Warren Creations – Express Yourself

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.

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This lesson for me was all about learning to let go and be free. Do what makes you happy, learn to let got and be yourself. Focus on the moments that make you happy and forget the ones that dont. No one can make you feel anything less then the beautiful person that you are.

I have become quite addicted to colour lately.  The delicious pots of colour from the dylusions range are just the best.

 

I have been sticking to my word and have been using my journals and I am really loving

 

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
Lemon Zest
Squeezed Orange
Bubblegum Pink
Crushed Grape
Fresh Lime
Cut Grass
Campso Teal
London Blue
White Linen

Dylusions Spray Ink
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1863.htm
Black Marble

Stencils
Kaisercraft 12×12 Stencil Flora Quarters
https://www.kaisercraft.com.au/newsite/products.php?prod=T620

Dylusions 9×12 Stencil Dotted Flowers
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1867.htm

Paint Markers
Montana Black
https://www.montana-cans.com/en/marker-und-inks/acrylic-marker/

Stamps
Unity Wild Poppy
https://www.unitystampco.com/

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

Make up Wedges
Paint Applicator Botttle

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

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Painting Roses with Prima Marketing Tropicals Watercolor Set

 

Hi. I am Theresa, and it’s my turn to show you how I get creative with some of my Lulu Art art supplies.

I bought myself a tin of the Prima Marketing Tropical watercolours recently and I set about trying to learn how to create those lovely loosely painted roses that are popular right now. I bought the Tropicals especially for this purpose because this tin had a nice selection of vibrant colours. As I go through my yellows quicker than any other colour I was happy to note this tin had three yellows in it. And I really like the intensity of the violet which is very useful to make those darker tones instead of using black.Rockside Ruby Prima Tropical swatch

My first attempts were quite clumsy to say the least but perseverance in learning to manipulate the brush strokes and gauging the amount of water that was required to get the effects I was after was worth the investment in time. What I was happy to note is this tin selection had colours that blended together beautifully to give new colour variations without going into muddy and grey tones. Which makes this set a great place to start for a beginner in my opinion.

Rockside Ruby Prima Tropical swirls

So I started to experiment with trying to make some roses, and while most of them were recognisable as roses I hadn’t quite hit that sweet spot where I felt comfortable with how they were made. So it was not without its frustrations. It was in one of those moments of frustration I let go of the expectation I would paint a flower and I decided to just start ‘puddling’ around.  Is was in this phase of my learning that I found inspiration to try a different approach. My swirly puddles of merging colours were to become my base layer to paint the petals over the top of.

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I wanted to make the roses and leaves to be separate units so I could cut them out and use as embellishments on a variety of crafting projects. I have since used the on cards and tags. I’ve decorated paper pennants with them. And wouldn’t they look great scattered over a DIY feminine party table at a wedding, bridal shower or high tea?

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Follow along in the video below to see my process on making these pretty flowers. I’ll also show you how I set up and rearranged my watercolour pans to suit my painting needs. I hope you find this useful. Enjoy.

 

A list of supplies to create these roses are –

Paper choices

http://www.luluart.com.au/Canson-Watercolour-Pad-Cold-Pressed-9-x-12-p/ca-1001.htm

http://www.luluart.com.au/Prima-Watercolour-Paper-Pad-8-5-x11-20pk-p/pr-5012.htm

Watercolours

http://www.luluart.com.au/Prima-Watercolour-Kit-Tropicals-p/pr-539442.htm

http://www.luluart.com.au/Kuretake-Gansai-Tambi-Watercolours-6-pkg-Starry-Co-p/ku-1001.htm

Brushes

http://www.luluart.com.au/Pentel-Aquash-Waterbrush-Medium-4mm-p/pe-404265.htm

http://www.luluart.com.au/Ranger-Artist-Paint-Brush-Set-p/rg-2001.htm

Sealer choices

http://www.luluart.com.au/Dorland-s-Wax-Medium-4oz-p/msc-2009.htm

http://www.luluart.com.au/Tim-Holtz-Distress-MicroGlaze-p/th-436679.htm

 

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Mirror Faces – Fowler Face Series stencils – mixed media art journal page

Last month, Kylie sent me through some super fun stencils to try. Stencils that she has designed and Artistcellar has produced!! They are part of the Artistcellar Signature Series and are called – “FOWLER FACE SERIES”

So exciting!

