Colour Me Positive – Introduction

 

Welcome to the Colour Me Positive 2016 art journal challenge. We’ve had a few questions via email and facebook and we though we’d explain a few things here before our challenge starts on Friday.

How will the challenge work?

It’s simple really. On Friday of each week we will post the new weeks challenge on our blog here. If you are signed up to our mailing list you will also receive an email to let you know it’s live. A link to the current weeks blog post will also be pinned to the top of our Facebook page each week so you can find it quickly.

Our post will include our positive quote for the week for inspiration. It will also include an extra/optional challenge prompt. We will put up some examples of pages we have done with the quote as inspiration, some of which will also incorporate the extra challenge. These pages are purely to show you what we have done and how we have interpreted the challenge in our own journals. What you create is entirely up to you. You can take a word from the quote, a feeling, a colour, the extra prompt, all of the above or nothing at all. I repeat, it is entirely up to you what format it takes, what mediums you use and what direction you take. We can’t wait to see what you do with it!

I’ve heard talk from people who aren’t even using a journal, they are using playing cards or ATC’s or even doing a mini scrapbook. Bring it on but don’t forget to share photos!

We won’t be offended if you don’t use the challenge prompt at all and totally do your own thing. We’ll just be excited that maybe we inspired you to take action in your journal. That is our aim, to keep you inspired and moving with your creativity, and hopefully to keep you positive with the words we share.

Please don’t feel overwhelmed or intimidated if you see someone post a photo of their amazing piece of art they have created. Just remember, you are amazing too, we are all just at different levels of our journey.  Don’t let it ever stop you posting. You just don’t know who you might inspire in the process.

Our challenge is really flexible. We only ask that you be kind to one another in the Facebook group, support each other and most of all – relax and have some fun!!!

A note about sharing photos on our Facebook page – We will set up an album for each weeks challenge. Please add your photo to the relevant weeks album. It will be so much easier to keep them all organised and for when we are doing weekly prize draws (you’ll read about those further down the page!). Let us know if you’re not sure how to share to an album and we’ll give you a hand. Also please remember to upload from your files rather than sharing from another FB page. Because of carying privacy setting sharing doesn’t always work properly so remember to upload direct from your files instead.

Who is Lisa Hayes and Lulu Art?

Watch this introduction video to find out!

What will you need?

Our best advice is to just start with what you have! You really don’t need every supply out there (of course we want them haha but we don’t need them). Don’t despair if you only have a few things or you have a limited budget. If you only have a few pencils, do your challenge with those. If you have a few old acrylic paints, break them out and use those. You might be a scrapbooker, break out your pretty paper scraps to make some collage backgrounds. You don’t have to use the same products we use, get inventive and use up your stash.

We have had a lot of people new to art journaling that have asked what supplies might be good for a basic art journaling kit. Here are my favourite go to items:

  • A good sturdy journal – if you intend to use any paints or sprays then you want a journal that can take the pressure! I recommend any of the Strathmore mixed media journals, the Dylusions journals or even working on seperate sheets of watercolour paper and binding it together at the end of the year.  You can also use an old book. If the paper is thin just glue 2 or 3 sheets together then use gesso as a base before you start painting on it. There are lots of options.I personally will be working in several journals. I have a few that I adore and like to share the love around 🙂
  • Some cheap acrylic paints – these are great for creating backgrounds for your journal pages.
  • Stencils – I’m obsessed with them and use them constantly.  They are easy to use and can create an instant arty effect without having to have any drawing/painting skills.
  • Old magazines – great for chopping out pictures and words to collage on to your pages.
  • Journaling pens – I personally love the Sharpie Paint pens as they will write over most surfaces.

You may have noticed we are also an Australian online store. So if any of our Australian ladies are looking for anything in particular we are most happy to help. We certainly won’t say no!  But again, I stress, you don’t need to go crazy on supplies. Art journaling should be fun and a great way to use up anything you already have.

Feature Artists

We’ve been totally blessed that many gorgeous artists we’ve approached have agreed to take part in the challenge by letting us feature them throughout the year. They will be sharing with us what their favourite quote is and what inspires them. I’m so excited about who we have lined up! I can tell you that there will be no lack of inspiration in 2016!!

Prize Giveaways

We have had some wonderful donations from several of our feature artists and we also have a few goodies up our sleeve as well. Every week we will have a giveaway. A name will be drawn randomly from those lovely people who participate by loading up a photo in that weeks album on Facebook.

This is not a game of skill. We know that you are all at different levels in your art. The draw will be totally random using a random number generator and counting from the first photo loaded.

We know sometimes life happens and we don’t always get a chance to work in our journals every week. Therefore we will draw the winner of the prize draw two weeks after each blog post .. so for example, Week 1 blog post goes up on 1st January, you have two weeks to get a journal page completed and loaded up in the Week 1 folder, a name will be drawn on Friday 15th January.

