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.
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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.
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Full Product List:

Dylusions Art Journal 9×11

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolours 36/Pkg

PRIMA – FINNABAIR ART ALCHEMY ACRYLIC PAINT – OPAL MAGIC : Green/Gold

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

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

DINA WAKLEY – HEAVY BODY ACRYLIC PAINT – 2OZ TUBE Tangerine

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:

 

 

 

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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!

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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).

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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:

 

 

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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!

 

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.

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BASIC TECHNIQUE

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

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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

SUPPLIES

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Colour Me Positive – Week 25

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This weeks inspiration and prompt was chosen by our lovely feature artist today, Anita Tillman. Make sure you scroll down to read all about Anita and her awesome Life Journals.

This is our reminder to you that you are .. ENOUGH, loved, awesome! Keep reminding that little gorgeous child inside of you all of these things as often as possible.

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Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:

Choose a positive word to describe your beautiful self!

This weeks inspiration:

This page in Anita’s Life Journal is ready to add lots of details about her week … her positive mantra for the week is “I AM Enough”.

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I love this layout in Anita’s Life Journal. What a great way to prepare for the week with a positive mindset. Thank you Anita!

Our Feature Artist – Anita Tillman

I’m so pleased to introduce you to Anita. She has been teaching Life Journal classes in our workshop here and we love her!!  Our students spend a fabulous weekend with Anita creating an amazing journal for recording their daily lives. She is so generous with information and a wonderful teacher. If you’re able to get to our workshop here on the Sunshine Coast, Qld then this class should definitely be on your radar!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself …

I started out as a keen scrapbooker about 10years ago and quickly moved to mixed media. I am totally in love with my own form of art journalling (which I call ‘Life Journalling’) which is kind of a fun mix of junk journalling, project life, smash booking, scrapbooking and mixed media. I also have my own Etsy store selling my hand sewn art journal covers, planner pouches and pencil pouches! I have recently started teaching Life Journalling at Lulu Art and totally love sharing my passion for art and memory keeping with as many people as possible!

What is your favourite quote?

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

What inspires you?

Daily life totally inspires me… I pretty much want to stuff as many experiences as I can into my journal!

Where can we find you?

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/ninnynoo/
Etsy – https://www.etsy.com/shop/madebyninnynoo
Life Journaling Classes – contact Lisa at Lulu Art

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For this weeks prize drawing Anita has generously donated one of her gorgeous fabric journal covers with a handmade tassel charm.

We will draw a random name on Friday 1st July from those who have uploaded into the Week 25 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill, you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw. So have fun, upload your photo and you may get a lovely bonus!

Week23_WinnerWinner of Week 23 Draw:

Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 23 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is Michelle Lykokapis‎. Congratulations Michelle! Here is the page that Michelle created using her ‘Positively Zen’ colouring in book by Hinkler Books and her Derwent pencils.

Make sure you check out the photos in the Facebook albums. There is some amazing work in there. What a great place for inspiration. Make sure you leave a few comments while you are there.

Please remember:

It’s ok to skip a week and jump in wherever you can. Don’t feel pressured if life gets busy!

Don’t compare yourself to others. We’re all in different stages of our art journey. You’re an artist and you’re amazing no matter what level you’re at. Just have fun and keep going.

Please PM or email me if you have an urgent question as I’m more likely to see it. The facebook page moves so fast it’s so easy to miss comments.

Have fun, be happy and support one another!

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Colour Me Positive – Week 23

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This weeks prompt was chosen by our feature artist today, Miriam Schulman and it reminds us that we have the OPPORTUNITY to rewrite our story and make it a happy ending. You’ve got a new story to write and it can be so much better than your past.

Make sure you read more about Miriam below and check out her lovely free offer to our readers.

 

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Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:

Use some ribbon somewhere on your page.

This weeks inspiration:

This week I have linked some fabulous Youtube videos from Miriam Schulman. You are going to love these videos for inspiration and techniques! Have fun 🙂

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Our Feature Artist – Miriam Schulman

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Tell us a little bit about yourself …

Miriam Schulman embraces her creative life with wholeheartedness in Scarsdale, New York. Schulman studied art history at Dartmouth College and abandoned a hedge fund career to work on her art full time. Her watercolor and mixed media paintings have been seen on NBC, published in art magazines and home decor books. In addition, the Hudson River Museum and Katonah Museum of Art carry her artistic accessories in their gift shops. She has been published in art magazines such as Art of Man and most recently in Art Journaling Magazine by Somerset Studio.

