Mirror Faces – Fowler Face Series stencils – mixed media art journal page

Last month, Kylie sent me through some super fun stencils to try. Stencils that she has designed and Artistcellar has produced!! They are part of the Artistcellar Signature Series and are called – “FOWLER FACE SERIES”

So exciting!

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These are great!

There are four 6×6 stencils in the package – forward facing, looking up, side profile & 3/4 profile – so many choices!!

If you are someone who has difficulty drawing faces, these stencils give you a beautiful face everytime. If you are working towards getting better at drawing faces, they give you a guideline to work with so you won’t have to worry about placement and dimensions so much. And… for those that can draw faces, these stencils allow you to focus on other parts of your page rather than putting all the time you have to create, into the face on the page, you can experiment with other techniques or do extra journaling or practice your modelling paste stencil technique (that is me!!) or just have fun making beautiful big hairdos!!

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You can tell I was having fun as my joyous messy desk was in full swing!!

I cracked out the modeling paste, some scribble sticks and had some fun working on some coloured tonal shading on the pre-prepared faces. The stencils made it so easy to get a quick and effective journal page done.

my journal quote: “The face is the mirror of the mind and the eyes, without speaking, confess the secrets of the heart.”      – St. Jerome

SO FUN & SO EASY!!

till next time…

~ Dani x

Always love to connect… so come find me:
Instagram – @pygletwhsipers
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/DaniChoate
Facebook – http://facebook.com/pygletwhispers
Society6 – https://society6.com/pygletwhispers
Pinterest – https://au.pinterest.com/pygletwhispers

SUPPLIES LIST: (all from www.luluart.com.au)
Golden Acyrlic Glazing Medium
Liquitex Modeling Paste
Liquitex Gesso
Liquitex Matte Medium
Dina Wakley Media – Heavy Body Acrylic – Turquoise, Night, Magenta, Lemon
TCW stencil – Fantasty Sphere
ArtistCellar stencil – Fowler Face Series
White Sharpie – extra fine
Black Sharpie – extra fine
Dina Wakley palette knife
Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks
Ceramcoat – Santa’s Flesh, Medium Flesh, Hydranges Pink
Prismacolor – many colours
brushes & sponges

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Magic – mixed media journal inserts

Hey lovelies! Did you see the beautiful Butterfly Journal cover Kate decorated last week? I thought I might do a couple of journal page inserts today to fit inside my own Jane Davenport journal.

I have still been playing around with the Distress Oxide stamp pads and all the new colours that are now out just make them even better to party with!!

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I also thought I would have a play with a few other goodies that can be found at Lulu Art.

A Gel Press Printing Plate
I have been hesitant to give this tool a go… yes I am definitely late to the party!! …and what a fun party I have been missing out on! I had a great time playing with it. The prints that I got from the plate give a really interesting quality to the page. I like the looseness it brings. I really enjoyed the effect of building up ‘ghost prints’ that are very subtle… and along with the reactive effect of the distress oxides, I think together they worked beautifully!!

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ConactUSA clickable alphabet stamps
I LOVE these stamps and have been using them alot in different projects. The font is lovely and they print so clearly. I often pull out my vintage typewriter to do some journaling or pop a quote onto the page I am completing… but sometimes… the size of the typewriter type is just too small. These stamps click together to form the entire word, which makes for such an easy alignment job… and the size is larger and much more reasonable to read. They come in differnet heights, in upper and lower case – I know these will be used ALOT!!

Hope you enjoy watching along as I create these two journal inserts for my JD Butterfly Effect journal.

(Complete supplies list follows).

Have Fun !!
~wishes
Dani x

Always love to connect… so come find me:
Instagram – @pygletwhsipers
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/DaniChoate
Facebook – http://facebook.com/pygletwhispers
Society6 – https://society6.com/pygletwhispers
Pinterest – https://au.pinterest.com/pygletwhispers

