Finger Painted Background for Art Journal Page

Hello hello, Lulu Art fans!

Today I’ve set myself a little challenge – a simple black and white background for my journal page!  And I’ll let you in on a little secret, there is not one brush being used on this background in any way – none at all!  So how am I applying the paint?  Get ready to get dirty because we are going to get in there and do some fabulous finger painting to create this B&W background!

Check out how you can make this fast and simple page in this step-by-step clip.

Basic Steps

Glue collage paper (or cute paper bags) onto journal page using matt medium.

Add black and white gesso direct to page and spread with fingers – keep top lighter and make the bottom of page darker – add horizon line by swiping across the paint while it is still wet.  Make sure to try and blend your line at least a little, so it doesn’t look like a stripe!

Splatter with Lindy’s sprays while paint is still wet and dry with a heat tool.

Use matte medium to glue on collage papers and make the horizon line more prominent.  Then add stamped circles and patterns to page, focussing the pattern along the horizon line.

The stamped patterns really help break up the page background.


Fill some of the stamped images with crackle paste and add thinner amounts to the horizon line, using your fingers, allow the paste to dry and crackle.

Once the crackle paste is dry, add a little aqua pastel over the crackle on some of the circles.

To make sure the circles really POP add a little gold metallic paint and a hint of shimmering blue as well.

To finish the page, add some rough circles and illegible text using a fine tipped applicator bottle filled with paint.

at this point, it just needed something small to finish the page…..

I decided to add some of the Tim Holtz words to complete the page

Allow everything to dry and the finger painted page is finished.


The shine is so beautiful against the matt paint on the background!

 

SUPPLIES

I hope you enjoyed getting messy with me today, and if you need to purchase anything for this page you know you can get it from Lulu Art online.

oxoxo

Kate

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Bright and Beautiful Mixed Media Card

Hello beautiful Lulu Art fans, Kate here today with a bright and beautiful mixed media card to tempt you to get those stamps and inks out of the cupboard.

While there are a few steps, none of them are complicated, but just in case you need a little extra information I’ve filmed the whole process step-by-step.

Start by stamping the gorgeous stamp Woman with Birds from Carabelle Studio onto smooth card, using black Versafine ink.  Because there is such a large area of bold image (the hair) it’s likely that at least some port of this will not stamp perfectly!  Use the Jane Davenport Mermaid Marker in Shark’s Eye to color in any imperfections, and I’ve gone over the whole area of hair just to make it nice and dark.

Start working on the base card, I wanted something bright and pretty to offset the dark stamp so I’ve used a piece of Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper (where I was testing out the stamp) and colored this using Distress Oxide Inks swirled on using a small Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending Tool.

Once the background is colored the way you like flick some water over the ink and watch the magic happen – for a softer bleaching effect blot the water with paper towel after about a minute.

Use Jane Davenport Magic Wand pencils to color your image going heavy on the shadows to create a high contrast face.

Water down AquaPastels and add a hint of colour to the area around the stamped image – just so the surroundings aren’t totally white, keep it light and bright.

Embellish image with Glitz Sea markers to add a little sparkle.

Color film strip ribbon with alcohol markers (I used Copics) so that it better matches your image and attach to card front using Glossy Accents – the ribbon is very twisty, so make sure to clamp with bulldog clips until the glue is dry or risk it springing off the card and rolling up!

Add ‘Be Brave’ word embellishment and mount card front onto coloured base layer and then mount onto folded card stock.

Attach a few small coordinating flat backed gems and the card is complete.

Supplies

Have fun creating your own card using these ideas,

Kate

Jane Davenport Layered Mermaid Marker Page

Good morning Lulu Art fans – it’s been a while since I shared here on the blog, so I thought I’d start with a little art journal page with a lot of attitude.  Today we will be creating a page chockfull of Jane Davenport goodies and yummy colors all available from Lulu Art of course.  It starts with a freeform background and journal tattoos and finishes with a face fit for a drama queen.

This page is nearly impossible to explain in writing (well I could but you might be here for a while!) – so I’ve recorded the process so you can see each step and play along with me.

Start by painting the page with gesso then close the page and open again while the gesso is wet to create texture – flatten out any ridges where you intend to add your drawing or face.  Then, randomly add paint blobs to the page and squish the pages together.  Spread the paint on the journal page and while the paint is wet, add stamping.

