Mixed Media Altered Jewelry Box

Hiya again! Idiana here from Idiana’s Creations with an altered jewelry box project this time.

Original Jewelry Box

This little box I found at my favorite local thrift store (I know we all love to find great deals and be thrifty!). It looked like someone had already repainted it but did not do a great job and for some reason added a cheap plastic “pearl” on one of the knobs. But that didn’t stop me from making the transformation.

Here are some more close ups and a full video tutorial below with the complete supply list that you can get at Lulu Art Supply Store.







Supply list:








Stencil TCW – 6X6 TEMPLATE – ART IS 




I am an Artist Canvas Tutorial

Hi everyone, rockmelon recycled here. Every day is a great day to create.  Todays tutorial is exploring stamping, stencils and finger painting.  We are never too old to finger paint, and it’s fast becoming one of my favourite techniques.  This tutorial is suitable for beginners through to advanced artists, so grab an apron and some paints.


Supplies List

Canvas approx 12 x 12 (I used a recycled canvas from an op shop)

Vintage paper pack

‘Courageous Creativity’ printable

Mod Podge (I use a matte finish)

Dylusions Paint: black marble, crushed grape, bubblgum pink, vibrant turquoise, fresh lime, London blue, lemon zest, white linen.

Stencils: I am an artist, and inspired words 

Stamp: Donna Poppy

Stazon black archival ink pad

Paintbrush for stencilling

Palette (I use an old china side plate)


Small piece of thick card for spreading paint



Watch the tutorial here, and remember that art is about playing, exploring and having fun.


Rochelle aka rockmelon recycled




And don’t let you inner critic tell you that you can’t paint, go right ahead, it will be silenced when you begin to paint. Have a great week everybody!

Find rockmelon recycled here.

Textured Mixed Media Card with Rust Paste

I’m back with another Mixed Media project for Lulu Art!  Today we are going to create a mixed media card from vintage papers, scraps and the fabulous pastes and paints from Prima and Finnabair – go grab what you need to create this from the Lulu Art Store!

There are a few steps involved in creating this card – but each step is so simple you will easily be able to follow along and create your own version, plus it helps that there is a start to finish video at the bottom of each section.  Why so many steps, because each element helps build texture and layers of colour that you could just not achieve any other way (believe me I’ve tried!)!

Basic Process

Glue vintage papers onto a piece of thick base card using Matte Gel and allow to dry.

Scribble Neocolor in Gold and Ochre over the paper, spritz with water and spread with a paintbrush – this will add a more vintage look to the papers and give a consistent colour.

Add layers of paper, ephemera and material using Matt Gel and then add even more texture using stencils and Light Molding Paste.  Once this base layer is dry add Liquitex ink in Transparent Raw Umber to darken the background and collaged elements, spritz with water to vary the strength of the color.  I left it dark on the material and lighter on the background.

Using the dry brush technique, add a light layer of gesso over the background – you could stop right here it’s so pretty!

Add some stamping and stenciled images for a little variation, using Distress Oxide and Archival ink pads.

You can see exactly how the textured mixed media background was created in this process video.


The create the embellishment collage, add a layer of 3D elements (make sure these are chunky, eg: flowers, buttons, leaves, papers, vintage or ornate metal embellishments).  You can purchase pre-made embellishments or create your own, I’ve used a combination of purchased and hand-made elements.  Arrange in a pleasing layout and then glue onto your background.

Carefully cover all of the embellishments in Rust Paste – Dark Brown, make sure to coat the top and bottom of flower petals, also brush a little of the paint over the background.

Then using a fine brush or sponge (or both) add the yellow and orange Rust Paste and Light Patina and Turquoise Metallique Art Alchemy paints.

To finish the card panel add Light Patina and Turquoise Metallique paints to the background and spritz with water to make the colours run.  This visually separates the background and the embellishment layers, plus it looks so pretty!!!

Add some mini beads and text embellishments, mount the panel onto neutral coloured cardstock to finish, then sit back and admire the pretty colors – and they really are VERY pretty colours!