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These are great!

There are four 6×6 stencils in the package – forward facing, looking up, side profile & 3/4 profile – so many choices!!

If you are someone who has difficulty drawing faces, these stencils give you a beautiful face everytime. If you are working towards getting better at drawing faces, they give you a guideline to work with so you won’t have to worry about placement and dimensions so much. And… for those that can draw faces, these stencils allow you to focus on other parts of your page rather than putting all the time you have to create, into the face on the page, you can experiment with other techniques or do extra journaling or practice your modelling paste stencil technique (that is me!!) or just have fun making beautiful big hairdos!!

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You can tell I was having fun as my joyous messy desk was in full swing!!

I cracked out the modeling paste, some scribble sticks and had some fun working on some coloured tonal shading on the pre-prepared faces. The stencils made it so easy to get a quick and effective journal page done.

my journal quote: “The face is the mirror of the mind and the eyes, without speaking, confess the secrets of the heart.”      – St. Jerome

SO FUN & SO EASY!!

till next time…

~ Dani x

Always love to connect… so come find me:
Instagram – @pygletwhsipers
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/DaniChoate
Facebook – http://facebook.com/pygletwhispers
Society6 – https://society6.com/pygletwhispers
Pinterest – https://au.pinterest.com/pygletwhispers

SUPPLIES LIST: (all from www.luluart.com.au)
Golden Acyrlic Glazing Medium
Liquitex Modeling Paste
Liquitex Gesso
Liquitex Matte Medium
Dina Wakley Media – Heavy Body Acrylic – Turquoise, Night, Magenta, Lemon
TCW stencil – Fantasty Sphere
ArtistCellar stencil – Fowler Face Series
White Sharpie – extra fine
Black Sharpie – extra fine
Dina Wakley palette knife
Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks
Ceramcoat – Santa’s Flesh, Medium Flesh, Hydranges Pink
Prismacolor – many colours
brushes & sponges

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Be Brave

Creating is something I look forward to each weekend. My time is limited so each piece I create is precious to me and is a record of my creative journey.

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Not each piece I create goes as planned but over the years I taught myself to push on and continue, rather than starting over. By the end, the majority of times I am pleased I did so.

This piece is one of those times.

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The white stamp in the hair just adds some additional interest to the overall piece.

The Neocolor II’s and Dyslusions ink work together.

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I had lots of fun playing and hope you get a chance to play along with me. Why not go and make a coffee, sit back and watch my creative video which I put together to share my processes.

Materials used:
Prima 8in x 8in Watercolor Pad
Dylusions Ink Sprays – Lemon, Tangerine, Postbox Red and Orange
Matte medium
Neocolor II – Salmon, Saffron, Indian Red and Crismson
Ceramcoat Black
TCW Stencil –  Inspired Words
Tim Holtz Stencil -Dot Fade
01 black fine pen
Sponge Finger Daubers
Water Brush Fine and Board
2B Pencil and Eraser
Versa Magic – Cloud White
Ink Palette
Stamp Block
Fine Floral Stamp

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https://www.facebook.com/mustlovepaint/
https://www.facebook.com/anne.cahill.39

 

Magic – mixed media journal inserts

Hey lovelies! Did you see the beautiful Butterfly Journal cover Kate decorated last week? I thought I might do a couple of journal page inserts today to fit inside my own Jane Davenport journal.

I have still been playing around with the Distress Oxide stamp pads and all the new colours that are now out just make them even better to party with!!

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I also thought I would have a play with a few other goodies that can be found at Lulu Art.

