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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,

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.


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:


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  If you use Instagram you can find Lulu Art at and I’m there as well at Pop by and say ‘hi’.


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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,

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.

(c) Robyn Wood - Hope Whispers

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:)

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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,


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Vintage Soul by Robyn Wood

Robyn‘She was a modern woman with a vintage soul – she came from a different time’

Hello, it’s Robyn with you today sharing how to create a colourful She Art canvas using a bunch of mixed media techniques.  This canvas is inspired by the She Art of Christy Tomlinson, although I hate to admit that I’ve had the girl stamp sitting in my stash for far too long. I suppose she was just waiting for the perfect project to make an appearance in!

As part of this project, I’m also sharing how I use a technique of free journaling – trying to make a phrase out of a few interesting words. Each time I try this technique I come up with a different phrase – what will yours be?

Vintage Soul

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If you do happen to create your own She Art style canvas, I’d love you to share a pic to the LuLu Art & Friends Facebook page.


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Mixed Media Copic Cards by Robyn Wood

RobynHi, it’s Robyn here. Join me as I combine some simple mixed media techniques with Copic markers to create four gorgeous cards.  You will learn how to create four basic backgrounds with your markers, using variations on a technique and then incorporate them into cards that can be used for a variety of occasions.

One supply that you might need to source is rubbing alcohol, in Australia it is available in supermarkets and pharmacies as ‘Isocol’. If you have it, Copic Colorless Blending Solution is perfect. Please do not substitute Ranger Blending Solution (for alcohol ink techniques) in your spray bottle as it can be dangerous to spray.





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Enjoy the Day

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Birthday Wishes

Keep an eye out on the blog this coming week as we are about to announce our first Lulu Art challenge!


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Life Lessons ATC Accordion Folder by Robyn Wood

RobynHow are you all this week? Getting ready for Valentines Day? Celebrating having some art time now the kids are back at school?  Whatever you’re up to I hope you find some time to check out this weeks design team piece by Robyn Wood below. But first I just wanted to let you all know that we are currently taking applications for the next Design Team. If you think you’d like to apply please see our post on our facebook page which has more information.

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Now lets join Robyn as she makes a colourful accordion folder and a set of artist trading cards to fill it.  The folder is coloured with Dylusions and Heidi Swapp spray inks and a simple salted background technique gives lots of beautiful texture.  If you haven’t tried making ATC’s before, Robyn’s simple steps will guide you through the process using our collage sheets.

Life Lessons ATC Accordion Folder


Life Lessons ATC


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On another note, please be sure to check whats new on the website by clicking on the **NEW Items category in the left menu.  Every time we add a new product it goes in there so you can see it right away. We have some fun new items recently including the new Round Gelli Plates, Hero Arts Neon Daubers, some new IndigoBlue Rubber Stamps, Sharpie White and Pastel Paint Pens, Liquitex Matte Varnish, Tim Holtz Distress Stains and PanPastel Individual Colours.

Have a great week, we’ll talk again soon!


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An Imaginary Voyage by Robyn Wood

RobynJoin Robyn Wood as she takes you on an imaginary journey starting with the simple act of making some tea. Have a cuppa beside you as you watch Robyn create this delightful art journal page using Golden Fluid acrylic paints, Dylusions sprays and Pan Pastels. If your drawing skills aren’t up to scratch – simply use some tea cup clip-art or follow Robyn’s simple trick to create the cup & saucer!

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Christmas Cards by Robyn Wood

Christmas has totally crept up on me!  How is it Christmas Eve already??  The good news is that I finally got around to decorating the tree, the gingerbread men have been made and I have actually finished my Christmas Shopping!  There might be time to put my feet up this evening and watch the Carols on the telly.

To celebrate this wonderful time of year, today we are going to have two Christmas design team items.  This morning it is a fabulous tutorial by Robyn Wood showing us how to make a variety of Christmas Cards and this evening I’ll be putting up a sweet Christmas art journal piece by Anne Cahill.

So let’s hear from Robyn first …

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I always want to create something really special for family and friends each year and wanted to share with you the cards I have created this year. I hope this set of cards gives you some inspiration for the future!

RobynSome of the backgrounds were made using the embossing resist which is a great technique if you like to emboss without the worry of creating a perfect image. You stamp an image using a Versamark embossing pad, sprinkle with embossing powder, shake off the excess and heat. You are looking for the image to go glossy and slightly raised. Once cool, you can go to town adding lots of colour and the embossed image is easily revealed again with a wipe of tissue or baby wipe.

Another interesting technique is to use molding paste through a stencil. It can create a huge range of effects, depending on what you add underneath or on top of the paste.

