Mixed Media Cards Using Distress Oxides by Idiana’s Creations

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Hiya wonderful crafters!! Idiana here from Idiana’s Creations with another mixed media project. Today I have an easy and fool proof way to make 3 cards with 3 different oxide techniques to highlight. Also I am using Donna Downey’s beautiful poppy stamps. Full supply list and video tutorial are below.

DONNA DOWNEY – UNMOUNTED RUBBER STAMP – DONNA POPPIES

TIM HOLTZ – DISTRESS OXIDE INK PADS: Fire Brick, Worn Lipstick, Broken China, Wilted Violet, Faded Jean

CANSON – WATERCOLOUR PAD SPIRAL BOUND – CP – 7 X 10

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TIM HOLTZ – LAYERING STENCIL – WILDFLOWER

SPEEDBALL – METAL LEAF – GOLD

SPEEDBALL – METAL LEAF – ADHESIVE SIZE

RANGER ARCHIVAL INK PAD – VARIOUS COLOURS Jet Black

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Colour Me Positive – Week 39

Welcome to Week 39.

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It’s hard to imagine that one person can make a difference in the world. Sometimes I think it is easier to believe that this is true, if you bring your thoughts closers to home.

Instead of thinking of ‘how can I make a difference in the world?’, why not start with ‘how can I make a difference in ?????’s life?’. If this seems too big, then why not start with ‘how can I make a difference in ?????’s day?’ (Obviously the question marks represent someone’s name. Whoever you choose.)

Just making someone smile can have a huge impact on the rest of the day. Why not smile at someone today?

Extra Challenge:

For an extra challenge this week and still keeping in the spirit of Inktober, start with an acrylic background in various opaque light colours and doodle over the top in dark ink. Create a whole page of doodling. Best of luck.

For those of you who would like daily or alternative prompts, I have prepared a Daily Journal Prompt List. You can find it in the Facebook Group under Files.

Wanting to know more about Colour Me Positive Challenge visit, The Introduction Post.

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Week 39 Challenge Prize: 

This week’s prize is a surprise pack of supplies from Lulu Art Store

I will draw a random name on Friday 3rd November from those who have uploaded into the Week 39 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

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Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill,  you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw.

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Simon Robertson

Week 37 Art Journal Winner is:

Today’s lucky winner is Simon Robertson. I love the layout and lettering in this Simon. Congratulations.

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Artist Interviews & Free Mixed Media Tutorials

Many items are arriving regularly at Lulu Art Store, but here are a couple of new items below. Visit the store to see more.

 

Ever made your own art journal?

Join me in my 5 week online art journal making class.

Each week:

  • you will learn a different way to make a journal plus
  • you get access to an art class based on using that particular journal

You will:

  • receive all bonus material.
  • have access indefinitely and
  • will have access to all new content that I add (I add as often as I can)

At the moment this course is self-paced, but every so often I run it live, where we all get to go through the course together. (During this period only the current and past weeks are viewable, however everything is unlocked again at the end of the ‘live 5 weeks’ and you have full access once again to the whole site.

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$75(Aus) / Approx.$53(US)

The breakdown:

Week 1:

  • Art Journal Construction 1 – Mixed Media
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  • Matching Art Journal Protective Cover
  • Technique/Drawing/Painting Class

Week 2:

  • Art Journal Construction 2 – Altered Book
  • Matching Art Journal Protective Cover
  • Technique/Drawing/Painting Class

Week 3:

  • Art Journal Construction 3 – Book Pages
  • Matching Art Journal Protective Cover
  • Technique/Drawing/Painting Class

Week 4

  • Art Journal Construction 4 – Watercolour
  • Matching Art Journal Protective Cover
  • Technique/Drawing/Painting Class
Week 5 (Bonus week)
  • Art Journal Construction 5 – Coptic Stitch
  • Matching Art Journal Cover
  • Technique/Drawing/Painting Class

Plus, loads of bonus content.

Contact me at admin@luluart.com.au if you have any questions.

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On enrolment you will receive an email, which will include the link to the classrooms as well as the required passwords. You will also be invited to a private Facebook group where you can meet other students and have the chance to share your work, as well as learn from each other.

The classrooms will be opened indefinitely, so you don’t have to rush through the classes. You can work at your own pace and come back to view the videos whenever it suits you.

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Shopping from outside of Australia.

If you are outside of Australia you can order through Lulu Art store. Once you place an order I will calculate the cheapest possible shipping rate for you. You are under no obligation to complete your order, if postage cost is undesirable.

Please PM or email me at admin@luluart.com.au if you have an urgent question.

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Drum roll is you please………………….


Using a random number generator, the winner of the Fowler Faces Stencil Set is………..   

