Issue 4 is coming real soon!

Can you believe it’s been almost a year since our first issue? We’re now sending Issue 4 off to the printers, a little older, a little wiser and still as passionate about Side Project as ever. As always we got to work with artists and artisans we really admire – we hope you enjoy this issue! Get your pre-orders in now to avoid missing out, and for a fun little gift just for you.… More

Melissa Mellopoly

Contributor Profile – Melissa

Meet Melissa Lui Yuen – she

Melissa is the person behind mellopoly, you can find her interview and illustrations in Issue 3. Love her work? Check out her website, Instagram or Facebook!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Melissa Lui Yuen, and I illustrate under ‘mellopoly’. I am a full time public servant doing illustration and artwork on the side.… More

GIRLBOSS – on running a creative business

Last week I was lucky enough to be asked to speak at #GIRLBOSS, an event run by the Colour Association of Australia’s WA chapter. Along with florist Rebecca Const of Fox and Rabbit, stylist/journalist Emma Bergmeier-Varian from Dropstitch and stationery designer Kelsie White from K Gets Organised, I spoke about my experiences as a creative person finding my way and being part of the Side Project team.… More

Niina Aoki

Contributor Profile – Niina

Meet Niina Aoki – she loves cats, things with scrunched-up faces and teapots!

Niina makes all the wonderful things in Eeva Margita. You can see lots of Niina’s fabulous cat illustrations in Issue 3. Love her work? Check out her website, Instagram or Facebook!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hello! My name is Niina and I live in Perth, Western Australia.… More

Mekel - Perth Fashion Illustrator

Contributor Profile – Mekel

Meet Mekel – Perth-based watercolour fashion illustrator

You can read more about Mekel in our interview with her in Issue 3. Love her work? Check out her website, Instagram or Facebook!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi I’m Mekel, I’m a fashion illustrator from Perth. I love drawing girls and painting with watercolour, doing commissions and creative projects with people.… More

Contributor Profile – Lime Tree Bower

Meet Lime Tree Bower, a Sydney-based floral studio which we’ve watched bloom over the past year.

What began as a side project has grown into a thriving business, from styling events to inventing unique floral products. We also have to give a shoutout to founder Helen who has been a big supporter of Side Project from the beginning! Check out Issue 3 for Lime Tree Bower’s instructions for styling cosy winter dinner party.… More

Issue 3 ready for pre-order!

It’s pre-order time!

Our Winter issue is coming up in July, perfect for adding some creative inspiration to a cold day. Pre-orders will include a special surprise gift and a lot of love from us!  Reserve your copy now.

Featured in this issue:

Enjoy the colourful, whimsical illustrations of cat lover Niina Aoki Sew up a simple pencil & brush roll with a tutorial by Teresa Watts Be inspired by the watercolour fashion illustrations of Perth artist Mekel Kelsie from K Gets Organised shows us how she grew her side project into a thriving business Decorate your coffee table with hand-painted coasters designed by Samantha Ee Textile artist Annette Wiguna shares her passion for felt-making We chat to artist mellopoly about creativity, balance and her intricate illustrations Style up your next dinner party with these tips from Lime Tree Bower



Side Project is an independent publication and very much a labour of love.… More

How To Make Your Own Stamp

In Issue 2 of Side Project magazine we showed you how to create your own etegami – Japanese style watercolour postcards. Here’s how to complete your artwork with your own initial stamp.

We’re out of printed copies of Issue 2, but grab a digital version or visit one of our stockists to learn how to create your own etegami paintings.

You will need:

An eraser, preferably are square as possible.… More

Contributor Profile – Marcus

Meet Marcus Taylor – graphic designer, print maker and the mastermind behind the Johnny Two Tone Club.

You can read about Marcus’ work and the fun that is Gocco printing in Issue 2, but here’s a little taster. You can find more of his work on his website, Instagram or Facebook.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I run a small design practice based in Leederville, WA under the name Studio Papa.… More

Contributor Profile – Dawn

Meet Dawn Tan – watercolour artist, art teacher and a really big fan of New York doughnuts.

Dawn’s delicious artwork and a more in-depth interview can be found in Issue 2, but here’s a little taster. You can see more of her work on her website, Instagram or Facebook.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hello! I’m Dawn Tan, an artist and teacher from Melbourne, Australia.… More