SUPPLIES LIST: (all from www.luluart.com.au)
Jane Davenport Butterfly Effect Journal
Jane Davenport Watercolour Inserts
Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers
Jane Davenport Confettissue die cuts
Tim Holtz – Idea-ology – tissue – Melange
Tim Holtz – Idea-ology – plain tissue
Contact clickable alphabet stamps – 1/4″ typewriter font
Liquitex Matte Medium
Dina Wakley Media – Heavy Body Acrylic – Night
Gel Press Printing Plate – A4
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Pad – Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, Antique Linen, Black Soot, Worn Lipstick
TCW stencil – Fantasty Sphere
Artist Cellar stencil – Tamara Laporte – Believe
Caran d’ache NeocolorII – lime gree, cobalt blue, blue & periwinkle blue
– Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks would also work
Ceramcoat – Bright Yellow
Prismacolor – China blue
Staz On – black & blue
brushes, sponges, water spritzer, paper towel

Winter Oxide Cuties – Mixed Media Art Journal Page with Distress Oxide Ink Pads

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Hello Lulu Art lovelies!!

I decided to have a play with the Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Oxides this month.
What can I say but…   Ahhhh… maaaa…zing!!

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I had a go with Dylusions journal inserts so you could see how the colours work on different types of paper…

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The Oxides are so well known for making beautiful backgrounds…but…
of course, once I got going I couldn’t resist making faces… and I love them!!

I created some really cute loose faces… I especially enjoyed making my girls with freckles!!5a

Now I can’t wait to get my hands on all the new colours… got them sitting in my Lulu Art cart as I type!
I am off to shop!!
Hope you enjoy my tutorial!

Have Fun !!
~wishes
Dani x

I would love to connect… so come find me:
Instagram – @pygletwhsipers
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/DaniChoate
Facebook – http://facebook.com/pygletwhispers
Society6 – https://society6.com/pygletwhispers
Pinterest – https://au.pinterest.com/pygletwhispers

SUPPLIES LIST:  (all from www.luluart.com.au)

Dylusions journal insert sheets
Ranger craft mat – an important piece of equipment for utilising the stamp pads as paint
Ranger Distress Oxide Stamp pads – original set but any colours would work
Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers
Mini Mister
White extra fine Sharpie
Black extra fine Sharpie
dictionary pages or any book page ephemera
Black gesso
Ceramcoat Ultra Blue
make up sponge
Donna Downey alphabet stencil
Indigo Blue Prismacolor pencil
Grass green Prismacolour Pencil
Heat tool
strong clear glue
liquitex matte medium
scissors, water, brushes

Star light, Star bright: mixed media girl.

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I had a great time creating this page for Lulu Art this month.

SO… MUCH… FUN!!

Dina Wakley’s Grungy Stars rubber stamp set had a tiny stamp saying “Star light Star bright”  so I just ran with it…

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A starry stencil, thanks to TCW..
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Some glimmer and shine,

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courtesy of Lindy’s Stamp Gang Industrial chic sprays…

Touches of gold everywhere…

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… topped off with a galaxy of stars in her hair (and a few in her eyes, of course!)

20170612_110902Hope you enjoy my tutorial!

Have Fun !!

~wishes

Dani x

I would love to connect… so come find me:
Instagram – @pygletwhispers
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/DaniChoate
Facebook –  http://facebook.com/pygletwhispers 
Society6 – https://society6.com/pygletwhispers
Pinterest – https://au.pinterest.com/pygletwhispers

SUPPLIES LIST:

(all from www.luluart.com.au)

Dylusions paper pack
Ceramcoat – Santa’s Flesh
Dina Wakley Media – Heavy Body Acrylic   – Black, Night, Turquoise & Lime
Liquitex Modeling Paste
palette knife
TCW- The Crafter’s Workshop – Jennie Bowlin –  Random Stars stencil
Golden Acrylic Glazing Medium
Finnabair Art Alchemy Metallic Turquoise
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Industrial Sprays (follow instructions)
Higgins white ink
Prismacolor pencils – various
Dina Wakley Grungy stars rubber stamp set
Ranger Archival ink stamp pad
Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks (sooo good!!)
Speedball Metal/Gold Leaf and Gold Leaf adhesive (sizing)
strong clear glueI have used s ZIG glue pen
Liquitex gesso – for stamping
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Set – starry colours gold set

BRAVE – Mixed Media Feathered Headdress

So here I am again Lulu Art lovelies!! Hope you have all been well and finding time to be crafty!!BRAVE - Dani

This was a fun tutorial to do for you… but I think it could almost  be called a “project” rather than a tutorial. It does get a little …involved ( even though quite a simple idea)

You may need a little stamina and probably a good Netflix series to get through and complete this one!! (I did!! 😉 )…  but I know it will return you a pretty piece to hang on your wall.

