Art journal, Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial, watercolour

Journal Page using Kuretake Gem Watercolors

Hello Lulu Art friends, Kate here on the blog today playing with the new Kuretake Gansai Tambi Gem color set of watercolors.  Have you seen the stunning new set, they are super pretty and metallic looking and today I’m going to have a play and see how they perform.  I like to play and test out new products before creating anything with them, so for my project for Lulu Art this month I’m going to test out the Gem colors and see what they can do.

This is the new Gem color set – I have to say I was a bit surprised when I began to use them as several colors are quite pale unless you leave water in the pan to create a syrup consistency.  After using them though, I did like this as it allows you to achieve quite a variety of looks with the same paints.  Watch out for the Gem Red color though  – compared to the others it’s SUPER strong in color!


Now I’m going to complete my testing all on the one small art journal page – watercolour paper is best, mixed media paper or card a close second.

You can watch as I play and then finish the page in the video below.

Wet on Wet

First I applied water to the card and spritzed each pan with water to activate the color.  Without waiting more than a minute I dipped my brush into each color and applied a little of each to the wet journal page.

The colors were lovely and light (except for the red) and as they dried created wonderful patterns and granulation effects – I wasn’t expecting that and I loved it!

Gelli Plates

Next, I wanted to see how the colors layer so I added some syrupy consistency Gem colors (this took about 30 mins for the paint to absorb the water) to small Gelli plates (not the recommended product for this) and used the plates to stamp the watercolor onto my page.  This gave some interesting transparent layered effects and looked gorgeous, but didn’t really test how opaque these could look.

Wet on Dry

So I let the base colors dry and left the watercolor pans to become super thick, super syrupy consistency and then loaded up a mop brush with color.  Being painting over the previous colors and tap on extra color with the brush as needed.  I found that if used like this, all of the Gem colors were about 80-90% opaque and nicely covered what was below.

Time to decorate

Now to turn my road test into a page, I chose to add some acrylic paint over the dry – but unsealed watercolors, using both Night and Turquoise from Dina Wakley.  I loved how the acrylics reactivated some of the watercolor creating unique blends and secondary colors – super pretty!

I also added marks and designs with a variety of pens, black, white and gold which really finished off the page for me.

A Tim Holtz word card and it’s finished.

Super pretty, super sparkly and very informative!  I now know a bit more about the colors and how they perform and I feel ready to go make something – maybe some cards using these same techniques and colors???


Thank you for reading and I hope this shows you how these new colours might look when you use them oxxo  Go grab yours from Lulu Art today!


Art journal, Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

Easy Painted Journal Page using Dina Wakley Acrylics

Hello, fabulous Lulu Art fans – I’m back today with a really simple art journal page, something I would usually do for myself as playtime!  Recently I was lucky enough to lave a cuppa (Australia for a drink and a chat) with the fabulous Kylie fowler from Lulu Art (yes THAT Kylie!) seriously how lucky am I!!!  We were chatting about the art we do for fun – you know the sort, not for any particular purpose or project – but just because. Kylie mentioned that she doesn’t see ‘my’ play stuff anywhere and I realised that she is right – I just don’t share it!  So today I’m sharing something I would usually create for myself and then maybe decorate or maybe not!  It’s a very simple background created with one of the easiest acrylic paint techniques I know of – Paint Scraping.

Start by grabbing at least 3 colors of acrylic paint – I’m using some of the new Pastel colors from Dina Wakley (you know I love these) and after much consideration, I decided on Apricot, Mineral and Carnation.

Use an old credit card or a fancy paint scraper to add one color at a time to the page – I explain this more in the video below.

You can see the paint scraping technique here

Add a hint of glamour by adding some Golden Irridescent Gold Fine fluid acrylic and a few splashes of Lindy’s sprays in grey and purple and then leave the whole page to dry.  Then you can begin decorating!  Now the time between this process of background and decorating can take me anywhere from a few days to a few years – I have many MANY undecorated background pages.  Honestly, I just love to play and experiment and a finished page doesn’t always mean pretty or decorated for me.

For this page, I’ve mixed a custom paint color (Lapis and Night) to make Navy and added a very simple leafy flourish which I’ve embellished using paint over pens, paint pens, and a metallic gold ballpoint pen.  A little stenciling, some stamping with Archival ink and I’m calling this page finished.

I think it’s the small details that bring this one together, the stencils, the little touches of colors in multiple tones (light to dark) and some stickers to finish it all off.


Up close you can see the little details that tie the colors together.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little peek into my studio play – not everything needs to be a masterpiece for it to be worth your time!