You can see exactly how each layer and colour was added to create the Rust Effects on the embellishments in this video.


and here are a couple of close-ups so you can see how absolutely yummy this looks.



Beautiful Things by Jesse Warren

G’day lovely people,

Kylie here. I’m presenting you with Jesse Warren’s mixed media tutorial today as I think he may be still on his honeymoon. I hope he’s enjoying married life with his beautiful wife. What an exciting time in life for him.

You are going to love his tutorial. The final piece is absolutely beautiful. I love it.


Jesse Warren from Warrencreations for Lulu Art Design Team March Project 2017.

Strathmore Mixed Media 11×14 Pad
Liquitex Matte Medium
Needle Tip Applicator 
Tim Holtz – Layered – Stars 
Tim Holtz – Layered – Numbered
Dylousion Inks
Campso Teal
Bubblegum Pink
Fresh Lime
Lemon Zest
Crushed Grape
Ranger/Dylusions Fancy Florals
Heartfelt Creations Elegant Word Stamp245 Green
Acrylic Stamp Block

Ink Pads
Versa Magic Inkpad – Cloud White 
StazOn – Jet Black

Tombow Markers
245 Green
725 Pink
665 Purple
555 Blue
925 Orange
Water Brush
Paper Towel
White Sharpie Paint Pen or Posca Paint Pen
Water Sprayer/Mister
Pipette Droper
Medium Thickness Card Stock – White
Stickers or Rub Ons

Visit Lulu Art for the best art supplies around!

Visit Jesse Warren Creations

I hope you enjoyed Jesse’s tutorial. Did you read Jesse’s Artist’s Interview yesterday? Click HERE to get to know him.



Happy Creating,

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Artist Interview with Jesse Warren

design-team-2017Today it is my pleasure to introduce the next Lulu Art Design Team Member for 2017.

Introducing Jesse Warren from Warren Creations. Jesse is the youngest member of our team, as well as being the only male. Jesse will inspire you with his eagerness to improve as an artist and his enthusiasm, as well as his easy going nature. I’m hoping Jesse will inspire other males to get into mixed media.

I asked Jesse to tell me about himself and asked him a few questions over a virtual coffee.


Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.
I am 25 years old and I live in Hervey Bay Queensland, in Australia. I live on just over 2 acres with my new wife, horse and our rag doll cat. I am a warehouse manager for an electrical contracting business. I enjoy watching movies in our home theatre, photography and enjoying and making the most out of life. I became a married man this month, the 18th of March to be exact and I cannot wait to create and enjoy this next chapter in my life.


How/when did you get interested in art?
I have always enjoyed art. I did art in high school but stopped when the teacher told me, for an assessment, that my colour palette and shading were not up to her standard and I was made to paint over it and start again. I believe that art is not meant to be perfect and can many mediums can be used at once. But I never stopped there and have been creating ever since. A lot of my methods are trial and error and experimenting with what works best for me and what I enjoyEllie

Can you remember one of the first things you drew/painted?
I wish I kept them but they got damaged in a move. They were a series of cartoons and figures for a class art assignment. This was my first real experience using coloured pencils to build up light and shading. I also painted a sunset looking over silhouetted mountains. This was my first real experience using and blending acrylic paints.

What’s your favourite piece of work that you have created

I am objective and honest with my work and don’t believe that I have ever reached a stage in my creative journey where an artwork has stood out as my complete favourite as yet, but I do like a piece that I have been working on recently. I cant stop staring at it and its not even finished yet! So that must tell me something!

Do you have a favourite artist?

I have a few and go through stages but my top most favourite would defiantly be Tamara Laporte from Willowing Art. I love her lose and carefree nature when she create and her general style just appeals to me.


What’s the best thing about being an artist?
Being able to get messy and by the end of a creation to be able to say that you have accomplished something that you can be proud of and feeling joy at the possibility that  others might like it. It helps me let go of any issues that may be bothering me and has taught me how to be patient and more easy going.