The video may need a little stamina aswell at 15 minutes but it will be worth it to get to the end…

I have given you some help though, breaking it up into steps
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At 6:20 time in the video you will find Step 2 – fronds (about 1 minute) & flowersBRAVE - flowers
At about 10:00 (mins) in, I start Step 3: the assembly of the entire headdress. You can see all the completed items to the left of the screen.BRAVE - background

So..
If you just don’t have 15 minutes to spare in one sitting… but can spend 5 … then scroll through to each section at different times… or… zoom directly to 10 minutes in…  and you can see how it all ended up!! BRAVE - Done!

I  hope you get to watch the whole shebang… & that you have a go at it yourselves. Please tag me when you do, so I can come check out what you have made.
Have Fun & Enjoy. Always!!
~wishes
Dani x

If you want to see more of my work you can catch me in a few different places:

Instagram – http://instagram.com/pygletwhispers 

Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/DaniChoate

My blog – http://pygletwhispers.blogspot.com  

Facebook –  http://facebook.com/pygletwhispers

Society6 – https://society6.com/pygletwhispers

SUPPLIES LIST: (links below)supply grid2

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Stencils:
TCW stencil – Jenni Bowlin -four feathers
Donna Downey stencil – Poppy stems
Donna Downey stencil – grass
Paints:
Prima Marketing Watercolor ConfectionsTHE CLASSICS & PASTEL DREAMS
Prima Marketing – Christine Adolph -Watercolor Resist fluid
Dina Wakley Heavy Body AcrylicPenny (metallic), Cheddar, Ruby, Lapis, Ocean, Blush
Finnabair – Art Alchemy -(metallic) turquoise
Ceramcoat – gecko, turquoise, laguna blue
Liquitex – gesso & matte medium
Papers:
Strathmore mixed media paper
Daler & Rowney Langton HP watercolor paper – background
Dylusions Journal insert sheets – small
Tools:
Pentel Aquabrush, pigma micron .005, Prismacolor blue pencil, Tombow dual brush – black, Ranger craft sheet, mini mister

other supplies:
Cutting mat, brushes, makeup sponges, water soluble black pencil, strong and quick drying glue, scissors & box cutter, sketch paper, book page ephemera

Sunny Days – mixed media art tags

Hey there, Lulu Art lovelies!!

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Dani Choate (a.k.a. pyglet whispers) here!

Today, I get to spend some arty time with you all on the LuluArt blog and I just can’t wait to show you how I created these two sunny day tags using fab products from luluart.com.au

So… take a seat, grab a coffee, figure out where the pause button and the speed controls on Youtube are…  as you might want to catch a still or slow down the process for a closer look somewhere along the way…

…and most of all… enjoy the ride!!

I started some pages by basically, just having a play. I used good quality paper and went with whatever ideas came to mind.

A blue background…

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a deep teal swirl… lime and yellow dots…  and a white overlaid stencil.

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Next, I took some prints from the wet page.

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This is something I often do, just simply to dry my work off  a bit so I can keep creating…  (I am more than a bit impatient with drying times!!)

In this video…I finally went with the tags and once I had the idea… I ran with it!

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Hopefully you enjoy the process!!

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Have fun recreating something like this for yourself…  and tag me if you do, so I can come take a look!!

Much fun and many wishes… ’til next time!

~Dani x

If you want to see more of my work you can catch me in a few different places:

Instagram – http://instagram.com/pygletwhispers 

Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCq2T-XZ-aTUS4x64N5xbbA

My blog – http://pygletwhispers.blogspot.com  

Facebook –  http://facebook.com/pygletwhispers

Society6 – https://society6.com/pygletwhispers

SUPPLIES LIST : 

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Dina Wakley heavy body paints – lime, yellow, ocean

Dina Wakley fine tip applicator

Dina Wakley palette knife

Liquitex – gesso

Liquitex – modeling paste

Strathmore Mixed media paper

Inkssentials Giant Craft tags – manila size #12

Caran D’Ache Neocolor II soluble wax crayons – yellow, emerald green, cobalt blue & vermillion red

Prismacolor pencils – grass green, true green, orange, Spanish orange, blue denim & black

Pentel Aquash waterbrush

Ceramcoat – Carribean blue craft acrylic

Sharpie white water-based paint pen – stock up because you will see me using these a lot!

