Mixed Media Art Journal by Wendy Walsh

IMG_4411A BIG HELLO (smiling and waving with my paint covered hand) FROM ME TO YOU….

I’m Wendy Walsh from Wendy Lee Design.  I am truly honoured and grateful to be part of this fun and creative Lulu art design team. Today I am bringing to you, “How to make a mixed media Art Journal.” This journal is quick and simple to make, FUN and you can decorate it simply or elaborately, depending on your taste.

For me, an Art Journal is a sacred space to reflect, create and celebrate life as you know it. Journal pages have no right or wrong, good or bad, just freedom to explore, create and play.

Please join me in making this Art journal and it is my hope that this blog post inspires creativity and JOY.

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On the front cover of my Art Journal I painted from a photo of my two aunties when they were little girls. The photo itself is so precious to me and painting it evoked such fond memories.

It’s all here in the video:

Supplies Used:
Tips:
  1. Make sure you glue all tissue paper and scrapbook paper down first. When dry, mix together (50%) diluted glue and water and seal the front of the papers.
  2. I measured and marked an inch in on both boards as a guide to glue my fabric  for the binding of the journal. I glued the fabric 1 cm short of the full inch (sorry about the change in metric), so I could add the wash tape to it later.Once fabric is glued into place, cover and seal the fabric with the diluted  glue as well. It will dry stiff, so make sure it dries flat.
I organise an Art on Envelope swap from my Facebook page every few months. I thought this journal could also work as a keepsake journal-a place to store my beautiful art envelopes that I have received.

Please visit the Lulu Art store for all your crafty needs.

If you would like to stay in touch with me, you can find and LIKE me on Facebook at: Wendy Lee Design OR follow and SUBSCRIBE to my Blog – Where Art Meets The Heart.

HAPPY CREATING,

Wendy xx

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Monthly Challenge – Inspiration Card

We’ve had this idea brewing where we wanted to do something really positive with the business that would help others in some way. This month we have decided to introduce a regular monthly challenge which you all can participate in for the chance of a prize but also to do some good out there.

After reading about the Truth Card exchange put together by the Brave Girls Club we have been inspired to set up this inspiration card challenge that will result in helping others in a similar way. A simple card or tag with a quote which might just brighten someones day or potentially make a huge difference to someone who is doing it tough.

So here’s the deal – Decorate a small piece of card (example ATC size 2.5in x 3.5in – or similar) or even a tag including a positive uplifting message.  Photograph the item and email the picture to admin@luluart.com.au with “April Challenge” in the subject line or post it on our Lulu Art & Friends facebook page (a page we’ve set up where we can share interesting things we come across and you can all share photos of your art and mingle with each other).

After you’ve photographed the card we want you to give this card away — yes, give it away! – You can either give it directly to someone you know who needs a pick-me-up, you can leave it somewhere for a stranger to find, or alternatively you can send it to me (Lulu Art, PO Box 1769, Noosa Heads, Qld 4567) and I will pass it on to a dear friend (one of our design team mebers, Monika) who puts together cosmetic bags for women who have had to flee to shelters after domestic violence. Imagine how much of a difference it could make to one of these women to see a beautiful positive message.

Each month we will showcase some of the entries and choose a winner which will be published on our blog and the facebook page. Below is an example of one of these inspirational cards (or in this case a tag) made by one of our design team, Karen Knight. Thanks Karen for sharing this pic with us.

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I’d love for you to join us in this challenge and help make a difference out there. Our monthly winner will receive a store voucher to the value of $25.

Entries close on Friday 25th April and the winner will be announced on Monday 28th April.

Even if you don’t want to enter the challenge I would encourage you to do something like this to make a difference in someone else’s life.  We often have no idea what people around us are facing and receiving a gift like this could really brighten someones day. You never know what a simple gesture like that could mean to another person.

Can’t wait to see what you create!

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Mixed Media Copic Cards by Robyn Wood

RobynHi, it’s Robyn here. Join me as I combine some simple mixed media techniques with Copic markers to create four gorgeous cards.  You will learn how to create four basic backgrounds with your markers, using variations on a technique and then incorporate them into cards that can be used for a variety of occasions.

One supply that you might need to source is rubbing alcohol, in Australia it is available in supermarkets and pharmacies as ‘Isocol’. If you have it, Copic Colorless Blending Solution is perfect. Please do not substitute Ranger Blending Solution (for alcohol ink techniques) in your spray bottle as it can be dangerous to spray.

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Enjoy

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Watch the instruction video here:

Supplies used in each project:

Live a life inspired

Enjoy the Day

Follow Your Passion

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Keep an eye out on the blog this coming week as we are about to announce our first Lulu Art challenge!

