Colour Me Positive – Week 34

Welcome to Week 34.

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The connections we have with others are so important. However not all connections are everlasting. Surround yourself with those friends and family who truly know you and love you for exactly who you are, flaws and all.  These kinds of connections will not only empower you, but will carry you through life’s ups and downs.

Extra Challenge:

For an extra challenge this week. I want you to use ripped up paper to collage into your journal to create the words and images and use one fine liner/pen/paint pen to outline everything. Best of luck.

For those of you who would like daily or alternative prompts, I have prepared a Daily Journal Prompt List. You can find it in the Facebook Group under Files.

Wanting to know more about Colour Me Positive Challenge visit, The Introduction Post.

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Week 34 Challenge Prize: 

To make up for my absence a little while back, I’ve again decided to put up a FREE place in my on line course, Journal Playground.  To find out more about this course, visit www.kyliefowler.com

I will draw a random name on Friday 29th September from those who have uploaded into the Week 34 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

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Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill,  you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw.

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Marianne Stolker

Week 32 Art Journal Winner is:

Today’s lucky winner is Marianne Stolker. Congratulations. Beautiful work Marianne.

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My Design team have been hard at work preparing content for you to enjoy. New tutorials are up each week. Click the link below to view their latest free mixed media tutorials and interviews.

Artist Interviews & Free Mixed Media Tutorials

Many items are arriving regularly at Lulu Art Store, but here are a couple of new items below. Visit the store to see more.

The Latest Arrival

Clickable Month & Date Stamps – Perfect for use in art journals, planner, bullet journals, etc

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Also in this line are:

 

Shopping from outside of Australia.

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Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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Be Brave

Creating is something I look forward to each weekend. My time is limited so each piece I create is precious to me and is a record of my creative journey.

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Not each piece I create goes as planned but over the years I taught myself to push on and continue, rather than starting over. By the end, the majority of times I am pleased I did so.

This piece is one of those times.

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The white stamp in the hair just adds some additional interest to the overall piece.

The Neocolor II’s and Dyslusions ink work together.

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I had lots of fun playing and hope you get a chance to play along with me. Why not go and make a coffee, sit back and watch my creative video which I put together to share my processes.

Materials used:
Prima 8in x 8in Watercolor Pad
Dylusions Ink Sprays – Lemon, Tangerine, Postbox Red and Orange
Matte medium
Neocolor II – Salmon, Saffron, Indian Red and Crismson
Ceramcoat Black
TCW Stencil –  Inspired Words
Tim Holtz Stencil -Dot Fade
01 black fine pen
Sponge Finger Daubers
Water Brush Fine and Board
2B Pencil and Eraser
Versa Magic – Cloud White
Ink Palette
Stamp Block
Fine Floral Stamp

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Colour Me Positive – Week 33

Welcome to Week 33. This week’s prompt is about Looking on the Bright Side.

Bright Side

This quote is so true. If only it was possible to look on the bright side all of the time.

Extra Challenge:

For an extra challenge this week. Same as last week, although choosing a different dozen or so.

I want you to grab a dozen or supplies, randomly and place them side by side in front of you. Now I want you to pick up numbers 2, 5, 8, 9 and 12. Better yet, get a friend or spouse to randomly choose 5 items from your art supplies for you to use. Try your best to stick to these items only. Best of luck.

For those of you who would like daily or alternative prompts, I have prepared a Daily Journal Prompt List. You can find it in the Facebook Group under Files.

Wanting to know more about Colour Me Positive Challenge visit, The Introduction Post.

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Week 33 Challenge Prize: 

To make up for my absence I’ve again decided to put up a FREE place in my on line course, Journal Playground.  To find out more about this course, visit www.kyliefowler.com

I will draw a random name on Friday 22nd September from those who have uploaded into the Week 33 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

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Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill,  you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw.

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Week 31 Art Journal Winner is:

Today’s lucky winner is Ilona de Graaf. Congratulations. This is such a beautiful piece Ilona.

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My Design team have been hard at work preparing content for you to enjoy. New tutorials are up each week. Click the link below to view their latest free mixed media tutorials and interviews.

Artist Interviews & Free Mixed Media Tutorials

Many items are arriving regularly at Lulu Art Store, but here are a couple of new items below. Visit the store to see more.

Some New Arrivals

 

Somerset Studio Magazine.

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Uni-Ball Gold Pen

 

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Shopping from outside of Australia.

If you are outside of Australia you can order through Lulu Art store. Once you place an order I will calculate the cheapest possible shipping rate for you. You are under no obligation to complete your order, if postage cost is undesirable.

Please PM or email me at admin@luluart.com.au if you have an urgent questions.

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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Colour Me Positive – Week 32

Welcome to Week 32. This week’s prompt is about Embracing Uncertainty.

Embrace Uncertainty

My apologies once again for falling of the face of the Earth. As you may have read in the Facebook Group, I’ve had some personal issues to deal with lately.

