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,

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Watercolor Christmas Card

Can you all tell I’ve been having a complete blast making Christmas projects lately!  It seems everywhere I turn there is another idea for a new project – must be the Christmas sparkles inspiring me.  Today I’ve created a simple Christmas card with a water coloured background, a little stamping and a foiled Christmas sentiment.  You can grab the yummy goodies I’ve used from Lulu Art of course!  The steps are fairly simple, so let me show you how to create this pretty card.

Tape off the edges of your watercolour paper and then use masking ink to draw on some snowdrift shapes.

Use watercolours and create a wash for the snow drifts and a darker wash for the sky.

Once the background is dry, remove the masking ink and stamp some trees using watercolour paint as the ink for the stamps – let this dry thoroughly.

Add opaque molding paste through a stencil and leave to dry.

Use a Sharpie pen to splatter white paint over the sky for stars and then add a second layer of splatters using the Pearl color from the Gansai Tambi pearl paints.

Paint adhesive size over the molding paste and wait for it to become tacky, then add silver foil over the size.

Brush off any excess foil and trim and scruff up those edges with a distressing tool, before mounting onto some backing card.

Your finished card is elegant and ready to send.

I’ve also recorded every step so you can watch and create your very own Watercolour Christmas Card.

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Grab those watercolours and make your own simple and elegant watercolour Christmas card oxoxo

Kate

Colour Me Positive – Week 47

Welcome to Week 47. Our second last prompt for 2017.

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Wow! Only two weeks left of Colour Me Positive for 2017. How quickly has this year flown by?

Wherever you are in the world, I truly hope that you and your loved ones have a Sparkly Christmas, filled with all the important things life has to offer, great friends, caring family and an abundance of LOVE, PEACE and HAPPINESS.  May 2018 bring you greater love for yourself and others around you, gratitude and peace in  your heart and all the happiness that life has to offer.

As with every week, this is a journal prompt to jumpstart your creativity. You can use these word or alter them to suit. Choose completely different words if you like. You don’t even need to add text to your artwork if you don’t feel you’d like to. There are no set rules.

Extra Challenge:

For an extra challenge this week I challenge you to create an art piece that includes all your goals for 2018. A bucket list, if you will. Use your favourite supplies in your favourite colours. Are you Brave enough to post this to the Facebook Group? Good luck.

CMP in 2018. Big News next week.

There are many exciting changes coming for CMP in 2018 and next week, our last prompt for the year, I will let you know all about what is happening. Make sure to read next weeks post.

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There will be no prize this week. Please continue to upload your work. You can upload to the Week 47 folder .

 

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Gail Hamilton-Stephenson

Week 45 Art Journal Winner is: Gail Hamilton-Stephenson

Congratulations Gail. Love your literal translation on week 45’s prompt. Please contact me at admin@luluart.com.au to find out about your prize.

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Make your own Sunshine – mixed media illustration

Hello Lulu Art friends!

What a Year!!
I can’t believe Christmas is almost upon us. Honestly, we are a week out and I still have no Christmas presents ready! (…eeek!!) With three girls, the end of the year is a whirlwind of speech days, parties and concerts. So super glad to be able to have a real excuse to sit down and get some arty relief happening!!

So… just like the title says, I decided to…

Make my own Sunshine today!

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Started with some simple shapes that I painted over with Dina Wakley heavy body acrylics mixed with gesso. This gives me a good base to be able to draw over later and dulls down most of the pencil lines.

I used 2 different stencils, both floral, both by Donna Downey

I grabbed the ‘lilac buds’ by accident without realising.

I would actually recommend the POPPY STEMS & BLOOM GROUP stencil that Kylie has in store. It would give a much nice range of flower shapes to the garden

Once the stencils were in, it was then time to play with dribbling paint and splatting colour onto the page. It was a little messy, but there is nothing new there…

…that’s just the way I roll!

by the end we have yummy texture and colour like this…

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Most of the detail and depth was built up toward the end with Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks and Prismacolor pencils

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Click on the link and check out the video. (supplies list follows also)

Sadly, this is my last Lulu Art video for 2017 and I must say, I have had an absolute blast putting these together for Kylie and all of the Lulu Art customers. I wanted to thank Kylie for such a wonderful year! I have learned so much and have loved having an oppurtunity to have fun and be able to share my art with new peeps.

