New print available – Abstract Geometric “Radiant Orchid and Mint”

Yay – After so much procrastination, last week I finally decided to complete a finished work. I wanted to play around with the colour of the year “Radiant Orchid” and mint seemed like a good match.
I love exploring the geometric shapes too because I don’t have a concrete plan and have to make everything up line by line.

Head over to my Facebook page as I have been working on a few fashion sketches which I am unsure if they are good enough to be prints but am having loads of fun trying new techniques – copic markers and pencils!

Etsy Shop – Abstract Purple & Mint Geometric Minimalist Art, Triangle Shapes Abstract Purple & Mint Geometric Minimalist Art, Triangle Shapes


1 Year since I started Joanouk

February 2013 was when I was slapped from mindlessness into pursuing my passion. I thought a corporate job was the best way to earn a living but it wasn’t. I had no drive and I was constantly at the beck and whim at the company’s wish. I had enough. I am very good at helping people and being useful but when it starts to become an insane abuse of my skills (not getting paid enough while other people did less and earned more) my eyes opened to something that could be a possibility.
I could actually earn a living from my craft. From my skill on my own.

I found Etsy and saw many artists there with in excess of 10,000 sales. My mind boggled. On the internet surely there is enough room for everyone?

That’s when I picked up my brush after it sitting idle for 7 years. I wanted to create cute animal art for the little ones, I love abstract art too.. my I had so many ideas! I still do.

31st March 2013 was when I took the plunge and opened up my store.

1 Year on I am so happy and so driven to make my store and my art a success. I want to reach people.
I have a 5 year plan with 4 years to go to become a part time artist. My mum has always worked part time and that’s what I want for my kids – to be with them and not worrying about childcare having them from 7am to 6pm everyday.
I want to create my own life.

Thank you if you are reading this as you are helping shape my dreams.
Joanouk 1year

Feature in the Etsy Australia and New Zealand Newsletter

So amazing to see one of my prints in the newsletter yesterday!

I subscribed to the newsletter because I thought the people that were chosen for the theme were so talented and had amazing photos so I created and improved my photos over and over again. I still don’t think I have amazing photos but it is incredible that someone at Etsy thinks I have a good enough product to feature in the newsletter!

What a lovely end to the week – how has your week been?

etsyaunewsletter 28.02.2014

Recap for the second Le Boulevard Boutique market 23.02.2014

Last Sunday I had my second Le Boulevard Boutique Market at the Westwaters Entertainment Complex in Caroline Springs.
I was a little nervous as I had to go by myself and carry all my stuff!
I met some very nice stall holders but ultimately I didn’t make any sales from the general public. It really made me think whether my products are worth pursuing.
I would like to try other markets but I want to take a step back and get into creating a bit more; I’ve already got some great ideas!

What makes you take a step back to re-evaluate things?

Feature in “Australian Art” Curated by Etsy Australia and New Zealand

I still can’t believe it!

Yesterday after a normal day working I came home and found my Geometric Abstract Art Print featured on a list curated by the Etsy Australia and New Zealand team.

I was looking at the list earlier in the day and thinking what amazing artists are included – some of which I have met and some who inspire me to keep going.

Check out the link below for the full list!
Etsy AU Australian Art

Joanouk feature in Etsy "Australian Art"

Upcoming Market – 2nd Visit to Le Boulevard Boutique Market

I have another market coming up!
I have researched a few different ones but I am not wanting to be at a different market every weekend. I’d like to pick special markets where people can come to meet me and my products. I am very excited to meet new people and hopefully some who went last time!

le boulevard 23rd feb 2014 joanouk

Check out their website for more details!

Le Boulevard Boutique Market

New Year – New focus

A new year has started – and I haven’t done a blog post because I had some time to think about priorities.
Inspiration Fridays are on a hiatus at the moment because I felt pressure to do a post every week even when I didn’t feel like it. And that didn’t help my creativity at all.
I am taking things as they come this year but my plan is to produce more work and possibly dip into custom work.

Did you have any resolutions over the holidays ? I would love to hear them :)

Meanwhile I will leave you with this new inspiration quote.. Who have you decided to be this year?
you are whoever you want to be

Happy Holidays 2013 ! Inspiration Fridays

Wow what a year   – my first year in business.

I am really proud of myself.

I am amazed at the new things and new people I have met along the way.

I am so hopeful for next year and have great plans to improve / expand and keep creating. I see most people are closing their online shops for a break but I am keeping mine open hoping for holiday shoppers who have time spare!

I wish you all the best for Christmas / New Year. I won’t be posting here until next year to give myself some creating time. :)

I will leave you with this final inspiration friday for the year :)

Interview for Bespoke Magazine Fast 5

Hi everyone,

I sent in this fast 5 interview a couple of months ago and today it just got published!

I am so excited to see my pictures on a magazines website :)

It’s a fast 5 for a reason – the answers are really short so go on and have a look :)

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