Hi! My name is Karena Colquhoun, and I am an artist and illustrator living in Semaphore, South Australia.

I'm just as happy plotting points in Illustrator as I am playing with ink, scissors and glue. Most of my work is small-format on paper in a range of media, from (really sharp!) pencils to collage, cyanotypes and stencils. When I was a little girl, there was nothing as exciting as a new sketchpad and box of crayons, and I feel just the same about the tools and materials I use now - a magical source of infinite possibility.

I find inspiration in the ghosts of our past; memory, nostalgia, and the things we collect that record our personal stories. Both newfangled and old school, blending digital and traditional media, I see my work as a bittersweet mix of light-heartedness and melancholy. Above all, I hope it is friendly, accessible, and brings people some of the happiness it gives me to make it.

Some of my favourite things:  pulpy old magazines and comic books, limited colour palettes, halftones, mis-registration, vintage ephemera, fireworks, Christmas, cats, little plastic trinkets, old portrait photos, pattern and ornament, rain in summer and sun in winter, film noir, vintage radio plays, ghost stories, and a nice cup of tea.

You can see some of the publications my work has appeared in here.



I'm very happy for you to share images of my work on your blog or social media as long as you credit and link back to me. All artwork and content of MagicJelly.com.au is protected by copyright and can not be used commercially without my permission. You can read my full copyright policy here, and if you have any questions, please email me.