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Birdy Princess by Monika Dabrowska-Ejmont

Hi beautiful arty souls!

MonikaIt’s Monika here with my new Lulu Art design team project. But first I have small confession to make … so … If you didn’t realise it yet … I think I am addicted to black and white stripes!  Everywhere!  Stripy dresses, cardigans, handbags, jewellery (I am on the hunt now for nice big, black and white cushions for my red couch) . This is what I packed for this weekend away 🙂 and when I looked around my art room, most of the girls I painted have stripy tops. Maybe I was a zebra in a previous life?

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So just to feed my addiction – here she is – Birdie Princess on the Stripy Hills 🙂

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You can watch the video here:

Supplies used are:

Enjoy!

Monika xx

Be You – Mixed Media Tag by Karen Knight

Hi Guys!

Karen_picKaren here with you today for my first post on the Lulu Art blog. I am so excited to be here with you all and share my very first Lulu Art DT project with you.

For those of you that don’t know me, I love to create on tags. I love the challenge of creating on such a small place. I have collected all my tags within a Tim Holtz worn bookcover, and use this as an art journal. You can see more of my work on my blog. I’m really looking forward to creating and sharing with you all, and hopefully inspiring you a little along the way.

My tag today – be you – uses some of my favourite supplies … Distress inks and paints.

So without too much more babbling from me .. Here is my tag … Thank you so much for stopping by today, hope to see you again soon.

Be You KK.

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You can watch the process video here:

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Until next time .. happy creating!!

Karen

Lulu Art – Design Team Announcement

There were some incredibly talented ladies that applied for the design team this round.  I had a very hard time narrowing it down to a shortlist, then an even harder time choosing from a bunch of ladies who all well and truly deserved to be on the team! I had to expand the team to 5 to make the decision a tiny bit easier.

In the end the decisions were made based on gaining a diversity of styles to give our blog readers more variety and the ability to learn more techniques.

I gave my previous team the chance to reapply and two had other commitments but I’m pleased to say that Monika Dabrowska-Ejmont and Robyn Wood are continuing on with this new term.

I’m delighted to announce that our 3 new members are Wendy Walsh, Kooky Makes and Karen Knight.  I am very excited to see what wonderful things our new team creates.

So you can get to know these three new ladies a little better here is a little more about them and some examples of recent work (click on the thumbnail to view larger versions of the photos).

Wendy Walsh

Where can we find your work?
https://www.facebook.com/wendyleedesign

What are you currently creating?
At present I am organising an art envelope swap, which involves many creative participants from around the world. I am also creating a series of art to be sold in a friends shop that sells products appropriate for children. I have learnt to professionally reproduce my artwork on archival paper (giclee) and will be selling my artwork in the near future.

What are your “go to” products right now?
I love to use acrylic paint and prismacolour pencils. However, water-colour and ink designs plus collage also intrigue me. I am always up for a challenge. Using different mediums and approaches keeps me inspired and constantly learning. I have found that quality paper and brushes are a must.

How would you describe your style?
I believe my style always comes out in all my work. I love whimsy, through to quirky, contemplative through to humorous. I like to paint with a happy heart and hope that my work generates the same feeling in the viewer.

Some photos of recent work:

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Kooky Makes

Where can we find your work?
http://kookycreates.blogspot.com.au/

What are you currently creating?
I have 2 art journals on the go, a large canvas for a friend, several hand made journals in progress, wedding invitations & decorations for another friend and am part of 3 currently running on-line art courses. I am also making a bag & a dress and a submission for a local art gallery.

What are your “go to” products right now?
My favourite products at the moment are gesso, watercolour (including pencils) and pastels.

How would you describe your style?
My overall design style is high key shabby chic at the moment. I really enjoy pastel schemes with pops of colour and muted backgrounds with strong accents.

Some photos of recent work:

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Karen Knight

Where can we find your work?
http://altered-ink.blogspot.com.au

What are you currently creating?
Currently working on an art journal in tag format.

What are your “go to” products right now?
Distress inks and markers, crackle paint , collage sheets and of course stamps!

How would you describe your style?
I would say its a little bit vintage/grunge but clean and simple at the same time. Also love a bit of colour at times too.

Some photos of recent work:

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Now let’s see what Monika and Robyn have been up to lately!

Monika Dabrowska-Ejmont

Some photos of recent work:

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Robyn Wood

Some photos of recent work:

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I’m so excited to see what these girls are going to create this term. So much inspiration amongst the team, it’s going to be fabulous!

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