Extra Challenges & Swaps

Throughout the year we are hoping to have some extra challenges and swaps.

We support several charities and would like to have some projects that give back to our/your communities. More details soon.

We also know how much people like to be involved in swaps so we are looking to organise a couple of them throughout the year.

Social Media Sharing

Feel free to share photos of your work. Any photos shared on the Facebook group remain private and only seen by those who are members as it is a closed group. Please respect the privacy of your fellow members by not sharing any of their photos on social media (e.g. Pinterest, facebook, instagram, twitter, etc).  If we share elsewhere then it will only be with the permission of those involved.

If you choose to share your own photos of your own work then you are most welcome to share them wherever you like. To all those hashtag queens out there this is for you – please use #colourmepositive whenever you share out there so we can check it out and share the love!

Time Zones

We will be posting our blog posts around 9am on a Friday morning here in Queensland, Australia. This is approximately 3pm Thursday in Los Angeles, U.S. and 11pm Thursday in London, U.K.

Only two more sleeps and then it will be time for our first challenge!  We are sooooo excited we can hardly sleep anyway!  We look forward to getting to know you throughout the year.

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If you haven’t already signed up to get the weekly emails you can sign up here for a year of positive creativity.

If you haven’t joined the facebook group you can do so here.

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Make an Impression by Jo Wholohan

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For those who aren’t familiar with me, my name is Jo Wholohan and I share my art under the name of Josie’s Muse.

You know that age old question if you went to a deserted island what art supplies would you take?

Mine would be Caran d Ache Neocolor II Crayons, my all time favourite supply…… One of the things i love about Neocolor, and there are many, is their ability to play well with watercolor media my second all time favourite.

Hope you enjoy the video and happy holidays!!!!

 

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Watch the video here:

 

Supplies used:

Watercolor Paper or your Art Journal

Magic Stamp and impression to use to create stamp

– Heat Gun

Neocolor II

Water spray bottle

Sakura Koi Watercolor Palette

Prismacolor Pencils

White Sharpie Paint Pen

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Here’s a little post video journal page I did using the same technique.

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Jo Wholohan

http://josiesmuse.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Josiesmuse

https://instagram.com/Josiesmuse/

 

Artist Interview: Tracey Fletcher King

images (13)Today’s Artist Interview is with a lovely Brisbane artist called Tracey Fletcher King. I’ve been following Tracey on social media for a long time and love her particular style. I was thrilled when she agreed to answer a few questions for us! She has even added a couple of links to painting demos for us.  We are also excited to announce that Tracey will be one of our feature artists for our Colour Me Positive weekly art journal challenge (have you signed up yet?) so keep an eye on the blog. ~ Lisa

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.
I am an artist, illustrator and teacher living in Brisbane. I was a high school art teacher for a few years, I taught primary art, and at a university, plus privately and hold a Masters degree in Art Curriculum majoring in creativity theory and I have an amazing creative life. I spend my mornings working on illustration work, working for companies to create images for their packaging, artwork for their websites and social media feeds, and other fun stuff like that. It feeds my love of realism and keeps my skills fresh, and keeps me on my toes creatively. In the afternoons I work on large canvases which are sold mainly through interior designers, and I work on art work for my blog, and just for me. Any spare time goes into planning upcoming classes and workshops and refining my existing online classes and workshops. To say my days are overflowing with creativity would be an understatement.

 

TFK2How/when did you get interested in art?
I grew up in a creative household, and many members of my family were involved, and are still involved in creative jobs and lives. It was always part of my life and I honestly can’t remember a time when I wasn’t painting, writing stories or making crafts. It has always been part of my earliest memories.

 

Can you remember one of the first things you drew/painted?
I was always drawing, and writing, so I can’t remember my first drawings or paintings, but I do have a vivid memory of getting a set of 104 crayons from my uncle which was my most treasured possession for one summer when I was little. There were metallic crayons, and so many colours… it was just perfection in a little box.

 

What’s your favourite piece of work that you have created?
My favourite piece of work is still my blog and website header. I created it to try to capture all the things I love about tea and my favourite studio mug. It hangs above my desk in the studio and makes me smile every day.
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Do you have a favourite artist?
I love Matisse for his sense of colour, Brett Whitely for his sexy lines, and Cressida Campbell for her amazing line, and composition. I am always on the hunt for inspiration though and hit the galleries whenever I can.

What’s the best thing about being an artist?
I get paid to play with colour all day long. Sometimes the hours are crushing, and not all illustration jobs are fun, but it is amazing. My paintings and prints are in people’s homes and lives, my classes have helped people to push their own art and I get to spend all day surrounded by paint, ink and brushes. Life doesn’t get much better than that and I have no clue what I would do without it.
A bit over two years ago I was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer and was given a dire prognosis for quite some time, but art really did get me through. Making myself get out of bed to keep my blog going and to create things for that kept me sane through a long year of treatment, and since coming through and flourishing physically I have found I have flourished creatively as well. I honestly don’t think I would have had as great an outcome without art to get me through it.