A Gel Press Printing Plate
I have been hesitant to give this tool a go… yes I am definitely late to the party!! …and what a fun party I have been missing out on! I had a great time playing with it. The prints that I got from the plate give a really interesting quality to the page. I like the looseness it brings. I really enjoyed the effect of building up ‘ghost prints’ that are very subtle… and along with the reactive effect of the distress oxides, I think together they worked beautifully!!

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ConactUSA clickable alphabet stamps
I LOVE these stamps and have been using them alot in different projects. The font is lovely and they print so clearly. I often pull out my vintage typewriter to do some journaling or pop a quote onto the page I am completing… but sometimes… the size of the typewriter type is just too small. These stamps click together to form the entire word, which makes for such an easy alignment job… and the size is larger and much more reasonable to read. They come in differnet heights, in upper and lower case – I know these will be used ALOT!!

Hope you enjoy watching along as I create these two journal inserts for my JD Butterfly Effect journal.

(Complete supplies list follows).

Have Fun !!
~wishes
Dani x

Always love to connect… so come find me:
Instagram – @pygletwhsipers
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/DaniChoate
Facebook – http://facebook.com/pygletwhispers
Society6 – https://society6.com/pygletwhispers
Pinterest – https://au.pinterest.com/pygletwhispers

SUPPLIES LIST: (all from www.luluart.com.au)
Jane Davenport Butterfly Effect Journal
Jane Davenport Watercolour Inserts
Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers
Jane Davenport Confettissue die cuts
Tim Holtz – Idea-ology – tissue – Melange
Tim Holtz – Idea-ology – plain tissue
Contact clickable alphabet stamps – 1/4″ typewriter font
Liquitex Matte Medium
Dina Wakley Media – Heavy Body Acrylic – Night
Gel Press Printing Plate – A4
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Pad – Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, Antique Linen, Black Soot, Worn Lipstick
TCW stencil – Fantasty Sphere
Artist Cellar stencil – Tamara Laporte – Believe
Caran d’ache NeocolorII – lime gree, cobalt blue, blue & periwinkle blue
– Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks would also work
Ceramcoat – Bright Yellow
Prismacolor – China blue
Staz On – black & blue
brushes, sponges, water spritzer, paper towel

Decorating Canvas Notebooks

Today we are going to check out 5 simple techniques for decorating notebook covers.  So why do you need special techniques for notebook covers?  Well most of us are actually using the notebook, so the cover needs to be sturdy, and easy to slip into a bag or a bookshelf with other items.  If you have 3d flowers or embellishments that protrude too far these can become ripped off, snagged, damaged or at worst damage other items!  So it’s best to keep working notebook covers as flat as possible!

ADDING COLOR

Ah, so many choices when looking at how to add colour to a journal or notebook cover – the options are mind boggling!   But no matter what you decide to use, priming your cover with a nice even coat of gesso is a must – white gesso if you are planning to use pastels or want bright colours or black gesso if you are going to be a little more adventurous!

My favourite and most trusted options when working over gesso are acrylic paints, sprays, and inks as each work beautifully for adding colour – though they do have slightly different properties and looks.

  1. Acrylics enable you to control the opacity (how see through something is) by using as it or diluted with water.  Acrylic paint can be painted direct from the tube for maximum opacity, but it can also be spritzed with water to encourage the colour to spread.  It may spread a little or a lot depending on the thickness of the paint and the brand eg: Fluid acrylics spread easily when sprayed with water and Jane Davenport Acrylics require a little more encouragement.
  2. Inks by definition are thinner,  usually more transparent and can be added straight from the bottle and will spread and drip easily, or add water for a more watercolour like look.
  3. Sprays – well we all know these spread, run, drip and blend – spritz away – many are transparent (though check first as there are a few opaque sprays on the market) and often they don’t even need to be spritzed with water to spread and wick out!

ADDING DESIGN ELEMENTS

Flat design elements are a must on working notebook or journal covers!  Some of the amazing ways I have found to add flat design elements are to use punchinella, stencils and masks, writing with paint (either with paint pens or paint in a fine tipped bottle), stamping, foil and embossing powder.  All of these things can add interest to your flat design without adding bulk or creating issues later.  So let’s get to those 5 Fabulous Techniques for Decorating Notebook covers…..

