Blossom – Mixed media art journal page

Hello lovelies!!

A super quick journal page today, especially for anyone who is a little shy about drawing.

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I thought I would put together a page using Jane Davenport’s ‘Whimsical Girls’ book that you can purchase from Lulu Art.

The book is designed with tear out pages and different types of paper so you can work right onto them and cut them out, add them to your journal pages, or in fact, journal right within the book… so many pretty images to choose from!

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I was also itching to use TCWs new mini botanical stencil designed by Marlene Meijer-van Niekerk. Lulu Art now has the full range of Marlene’s new products and I can’t wait to get my hands on those either.

I have already made a number of pages with this stencil… just so pretty!

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Finally, I added Christine Adolf’s ‘Poppyfield’ stamp by Prima.


(Full list of supplies used follows the blog post)

Enjoy watching the complete video… it’s a quick one!

Have fun and hope you give this journal page a try.

Enjoy!!
Dani x

If you have any questions or would love to connect… come find me:

Blog – https://danichoate.wordpress.com
Instagram – @pygletwhispers
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/DaniChoate
Facebook – @pygletwhispers & @danichoate
Society6 – https://society6.com/pygletwhispers
Pinterest – https://au.pinterest.com/pygletwhispers

SUPPLIES LIST:
Dina Wakley Media – heavy body acrylic – night, tuquoise, lapis
Dylusions Dyalog ‘dots’ journal
Jane Davenport – Whimsical Girls book
Contact USA – clickable stamp set 1/4″ tall lowercase
Prismacolor pencils
Liquitex Matte Medium
TCW – 780s – mini botanical dream – 6×6
Prima Marketing
– watercolours – tropicals & classics
Christine Adolf “Poppyfield” stamp
Ranger – Archival Ink pad – cobalt, black
Americana Neon paint

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Finger Painted Background for Art Journal Page

Hello hello, Lulu Art fans!

Today I’ve set myself a little challenge – a simple black and white background for my journal page!  And I’ll let you in on a little secret, there is not one brush being used on this background in any way – none at all!  So how am I applying the paint?  Get ready to get dirty because we are going to get in there and do some fabulous finger painting to create this B&W background!

Check out how you can make this fast and simple page in this step-by-step clip.

Basic Steps

Glue collage paper (or cute paper bags) onto journal page using matt medium.

Add black and white gesso direct to page and spread with fingers – keep top lighter and make the bottom of page darker – add horizon line by swiping across the paint while it is still wet.  Make sure to try and blend your line at least a little, so it doesn’t look like a stripe!

Splatter with Lindy’s sprays while paint is still wet and dry with a heat tool.

Use matte medium to glue on collage papers and make the horizon line more prominent.  Then add stamped circles and patterns to page, focussing the pattern along the horizon line.

The stamped patterns really help break up the page background.


Fill some of the stamped images with crackle paste and add thinner amounts to the horizon line, using your fingers, allow the paste to dry and crackle.

Once the crackle paste is dry, add a little aqua pastel over the crackle on some of the circles.

To make sure the circles really POP add a little gold metallic paint and a hint of shimmering blue as well.

To finish the page, add some rough circles and illegible text using a fine tipped applicator bottle filled with paint.

at this point, it just needed something small to finish the page…..

I decided to add some of the Tim Holtz words to complete the page

Allow everything to dry and the finger painted page is finished.


The shine is so beautiful against the matt paint on the background!

 

SUPPLIES

I hope you enjoyed getting messy with me today, and if you need to purchase anything for this page you know you can get it from Lulu Art online.

oxoxo

Kate

Create Your Own World – Mixed Media Art Journal Page

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Hello lovelies!!
My little Dylusions dyalog journal is almost full… can’t wait to do a flip-through video shortly. It is always so rewarding to see all the pages all together!

So today I added another quick page into my ‘backgrounds’ journal.