Fowler Face Stencils - Kylie Fowler

Congratulations. Please email me at admin@luluart.com.au with your postal details.
Thank you so very much to all who took time out to enter. For those who missed out, you can get your stencils at Lulu Art.
If you need some inspiration, Design team members Kate Palmer and Dani Choate have created free tutorials for you to watch. View Kate’s HERE. View Dani’s HERE.
Happy creating,

Mixed Media Alice using Fowler Face Stencils

Hi Everyone – Kate here on the Lulu Art blog today with a fun little journal page that took me waaaay down the rabbit hole, with one of the new Fowler Face stencils from the Artist Cellar created by our very own Kylie Fowler (owner of Lulu Art)!  Now for those who find drawing faces from scratch a bit intimidating, face stencils are the perfect way to get started!  They give you a wonderful framework that you can play with and make your own.  For this page, I decided to use the 1/4 turned face stencil called ‘Joy’.

To start, trace the face onto journal page in pencil and add some hair.  My page will have an Alice in Wonderland theme so I’ve tried to make the face and hair look a little bit ‘Alice’.

Once happy with the basic look of the face, grab some clear gesso and apply a light coat to both pages.  This gives an even surface to work on and will stop the pencil lines from smudging.  Then add some Neocolor II Wax Pastel in yellow,  and activate with a water brush to create your foundation layer of colour.  I’ve left the yellow for the hair quite strong and only added a tiny amount of purple to create shadows on the face.

To make your pages match, add some of the same Neocolor II colors to the opposite page and mix with clear or white gesso to activate.  This will give a paler, though matching background look.

For a little extra interest, ad Golden Light Molding Paste through a stencil to create a frame for the pages.

Add a thin layer of white gesso over the face and hair before continuing, this both sets and mutes the colours a little.  I added the gesso a little more thickly in places over her hair to create some variation in colour.  Then go over your face in pencil so it’s still easy to see.

At this point, I decided to try a new product that I hadn’t used in this way before – Mermaid Markers from the Jane Davenport line.  I added a little colour using a water brush around the molding paste designs and then spritzed with water, so that the colour ran and spread around the design.  This created a subtly coloured border to the page and looks pretty fabulous.

Feeling brave I decided to add a little mermaid marker to my image as well, it stained the gesso and added a very purple pink undertone to the face – this is the part I call the ‘ugly stage’ and while it looks a bit scary it does add a little something extra to your final colour – so be brave and try adding a few under-layers.  You can see I’ve added the colour where the shadows and contours would be on the face.

Now it’s time to start making your image ‘pretty’.  Add thin watery layers of acrylic paint in ‘Santa’s Flesh’ and a little white gesso for highlights.  Adding this thinner layer allows some of the underpainting to peek through and add interest and depth.  Once happy with the general colour, use a black permanent marker to begin outlining the features.

To finish add some Finnabair wax over the molding paste to highlight the textured design and finish colouring the face with Prismacolor pencils – these are great for adding the last few fine details.

A little text and the page is now complete!

For me – if I’m happy with the eyes, I’m happy with the face!  I love Alice’s eyes with their little bit of sparkle from the Wink of Stella pen.

I filmed the whole process and you can view the speedy version of the clip below…

 

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Hoping I’ve inspired you to be a little brave and perhaps take a trip down the rabbit hole yourself!

Kate

Colour Me Positive – Week 38

Welcome to Week 38.

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Of course this quote is saying that no matter how the past has treated you, you still matter and have value.

Do you remember when you were younger, when a broken crayon may have been a disaster and was thrown out? This used to be me. These days though, every crayon has various ways to be utilised, no matter how many pieces it is broken into.

You should see my Caran D’Arch Neocolor II Crayons. When I get a new colour the first thing I do is break them in half. Why?

Firstly it’s so I can have half in my studio and put half in my travel pencil case, which I keep in my handbag.

Secondly, it encourages you to use it, as apposed to not wanting to waist it. How many supplies have you not used or not used much, as you don’t want it to run out or it’s too good to use?

There are so many ways to use a crayon. Just look at the ‘melting crayons’ art fad. Sometimes you just have to think outside of the box.

Extra Challenge:

For an extra challenge this week and still keeping in the spirit of Inktober, try doing as much of your work in ink. Then use Neocolor II water-soluble crayons to add colour. (why not used regular crayons if you don’t have Neolcolors?) Best of luck.

For those of you who would like daily or alternative prompts, I have prepared a Daily Journal Prompt List. You can find it in the Facebook Group under Files.

Wanting to know more about Colour Me Positive Challenge visit, The Introduction Post.

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Week 38 Challenge Prize: 

This week’s prize is a choice between a surprise collage pack from Lulu Art Store or FREE place in my on line course, Journal Playground.  To find out more about this course, visit www.kyliefowler.com

I will draw a random name on Friday 27th October from those who have uploaded into the Week 38 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

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Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill,  you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw.

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Nikita Stackhouse

Week 36 Art Journal Winner is:

Today’s lucky winner is Nakita Stackhouse. Congratulations Nakita.

To get these posts emailed to you every week sign up below. You’ll never miss a week again. 

