Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

Tag Booklet by Rochelle Melville

Hands up if you have too much art and crafting stuff?  I have two hands up!  LOL.  Today I (rockmelon recycled) want to show you a quick project that can help use up some of your craft stash; those bits and pieces such as ribbons, lace, buttons and washi combine to make a fabulous tag booklet.

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Supplies List

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Ephemera Die Cuts by Tim Holtz – Emporium

Collage Papers: Vintage Collage Papers

Scissors 

Paintbrush and Dylusions Paint: Bubble gum pink, vibrant turquoise

Mod podge , sticky tape

Stuff from stash such as:

Ribbon, twine, lace, fabric bits

Paper flowers, buttons, blingy bits, paper clips, bradlets, stickers

Washi tape

Words cut from magazines

Black and white pens for doodling

Watch the tutorial below:

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Directions:

Tape tags together with sticky tape leaving a little space so it will bend into an accordian booklet.

Mod podge pieces of vintage books as a background, randomly tearing and pasting, don’t think about it too much. Don’t forget to do both sides of your tag booklet.

Paint some of the edges of the tags using paints, (fingers work best and makes the finish more natural).

Use background vintage papers, washi tape and paint to cover the sticky tape joins.

Adhere ephemera die cuts (aren’t they just gorgeous!).

Tie ribbon, lace, string through the top of the tags.

Cut our random words from magazines and books that seem to go together.

Stamp or write word quotes. Doodle in empty spaces.

Add pieces of embellishments from stash until the tags feel full.

Give it to someone who needs to feel a little loved (that could be you).

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And don’t let you inner critic tell you that you can’t create, go right ahead, it will be silenced when you begin to create. Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

Cheers, Rochelle x

 

Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

I am an Artist Canvas Tutorial

Hi everyone, rockmelon recycled here. Every day is a great day to create.  Todays tutorial is exploring stamping, stencils and finger painting.  We are never too old to finger paint, and it’s fast becoming one of my favourite techniques.  This tutorial is suitable for beginners through to advanced artists, so grab an apron and some paints.

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Supplies List

Canvas approx 12 x 12 (I used a recycled canvas from an op shop)

Vintage paper pack

‘Courageous Creativity’ printable

Mod Podge (I use a matte finish)

Dylusions Paint: black marble, crushed grape, bubblgum pink, vibrant turquoise, fresh lime, London blue, lemon zest, white linen.

Stencils: I am an artist, and inspired words 

Stamp: Donna Poppy

Stazon black archival ink pad

Paintbrush for stencilling

Palette (I use an old china side plate)

Scissors

Small piece of thick card for spreading paint

Hairdryer

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Watch the tutorial here, and remember that art is about playing, exploring and having fun.

Cheers,

Rochelle aka rockmelon recycled

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And don’t let you inner critic tell you that you can’t paint, go right ahead, it will be silenced when you begin to paint. Have a great week everybody!

Find rockmelon recycled here.

Artist Interviews, Design Team

Artist Interview – Rochelle Melville

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Today it is my pleasure to introduce the next Lulu Art Design Team Member for 2017.

Introducing Rochelle Melville from Rockmelon Recycled. Rochelle is known for her use of bright beautiful colours in her gorgeous artwork. You’ll see what I mean. She was also part of the Lulu Art Design Team of 2016.

I asked Rochelle to tell me about herself and asked her a few questions over a virtual coffee.

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I am immersed full time in intentional creativity. I am in my final tern of study to become an art therapist, plus I design and make fine wood creations for a woodwork business with my husband called Lathe & Chisel. I also teach art classes specialising in teaching art journaling for health and healing (no art experience needed). I am about to self publish my first book on getting through the difficult seasons in life too, so it will be a busy year.

How/When did I get interested in art?

Creating has always been my thing. Even as a child I was colouring, drawing, making stuff out of cereal boxes, sewing my teddy bear’s outfits and painting. I wanted to study fine art straight out of high school, but instead I chose to ignore my heart (artist can’t make a living blah, blah, blah, blah) and study something ‘sensible’.

