Acknowledgement of Country
Handmade Pride acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land we were first based on, the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation, and pays respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
Instagram and YouTube! A friend of mine showed me some cool art on Instagram and I knew I needed to try it, so I bought 3 colours of high-flow acrylics and gave it a go. I was trying to follow another Perth artist, and whilst my first piece looked nothing like hers, I knew that I wanted to play around more.
I am self-taught, and learnt everything I know through countless hours watching Instagram and YouTube videos, and many more hours of trial and error (easily in the hundreds of hours). After being asked many times by a friend to set up a workshop, I started putting my knowledge into practice by teaching others how to make cool art.
There have been many mistakes, ugly paintings, failures, and mishaps along the way. Whether it’s the paint, the style, or the colours, you generally don’t know what something is going to look like until it’s dry, and that is a huge part of the learning process. One thing I have learnt about fluid art is that a mistake and mishap isn’t the end of the world. Three of my most memorable mishaps include:
– The time one piece fell on the floor when I left it to dry and I came back 30 mins later to find all the paint was ruined. I picked it up and put it back on the drying rack. After it dried the effect was so cool that I left it as is!
– The time I tried to do a paint-over on a piece without peeling all the old paint off first. Turns out putting very liquid paint on former liquid paint causes cracks. But the effect was unique that I left it to dry, and now the piece is a a true one-of-a-kind!
– The time I went to work and left my paintings in the sun to dry. I forgot to ask someone to pull them out of the sun after an hour. When I came home that night one of the records had warped due to the heat. Instead of throwing it out, I resined it and now it’s another truly unique piece.
I started making art as a way to unwind and let out my inner child. When I started making fluid art I had just changed jobs and was working in a high-pressure role. I found that playing with the fluid acrylics was a great way to de-stress and support my mental well being.
I continued making art because it was addictive! I was hooked from the start and wanted to learn everything I could, plus, it was an excuse to buy ALL THE SUPPLIES! What started as a fun evening activity soon turned into an obsession and eventually a business.
There are still days where I get imposter syndrome and my brain goes off on a negative tangent, and those are the days that make me stronger as a person and an artist. Art doesn’t need to be perfect, it just needs to ‘be’.
Please use the Contact Me form if you would like a commission. Commissions can take up to 4-6 weeks to produce due to the nature of the painting style.
I use old vinyl records that I find at op-shops (charity shops). I started painting records early on in my creative journey, and it was my brother that suggested I make them into clocks. It’s also a great way to upcycle unwanted items.
I grew up in Perth, Western Australia (Boorloo, on Whadjuk Noongar country), and that’s where I was based when I first started Handmade Pride.
I left Perth in late 2021 and made the move to the UK. I am now based in St Albans, which is a gorgeous town just outside London.
All the products you see in my shop are in Australia, and thus being shipped from there.
Worldwide shipping is available.
NB: There may be some instances where we cannot ship to your country due to limitations with Australia Post. If you are unsure if we ship to your country, please get in contact and we will check this for you.
All the items currently in the shop are shipped from Australia.
Domestic shipping prices are for within Australia only.
We aim to get your item packaged and shipped within 2 – 4 days of being ordered.
Delivery times vary. Please check Australia Post for expected delivery times.
Within Australia: Included in the purchase price
Outside Australia: $25AUD for one item. Additional items are $10 AUD each.
All items are non-refundable.
If there are any issues with your purchase, please contact me via the Contact Me page as soon as possible.
If an item needs to be returned, this will be at the cost of the buyer.