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Birds Flying High – an art journal page by Robyn Wood

RobynAn art journal page using a random,  messy, Gelli print background ~ 

Hello, it’s Robyn joining you today to share a mixed media art journal page. I have to admit to being a huge fan of Michael Buble, I’ve seen him in concert each time he has visited Australia. When I started playing with this project, as usual I had no idea in mind just started playing with images and backgrounds – popping the birds on the page caused these lyrics from Feeling Good to come to mind.

The song itself is such a happy one, check out the lyrics online if you aren’t sure how it goes. I think it also describes the practice of mindfulness – enjoying all the little things in life by taking notice.

What are you feeling good about today? Take notice of one small, good thing and think about it for a few minutes. You will be glad you did!

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I started with a tiny cheat for creating this page – the basis of the background was already done during a long past Gelli printing session. I tend to keep an art journal and scrap paper close to mop up all the extra paint from my plate in between prints. These pages become starting points for future pages.  I’ve learnt that for best results I keep to one set of colours, either warm or cool with maybe a pop of a complementary colour if it seems to work.

Watch the video of the process here:

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I hope you enjoyed learning how this project comes together. As always, don’t forget to pop by LuLu Art & Friends Facebook page to say hi or share your project or leave a comment on my blog, www.purplesalt.net

Robyn

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Poppies – Journal Page by Monika Dabrowska-Ejmont

MonikaI love poppy flowers, they are always taking me back to my childhood. I remember our veggie patch in which grandma just spread poppy seeds randomly and they were growing between carrots, potatoes, strawberries. Always standing taller than the rest of the plants on their hairy green stems. Bright, bold and also so fragile.

Then in autumn they were turning in to brown, rattling hard heads, still beautiful in their own way. And then Christmas time we had a delicious poppy seed cake. I wish I was good at painting realistic flowers…or animals …. or anything. But since I am not :)) I just used this Ronda’s fragment stencil to create poppies with a twist. There is still red and green and brown and black, all the colours I remember from childhood, so it makes me happy. And my kitty was there to help me to recreate the childhood feelings and also make new happy memories.

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Monika xx

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Find Joy in the Ordinary – by Robyn Wood

RobynHello, it’s Robyn joining you today to share a mixed media art journal page.  Are you following along with the Documented Life prompts shared by the Art to the 5th Academy artists? I played along sporadically last year and decided that this year I’d do it properly and try to complete each of the prompts – so far so good.  This year the idea is to use one of the large Dylusions journals for each prompt and I’m finding it a great journal to create in! I love the flexible, catch all cover so I know that I’m not going to break the bindings if my journal gets a little large.

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A recent challenge was to create a page using under papers and the journaling prompt was ‘what lies beneath?’. My under papers tend to get really muddy so I decided to use some baby wipes instead. Baby wipes make perfect additions to your art journals, they are thin and can be cut with scissors or dies to create all types of shapes and they take colour beautifully!  I don’t tend to keep them on a regular basis but for this project they were perfect.

Check out my YouTube video to learn how I created this page:

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I hope you enjoyed learning how this project comes together. As always, don’t forget to pop by Lulu Art & Friends Facebook page to say hi or share your project or leave a comment on my blog, www.purplesalt.net

Robyn

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A Love of Beauty – A Mixed Media Canvas by Robyn Wood

RobynHi, it’s Robyn with you today sharing a sweet little canvas featuring the use of Faber-Castell Gelatos and a new product, Whipped Spackle.

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Whipped Spackle is quite an innovative product – you would think it was ordinary light modelling paste but it is actually gesso that has been aerated in a mixer to create a lovely texture similar to icing.  The aeration gives the product an amazing lightness and it will be perfect to use on canvasses but particularly cards, scrapbook layouts and art journals when you want texture without the usual heaviness.

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Thanks for joining me today! I hope you will create your own beautiful butterfly canvas – I’d love to see it if you do.  Don’t forget you can 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

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Wild Woman Journal Page by Monika Dabrowska-Ejmont

MonikaI heard about a book called Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés a few years back from my friend Denise Daffara, but than life was happening in the mean time and I never picked it up to read it. Then my friend Lisa took me to see a beautiful singer called Snez performing at a house concert. I bought her CD and fell in love with her music. I also read her blog and learnt that one of her songs was inspired by that book I had wanted to read! This is the song I love!

So I did read the book ! And I really liked it, it’s inspiring. I especially like the old legends she refers too!

And it amazes me how the  things which we should have or see or hear are finding a way to come to us. Sometimes it just takes bit longer. And it’s amazing how people inspire each other every day.

Thank you to all of you beautiful people around me for inspiration, love, encouragement. Hope I can do the same for you .

So here she is the Wild woman in me.

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Monika x

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A Summer Adventure – a textured art journal page by Robyn Wood

RobynIt has turned blustery and cold in Brisbane this week – Winter is here at last, but my Instagram feed reassures me that it is Summertime elsewhere in the world!  I’ve created a textured art journal page to share with you today that uses lots of lovely texture, found words and a bird or two.

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Molding Paste is perfect for adding texture to a journal page – it goes on like butter or thick icing and a thin layer is light enough for a small journal.  Check out how I created the texture using an old, plastic spoon.

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My page also features found words which were cut from one of the free magazines which are abundant in my city. I find the non-specific, fashion and event style magazines are the best for a good variety of words.  I started searching with no plan in mind after I had the basic texture and trees done and just let the words jump out at me. Soon enough I had a theme and a title!  It is a fun way of creating journaling.

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I hope you enjoyed learning how I made this page.  I’d love to see your art journal projects so please get in touch.  You are always welcome to upload pictures to our Lulu Art & Friends Facebook page or leave a comment on my blog at www.purplesalt.net.  If you use Instagram you can find Lulu Art at http://instagram.com/luluartstore and I’m there as well at http://instagram.com/purplesaltcr8 Pop by and say ‘hi’.

Robyn

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Vintage Soul by Robyn Wood

Robyn‘She was a modern woman with a vintage soul – she came from a different time’

Hello, it’s Robyn with you today sharing how to create a colourful She Art canvas using a bunch of mixed media techniques.  This canvas is inspired by the She Art of Christy Tomlinson, although I hate to admit that I’ve had the girl stamp sitting in my stash for far too long. I suppose she was just waiting for the perfect project to make an appearance in!

As part of this project, I’m also sharing how I use a technique of free journaling – trying to make a phrase out of a few interesting words. Each time I try this technique I come up with a different phrase – what will yours be?

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If you do happen to create your own She Art style canvas, I’d love you to share a pic to the LuLu Art & Friends Facebook page.

Robyn