Always great to be back at Lulu Art! I hope everyone has been able to find some arty time in the last month?
Today I wanted to showcase Kylie’s fabulous face stencils from Artistcellar. I chose the 3/4 face ‘JOY’ for this small art journal page. These face stencils make journaling faces so quick and easy… more time for journaling and less time for stessing about face math and getting my proportions correct. Kylie has done almost all the work for you… yay!
Hello, it’s Robyn joining you today to share a colourful art journal page. For this project I used the new Ranger Dylusions Acrylic Paints and I have to say I am crazy about their vibrant colours and great coverage. I found that the paints brushed on very smoothly and dried quickly to a lovely matt finish – perfect for stamping, stencilling, drawing or painting over the top. The colours are easily blendable if you happen to need a slightly different shade or colour, I created the purple from Vibrant Turquoise and Bubblegum Pink.
I love poppy flowers, they are always taking me back to my childhood. I remember our veggie patch in which grandma just spread poppy seeds randomly and they were growing between carrots, potatoes, strawberries. Always standing taller than the rest of the plants on their hairy green stems. Bright, bold and also so fragile.
Then in autumn they were turning in to brown, rattling hard heads, still beautiful in their own way. And then Christmas time we had a delicious poppy seed cake. I wish I was good at painting realistic flowers…or animals …. or anything. But since I am not :)) I just used this Ronda’s fragment stencil to create poppies with a twist. There is still red and green and brown and black, all the colours I remember from childhood, so it makes me happy. And my kitty was there to help me to recreate the childhood feelings and also make new happy memories.
Hello! It’s Robyn with you today sharing an art journal page using some brand new Dina Wakley stamps. I tend to love anything insect themed, so when these cute stamps came in they were in my hands so fast! I love the size of the images – perfect for cards, tags or art journaling. This page comes together quite quickly once the butterflies are stamped, coloured and trimmed – I love how the sparkly butterflies gently pop out of the page. You can easily substitute with different colours or maybe use a different type of background all together!
Art Journal Page by Robyn Wood
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Hello, it’s Robyn with you today sharing a really easy technique on how to make an acrylic skin using the Gelli plate. I’m then going to show you how to incorporate it into an art journal page for a really unique way to add texture to a page. The basics of making a skin are explained below so have a read through before you watch the video.
Artists who have been working with acrylic paints have been making ‘skins’ for years. When you remember how easily a splodge of acrylic paint dries out and forms a ‘skin’ over the top you can imagine how this technique was discovered. I expect someone was cleaning up one day and found that the pile of paint skin was actually useful! I got the basic idea to layer paints on the Gelli plate via a video on the Gelli Arts blog which showed making Gelli printed packing tape. You can find that video here.
Acrylic skins can be made out of any combination of acrylic paint and mediums and depending on the materials used can be opaque or clear like the one I’m going to show you. The Gelli plate makes it so easy! A side benefit is a beautifully clean Gelli plate:)
I always start with a ‘dirty’ Gelli plate – this adds a readymade layer of colour and pattern. As soon as it is dry, start adding more layers of paint – dribble, stencil, stamp, draw, paint in a variety of colours until the surface is covered. Paint pens also work beautifully and I found that Silks & spray inks give a shimmery effect. Allow drying time between each layer of paint as the colours can lift and muddy. Apply a final layer of clear gel medium and allow to dry completely – overnight is best. I used a gloss gel for a shiny effect but matt will also work.
Once dry, peel it carefully from the plate and use. I’ve diecut mine into circles for use on my page but you can tear them or cut into random shapes or pile it up for a really textured effect. Just use a good coat of gel medium to adhere. Caution – don’t mix in any oil based or wax based products – they will separate.
Don’t you wish sometimes you could be a water creature? Everything in that world sparkles, shimmers and flows.
Maybe I should be the mermaid …
maybe the water horse …
maybe a gracious dolphin?
Maybe not for all the time but for a day in my life I would love to be one of them. For now I can just dream and paint my dreams. I hope you enjoy my project today called Little Mermaid. It’s painted over three small canvases.
Karen with you again, and another tag to share with you today. I fell in love with the Dina Wakley stamps the minute I saw them, I absolutely love the look of the scribbled ladies, but I tend to struggle a little when I try to create things that have been done with complete creative abandon, so I knew sooner or later they would end up on a tag, and here it is.
I’ve teamed them up with another favourite – Distress paints, I juts love how fluid these are and how well they mix with a little spritz of water!
Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you are all having a wonderfully creative week!