1. Paint and Spritz

Ultra fun and ultra messy, this technique is addictive, unpredictable, colourful and perfect for backgrounds!  The only trick is not to cover your whole background – leave a little white space (I struggle with this as I want to add more and more pretty colours!).  Basically, add little dots of paint and spritz with water.  Just do one colour at a time to keep it crisp and clean or add multiple colours for colour blending.  Let the color spread, drip and run until you are happy with how it looks.

2. Stenciling

This really had to be here, whether you are adding delicate designs of creating bold marks there will be a perfect stencil out there for you!  Some of my favourite stencils are from Donna Downey, The Artist Cellar, The Crafter’s Workshop and Stencil Girl.  But there are also so many other amazing brands and companies out there!  To keep this specific cover looking bright and clean I used a different paint colour for each different stencil design.

3.  Stamping with Paint

This is fun and works really well on canvas notebook covers!  Make sure you are using a stamp with nice thick, bold lines or designs as anything too fine or detailed will end up looking like a blob.  Text, geometric shapes, leaves etc all work really well when stamping with paint.

4. Adding Free Form Painty Handwriting

This adds a touch of imperfection and a little unpredictability to your cover.  It can also be incredibly scary and go wrong really fast, so make sure you have practised on a piece of scrap paper first before you begin working on your actual cover.   Using either paint pens or thinned down paint in a fine tip applicator bottle, be brave and add doodles, patterns, designs or even handwriting.

5.  Bling it Up

This last step may just be the most important!  This finishing touch can make all the difference to the overall look and ‘togetherness’ of your cover, it really is amazing how important this last step can be.  In this case, it adds a little shimmer and shine to the cover and the shimmer of the metallic helps to enhance the other colours on the journal cover.

and how does the finished cover look????

Like a rainbow at my fingertips!

I’ve also filmed the whole process so you can play along and create your own version!

 

SUPPLIES

I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas,  and have fun decorating some of your notebooks.

Warren Creations – Flower Power

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.

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I find it hard to actually use my bound journals, I guess I am more of a loose page kind of guy. If it dose not work out, its only a piece of paper/card but whilst in a journal, seems to be more permanent piece of art. I am trying to teach myself that even though I may not like or be happy with each piece I create, its a about a journey and its nice to see the progression.

For this reason I have set myself a goal to do art work more in my journals.

ENJOY MY RABBITS, NOW LETS GET CREATING 🙂

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 Supply List

Dylusions Journal 9×11
http://www.luluart.com.au/Dylusions-Creative-Journal-9×12-p/dyl-282732.htm

Jane Davenport Face Stencil
http://www.luluart.com.au/SearchResults.asp?Search=jane+stencil&Submit=

Prismacolour Pencils
http://www.luluart.com.au/Prismacolor-Premier-Pencils-p/pc-1001.htm

Acrylic Paint
http://www.luluart.com.au/Ceramcoat-Acrylic-Paint-2oz-bottle-p/cm-1001.htm

Dylusions Paint
http://www.luluart.com.au/Dyan-Reaveley-Dylusions-Paint-p/dyl-1500.htm

Neocolour Water Crayons
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1905.htm

Aqua Water Colour Brush
http://www.luluart.com.au/Pentel-Aquash-Waterbrush-3-pk-S-M-L-p/pe-1333378.htm

Tombow Markers
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1911.htm

 Ink
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1829.htm

Various Embellishments
Ice Stickles

Dylusions Spray Ink
http://www.luluart.com.au/Dylusions-Ink-Spray-p/dyl-1001.htm

Texture Paste
http://www.luluart.com.au/SearchResults.asp?Search=texture+paste&Submit=

Stencil TCW Fariy Wings
http://www.luluart.com.au/TCW-6×6-Template-Fairy-Wings-p/tcw-384248.htm

Glitter Paste
http://www.luluart.com.au/Bo-Bunny-Glitter-Paste-Various-colours-p/bb-1000.htm

Paint Markers
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1845.htm

Stamps
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1849.htm

 

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