I used a simple concept… and have broken it down into basically 6 steps
1 – Gesso down – in this case, black gesso.

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2 – Lift some back up through a stencil using baby wipes. This stencil is CELL THEORY by TCW

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3 – Collage down – using Dina Wakley collage papers

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4 – Stencil over – on the right the stencil is Donna Downey – GRASS stencil

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5 – Choose a focal point – I chose the silhouette you can see in the above photo
6 – Shading, sentiment, detail and doodles – added shading to the figure, a small sentiment, doodles in paint pens and white sharpie details

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Enjoy watching the complete video. It is quite short so won’t delay you too much
Have fun and hope you give this type of journal page a try.

Enjoy!!
Dani x

If you have any questions or would love to connect… come find me:

Blog – https://danichoate.wordpress.com
Instagram – @pygletwhispers
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/DaniChoate
Facebook – http://facebook.com/pygletwhispers
Society6 – https://society6.com/pygletwhispers
Pinterest – https://au.pinterest.com/pygletwhispers

SUPPLIES LIST:
Dina Wakley Media
– Scribble Sticks
– Permanent mixed media ink palette
– Collage words & collage papers
– LEMON heavy body acrylic
Dylusions Dyalog ‘backgrounds’ journal
Sharpie white water-based paint pen – extra fine
Prismacolor pencils
Black gesso & white gesso
Liquitex Matte Medium
Stencils:
– Donna Downey – Silhouette Trio
– Donna Downey – Grass
– TCW – Cell Theory 6×6

Paint Pens – Posca or Zig FX

Bright and Beautiful Mixed Media Card

Hello beautiful Lulu Art fans, Kate here today with a bright and beautiful mixed media card to tempt you to get those stamps and inks out of the cupboard.

While there are a few steps, none of them are complicated, but just in case you need a little extra information I’ve filmed the whole process step-by-step.

Start by stamping the gorgeous stamp Woman with Birds from Carabelle Studio onto smooth card, using black Versafine ink.  Because there is such a large area of bold image (the hair) it’s likely that at least some port of this will not stamp perfectly!  Use the Jane Davenport Mermaid Marker in Shark’s Eye to color in any imperfections, and I’ve gone over the whole area of hair just to make it nice and dark.

Start working on the base card, I wanted something bright and pretty to offset the dark stamp so I’ve used a piece of Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper (where I was testing out the stamp) and colored this using Distress Oxide Inks swirled on using a small Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending Tool.

Once the background is colored the way you like flick some water over the ink and watch the magic happen – for a softer bleaching effect blot the water with paper towel after about a minute.

Use Jane Davenport Magic Wand pencils to color your image going heavy on the shadows to create a high contrast face.

Water down AquaPastels and add a hint of colour to the area around the stamped image – just so the surroundings aren’t totally white, keep it light and bright.

Embellish image with Glitz Sea markers to add a little sparkle.

Color film strip ribbon with alcohol markers (I used Copics) so that it better matches your image and attach to card front using Glossy Accents – the ribbon is very twisty, so make sure to clamp with bulldog clips until the glue is dry or risk it springing off the card and rolling up!

Add ‘Be Brave’ word embellishment and mount card front onto coloured base layer and then mount onto folded card stock.

Attach a few small coordinating flat backed gems and the card is complete.

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Have fun creating your own card using these ideas,

Kate

Dreams, Imagination & Adventure – Mixed media art journal page

Hi Lulu Art lovelies!!
So glad to be back here with you this year and can’t wait to get into it and show off some of the fantastic products you can get from Lulu Art!! Thank you so much for having me back Kylie!!

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This month I have been working in one of the Dylusions dyalog journals. Because school is back in and I need to be taxiing the girls here & there, aswell as having started a new job, the amount of time I can spend sitting at my art desk is diminishing 😦 So I have been working on portable methods to journal and create. This little journal has been PERFECT!! The backgrounds are already completed for you and with just a few supplies, I have been able to art at anytime, anywhere!

