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!

 

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


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Warren Creations – Christmas JOY

Hey guys, Jesse here from warrencreations with another Lulu Art Project.  I am so excited as It is my time again to share with you my tutorial which takes you through my process for creating the the image below.

Wow can you believe that it is Christmas already? By golly this year has gone so fast!
This will be my last lulu art tutorial ladies and gentlemen. 😦 I wanted to do something big a special but that did not happen. My laptop died (R.I.P) half way through this tutorial so I lost all my video footage! Thankfully I had taken photos on another camera.  So you are just stuck with me giving you the breakdown in the steps below and if you like, watch the slide show I put together with some themed Christmas tunes at the end of this tutorial 🙂

Step 1: Background and face elements

I used the dylusions journal  ( A BRAND NEW ONE THAT IS ABOUT TO BE BROKEN IN). For the background, I used an inkjet printer and printed some verses on adhesive A4 paper. My printer uses what is known as “Dura Brite Ultra Ink” that is a waterproof and smudge proof ink so I can put paint and wet mediums on top with no bleeding or ink running. I also tried doing the same method above but printed on tissue paper but the final page was a little too textured for this project so I went with the a4 adhesive paper version instead.

Ontop of the adhesive paper I used dylusions paint rubbing with a baby wipe to make sure to only apply a thin layer. I stamped a stamp that I thought looked like snow flakes around the edge of the page to create a frame and a border. I then traced a face using the Jane Davenport face stencil and blocked in some basic skin tone and facial features.

Step 2: Block out Hair

Using neocolour crayons I shade in a basic layer of hair. While this layer is still wet, I go over with a similar tone in acrylic paint blending the two as I go. Add a layer of white acrylic paint to the eyes.

Step 3: Define elements 

Define the hair, lips and skin to add contrast and shading . I used a mixture of acrylic paint, dylusions paint, tombow markers, prisma colour pencils and neocolour crayons to build up thin layers. This process can take some time but is where it all comes together.

Step 3: Add antlers 

I sketched a antler onto a scrap bit of paper. I then scanned into my computer to play around the sizing. I printed out multiple sizes so I could chose the correct one that I though best suited. I cut out the one that I was happy with and traced around with a dark neocolour crayon. I then flipped the antler horizontally to create a mirror effect and traced out it in the same way. I then blocked in a layer of colour using dylusions paint.

Step 4 : Add Background Elements

Using a jpeg image I brought online, I cut the stencil out with my brother scan and cut machine. (The best toy ever if you want to make your own stencils) I used a make up wedge to pounce dylusions paint though the stencil. I did multiple passes though each to build up the strong colour.

Step 5: Define the stencil elements

Using liquitex matte medium as a glue, I pounced the medium over the painted image and added glitter in the same colour as the paint. I pressed the glitter down finger and a bit of pressure to make sure it had good contact with the matte medium. Once Dry, I used liquitex gloss varnish to further seal and loose glitter.

Step 6: Use washi tape

Using sliver washi tape, I used to give the appearance that the decorations were hanging from the top of the page.

Step 7: Keep building up definition 

Define any further elements that need more work such as the hair, build the colour up in the eyes, eye lids. Keep creating thin layers of colour until you are happy.

Step 8: Fine Details

Define further all the little details and elements such as the eye lashes, lips, jewellery ect

Step 9: Fake Snow

Use fake snow paste to build up interest. This paste already has a sparkle too it but I added extra glitter over the top for something extra special and to help tie in the glitter elements on the other page.

Step 10; Add a final verse

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Using my inject printer and clear adhesive printer paper, I am able to create my own “transparent transfers” I then add paint and my own elements over the top to help blend the layer into the piece and make it look like it belongs.

And that is it! I hope you enjoy it. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Hope your christmas is filled with lots of good food, laughter and happy memories.

 

 

ENJOY MY RABBITS, NOW LETS GET CREATING 🙂

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 Supply List

Dylusions Journal 9×11
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/2058.htm

Dylusions Paint
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/2044.htm

Dirty Martini
Campso Teal
Chrushed Grape
Bubble Gum Pink
Postbox Red
Pomgrante Seed
Melted Chocolate
White Linen
Black Marble

Stencils
Hot Off The Press Stencils 6″X6″-Small Christmas Ornaments
Round circle Stencil
Jane Davenport Face
http://www.luluart.com.au/SearchResults.asp?Search=jane+stencil&Submit=

Matte Medium
Liquitex Matte Medium
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1922.htm

Gloss Varnish
Liquitex Gloss Varnish
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1922.htm

Make up Wedges
Paint Applicator Botttle
Craft Stamp- Snowflake

Archival Ink
Leaf Green
Vermillion
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1831.htm

I would now like to take the time to personally thank Kylie @blissfulpumpkin for giving me the second look and the chance to be on your design team. It has personally been a pleasure and wonderful journey. I have enjoyed every minute of it and are open for any further challenges if you will have me 🙂

Thanks for watching! Please be sure to the visit Lulu Art Store for the best art supplies around and please come see myself for many more of my creative journeys.

Jesse EDIT DT

Kylie’s Face Stencil Demo by Theresa Miers

Hello LuluArt friends. We all love and art challenge, right? I am Theresa, and I embraced a personal art challenge opportunity when I recently received a set of Kylie Fowler’s new face stencils. You see, I’m really okay with trying to draw or paint a face in my own, sometimes quirky, way. Until now it never occurred to me to ever use a stencil to map out the face. With Kylie’s recent release I thought it was a great time to try something new to me and do just that. But first I must play.