For most of these cards I used watercolour card for the background image – it stands up better to mixed media techniques. The Lulu Art Strathmore Mixed Media pad is perfect!

I have created a set of seven cards and the basic techniques are described below.  Leave me a comment if you need more info!

Card 1

Merry Christmas

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Supplies:  Darkroom Door Music & Stitched Christmas, Gelato – red

Scribble red Gelato over the image and either rub with a finger or spread with a wet paint brush. For this one I added a touch of gold Perfect Pearls to my paint water to create a lovely shimmery effect.

Card 2

Joy to the World

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Supplies:  Darkroom Door – Music & Stitched Christmas, Book Sheets – Collage Pack, Silks – Love Struck, Tim Holtz tree diecut, Tim Holtz Distress Glitter

Stamp the Flourish image onto text paper from the Lulu Art Book Sheets – Collage Pack and paint with Silks Love Struck.  The trees were diecut using a Tim Holtz die and some Distress Glitter added for extra sparkle.

Card 3

Merry Merry Merry

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Supplies:  Darkroom Door French Script, greeting – Hero Arts

Try out some non-traditional combinations this year with green & orange.  Smoosh some Distress Paint in Barn Door & Spiced Marmalade over the script image, spritz with water to spread the paint a little & allow to dry.  Draw a rough tree shape using Distress Paint in Peeled Paint, trim closely and adhere buttons all over.  A strip of dark orange ribbon finishes if off.

Card 4

Christmas Greetings

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Stamps used – Darkroom Door – Music, greeting – Hero Arts

Spritz stamped image with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise & Calypso Teal. Prepare a shimmery, sponging solution by adding a small amount of water to Daler Rowney FW Acrylic Ink (Birdwing Copper). Sponge this mixture very lightly all over the image and allow to dry well. This technique will give the effect of a vintage copper patina, perfectly set of by the dark turquoise card base and ribbon.

Card 5


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Supplies:  Tim Holtz stencil – Stars, Golden Light Molding Paste, Silks – Sky Blue, Majestic Blue & Mediterranean Blue

Stencil the image using Golden Light Molding Paste and allow to dry well.  Paint with Silks acrylic glaze in Sky Blue, Majestic Blue & Mediterranean Blue so that the effect is a little patchy looking.  Stamp a greeting in Brilliance Pearlescent Blue ink, layer with red cardstock, add some gold toned ribbon and the card is complete.

Card 6

Magic of Christmas

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Supplies:  Tim Holtz stencil – Stars, Golden Light Molding Paste, Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise & Calypso Teal, Hero Arts greeting.

Stencil the image using Golden Light Molding Paste in a haphazard fashion. You want a scattering of stencilled stars for this stage. Allow to dry well.  Spritz with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise & Calypso Teal and rollover with some paper towel to remove excess colour.  Allow to dry and then replace Stars template and spritz lightly with water.  Again, you are after a haphazard effect – the water will remove some of the Dylusions colour and you will get a gorgeous variegated effect.  To add a little pizzazz to this very easy card, I embossed the greeting with gold embossing powder.

Card 7

Silent Night

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Supplies:  Pan Pastels Metallic Set, Spectra Fix Degas Pastel Fixative, Tim Holtz stencil – Stars, Golden Light Molding Paste, Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise & Calypso Teal, Turquoise Deep acrylic ink (Liquitex), Silks acrylic glaze in Sky Blue, Majestic Blue & Mediterranean Blue.

Stencil the image using Golden Light Molding Paste and allow to dry well.  Paint with Silks acrylic glaze in Sky Blue, Majestic Blue & Mediterranean Blue so that the effect is a little patchy looking.  Apply metallic Pan Pastels all over the Silks, you can use one, two or more of the metallic colours. I used a little of each.  Spritz the Pan Pastels with Spectra Fix Degas Pastel Fixative and allow to dry.  Drizzle some turquoise ink along the top edge of the image and spritz with water, the ink will run & mix with the Pan Pastel colour and Dylusions layer to create a lovely shimmery effect.  Allow to dry.

Hope you enjoyed these gorgeous cards by Robyn.

I’ll be back later today with another special Christmas piece by Anne Cahill.


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Dance in the Rain by Robyn Wood

RobynJoin Design Team member Robyn Wood as she explores colour and texture in an art journal page. The project features Derwent Inktense Blocks and Pencils and makes use of their deep pigments and innovative watercolour properties.

Did you know that once applied, the blocks are able to be activated with a wet paintbrush but then become permanent once dry? This allows you to layer colour without any mixing of colours. Perfect for art journaling!

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Hope you enjoy Robyn’s project.  We’ll post again on the weekend with a Christmas craft project from Monika.