What is your favourite quote?

“Every day is an opportunity to make a new happy ending.”

 

Where can we find you?

Explore Miriams art at www.SchulmanArt.com or learn her techniques at TheInspirationPlace.net.

A special gift from Miriam:

Miriam Schulman would like to offer the subscribers of the “Colour Me Positive” challenge 10 art journal prompts.

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Week 23 Prize Draw:

For this week’s challenge prize we have another lovely collection of books donated by the gorgeous people at www.compendium.com.au. They are the sweetest books and full of inspiration. We will draw a random name on Friday 17th June from those who have uploaded into the Week 23 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill, you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw. So have fun, upload your photo and you may get a lovely bonus!

Wk21_WinnerWinner of Week 21 Draw:

Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 20 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is Susan Arkley. Congratulations Susan! Here is the page that Susan created.

Make sure you check out the photos in the Facebook albums. There is some amazing work in there. What a great place for inspiration. Make sure you leave a few comments while you are there.

Please remember:

It’s ok to skip a week and jump in wherever you can. Don’t feel pressured if life gets busy!

Don’t compare yourself to others. We’re all in different stages of our art journey. You’re an artist and you’re amazing no matter what level you’re at. Just have fun and keep going.

Please PM or email me if you have an urgent question as I’m more likely to see it. The facebook page moves so fast it’s so easy to miss comments.

Have fun, be happy and support one another!

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Colour Me Positive – Week 15

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Today’s quote is all about being HAPPY.

Life can sometimes seem like a quest to achieve happiness. Many of us say “When I find my soul mate, then I’ll be happy” or “When I lose that excess weight” or “When I get that dream job”. But woven in those thoughts is the sense of being “less than” you want to be which therefore makes you less happy than you were before.

It’s not the conditions of our lives that make us happy (although that can help of course) but the way we relate to ourselves and our lives that provide the happiness. It’s the way we walk through life.

Start by smiling more, doing things you enjoy, laughing, doing things that you know already make you happy. Instead of continuously seeking happiness, why not just start being happy now!

 

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Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:

Use some drips or splatters on your page.

If you need a reminder how the challenge works go have another look at the Intro page.

This weeks inspiration:

I was lucky enough to do a class with a very talented local lady called Jan Carlson from Jan Carlson Art.  I created this watercolour piece in her class and have used it here simply because flowers make me happy!!

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Our Feature Artist – Steve Dodson

Today we have something a little different. Steve is an artist in his own field which is Hypnosis.  Make sure you read on till the end to see Steve’s giveaway which is a helpful tool for us all.

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Tell us a bit about yourself ..

My passion is helping others achieve their dreams using hypnosis and the creative power of subconscious mind.

Each and every one of us have the potential to be whatever we want to be and do whatever we want to do. The majority of road blocks to success are found in our unconscious behaviours and beliefs. These mental patterns make or break us. Fortunately the creative nature of the mind can be accessed during the hypnotic state, where it’s possible to develop more empowering beliefs and supportive behaviours.

I am driven by the statement, “You’ll just have to learn to live with it!” Because in so many cases, you don’t. The potential of the human mind is incredible and when the creative aspects are stimulated appropriately, powerful personal change can occur.

What is your favourite quote?

“There is no path to happiness … Happiness is the path” ~ Buddha

What inspires you?

I am inspired by those who have the courage to follow their own path in life.

Where can we find you?

Website: http://www.noosahypnosis.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/noosahypnosis

A Gift from Steve:

It’s a fact that when we’re physically and mentally relaxed we can function at our best. Boost your creativity by relaxing your mind and body. I designed this recording as a simple and easy way for my clients to relax and I’d like to share it with you. May it get those creative juices flowing!

Get my 20 minute “Pure Relaxation” recording here:

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Download link: http://www.noosahypnosis.com/downloads.html

 

Week 15 Challenge Prize:

Wk15PrizeFor this week’s challenge prize we are giving away a lovely collection of books donated by www.compendium.com.au. They are the sweetest books and full of inspiration.

We will draw a random name on Friday 22nd April from those who have uploaded into the Week 15 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill, you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw.

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Week 13 Prize Draw:

Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 13 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is … Cheryl Brown. Congratulations Cheryl! Here is the page that Cheryl created about seeing life with new EYES.

Make sure you check out the photos in the Facebook albums. There is some amazing work in there. What a great place for inspiration. Make sure you leave a few comments while you are there.

