Creating a Boldly Coloured Art Journal Page

Hello there Lulu Art fans, it’s Kate here with you today and I’m being brave and stepping out of my comfort zone a little to share a bold and vibrant page inspired by the art of Tracy Verdugo.  My art journal spread was created using an array of my favourite products from sprays to paints – from the Lulu Art online store of course!

The basic idea for this page is lots of layers, LOTS of LAYERS, each one different to the last using different products for each one!

Start by coating your page in gel medium and adding colour using Lindy’s Starburst Sprays while the Gel is still wet.  Once dry, use a water brush to add in a little Dina Wakley acrylic paint in several colours, drying between ‘unfriendly’ colours eg: green and orange, also stipple on a little paint through some Punchinella for extra interest.

Then add some extra shimmer by adding glazes and small designs with Metallic Accents paints, vary how thickly you add this.

Spray the facing page with water and spritz and flick on some of the same colour sprays (Time Travel Teal, Shaby Turbine Teal and Hi Maintenance Magenta), to create a lighter but coordinating background.  Keep working on the other page while this dries.  You will notice a huge difference as to how these behave and look, when applying over gel medium vs wet paper.

Using a pencil or chalk, lightly sketch designs onto your painted page, make sure you include the best bits with the most interesting colours and patterns into your designs.  Then use a fine tip white paint marker to trace over your design.

Fill in the areas between your drawings with white Gesso and dark colour acrylic paint (I used Night from Dina Wakley).  You can also add in another colour if you like – I used Magenta.  Mix and blend the colours for more interest to your background.  Add more white for a pale background and more of the darker colours for a bolder background – both look amazing.

Outline and embellish your designs using fine detail paint pens in both black and white to make your designs really POP.

Using black gesso and a bold quote stencil – this one is from Donna Downey, add a quote to the facing page to finish your journal spread.

 

And up close the finished elements look like this – no editing or enhancing required the colours really do look just like this…

You can watch the whole process start to finish right here – so you can follow along and create your very own page 🙂

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Have a fabulous and creative day

Kate

Love What You Have Hanging Around

Hi Lulu Art Fans!

Today i am going to share with you my video which takes you through my process for the creating the below journal page.

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I Love to sit and create, I always go with the flow and let what happens on the day, happen. Always remember there are never mistakes only opportunities.

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It is time to bust open those paints and brushes, pour yourself a cup of coffee and join me in creating a journal page.

I hope you have enjoyed watching and would love to see what you to create.

But most of all don’t forget TO LOVE WHAT YOU HAVE HANGING AROUND.

Full Product List

Dylusions Paint  Fresh Lime, London Blue, White Linen, Melted Chocolate, Bubble Gum Pink

Brushes Angle ¼ and 3/8, Waterbrush Flat TipWaterbrush Detail Tip

PensSigno uni-ball white, Micron 01 – black, Millennium .05 – brown, Pacer pencil .07, Gelly Roll – Clear Star

Tombow Pens 755, 899, 993, 685, 947, 555, 977

Prisma Coloured Pencils  Deco Yellow 1011, Princess Red 994, Indanthrone Blue 208, Parma Violet 1008, Mulberry 995, Greyed Lavender 1026, Tuscan Red 937, Clay Rose 1017, Black Cherry 1078, Mahogany Red 1029, Violet 932, Dark Green 908, Grass Green 909

Mono eraser

Prisma pencil sharpener

Palette Knife

Scissors

Archival Ink – Black

Petite Alphabet stamps

Sponge Dauber

Mini Ink Blending tool

Strathmore – Mixed Media Paper Pad 6 x 8

Teflon Craft Mat

Selection of Scrap Booking Papers

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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.

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Mixed Media Art Journal Page with Loren Boyd

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Hi there, this month I am sharing one of my favourite quotes with you. “Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans”. I am sure this will resonate with a lot of you. We have already hit August, where has the year gone!!!

Hope you enjoy this mixed media art journal page that I have put together for you all. Watch the video to see how it all came together.

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You can watch the process video here:

Supplies I have used:

Thanks for watching!

Loren 🙂

You can also find me at:
http://mulberrypinkart.wordpress.com
http://www.facebook.com/mulberrypinkart

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Art Journal Page with Loren Boyd

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Hi there, this month I have done a very quick and easy art journal spread.  There is nothing more therapeutic than starting a project with no intentions of where you want it to go. Just get messy and keep on adding a different element as you go.  That’s exactly how these art journal pages came about.

I find this to be the best way to create something when you have lost your “mojo”  and you just need to get back into it.  Unfortunately my time does not always allow for as much creating as I would like (how dare life get in the way of creating lol) and I find if I have a break for too long this is exactly where I end up.

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You can watch the video here:

Supplies I have used are:

Thanks for watching!

Loren 🙂

You can also find me at:

http://mulberrypinkart.wordpress.com
http://www.facebook.com/mulberrypinkart

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Beginners Art Journal Page with Rochelle Melville

RochelleI’ve watched many people participating in the Colour Me Positive Art Journaling Challenge comment that they don’t know how to get started, or they lack confidence so I thought I’d run a few tutorials on art journal basics.  This first introduction to art journaling is using products I use on nearly every single page such as stencils, ink sprays and paint.  Please know you don’t have to draw to art journal, I rarely do!

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You can watch the video tutorial here:

Materials and Equipment List:


Hope this helps you get started art journaling but more importantly I hope you find art as much of a healing, comforting and quiet place as I do!

You can find me here:
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Be True to Your Heart by Kathryn Cruise

LuluArt profile picHello, my name is Kathryn Cruise and thank you for joining me for my first Lulu Art Design Team project.

I’m a mixed media artist and work in my art journal, mixed media paper as well as on canvas and other substrates.

I hope you enjoy my first project which is an art journal spread I have called Be True to Your Heart.

 

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You can view the video here:

Supplies List:

Dylusions 8 x 8″ journal
Liquitex Gesso
Neocolor II Wax Pastels – Flesh, Ochre, Purple, Purple Violet
Portfolio Oil Pastels – Pink, White, Rust, Violet
Prismacolor Pencils – Goldenrod, Terra Cotta, Black
Dylusions Paints – Vibrant Turquoise, Cut Grass, Lemon Zest
Dina Wakley Paints – Lapis, Turquoise, Sky
TCW Stencil – Mini Specimens
Mastisse Impasto
Faber Castell Big Brush Pens – Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Green, Manganese Violet, Magenta, Medium Flesh, Pink Madder Lake
Uniball Signo Pens – Black and White
Gelly Roll Glaze Pens – Turquoise and Rose
Sharpie Paint Pen – White
Fude Ball Pen – Black
Background Stamp
Lead Pencil
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
Speedball Brayer

Thanks again for joining me.

You can find me here:

http://limekatz.wix.com/limekatz
https://www.facebook.com/Limekatz/
https://www.instagram.com/limekatz/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6Yccr4ak5gBw95uj5b9Vgw

Thanks

Kath