Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

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.


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.


Full Product List:

Dylusions Art Journal 9×11

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolours 36/Pkg


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

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


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:





Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

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!


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).


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:






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!


Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

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.



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


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!!


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.


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.


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


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.

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.


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!


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



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



Artist Interviews, Design Team

Artist Interview – Kate Palmer


Today it is an absolute pleasure to introduce the very first Lulu Art Design Team Member for 2017.

Introducing Kate Palmer, otherwise known as SparkleTart. I’ve known Kate for quite a while now and have followed her along her creative journey. I’m sure you’re going to love her.

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


A bit about myself

Where do I begin, I’m a 40- something artist/crafter who likes to collect fabulous supplies.  My husband called me a ‘Sparkle Tart’ and now everyone else does as well.   I live in Townsville in QLD and spend my days working at James Cook University in Tech Support and Communications (yes I’m a total computer nerd!) and the people I work with have gotten used to seeing me with the odd bit of glitter somewhere – that stuff gets all over.  I get a great deal of joy from pottering about in my studio and from explaining to others how to use their supplies to create amazing art (perhaps because I used to be a teacher!), for some weird reason I also LOVE organising and cataloguing my art supply stash.  I don’t have one specific style, as I adore learning and creating too much to have settled into one particular look.  I adore mixed media (even before I knew it had a name!), in particular, I love mixing watercolour and acrylic products and techniques with everything.  If I’m being honest, often I just have a ball just messing about in my studio.  I really hate doing the exact same thing more than once, so am constantly evolving and trying out new ideas, supplies, and combinations.  I mostly create Art journal pages, cards and the occasional layout, canvas or off the page project and enjoy incorporating techniques, doodles and of course, there is always a little bling tucked away on my pieces somewhere!


How/When did I get interested in art?

My grandparents had a ‘busy table’ and since they were quite traditional (kids were supposed to be quiet), I spend a LOT of time at the busy table.  There was a great supply of pens, pencils and paper and I was happy to create for hours.  My Grandpa would often sit there with me and chat as I would draw – I love those memories.  I continued to create during Primary and High school, but began to feel inadequate and compare myself to others – one of the killers of creativity.  I would say my passion was rekindled while taking my very first art class, which was a requirement for my degree in Education.  I had the opportunity to get inky, try new ideas and I found my passion rekindled (I ended up being the class tutor the following year).  Since then I haven’t stopped creating and am so grateful to have this back in my life.


One of the first things I drew or painted?

I’ve been drawing since I can remember, the first specific thing I can remember trying to draw was ET after my Mum and I went to see the movie for my birthday. I can’t say it was a huge success. Everyone thought it was a teddy bear but for a 7 year old it was pretty momentous!  After that, I went through a horse phase for about 3 years – I think I drove my parents just a little nuts!


Favourite piece of work that I have created?

This changes with the day. My current favourite is my watercolour galaxy – probably because Karl Urban signed it and said it was ‘Very cool’ – sigh – I DIE!  You can see it here:


Favourite Artist?

There are sooooo many artists I admire, but if I have to pick just one it would be Leonardo DaVinci – he appeals to both the artist and the science nerd in me.  I would love to go to the DaVinci museum one day.


What’s the best thing about being an artist?

Oh gosh, the freedom to create whatever your little heart and hands desire.  When things go right the amazing moment when you sit back and look at something and realise that I made THAT!


Do I play music while I create and what inspires me?

Sometimes. I also create with a movie playing in the background or while singing to myself.  As for what type – Everything. It changes with my mood – I love pop songs, zen music, 80’s Rock, a little classical and some blues on occasion.  My taste in music is a bit like my taste in art – pretty eclectic!

Favourite thing to include in your work?

Colour and tiny elements, patterns or textures that you can only see up close and in person.  Sometimes it’s metallic powder, tiny gem stones, small doodles, just little touches that make things feel finished for me.  Though I also rarely finish something without adding a little sparkle somewhere!


What do I do when not creating?

I love to read, potter in the garden (I grow orchids), I love movies, I plan and organise, and I’ve even been known to play the odd computer game (dragons and treasure are mandatory).


Favourite products to use?

Sparkles, paints, mica, sprays, embellishments, ink – if it sparkles I LOVE it!  Don’t make me pick just one, though I do love my sparkly sprays and powder paints from Lindy’s if you force me to pick a favourite.

Tips or inspiring words to share?

Focus on making your art interesting and enjoyable, rather than perfect!


Where can you see my work?





Upcoming classes?

