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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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



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.


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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Night Owl – mixed media illustration

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Hello lovelies!

A cute and easy illustration to check out today on the Lulu Art blog. It could be completed as a journal page or a stand alone piece like I have done…

I really did sit down to do this page with little idea of where I was headed (always the best way to start, I think). I had some metal leaf, a Dina Wakley stamp & stencil on my table… and off I went!

I decided pretty early on that the stamp reminded me of an owl’s eyes and found a poem that linked an owl to the moon… an idea for a sweet illustration started to form! I had to change the stencil I was going to use and finally went with Dina Wakley Media’s JUNGLE  leaves to loosely depict feathers.

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Acrylic glazing over coloured modeling paste (or super heavy gesso) gave some really interesting blends of blue and green. Prismacolor pencils helped to give some depth and definition to the bird

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The sliver leaf was very easy to use, however, it was a little stubborn and stuck better than expected to the glue (and also to the modeling paste!) A much coarser brush was needed to brush the excess away and leave the effect I wanted.

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The poem in handwritten text finished the piece.

Hope you enjoy watching along
(Complete supplies list follows).

Have Fun !!
Dani x


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SUPPLIES LIST: (all from
Strathmore Mixed media paper
Dina Wakley Media – heavy body paints – turquoise, night, lime, yellow, blush
Dina Wakley Media – stamp sets – Text & Scribbles or Textures
Dina Wakley Media – jungle stencil
Sharpie white water-based paint pen
Prismacolor pencils
Dina Wakley palette knife
Liquitex – gesso
Liquitex – modeling paste
Liquitex – black ink
Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid
Golden Fluid Acrylic – Manganese Blue Hue
Speedball Silver Metal Leaf
Speedball Metal Leaf Sizing – glue
Ranger Archival black ink pad

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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”


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.


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
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


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.


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









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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…



Hoping I’ve inspired you to be a little brave and perhaps take a trip down the rabbit hole yourself!


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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.


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





 Supply List

Dylusions Journal 9×11

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

Dylusions Spray Ink
Black Marble

Kaisercraft 12×12 Stencil Flora Quarters

Dylusions 9×12 Stencil Dotted Flowers

Paint Markers
Montana Black

Unity Wild Poppy

Matte Medium
Liquitex Matte Medium

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.


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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?

Roses on Tags

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



Sealer choices