Thank you all for watching and thank you Kylie for letting me periodically hijack the Lulu Art blog and Youtube channel  🙂   Hopefully, I brought a little joy! ❤

Many thanks to all who have watched & commented throughout the year!
All the best holiday wishes!

Have Fun!
#makeyourownsunshine

Dani x

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Dina Wakley palette knife
Liquitex – gesso
Liquitex – modeling paste

Colour Me Positive – Week 46

Welcome to Week 46.

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What makes you different? What weird and wonderful attributes to you possess? Instead of comparing ourselves to others and thinking of our differences as negatives, why not try seeing them as positives?

Imagine how boring life would be if were all the same. Embrace your weird, wonderful, and quirky self.

As with every week, this is a journal prompt to jumpstart your creativity. You can use these word or alter them to suit. Choose completely different words if you like. You don’t even need to add text to your artwork if you don’t feel you’d like to. There are no set rules.

Extra Challenge:

For an extra challenge this week I challenge you to include text relating to what makes you different. Good 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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There will be no prize this week.

Please continue to upload your work. You can upload to the Week 46 folder .

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Wendy Demaine

Week 44 Art Journal Winner is: Wendy Demaine

This is an adorable journal page Wendy.

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Frida Journal Page with Kylie Stencil and Jane Supplies

OK how could I resist making an art journal page using Jane Davenport and Kylie Fowler supplies, especially now that Kylie is carrying Jane Davenport supplies in store I kinda HAD to make this page.  I was inspired by the riot of colours in the new collage papers and felt like I needed to make an equally riotous and wild page.  From there it was a short hop to Frida Kahlo as it’s Frida I think of when I think of wild and unrestrained.

While there are a few steps, all are simple and unrestrained and focus on fun and experimentation – so grab some papers, paint and some water soluble crayons or markers and have a play with me!  Start by gluing collage papers over your journal pages using mat medium and then allow to dry completely.

Now it’s time to create the base layer for your face, use the Peace face stencil from the Fowler face series as an outline and paint in the shape using Ceramcoat Santa’s Flesh.

Use a water-soluble marker to sketch in the facial features, and mermaid markers and one of Jane’s stencils to sketch the outline of flowers in the hair.

Now it’s time to tone down the page a bit.  Sketch the outline of Frida’s hair and then paint around the face and hair with gesso – make it as thick or thin as you like to hide or reveal the background details.  While the gesso is still wet, use an implement to scratch designs into the wet paint – this technique is called sgraffito.

Time to add some color to the face, I used Aquapastels to add the base colour and they dissolved beautifully.

Outline all the main elements using paint in a fine line bottle – this adds a little boldness to the image and helps to separate the image from the background and make it stand out against the very bold colors.

Add final details to the image using White Sharpie paint pen and Inktense pencils.

The combination of pencil for details and white paint to add some lightness finishes off the image.

And the finished page is a riot of colour – worthy I hope of Frida.

Now there is no way to capture the layers and process in words alone, so I’ve filmed the process of creating this page so you can all watch and play along!

 

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I hope you’ve found a few new ideas in this page that you might like to try for yourself!


Colour Me Positive – Week 45

Welcome to Week 45.

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This week I’ve gone with a little humour. I think humour plays such an important role in a happy life. It’s such a great feeling to laugh or to see someone laughing so hard that tears roll down their face.

I sure can relate to these words. I hope you can also relate and it puts a smile on your face.

As with every week, this is a journal prompt to jumpstart your creativity. You can use these word or alter them to suit. Choose completely different words if you like. You don’t even need to add text to your artwork if you don’t feel you’d like to. There are no set rules.

Extra Challenge:

For an extra challenge this week I challenge you to include keys in your work. Have you ever thought about using foil in your work? Why not try making foil keys to include in your work. Good 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 45 Challenge Prize: 

This week’s prize is a gift voucher to Lulu Art Store

I will draw a random name on Friday 8th December from those who have uploaded into the Week 45 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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Alison Mackay

Week 43 Art Journal Winner is:

Wendy Burgess. This is a beautiful page Alison Mackay. Beautiful work Alison. I love the lettering.

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Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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