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Can you remember one of the first things you drew or painted?
I remember on my very first day of school we glued red crepe paper balls into a picture of an apple. Interestingly, it’s my only memory from that first day of school.
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What’s you favourite piece of work that you have created?
The piece I am working on now. I just fall in love with every piece I make.
 
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Do you have a favourite Artist?
No,  but I have been strongly influenced by Christy Tomlinson’s techniques and products.
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What’s the best thing about being an artist?
Everything. It’s a lifestyle and a life calling. It is a heart and soul connection to seeing beauty, inspiration and encouragement all around and sharing those moments with the world through free artistic expression.

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Do you like to have music playing while you create and if so, what kind of music do you to that inspires you? 

On the rare opportunities that I am creating in an empty house, I do put music on, but I’m more likely to listen to dialogue on a favourite DVD while I create.

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What is your favourite thing that you often include in your work?

A tree, bird, butterfly or dragonfly, the words ‘hope’, ‘beautiful’ or ‘faith’. I can’t seem to get away from the colour pink. Even though it’s not my favourite colour, I love creating with it. I also love to incorporate secret symbols, words or messages in custom artworks.

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What do I do when not creating?

Sleeping…lol.

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What are your favourite products to use?

Inks sprays and paint or salvaged and reclaimed timber.

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Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?

Grab your fears and preconceived ideas of what art is and should be, screw them up into a ball and toss them in the bin. Then set fire to it and toast marshmallow. The best way to silence the inner critic is to have fun without any judgement (good or bad, just focus on allowing things to flow). Simply create and create and create.

Where can you see my work?

Find me as ‘Rockmelon Recycled’ on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rockmelonrecycled/ 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCezHjYXiL1rgdOY4Mla1cig

Facebook as ‘Rockmelon’: https://www.facebook.com/rockmelon-224761254234983/

and on my blog: https://rockmelonrecycled.com.au

Do you have any upcoming classes?

My 2017 workshop calendar is still coming.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know our first Lulu Art Design Team Member. Pop back tomorrow to see Rochelle in action when she creates her very first tutorial for the Lulu Art Design Team of 2017.

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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Kylie Fowler Website

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Art Journaling for Beginners Pt3 – Rochelle Melville

What a great day to create! Grab your art journal, a cuppa and a biscuit and paint along with my new tutorial: Lulu Art Beginners Art Journal Page Part 3. I’m trying out an exciting new (to me) product called Brusho paint crystals. Woo hoo!

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If you like cool products that swirl colour on you page, Brusho crystals are for you!

Watch me use them here:

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Now go create something. No inhibitions. No judgements. Just create.

You can find me here:
http://www.rockmelonrecycled.com.au
http://www.instagram.com/rockmelonrecycled/
http://www.facebook.com/rochelle.melville.7
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCezHjYXiL1rgdOY4Mla1cig

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Design Team

Art Journaling for Beginners Pt2 – Rochelle Melville

Paint, paint, glorious paint! I am well known for going out shopping, to the hairdresser or even to bed with paint on my hands, elbows, in my hair and under my fingernails (why scrub it off when you’re just going to get painty again tomorrow? LOL). I love getting messy with paint, it is one of my favourite mediums to use when I art journal. Today I want to share with you Art Journaling For Beginners Part 2 showing you all about paint. If you have joined in the Colour Me Positive Art Journaling Challenge from LuluArt, this especially for you all.

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You can watch the video here:

Materials Used:

 

You can find me here:
rockmelonrecycled.com.au
https://www.instagram.com/rockmelonrecycled/
https://www.facebook.com/rochelle.melville.7
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCezHjYXiL1rgdOY4Mla1cig

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Beginners Art Journal Page with Rochelle Melville

RochelleI’ve watched many people participating in the Colour Me Positive Art Journaling Challenge comment that they don’t know how to get started, or they lack confidence so I thought I’d run a few tutorials on art journal basics.  This first introduction to art journaling is using products I use on nearly every single page such as stencils, ink sprays and paint.  Please know you don’t have to draw to art journal, I rarely do!

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You can watch the video tutorial here:

Materials and Equipment List:


Hope this helps you get started art journaling but more importantly I hope you find art as much of a healing, comforting and quiet place as I do!

You can find me here:
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