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Believe in Your Journey – Collage Tag by Karen Knight

Karen_picHi Guys .. Karen here with you again today! I hope you have all had a wonderful week and have had a little chance to get creative! Today I have a collaged tag to share with you.

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Its a great way to use up all those bits of paper you have hiding in your stash.. yes admit it.. we all have it! I used some paper as well as some elements from the Tim Holtz Ephemera pack.. these are great for collage along with Remnant rubs, along with a whole lot of distress! This tag is basically me in a nut shell.. Grungy, vintage, collaged yumminess!!

So remember to Believe in your Journey, have fun and enjoy!!

Thank so much for stopping by to visit today.. I hope I’ve inspired you a little bit to have a play and spend a little time layering and modge poding!

You can watch the video here:

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Happy Creating,
Karen xxx

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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.

a project by Robyn Wood, Purple Salt, www.purplesalt.net

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.

You can watch the video here:

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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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Hope Whispers by Robyn Wood

RobynWhen the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “try it one more time”.  ~ Anon

Hello, it’s Robyn with you today sharing an art journal page featuring Twinkling H2O’s.  I love these brilliant pots of shimmery watercolour and have had some in my collection since they were first released onto the Australian market – cost me an absolute fortune back then, thank goodness they are accessible and at a reasonable price now!

a project by Robyn Wood, Purple Salt, www.purplesalt.net

Do you like to use quotes in your art work? As you have probably guessed by now, I frequently feature words, quotes and type of some style in my art. Somehow it just finishes the project and is often the inspiration for direction when I have no idea what to do.  I came across this anonymous quote and felt it matched the hope that butterflies and dragonflies inspire in us all.

To create my journaling I printed my quote using the Travelling Typewriter font.  You can find it at DaFont.

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Twinkling H2O’s can be a little tricky to use but once you have the consistency right you will use them on many different projects.  To start them off, remove all the caps and spritz each of the jars lightly – then leave them be for 5 – 10 mins to liquefy.  Don’t hurry them!  It’s ok if just the top of the pot goes liquid.  Add a little extra water if needed, you are aiming for a thick, shimmery soup consistency – the kind you might stand your spoon up in.

A word of warning – don’t use your favourite, expensive watercolour brushes with Twinkling H2O’s! You might find you get some untoward shimmer in your next project. Also, leave them open in a protected place to thoroughly dry before replacing the caps.  Not allowing them to return to a solid cake can lead to the lids sticking like glue.  Yes, I’ve done this right in the beginning! Thank goodness we can now buy colours separately:)

Watch the video here:

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I hope you enjoyed learning how I made this page.  If you use Twinkling H2O’s in a project, I’d love to see a picture.  Upload it to the LuLu Art & Friends Facebook page or leave a comment on my blog, www.purplesalt.net

Robyn

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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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  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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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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