17 Jan 2024Mont Marte

Explore bright colours, fun patterns, and freestyle crafts with Tegan Crosbie (@tegan.crosbie.art). From holding art lessons in her cute studio & store, The Workshoppery, to selling unique homewares and designs, Tegan fills her life with funky creativity. Read on to find out more and get inspired to make something yourself!


2. Tegan in a floral gingham dress holding a mug in front of a brick wall

What would you say to someone who might be a little scared to try creating?

I would say to just have a go, play and discover! What’s the worst that could happen, you end up with a bit of a mess or a masterpiece! Sometimes the best work is born from an accident!

How did you discover your inner artist? Was it a gradual process or a surprise discovery?

I’ve always been interested in art, I was always drawing, crafting, and colouring as a kid. So, there was no surprise when I became an artist! I did however rediscover my inner artist during the covid lockdowns, as I had more time to focus on my art. During this period, I realised that I had neglected my art practice, so since then I have been determined to keep painting and making art more regularly.


3. Rainbow coloured mushroom artwork next to a small disco ball on a wooden surface

What’s something that you’re proud of, that you don’t often get to talk about?

I’m really proud of opening my own studio and store called The Workshopppery, this had been a goal I’d dreamed of for a long time and this year I was able to achieve that. I am proud to be able to share my art and skills with others while running my own micro business.

What art mediums are your faves?

I love acrylic paint, and I do enjoy using impasto/gel mediums to get some nice juicy texture. Watercolour is my other fav, I love the ability to blend and bleed colours and that it's so easy to transport, I carry a watercolour travel set with me whenever I travel.


4. Class of workshop attendees holding sunset beach paintings in front of their faces

How do you tackle art block?

Get out in nature or visit an op shop! Both are endless sources of inspiration for me. Sometimes I also just get the watercolours out and lay down some colour and shapes to get myself working and usually, that is enough to get the creativity flowing.

What would your dream creative space look like?

Ohhh exciting! Ok, a light-filled mid-century designed space with lots and lots of storage for all my art materials! A big table is a must so I can spread out while working. I’d love my space to have a beautiful view of the sea or the mountains and be decorated with lots of colour, cushions and lamps. And lastly, there would have to be a lush bed for my trusty studio companion Blazer my Beaglier doggo!


5. Tegan outside her store with her pet dog, Blazer

Who inspires you the most?

Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and Yayoi Kusama are some of the artists I find most inspirational. I also find talking and sharing with my artist friends very inspiring.

Aside from art, what other hobbies do you enjoy?

I really enjoy being outdoors, camping in my vintage caravan called Franklin, paddle boarding, and spending time with my dogs. I also enjoy being crafty. Lately, I’ve been getting into latch hook; I find it really relaxing and therapeutic.


6. Tegan displaying brightly designed earrings in The Workshoppery surrounded by artwork

What' s your guilty pleasure?

Probably indulging with a nice big charcuterie board of all my favourite foods while binge-watching Schitts Creek or The Great British Throwndown haha!


7. Artwork titled Peacock Poppies wih poppies painted in shades of blue



Channel some of Tegan’s retro-inspired style and creativity, exploring arts and crafts at home or one of her workshops. She’s taught us that trying to create is worth it even if you’re not sure – whether it’s a mess or a masterpiece doesn’t really matter as long as you’re playing and discovering!


See more of @tegan.crosbie.art by checking out our Gallery, where her art journey is featured. Pick up some acrylics or some watercolours so you’re ready to create when inspiration strikes! If you feel inspired to get into arts and crafts, #montmarteart or tag us @montmarteart on Instagram or Facebook. We’d love to see what you come up with!


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