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Kylie’s Face Stencil Demo by Theresa Miers

Hello LuluArt friends. We all love and art challenge, right? I am Theresa, and I embraced a personal art challenge opportunity when I recently received a set of Kylie Fowler’s new face stencils. You see, I’m really okay with trying to draw or paint a face in my own, sometimes quirky, way. Until now it never occurred to me to ever use a stencil to map out the face. With Kylie’s recent release I thought it was a great time to try something new to me and do just that. But first I must play.

Face stencil outlines

My main objective was to use the stencil in a way that would feel most ‘natural’ to me and take advantage of it purely as a tool. The first thing I did was flip back through my own work to find my inspiration. I found a watercolour piece I’d done with a quarter turned face and I set about re-creating it with Kylie’s quarter turned stencil. I was really happy with that first start. So I tried it again. And again. And again. Each time just doing somethings a bit different and somethings a bit the same.

Kylies Face Stencil by Theresa - dry brushing

As you can see from the pictures and the video it looks nothing like a watercolour painting anymore. And I think it’s safe to say that my end result looks very much like something I’d do but with someone else’s face map to lay a foundation. I used a lot of dry bushing technique with water activated art supplies to create layers for an impressionist style, mixed with collaging paper napkins.

 Stencil face sideways

I was really happy with the creative places it took me as I opened up to the possibilities of trying something I’d never really considered before. It was definitely worth trying something different, especially if that different is finding new discoveries. Watch the video below to see where my art play lead me and how I used the quarter turned stencil to paint my face.

Stencil face mouth detail

Have you tried the new face stencils yet? They are not just for artists unsure of how to map out a face, they are also great for recreating your own works differently.

Kylies Face Stencil by Theresa - finishing touches

Supplies I used that are available at the Lulu Art store.


Strathmore Mixed Media Art Journal

This professional quality journal is excellent for watercolour, gouache, acrylic graphite, pen & ink, coloured pencil, marker, pastel and collage. 100% cotton fibre, acid free, lignin free, archival. 64 pages of 90lb paper bound into a journal.


Artist Cellar – Kylie Fowler Stencil – Fowler Faces 4pk – 6×6

Kylie Fowler – Fowler Face Series – Pack of 4. Kylie is known for creating artwork with big soulful eyes that capture your attention. All designs 6′ x 6′. Unique premium quality stencil designs from Artistcellar. Designed by Kylie Fowler.


Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint – 8oz – White

Your favourite Ceramcoat paint in the bigger 8oz bottle. Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint has a creamy, smooth consistency for one coat coverage that dries to a uniform, matte, permanent finish. This paint is perfect for a wide variety of hard surfaces.


Caran d’Ache Neocolor II Water-soluble wax pastel

Caran D’Ache – Neocolor II – Water Soluble wax pastel / artist crayon. The widest range of wax-based water-soluble pastels on the market. High pigment concentration for bright and opaque colours. Soft and easy to work with, strong bright colours.


Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks 12/Pkg

Scribble Sticks are versatile, high quality pigment sticks that sketch like crayons but are water-soluble like watercolour pencils. Create backgrounds and blend colour to a transparent shade using water or create bold, opaque designs, scribbles and marks.


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Derwent – Inktense Pencils 12pk



Liquitex Matte Medium 16oz

Creates a matte, non-reflective finish and dries translucent, permanent, non-yellowing, and water resistant. Mix it with any acrylic colour or Liquitex mediums or thin by adding up to 25% water. Also makes an excellent glue for collage.


Jane Davenport Mixed Media Paint Over Pens 5/Pkg

American Crafts – Add beautiful colours to your craft projects using these paint over pens by Jane Davenport. This wonderful assortment of paint pens is perfect to personalise your handmade gift bags, tags, cards and other paper craft projects.

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Painting Roses with Prima Marketing Tropicals Watercolor Set


Hi. I am Theresa, and it’s my turn to show you how I get creative with some of my Lulu Art art supplies.

