Blossom – Mixed media art journal page

Hello lovelies!!

A super quick journal page today, especially for anyone who is a little shy about drawing.

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I thought I would put together a page using Jane Davenport’s ‘Whimsical Girls’ book that you can purchase from Lulu Art.

The book is designed with tear out pages and different types of paper so you can work right onto them and cut them out, add them to your journal pages, or in fact, journal right within the book… so many pretty images to choose from!

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I was also itching to use TCWs new mini botanical stencil designed by Marlene Meijer-van Niekerk. Lulu Art now has the full range of Marlene’s new products and I can’t wait to get my hands on those either.

I have already made a number of pages with this stencil… just so pretty!

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Finally, I added Christine Adolf’s ‘Poppyfield’ stamp by Prima.


(Full list of supplies used follows the blog post)

Enjoy watching the complete video… it’s a quick one!

Have fun and hope you give this journal page a try.

Enjoy!!
Dani x

If you have any questions or would love to connect… come find me:

Blog – https://danichoate.wordpress.com
Instagram – @pygletwhispers
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/DaniChoate
Facebook – @pygletwhispers & @danichoate
Society6 – https://society6.com/pygletwhispers
Pinterest – https://au.pinterest.com/pygletwhispers

SUPPLIES LIST:
Dina Wakley Media – heavy body acrylic – night, tuquoise, lapis
Dylusions Dyalog ‘dots’ journal
Jane Davenport – Whimsical Girls book
Contact USA – clickable stamp set 1/4″ tall lowercase
Prismacolor pencils
Liquitex Matte Medium
TCW – 780s – mini botanical dream – 6×6
Prima Marketing
– watercolours – tropicals & classics
Christine Adolf “Poppyfield” stamp
Ranger – Archival Ink pad – cobalt, black
Americana Neon paint

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Artist Interview: Dina Wakley

DinaPicWe’re so excited that Dina will be visiting us here in Noosa this weekend to do 3 days of classes with over 70 lucky ladies! To celebrate Dina’s visit to Australia we have asked her to answer a few questions.

Also I’d like to let you all know that all Dina Wakley Media products (paint, brushes, stencils, stamps, mediums, etc) will be on sale in the store from Friday 27th November through until Monday 30th November so take advantage of 10% off these scrumptious goodies while stocks last.


 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am Dina, I have a hubby and three sons (ages 20, 18, and 16). I live in the desert near Phoenix, AZ.

How/when did you get interested in art?

I started scrapbooking in 1995 and stamping in 1996. Then I discovered mixed media and then started art journaling in 2005. I’ve kept a personal journal since I was nine, so art journaling was a natural fit.

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

My first art journal page was about how I didn’t feel comfortable calling myself an artist. The first face I painted was out of proportion and sort of Modigliani-esque, but I loved it because I had never done it before.

dina wakley 21What’s your favourite piece of work that you have created?

I don’t really choose favourites but I do have some journal pages I like more than others.

Do you have a favourite artist?

I love Basquiat, Jasper Johns, Raschenberg, Helen Frankenthaler.

What’s the best thing about being an artist?

Being creative makes me happy. 🙂

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

Sometimes. I have eclectic tastes (Brandi Carlile for her song writing, Muse for it’s rocking-awesomeness, Foo Fighters for rock, Anouk, Patty Griffin, so many more).

What is your favourite thing that you often include in your work? (e.g. faces, quotes, birds, etc)

I like to draw people/faces. It’s satisfying to draw something that looks back at you.

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What are you doing when you’re not creating?

Take care of my family! Even though my boys are big, they still need me. We have lots of activities, etc. I like to read and cook, too.

What are your favourite products to use?

My paint of course! And I love the Stabilo All pencil and Neocolor II crayons.

Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?

  • Done is better than perfect.
  • They’ll make more paper.
  • Oops, oh well.

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Where can we view your work?

http://www.dinawakley.com
http://www.facebook.com/ArtOfDinaWakley
https://instagram.com/dinawakley/

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

All my online classes are here:

http://dinawakley.com/store/


 

And of course Dina is teaching this weekend in Noosa, Australia for Lulu Art! We are so excited to have here. Keep an eye on our facebook page and Instagram for pics of our fun weekend.

Lisa xx

Life is .. a mixed media canvas by Robyn Wood

RobynLife is….

The eternal question – what is life about?

Hello, it’s Robyn with you today asking a very deep question. Possibly easy to answer if you look at the word band I’ve used on my project!

I like to have little pieces of inspiration around me – images pinned to my little notice board, words and quotes collected in my little dedicated ‘quote’ Moleskin notebook or on the various pieces of art I buy to decorate the walls in my study. The more I are journal, the more I’m creating little pieces just for myself which carry words to inspire.

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The project features a new product for LuLu Art – mica tiles. Mica is a mineral, mined from the ground in countries like Africa and South America and it has a lovely layered structure which can be pulled apart and inked, painted, diecut, punched, cut, torn, embossed, the list goes on. Colours can vary and depending on how careful you are in pulling it apart, the sheets can be quite thick to whisper thin. If you look closely, you will see that the tiles are very slightly translucent and have differing colours – very similar to amber.

Many of us already know and use mica – it’s in our lipsticks, eye shadows, metallic car paint, glittery body products, even shampoo! As crafters we have been using mica for ages as Twinkling H2O’s, pearlescent stamping inks, Pearl Ex and glimmery mists.  Ok, I’ll take my scientist hat off now and show you my project!

Watch the video here:

Supplies:

I hope you enjoy learning how this project comes together. Once you have the supplies assembled, it comes together pretty quickly.  If you use mica in a project, I’d love to see a picture.  Upload it to the LuLu Art & Friends Facebook page or leave a comment on my blog, www.purplesalt.net

Robyn

 

Becoming a Butterfly – An art journal page by Robyn Wood

Hello! It’s Robyn with you today sharing an art journal page using some brand new Dina Wakley stamps.  I tend to love anything insect themed, so when these cute stamps came in they were in my hands so fast!  I love the size of the images – perfect for cards, tags or art journaling.  This page comes together quite quickly once the butterflies are stamped, coloured and trimmed – I love how the sparkly butterflies gently pop out of the page.  You can easily substitute with different colours or maybe use a different type of background all together!

Art Journal Page by Robyn Wood

Art Journal Page by Robyn Wood

Don’t forget that as designers we love sharing our knowledge of products sold in the store, so if there is something you would like to know how to use or a technique that you would love to learn – drop us a line and we will see what we can do. Personally, I love a challenge and am always happy to play with something new, in the interests of education of course! (really I just like to buy ‘new’ products)

You can watch the video here:

Supplies used:

I hope you enjoy learning how to make this page – don’t forget to upload pictures of your projects to our Lulu Art & Friends Facebook page or leave a comment on my blog, www.purplesalt.net.  If you use Instagram you can find Lulu Art at http://instagram.com/luluartstore and I’m there as well – http://instagram.com/purplesaltcr8. Pop by and say ‘hi’!

Robyn