 

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 always listen to music. Sometimes I get in a bit of a groove and don’t notice it too much, but I have set playlists that I have created. Some are classical music for days when my brain is on hyper mode, which is quite often, but otherwise it is a mix of acoustic playlists with people like Newton Fawlkner, Ron Pope and the like, or it is straight out pop like Halsey and Taylor Swift, but I have been known to get a bit of country on with The Civil Wars and The White Buffalo. It is a huge part of my process and the only thing I have to watch is singing along when my earphones are in. I have a seriously bad singing voice. We are talking making peoples’ ears bleed territory, but I try to make up for that with enthusiasm.

 

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

I don’t have a symbol or object that I use in my work all of the time. I tend to like things like maps, and geological survey type ideas in my large abstracts, and tea is a theme that runs through a lot as well as I am obsessed with the stuff. But I tend to be a bit of a mish mash of ideas.

What are you doing when you’re not creating?
I work insane hours… but when I am not working. I read, cook dodgy meals, avoid cleaning like a pro, and walk along the waterfront at Wynnum where I live. It is a constant source of inspiration and I never go without my iphone camera at the ready.

 

What are your favourite products to use?
I love using watercolour and ink more than anything else and I use acrylics for large canvases. I am not too particular about watercolours and tend to go for a colour rather than a brand, though I don’t believe you always need the most expensive brands. I have a huge collection though and happily justify that because I need them for work. For canvases I love golden acrylics, and some of their mediums as well but hands down the thing I love most and couldn’t live without is my fineliner making fluid which I use every day in my illustration work. That stuff saves my butt a lot!

 

Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?
I believe that art is universal. We all need some in our lives, though we don’t have to share everything. The internet seduces us into sharing all of our work all of the time, and thinking other people have better skills than us, and have perfect creative lives and we can all fall prey to feeling inadequate. I purposely don’t share everything and I have sketchbooks that are just for me. No one sees them and they are a safe place for me to explore and express myself and know that it won’t be judged. No one said you have to share everything and it is okay to keep things for yourself. I also follow that by having my website and the website blog for business and a personal art blog that is separate. I like to share mistakes and rubbish as well as fun things on the personal art blog, but that wouldn’t be suitable on the website. I didn’t want to give up the fun of blogging and it is a great place to have fun and share things I wouldn’t dream of sharing business wise, so I keep them separate. In short make technology work around you and make sure it suits you creatively.

 

Where can we view your work?
My website and newsletter sign up is http://www.traceyfletcherking.com/
My art blog can be found at http://www.traceyfletcherkingblog.com/

 

Do you have any upcoming online or offline classes where we can enjoy learning from you?
I have a re run of my online course Delicious Paint being run again in Feb/March 2016 . To be kept updated on details on this and other classes sign up for the my newsletter on the website at http://www.traceyfletcherking.com.
I am in the middle of planning and filming a series of free basics tutorials which I am hoping will be launched very early next year, and two classes are well into the planning stages, both of which should come online next year.

 

Thanks so much Tracey! We look forward to seeing more from you throughout the year!

Paint a T-Shirt in 5 Minutes – Rochelle Melville

RochellePhew! Tree is up, star hung on verandah, candy canes bought, stockings dusted off…. Last minute Christmas gifts? Oops! Help needed please.

This tutorial will show you how to paint a fabulous, artful shirt in 5 minutes just in time for Christmas. This quick, fun, messy DIY craft is perfect used as a handmade Christmas gift or as a craft project with your kids on the school holidays.

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Materials and Supplies:

Watch the video here:

Full written instructions and pics available at rockmelonrecycled.com.au
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And have a merry and bright Christmas from rockmelon recycled aka Rochelle Melville x

The Making of a Christmas Creature – Laurie Caradonna

A Mixed Media Art Lesson – Christmas Creature theme

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This year I have had to forego displaying my beautiful christmas tree due to this naughty Monkey.

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I am sure you can see why..

Instead I have created a fun front door decoration to ensure our house is full of Christmas cheer – without the destruction.

Jump right in and view the making of one of my Little creatures using a variety of mixed media techniques.

Watch this Christmas Creature frolics to life with a dash of colour and a heavy dose of glitter, putting that magical time of year in full swing!

Watch the video here:

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Have a Very Creature Christmas!

© My Little Creatures Studio

 

Cheeky Santa by Loren Boyd

LorenHi all, my name is Loren Boyd and welcome to my very first video as part of the Lulu Art Design Team.

Christmas is my favourite time of the year and I love to decorate my whole house with anything associated with Santa.  I love all the joy, creativity and giving that comes with Christmas so I thought I would create a canvas you could hang or give as a gift.  I hope you have as much fun creating this cheeky old chap as I did.

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You can watch the video here:

 

 These are the supplies I used:
Thanks for watching and Merry Christmas 😀
Loren

You can also find me at:

 

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