Monthly Challenge – Inspiration Card

We’ve had this idea brewing where we wanted to do something really positive with the business that would help others in some way. This month we have decided to introduce a regular monthly challenge which you all can participate in for the chance of a prize but also to do some good out there.

After reading about the Truth Card exchange put together by the Brave Girls Club we have been inspired to set up this inspiration card challenge that will result in helping others in a similar way. A simple card or tag with a quote which might just brighten someones day or potentially make a huge difference to someone who is doing it tough.

So here’s the deal – Decorate a small piece of card (example ATC size 2.5in x 3.5in – or similar) or even a tag including a positive uplifting message.  Photograph the item and email the picture to admin@luluart.com.au with “April Challenge” in the subject line or post it on our Lulu Art & Friends facebook page (a page we’ve set up where we can share interesting things we come across and you can all share photos of your art and mingle with each other).

After you’ve photographed the card we want you to give this card away — yes, give it away! – You can either give it directly to someone you know who needs a pick-me-up, you can leave it somewhere for a stranger to find, or alternatively you can send it to me (Lulu Art, PO Box 1769, Noosa Heads, Qld 4567) and I will pass it on to a dear friend (one of our design team mebers, Monika) who puts together cosmetic bags for women who have had to flee to shelters after domestic violence. Imagine how much of a difference it could make to one of these women to see a beautiful positive message.

Each month we will showcase some of the entries and choose a winner which will be published on our blog and the facebook page. Below is an example of one of these inspirational cards (or in this case a tag) made by one of our design team, Karen Knight. Thanks Karen for sharing this pic with us.

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I’d love for you to join us in this challenge and help make a difference out there. Our monthly winner will receive a store voucher to the value of $25.

Entries close on Friday 25th April and the winner will be announced on Monday 28th April.

Even if you don’t want to enter the challenge I would encourage you to do something like this to make a difference in someone else’s life.  We often have no idea what people around us are facing and receiving a gift like this could really brighten someones day. You never know what a simple gesture like that could mean to another person.

Can’t wait to see what you create!

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Lulu Art – Design Team Announcement

There were some incredibly talented ladies that applied for the design team this round.  I had a very hard time narrowing it down to a shortlist, then an even harder time choosing from a bunch of ladies who all well and truly deserved to be on the team! I had to expand the team to 5 to make the decision a tiny bit easier.

In the end the decisions were made based on gaining a diversity of styles to give our blog readers more variety and the ability to learn more techniques.

I gave my previous team the chance to reapply and two had other commitments but I’m pleased to say that Monika Dabrowska-Ejmont and Robyn Wood are continuing on with this new term.

I’m delighted to announce that our 3 new members are Wendy Walsh, Kooky Makes and Karen Knight.  I am very excited to see what wonderful things our new team creates.

So you can get to know these three new ladies a little better here is a little more about them and some examples of recent work (click on the thumbnail to view larger versions of the photos).

Wendy Walsh

Where can we find your work?
https://www.facebook.com/wendyleedesign

What are you currently creating?
At present I am organising an art envelope swap, which involves many creative participants from around the world. I am also creating a series of art to be sold in a friends shop that sells products appropriate for children. I have learnt to professionally reproduce my artwork on archival paper (giclee) and will be selling my artwork in the near future.

What are your “go to” products right now?
I love to use acrylic paint and prismacolour pencils. However, water-colour and ink designs plus collage also intrigue me. I am always up for a challenge. Using different mediums and approaches keeps me inspired and constantly learning. I have found that quality paper and brushes are a must.

How would you describe your style?
I believe my style always comes out in all my work. I love whimsy, through to quirky, contemplative through to humorous. I like to paint with a happy heart and hope that my work generates the same feeling in the viewer.

Some photos of recent work:

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Kooky Makes

Where can we find your work?
http://kookycreates.blogspot.com.au/

What are you currently creating?
I have 2 art journals on the go, a large canvas for a friend, several hand made journals in progress, wedding invitations & decorations for another friend and am part of 3 currently running on-line art courses. I am also making a bag & a dress and a submission for a local art gallery.

What are your “go to” products right now?
My favourite products at the moment are gesso, watercolour (including pencils) and pastels.

How would you describe your style?
My overall design style is high key shabby chic at the moment. I really enjoy pastel schemes with pops of colour and muted backgrounds with strong accents.

Some photos of recent work:

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Karen Knight

Where can we find your work?
http://altered-ink.blogspot.com.au

What are you currently creating?
Currently working on an art journal in tag format.

What are your “go to” products right now?
Distress inks and markers, crackle paint , collage sheets and of course stamps!

How would you describe your style?
I would say its a little bit vintage/grunge but clean and simple at the same time. Also love a bit of colour at times too.

Some photos of recent work:

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Now let’s see what Monika and Robyn have been up to lately!

Monika Dabrowska-Ejmont

Some photos of recent work:

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Robyn Wood

Some photos of recent work:

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I’m so excited to see what these girls are going to create this term. So much inspiration amongst the team, it’s going to be fabulous!

