Make your own Sunshine – mixed media illustration

Hello Lulu Art friends!

What a Year!!
I can’t believe Christmas is almost upon us. Honestly, we are a week out and I still have no Christmas presents ready! (…eeek!!) With three girls, the end of the year is a whirlwind of speech days, parties and concerts. So super glad to be able to have a real excuse to sit down and get some arty relief happening!!

So… just like the title says, I decided to…

Make my own Sunshine today!


Started with some simple shapes that I painted over with Dina Wakley heavy body acrylics mixed with gesso. This gives me a good base to be able to draw over later and dulls down most of the pencil lines.

I used 2 different stencils, both floral, both by Donna Downey

I grabbed the ‘lilac buds’ by accident without realising.

I would actually recommend the POPPY STEMS & BLOOM GROUP stencil that Kylie has in store. It would give a much nice range of flower shapes to the garden

Once the stencils were in, it was then time to play with dribbling paint and splatting colour onto the page. It was a little messy, but there is nothing new there…

…that’s just the way I roll!

by the end we have yummy texture and colour like this…


Most of the detail and depth was built up toward the end with Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks and Prismacolor pencils


Click on the link and check out the video. (supplies list follows also)

Sadly, this is my last Lulu Art video for 2017 and I must say, I have had an absolute blast putting these together for Kylie and all of the Lulu Art customers. I wanted to thank Kylie for such a wonderful year! I have learned so much and have loved having an oppurtunity to have fun and be able to share my art with new peeps.

Thank you all for watching and thank you Kylie for letting me periodically hijack the Lulu Art blog and Youtube channel  🙂   Hopefully, I brought a little joy! ❤

Many thanks to all who have watched & commented throughout the year!
All the best holiday wishes!

Have Fun!

Dani x

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SUPPLIES LIST: (all from )
Strathmore Mixed media paper
Dina Wakley Media – heavy body paints                                                                                         – sky, lime, yellow, blush, ruby,evergreen ,magenta
Dina Wakley Media – Scribble Sticks
Ceramcoat – Hydrangea pink & Hello Yellow
Donna Downey – floral stencils – POPPY STEMS & BLOOM GROUP
Sharpie white water-based paint pen
Prismacolor pencils
Dina Wakley palette knife
Liquitex – gesso
Liquitex – modeling paste


Night Owl – mixed media illustration

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Hello lovelies!

A cute and easy illustration to check out today on the Lulu Art blog. It could be completed as a journal page or a stand alone piece like I have done…

I really did sit down to do this page with little idea of where I was headed (always the best way to start, I think). I had some metal leaf, a Dina Wakley stamp & stencil on my table… and off I went!

I decided pretty early on that the stamp reminded me of an owl’s eyes and found a poem that linked an owl to the moon… an idea for a sweet illustration started to form! I had to change the stencil I was going to use and finally went with Dina Wakley Media’s JUNGLE  leaves to loosely depict feathers.

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Acrylic glazing over coloured modeling paste (or super heavy gesso) gave some really interesting blends of blue and green. Prismacolor pencils helped to give some depth and definition to the bird

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The sliver leaf was very easy to use, however, it was a little stubborn and stuck better than expected to the glue (and also to the modeling paste!) A much coarser brush was needed to brush the excess away and leave the effect I wanted.

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The poem in handwritten text finished the piece.

Hope you enjoy watching along
(Complete supplies list follows).

Have Fun !!
Dani x


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SUPPLIES LIST: (all from
Strathmore Mixed media paper
Dina Wakley Media – heavy body paints – turquoise, night, lime, yellow, blush
Dina Wakley Media – stamp sets – Text & Scribbles or Textures
Dina Wakley Media – jungle stencil
Sharpie white water-based paint pen
Prismacolor pencils
Dina Wakley palette knife
Liquitex – gesso
Liquitex – modeling paste
Liquitex – black ink
Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid
Golden Fluid Acrylic – Manganese Blue Hue
Speedball Silver Metal Leaf
Speedball Metal Leaf Sizing – glue
Ranger Archival black ink pad

Mirror Faces – Fowler Face Series stencils – mixed media art journal page

Last month, Kylie sent me through some super fun stencils to try. Stencils that she has designed and Artistcellar has produced!! They are part of the Artistcellar Signature Series and are called – “FOWLER FACE SERIES”

So exciting!


These are great!

There are four 6×6 stencils in the package – forward facing, looking up, side profile & 3/4 profile – so many choices!!

