Artist Interview: Jamie Dougherty (Bloom Girls)

10269565_639185626149863_1698816926265862026_nToday I am so excited to be sharing with you the first in a series of artist interviews.  I am so pleased to introduce you to the lovely Jamie Dougherty. Jamie’s Bloom Girls have become a signature of hers and she teaches Bloom Girl workshops internationally and online.

Jamie is launching a new (year long) class on 1st July. You can sign up here.


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

I’m a self taught artist who lives in Southern California with my husband and two amazing kids. I am a mixed media artist who loves to try anything and everything I possibly can. I teach workshops that are based off of my “Bloom Girls” a form of portrait art I’ve created over the past few years. I also have a product collection with Prima Marketing based off of my Bloom Girl designs.

How/when did you get interested in art?

I’ve loved art since a young age. I was always surrounded by creative people so it helped guide that passion. I had a teacher in high school that really encourage my love for art and gave me the swift kick I needed to believe in my self and work.

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

Horses … Being a country girl, horses were my obsession, but isn’t it every little girls?

What’s your favourite piece of work that you have created?

That is a very hard one. I have so many favorites, but if I had to pick one it would have to be a pencil drawing I recently did. It reflects who I am in my art, my nature, and my passions.

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Do you have a favourite artist?

My favorite artist would have to be Leonardo Da Vinci. His style, work with color, and his inventive mind is something I’d love to achieve. Just a sliver of his talent would be unbelievable.

What’s the best thing about being an artist?

I’m my own boss. For the most part I don’t have someone telling me what I can or can’t create. Of course when you have a custom art piece or product design, you have limits but limits are so much better than sitting behind a desk crunching numbers. Who was a bookkeeper for twelve years? This girl right here and I’ll never go back lol.

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

I am more of a TV on in the background kind of person. It could be a Friends episode I’ve watched for the thousandth time, or a chick flick that I can laugh at every so often.

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

Faces and flowers are for sure my thing. They started off as doodles then became a passion. My daughter started my path to drawing Bloom Girls, you could call her my muse.

What are you doing when you’re not creating?

I love spending time with my family … They are my highest priority.

If I’m not creating art and the family is fast asleep and my creative brain is still running, I also like to write. I have three books currently in print and have a couple more in the works. I have a brain that never shuts off.

What are your favourite products to use?

My favorite product to use would have to be watercolor pencils. I love the watercolor look with the control of a pencil, best of both worlds.

Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?

Never let others determine your worth as a person or an artist. It has taken me a long time to understand this and I won’t lie, I still struggle. Art is meant to be a personal experience we then share with the world but remember you’ll never appeal to everyone, you only have to make YOU happy.

Where we can view your work?


Do you have any upcoming online classes where we can enjoy learning from you?

I have an online workshop beginning July 1st. “Blooming Through The Seasons” This is a year long workshop where you will receive a video tutorial once a month that will show you how to draw, paint, and/or create your own Bloom Girls. All levels are welcome, I provide templates for those who may not feel comfortable with drawing so there is no drawing experience needed.

Each month you will also learn how to create a new flower, all while using a variety on mixed media supplies that most of us have hiding in our rooms.

Come and join us in finding your own inner Bloom Girl. More information can be found at the link below.


Thank you so much Jamie for sharing your answers with us!  I’ve just signed up to the course above and can’t wait to start when it launches in a few days time! I hope a few of you might join me!  Also keep an eye out for Jamie’s new (Prima) bloom girl stamps and stencils which will be in our store sometime in July.

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How to Draw Your Dragon by Kooky Makes

Kooky_picHi everyone,
Today I’m going to share my How to Draw Your Dragon secrets. I’ve always had a bit of thing about dragons but it only occurred to me recently that they would make a great addition to my art journal. Although many stories about dragons suggest they are beasts to be afraid of I’ve always imagined them as representing the wise and noble parts of ourselves.
The video is mostly my method of drawing a dragon in profile using simple shapes. I then show you how I use the outline to create a dragon with a message to my wise and noble self. I hope you’ll give it a go and add your own frills and decorations.
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Do share on the Lulu Art & Friends facebook page – I’d love to see what you create. To keep in touch with what I’m doing you can follow my blog at kookymakes.wordpress.com.au or like my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kookymakesart
Kooky x

A Summer Adventure – a textured art journal page by Robyn Wood

RobynIt has turned blustery and cold in Brisbane this week – Winter is here at last, but my Instagram feed reassures me that it is Summertime elsewhere in the world!  I’ve created a textured art journal page to share with you today that uses lots of lovely texture, found words and a bird or two.

a project by Robyn Wood, Purple Salt, www.purplesalt.net

Molding Paste is perfect for adding texture to a journal page – it goes on like butter or thick icing and a thin layer is light enough for a small journal.  Check out how I created the texture using an old, plastic spoon.

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My page also features found words which were cut from one of the free magazines which are abundant in my city. I find the non-specific, fashion and event style magazines are the best for a good variety of words.  I started searching with no plan in mind after I had the basic texture and trees done and just let the words jump out at me. Soon enough I had a theme and a title!  It is a fun way of creating journaling.

You can watch the video here:

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I hope you enjoyed learning how I made this page.  I’d love to see your art journal projects so please get in touch.  You are always welcome to upload pictures to our Lulu Art & Friends Facebook page or leave a comment on my blog at www.purplesalt.net.  If you use Instagram you can find Lulu Art at http://instagram.com/luluartstore and I’m there as well at http://instagram.com/purplesaltcr8 Pop by and say ‘hi’.

Robyn

Les Stencilables by Wendy Walsh

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It’s Winter, it’s cold and it’s PERFECT weather to stay indoors, get out your paints, stencils and brushes and CREATE! That’s what I do and today I am presenting a video of me doing just that! I found some gorgeous music, grabbed a cup of tea and zoned out doing my favourite thing….ART and playing with my MIXED MEDIA stash.

Please join me in the act of creating art that you ease into and love.

A few sneak peeks you say?   Well here are some pics:

  

Oh and here is the video:

Here are the materials used:

May it inspire your desire to create.

Love Wendy xx

Little Mermaid by Monika Dabrowska-Ejmont

MonikaHi Monika here 🙂

Don’t you wish sometimes you could be a water creature? Everything in that world sparkles, shimmers and flows.

Maybe I should be the mermaid …

Mermaid

 

maybe the water horse …

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maybe a gracious dolphin?

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Maybe not for all the time but for a day in my life I would love to be one of them. For now I can just dream and paint my dreams. I hope you enjoy my project today called Little Mermaid.  It’s painted over three small canvases.

You can watch the video here:

Products used are:

Monika x

You Are Enough by Karen Knight

Hi guys,
 
Karen with you again, and another tag to share with you today. I  fell in love with the Dina Wakley stamps the minute I saw them,  I absolutely love the look of the scribbled ladies, but I tend to struggle a little when I try to create things that have been done with complete creative abandon, so I knew sooner or later they would end up on a tag, and here it is.
 
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I’ve teamed them up with another favourite – Distress paints, I juts love how fluid these are and how well they mix with a little spritz of water!
 
Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you are all having a wonderfully creative week!
 
View the video here:
 
 
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Hugs Karen xx