Dreamin’ of Spring-Art Journal Page

Hiya! Idiana here from Idiana’s Creations. Today I am sharing with you this simple and fun art journal page.

I started on a black background then layered with paint and gesso. I had these pre-cut flower shapes on white cardstock (you can make these yourself and cut out by hand) and painted with watercolours.
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Then the fun part was using a fine line applicator with Dylusions white paint and scribbling. I find that adding a little water in the bottle helps the paint flow out smoother.
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Full Product List:

Dylusions Art Journal 9×11

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolours 36/Pkg

PRIMA – FINNABAIR ART ALCHEMY ACRYLIC PAINT – OPAL MAGIC : Green/Gold

DYAN REAVELEY – DYLUSIONS PAINT White Linen, Black Marble, Fresh Lime

PRIMA – FINNABAIR ART ALCHEMY ACRYLIC PAINT – METALLIC: Metallic Lime Peel, Emerald Green, Silver Spoon

DINA WAKLEY – HEAVY BODY ACRYLIC PAINT – 2OZ TUBE Tangerine

Fineline Applicator – Standard Tip – 18 Gauge – 2 Pk

Dylusions Stencil – Keyholes – 5×8

Liquitex – White Gesso

Ranger – Mini Ink Blending Tool

Ranger – Non-stick Craft Sheet 15×18″

Full video tutorial below. Hope you try these techniques and let me know how they turn out. Happy crafting!

Full tutorial page below:

 

 

 

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Artist Interview – Idiana Clausell

Today it is my pleasure to introduce the next Lulu Art Design Team Member for 2017.

Introducing Idiana Clausell from IdianasCreations. Idiana is known for her beautiful mixed media artwork using embellishments and 3d objects. The texture in her artwork means that you not only want to view her work, but touch it also.

I asked Idiana to tell me about herself and asked her a few questions over a virtual coffee.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do. idiana

I have lived in Denver CO for over 10 years with my amazing husband and our cat TicTac. I love everything about all crafts and diy. I am always snapping pictures and thinking about my next project. My style is whatever I feel like doing at that time, from shabby chic to steampunk. I like to think outside the box and create on the spot. My hands always have paints, inks, and/or glue on them no matter the occasion.

How/when did you get interested in art?

Since a child my mother was always doing some sort of craft. Just watching her and wanting to learn more sparked my interest.

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Can you remember one of the first things you drew or painted?

In  my art class in high school I remember was a sunset scene with watercolours. It was not my best!

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What’s you favourite piece of work that you have created?

I did an altered liquor bottle with crackle paint and a ton of embellishments. It turned out very shabby chic and elegant.

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Do you have a favourite artist?

I love all different types but I get my inspiration mostly from Anna Dabrowska.

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What’s the best thing about being an artist?

Creating anytime I want to and customising everything. I also enjoy it when others like my work and want to learn.

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Do you like to have music playing while you create and if so, what kind of music do you to that inspires you? 

No I am usually watching youtube and getting inspiration from other artist.

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What is your favourite thing that you often include in your work?

I love adding a splatter of colour as the finishing touch.

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What do you like to do when you are not creating?

Cooking is my other hobby since eating is not considered a hobby. I love food and trying new flavours and from all types of cultures. Learning to make .

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What are your favourite products to use?

Liquitex inks and pouring medium. Anything Prima and Ranger. Also random embellishments I find.

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Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?

You do not make mistakes on art, you make art out of mistakes.

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Do you have any upcoming online or offline classes where we can enjoy learning from you?

Not at the moment.

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Where can we view your work? 

 My blog at blog.idianascreations.com or my youtube channel www.youtube.com/c/idianaclausell

Some of my other social media sites:

Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/IdianasCreations

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/idianascreations/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/idianas_creations/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+IdianaClausell

Tumblr: idianas-creations.tumblr.com

 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Idiana, our next Lulu Art Design Team Member. Pop back tomorrow to see Idiana in action when she creates a free tutorial for you.

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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Colour Me Positive – Week 9

Welcome to week 9. This week is about LAUGHTER.

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Did you know that while you are in the process of laughing, all your worries during that moment are no longer there?  It is not possible to laugh and worry at the same time.

“Laughter is clinically proven to have a powerful and positive effect on physical, emotional and social health and wellbeing.  It heals and renews the human body and mind, and nothing works faster or more dependably to bring the mind and body back into balance.