I’ve got 2 classes on the go right now

Creative Cardmaking Basics – hosted with Big Picture Classes online – You don’t need every tool out there to make beautiful cards! Kate Palmer encourages you to take your basic supplies further by teaching you 14 amazing techniques using dye ink pads, stamps, embossing powder, paper and embellishments. She walks you through each technique with a detailed video, sharing helpful tips that will help you master each one. You’ll wrap things up by combining what you’ve learned into a series of cards, and leave the class with a creative arsenal full of clever techniques.

sparkletart-group-rectangle-1a-main-image-800px Class (free) on YouTube – That’s Keep It Simply Sparkly for those who need to know.    Every week there is a new video, looking at SPARKLY PRODUCTS, ways to use them, swatch them and make them SHINE on your cards, layouts, pages, art journals and mixed media pieces.  Let’s have a little fun and Make Your Art SHINE!


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

Happy Creating,


Kylie - Signature

Lulu Art Supplies Store

Kylie Fowler Website

Design Team

Design Team Call Out


Would you love to be part of the Lulu Art Creative Design Team?

Are you passionate about mixed media artwork? Do you look at art supplies like a child looks at candy? (I certainly do) Do you like trying new products? Do you have a blog, website or Facebook Page where you showcase your work?

If you said a big YES to all those questions then please apply to be on my team! I’ve recently purchased Lulu Art Store and am now looking for people who are passionate about mixed media artwork, art journaling, altered book, ATCs, doodling .. (whatever your strength might be), to join my design team for 2017 and inspire others to create, make a mess and find their happy place (that’s the place where I go when I’m creating). =D

How to apply:

Send me an email to before Saturday 31st December. Include your name, where you live and a link to your blog. Attach some photos if there is anything in particular you’d like me to see. Tell me a bit about yourself and what you love to create.

What I expect from you:

  • To create an art tutorial or short art video to showcase on the Lulu Art blog, as well as on your own social media sites. The frequency will vary depending on how many Design Team members I end up choosing, however it will be no more than once a month (as more often may be expecting too much). The tutorial must contain a good proportion of products available in our store.
  • To take good photos of your work including some photos of the process steps and put together into a Youtube video (I can show you how to do this).
  • To commit to being part of our team for the next 6 months.
  • To have FUN and create whatever you want!

What you can expect from me:

  • I will give you a voucher each month to use towards products in the store.
  • I will provide you with a Design Team/Lulu Art graphic to put in the sidebar of your blog stating you’re a Lulu Art Design Team member.
  • I will promote you on my social media sites, including the Lulu Art blog and Facebook Page, whenever possible (and hope you will do the same .. win/win!).
  • I will invite you to join a private Facebook group where the design team can chat amongst themselves and to me.

If this sounds like something you’d like to be part of, please don’t hesitate to apply. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been on a design team before. Give it a go! Get those entries in before Saturday 31st December.

I would love it if you could share this with friends who you think might be interested. Let’s get the message out there.

For any more information please contact me at

Looking forward to a fun and creative 2017.


Kylie - Signature

Design Team

Mixed Media Art Journal Page with Loren Boyd


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.


You can watch the process video here:

Supplies I have used:

Thanks for watching!

Loren 🙂

You can also find me at:


Design Team

Hold on to your Ghost by Laurie Caradonna

hold on to your ghost_web
Ghost Hunter, Ghost Hunter what have you found
Another lost soul just floating around

You’re a natural spirit stalker, a supernatural talker
Hold on to that Ghost till he’s eternally bound

Press play to view the making of a curious girl and her even curiouser Ghost ~ it is very dark but intriguing all at once..

It will haunt you…

Mixed Media Supplies Used:

Laurie Caradonna

© My Little Creatures Studio
I see creatures in everything & everyone…


Design Team

Create your Own Stamps with Kathryn Cruise

LuluArt profile picHi everyone .. Kathryn here!

For this project I decided to make some of my own stamps. I recently watched a video by CeeCee from Creationsceecee wherein she said that she had to pull down some of her favourite and most popular art pieces from her Society 6 store as she had used stamps/stencils that didn’t have an angel policy that allowed for mass production of artwork where their products were used.

This got me to thinking that it makes it really difficult as an artist to then want to be able to sell prints or other forms of copies of your art work without having to remember exactly which stamps or stencils you can use. So why not make our own?


I was actually really excited at the possibilities of what stamps I could make and once I got started I found it super addictive and insanely cheap when you consider how much some rubber stamps are these days. I ended up with quite a few stamps and still have about 1/3 of my Speedy Carve left. I have to say it was so much easier than I thought it would be. I would say my favourite out of all of them was the feather and will definitely be making more feathers and other stamps again.

I’m not saying I won’t continue to use or buy any more stamps but I now know that at least with the stamps I make I can use them where ever I like and not have to worry about an angel policy.

So I hope that you like my video and would absolutely love to see some that you make.

You can watch the video here:

Supplies List:

Thanks again for joining me.


You can find me here: