This week we have a surprise guest – Karen Knight. Karen makes some amazing unique tags and was happy to do one especially for us to share on our blog. Make sure you check out Karens own blog and have a look at all the other lovely creations on there. She is a very clever girl. Karen says “I have been creating for about the last 13 years. I love all things collage, inky and stamps and enjoy creating mostly on smaller spaces – like tags.”
This week Karen has designed this gorgeous tag using collage and distressing techniques and one of our Suzi Blu stamps called Forgetmenot.
“I started off by collaging a tag with book pages. Then I randomly painted over the top with distress crackle paint. While I waited for the paint to dry I then stamped the Suzi Blu Girl image on another piece of book paper, and roughly coloured her using distress markers. I also tore two wing type shapes from book paper and coloured them with distress stain. When everything was dry I adhered them to the tag, inked the edges using my distress markers. I used walnut stain distress and black soot distress marker around the edges, by swiping if along the edge and rubbing it with my finger to smudge them both together. I also smudged the black soot marker in the same way around my stamped image and wings.”
It’s time to break out your Copic Pens girls! Monika has put together this gorgeous journal page using some printable images, copic pens, neocolor II’s, stencils and more. Follow along with the video below to see how it all came together. Check out Monika’s kitty helping her with her project 🙂
Just remember, if you ever create a page inspired by one of our design team, we would love to see it. Please email a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it up on our facebook page.
Join Robyn Wood as she takes you on an imaginary journey starting with the simple act of making some tea. Have a cuppa beside you as you watch Robyn create this delightful art journal page using Golden Fluid acrylic paints, Dylusions sprays and Pan Pastels. If your drawing skills aren’t up to scratch – simply use some tea cup clip-art or follow Robyn’s simple trick to create the cup & saucer!
I hope you are all keeping cool if you’re in one of the crazy hot areas of Australia today. I’ve hidden inside in front of the air conditioning for the whole day except for a quick dash outside to the clothesline. The poor air conditioner can hardly cope!
This year I am determined to find more balance in my life – in particular finding more time to be creative. Creativity has taken a back seat lately while I was building the business but it needs to start riding shotgun again! I’ve taken the time today to start on one of my first classes for the year – Week 1 of Lifebook 2014. I have to admit, even though I made the time to do it today, I procrastinated like crazy .. maybe a little fear or inner critic creeping in there after all that time? Anyway, I finally went for it and at least got my sketch done ready to be painted tomorrow when I get some more time. Now I’ve started I feel so much better and realise how much I miss having a regular creative side to my life.
Today I want to show you this absolutely beautiful Art Journal Cover made by our lovely design team member Anne Cahill. Anne has used the Prima Resist journal covers with Dylusions Ink Sprays and Acrylic Paints to create this dreamy project. Those ink sprays are so vibrant and even when watered down they still give the most amazing results. I can’t wait to give this a try.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a lovely start to your New Year. Did you all get some arty presents? Hopefully you’ve at least had some time off work to spend on your projects. I’ve had a little bit of time off and now I’m relaxed and ready to embark on several online art courses I’ve enrolled in for this year. If you’re still looking for a good course to do this year I can thoroughly recommend any of the following:
Lifebook 2014 – a year long course with weekly lessons and many well known mixed media artists (starting now)
To kick off our design team projects for the year we have a lovely colourful art journal project from our design team member Cassandra Bright. Cassandra has made use of some yummy products like the Gelatos, Tim Holtz & Artist Cellar stencils and Donna Downey stamps. I love the way Cassandra has used the stencils to remove the colour in some spaces as well as using them to add colour. Very clever!
Hope you enjoyed Cassandra’s project, our first project for 2014. There are many more to come! Lulu Art has some fun things planned for this blog over the coming year so don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss any posts. Hope you are finding lots of time to follow your arty dreams for 2014.