17121380_10211611431738225_2033113317_oDo you like to have music playing while you create and if so, what kind of music do you listen to that inspires you?
Quite often I listen to spotify and listen to the current hits. But I am a big sucker for the Disney channel songs (Most likely the kid in me that refuses to grow up!)

What is your favourite thing that you often include in your work?

I am not quite sure yet but hope to find this as my art journey grows, but I do tend to favour the colours green and blue and often put butterflies or wings in my work. Most recently, I have stated including rabbits in my work.Blonde

What are you doing when you’re not creating?
I can be seen taking photos as I also really enjoy photography. I love being in my veggie patch, attending to and nurturing my crops. I love sitting on our back patio, listening to and hand feeding the wildlife that have grown to trust my wife and I.Graphite

What are your favourite products to use?
I have always been drawn to everything Tim Holtz and I have also been loving liquitex.

Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?
The biggest thing I can say is just keep trying and be willing to experiment and keep playing. Sometimes it may not always work out but you should enjoy the process and you will  better for it.

Where can we view your work?






Do you have any upcoming online or offline classes where we can enjoy learning from you?

Perhaps some day, when I have a greater level of knowledge and skills that I can teach everyone.


I hope you enjoyed getting to know Jesse, our next Lulu Art Design Team Member. Pop back tomorrow to see Jesse in action when he creates a free tutorial for you. It’s beautiful.

Happy Creating,


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Kylie Fowler Website

Sunny Days – mixed media art tags

Hey there, Lulu Art lovelies!!

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Dani Choate (a.k.a. pyglet whispers) here!

Today, I get to spend some arty time with you all on the LuluArt blog and I just can’t wait to show you how I created these two sunny day tags using fab products from luluart.com.au

So… take a seat, grab a coffee, figure out where the pause button and the speed controls on Youtube are…  as you might want to catch a still or slow down the process for a closer look somewhere along the way…

…and most of all… enjoy the ride!!

I started some pages by basically, just having a play. I used good quality paper and went with whatever ideas came to mind.

A blue background…


a deep teal swirl… lime and yellow dots…  and a white overlaid stencil.


Next, I took some prints from the wet page.


This is something I often do, just simply to dry my work off  a bit so I can keep creating…  (I am more than a bit impatient with drying times!!)

In this video…I finally went with the tags and once I had the idea… I ran with it!


Hopefully you enjoy the process!!

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Have fun recreating something like this for yourself…  and tag me if you do, so I can come take a look!!

Much fun and many wishes… ’til next time!

~Dani x

If you want to see more of my work you can catch me in a few different places:

Instagram – http://instagram.com/pygletwhispers 

Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCq2T-XZ-aTUS4x64N5xbbA

My blog – http://pygletwhispers.blogspot.com  

Facebook –  http://facebook.com/pygletwhispers

Society6 – https://society6.com/pygletwhispers



Dina Wakley heavy body paints – lime, yellow, ocean

Dina Wakley fine tip applicator

Dina Wakley palette knife

Liquitex – gesso

Liquitex – modeling paste

Strathmore Mixed media paper

Inkssentials Giant Craft tags – manila size #12

Caran D’Ache Neocolor II soluble wax crayons – yellow, emerald green, cobalt blue & vermillion red

Prismacolor pencils – grass green, true green, orange, Spanish orange, blue denim & black

Pentel Aquash waterbrush

Ceramcoat – Carribean blue craft acrylic

Sharpie white water-based paint pen – stock up because you will see me using these a lot!


Artist Interview with Dani Choate

design-team-2017Today it is my pleasure to introduce the next Lulu Art Design Team Member for 2017.

Introducing Dani Choate from Pyglet Whispers. Dani is known for her beautiful mixed media artwork, particularly her cute whimsical girls.

I asked Dani to tell me about herself and asked her a few questions over a virtual coffee.

Dani Choate is a mixed media artist, designer and art journaler form Sydney. After studying Graphic Design in the early 90s she spent the next 12 years immersed in the Natural Health and Alternative Therapies industries. When her children were small she was inspired once again to return to art making. These were adventures in soft toy design, zine editions, lino & gocco printing, ATC & ACEOs, book page line art and a hobby turn at children’s fabric design.

