Blossom – Mixed media art journal page

Hello lovelies!!

A super quick journal page today, especially for anyone who is a little shy about drawing.

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I thought I would put together a page using Jane Davenport’s ‘Whimsical Girls’ book that you can purchase from Lulu Art.

The book is designed with tear out pages and different types of paper so you can work right onto them and cut them out, add them to your journal pages, or in fact, journal right within the book… so many pretty images to choose from!

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I was also itching to use TCWs new mini botanical stencil designed by Marlene Meijer-van Niekerk. Lulu Art now has the full range of Marlene’s new products and I can’t wait to get my hands on those either.

I have already made a number of pages with this stencil… just so pretty!

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Finally, I added Christine Adolf’s ‘Poppyfield’ stamp by Prima.


(Full list of supplies used follows the blog post)

Enjoy watching the complete video… it’s a quick one!

Have fun and hope you give this journal page a try.

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 – @pygletwhispers & @danichoate
Society6 – https://society6.com/pygletwhispers
Pinterest – https://au.pinterest.com/pygletwhispers

SUPPLIES LIST:
Dina Wakley Media – heavy body acrylic – night, tuquoise, lapis
Dylusions Dyalog ‘dots’ journal
Jane Davenport – Whimsical Girls book
Contact USA – clickable stamp set 1/4″ tall lowercase
Prismacolor pencils
Liquitex Matte Medium
TCW – 780s – mini botanical dream – 6×6
Prima Marketing
– watercolours – tropicals & classics
Christine Adolf “Poppyfield” stamp
Ranger – Archival Ink pad – cobalt, black
Americana Neon paint

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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

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

Dreams, Imagination & Adventure – Mixed media art journal page

Hi Lulu Art lovelies!!
So glad to be back here with you this year and can’t wait to get into it and show off some of the fantastic products you can get from Lulu Art!! Thank you so much for having me back Kylie!!

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This month I have been working in one of the Dylusions dyalog journals. Because school is back in and I need to be taxiing the girls here & there, aswell as having started a new job, the amount of time I can spend sitting at my art desk is diminishing 😦 So I have been working on portable methods to journal and create. This little journal has been PERFECT!! The backgrounds are already completed for you and with just a few supplies, I have been able to art at anytime, anywhere!

You can see some of my pages as I create them over on my Instagram page @pygletwhispers

So… with the page I am going to be highlighting, I started with a pink background page… thanks for the assist Dyan!! (gorgeous background)

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Next I add some Dina Wakley washi… this set travels with me in my pencil case


…added some random collage along with some of Tim Holtz tissue


… from here I added a Jane Davenport collage papers … (any of Jane’s papers with a large face would work, or even a face cut from a magazine)

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From here I use scribble sticks, black & white sharpies, prismacolor pencils & gesso to finish off the page and finally add some lettering with Tim Holtz ‘Big Chat’ stickers.

Check out the process video below to get a closer look at how I went about creating this page.

Hope this inspires you to journal on the go aswell!!

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:
Jane Davenport 2 ply collage tissue
Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks
Tim Holtz – tissue wrap & ‘Big Chat’ stickers
Dylusions Dyalog ‘backgrounds’ journal
Sharpie white water-based paint pen & black pen
Prismacolor pencils
Dina Wakley Media Washi Tape
Liquitex gesso
Liquitex Matte Medium

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

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

 

Make your own Sunshine – mixed media illustration

Hello Lulu Art friends!

What a Year!!
I can’t believe Christmas is almost upon us. Honestly, we are a week out and I still have no Christmas presents ready! (…eeek!!) With three girls, the end of the year is a whirlwind of speech days, parties and concerts. So super glad to be able to have a real excuse to sit down and get some arty relief happening!!

So… just like the title says, I decided to…

Make my own Sunshine today!

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Started with some simple shapes that I painted over with Dina Wakley heavy body acrylics mixed with gesso. This gives me a good base to be able to draw over later and dulls down most of the pencil lines.

I used 2 different stencils, both floral, both by Donna Downey

I grabbed the ‘lilac buds’ by accident without realising.

I would actually recommend the POPPY STEMS & BLOOM GROUP stencil that Kylie has in store. It would give a much nice range of flower shapes to the garden

Once the stencils were in, it was then time to play with dribbling paint and splatting colour onto the page. It was a little messy, but there is nothing new there…

…that’s just the way I roll!

by the end we have yummy texture and colour like this…

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Most of the detail and depth was built up toward the end with Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks and Prismacolor pencils

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Click on the link and check out the video. (supplies list follows also)

Sadly, this is my last Lulu Art video for 2017 and I must say, I have had an absolute blast putting these together for Kylie and all of the Lulu Art customers. I wanted to thank Kylie for such a wonderful year! I have learned so much and have loved having an oppurtunity to have fun and be able to share my art with new peeps.

Thank you all for watching and thank you Kylie for letting me periodically hijack the Lulu Art blog and Youtube channel  🙂   Hopefully, I brought a little joy! ❤

Many thanks to all who have watched & commented throughout the year!
All the best holiday wishes!

Have Fun!
#makeyourownsunshine

Dani x

If you have any questions or would love to connect… come find me:
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: (all from http://www.luluart.com.au )
Strathmore Mixed media paper
Dina Wakley Media – heavy body paints                                                                                         – sky, lime, yellow, blush, ruby,evergreen ,magenta
Dina Wakley Media – Scribble Sticks
Ceramcoat – Hydrangea pink & Hello Yellow
Donna Downey – floral stencils – POPPY STEMS & BLOOM GROUP
Sharpie white water-based paint pen
Prismacolor pencils
Dina Wakley palette knife
Liquitex – gesso
Liquitex – modeling paste

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!