Laughter is clinically proven to:

  1. Boost the immune system. Laughing improves the body’s natural defense mechanism by increasing the amount of immunoglobulin’s and T cell’s in the body.
  2. Reduce the risk of heart disease. Laughing expands the inner walls of the arteries which increases the ability of blood to flow around the body, and, this positive effect lasts for up to 45 minutes after the laughter has stopped.
  3. Decrease stress. Laughing instantly reduces the levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline) and dopamine, and increases the production of serotonin and endorphins which reduce effects of stress.
  4. Can assist as a mild anti-depressant. Laughter boosts the production of serotonin, a natural anti-depressant.  Laughter also works as an effective distraction from things that cause anxiety and anger.
  5. Reduce blood pressure. When you laugh, the blood flow increases, circulation improves and your blood pressure rises.  When you stop laughing, your blood pressure drops back to its baseline. This relaxing effect helps to lower your baseline blood pressure.
  6. Is a natural painkiller. There are a number of studies which validate the pain relieving effects of laughter.  Studies show that watching comedy films assists both children and adults to tolerate pain more easily.
  7. Massage the abdominal organs. Belly laughing effectively ‘massages’ the abdominal organs.  The blood flow to these organs is increased and their functioning is improved.
  8. Help keep diabetes under control. A recent study showed that people who watched a funny video after meal had lower blood sugar levels than those who watched a serious film.  It could be that laughter affects the neuroendocrine system, which monitors the body´s glucose levels, or it may be the effect of energy used by the stomach muscles.
  9. Make you look younger. As many as 15 facial muscles work together to help you smile and laugh. This increases the blood flow around the face, bringing the circulation into even the smallest of capillaries which, in turn, helps to make you look younger and healthier.
  10. Re-energize the mind and body. Laughing forces air out of lungs, and causes us to take deep inward breaths, increasing the flow of oxygen right around the body.
  11. Build resilience. The ability to laugh, or at least smile, when times get tough, is the best way to reduce stress and anxiety.  While a little stress actually helps to motivate us into action and to focus on the problem, laughter helps us to focus on the solution and achieve more productive outcomes.
  12. Aid with sleep. Having a good laugh prior to sleep reduces stress and anxiety, promoting deep, restful sleep. Laughter also provides a mild aerobic workout, which, not only  energizes you in the short term, but also helps you to sleep better.
  13. Bond us to others. Laughter causes the release of oxytocin.  Often called the empathy hormone, oxytocin helps bond individuals and groups together.  A little laughter is great for building great teams, be they in the community or at work.
  14. Is contagious. Laughing not only lifts our spirits but also the spirit of those around us.  Happy people lift the spirit of those around them.  Remember, a smile or laugh shared is a smile or laugh doubled.”

Above text from www.letslaugh.com.au

This week I challenge you to find the funniest joke you can find or the funniest picture and show someone. Spread the laughter.

If you have any suggestions on how you would like to see this challenge develop, please don’t hesitate to let me know either by commenting on this post or emailing me at admin@luluart.com.au.

Extra Challenge:

For those of you who would like daily or alternative prompts, I have prepared a Daily Journal Prompt List. You can find it in the Facebook Group under Files.

Wanting to know more about Colour Me Positive Challenge visit, The Introduction Post.

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Week 7 Challenge Prize: 

This weeks prize is a surprise pack of goodies, for the lucky winner from Lulu Art Store.

I will draw a random name on Friday 10th March from those who have uploaded into the Week 9 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

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Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill,  you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw.wendy-demaine

Week 7 Prize Draw:

 

Today’s lucky winner is Wendy Demaine. What a gorgeous and bright journal page. Congratulations.

 

 

 

 

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My Design team have been hard at work preparing content for you to enjoy. Click the link below to view their hard work.

Artist Interviews & Free Mixed Media Tutorials

Many items are arriving regularly at Lulu Art Store, but here are a couple of new items below. Visit the store to see more.

Some New Arrivals

Prima Marketing – Julie Nutting Large Watercolour Tags. These are a great size and hello!…….they’re made from watercolour paper. How perfect?!

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My Prima mini binder clips – Rose Gold. Love these. I’ve already opened up a pack of these to hold my art journal open while I’m using it. They are soooooooo much nicer than the old black and silver bulldog clips, don’t you think.

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Get organised with this Traveler’s Journal/Planner in Stunning Fuchsia by Color Crush

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Shopping from outside of Australia.

If you are outside of Australia you can order through Lulu Art store. Once you place an order I will calculate the cheapest possible shipping rate for you. You are under no obligation to complete your order, if postage cost is undesirable.

Please PM or email me at admin@luluart.com.au if you have an urgent questions.

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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Kylie Fowler Website

Messy, Painty Art Cards Tutorial

Hello fellow creatives, Rochelle here from rockmelon recycled. Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day to play with art supplies.  Today I’m showing you how I play with paint, ink sprays, brusho crystals, stencils and a gelli plate.  At the end of our messy, painty play we’ll all have 16 unique arty cards to post, pin to an inspiration board, frame or leave in the public library to bring happy to someone’s day!