Face stencil outlines

My main objective was to use the stencil in a way that would feel most ‘natural’ to me and take advantage of it purely as a tool. The first thing I did was flip back through my own work to find my inspiration. I found a watercolour piece I’d done with a quarter turned face and I set about re-creating it with Kylie’s quarter turned stencil. I was really happy with that first start. So I tried it again. And again. And again. Each time just doing somethings a bit different and somethings a bit the same.

Kylies Face Stencil by Theresa - dry brushing

As you can see from the pictures and the video it looks nothing like a watercolour painting anymore. And I think it’s safe to say that my end result looks very much like something I’d do but with someone else’s face map to lay a foundation. I used a lot of dry bushing technique with water activated art supplies to create layers for an impressionist style, mixed with collaging paper napkins.

 Stencil face sideways

I was really happy with the creative places it took me as I opened up to the possibilities of trying something I’d never really considered before. It was definitely worth trying something different, especially if that different is finding new discoveries. Watch the video below to see where my art play lead me and how I used the quarter turned stencil to paint my face.

Stencil face mouth detail

Have you tried the new face stencils yet? They are not just for artists unsure of how to map out a face, they are also great for recreating your own works differently.

Kylies Face Stencil by Theresa - finishing touches

Supplies I used that are available at the Lulu Art store.

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Strathmore Mixed Media Art Journal

This professional quality journal is excellent for watercolour, gouache, acrylic graphite, pen & ink, coloured pencil, marker, pastel and collage. 100% cotton fibre, acid free, lignin free, archival. 64 pages of 90lb paper bound into a journal.

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Artist Cellar – Kylie Fowler Stencil – Fowler Faces 4pk – 6×6

Kylie Fowler – Fowler Face Series – Pack of 4. Kylie is known for creating artwork with big soulful eyes that capture your attention. All designs 6′ x 6′. Unique premium quality stencil designs from Artistcellar. Designed by Kylie Fowler.

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Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint – 8oz – White

Your favourite Ceramcoat paint in the bigger 8oz bottle. Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint has a creamy, smooth consistency for one coat coverage that dries to a uniform, matte, permanent finish. This paint is perfect for a wide variety of hard surfaces.

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Caran d’Ache Neocolor II Water-soluble wax pastel

Caran D’Ache – Neocolor II – Water Soluble wax pastel / artist crayon. The widest range of wax-based water-soluble pastels on the market. High pigment concentration for bright and opaque colours. Soft and easy to work with, strong bright colours.

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Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks 12/Pkg

Scribble Sticks are versatile, high quality pigment sticks that sketch like crayons but are water-soluble like watercolour pencils. Create backgrounds and blend colour to a transparent shade using water or create bold, opaque designs, scribbles and marks.

 

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Derwent – Inktense Pencils 12pk

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Liquitex Matte Medium 16oz

Creates a matte, non-reflective finish and dries translucent, permanent, non-yellowing, and water resistant. Mix it with any acrylic colour or Liquitex mediums or thin by adding up to 25% water. Also makes an excellent glue for collage.

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Jane Davenport Mixed Media Paint Over Pens 5/Pkg

American Crafts – Add beautiful colours to your craft projects using these paint over pens by Jane Davenport. This wonderful assortment of paint pens is perfect to personalise your handmade gift bags, tags, cards and other paper craft projects.
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Live with Promise

We all live in such a busy world and time goes by in a blink of an eye. There is a beautiful TCW stencil I use often in my work “Live Love Laugh” it reminds me to slow down and take a breath.

I have combined part of it in my next piece

“Live with Promise”

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I like to blend from one colour to another when using the stencils as I like the effect.

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It is fun to use the back ground colour in the faces rather than blocking in a flesh tone each time. Variety is the spice of life.

I hope you enjoy watching the video and have some fun experimenting with different back ground colours.

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Full Product List

Dylusions Paint  Crushed Grape, White Linen, London Blue, After Midnight, Black Marble, Bubble Gum Pink
Liquitex White Gesso
Brushes 1/4 and 3/8 angle, 10/0 Liner
Brayer
Palette Knife
Sponge Dauber
Strathmore – Mixed Media Paper Pad 6 x 8
Teflon Craft Mat
Stencils: Tim Holtz; Fade Dot, Wildflower, Lattice work, TCW; Mini Live Love Laugh

 

 

 

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Mixed Media Cards Using Distress Oxides by Idiana’s Creations

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Hiya wonderful crafters!! Idiana here from Idiana’s Creations with another mixed media project. Today I have an easy and fool proof way to make 3 cards with 3 different oxide techniques to highlight. Also I am using Donna Downey’s beautiful poppy stamps. Full supply list and video tutorial are below.

DONNA DOWNEY – UNMOUNTED RUBBER STAMP – DONNA POPPIES

TIM HOLTZ – DISTRESS OXIDE INK PADS: Fire Brick, Worn Lipstick, Broken China, Wilted Violet, Faded Jean

CANSON – WATERCOLOUR PAD SPIRAL BOUND – CP – 7 X 10

 EMBOSSING POWDER

TIM HOLTZ – LAYERING STENCIL – WILDFLOWER

SPEEDBALL – METAL LEAF – GOLD

SPEEDBALL – METAL LEAF – ADHESIVE SIZE

RANGER ARCHIVAL INK PAD – VARIOUS COLOURS Jet Black

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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…

 

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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