Creating a Boldly Colored Art Journal Page

Hello there Lulu Art fans, it’s Kate here with you today and I’m being brave and stepping out of my comfort zone a little to share a bold and vibrant page inspired by the art of Tracy Verdugo.  My art journal spread was created using an array of my favourite products from sprays to paints – from the Lulu Art online store of course!

The basic idea for this page is lots of layers, LOTS of LAYERS, each one different to the last using different products for each one!

Start by coating your page in gel medium and adding colour using Lindy’s Starburst Sprays while the Gel is still wet.  Once dry, use a water brush to add in a little Dina Wakley acrylic paint in several colours, drying between ‘unfriendly’ colours eg: green and orange, also stipple on a little paint through some Punchinella for extra interest.

Then add some extra shimmer by adding glazes and small designs with Metallic Accents paints, vary how thickly you add this.

Spray the facing page with water and spritz and flick on some of the same colour sprays (Time Travel Teal, Shaby Turbine Teal and Hi Maintenance Magenta), to create a lighter but coordinating background.  Keep working on the other page while this dries.  You will notice a huge difference as to how these behave and look, when applying over gel medium vs wet paper.

Using a pencil or chalk, lightly sketch designs onto your painted page, make sure you include the best bits with the most interesting colours and patterns into your designs.  Then use a fine tip white paint marker to trace over your design.

Fill in the areas between your drawings with white Gesso and dark colour acrylic paint (I used Night from Dina Wakley).  You can also add in another colour if you like – I used Magenta.  Mix and blend the colours for more interest to your background.  Add more white for a pale background and more of the darker colours for a bolder background – both look amazing.

Outline and embellish your designs using fine detail paint pens in both black and white to make your designs really POP.

Using black gesso and a bold quote stencil – this one is from Donna Downey, add a quote to the facing page to finish your journal spread.

 

And up close the finished elements look like this – no editing or enhancing required the colours really do look just like this…

You can watch the whole process start to finish right here – so you can follow along and create your very own page 🙂

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Have a fabulous and creative day

Kate

Colour Me Positive – Week 20

Welcome to Week 20. This week is all about HONESTY.

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I was always taught that ‘Honesty is the best policy’ and I try to install this into my own children. Sometimes they can be brutally honest, but I appreciate their honesty none the less.

How are you going to put HONESTY into your journal pages this week?

Extra Challenge:

For an extra challenge this week. I want you to use a product or a colour that you rarely use. Maybe it’s a colour that you don’t like or a product that you’ve had for ages, but never got around to using. Be honest. Choose your least favourite supply. The one that is collecting dust on the shelf or tucked away at the back of a draw. See if you can create with this product or colour until you come up with something you like. Even if you have to add some of your favourite supplies with it. Get it out and use it.

Experiment with it. Play with it. Try using it in different ways or with different colours. Don’t let you least favourite art supply or colour go to waste.

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 20 Challenge Prize: 

This weeks prize is 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 26th May from those who have uploaded into the Week 20 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.

Di Wilde

Week 18 Prize Draw:

Today’s lucky winner is Di Wilde Beautiful work Di. What a BEE-utiful page. Congratulations.

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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

Inktense

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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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Magical Moments by Warren Creations

design-team-2017Hey guys, Jesse here from warrencreations with another Lulu Art Project.

It is my time again to share with you my tutorial which takes you through my process for creating the the colourful image below.

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I had lots of fun playing with new products and teaching myself how to use them, its all part of the creative journey and remember to always have fun and enjoy what you do.

I would like to kindly apologise in advance as parts of the video did not record so unfortunately, you wont get to see the Tim Holtz tissue layer, more paint and stencils to create another layer and also the die cut image layer. Sorry again guys. For my next tutorial I am looking at using a different camera so fingers crossed!

 

NOW LETS GET CREATING 🙂

Supplies List

Strathmore Mixed Media Paper

Dylusions Paint in
Calypso Teal
Lemon Zest
Fresh Lime
Tangerine Dream
White Linen

Baby Wipes

Makeup Sponges
Liquitex Matte Medium

Tim Holtz Products
Rays Stencil (THS003)
Latticework Stencil (THS019)
Honeycomb Stencil (THS005)
Hearts (THS017)
Dot Fade Stencil (THS006)
Tissue Wrap – Postale 

Black Craft Card Stock

Stamps
Kaisercraft Dimonds Stamp
Kaisercraft Honey Comb Stamp
Kaisercraft Sentiments – Together
Wooden Love Stamp

Acrylic Stamp Blocks

Black Ink
White Paint Pen
Embossing Powder- Clear  

Thanks for watching! Please be sure to the  visit Lulu Art Store with more and more products being added each week 🙂

DT2017-Jesse

 

 

Colour Me Positive – Week 19

Welcome to week 19.

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Imagine having an extra hour each day. An extra 7 hours each week. An extra 28 hours a month. What could you accomplish with all that extra time?