What if we fell in love with not knowing what’s coming next? What if not knowing made us happy? How boring would life be if we knew everything that was about to happen to us, right before it happened? I think happiness comes with accepting ‘whatever will be, will be’. What do you think?

Extra Challenge:

For an extra challenge this week. I want you to grab a dozen or supplies, randomly and place them side by side in front of you. Now I want you to pick up numbers 1, 3, 4, 7 and 11. Better yet, get a friend or spouse to randomly choose 5 items from your art supplies for you to use. Try your best to stick to these items only. Best of luck.

For those of you who would like daily or alternative prompts, I have prepared a Daily Journal Prompt List. You can find it in the Facebook Group under Files.

Wanting to know more about Colour Me Positive Challenge visit, The Introduction Post.

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Week 32 Challenge Prize: 

To make up for my absence I’ve decided once again to put up a FREE place in my on line course, Journal Playground.  To find out more about this course, visit www.kyliefowler.com

I will draw a random name on Friday 15th September from those who have uploaded into the Week 32 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

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Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill,  you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw.

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Wendy Burgess

Week 30 Art Journal Winner:

Today’s lucky winner is Wendy Burgess. Congratulations. I love this Wendy. Love the style, the text, the colour palette, everything.

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My Design team have been hard at work preparing content for you to enjoy. New tutorials are up each week. Click the link below to view their latest free mixed media tutorials and interviews.

Artist Interviews & Free Mixed Media Tutorials

Many items are arriving regularly at Lulu Art Store, but here are a couple of new items below. Visit the store to see more.

Some New Arrivals

 

Strathmore Marker Paper Pads.

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Gel Press Petites – Triangle, Square & Circle

 

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Shopping from outside of Australia.

If you are outside of Australia you can order through Lulu Art store. Once you place an order I will calculate the cheapest possible shipping rate for you. You are under no obligation to complete your order, if postage cost is undesirable.

Please PM or email me at admin@luluart.com.au if you have an urgent questions.

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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Colour Me Positive – Week 31

Welcome to Week 31.

Enjoy The Adventure

Sometimes life takes you down a path that is not the most desirable. At times like these I think it helps to try and see the positive things around you and try to enjoy these as much as possible. Maybe, just maybe this will help to balance out the negative.

Extra Challenge:

For an extra challenge this week. Try going back to basics and using as much coloured pencil in your work as possible. I’m sure we all can remember colouring with pencils as a child. Remember, it IS ok to go outside of the lines and not colour in perfectly. Perfect is boring.

For those of you who would like daily or alternative prompts, I have prepared a Daily Journal Prompt List. You can find it in the Facebook Group under Files.

Wanting to know more about Colour Me Positive Challenge visit, The Introduction Post.

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Week 31 Challenge Prize: 

This weeks prize is a $30 discount voucher to use on my online course Journal Playground.  To find out more about this course, visit www.kyliefowler.com

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Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill,  you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw.

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Julie McClean

Week 29 Art Journal Winner:

Today’s lucky winner is Julie McClean. Congratulations Julie. This is beautiful.

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My Design team have been hard at work preparing content for you to enjoy. New tutorials are up each week. Click the link below to view their latest free mixed media tutorials and interviews.

Artist Interviews & Free Mixed Media Tutorials

Many items are arriving regularly at Lulu Art Store, but here are a couple of new items below. Visit the store to see more.

While Stocks Last

10% Off all Golden products

Get your Golden products before they sell out. Once they are gone, they are gone.

 

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Click here to see more discounted stock.

Shopping from outside of Australia.

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Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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Magic – mixed media journal inserts

Hey lovelies! Did you see the beautiful Butterfly Journal cover Kate decorated last week? I thought I might do a couple of journal page inserts today to fit inside my own Jane Davenport journal.

I have still been playing around with the Distress Oxide stamp pads and all the new colours that are now out just make them even better to party with!!

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I also thought I would have a play with a few other goodies that can be found at Lulu Art.

A Gel Press Printing Plate
I have been hesitant to give this tool a go… yes I am definitely late to the party!! …and what a fun party I have been missing out on! I had a great time playing with it. The prints that I got from the plate give a really interesting quality to the page. I like the looseness it brings. I really enjoyed the effect of building up ‘ghost prints’ that are very subtle… and along with the reactive effect of the distress oxides, I think together they worked beautifully!!

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ConactUSA clickable alphabet stamps
I LOVE these stamps and have been using them alot in different projects. The font is lovely and they print so clearly. I often pull out my vintage typewriter to do some journaling or pop a quote onto the page I am completing… but sometimes… the size of the typewriter type is just too small. These stamps click together to form the entire word, which makes for such an easy alignment job… and the size is larger and much more reasonable to read. They come in differnet heights, in upper and lower case – I know these will be used ALOT!!

Hope you enjoy watching along as I create these two journal inserts for my JD Butterfly Effect journal.

(Complete supplies list follows).

