About Elizabeth

 

I’m Elizabeth, an Australian girl who grew up living all over Queensland, and then took off for new adventures in Melbourne. Scarlet Words is my blog, and mostly exists to share stories and links to interesting stuff I encounter in my online travels. I love discovering interesting blogs and bloggers from around the world, and reading feedback of the people who find themselves at my site. If we haven’t met yet, I hope you’ll say hello.

I’m a singer and pianist, with a particular interest in contemporary/pop styles and jazz improvisation. I am an eternal beginner guitarist, and play many other instruments with varying levels of success. My collection of instruments is constantly expanding.

Photography is my other creative passion, although I will never pursue professionally.  I like to dabble in painting and sketching, although I don’t think I’m very good at either, and other crafty pursuits. I keep paper journals, and have a potentially unhealthy addiction to specialty papers. I love to make handmade cards and altered books.

 

Things I love

Rain, puddles, cold weather and Winter clothes. Boots and nude platform heels. Fresh air, water and vegetables. Novels and art books. Design and B&W photography magazines. My iPhone. Mellow, acoustic songs. Melody, harmony and modulation. Originality, bravery, integrity and honesty. Chocolate. Coffee and home-made bread. A perfect steak. A perfect beer, or glass of red wine. One-on-one time with my friends. Markets, and op-shopping. Galleries. Window shopping. New pajamas, and fresh bed sheets. MAC, Urban Decay and Kat Von D makeup. Sushi. Altered books. Spring, Autumn, snow, and bare trees. Seasons. Singing. Melbourne, Boston, Byron Bay, Cairns, Pt Douglas, NYC, Nassau and New England. Clam chowder. String cheese and curly fries. Tulips and roses. Warm, bright pink nails on my fingers and toes. Candles and thunderstorms, especially together. My puppy’s warm belly, and his tiny wet nose. Stationery shops. Fountain pens. Fishtanks. Framed photographs. My monochrome Melbourne uniform of blacks and greys and navy blues.

 

Tools of the trade

I love to read about the tools and processes used by other creative people. Here’s what I use.

  • Music: Fostex MR8-HD digital recorder, Audio Technica condenser mic. Yamaha U2 upright piano, Roland and Yamaha keyboards, classical and acoustic guitars, xaphoon, violin, viola, nagori drums, bongos, harmonica, tenor recorder, melodica, mandolin, and more hand percussion than any one person could actually need.
  • Photography: Nikon D800, Nikon F80, Nikkor lenses, Cokin/Hoya filters. SB-600 Flash. Fujifilm Instax mini 25, Diana+, Lensbaby Composer.
  • Art: Oil, acrylic & watercolour paints.  ArtGraf black carbon.  Prismacolor coloured pencils, Prismacolor Verithin pencils, Prismacolor markers. Soft pastels, charcoal.. Specialty and scrapbooking papers, stickers and magazine cuttings. A5 journals, especially Moleskine, Milini and Roma Lussa. Ephemera of daily life, such as receipts, brochures, labels and notes.

 

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