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Here we go (I hope you’ve had coffee… grab your paints, stencils and inks and play along!) And don’t forget coffee… lots of coffee).

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Supplies List:

Paint: Dina Wakely (tangerine, magenta), Dylusions (crushed grape, vibrant turquoise, fresh lime) black, white, fluro pink, bright yellow

Ink Sprays: Dylusions (after midnight, crushed grape, cut grass, squeezed orange, bubblegum pink)

Watercolour paper: Try the fabulous Prima watercolour pads in A4

Colourcraft Brusho Crystals (yellow)

Stencils: Donna Downey (Butterfly)

 Tim Holtz (Wildflower)

TCW (Inspired words 6×6, Art is 6×6, Sheet Music 6×6, Circle Explosion 12×12)

Gelli plate (I used 5×7)

Soft rubber brayer (for gelli plate paint application)

Water in a spray bottle

Paper trimmer or scissors

Paper towel, damp washer for clean up

You can watch this tutorial below:

 

 

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And don’t let you inner critic tell you that you can’t paint, go right ahead, it will be silenced when you begin to paint. Have a great week everybody!

 

Artist Interview – Rochelle Melville

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Today it is my pleasure to introduce the next Lulu Art Design Team Member for 2017.

Introducing Rochelle Melville from Rockmelon Recycled. Rochelle is known for her use of bright beautiful colours in her gorgeous artwork. You’ll see what I mean. She was also part of the Lulu Art Design Team of 2016.

I asked Rochelle to tell me about herself and asked her a few questions over a virtual coffee.

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do. img_0752-copy

I am immersed full time in intentional creativity. I am in my final tern of study to become an art therapist, plus I design and make fine wood creations for a woodwork business with my husband called Lathe & Chisel. I also teach art classes specialising in teaching art journaling for health and healing (no art experience needed). I am about to self publish my first book on getting through the difficult seasons in life too, so it will be a busy year.

How/When did I get interested in art?

Creating has always been my thing. Even as a child I was colouring, drawing, making stuff out of cereal boxes, sewing my teddy bear’s outfits and painting. I wanted to study fine art straight out of high school, but instead I chose to ignore my heart (artist can’t make a living blah, blah, blah, blah) and study something ‘sensible’.

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Can you remember one of the first things you drew or painted?
I remember on my very first day of school we glued red crepe paper balls into a picture of an apple. Interestingly, it’s my only memory from that first day of school.
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What’s you favourite piece of work that you have created?
The piece I am working on now. I just fall in love with every piece I make.
 
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Do you have a favourite Artist?
No,  but I have been strongly influenced by Christy Tomlinson’s techniques and products.
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What’s the best thing about being an artist?
Everything. It’s a lifestyle and a life calling. It is a heart and soul connection to seeing beauty, inspiration and encouragement all around and sharing those moments with the world through free artistic expression.

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Do you like to have music playing while you create and if so, what kind of music do you to that inspires you? 

On the rare opportunities that I am creating in an empty house, I do put music on, but I’m more likely to listen to dialogue on a favourite DVD while I create.

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What is your favourite thing that you often include in your work?

A tree, bird, butterfly or dragonfly, the words ‘hope’, ‘beautiful’ or ‘faith’. I can’t seem to get away from the colour pink. Even though it’s not my favourite colour, I love creating with it. I also love to incorporate secret symbols, words or messages in custom artworks.

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What do I do when not creating?

Sleeping…lol.

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What are your favourite products to use?

Inks sprays and paint or salvaged and reclaimed timber.

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Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?

Grab your fears and preconceived ideas of what art is and should be, screw them up into a ball and toss them in the bin. Then set fire to it and toast marshmallow. The best way to silence the inner critic is to have fun without any judgement (good or bad, just focus on allowing things to flow). Simply create and create and create.

Where can you see my work?

Find me as ‘Rockmelon Recycled’ on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rockmelonrecycled/ 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCezHjYXiL1rgdOY4Mla1cig

Facebook as ‘Rockmelon’: https://www.facebook.com/rockmelon-224761254234983/

and on my blog: https://rockmelonrecycled.com.au

Do you have any upcoming classes?

My 2017 workshop calendar is still coming.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know our first Lulu Art Design Team Member. Pop back tomorrow to see Rochelle in action when she creates her very first tutorial for the Lulu Art Design Team of 2017.

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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Kylie Fowler Website

Colour Me Positive – Week 8

Welcome to Week 8.

