Art journal, Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

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!



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.



Cards, Design Team, Jane Davenport Supplies, Mixed Media Tutorial, Tim Holtz Supplies

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.


Have fun creating your own card using these ideas,


Art journal, Design Team, Jane Davenport Supplies, Mixed Media Tutorial

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!!


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)


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)


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!!

Dani x

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

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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

Art journal, Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

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.


While the color may not be even applied in this way, it sure is pretty!


Define and add a final layer of color using Prismacolor pencils.

Embellish the hair and background with gold paint to finish the page off.



Jane Davenport


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


Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

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!


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…


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


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!

Dani x

If you have any questions or would love to connect… come find me:
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Youtube –
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SUPPLIES LIST: (all from )
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

Colour Me Positive, Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

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!



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

Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

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


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.





 Supply List

Dylusions Journal 9×11

Dylusions Paint

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

Hot Off The Press Stencils 6″X6″-Small Christmas Ornaments
Round circle Stencil
Jane Davenport Face

Matte Medium
Liquitex Matte Medium

Gloss Varnish
Liquitex Gloss Varnish

Make up Wedges
Paint Applicator Botttle
Craft Stamp- Snowflake

Archival Ink
Leaf Green

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.