If you are someone who has difficulty drawing faces, these stencils give you a beautiful face everytime. If you are working towards getting better at drawing faces, they give you a guideline to work with so you won’t have to worry about placement and dimensions so much. And… for those that can draw faces, these stencils allow you to focus on other parts of your page rather than putting all the time you have to create, into the face on the page, you can experiment with other techniques or do extra journaling or practice your modelling paste stencil technique (that is me!!) or just have fun making beautiful big hairdos!!

messy table

You can tell I was having fun as my joyous messy desk was in full swing!!

I cracked out the modeling paste, some scribble sticks and had some fun working on some coloured tonal shading on the pre-prepared faces. The stencils made it so easy to get a quick and effective journal page done.

my journal quote: “The face is the mirror of the mind and the eyes, without speaking, confess the secrets of the heart.”      – St. Jerome


till next time…

~ Dani x

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SUPPLIES LIST: (all from
Golden Acyrlic Glazing Medium
Liquitex Modeling Paste
Liquitex Gesso
Liquitex Matte Medium
Dina Wakley Media – Heavy Body Acrylic – Turquoise, Night, Magenta, Lemon
TCW stencil – Fantasty Sphere
ArtistCellar stencil – Fowler Face Series
White Sharpie – extra fine
Black Sharpie – extra fine
Dina Wakley palette knife
Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks
Ceramcoat – Santa’s Flesh, Medium Flesh, Hydranges Pink
Prismacolor – many colours
brushes & sponges




Magic – mixed media journal inserts

Hey lovelies! Did you see the beautiful Butterfly Journal cover Kate decorated last week? I thought I might do a couple of journal page inserts today to fit inside my own Jane Davenport journal.

I have still been playing around with the Distress Oxide stamp pads and all the new colours that are now out just make them even better to party with!!


I also thought I would have a play with a few other goodies that can be found at Lulu Art.

A Gel Press Printing Plate
I have been hesitant to give this tool a go… yes I am definitely late to the party!! …and what a fun party I have been missing out on! I had a great time playing with it. The prints that I got from the plate give a really interesting quality to the page. I like the looseness it brings. I really enjoyed the effect of building up ‘ghost prints’ that are very subtle… and along with the reactive effect of the distress oxides, I think together they worked beautifully!!


ConactUSA clickable alphabet stamps
I LOVE these stamps and have been using them alot in different projects. The font is lovely and they print so clearly. I often pull out my vintage typewriter to do some journaling or pop a quote onto the page I am completing… but sometimes… the size of the typewriter type is just too small. These stamps click together to form the entire word, which makes for such an easy alignment job… and the size is larger and much more reasonable to read. They come in differnet heights, in upper and lower case – I know these will be used ALOT!!

Hope you enjoy watching along as I create these two journal inserts for my JD Butterfly Effect journal.

(Complete supplies list follows).

Have Fun !!
Dani x

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SUPPLIES LIST: (all from
Jane Davenport Butterfly Effect Journal
Jane Davenport Watercolour Inserts
Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers
Jane Davenport Confettissue die cuts
Tim Holtz – Idea-ology – tissue – Melange
Tim Holtz – Idea-ology – plain tissue
Contact clickable alphabet stamps – 1/4″ typewriter font
Liquitex Matte Medium
Dina Wakley Media – Heavy Body Acrylic – Night
Gel Press Printing Plate – A4
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Pad – Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, Antique Linen, Black Soot, Worn Lipstick
TCW stencil – Fantasty Sphere
Artist Cellar stencil – Tamara Laporte – Believe
Caran d’ache NeocolorII – lime gree, cobalt blue, blue & periwinkle blue
– Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks would also work
Ceramcoat – Bright Yellow
Prismacolor – China blue
Staz On – black & blue
brushes, sponges, water spritzer, paper towel


Winter Oxide Cuties – Mixed Media Art Journal Page with Distress Oxide Ink Pads


Hello Lulu Art lovelies!!

I decided to have a play with the Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Oxides this month.
What can I say but…   Ahhhh… maaaa…zing!!


I had a go with Dylusions journal inserts so you could see how the colours work on different types of paper…



The Oxides are so well known for making beautiful backgrounds…but…
of course, once I got going I couldn’t resist making faces… and I love them!!

I created some really cute loose faces… I especially enjoyed making my girls with freckles!!5a

Now I can’t wait to get my hands on all the new colours… got them sitting in my Lulu Art cart as I type!
I am off to shop!!
Hope you enjoy my tutorial!

