Believe – Mixed Media Art Journal Page

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Wow! April is almost here… 2019 is flying by! Makes the time that I spend creating all the more precious.

I had super fun this month, really enjoying the end results of my page.

I started with Dina Wakley Media – wallpaper – stencil in fuschia on a tangerine background. I then collaged a fab napkin that I had found with gold foil spots.

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Next, I had a play with some texture paste flowers through an Art by Marlene stencil by The Crafter’s Workshop – TCW691 – Songful Flowers

Once I had those done… the Christine Adolph flower stamps by Prima just took over!

PR-364406-2Hope you enjoy how my page turned out as much as I did.

Full list of supplies used follows the blog post

Enjoy watching!

Dani x

If you have any questions or would love to connect… come find me:

Blog – https://danichoate.wordpress.com
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/pygletwhispers
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/DaniChoate
Facebook – http://facebook.com/pygletwhispers
Society6 – https://society6.com/pygletwhispers
Pinterest – https://au.pinterest.com/pygletwhispers

SUPPLIES LIST:
Dina Wakley Media – heavy body acrylic paint
tangerine, fuschia, turquoise & blackberry
 – stencil – wallpaper
The Crafter’s Workshop – TCW691 – Songful Flowers – designed by Art by Marlene
Prima Rubber Stamps – Christine Adolph – Daisy Trio & Joyful Garden
Studio Light & Art by Marlene – ‘bold & bright’ watercolor set
Kuretake Gabsai Tambi calligraphy paint – Starry colours
Lyra 3-in-1 oil pastel- turquoise
napkin with gold foil spots
gold leaf would also be fine
Ranger Archival ink pads in lilac & black
Tim Holtz – small talk stickers
black fineliner

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Just Delightful – Mixed Media Art Journal Page

So lovely to be back here at Lulu Art for 2019… !!

Back into my journal again… and you know I love to splash the paint around in there!
So… considering that I will be working closely with the “Art by Marlene” brand this year and Lulu Art stocks such a wide range of her lovely products, I thought I would grab one of her stencils, and a couple of Studio Light stamps in her range and see where we end up.

First I scribbled on some Liquitex black gesso (a staple for me) and then went at it with this gorgeous TCW (The Crafter’s Workshop) stencil TCW811 – floral statement

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Then with these two stamps, I created this little story.

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Enjoy watching the video!

Full list of supplies used follows the blog post
Enjoy!!
Dani x

If you have any questions or would love to connect… come find me:

Blog – https://danichoate.wordpress.com
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/pygletwhispers
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/DaniChoate
Facebook – http://facebook.com/pygletwhispers
Society6 – https://society6.com/pygletwhispers
Pinterest – https://au.pinterest.com/pygletwhispers

SUPPLIES LIST:
The Crafters Workshop – TCW811 – floral statement
Studio Light – Art by Marlene
– leaves background stamp – stampbm10
– heart stamp – stampbm22
Dina Wakley Media – heavy body acrylic
             – fushcia, turquoise, eggplant, cheddar & night
Liquitex – Matte Medium
– Black gesso
Ranger – Archival Ink pad (black)
– Tim Holtz – Big Chat- sentiment stickers
White Sharpie – medium
Prismacolor Pencils – various colours
posca paint markers

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 🙂

 

SUPPLIES

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

oxoxo

Kate

Perfect Attitude – Mixed Media Art Journal Page

Hello again, sweet Lulu Art peeps!

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It has been hectic in our household this last few weeks with the wrap up of the school year. My girls finish school tomorrow though! (Cheering… can’t wait for the holidays!!).

So I grabbed a few moments to unwind this weekend and put together this page with a few supplies I picked up at Lulu Art.

I never really know where I am heading when I start out on an art journey. I just begin with a bundle of goodies and one of the many Dylusions journals. I try to slap some paint down pretty quickly so I don’t get any chances to overthink what I am doing. I choose whichever colour speaks to me on the day. The Dina Wakley ~ Fuschia has been calling my name a lot lately!

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With this page, I rough stencilled over with lime green using the ‘Blooming Garden’ stencil by TCW. I can see that this will be one of my favourites for a while… all those pretty flowers just make a lovely background. I next painted with my sponge through the stencil to highlight each of the stencils features.

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Washi was next… anyone else is addicted to washi? I have so many of these little rolls of goodness and take any opportunity to get them out. This pink dot on green roll is from the #4 Dina Wakley washi set and it didn’t disappoint!
(The #3 set is equally as great… #justsayin !!)

So once I could see two big round flowers, the page took on a life of its own… you can check out the finished page and the process video below.

Enjoy watching !

Full list of supplies used follows the blog post

Have Fun!!
Dani x

If you have any questions or would love to connect… come find me:

Blog – https://danichoate.wordpress.com
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/pygletwhispers
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/DaniChoate
Facebook – http://facebook.com/pygletwhispers
Society6 – https://society6.com/pygletwhispers
Pinterest – https://au.pinterest.com/pygletwhispers

SUPPLIES LIST:
Dina Wakley Media – heavy body acrylic
– fushcia… and the rest 🙂
Dina Wakley Media – #4 washi set
Dina Wakley Media – wallpaper stencil (brief appearance)
Dylusions A5 journal
Liquitex – black & white gesso
The Crafters Workshop – TCW stencil BLOOMING GARDEN – TCW810s – 6×6″stencil
Ceramcoat – Santa’s flesh acrylic paint
Dye-na-flow – permanent inks
Pentel water brush – fine
White Sharpie
Prismacolor Pencils – various colours
Ranger – Tim Holtz – Big Chat- sentiment stickers

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.