Her current work is most often whimsical, feminine and full of colour & pattern. She displays a playful, childlike quality within each of her pieces.


Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.

I predominantly spend my time being a mum to my 3 young girls…7, 10 & 13. I am a mixed media artist, designer and illustrator. I am also a collector and source and sell all kinds of vintage and eclectic bits and pieces, not only online but also from a space that I have at a vintage emporium in Sydney’s Alexandria. Arting is my release, my time. The moments I can be most, myself.

How/when did you get interested in art?

I think I have always been interested in ‘making things’ and creating. I cannot remember a time that it wasn’t just a natural part of how I functioned.


Can you remember one of the first things you drew or painted?

Aside from preschool painting and creating and at home as a child with my mum, a teacher…. I do remember a particular time when I was about 8 or 9 when I saw a stranger painting a seascape at the beach. I remember being particularly transfixed by what he was doing. I stood behind him and watched for ages until at some point he turned and offered me a small canvas board and a paint brush. He set me up next to him and began to show me step by step how to paint the water to get the foam at the top of each wave and how to paint the clouds to get a little shadow on each fold. I remember thinking it was a bit like magic!! Seriously…I must have painted that particular image a thousand times over the next few years, practicing and perfecting what I had learned from him. I was not very good at it…but I was hooked at trying to be!

What is your favourite piece of work you have created?

Recent favourites…

Do you have a favourite artist?

So many favourites… the list is really never ending. Currently I am inspired by artists like Estee McLeod, Maria Pace-Wynters, Lizanne Tran, Helmtrud Kraienhorst, Hanna Ekegren, Tina Berning, Kyoko Uematsu. Cori Dantini, Gustavo Aimar, Claire Desjardin… do I have to stop??

oppurtunity-c_wm_resizedWhat is the best thing about being an artist?

Exploration, possibilities, expression, immersiveness, stillness, clarity – the space it draws you into.

Do you like to have music playing while you create and if so what kind of music do you listen to that inspires you?

I have current favourites but they are always changing… at the moment I am listening to a lot of  Mansionair, Rufus, Palmistry and Christine & the Queens .

What is your favourite thing that you often include in your work?

Faces, flowers, pattern and colour.


What are you doing when you are not creating?

Adulting, taxiing family members and scrambling to make a living… would much rather be arting.


What are your favourite products to use

White sharpie, acrylics, posca pens, caran d’ache neocolour II, collage & spray paint (when I get a chance)

Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?


As a younger person I was encouraged to approach the world from a perfectionist standpoint. I grew up in a family where art and art making was given little importance and doing only what you were good at was valued over doing what you loved.

In my experience, this perfectionist standpoint makes it very difficult to ever begin the process of art making. If you begin to create something, with an attachment to a specific outcome, you give yourself  no room for error, no room for exploration, no room for mistakes. Yet, mistakes are important, mistakes are our teachers, mistakes are in fact, vital. Mistakes allow you to observe yourself and your responses and to explore your capabilities. Mistakes give you the gift of being able to discover your new ‘edges’ and have faith that abilities that you didn’t even know yet existed will always be ENOUGH. Embrace the mistakes that you may make within your art. They are the teachers that we can rely upon to guide us along our way.

Where can we view your work?

INSTA: http://www.instagram.com/pygletwhispers

VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCq2T-XZ-aTUS4x64N5xbbA (Dani Choate)

BLOG: http://www.pygletwhispers.blogspot.com.au

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/pygletwhispers

SHOP – http://www.society6.com/pygletwhispers

Do you have any upcoming online or offline classes where we can enjoy learning from you?

It has been in the works for a while but hopefully this year I will be holding some local workshops – will keep you posted!


I hope you enjoyed getting to know Dani, our next Lulu Art Design Team Member. Pop back tomorrow to see Dani in action when she creates a free tutorial for you.

Happy Creating,


Kylie - Signature

Lulu Art Supplies Store

Kylie Fowler Website