Have Fun !!
~wishes
Dani x

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SUPPLIES LIST: (all from www.luluart.com.au)
Jane Davenport Butterfly Effect Journal
Jane Davenport Watercolour Inserts
Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers
Jane Davenport Confettissue die cuts
Tim Holtz – Idea-ology – tissue – Melange
Tim Holtz – Idea-ology – plain tissue
Contact clickable alphabet stamps – 1/4″ typewriter font
Liquitex Matte Medium
Dina Wakley Media – Heavy Body Acrylic – Night
Gel Press Printing Plate – A4
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Pad – Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, Antique Linen, Black Soot, Worn Lipstick
TCW stencil – Fantasty Sphere
Artist Cellar stencil – Tamara Laporte – Believe
Caran d’ache NeocolorII – lime gree, cobalt blue, blue & periwinkle blue
– Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks would also work
Ceramcoat – Bright Yellow
Prismacolor – China blue
Staz On – black & blue
brushes, sponges, water spritzer, paper towel

Decorating Canvas Notebooks

Today we are going to check out 5 simple techniques for decorating notebook covers.  So why do you need special techniques for notebook covers?  Well most of us are actually using the notebook, so the cover needs to be sturdy, and easy to slip into a bag or a bookshelf with other items.  If you have 3d flowers or embellishments that protrude too far these can become ripped off, snagged, damaged or at worst damage other items!  So it’s best to keep working notebook covers as flat as possible!

ADDING COLOR

Ah, so many choices when looking at how to add colour to a journal or notebook cover – the options are mind boggling!   But no matter what you decide to use, priming your cover with a nice even coat of gesso is a must – white gesso if you are planning to use pastels or want bright colours or black gesso if you are going to be a little more adventurous!

My favourite and most trusted options when working over gesso are acrylic paints, sprays, and inks as each work beautifully for adding colour – though they do have slightly different properties and looks.

  1. Acrylics enable you to control the opacity (how see through something is) by using as it or diluted with water.  Acrylic paint can be painted direct from the tube for maximum opacity, but it can also be spritzed with water to encourage the colour to spread.  It may spread a little or a lot depending on the thickness of the paint and the brand eg: Fluid acrylics spread easily when sprayed with water and Jane Davenport Acrylics require a little more encouragement.
  2. Inks by definition are thinner,  usually more transparent and can be added straight from the bottle and will spread and drip easily, or add water for a more watercolour like look.
  3. Sprays – well we all know these spread, run, drip and blend – spritz away – many are transparent (though check first as there are a few opaque sprays on the market) and often they don’t even need to be spritzed with water to spread and wick out!

ADDING DESIGN ELEMENTS

Flat design elements are a must on working notebook or journal covers!  Some of the amazing ways I have found to add flat design elements are to use punchinella, stencils and masks, writing with paint (either with paint pens or paint in a fine tipped bottle), stamping, foil and embossing powder.  All of these things can add interest to your flat design without adding bulk or creating issues later.  So let’s get to those 5 Fabulous Techniques for Decorating Notebook covers…..

1. Paint and Spritz

Ultra fun and ultra messy, this technique is addictive, unpredictable, colourful and perfect for backgrounds!  The only trick is not to cover your whole background – leave a little white space (I struggle with this as I want to add more and more pretty colours!).  Basically, add little dots of paint and spritz with water.  Just do one colour at a time to keep it crisp and clean or add multiple colours for colour blending.  Let the color spread, drip and run until you are happy with how it looks.

2. Stenciling

This really had to be here, whether you are adding delicate designs of creating bold marks there will be a perfect stencil out there for you!  Some of my favourite stencils are from Donna Downey, The Artist Cellar, The Crafter’s Workshop and Stencil Girl.  But there are also so many other amazing brands and companies out there!  To keep this specific cover looking bright and clean I used a different paint colour for each different stencil design.

3.  Stamping with Paint

This is fun and works really well on canvas notebook covers!  Make sure you are using a stamp with nice thick, bold lines or designs as anything too fine or detailed will end up looking like a blob.  Text, geometric shapes, leaves etc all work really well when stamping with paint.

4. Adding Free Form Painty Handwriting

This adds a touch of imperfection and a little unpredictability to your cover.  It can also be incredibly scary and go wrong really fast, so make sure you have practised on a piece of scrap paper first before you begin working on your actual cover.   Using either paint pens or thinned down paint in a fine tip applicator bottle, be brave and add doodles, patterns, designs or even handwriting.

5.  Bling it Up

This last step may just be the most important!  This finishing touch can make all the difference to the overall look and ‘togetherness’ of your cover, it really is amazing how important this last step can be.  In this case, it adds a little shimmer and shine to the cover and the shimmer of the metallic helps to enhance the other colours on the journal cover.

and how does the finished cover look????

Like a rainbow at my fingertips!

I’ve also filmed the whole process so you can play along and create your own version!

 

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas,  and have fun decorating some of your notebooks.