Have Fun !!
Dani x

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SUPPLIES LIST:  (all from

Dylusions journal insert sheets
Ranger craft mat – an important piece of equipment for utilising the stamp pads as paint
Ranger Distress Oxide Stamp pads – original set but any colours would work
Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers
Mini Mister
White extra fine Sharpie
Black extra fine Sharpie
dictionary pages or any book page ephemera
Black gesso
Ceramcoat Ultra Blue
make up sponge
Donna Downey alphabet stencil
Indigo Blue Prismacolor pencil
Grass green Prismacolour Pencil
Heat tool
strong clear glue
liquitex matte medium
scissors, water, brushes


Star light, Star bright: mixed media girl.

titleStars in her eyes!!

I had a great time creating this page for Lulu Art this month.


Dina Wakley’s Grungy Stars rubber stamp set had a tiny stamp saying “Star light Star bright”  so I just ran with it…


A starry stencil, thanks to TCW..
Some glimmer and shine,

glimmer galaxy
courtesy of Lindy’s Stamp Gang Industrial chic sprays…

Touches of gold everywhere…

… topped off with a galaxy of stars in her hair (and a few in her eyes, of course!)

20170612_110902Hope you enjoy my tutorial!

Have Fun !!


Dani x

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(all from

Dylusions paper pack
Ceramcoat – Santa’s Flesh
Dina Wakley Media – Heavy Body Acrylic   – Black, Night, Turquoise & Lime
Liquitex Modeling Paste
palette knife
TCW- The Crafter’s Workshop – Jennie Bowlin –  Random Stars stencil
Golden Acrylic Glazing Medium
Finnabair Art Alchemy Metallic Turquoise
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Industrial Sprays (follow instructions)
Higgins white ink
Prismacolor pencils – various
Dina Wakley Grungy stars rubber stamp set
Ranger Archival ink stamp pad
Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks (sooo good!!)
Speedball Metal/Gold Leaf and Gold Leaf adhesive (sizing)
strong clear glueI have used s ZIG glue pen
Liquitex gesso – for stamping
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Set – starry colours gold set


BRAVE – Mixed Media Feathered Headdress

So here I am again Lulu Art lovelies!! Hope you have all been well and finding time to be crafty!!BRAVE - Dani

This was a fun tutorial to do for you… but I think it could almost  be called a “project” rather than a tutorial. It does get a little …involved ( even though quite a simple idea)

You may need a little stamina and probably a good Netflix series to get through and complete this one!! (I did!! 😉 )…  but I know it will return you a pretty piece to hang on your wall.

The video may need a little stamina aswell at 15 minutes but it will be worth it to get to the end…

I have given you some help though, breaking it up into steps
Step 1 – various ideas for feathersBRAVE - feathers2
At 6:20 time in the video you will find Step 2 – fronds (about 1 minute) & flowersBRAVE - flowers
At about 10:00 (mins) in, I start Step 3: the assembly of the entire headdress. You can see all the completed items to the left of the screen.BRAVE - background

If you just don’t have 15 minutes to spare in one sitting… but can spend 5 … then scroll through to each section at different times… or… zoom directly to 10 minutes in…  and you can see how it all ended up!! BRAVE - Done!

I  hope you get to watch the whole shebang… & that you have a go at it yourselves. Please tag me when you do, so I can come check out what you have made.
Have Fun & Enjoy. Always!!
Dani x

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SUPPLIES LIST: (links below)supply grid2

TCW stencil – Jenni Bowlin -four feathers
Donna Downey stencil – Poppy stems
Donna Downey stencil – grass
Prima Marketing Watercolor ConfectionsTHE CLASSICS & PASTEL DREAMS
Prima Marketing – Christine Adolph -Watercolor Resist fluid
Dina Wakley Heavy Body AcrylicPenny (metallic), Cheddar, Ruby, Lapis, Ocean, Blush
Finnabair – Art Alchemy -(metallic) turquoise
Ceramcoat – gecko, turquoise, laguna blue
Liquitex – gesso & matte medium
Strathmore mixed media paper
Daler & Rowney Langton HP watercolor paper – background
Dylusions Journal insert sheets – small
Pentel Aquabrush, pigma micron .005, Prismacolor blue pencil, Tombow dual brush – black, Ranger craft sheet, mini mister

other supplies:
Cutting mat, brushes, makeup sponges, water soluble black pencil, strong and quick drying glue, scissors & box cutter, sketch paper, book page ephemera