 

Please remember:

It’s ok to skip a week and jump in wherever you can. Don’t feel pressured if life gets busy!

Don’t compare yourself to others. We’re all in different stages of our art journey. You’re an artist and you’re amazing no matter what level you’re at. Just have fun and keep going.

Please PM or email me if you have an urgent question as I’m more likely to see it. The facebook page moves so fast it’s so easy to miss comments.

Have fun, be happy and support one another!

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Colour Me Positive – Week 12

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This week is all about EXPANDING yourself. How will you know if you can achieve that goal if you don’t give it a try. I personally love the planning stage of any new project. Making notes and lists and planning it all out. But then I find the hardest part for me is taking the first step! Is this you too?

It’s so important to take that next step before the fear sets in and we give up because we fear failure. Then take another small step, then another. You’ll never know if it will be a success unless you give it a try. Expand your wings now, see how far you can fly!

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Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:

Put some wings somewhere on your page.

If you need a reminder how the challenge works go have another look at the Intro page.

This weeks inspiration:

Today’s inspiration is by Monika Dabrowska-Ejmont from Green Kitten Art. There is a link after the photo where you can watch a video about how this was constructed.

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You can watch the process video here.

 

Our Feature Artist – Ivy Newport

This weeks feature artist is the lovely Ivy Newport! Ivy has some fabulous online classes out there and also hosts some amazing retreats. Do yourself a favour and check them out (links are below).

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Tell us a bit about yourself ..

I was born in Sydney, Australia and spent most of my childhood there. Life in Sydney was amazing and I grew up doing Art in the Aussie sunshine! You could usually find me in the garden painting, drawing or reading. We had the opportunity to travel overseas often and this inspired me greatly. I have a deep love of adventure and travel! My father was transferred back to the States in my Junior year so I ended up finishing high school in Connecticut. Being six feet tall and having an Australian accent, it was tough to fit in but I found my home in the AP Art room and owe so much to my amazing Art Teacher! After graduating, I went on to attend the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida and received a BFA in Illustration.

After living in several cities, I found my home in beautiful, Portland, Oregon. My husband, Chris and I have been here for 13 years now and it has been the perfect environment in which to grow our family. We have two daughters, Grace and Claire and two cats.

Since graduating, I’ve had many different jobs – interior designer, skin care creator and antique shop owner but none of these quite fit. Now, as a full time artist and teacher I have found my true place. I have come home to Art and I’m here to stay! 🙂

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“Release” – Artwork inspired by Ivy’s favourite quote.

 

What is your favourite quote?

“She was a lost bird, in a deep blue sky. But when she spread her wings, She remembered how to fly.” ­ Atticus

What inspires you?

Many things inspire me but my top three would be bookstores, Pinterest and learning. I adore bookstores! I often go visit them when I’m looking for inspiration. Beautiful magazines, poetry and stories trigger visuals for me and spark ideas. Pinterest is just plain delicious! A visual feast for any creative and a wonderful way to build boards around a theme or painting idea. I adore learning! I’m a forever student of art and life and I take many online classes from other artists. You can never learn too much and this attitude helps keep my mind fresh and open to techniques, styles and new ways of seeing things.

Where can we find you?

Website: http://ivynewport.com/
Blog: https://graceandivy.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ivynewportartist/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ivetten/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ivyartist
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ivynewport/

Here are links to some of Ivy’s classes and retreats:

Classes:
Spirit Horse: http://ivynewport.com/spirit­horse
Flight & Feather: http://ivynewport.com/flight­and­feather
Retreats:
http://ivynewport.com/soar/
http://ivynewport.com/intuitive­muse/

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Prize Giveaway:

Ivy has very generously donated one free online ART CLASS of your choice from her website! Be sure to get your entries in for this week as this is an amazing prize!

We will draw a random name on Friday 1st April from those who have uploaded into the Week 12 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge. You can load photos into the album at any time but to be in the draw it must be by the date mentioned.

Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill, you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw.

Wk10_WinnerWeek 10 draw:

Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 10 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is Tina Conner-Powell. Congratulations Tina! This is the page that Tina created about beauty.

Please remember:

It’s ok to skip a week and jump in wherever you can. Don’t feel pressured if life gets busy!

Don’t compare yourself to others. We’re all in different stages of our art journey. You’re an artist and you’re amazing no matter what level you’re at. Just have fun and keep going.

Please PM or email me if you have an urgent question as I’m more likely to see it. The facebook page moves so fast it’s so easy to miss comments.

Have fun, be happy and support one another!

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