Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

Be Brave

Creating is something I look forward to each weekend. My time is limited so each piece I create is precious to me and is a record of my creative journey.

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Not each piece I create goes as planned but over the years I taught myself to push on and continue, rather than starting over. By the end, the majority of times I am pleased I did so.

This piece is one of those times.

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The white stamp in the hair just adds some additional interest to the overall piece.

The Neocolor II’s and Dyslusions ink work together.

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I had lots of fun playing and hope you get a chance to play along with me. Why not go and make a coffee, sit back and watch my creative video which I put together to share my processes.

Materials used:
Prima 8in x 8in Watercolor Pad
Dylusions Ink Sprays – Lemon, Tangerine, Postbox Red and Orange
Matte medium
Neocolor II – Salmon, Saffron, Indian Red and Crismson
Ceramcoat Black
TCW Stencil –  Inspired Words
Tim Holtz Stencil -Dot Fade
01 black fine pen
Sponge Finger Daubers
Water Brush Fine and Board
2B Pencil and Eraser
Versa Magic – Cloud White
Ink Palette
Stamp Block
Fine Floral Stamp

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https://www.facebook.com/anne.cahill.39

 

Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

Magic – mixed media journal inserts

Hey lovelies! Did you see the beautiful Butterfly Journal cover Kate decorated last week? I thought I might do a couple of journal page inserts today to fit inside my own Jane Davenport journal.

I have still been playing around with the Distress Oxide stamp pads and all the new colours that are now out just make them even better to party with!!

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I also thought I would have a play with a few other goodies that can be found at Lulu Art.

A Gel Press Printing Plate
I have been hesitant to give this tool a go… yes I am definitely late to the party!! …and what a fun party I have been missing out on! I had a great time playing with it. The prints that I got from the plate give a really interesting quality to the page. I like the looseness it brings. I really enjoyed the effect of building up ‘ghost prints’ that are very subtle… and along with the reactive effect of the distress oxides, I think together they worked beautifully!!

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ConactUSA clickable alphabet stamps
I LOVE these stamps and have been using them alot in different projects. The font is lovely and they print so clearly. I often pull out my vintage typewriter to do some journaling or pop a quote onto the page I am completing… but sometimes… the size of the typewriter type is just too small. These stamps click together to form the entire word, which makes for such an easy alignment job… and the size is larger and much more reasonable to read. They come in differnet heights, in upper and lower case – I know these will be used ALOT!!

Hope you enjoy watching along as I create these two journal inserts for my JD Butterfly Effect journal.

(Complete supplies list follows).

Have Fun !!
~wishes
Dani x

Always love to connect… so come find me:
Instagram – @pygletwhsipers
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Facebook – http://facebook.com/pygletwhispers
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Pinterest – https://au.pinterest.com/pygletwhispers

SUPPLIES LIST: (all from www.luluart.com.au)
Jane Davenport Butterfly Effect Journal
Jane Davenport Watercolour Inserts
Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers
Jane Davenport Confettissue die cuts
Tim Holtz – Idea-ology – tissue – Melange
Tim Holtz – Idea-ology – plain tissue
Contact clickable alphabet stamps – 1/4″ typewriter font
Liquitex Matte Medium
Dina Wakley Media – Heavy Body Acrylic – Night
Gel Press Printing Plate – A4
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Pad – Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, Antique Linen, Black Soot, Worn Lipstick
TCW stencil – Fantasty Sphere
Artist Cellar stencil – Tamara Laporte – Believe
Caran d’ache NeocolorII – lime gree, cobalt blue, blue & periwinkle blue
– Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks would also work
Ceramcoat – Bright Yellow
Prismacolor – China blue
Staz On – black & blue
brushes, sponges, water spritzer, paper towel

Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

Decorating Canvas Notebooks

Today we are going to check out 5 simple techniques for decorating notebook covers.  So why do you need special techniques for notebook covers?  Well most of us are actually using the notebook, so the cover needs to be sturdy, and easy to slip into a bag or a bookshelf with other items.  If you have 3d flowers or embellishments that protrude too far these can become ripped off, snagged, damaged or at worst damage other items!  So it’s best to keep working notebook covers as flat as possible!

ADDING COLOR

Ah, so many choices when looking at how to add colour to a journal or notebook cover – the options are mind boggling!   But no matter what you decide to use, priming your cover with a nice even coat of gesso is a must – white gesso if you are planning to use pastels or want bright colours or black gesso if you are going to be a little more adventurous!

My favourite and most trusted options when working over gesso are acrylic paints, sprays, and inks as each work beautifully for adding colour – though they do have slightly different properties and looks.