Art journal, Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

Feather Journal Cover

Hello there gorgeous people!  I am sooooooo excited to share today’s project with you –  I’m going decorate a Travelers Notebook insert cover and add a little extra strength to the cover so it holds up over time.  This is what I’ll be showing you how to make – a Travelers Notebook cover with a galaxy feather design – using yummy products from the Lulu Art store of course.


Now I know not everyone likes to watch video’s on how to step-by-step pages so I have both a video and written instructions on how to make this yourself!

Step 1

Add fabric bookbinding tape to the spine to add strength, then tear vintage papers into pieces and glue onto the journal cover using Matt Medium – be generous, as this will add strength to the fragile vintage papers.
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Step 2

Once dry, add words to the spine with Archival inks and a Tim Holtz Layering Stencil – Traveler.  Using the foam mini ink applicator gently add ink to the edges to enhance the vintage look.

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Step 3

Using the same Archival inks add some random stamping to the background to add a little pattern.

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Step 4

Use the Vintage Pastel Watercolour set from Prima to add some sheer and soft colour to the background and you can even disguise some of the text as there are 2 colours in the set almost the exact shades of vintage paper – swoon!

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Step 5

Add Prima’s Art Alchemy paints in Blackberry, Rich Turquoise, Pink Blush, Wild Fuschia, Pure Sunshine, Crocus Fields and Frozen Berries through the feather stencil – blend the colours a little and add in a semi ‘banded’ pattern – I created my colour bands horizontally going up the design with my palest or brightest colours in the middle and the darkest colours at the top and bottom.

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Step 6

Partially cover the painted design using Paynes Grey so that there are flecks of colour peeking through the darker paint.

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Step 7

Finish your Journal cover with a hint of lightness by adding splashes of white Sharpie paint marker to mimic stars in the night sky and adding a hint of metallic shimmer by outlining your design in gold acrylic paint.

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Add a word of your choice either in coordinating colours (use the same paints to colour it) or a contrasting colour for pop.




From Lulu Art of course!


  • American Crafts Thickers: Wander
  • Fabric Book Binding Tape
  • 49 & Market Stamps: Captured Adventures

I hope you have enjoyed this simple idea combining loads of my favourite supplies and one or 2 new ones!


Cards, Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial, Tim Holtz Supplies

Tim Holtz Floral Bouquet Card

Hello gorgeous Lulu Art fans!  Today I’m going to show you how to make this super pretty card that uses just one stamp, plus a bunch of beautiful products and techniques to really turn it into something special.   I’ll be combining products from Ranger, Tim Holtz (Stampers Anonymous) and Jane Davenport and I can’t wait to show you how to make this for yourself.

I’ll show you quickly how I coloured the flowers, but what I really want to show you is how to create that yummy vintage toned background!  Start by stamping the large Glorious Bouquet stamp onto XPress-It Blending card using Paris Dusk Memento ink – stamp 2 images – one as the base and one to cut up.

Color Images using Alcohol ink markers I used colors from Jane Davenport.  Keep the coloring simple, the stamp is very busy so you will need to use what’s already there color-wise as a guide and leave lots of white space on the flowers.  I used a very simple beginners technique – layering colours.  Start with the lightest colour all over, then add mid tones and finally your darkest colour just where it’s darkest on the original stamped image.  You can see this in the video below.


Now to create that super yummy vintage toned background for the card

This is the step where your card becomes to come together and take on a real old world vintage feel.

Begin by cutting the card background to size and then create a border by adding Archival ink in Pale Ochre over a stencil – just around the edges – using archival ink means this particular colour and design won’t budge!

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Add Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink over all the white areas of the background card using a foam applicator – you can even add this over the smaller flowers (very lightly), then add a little of the Antique Linen Distress Ink (just to darken the colour), once the white space is filled in then use a darker Distress ink (gathered Twigs) to edge the card.

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Add a little colour to the background using Distress Oxides in Seedless Preserves, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen and Shaded Lilac through the splatter stencil – add one colour at a time.

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Spritz the music note stencil with water and then press the wet stencil over your coloured card background, leave for a few seconds.

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Then blot the card with a paper towel to remove the water and reveal the bleached design.

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Next use Jane Davenport Magic Wand pencils to add depth and dimension to your stamped and coloured images by adding color to the white areas and black (or dark blue) to the shadows.  This will help lift some of the designs from the background and make other sections fade to the back.  Use double-sided foam tape to add the cut out flowers and leaves on top of the stamped background.


Finish the card by mounting onto coordinating colours of backing card, add mini beads and a little glitter (stickles or Finnabair) and add an embossed chipboard word.  When the stamped design is this busy it’s best to keep the embellishments simple.IMG_4550



All from Lulu Art of course!

