Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

Mixed Media Alice using Fowler Face Stencils

Hi Everyone – Kate here on the Lulu Art blog today with a fun little journal page that took me waaaay down the rabbit hole, with one of the new Fowler Face stencils from the Artist Cellar created by our very own Kylie Fowler (owner of Lulu Art)!  Now for those who find drawing faces from scratch a bit intimidating, face stencils are the perfect way to get started!  They give you a wonderful framework that you can play with and make your own.  For this page, I decided to use the 1/4 turned face stencil called ‘Joy’.

To start, trace the face onto journal page in pencil and add some hair.  My page will have an Alice in Wonderland theme so I’ve tried to make the face and hair look a little bit ‘Alice’.

Once happy with the basic look of the face, grab some clear gesso and apply a light coat to both pages.  This gives an even surface to work on and will stop the pencil lines from smudging.  Then add some Neocolor II Wax Pastel in yellow,  and activate with a water brush to create your foundation layer of colour.  I’ve left the yellow for the hair quite strong and only added a tiny amount of purple to create shadows on the face.

To make your pages match, add some of the same Neocolor II colors to the opposite page and mix with clear or white gesso to activate.  This will give a paler, though matching background look.

For a little extra interest, ad Golden Light Molding Paste through a stencil to create a frame for the pages.

Add a thin layer of white gesso over the face and hair before continuing, this both sets and mutes the colours a little.  I added the gesso a little more thickly in places over her hair to create some variation in colour.  Then go over your face in pencil so it’s still easy to see.

At this point, I decided to try a new product that I hadn’t used in this way before – Mermaid Markers from the Jane Davenport line.  I added a little colour using a water brush around the molding paste designs and then spritzed with water, so that the colour ran and spread around the design.  This created a subtly coloured border to the page and looks pretty fabulous.

Feeling brave I decided to add a little mermaid marker to my image as well, it stained the gesso and added a very purple pink undertone to the face – this is the part I call the ‘ugly stage’ and while it looks a bit scary it does add a little something extra to your final colour – so be brave and try adding a few under-layers.  You can see I’ve added the colour where the shadows and contours would be on the face.

Now it’s time to start making your image ‘pretty’.  Add thin watery layers of acrylic paint in ‘Santa’s Flesh’ and a little white gesso for highlights.  Adding this thinner layer allows some of the underpainting to peek through and add interest and depth.  Once happy with the general colour, use a black permanent marker to begin outlining the features.

To finish add some Finnabair wax over the molding paste to highlight the textured design and finish colouring the face with Prismacolor pencils – these are great for adding the last few fine details.

A little text and the page is now complete!

For me – if I’m happy with the eyes, I’m happy with the face!  I love Alice’s eyes with their little bit of sparkle from the Wink of Stella pen.

I filmed the whole process and you can view the speedy version of the clip below…

 

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Hoping I’ve inspired you to be a little brave and perhaps take a trip down the rabbit hole yourself!

Kate

Design Team

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

Design Team

Gelato’s Art Journal Page by Cassandra Bright

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a lovely start to your New Year.  Did you all get some arty presents? Hopefully you’ve at least had some time off work to spend on your projects.  I’ve had a little bit of time off and now I’m relaxed and ready to embark on several online art courses I’ve enrolled in for this year.  If you’re still looking for a good course to do this year I can thoroughly recommend any of the following:

  • Lifebook 2014 – a year long course with weekly lessons and many well known mixed media artists (starting now)
  • Book of Days 2014 – 12 week art journaling course with Effy Wild (starts Jan 6th)
  • 21 Secrets 2014 – You get 21 lessons at once from 21 amazing mixed media teachers (launches April 1st)
  • Donna Downey 48 Weeks – a year long art journaling course with Donna Downey (starting now)

CassTo kick off our design team projects for the year we have a lovely colourful art journal project from our design team member Cassandra Bright.  Cassandra has made use of some yummy products like the Gelatos, Tim Holtz & Artist Cellar stencils and Donna Downey stamps.  I love the way Cassandra has used the stencils to remove the colour in some spaces as well as using them to add colour. Very clever!

Watch the video here:

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Hope you enjoyed Cassandra’s project, our first project for 2014.  There are many more to come!  Lulu Art has some fun things planned for this blog over the coming year so don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss any posts.  Hope you are finding lots of time to follow your arty dreams for 2014.

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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, Mixed Media Tutorial

Design Team – Journal Page by Robyn Wood

Time to reveal our second Design Team item from our talented member, Robyn Wood.Robyn

Robyn has designed this gorgeous journal page for us featuring lots of lovely products which are listed below the video link. I love the rich colours she has used in this piece.  Don’t forget to watch the video to see how Robyn created this page.

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You can watch the video here:

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Don’t forget to leave a comment for Robyn.  Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend.

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