolk Island in October 2017 and we're planning to go back in 2018.

My book, Painting Party, was published by North Light Books in May 2015 and it's almost time for a follow up, I'm thinking!

I always start my sessions with a 'Positivity Pep Talk' and encourage you to stay positive and relaxed, realise "it's not finished until it's finished" and if you do follow along with me, aim for "similar but different" because it's important that your uniqueness shines through.

OK, let's get our hands in some paint...