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Suzi Blu Girl Tag by Karen Knight

Guest_KarenKnight_ProfileThis week we have a surprise guest – Karen Knight.  Karen makes some amazing unique tags and was happy to do one especially for us to share on our blog.  Make sure you check out Karens own blog and have a look at all the other lovely creations on there. She is a very clever girl. Karen says “I have been creating for about the last 13 years. I love all things collage, inky and stamps and enjoy creating mostly on smaller spaces – like tags.”

This week Karen has designed this gorgeous tag using collage and distressing techniques and one of our Suzi Blu stamps called Forgetmenot.

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Karen’s Instructions:

“I started off by collaging a tag with book pages.  Then I randomly painted over the top with distress crackle paint. While I waited for the paint to dry I then stamped the Suzi Blu Girl image on another piece of book paper, and roughly coloured her using distress markers.  I also tore two wing type shapes from book paper and coloured them with distress stain.  When everything was dry I adhered them to the tag,  inked the edges using my distress markers. I used walnut stain distress and black soot distress marker around the edges, by swiping if along the edge  and rubbing it with my finger to smudge them both together.  I also smudged the black soot marker in the same way around my stamped image and wings.”

Products Used:

Suzi Blu Stamp – Forgetmenot
Studio – Multi Medium Gloss
Book Sheets/Collage Pack
Tim Holtz Distress Markers – Black Soot, Walnut Stain, Tea Dye, Worn Lipstick, Rusty Hinge
Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint – Picket Fence, Broken China

What a sweet project.  Let me know if you give it a go!

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Wee Angel of Love by Monika Dabrowska-Ejmont

MonikaIt’s time to break out your Copic Pens girls!  Monika has put together this gorgeous journal page using some printable images, copic pens, neocolor II’s, stencils and more. Follow along with the video below to see how it all came together.  Check out Monika’s kitty helping her with her project 🙂

Just remember, if you ever create a page inspired by one of our design team, we would love to see it. Please email a photo to admin@luluart.com.au or post it up on our facebook page.

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You can watch the video here:

Links to the images:

Link to wings – http://thegraphicsfairy.com/vintage-clip-art-image-feather-wings-for-angels/

Link to the girl – http://thegraphicsfairy.com/vintage-graphic-beautiful-woman-with-crown/

Information about copyrights and terms of using images from the graphic fairy – http://thegraphicsfairy.com/terms-copyright/

Products used are:

Happy creating!

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Snow Fairy by Monika Dabrowska-Ejmont

MonikaToday’s art journal page is by our lovely Design Team member Monika Dabrowska-Ejmont.  Monika’s pieces always leave me inspired and scrambling for my art journal!

She has used some lovely techniques with her usual style of beautiful bright colours that are a feast for your eyes.

Make sure you check out the video below to see how it all came together.

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You can watch the video here:

Products Used:

Mister Huey’s Mists – Taxi, Letter jacket, Honour society, Sherbet, Plum thumb, Gold

Molotow Markers – signal black 4mm, Signal white 2mm

Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint – Santa’s Flesh

Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint – Interference Violet( fine)

Windsor-Newton water colour iridescent medium

Neocolor II Pastels – Turquoise Blue

Sharpie – permanent red

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FW Ink – Hot Cool Yellow

Hope you enjoy Monika’s work.

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Design Team – Journal Page by Cassandra Bright

CassIt’s the lovely Cassandra‘s birthday today and we wanted to celebrate by posting her latest design team piece that she has lovingly put together for us!

Check out the beautiful bright colours and great use of stamps.  Watch the video below to see how Cassandra put it together.

You can watch the video here:

Products Used:

Leave Cassandra some birthday wishes in the comments 🙂

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Creative Design Team Search

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Would you love to be part of a Creative Design Team?  Are you passionate about mixed media artwork?  Do you have a blog where you showcase your work?  Do you like trying new products?

If you said a big YES to all those questions then please apply to be on my team!  I’m looking for 4 people who are passionate about their mixed media artwork, art journaling, altered book, ATCs, doodling .. whatever your strength might be.  Surprise me!

How to apply

  1. Send me an email to admin@luluart.com.au before Friday 6th September.
  2. Include your name, where you live and a link to your blog.
  3. Attach some photos if there is anything extra you’d like me to see.
  4. Tell me about yourself and what you love to create.

What I expect from you

  1. To create something to showcase on this blog and yours once a month (the artwork should contain a good proportion of products available in our store)
  2. To take good photos of your work including some photos of the process if possible.
  3. To commit to being part of our team for the next 6 months.
  4. To have FUN!

What you can expect from me

  1. I will send you at least one new product each month for you to use in your work.
  2. I will provide you with a Design Team/Lulu Art graphic to put in the sidebar of your blog.
  3. I will promote you here on this blog and on Facebook whenever possible (and hope you will do the same .. win/win!).

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 Friday 6th September.

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

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