You can see some of my pages as I create them over on my Instagram page @pygletwhispers

So… with the page I am going to be highlighting, I started with a pink background page… thanks for the assist Dyan!! (gorgeous background)

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Next I add some Dina Wakley washi… this set travels with me in my pencil case


…added some random collage along with some of Tim Holtz tissue


… from here I added a Jane Davenport collage papers … (any of Jane’s papers with a large face would work, or even a face cut from a magazine)

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From here I use scribble sticks, black & white sharpies, prismacolor pencils & gesso to finish off the page and finally add some lettering with Tim Holtz ‘Big Chat’ stickers.

Check out the process video below to get a closer look at how I went about creating this page.

Hope this inspires you to journal on the go aswell!!

Enjoy!!
Dani x

If you have any questions or would love to connect… come find me:

Blog – https://danichoate.wordpress.com
Instagram – @pygletwhispers
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/DaniChoate
Facebook – http://facebook.com/pygletwhispers
Society6 – https://society6.com/pygletwhispers
Pinterest – https://au.pinterest.com/pygletwhispers

SUPPLIES LIST:
Jane Davenport 2 ply collage tissue
Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks
Tim Holtz – tissue wrap & ‘Big Chat’ stickers
Dylusions Dyalog ‘backgrounds’ journal
Sharpie white water-based paint pen & black pen
Prismacolor pencils
Dina Wakley Media Washi Tape
Liquitex gesso
Liquitex Matte Medium

Jane Davenport Layered Mermaid Marker Page

Good morning Lulu Art fans – it’s been a while since I shared here on the blog, so I thought I’d start with a little art journal page with a lot of attitude.  Today we will be creating a page chockfull of Jane Davenport goodies and yummy colors all available from Lulu Art of course.  It starts with a freeform background and journal tattoos and finishes with a face fit for a drama queen.

This page is nearly impossible to explain in writing (well I could but you might be here for a while!) – so I’ve recorded the process so you can see each step and play along with me.

Start by painting the page with gesso then close the page and open again while the gesso is wet to create texture – flatten out any ridges where you intend to add your drawing or face.  Then, randomly add paint blobs to the page and squish the pages together.  Spread the paint on the journal page and while the paint is wet, add stamping.

When this layer is dry scrape on gesso and once dry apply journal tattoos onto the background.

Use a waterproof ink and stamp Jane’s single face stamp onto the page.   Add hair using Mermaid markers and add a base layer of acrylic paint onto the face and spread about with a water brush.

Using paint over pens and mermaid markers to add layers of color to the face and spread color with a water brush to soften colors.  Once dry outline face features with Fude Ball pen – ps the Dina Wakley Fude ball pen I used glides over the page (even the textured bits) like butter!!!!!

Add layer upon layer of color with Mermaid markers blotting with a paper towel and thinning color with a water brush, building up layers of color until you achieve the look you are after.

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While the color may not be even applied in this way, it sure is pretty!

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Define and add a final layer of color using Prismacolor pencils.

Embellish the hair and background with gold paint to finish the page off.

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Supplies

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Now it’s your turn, grab those supplies and go make art.

 

Colour Me Positive – Week 48

Welcome to the final week of Colour Me Positive for 2017, Week 48.

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I thought I’d end the year with a message that I hope you all read and take heed of. I wanted to leave you with a message of encouragement and thought this to be very appropriate.

When it comes to you art, take chances, take risks and don’t let fear hold you back. If I can give you one piece of advice to end the year it would be to experiment. Don’t be afraid of messing it up. Don’t worry about the outcome, but instead learn to really enjoy the creative process.

What is the worst thing that can happen? You make a mess…. So what! View this mess as an opportunity to push your boundaries. Mistakes often force me to look at my artwork with a more carefree attitude. It forces you to do things differently to repair or alter the mistake. It makes you do things that you probably wouldn’t do, had everything gone to plan.

