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Catching Stars by Anne Cahill

Anne CahillHappy weekend to you all!!  As you probably know by now Lulu Art moved premises in the last week or so and I’m glad to say that the new digs are fabulous. We’re fully unpacked and there is lot’s more room to move and expand with the possibility of workshops in the future. Lot’s of exciting things in store for the business in 2014!

Todays design team item is from Anne Cahill. Watch Anne as she shares with us her entire process in fast motion video!  What a treat to see the whole project from scratch, every brush stroke, every technique. Fantastic!


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Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I hope you get lots of art time!


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Resist Canvas Journal Cover by Anne Cahill

I hope you are all keeping cool if you’re in one of the crazy hot areas of Australia today.  I’ve hidden inside in front of the air conditioning for the whole day except for a quick dash outside to the clothesline.  The poor air conditioner can hardly cope!

This year I am determined to find more balance in my life – in particular finding more time to be creative.  Creativity has taken a back seat lately while I was building the business but it needs to start riding shotgun again!  I’ve taken the time today to start on one of my first classes for the year – Week 1 of Lifebook 2014.  I have to admit, even though I made the time to do it today, I procrastinated like crazy .. maybe a little fear or inner critic creeping in there after all that time? Anyway, I finally went for it and at least got my sketch done ready to be painted tomorrow when I get some more time.  Now I’ve started I feel so much better and realise how much I miss having a regular creative side to my life.

Anne CahillToday I want to show you this absolutely beautiful Art Journal Cover made by our lovely design team member Anne Cahill.  Anne has used the Prima Resist journal covers with Dylusions Ink Sprays and Acrylic Paints to create this dreamy project.  Those ink sprays are so vibrant and even when watered down they still give the most amazing results. I can’t wait to give this a try.




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Just a reminder – if you attempt any of the projects that we show here on the blog we would love to see a photo!  Send through to or post to our facebook page.


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Xmas Pudding by Anne Cahill

Anne CahillIt’s almost time for the fat man in a red suit to take to the skies!  To continue our celebration of Christmas, Anne Cahill has put together a fun journal page with a luscious looking Christmas Pudding.

This sweet journal page uses those yummy Neocolor II watercolor pastels, as well as some glittery Stickles and some Tombow pens.  Sit back with your eggnog and enjoy watching Anne’s video on how this piece came together.


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I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and that santa brings you lots of lovely surprises.


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Wish List by Anne Cahill

Anne CahillOMG, It’s nearly Christmas time!!  It’s time to think about some Christmas projects and Anne has got the jump on it with this gorgeous Wish List in her art journal.  How cute is this?!

Anne said that It is always about this time of year she starts dropping hints of what her hubby should buy her for Christmas. All he has to do is read the list!

Hope you enjoy this lovely project and don’t forget to watch the video to see the process.


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Do you have some Christmas projects on the go? I would love to hear about them.


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Design Team October – Journal Page by Anne Cahill

Anne CahillI can’t believe we are almost mid way through October already, this year has absolutely flown past.

It’s time for our second design team item from the lovely Anne Cahill.  This month Anne has put together a fabulous journal page in her Dylusions Art Journal using the Gelli Plate, Christy Tomlinson Paper, Stencils and Rub-Ons, Paints, Tombow Pens and more.  Make sure you watch the video to see how it all came together.


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Another great project from the Lulu Art Design Team.  Hope you’ve enjoyed it.


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Our first Design Team item – how exciting!

Wow, my lovely design team were raring to go and we have our first contribution to share with you already!Anne Cahill

Please let me introduce this beautiful work of Anne Cahill.  Anne has taken photos of her process and put them together in a little Youtube video for us below. I am blown away by Anne’s sweet whimsical style.


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Dylusions Creative Journal: 8 3/8 x 5 5/8
Dylusions Spray Ink: Vibrant Turquoise and Bubblegum Pink
Water mister
Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber: Salmon and Snow Cap
Sumi Ink
Posca Pen:  .7 White pen
Tombow Dual Brush Markers: Cool Gray 1 (N95), Sea Blue (373), Imperial Purple (636), Gold Ochre (946)
Prismacolour: Col-Erase Tuscan Red
Prismacolor Premier Pencils:  White PC 938, Deco Pink PC 1014, Deco Peach PC 1013, Blush Pink PC 928, Peach PC 939, Hot Pink PC 993, Lavender PC 934, Dahlia Purple PC 1009, Process Red PC 994, Pomegranate PC 195, Violet PC 932, Blue Slate PC1024
Stamping Block
Paisley Stamps
Spray Adhesive
Paint Brush: 10/0 liner, 1/4 and 3/8 angle, 1 long liner
Palette Sheet for the mask
Paper Towel for blotting

If you love this as much as I do, please leave some love for Anne in the comments!