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I guess I see this quote being about PERSEVERANCE. Do you find that you appreciate things more if you’ve had to work harder for them? Often this is true.

My first thought is of pregnancy and birth. Going nine long months, with a little human growing inside you. ‘The climb’, being the journey of pregnancy and it’s effects you. Nine months of putting on weight, aching body, pains in places you never new existed, sleepless nights, being uncomfortable, changing hormones, hands and feet swelling, morning sickness, etc, etc. With me I hap lots of hip pain, as well as hand and wrist pain due to a condition that developed while I was pregnant, where I had to wear a brace to bed to keep my hand in a certain position to stop the pain.

Then the long awaited day of the birth arrives. To meet you child for the first time is my ‘the best view’.

There are many other examples that relate to this quote. What do you think of first when you read this quote?

Extra Challenge for this prompt: This week I challenge you to start your creation by using your favourite stencil.

If you have any suggestions on how you would like to see this challenge develop, please don’t hesitate to let me know either by commenting on this post or emailing me at admin@luluart.com.au.

Extra Daily Challenge:

For those of you who would like daily or alternative prompts, I have prepared a Daily Journal Prompt List. You can find it in the Facebook Group under Files.

Wanting to know more about Colour Me Positive Challenge visit, The Introduction Post.

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Week 8 Challenge Prize: 

This weeks prize is a surprise pack of goodies, for the lucky winner from Lulu Art Store.

I will draw a random name on Friday 10th March from those who have uploaded into the Week 8 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

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Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill,  you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw.

Week 6 Prize Draw:ekgorman

Today’s lucky winner is EK Gorman. This is so sweet. Congratulations.

 

 

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Did you see our first Artist Interview for 2017? You can view it here. It was with our Design Team member Kate Palmer, AKA Sparkle Tart.

You can view her free video tutorial here, where you see create a gorgeous, sparkly journal page.

 

Some New Arrivals

 

Shopping from outside of Australia.

If you are outside of Australia you can order through Lulu Art store. Once you place an order I will calculate the cheapest possible shipping rate for you. You are under no obligation to complete your order, if postage cost is undesirable.

Please PM or email me at admin@luluart.com.au if you have an urgent questions.

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

Kylie - Signature

Lulu Art Supplies Store

Kylie Fowler Website

Recycled Packaging Art Journal Page

Hi Lulu Art Fans!  Kate (aka Sparkle Tart) here with you on the blog today with a cool idea for using some of that gorgeous packaging you get on your art supplies!  Today I’m going to let loose my slightly WEIRD side!  I hope I’m not alone when I buy a new art supply and spend a minute or two marvelling over the beautiful packaging.  I mean that’s not so weird right – they MAKE the packaging to be attractive, eye-catching and pretty so we want to buy the product!  Well, my latest purchase of a Black Dylusions art journal from Ranger had packaging just too pretty to throw away – so I decided to incorporate it into my journal as the very first page.

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BASIC TECHNIQUE

Cut packaging into a variety of interesting shapes and glue onto your pages using Matte Gel Medium.

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Use a Dylusions stencil (I picked patterns that were similar to the images in the packaging, and the shapes I cut out) and Black Gesso to break up the shapes of the packaging by adding stencilled images over both the packaging and the background.  Then get in there with the paint left on the brush and really scruff up those edges!!

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Add texture using Light Molding Paste and stencils, you can use the same ones you used before or introduce new images.  You are again aiming to break up the background and blur the line between the collage papers and the journal page.  Also smear a little of the paste around on the page to create interesting texture and a bit of shape to the page.

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Add colour to the Stencilled shapes using acrylic paints (Golden and Dina Wakley) – choose colours that compliment, though stand-out, against the background – make sure there is some variety in the paint you use, for maximum interest.   Try adding one colour while another is still wet, for interesting blends and then let other colours dry between layers for a different look.  Also flick a little of each colour over the background to scruff up that clean black paper.

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Add some of the  Gansai Tambi metallic paints onto and around the textured elements.

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Add some of the art alchemy paints to both the images, the texture and around the patterns and make sure whatever you do on one side you add a little to the other side as well.  Look at the amazing shimmer from the Art Alchemy paint – super gorgeous.

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Once all the paint is dry, highlight some of the texture on the page using a gold wax paste and add some white paint pen and embellishments to really make the design pop.   Leave some of the paint pen as white lines and use your fingers to blend other sections into the background.

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And your finished pages might look something like this, a blend of packaging and new texture, metallic and bright painted elements.  If I hadn’t told you I was using packaging you would never guess!

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Here are a few close-ups so you can see the yummy details.

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You can watch this page being created in the video clip below.

SUPPLIES

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