  1. Acrylics enable you to control the opacity (how see through something is) by using as it or diluted with water.  Acrylic paint can be painted direct from the tube for maximum opacity, but it can also be spritzed with water to encourage the colour to spread.  It may spread a little or a lot depending on the thickness of the paint and the brand eg: Fluid acrylics spread easily when sprayed with water and Jane Davenport Acrylics require a little more encouragement.
  2. Inks by definition are thinner,  usually more transparent and can be added straight from the bottle and will spread and drip easily, or add water for a more watercolour like look.
  3. Sprays – well we all know these spread, run, drip and blend – spritz away – many are transparent (though check first as there are a few opaque sprays on the market) and often they don’t even need to be spritzed with water to spread and wick out!

ADDING DESIGN ELEMENTS

Flat design elements are a must on working notebook or journal covers!  Some of the amazing ways I have found to add flat design elements are to use punchinella, stencils and masks, writing with paint (either with paint pens or paint in a fine tipped bottle), stamping, foil and embossing powder.  All of these things can add interest to your flat design without adding bulk or creating issues later.  So let’s get to those 5 Fabulous Techniques for Decorating Notebook covers…..

1. Paint and Spritz

Ultra fun and ultra messy, this technique is addictive, unpredictable, colourful and perfect for backgrounds!  The only trick is not to cover your whole background – leave a little white space (I struggle with this as I want to add more and more pretty colours!).  Basically, add little dots of paint and spritz with water.  Just do one colour at a time to keep it crisp and clean or add multiple colours for colour blending.  Let the color spread, drip and run until you are happy with how it looks.

2. Stenciling

This really had to be here, whether you are adding delicate designs of creating bold marks there will be a perfect stencil out there for you!  Some of my favourite stencils are from Donna Downey, The Artist Cellar, The Crafter’s Workshop and Stencil Girl.  But there are also so many other amazing brands and companies out there!  To keep this specific cover looking bright and clean I used a different paint colour for each different stencil design.

3.  Stamping with Paint

This is fun and works really well on canvas notebook covers!  Make sure you are using a stamp with nice thick, bold lines or designs as anything too fine or detailed will end up looking like a blob.  Text, geometric shapes, leaves etc all work really well when stamping with paint.

4. Adding Free Form Painty Handwriting

This adds a touch of imperfection and a little unpredictability to your cover.  It can also be incredibly scary and go wrong really fast, so make sure you have practised on a piece of scrap paper first before you begin working on your actual cover.   Using either paint pens or thinned down paint in a fine tip applicator bottle, be brave and add doodles, patterns, designs or even handwriting.

5.  Bling it Up

This last step may just be the most important!  This finishing touch can make all the difference to the overall look and ‘togetherness’ of your cover, it really is amazing how important this last step can be.  In this case, it adds a little shimmer and shine to the cover and the shimmer of the metallic helps to enhance the other colours on the journal cover.

and how does the finished cover look????

Like a rainbow at my fingertips!

I’ve also filmed the whole process so you can play along and create your own version!

 

SUPPLIES

I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas,  and have fun decorating some of your notebooks.

Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

Warren Creations – Flower Power

Hey guys, Jesse here from warrencreations with another Lulu Art Project.  I am so excited as It is my time again to share with you my tutorial which takes you through my process for creating the the image below.

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I find it hard to actually use my bound journals, I guess I am more of a loose page kind of guy. If it dose not work out, its only a piece of paper/card but whilst in a journal, seems to be more permanent piece of art. I am trying to teach myself that even though I may not like or be happy with each piece I create, its a about a journey and its nice to see the progression.

For this reason I have set myself a goal to do art work more in my journals.

ENJOY MY RABBITS, NOW LETS GET CREATING 🙂

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 Supply List

Dylusions Journal 9×11
http://www.luluart.com.au/Dylusions-Creative-Journal-9×12-p/dyl-282732.htm

Jane Davenport Face Stencil
http://www.luluart.com.au/SearchResults.asp?Search=jane+stencil&Submit=

Prismacolour Pencils
http://www.luluart.com.au/Prismacolor-Premier-Pencils-p/pc-1001.htm

Acrylic Paint
http://www.luluart.com.au/Ceramcoat-Acrylic-Paint-2oz-bottle-p/cm-1001.htm

Dylusions Paint
http://www.luluart.com.au/Dyan-Reaveley-Dylusions-Paint-p/dyl-1500.htm

Neocolour Water Crayons
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1905.htm

Aqua Water Colour Brush
http://www.luluart.com.au/Pentel-Aquash-Waterbrush-3-pk-S-M-L-p/pe-1333378.htm