When this layer is dry scrape on gesso and once dry apply journal tattoos onto the background.

Use a waterproof ink and stamp Jane’s single face stamp onto the page.   Add hair using Mermaid markers and add a base layer of acrylic paint onto the face and spread about with a water brush.

Using paint over pens and mermaid markers to add layers of color to the face and spread color with a water brush to soften colors.  Once dry outline face features with Fude Ball pen – ps the Dina Wakley Fude ball pen I used glides over the page (even the textured bits) like butter!!!!!

Add layer upon layer of color with Mermaid markers blotting with a paper towel and thinning color with a water brush, building up layers of color until you achieve the look you are after.

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While the color may not be even applied in this way, it sure is pretty!

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Define and add a final layer of color using Prismacolor pencils.

Embellish the hair and background with gold paint to finish the page off.

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Supplies

Jane Davenport

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Now it’s your turn, grab those supplies and go make art.

 

Watercolor Christmas Card

Can you all tell I’ve been having a complete blast making Christmas projects lately!  It seems everywhere I turn there is another idea for a new project – must be the Christmas sparkles inspiring me.  Today I’ve created a simple Christmas card with a water coloured background, a little stamping and a foiled Christmas sentiment.  You can grab the yummy goodies I’ve used from Lulu Art of course!  The steps are fairly simple, so let me show you how to create this pretty card.

Tape off the edges of your watercolour paper and then use masking ink to draw on some snowdrift shapes.

Use watercolours and create a wash for the snow drifts and a darker wash for the sky.

Once the background is dry, remove the masking ink and stamp some trees using watercolour paint as the ink for the stamps – let this dry thoroughly.

Add opaque molding paste through a stencil and leave to dry.

Use a Sharpie pen to splatter white paint over the sky for stars and then add a second layer of splatters using the Pearl color from the Gansai Tambi pearl paints.

Paint adhesive size over the molding paste and wait for it to become tacky, then add silver foil over the size.

Brush off any excess foil and trim and scruff up those edges with a distressing tool, before mounting onto some backing card.

Your finished card is elegant and ready to send.

I’ve also recorded every step so you can watch and create your very own Watercolour Christmas Card.

SUPPLIES

Grab those watercolours and make your own simple and elegant watercolour Christmas card oxoxo

Kate

Frida Journal Page with Kylie Stencil and Jane Supplies

OK how could I resist making an art journal page using Jane Davenport and Kylie Fowler supplies, especially now that Kylie is carrying Jane Davenport supplies in store I kinda HAD to make this page.  I was inspired by the riot of colours in the new collage papers and felt like I needed to make an equally riotous and wild page.  From there it was a short hop to Frida Kahlo as it’s Frida I think of when I think of wild and unrestrained.

While there are a few steps, all are simple and unrestrained and focus on fun and experimentation – so grab some papers, paint and some water soluble crayons or markers and have a play with me!  Start by gluing collage papers over your journal pages using mat medium and then allow to dry completely.

Now it’s time to create the base layer for your face, use the Peace face stencil from the Fowler face series as an outline and paint in the shape using Ceramcoat Santa’s Flesh.

Use a water-soluble marker to sketch in the facial features, and mermaid markers and one of Jane’s stencils to sketch the outline of flowers in the hair.

Now it’s time to tone down the page a bit.  Sketch the outline of Frida’s hair and then paint around the face and hair with gesso – make it as thick or thin as you like to hide or reveal the background details.  While the gesso is still wet, use an implement to scratch designs into the wet paint – this technique is called sgraffito.

Time to add some color to the face, I used Aquapastels to add the base colour and they dissolved beautifully.

Outline all the main elements using paint in a fine line bottle – this adds a little boldness to the image and helps to separate the image from the background and make it stand out against the very bold colors.

Add final details to the image using White Sharpie paint pen and Inktense pencils.

The combination of pencil for details and white paint to add some lightness finishes off the image.

And the finished page is a riot of colour – worthy I hope of Frida.

Now there is no way to capture the layers and process in words alone, so I’ve filmed the process of creating this page so you can all watch and play along!

 

SUPPLIES

I hope you’ve found a few new ideas in this page that you might like to try for yourself!


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…

 

SUPPLIES

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

Kate

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