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Have you entered the GIVEAWAY?

Entries close next Monday 23rd October. Don’t miss out.

To enter CLICK HERE.

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My Design team have been hard at work preparing content for you to enjoy. New tutorials are up each week. Click the link below to view their latest free mixed media tutorials and interviews.

Artist Interviews & Free Mixed Media Tutorials

Many items are arriving regularly at Lulu Art Store, but here are a couple of new items below. Visit the store to see more.

The Latest Arrivals

 

 

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Shopping from outside of Australia.

If you are outside of Australia you can order through Lulu Art store. Once you place an order I will calculate the cheapest possible shipping rate for you. You are under no obligation to complete your order, if postage cost is undesirable.

Please PM or email me at admin@luluart.com.au if you have an urgent question.

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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Creative Colour Chart using Jane Davenport’s Bright Set

Looking for ways to create cool color charts?  Then have a look at this idea using supplies from Lulu Art of course!
Colour charts – I love to make them but often seem to fall into the trap of having them be purely for ‘utility reasons’ – I can be a little too practical on occasion.  So I’ve been looking at ways to make them more exciting and interesting while still retaining their original purpose – to show off the colours in each set. While searching on the net I started seeing these amazing watercolour skylines that are practically ready-made colour chart ideas!  I knew I needed to try something like this with one of my watercolour sets and what better than the Jane Davenport Brights Set, available from Lulu Art of course!

So I’ve sketched an imaginary city into my art journal (the skyline is a mish-mash of different skyline elements from all over the world) and added some text which I’ve protected using Holbein masking liquid.

Now time to have a little fun, just by eye (though you can use a pencil if you like) split your image into the number of colours you have in your set.  Add your colours to the image one at a time, mixing one colour with the colour next to it (just a little where the colours meet) as you go.  Try to work fast as these can dry fairly quickly.

Add water or salt to create patterns and variation, though you will get the best results with this on watercolour paper (which isn’t what I’ve used).

Then let the colours drip down the page – you can encourage this with a little water if you like and then drop in some of the Gold Gansai Tambi Starry Colours paint into your puddles and leave this to dry.  Add a few splashes or splatters of colour over the page both over the image and around it (you get some amazing things happening as the splatters hit the wet paint) and leave the entire piece to dry.

Add a little doodling to highlight some of the amazing patterns and then remove the masking liquid.

Write the names of each colour onto your page – it is a colour chart after all!

Not only do you end up with an amazing colour chart but also a fun and funky journal page.

I’ve made a quick video to show you set by step how this colour chart came together.

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I hope you have as much fun with this idea as I did 🙂

Kate

Colour Me Positive – Week 37

Welcome to Week 37.

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This is such a great analogy. Life is like a camera. It’s about having a go, treasuring the good moments, learning from your mistakes and trying again, if things don’t work out.

Life is certainly filled with many ups and downs, but that’s what makes life interesting, as well as often leading to inspiration for our artwork.

Extra Challenge:

For an extra challenge this week and still keeping in the spirit of Inktober, try doing as much of your work in ball point pen only. Try staying with a main colour, adding a hint of another in focal points. Best of luck.

For those of you who would like daily or alternative prompts, I have prepared a Daily Journal Prompt List. You can find it in the Facebook Group under Files.

Wanting to know more about Colour Me Positive Challenge visit, The Introduction Post.

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Week 37 Challenge Prize: 

This week’s prize is a choice between a surprise collage pack from Lulu Art Store or FREE place in my on line course, Journal Playground.  To find out more about this course, visit www.kyliefowler.com

I will draw a random name on Friday 17th October (AEST) from those who have uploaded into the Week 37 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

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Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill,  you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw.

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Cheryl Ogilvy

Week 35 Art Journal Winner is:

Today’s lucky winner is Cheryl Ogilvy. Congratulations. Beautiful Cheryl. I really love the grungy background.

To get these posts emailed to you every week sign up below. You’ll never miss a week again. 

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Have you entered the GIVEAWAY?

I am giving away a set of The Fowler Face Stencils which I designed for Artistcellar . To enter CLICK HERE.

If you want to get your now, the shelves are stocked and you can get yours HERE

 

My Design team have been hard at work preparing content for you to enjoy. New tutorials are up each week. Click the link below to view their latest free mixed media tutorials and interviews.

Artist Interviews & Free Mixed Media Tutorials

Many items are arriving regularly at Lulu Art Store, but here are a couple of new items below. Visit the store to see more.

The Latest Arrivals

Dylusions Dy-cuts & Tape Sheets

 

Dylusions Stamp & Stencil Sets

 

Shopping from outside of Australia.

If you are outside of Australia you can order through Lulu Art store. Once you place an order I will calculate the cheapest possible shipping rate for you. You are under no obligation to complete your order, if postage cost is undesirable.

Please PM or email me at admin@luluart.com.au if you have an urgent question.

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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