Tombow Markers
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1911.htm

 Ink
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1829.htm

Various Embellishments
Ice Stickles

Dylusions Spray Ink
http://www.luluart.com.au/Dylusions-Ink-Spray-p/dyl-1001.htm

Texture Paste
http://www.luluart.com.au/SearchResults.asp?Search=texture+paste&Submit=

Stencil TCW Fariy Wings
http://www.luluart.com.au/TCW-6×6-Template-Fairy-Wings-p/tcw-384248.htm

Glitter Paste
http://www.luluart.com.au/Bo-Bunny-Glitter-Paste-Various-colours-p/bb-1000.htm

Paint Markers
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1845.htm

Stamps
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1849.htm

 

Thanks for watching! Please be sure to the  visit Lulu Art Store for the best art supplies around and please come see myself for many more of my creative journeys.

Jesse EDIT DT

Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

Winter Oxide Cuties – Mixed Media Art Journal Page with Distress Oxide Ink Pads

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Hello Lulu Art lovelies!!

I decided to have a play with the Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Oxides this month.
What can I say but…   Ahhhh… maaaa…zing!!

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I had a go with Dylusions journal inserts so you could see how the colours work on different types of paper…

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The Oxides are so well known for making beautiful backgrounds…but…
of course, once I got going I couldn’t resist making faces… and I love them!!

I created some really cute loose faces… I especially enjoyed making my girls with freckles!!5a

Now I can’t wait to get my hands on all the new colours… got them sitting in my Lulu Art cart as I type!
I am off to shop!!
Hope you enjoy my tutorial!

Have Fun !!
~wishes
Dani x

I would love to connect… so come find me:
Instagram – @pygletwhsipers
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/DaniChoate
Facebook – http://facebook.com/pygletwhispers
Society6 – https://society6.com/pygletwhispers
Pinterest – https://au.pinterest.com/pygletwhispers

SUPPLIES LIST:  (all from www.luluart.com.au)

Dylusions journal insert sheets
Ranger craft mat – an important piece of equipment for utilising the stamp pads as paint
Ranger Distress Oxide Stamp pads – original set but any colours would work
Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers
Mini Mister
White extra fine Sharpie
Black extra fine Sharpie
dictionary pages or any book page ephemera
Black gesso
Ceramcoat Ultra Blue
make up sponge
Donna Downey alphabet stencil
Indigo Blue Prismacolor pencil
Grass green Prismacolour Pencil
Heat tool
strong clear glue
liquitex matte medium
scissors, water, brushes

Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat where have you been?

Who doesn’t love playing with new products. Have you seen the new Jane Davenport collection at the Lulu Art Store? I couldn’t help myself and had to buy some of the range to play with.

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I was just so excited to have a play, I used one of my old drawings from when I use to create timber cutouts. This cat and mouse is one I created some years ago for my paper towel holder. I just scaled it to size on my computer, printed it and traced onto Jane’s watercolor paper insert for the traveler’s journal.

I had lots of fun playing and hope you get a chance to play along with me. Why not go and make a coffee, sit back and watch my creative video which I put together to share my processes.

 

 

Materials used:
Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers
Jane Davenport Confettissue
Jane Davenport Water Color Paper Washi Tape – Palette
Matte medium
Ceramcoat Black
TCW Stencil –  Inspired Words
01 black fine pen
Sponge Finger Daubers
Water Brush Fine and Board
2B Pencil and Eraser

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https://www.facebook.com/mustlovepaint/
https://www.facebook.com/anne.cahill.39

Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

3 Ways to Decorate your Traveler’s Journal Inserts

Hi Lulu Art creatives, Kate with you today and I’m so happy because I managed to get my grubby little hands (literally – I’ve always got paint or ink somewhere) on some of the fabulous new Prima Traveler’s Journals in the Lulu Art store – my current favourite is the Nomads set!  Each set comes with some plain notebooks tucked inside and well you know me, I couldn’t just leave the inserts undecorated!  So, I thought I’d show you 3 different ways to decorate your Traveler’s Journal inserts to create 3 completely different looks.

I’ve grabbed 3 journal inserts to play with, a Prima Weekly Journal Insert (Black Cover), a Prima Journal Insert – Scribble Lines Floral (Blank Pages) and a plain Kraft cover blank insert.

You can see how each cover was created in the video clip below, I hope you find a style that suits you.

Black Journal Insert | Bold and Bright

I thought I’d keep this journal reasonably simple and of course, flat so I can fit as much into my Traveler’s Notebook as possible.  This black journal from Prima has some really pretty foiled lettering which I’d like to match using Art Alchemy paints from Finnabair.  So grab a stencil, some metallic paints and let’s make this cover sparkle and shine!

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The first look we are going to create is BRIGHT and BOLD using molding paste and paints.

