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Anna Whateley: such a normal selfie (card)

This entry is part 9 of 16 in the series Thank you to #AuthorsForFireys contributors

Anna Whateley contributed to the Authors For Fireys fundraiser in January 2020. This mammoth undertaking was organised by Emily Gale and Nova Wheetman. They raised $513,149 to support firefighters and to help Australia’s bushfire survivors.

The entire list of original Authors For Fireys series of interviews and guest blogs are here. The ‘thank you’ posts, each of which include my cardmaking efforts, are here.

Meet Anna Whateley

Hi, I’m Anna Whateley. I’m only an emerging writer but I had to find some way to help with the devastating situation in Australia. My family are rural fire fighters, and we know how hard the job is on a normal week… this is just beyond belief.

Anna Whateley is a Brisbane based writer. She has worked in literature and education, and holds a PhD in young adult fiction from Queensland University of Technology.

Her debut novel Peta Lyre’s Rating Normalwith Allen & Unwin, will be released in May 2020. Black Inc. Books is publishing an autobiographical account of Anna’s life in Growing up Disabled in Australia in June, 2020.

‘Anna is an ‘own voices’ author. She is proudly autistic, with ADHD and sensory processing disorder.’ Danielle Binks of Jacinta di Mase Literary Agency represents Anna. You can find Anna Whately on her website annawhateley.com  and on Allen and Unwin’s (her publisher’s) website.

To help in her own small way, she offered a yet-to-be-printed-ARC (Advance Reader Copy — aka A COLLECTOR’S EDITION!) of Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal a contemporary YA (Young adult) novel. She’ll sign it, colour it in, add notes, whatever you like! You can find more information in the twitter thread. It’s a really good book.

Dark Matter Zine says thank you

I am a novice card maker but I made the pictured card. This is a thank you to XX for appearing as a guest on Dark Matter Zine and for supporting Australia’s firefighters.

Anna Whateley: such a normal selfie

About the card

For Anna Whateley’s card I masked off the ground with a post-it note while using a blending tool to color the sky with ink then masked the sky while using green on the ground. I added grass using copic markers.

I stamped the bird from Tim Holtz’s ‘crazy bird’ collection, and the bags with the dollar signs (both separate stamps) from Waffle Flower’s Level Up set. Copic markers colored them all plus I added Glossy Accents to the eyes to make them a bit googly.

‘Thank you’ was cut from Tim Holtz’s ‘Celebrate’ sentiment dies. (Believe it or not, no one paid me or gave me freebies; this is NOT a promoted post or a paid advertisement in any way.)

I’m collecting photo paraphernalia for my crafting because I LOVE photos, so I’m not sure which one I used. Possibly Kaisercraft’s frame.

I grunged up the frame a bit using a copic marker and gave the frame a shadow. Then I stuck everything together. And flicked some Perfect Pearls in the color perfect pearl on the card after mixing the Perfect Pearls powder with some water. A small brush splashes lovely little dots.

What I learned

I also tried flicking water to lift some of the pigment in the sky for little lighter splashes of blue. It might be the VersaMagic ink doesn’t do that well. Or it might be that the background finished a few days earlier so it dried and set. Either way, that ink wasn’t lifting with the splashes of water. Sometimes I like lifting the ink but other times I think leaving backgrounds alone can be better.

So sometimes you’ll see me using this technique but not at others. I used it on Rob McDonald’s card (post coming later – I’m trying to publish the posts in more or less the order I made the cards) but I decided I didn’t like the splashes in that already busy background.

Finally, I printed the #AuthorsForFireys label, stuck that on.


This card shows that my journey into cardmaking has been a roller-coaster ride. In my opinion, this card is better than many that came before and yet others that came after were not as good. However, I’ve been trying new things, experimenting, and branching out. I don’t want to do the same thing all the time.

May you find the courage to experiment, to learn, to branch out even when you’re successful in your existing sandbox. Have fun!


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Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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