Extra Challenge:

For an extra challenge this week. Try getting up an hour earlier and pull out your art journal.

Why not fill the page with random writing and use this as the base layer for your journal page this week. Write down any and evry thought that come to mind. Don’t filter or edit, just ramble on. Cover this with a light coating of white gesso or white acrylic before continuing on with your journal page this week.

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 19 Challenge Prize: 

This weeks prize is a $15 gift voucher to use in Lulu Art Store.

I will draw a random name on Friday 19th May from those who have uploaded into the Week 19 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 17 Prize Draw:

Today’s lucky winner is Bronwyn Rykiert. Beautiful work Bronwyn. I’m loving the texture in this page. I just want to feel it. Congratulations.

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My Design team have been hard at work preparing content for you to enjoy. 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

Decadent

Prima Watercolor Confections – Decadent Pies have finally arrived. Yay!

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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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Artist Interview With Theresa Miers

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Today it is my pleasure to introduce the final Lulu Art Design Team Member for 2017, Theresa Mierse from Where Are My Scissors?. Theresa is known for her gorgeous collaged mixed media artwork, created with her Gelli Plate/ Gel Press. She has great taste when it comes to colour choices as her colour schemes are so beautiful. You’re going to love her work.

I asked Theresa to tell me about herself and asked her a few questions over a virtual coffee.

 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

I love arts and crafts and I’ve recently started a new blog called Where Are My Scissors? . For a long time I had another blog very much focused on art stamping called Misty’s Mess. I got a real buzz one day when I noticed that Tim Holtz had pinned one of my tags onto his boards. It was a long time ago so it’ll be buried deep by now I’m sure.

I live with my partner on his family farm and an assortment of animals out on a 400+ acre farm in the Lockyer Valley. Going to town is a very small affair as the nearby Gatton only boasts a population of about 3000.

I think I have always had an art or craft project on the go since I was a child. I often was winning a prize for something I had made. I made my first dollar with a drawing when I was 12 years old. I sewed a lot of my clothes and then my children’s clothes. Sold some too. I tried scrapbooking but stamping held my interest better and I made lots and lots of cards instead.

I have an ambition to create a piece of my own artwork to hang on my walls and through experimenting I find I like collaging with painted papers best. My first attempts at collage back in high school were a sorry mess. I try not to let the past define me.

I have my art space set up out on the veranda so I’m a fair weather and daylight creative mostly. Below is my early morning view from my art space. My craft room is for the laptop and storage of supplies and tools. If I do anything indoors it is usually in the lounge room on my lap as I’m spending time in the presence of my partner, as he watches tv. Early to bed, early to rise around here most days.

View from the studio

How/when did you get interested in art?

It’s always been a part of who I am. In high school my first priority was to know when art class was on the time table and work everything else around that.

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Can you remember one of the first things you drew/painted?

I can definitely remember my first bit of art I made that had an impact on me. I was most likely 9 years old. It was Library Week and we were required to paint something from our favourite book. I chose to paint a larger than life picture of a mouse from the Silent Night story. It was huge, as it filled the whole paper.

Lesson one was how to make brown when all I had to use was blue, green, yellow, red and black poster paints. I can still see the reds and the greens as they peeked out of my broad brush strokes. Lesson two was about winning and falling out of peer favour. My classmates deemed me undeserving to win since I was only just new at the school. The joy of winning overshadowed by wanting to be accepted, is a big burden for little shoulders. I had my prize book and I was showing it to my dad. He pointed out that the art work in the storybook has a resemblance to my art with it’s broad loose strokes. I’ll never forget that moment of a dirty mine worker revealing this little fact to his daughter on his knee. My art work is forever lost to me, but if I ever see that book again I’ll know it instantly.

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Do you have a favourite artist?

Before I had the internet I was mostly aware of textile and cloth doll artists via magazines. When I first got the internet the first artist I discovered was Teesha Moore. WOW! I had never seen anything like her work before. I thought how cool it was to have a life and a purpose involving wildly imaginative art journalling. A bit later I discovered Donna Downey’s vlogs. Who were these people doing extraordinary things with technology and reaching me in my far away place? I’m inspired by these two women who have revealed a way of believing in their art because they believed in their purpose to be artists.

What’s the best thing about being an artist?

Choosing my own path.

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Do you like to have music playing while you create and if so, what kind of music do you listen to that inspires you?

No music. I live in a big old Queenslander farmhouse that’s just not equipped with enough power points to bring music to where I prefer to hang out on the veranda. I listen instead to the many and varied sounds of quiet farm life. We have a large peafowl family of about 30 birds on the farm and in my silence, as I move about through my day, I’ve become more observant of the intricacies of their calls and social behaviours. Something I would like to study more of and understand. I would miss all those nuances if I had music playing.

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What is your favourite thing that you often include in your work?