Tips

  • 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!

 SUPPLIES

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

oxoxo

Kate

Three Blooms – Mixed Media Art Journal Page

Hello again lovelies!!1535889847258794319376.jpgMy little Dylusions dyalog journal is helping me out this month again… such a great size for quick art!

This month, I just had to use the Art by Marlene’s ‘Circular Doodles’ background stamp again (LOVE it!!) and I added in Dina Wakley’s ‘Text & Scribbles’ stamp set aswell.

Only a little stencil work, even though my stencil stash is growing by the minute with all the pretty new stencils Kylie has been getting in recently! This page used TCW’s ‘Swirly Garden’ by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (TCW325s)

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…and a little washi heart to finish off

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Enjoy watching the complete video.

Have fun & Enjoy!!
Dani x

If you have any questions or would love to connect… come find me:

Blog – https://danichoate.wordpress.com
Instagram – @pygletwhispers
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/DaniChoate
Facebook – http://facebook.com/pygletwhispers
Society6 – https://society6.com/pygletwhispers
Pinterest – https://au.pinterest.com/pygletwhispers

SUPPLIES LIST:
Dina Wakley Media
Scribble Sticks – ruby & cheddar
Heavy body acrylic paints – lemon, turquoise & ruby
‘Text & Scribbles’ rubber stamp set
Washi tape set
Dylusions
Dyalog ‘dots’ journal
Journal insert sheets – black
Studiolight
Art by Marlene – ‘Circular Doodles’ background stamp
Sharpie white water-based paint pen – fine & medium
Prismacolor pencils – indigo blue & white
Liquitex gesso – white
Stencils:
TCW – Swirly Garden 6×6 (TCW325s)
Clickable alphabet stamps
StazOn – Ultramarine
VersaMagic – Cloud White

Marabu Mixed Media Art Sprays Road Test

Hi Lulu Art fans.   Kate on the blog today to talk a little bit about the new Marabu Mixed Media Sprays in the Lulu Art store.   Marabu sprays are described as brightly coloured waterbased acrylics, for light porous surfaces such as canvas, paper, and wood.  They are intermixable, water thinnable, quick drying, lightfast and waterproof.

Now you all know I’m a total Lindy’s spray die hard, so trying a new spray can be a bit challenging for me as I have no idea how they will react with other products or what I can combine these new sprays with – so I thought I’d give them a little road test with some of my favourite stuff.

The things I need to test are:

  • Are they REALLY permanent or do they reactivate when liquid or paint is applied over the top?
  • Can you draw on top of them?
  • Do they layer and how transparent are they?
  • Do they stay vibrant?

To answer these questions I’ve put a few of the Marabu sprays through their paces and created a Donna Downey inspired art journal page – you can see the page and the steps used to create it in the following clip.

I’ve created a quick video so you can see these in action for yourself.

How are these different from Ink Sprays?

Hmm – well this may depend on a few things and might need more testing, just in case the paper I used or the products make a difference!

  1. They are absolutely 100% permanent when dry!
  2. There is a small ball bearing in the bottles to help mix the paint.
  3. They are a sprayable acrylic paint (not an ink or dye).
  4. They are more opaque than ink based sprays.
  5. It is recommended to clean the sprayer each time the product is used to prevent blockages.

The verdict?

The Marabu acrylic sprays are a great Mixed Media spray and I can absolutely see a use for these in multi-layered artworks!  They layer well, though lighter colors disappear over darker colors, which is to be expected.  The colours are not reactivated by liquid or paint, so crisp colours can be created over the top, even with white.

The products play well with stencils and do not seem to wick as much as ink sprays when used – but do need to be washed off the stencil straight away.  They are NOT the same as ink sprays and products will behave as if over any other acrylic paints ie: the surface becomes somewhat slick and non-porous, eg: other acrylic paint goes on smooth over the top, but the surface is easily marked by pencils.  Weird but true fact – pencils wipe off with a baby wipe when used over the sprays – ask me how I know this 🙂

Depending on how they have been applied you can sometimes see the little particles of acrylic paint and this creates fine patterns (though only when sprayed over a wet surface) – which is a cool effect but dilutes the colour slightly.

The colors stay wonderfully bright, though are less ‘clean’ in colour than ink sprays, probably due to the opacity!  The gold is STRONG and does not play well with other products – by this I mean you can see it sitting on top of all other products and nothing seems to layer over it other than thick gesso or perhaps heavy body acrylics, it acts as a resist!

I’ll be using these on my projects when permanent colors are required, the fact that they really are permanent and there is no bleed-through is brilliant!!  These will be a handy addition to my mixed media toolbox.

SUPPLIES

I hope you’ve learned a little more about the Marabu Mixed Media sprays if you have any questions, just leave them in the comments.

Kate