Make yourself a Chook Book

Anna Bartlett
May 1, 2018
November 28, 2017

Hi! Anna Bartlett of Shiny Happy Art here, and I'm very happy to be sharing my third video as a member of the 2018 Artist Gang!

I have experimented while painting the cover of a new planning scrapbook - using just five acrylic paint colours, and layering Donna's 'Chicken Coop' stencil made a really interesting texture. I also incorporated some sgraffito texture into the background.

In the video I refer to:

- My new Shiny Happy Drawing workshop - starting 1 July but there's earlybird pricing now

- Harold's Finishing Touches

- William Robinson, Artist

I hope it inspires you to get the paints out and paint yourself a chook book!

Shiny Happy Art

Shiny Happy Art is on Instagram, Facebook, Youtube and the World Wide Web!

My new SHINY HAPPY DRAWING online workshop starts 1 July, and the earlybird price expires 15 May - so take a look here for more info -


Atelier Free Flow Acrylic Paints - Pyrrole Red, French Ultramarine Blue, Carbon Black

Golden Fluid Paints -  Diarylide Yellow, Titanium White

Donna Downey "Chicken Coop" stencil


Haircomb (or something to scratch into your paint with)

Sharpie Marker

Liquitex Matt Gel Medium

Cosmetic Sponge

Collage papers


Paper Palette

Scrapbook (about AUD$1.50)

Scrapbook cover (optional) (about AUD$2)

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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...