Cards, Design Team, Product Review

Three Techniques with Dye-na Flow for Cardmakers

Hi gorgeous people, today I’m going to be making some fast fun cards with Dye-na flow inks from Lulu Art!   Now Dye-na flow is not something I’ve used a lot so I’m going to have a play with 3 different techniques to create three different but equally beautiful cards.


Begin by prepping your watercolour card – cut it to size and add some clear embossed images to 2 card pieces.



Spray water over watercolour cardstock and drip on a rainbow of Dye-na flow, begin with one drop of each colour and only add more if needed.  Splatter with gold Gansai Tambi paint and leave to dry



Add Dye-na flow to a paint palette and use a dry brush to add to dry watercolour paper, previously embossed.  This gives a quite varied and tonal effect and looks really pretty.  I used a single colour – Periwinkle.



Add a rainbow of Dye-na flow drops to a non-stick craft mat – I added the colours in the order of the rainbow so I didn’t make a muddy mess.  Then spritz lightly with water and press dry watercolour card (previously embossed) into the colour pool.  Press down with fingers to make sure all of the card has contacted the surface and then gently peel up and allow to dry.


Now it’s time to finish the cards!

Begin by adding embossing powder to chipboard elements – I used Obviously Black and Caesar’s Gold.


Add stamping to some of the card backgrounds.


Wrap each background in gold twine.


Add stickers or glitter.


Mount card fronts onto coordinating backing card and adhere embellishments and we are finished!



And of course, so you can watch and play-a-long I’ve filmed a process video for you, focussed on how to make those yummy Dye-na flow backgrounds!


I hope you’ve enjoyed these 3 simple ideas for using Dye-na Flow for your cards oxox


Art journal, Design Team, Jane Davenport Supplies, Mixed Media Tutorial

No Stress Art Journaling – Roses

Hello there fabulous Lulu Art fans and happy 2019!  Today I’m going to grab some beautiful paints, a stamp and stencil and of course my signature sparkles, and show you how to create this bright and bold art journal page!  It’s pretty, filled with simple techniques and really packs a punch of colour!

Now as with most things it’s easier to show to the process for this page rather than tell you about it – so I’ve made a short video to walk you through it all step by step.

Step 1

Cut 7 Dots Studio background paper to size (Homegrown) and then stamping with a Handwritten Text Stamp from Tim Holtz and Sandy Toes Squid Ink, then use Black Soot Distress Ink to add stripes with Shifter Stripe Stencil.

Step 2

Add tiny bits of paint to the background using a paint scraper, I used Jane Davenport Acrylics and Dina Wakley’s Magenta and Turquoise.

Step 3

Use Magenta and Dark Blue Paint with a flat brush to create the flower bases.  Add a second layer of Magenta to hide the background.

Step 4

Add a base layer of lime green to create the leaves and mix in a little of the blue paint to get a variety of green shades – it makes the leaves look more interesting.  Then use blue paint and a wet brush to edge the floral pattern.

Step 5

Splatter Distress Ink with water then blot with paper towel and begin to add the details.  Begin by adding extra detail to the flowers, using a flat brush add pink to one side of brush and white to the other side and paint the petals.  Then make that page shimmer by using the Starry Colors set from Gansai Tambi – add Starry GOLD and magenta and silver Metallic Mermaid Markers!  Just watch the page begin to shimmer!  Flick the background with Starry Gold and also add this to the flowers.

Step 6

Cover the smile sticker with white paint, then add the sticker to the page and add more white paint (so it really pops) then cover with Nuvo Glitter Drops and add a few white Higgins Drawing Ink paint drips to break up the background.

Step 7

Also, embellish flower with Nuvo Glitter Drops.

Step 8

Add doodling and outlines to the flowers and leaves with Paint Markers.

And the Make you SMILE style page is finished!  I hope it makes YOU smile 🙂



So grab a few of these yummy products from your favourite Mixed Media store (Lulu Art of course) and get crafty!



Cards, Design Team, Jane Davenport Supplies, Mixed Media Tutorial

Card with Jane Davenport INKredible Inks

Want to make a beautiful background that practically leaps off the paper?  Then let me show you how amazing Jane Davenport’s INKredible inks look on Yupo and you will be racing to the store to grab the supplies and try this yourself.