Yellow. It represents light or a glow to me. I physically relax just that little bit more when I add it into my work. On the other hand I have an aversion to black. I use it when I feel I need to, which isn’t often, but it makes me feel very tense.

What are you doing when you’re not creating?

I’m generally a solitary person and there is lots to keep me amused on the farm. I do have three very energetic farm dogs that need their exercise. There is Rolley the Blue Heeler, Jack the Kelpie, and my dog Stanley who is a mixed breed Staffy/Bull Arab. Stanley, the biggest of them all thinks he is a small lap dog. I love being outdoors and going for walks all over the farm. Every couple of months I’ll head off into Brisbane to catch up with family and friends and get into my city girl stride.

Walking the dogs

What are your favourite products to use?

The product I can’t live without would have to be my Liquitex Gesso and Matt Medium. It was during a desperate google search for an online store that sold these two items that I found Luluart in the first place. Now I reorder that stuff long before it runs out. My other favourite supply is my Lyra Water Soluble Crayons. I was amazed when I first saw a stamping demo done with these many years ago and I spent the next hour mentally scheming what I could give up so I could justify buying a big tin of them. They still get used a lot after all this time. It was also my first quality artist supply.

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Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?

My most favourite quote is —

And then the day came,
when the risk
to remain tight
in a bud
was more painful
than the risk
it took
to Blossom.

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— and it has served me well in times when I need to push through fear. Staying in a safe place is not as beautiful as finding yourself on a shinier side of a challenging situation. The other side is not perfect but it’ll always be better.
Best place to catch up with what I’m doing is at —
My Instagram  where_are_my_scissors
Theresa.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Theresa, our last but not least Lulu Art Design Team Member. If you missed Theresa’s free mixed media tutorial you can view it HERE.

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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HAPPY GELLI FLOWERS – An Art Journal page featuring collage with gelli prints.

Hello, I am Theresa and welcome to my first video and post for the Lulu Arts Design team. It also happens to be my very first video ever and since I am among friends I’m positive that you’ll tolerate my somewhat clumsy first attempt at this.

 

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I love painting papers with my gelli plate to later use for collage. Lately I’ve been turning my attention to creating images of vases of flowers, cutting simple shapes to build up a picture.

 

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I love my stencils, as the drawer full I possess will attest to. With this art page I wanted to show how I limited my choice to one primary pattern and using it in a variety of ways to add a repeating design through the various layers of the painting.

 

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My style leans towards impressionism which is meant to be viewed from further away than this. The up close photos really show how messy the collage really looks but this simplified process of cutting and pasting simple shapes is a very intuitive way for me to work with colour and develop my idea.

You can see a video of my process here

 

You can find some of the supplies I used in the list below –

Stratmoore 9×12 Spiral bound Art Journal

http://www.luluart.com.au/Strathmore-Visual-Journal-Mixed-Media-9×12-p/sm-1003.htm

 

GellPress Plate 8×10

http://www.luluart.com.au/Gel-Press-Reusable-Gel-Printing-Plate-8×10-p/gpr-1001.htm

 

Dylusion Paints

http://www.luluart.com.au/Dyan-Reaveley-Dylusions-Paint-p/dyl-1500.htm

 

Ceramcoat White

http://www.luluart.com.au/Ceramcoat-Acrylic-Paint-8oz-White-p/cm-3002.htm

 

Liquitex Matt Medium

http://www.luluart.com.au/Liquitex-Matte-Medium-8oz-p/lq-1004.htm

 

Catalyst Wedge Grey

http://www.luluart.com.au/Catalyst-Silicone-Wedge-Tool-Grey-W-01-p/ctl-1005.htm

 

Posca Pen

http://www.luluart.com.au/Uni-Posca-Pen-Marker-0-7mm-p/uni-1002.htm

 

You can see more of my work at www.wherearemyscissors.com

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Theresa xo

P.S You can find out more about me tomorrow, here on the blog, during my ‘artist’s interview’.

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Colour Me Positive – Week 18

Welcome to Week 18.

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Today is a new day, so leave the past behind and start afresh today. You have so much to offer and can make a difference in someones day.  Even a simple smile goes a long way.

Extra Challenge:

For an extra challenge this week. Sit down and think about you and who you are. Delete any thoughts about the past and think of about you in this very moment. Who are you? What is your purpose? What are your strengths? What positive impact can you have in the world, in your community or in your family?

Why not challenge yourself to only use a ball point pen?

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 18 Challenge Prize: 

This weeks prize is a $15 gift voucher to use in Lulu Art Store.

I will draw a random name on Friday 12th May from those who have uploaded into the Week 18 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.

Simon Robertson

Week 16 Prize Draw:

Today’s lucky winner is Simon Robertson. I love this page Simon. I love everything about it.

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design-team-2017

My Design team have been hard at work preparing content for you to enjoy. 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

Dina Wakely has added some metallic colours to her range and we now have the Amazing Resin cast in clear. Enjoy.

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,

Kylie - Signature