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Hope Whispers by Robyn Wood

RobynWhen the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “try it one more time”.  ~ Anon

Hello, it’s Robyn with you today sharing an art journal page featuring Twinkling H2O’s.  I love these brilliant pots of shimmery watercolour and have had some in my collection since they were first released onto the Australian market – cost me an absolute fortune back then, thank goodness they are accessible and at a reasonable price now!

a project by Robyn Wood, Purple Salt,

Do you like to use quotes in your art work? As you have probably guessed by now, I frequently feature words, quotes and type of some style in my art. Somehow it just finishes the project and is often the inspiration for direction when I have no idea what to do.  I came across this anonymous quote and felt it matched the hope that butterflies and dragonflies inspire in us all.

To create my journaling I printed my quote using the Travelling Typewriter font.  You can find it at DaFont.

(c) Robyn Wood - Hope Whispers

Twinkling H2O’s can be a little tricky to use but once you have the consistency right you will use them on many different projects.  To start them off, remove all the caps and spritz each of the jars lightly – then leave them be for 5 – 10 mins to liquefy.  Don’t hurry them!  It’s ok if just the top of the pot goes liquid.  Add a little extra water if needed, you are aiming for a thick, shimmery soup consistency – the kind you might stand your spoon up in.

A word of warning – don’t use your favourite, expensive watercolour brushes with Twinkling H2O’s! You might find you get some untoward shimmer in your next project. Also, leave them open in a protected place to thoroughly dry before replacing the caps.  Not allowing them to return to a solid cake can lead to the lids sticking like glue.  Yes, I’ve done this right in the beginning! Thank goodness we can now buy colours separately:)

Watch the video here:

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I hope you enjoyed learning how I made this page.  If you use Twinkling H2O’s in a project, I’d love to see a picture.  Upload it to the LuLu Art & Friends Facebook page or leave a comment on my blog,


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Mixed Media Background and Quote by Kooky Makes

Kooky_picHello fellow art fans, I hope you’re all getting your supplies hoarded for a winter of creating. I really love the winter for holing up in my study and making lots of art and craft.

For my post today I’m going to take you through how I make my layered, translucent, mixed media backgrounds.


When I first started art journaling I really struggled with making a background that had enough interest but didn’t take away from the subject and writing. Over time (and a lot of awful backgrounds!) I worked out a process that allows me to create something with layers, white space, muted colours, texture and translucency – all the things I love.  If you like these things too I hope you’ll take the time to watch my video below.

Supplies List

Here are some points to think about as you create your background:

  1. Think about where you’re going to put your subject and leave that bit white. Don’t be afraid of white – it makes all the other colours pop!
  2. I like working with complimentary colours (brown & blue are opposite each other on the colour wheel) and tend to just use variations of the two I’ve picked.
  3. Start with a water based layer on gesso (so it moves around) that will bleed up through the layers.
  4. Do a couple of transparent layers (distress stain then washi tape) then a couple of opaque ones (acrylic then paper) then a couple more transparent (tissue paper then stencils/stamps)
  5. Make it look messy.
  6. Use gesso to pull all the different bits together and to tone things down at the end if anything is standing out too much.

I hope you enjoyed the video and have learnt some new techniques for layered backgrounds. If you have, I’d love to see your work on the Lulu Art & Friends facebook page. To keep in touch with what I’m doing you can follow my blog at or like my facebook page at

Thanks for reading and watching. 🙂


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Autumn Collage and Stencil by Wendy Walsh

IMG_4411Happy Autumn to you all ..

Here in Melbourne we are having the most amazing Autumn. The temperature here is unusually mild and the colour of the leaves on so many trees are glorious! It has inspired me to create the following project. I have used a basic combination of collage, a stencil (Jane Davenport) and Transfer Artist Paper and embellished away with acrylic, pencils and inks…..Happy…..happy…..Autumn days.

I hope this finds you enjoying the change of season and your art and that the following video provides lots of juicy inspiration.

Here’s a few snapshots before you watch the video:


Enjoy the video here:

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Happy Arting.

Until next time,


Wendy Lee Design

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Pretty Journal Cover by Monika Dabrowska-Ejmont

MonikaHello!   It’s Monika again 🙂

There was lot of sewing going on in my house lately.  So I got inspired by it. My mumma does it, 🙂  I just watch, admire the colours and touch and feel fabrics, laces, buttons. And I always wonder how it would look if I paint over that pattern or this one?  How paint will behave itself on it? What texture I will end up with? What else I can throw on it? 

So I decided to give it a go!  I made a journal ( notebook, book) cover. You can put on one journal and when you are done with it, you can transfer it on another.  Hope you like it.


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You can view the video here:

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Love Monika