The plain black journal insert is getting a rather colourful upgrade!  I’ve used Light Molding paste and a stencil, combined with some amazing art alchemy Metallique paints to really change the vibe of the journal cover.  Finish with a touch of gold wax and some splashes of Lindy’s sprays and your journal cover will shine.  I’ve shown you exactly how to do this for yourself in the video clip.  Now, this is a multi step process, so you may need to have a few coffee breaks while decorating your cover like this.

 

Believe me adding the gold wax paste as the final step completely transforms the look and brings it to life, just use a light touch and don’t add too much!

Floral Journal Insert | Girly Collage

For the floral journal, it’s already super pretty it just needs to be personalized a little, this is a great opportunity to play with ‘pretty’ things and create a collage on the front that works in with the journal cover.  For this cover, I’m going to play with some collage papers and washi embellishments from Jane Davenport!

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I couldn’t help myself – I’ve been itching to use some of my Jane Davenport collage papers and thought that this was the perfect way to start – doesn’t it make the Prima journal insert look cool and fun!  All it took was a little washi tape, a little cutting and a swish or two with a few paint pens and there you have it, custom cover!   Don’t worry I’ve explained everything in the video step-by-step.

If you are new to art or journals you might like to leave your cover right here.

BUT, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous and would like to customise your cover further try adding a soft halo of Light Patina Metallique paint and some drops of Liquitex ink, there are so many options when decorating your own covers!  In person the shimmer on the metallique paint is stunning!

Kraft Journal Insert | Vintage

This is screaming vintage theme, so let’s go with that!   There are so many fabulous vintage ephemera pieces available in the Lulu art shop that I’m kind of spoiled for choice but I’ve managed to narrow it down to some stamps, vintage papers and a whole lot of Tim Holtz!

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Oh, this was fun – though a little more challenging than my usual collages as I was trying to keep everything very flat.  All you really need to create this is some vintage papers, vintage ephemera, and a little distress ink.  This cover is all about Tim – Tim Holtz products that is – and what a great way to finish my trio of decorated travelers notebook inserts!  The kraft coloured notebooks are perfect for vintage or travel themed layouts or styles

Up close you can see there is a hint of glitter.

 

Go grab your favourite supplies from Kylie over at Lulu Art and get decorating!

 

Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

Warren Creations – Gelli Plate & Washi Tape Cards

Hey guys, Jesse here from warrencreations with another Lulu Art Project.  I am so excited as It is my time again to share with you my tutorial which takes you through my process for creating the the image below.

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This week I wanted to try do something a bit different and try to use up a stash of supplies that I would save because they were too pretty! Come on guys,we all do it!
With my birthday having just been yesterday, I thought I would take this opportunity to create some cards.

This is a fun process and I really enjoyed the simple and care free nature of it. It all came as very relaxing to me and if only I had the time to create more cards! (My Card box is looking empty) Oh well, that can be a bucket list for another day!

 

 

ENJOY MY RABBITS, NOW LETS GET CREATING 🙂

Supplies List

Gelli Plate
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1828.htm 

Strathmore Mixed Media Paper
http://www.luluart.com.au/Strathmore-Mixed-Media-Paper-Pad-11×14-p/sm-2002.htm

Light weight Card Stock
http://www.luluart.com.au/Strathmore-Bristol-Smooth-Paper-Pad-9×12-p/sm-z134907.htm

Dylusions Paint in
http://www.luluart.com.au/Dyan-Reaveley-Dylusions-Paint-p/dyl-1500.htm
Lemon Zest
Crushed Grape
Squeezed Orange
Tangerine Dream
Cut Grass
Campso Teal
White Linen
Fresh Lime

Tim Holtz Layering Stencil – Splotches
http://www.luluart.com.au/Tim-Holtz-Layering-Stencil-Splotches-p/th-5012.htm

Ink Pads
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1831.htm
White Versa Magic Cloud White
Archival Ink Black
Light Purple

Yellow and Green Metallic Paint

Assorted Stamps
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1849.htm

Washi Tape- Various Colours and Sizes
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/2082.htm 

Tombow Markers – Various Colours
http://www.luluart.com.au/category-s/1911.htm

Neocolour Crayons – Various Colours
http://www.luluart.com.au/Caran-d-Ache-Neocolor-II-Water-soluble-wax-pastel-p/cd-1001.htm

Various Embellishments
Rhinestones
Ice Stickles

Double Sided Tape
http://www.luluart.com.au/E-Z-Runner-Permanent-Double-Sided-Tape-p/sa-1001.htm

Thanks for watching! Please be sure to the  visit Lulu Art Store for the best art supplies around and please come see myself for many more of my creative journeys.

Jesse EDIT DT