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Meet two of our Design Team Members!

Wow, what a tough time I had picking only 4 people from all the amazing applications that rolled in!  A big thank you to all who applied.  Your work was beautiful and I had such fun looking through all your photos and reading your blogs.  I’ll be sending out a little gift to you all as a thank you for applying to be on my very first design team.  Please send me through your postal address if you haven’t already. Big hugs to you all.

I am so excited about the talent that will be featuring on this blog!  I sent our DT ladies a set of questions to answer so you could get to know them better.  So without further ado .. here are the first two of our four lovely Design Team members and some examples of their amazing work. Let me introduce Anne Cahill and Cassandra Bright.

Anne Cahill  Anne Cahill

Anne loves all arts and crafts. Her passion at the moment is in mixed media and art journaling in altered books. She loves to draw and paint and finds it an outlet at the end of the day.
She has been published 73 times in the express magazines both Handmade and Creative Decorative Painting and Folk Art. She eats, breathes and sleeps creativity 🙂

Describe yourself in one short sentence.  Creative, happy, motivated, slightly twisted. My husband gives a little giggle and says how about hormonal and nagging. But quickly adds he wouldn’t trade me for the world. “You just have to love them don’t you.”

Why do you like doing mixed media artwork?  I love being creative and having no set boundaries. I never have liked being told what to do. Just ask my husband. Mixed media allows me to express myself with using words.

What’s your favourite style and colours?  Some days I am obsessed with rustic tones, the next could pretty and pastel. My paintings reflect my mood and as my husband knows it changes with the wind :o) My favourite style would presently be whimsical.

How many hours a week would you spend on your art?  On an average week anywhere from 2 – 12 hours. I would LOVE to spend a lot more but one has to work. I am waiting to win Lotto. Aren’t we all!!!

Tell us something unusual about yourself.  “I see dead people”……. No I don’t.  I am perfect in my own mind and can be easily swayed with a glass of Red and a selection of Dark Chocolates.

What advice would you give to someone looking to get into mixed media artwork?  Go for it; Mixed Media is so rewarding. It need not be expensive to get started as you will be amazed at what you have already that you can use. But beware….. once you start you will be addicted for life.

Inspire us with your favourite quote?  “Think outside the box.” This helps justify my stash of crafts bits and pieces that I have to have on hand, one never knows what they will want at 9pm at night.

Some selected pieces of Anne’s work:

Anne_card Anne_page Anne_tag

Cassandra Bright Cass

Cassandra started her journey with scrapbook layouts then moved onto cards, beyond the page projects, altered art and for some time now has been in love with Mixed Media. Several years ago she completed the Copic Marker Beginner Certification and then the Intermediate.  Earlier this year she was published for the first time in Scrapbook Creations Magazine.

Describe yourself in one short sentence.  Mixed bag!

Why do you like doing mixed media artwork?  I love mixed media artwork because there are no rules. There is no right or wrong and there are no mistakes! You can use whatever products, mediums or findings that you like, it is truly your artwork.

What’s your favourite style and colours?  I’m moving more into what I would call a colourful whimsical style at the moment. But I have always loved anything that is vintage, rusty and old. For a long time my favourite colours have been brown, pink and green. But now I am moving towards Teal, it is always changing.

How many hours a week would you spend on your art?  Not as many as I would like, but I am sure most people would say the same. However, I do find if I am not creating I am researching product and

Tell us something unusual about yourself.  I’m nuts about Labradors! I have two, a 10 yr old and 11 yr old and they were my flower girls, ring bearers and bridesmaids at my wedding. And they have there own bedroom with a single bed with Brass knobs. lol.

What advice would you give to someone looking to get into mixed media artwork?  Embrace the fact that your work does not have to be perfect, treat yourself as a learner with your ‘L’ Plates on and be kind to yourself. Researching products gives you the ability to understand how you can use those products to your advantage and help you get the effect you desire. Experiment.

Inspire us with your favourite quote?  Creativity is intelligence having fun!

Some selected pieces of Cassandra’s work:

Cass_2 Cass_3 Cass_layout

I can’t wait to see what these ladies create for the Lulu Art blog!