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Mixed Media Background and Quote by Kooky Makes

Kooky_picHello fellow art fans, I hope you’re all getting your supplies hoarded for a winter of creating. I really love the winter for holing up in my study and making lots of art and craft.

For my post today I’m going to take you through how I make my layered, translucent, mixed media backgrounds.

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When I first started art journaling I really struggled with making a background that had enough interest but didn’t take away from the subject and writing. Over time (and a lot of awful backgrounds!) I worked out a process that allows me to create something with layers, white space, muted colours, texture and translucency – all the things I love.  If you like these things too I hope you’ll take the time to watch my video below.

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Here are some points to think about as you create your background:

  1. Think about where you’re going to put your subject and leave that bit white. Don’t be afraid of white – it makes all the other colours pop!
  2. I like working with complimentary colours (brown & blue are opposite each other on the colour wheel) and tend to just use variations of the two I’ve picked.
  3. Start with a water based layer on gesso (so it moves around) that will bleed up through the layers.
  4. Do a couple of transparent layers (distress stain then washi tape) then a couple of opaque ones (acrylic then paper) then a couple more transparent (tissue paper then stencils/stamps)
  5. Make it look messy.
  6. Use gesso to pull all the different bits together and to tone things down at the end if anything is standing out too much.

I hope you enjoyed the video and have learnt some new techniques for layered backgrounds. If you have, I’d love to see your work on the Lulu Art & Friends facebook page. To keep in touch with what I’m doing you can follow my blog at kookymakes.wordpress.com.au or like my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kookymakesart

Thanks for reading and watching. 🙂

Kooky

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Mixed Media Art Journal by Wendy Walsh

IMG_4411A BIG HELLO (smiling and waving with my paint covered hand) FROM ME TO YOU….

I’m Wendy Walsh from Wendy Lee Design.  I am truly honoured and grateful to be part of this fun and creative Lulu art design team. Today I am bringing to you, “How to make a mixed media Art Journal.” This journal is quick and simple to make, FUN and you can decorate it simply or elaborately, depending on your taste.

For me, an Art Journal is a sacred space to reflect, create and celebrate life as you know it. Journal pages have no right or wrong, good or bad, just freedom to explore, create and play.

Please join me in making this Art journal and it is my hope that this blog post inspires creativity and JOY.

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On the front cover of my Art Journal I painted from a photo of my two aunties when they were little girls. The photo itself is so precious to me and painting it evoked such fond memories.

It’s all here in the video:

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Tips:
  1. Make sure you glue all tissue paper and scrapbook paper down first. When dry, mix together (50%) diluted glue and water and seal the front of the papers.
  2. I measured and marked an inch in on both boards as a guide to glue my fabric  for the binding of the journal. I glued the fabric 1 cm short of the full inch (sorry about the change in metric), so I could add the wash tape to it later.Once fabric is glued into place, cover and seal the fabric with the diluted  glue as well. It will dry stiff, so make sure it dries flat.
I organise an Art on Envelope swap from my Facebook page every few months. I thought this journal could also work as a keepsake journal-a place to store my beautiful art envelopes that I have received.

Please visit the Lulu Art store for all your crafty needs.

If you would like to stay in touch with me, you can find and LIKE me on Facebook at: Wendy Lee Design OR follow and SUBSCRIBE to my Blog – Where Art Meets The Heart.

HAPPY CREATING,

Wendy xx

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Birdy Princess by Monika Dabrowska-Ejmont

Hi beautiful arty souls!

MonikaIt’s Monika here with my new Lulu Art design team project. But first I have small confession to make … so … If you didn’t realise it yet … I think I am addicted to black and white stripes!  Everywhere!  Stripy dresses, cardigans, handbags, jewellery (I am on the hunt now for nice big, black and white cushions for my red couch) . This is what I packed for this weekend away 🙂 and when I looked around my art room, most of the girls I painted have stripy tops. Maybe I was a zebra in a previous life?

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So just to feed my addiction – here she is – Birdie Princess on the Stripy Hills 🙂

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You can watch the video here:

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Enjoy!

Monika xx

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Full Bloom Beauty by Cassandra Bright

CassThis week I am delighted to show you this fabulous piece by Cassandra called Full Bloom Beauty. I love the colours Cassandra has used in this piece as well as the techniques she has used.  It’s so full of life and texture, just lovely.

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You can watch the video here:

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Thanks for checking out Cassandra’s project.

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Mixed Media Tutorial

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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Christmas Birdies by Monika Dabrowska-Ejmont

MonikaMonika is spreading the Christmas spirit this week with this wonderful little project.

Here are some gorgeous little birdies to decorate your home and Christmas Tree using both fabric and book paper. This project is quick and easy but so pretty.

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Watch the video here:

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I hope you enjoyed this sweet Christmas project.  Chat soon.

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Wish List by Anne Cahill

Anne CahillOMG, It’s nearly Christmas time!!  It’s time to think about some Christmas projects and Anne has got the jump on it with this gorgeous Wish List in her art journal.  How cute is this?!

Anne said that It is always about this time of year she starts dropping hints of what her hubby should buy her for Christmas. All he has to do is read the list!

Hope you enjoy this lovely project and don’t forget to watch the video to see the process.

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You can watch the video here:

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Do you have some Christmas projects on the go? I would love to hear about them.

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