That’s why they’re called happy accidents. They’re not that pleasant when they happen, but once you’ve proceeded to alter or repair your work (without giving up and tossing it in the bin), the final result will often surprise you.

Never throw your work out. Instead, transform it. Even really messy, terrible work that you truly do not want to work anymore on, can be used in other projects as collage.

The Big News.

In 2018 Colour Me Positive will be different. I have handed over the reins to the talented and lovely artist Theresa Miers. Yes that’s right. I will no longer be running CMP. It wasn’t a decision I made lightly and have been thinking about it for a while now.

This year has seen my personal life effect my work and I don’t feel I offered you my best self when it comes to CMP. Also, as my interest in other projects arise I feel I will have even less time to dedicate to CMP and thought it only fair that I handed over the reins to someone else. Someone who could provide you with the dedication CMP requires and deserves.

I know how important CMP is to many of you and how it has impacted your life. I’ve had many emails highlighting the positive impact CMP has had. Taking this into consideration, I was never going to end CMP without first finding a suitable replacement.

I imagine most of you know who Theresa Miers is. For those who don’t know Theresa you can read more about her HERE.

Theresa was a member of the Lulu Art Design Team for 2017 and has various tutorials posted here to inspire you. You can view the HERE

A Message from Theresa:

Hello. I am Theresa and I am your new host for the Colour Me Positive creative challenge. A decision was made to hand the running and managing of the group over to someone else and when Kylie put a call out to her Design Team for interest I put my hand up. The timing was perfect for me as I had finished up some commitments and was looking for that ‘something new’ to sink my teeth into.

While the CMP community has been very active with participating via the facebook group, I am also aware that there are a significant number who like to get their weekly prompt via email. Not wanting to leave anyone out I came up with a solution that was workable for me, and hopefully, because this bit is most important, inclusive for all. So to that in mind I created a dedicated blog/website for Colour Me Positive with email notifications and social media sites linked and managed from one place. My aim is to make it a positive user experience for our members.

To keep getting the weekly emails of the latest Colour Me Positive I would ask if you could do a small thing which would be of great help. I ask that you head on over to http://eepurl.com/de0L49  to sign up for the new emails. This will not only ensure you get some great inspiration in your inbox but it will also help me since I’ve still got my L plates on with some of this techy stuff, and I wanted to put my attention into getting the new CMP site ready.

Speaking of the new home for Colour Me Positive, would you like to go and see it? It’s still under construction as I tweak a few more bits and bobs for the first challenge that will be posted on 5 Jan 2018, but it is open for visitors. Pop on over and let me know what you think? You can find my Welcome post here –

https://colourmepositive.wordpress.com/2017/12/27/welcome-to-the-new-home-for-colour-me-positive/

Don’t forget to sign up for future prompts coming from this new place. You can do that here –

http://eepurl.com/de0L49

If you decided to stay involved I say thank you. If you feel these changes are not for you I want to say thank you for your support in making Colour Me Positive the success it is to date.

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There will be no prize this week to make the transition a little easier for Theresa. One less thing for her to worry about.

Please continue to upload your work. You can upload to the Week 48 folder on Facebook.

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Thank you all for being so kind to me these past 12 months and for supporting my design team. They have truly worked hard to provide you with tutorials each week.

I truly wish you nothing short of the best, with your personal life and in your creative endeavours.

Art journalling has the power to heal one’s soul, over time. I know first hand, as it was my one place of solitude and serenity this year, when I needed it most. I art journaled this year more than any previous years and am so grateful I had this outlet.

Don’t stop spilling your self into your art journals and please don’t stop sharing with each other. Sharing you souls with others is essential for solid positive connections. These positive connections with others is what truly keeps us going. Even in the darkest times.

Please keep encouraging and inspiring each other. It is so important for everyone to feel seen and/or heard.

 

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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