Create your own Yupo Background Step-by-Step

  1. Spray Yupo with water and drip on a little of each colour of Incredible ink
  2. Spritz with water from a height to create a pattern – the pattern will be more prominent on areas that have begun to dry
  3. Add a few spots of pearlescent acrylic paint and spray with water to make the color wick
  4. Spritz with alcohol blender from a height of approx. 30cm to create additional patterns
  5. Dry carefully with a heat gun – too close and your Yupo will buckle or warp – be careful
  6. Allow any remaining areas to air dry.
  7. Mount on a backing card (to keep it flat) and spray with an acrylic sealer (eg Crystal Clear)

Just look how beautiful this is – simply amazing.

To create the card

  1. Trim Washi Girls Washi sheet into separate images
  2. Add stamping to the background using Archival inks
  3. Cut shapes using Spellbinders dies and emboss using Lindy’s Embossing powder
  4. Add ribbon, washi girl and embossed die cute to background
  5. Add color to washi image using Paint Over Pens
  6. Add a little sparkle using Mermaid Markers
  7. Outline image using block acrylic in a fine liner bottle
  8. Mount onto base-card to finish

Watch this card come together and see this amazing INKredible Ink on Yupo right here in this video.



all from Lulu Art of course!

Art journal, Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

How to Use Dina Wakley Pouring Medium and Cell Creator

Well hello Lulu Art fans, today I’m going to play with something new, Dina Wakley Pouring Medium – it’s fun and a little scary and my friend Kylie who owns Lulu Art, thinks I’m about to make a huge mess, she might just be right (though I hope not)!

The product information says…….
Use Dina Wakley Media Pouring Medium to achieve colorful poured sheets, puddles, marble, and flow effects when mixed with Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints. Pouring Medium is non-crackling and dries to a satin finish without holding bubbles and allows you to write, stamp, and draw on your pours. Dina Wakley Media Cell Creator changes the density of your paint mixtures to create isolated variations in the colors, commonly referred to as “cells” in pours. Pour over various surfaces such as Media Board, journal pages, wood panels, canvas, and more. Available in 8 oz Pouring Medium, 1 oz Cell Creator, and 4 oz Pouring Medium and .5 oz Cell Creator set.

But what is it?

Pouring Medium is an acrylic medium that you mix with Dina Wakley acrylic paint (or any acrylic paint really). This mixture becomes a pourable, fluid paint that you play with to create interesting effects. To help you create cells in your pours, we also created Cell Creator.  Just a few drops in your pour mixtures creates serious MAGIC!

So how do you use Pouring Medium and Cell Creator?

  1. Start by adding a little Dina Wakley paint into a small mixing bowl or cup – use a different bowl for each color.  I think perhaps limit the colors to 5-7 different colors to begin – just so you don’t make a really big mess!
  2. Add the Dina Wakley Pouring medium to each cup, a good ratio to use is 1 part paint to 4 parts pouring medium
  3. Stir gently with a spoon or paddle pop stick
  4. Add 1 drop of the Cell creator to some of the paint mixes for larger cells, or add more for smaller cells, you can try adding more to one color of paint and see what happens
  5. Tip each paint mixture over your surface – one after another
    OR for a DIRTY POUR tip all of the paint into one bowl or cup and quickly upend this over your surface
  6. Tilt the surface or encourage the paint to move across the surface using a brush or paddle pop stick to create interesting patterns and effects
  7. Once happy with your design leave it to dry.  Drying time depends on your climate, more humidity means a longer drying time – give it at least 24 hours.

For my mixed media journal cover, I also created a little combination of Lindy’s Magicals mixed with water and Pouring medium and added this to the mix (next time I would NOT add any water to this as it made it too runny) and I also added some glitter – again I wouldn’t add this to a colored pour as it got lost – looked way better sprinkled over the top.

To finish off the journal cover I’ve added stamped images and then embellished with paint pens and stenciled images and a few paint drips – keeping it simple!


I’ve created a video so you can watch my little experiment and see how I finished off my journal cover just in case you might like to try something similar.


  • The pouring medium dries to a satin finish, though depending on the acrylic paint you’ve used it can turn out quite matt.
  • The fresher your Dina Wakley Media acrylic paints are, the more easily they will mix into the pouring medium. Either way, just keep mixing until your pouring mixture looks consistent – you’ve got lumps, keep stirring!
  • What can you pour on? Well, almost anything including plywood board, canvas, paper, wood, plastic, glass, metal, cardboard, and even aluminum foil!
  • Not sure what to use your pour for?  Think about canvas, book covers, collage papers, backgrounds, journals, and because the surface is matt you can paint over them or even draw on top!

I hope my little experiment inspires you to have a play with this for yourself, I promise the most nerve-wracking part is lifting the cup!


So grab some of the Dina Wakley Pouring Medium and see what you can create!