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.
It’s the end of the year already! Really?!! It snuck up on me! Too fast! Too quick! So much happened this year, so much changed! I learnt a lot, I pushed my boundaries a few times and I grew from it 🙂 I acquired lots of new art supplies too :), one new kitten 🙂 and I made new friends.
Did I make time to stop and reflect about it? To be thankful for what I have in my life? To cherish all the beautiful people in my life? Not always, not everyday! But I am trying to make it in to a good habit because it keeps me focused, keeps me sane, reminds me to be happy now!
Art keeps me sane and happy too, so I thought – why not combine both and create myself a reminder of how amazing life really is 🙂 I have sooooo much to be grateful for every day, month, year!
For me my Journal is a perfect place for it as I am spending lots of time flicking through it, playing, writing in it.
Maybe it is something you would like to do too ?
Yes! For sure! My life is so much more interesting inside my head!
I can be a princess every day of the week! Or the month or the year! Or I can be the evil Witch…for some of the time 🙂
Dragons, kittens, puppies, fairies, angels, butterflies, bit naughty children and bit ugly trolls are peacefully existing together , we are having fun, we are going on adventures! Goodness me! The stories I can make up inside my head!!! And the colours of it!
I wish you could come and visit me there sometimes :)… Maybe one day … So this journal page is like a postcard I am sending to you from there.
You can watch the video here:
Save the image below (right click and “save image as”) and print out to the size you want to use in your journal.
Hi, it’s Robyn with you today sharing a sweet little canvas featuring the use of Faber-Castell Gelatos and a new product, Whipped Spackle.
Whipped Spackle is quite an innovative product – you would think it was ordinary light modelling paste but it is actually gesso that has been aerated in a mixer to create a lovely texture similar to icing. The aeration gives the product an amazing lightness and it will be perfect to use on canvasses but particularly cards, scrapbook layouts and art journals when you want texture without the usual heaviness.
Hello!! Karen here with you again today! Hope you have had a wonderful week and are getting the chance to get a little creative!
Today I have an altered Tim Holtz Worn Book Cover to share with you. I have to admit, I have a little addiction to these things, and they are perfect teamed with a couple of packs of Tag Page pockets to keep a tag journal of all the tags I make.
This time I’ve altered it with some of my favourite Distress colours, using Distress Paints, Distress Markers, old book pages and some tissue wrap, and tape. The Distress lines blend and work together so well, and are a pleasure to use, If you haven’t had a play with the Distress Paints, you really should have a go, they do some amazing things when spritzed with water before they are dry as well, and of course seeing that the range includes the whole pallet of colours we’ve come to know and love with Distress Inks, there is sure to be a colour or two to suit everyone, wether you love more vintage grungy tones or gorgeous bright vibrant colours.
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
Don’t forget that as designers we love sharing our knowledge of products sold in the store, so if there is something you would like to know how to use or a technique that you would love to learn – drop us a line and we will see what we can do. Personally, I love a challenge and am always happy to play with something new, in the interests of education of course! (really I just like to buy ‘new’ products)
I must confess I am a little bit of a memory keeper. As I mentioned in my last dt blog post, our family took a holiday to beautiful Cairns in Queensland, Australia. One of my fondest memories was entering into the rainforest and discovering one of Cairns many waterfalls. This waterfall was particularly good, coz you could swim in the cool fresh water in a lagoon type area with large rounded boulders. I sat there breathing it all in, watching my children laugh and swim…it was beautiful.
For this project, I present to you a journal entry on a page that I can place in my home-made journal that we made at the very start of my blog posts with the Lulu Art design team. This is my last blog entry for the team and I am very grateful for the opportunity. For those that enjoy all the blog posts please keep on creating and enjoying time with art. Thanks also to the rest of the lovely team.