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Artist Interview with Dani Choate

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

Introducing Dani Choate from Pyglet Whispers. Dani is known for her beautiful mixed media artwork, particularly her cute whimsical girls.

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

Dani Choate is a mixed media artist, designer and art journaler form Sydney. After studying Graphic Design in the early 90s she spent the next 12 years immersed in the Natural Health and Alternative Therapies industries. When her children were small she was inspired once again to return to art making. These were adventures in soft toy design, zine editions, lino & gocco printing, ATC & ACEOs, book page line art and a hobby turn at children’s fabric design.

Her current work is most often whimsical, feminine and full of colour & pattern. She displays a playful, childlike quality within each of her pieces.

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Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.

I predominantly spend my time being a mum to my 3 young girls…7, 10 & 13. I am a mixed media artist, designer and illustrator. I am also a collector and source and sell all kinds of vintage and eclectic bits and pieces, not only online but also from a space that I have at a vintage emporium in Sydney’s Alexandria. Arting is my release, my time. The moments I can be most, myself.

How/when did you get interested in art?

I think I have always been interested in ‘making things’ and creating. I cannot remember a time that it wasn’t just a natural part of how I functioned.

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

Aside from preschool painting and creating and at home as a child with my mum, a teacher…. I do remember a particular time when I was about 8 or 9 when I saw a stranger painting a seascape at the beach. I remember being particularly transfixed by what he was doing. I stood behind him and watched for ages until at some point he turned and offered me a small canvas board and a paint brush. He set me up next to him and began to show me step by step how to paint the water to get the foam at the top of each wave and how to paint the clouds to get a little shadow on each fold. I remember thinking it was a bit like magic!! Seriously…I must have painted that particular image a thousand times over the next few years, practicing and perfecting what I had learned from him. I was not very good at it…but I was hooked at trying to be!


What is your favourite piece of work you have created?

Recent favourites…

Do you have a favourite artist?

So many favourites… the list is really never ending. Currently I am inspired by artists like Estee McLeod, Maria Pace-Wynters, Lizanne Tran, Helmtrud Kraienhorst, Hanna Ekegren, Tina Berning, Kyoko Uematsu. Cori Dantini, Gustavo Aimar, Claire Desjardin… do I have to stop??

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Exploration, possibilities, expression, immersiveness, stillness, clarity – the space it draws you into.

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

I have current favourites but they are always changing… at the moment I am listening to a lot of  Mansionair, Rufus, Palmistry and Christine & the Queens .

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

Faces, flowers, pattern and colour.

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What are you doing when you are not creating?

Adulting, taxiing family members and scrambling to make a living… would much rather be arting.

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What are your favourite products to use

White sharpie, acrylics, posca pens, caran d’ache neocolour II, collage & spray paint (when I get a chance)

Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?

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As a younger person I was encouraged to approach the world from a perfectionist standpoint. I grew up in a family where art and art making was given little importance and doing only what you were good at was valued over doing what you loved.

In my experience, this perfectionist standpoint makes it very difficult to ever begin the process of art making. If you begin to create something, with an attachment to a specific outcome, you give yourself  no room for error, no room for exploration, no room for mistakes. Yet, mistakes are important, mistakes are our teachers, mistakes are in fact, vital. Mistakes allow you to observe yourself and your responses and to explore your capabilities. Mistakes give you the gift of being able to discover your new ‘edges’ and have faith that abilities that you didn’t even know yet existed will always be ENOUGH. Embrace the mistakes that you may make within your art. They are the teachers that we can rely upon to guide us along our way.

Where can we view your work?

INSTA: http://www.instagram.com/pygletwhispers

VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCq2T-XZ-aTUS4x64N5xbbA (Dani Choate)

BLOG: http://www.pygletwhispers.blogspot.com.au

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/pygletwhispers
https://www.facebook.com/danichoate.com

SHOP – http://www.society6.com/pygletwhispers

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

It has been in the works for a while but hopefully this year I will be holding some local workshops – will keep you posted!

 

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

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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