I bought myself a tin of the Prima Marketing Tropical watercolours recently and I set about trying to learn how to create those lovely loosely painted roses that are popular right now. I bought the Tropicals especially for this purpose because this tin had a nice selection of vibrant colours. As I go through my yellows quicker than any other colour I was happy to note this tin had three yellows in it. And I really like the intensity of the violet which is very useful to make those darker tones instead of using black.Rockside Ruby Prima Tropical swatch

My first attempts were quite clumsy to say the least but perseverance in learning to manipulate the brush strokes and gauging the amount of water that was required to get the effects I was after was worth the investment in time. What I was happy to note is this tin selection had colours that blended together beautifully to give new colour variations without going into muddy and grey tones. Which makes this set a great place to start for a beginner in my opinion.

Rockside Ruby Prima Tropical swirls

So I started to experiment with trying to make some roses, and while most of them were recognisable as roses I hadn’t quite hit that sweet spot where I felt comfortable with how they were made. So it was not without its frustrations. It was in one of those moments of frustration I let go of the expectation I would paint a flower and I decided to just start ‘puddling’ around.  Is was in this phase of my learning that I found inspiration to try a different approach. My swirly puddles of merging colours were to become my base layer to paint the petals over the top of.

Roses on wicker 1

I wanted to make the roses and leaves to be separate units so I could cut them out and use as embellishments on a variety of crafting projects. I have since used the on cards and tags. I’ve decorated paper pennants with them. And wouldn’t they look great scattered over a DIY feminine party table at a wedding, bridal shower or high tea?

Roses on Tags

Follow along in the video below to see my process on making these pretty flowers. I’ll also show you how I set up and rearranged my watercolour pans to suit my painting needs. I hope you find this useful. Enjoy.


A list of supplies to create these roses are –

Paper choices



Sealer choices



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Inktense Demo with Theresa Miers

Inktense Demo Garden Hanging tags

Hello, hello, hello!

Inktense Demo pencils

Have you got some Inktense pencils? Thinking about getting some? Not sure how to use them and looking for more inspiration to get more out of them. Hopefully I can open a window into exploring ideas using one of my favourite pencils.

Inktense Demo samples

I am Theresa Miers from Where Are My Scissors? and I invite you to come and look over my shoulder as I work on creating painted paper with my Inktense pencils on the video below. I’ll talk through my process of picking colours and what I use from my stash to create layers of patterned colour. The samples above use the same process. Some are made using the colour of the rainbow and some are more monochrome. Almost all have a different set of impression making tools (stamps, stencils, etc) to create the patterns.

Inktense Demo cut tag I often will resort to creating patterned papers like this because it’s a good time to not overthink what I am doing and just play and learn. Once I have made my unique coloured papers, I will use them for a variety of purposes that you might ordinarily use any other patterned paper. Since I am running low on handmade tags I figured I might show you what the papers look like as such. The tag on the far right is cut from the paper I used in the video demo.

Since this is a demo about showcasing a fun way to utilise Inktense pencils I wanted to take that focus a step further and make my own tags using ONLY the papers made. So with scissors and paper trimmer handy I got to work.

Inktense Demo Heart tag 2

Cutting and layering just these papers opens up another way to see colours, contrasts and patterns as the pieces are seen next to each other.

Inktense Demo Flower tag 2

I love the look of all the colourful layers. I’ll be hanging these tags around my desk and art space for inspiration until such time as I call them to duty, in some happy mail.

I hope you were inspired to get your hands on those Inktense pencils and give them a chance to lead you into some colourful play time and discoveries.

Since most of the stamps I own are no longer available I’ve created a small list of suitable suggestions from the Luluart store. Most of the Dylusions and Dina Wakeley designs would be a fun fit for the technique I have shown. Try it and let us know how you got on.


Inktense Pencils 12 pack

Inktense Pencils 6pack

Impression Making Supplies.

Thanks for watching,

Theresa xoDT2017-Theresa


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Artist Interview With Theresa Miers


Today it is my pleasure to introduce the final Lulu Art Design Team Member for 2017, Theresa Mierse from Where Are My Scissors?. Theresa is known for her gorgeous collaged mixed media artwork, created with her Gelli Plate/ Gel Press. She has great taste when it comes to colour choices as her colour schemes are so beautiful. You’re going to love her work.

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


Akubra Theresa

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

I love arts and crafts and I’ve recently started a new blog called Where Are My Scissors? . For a long time I had another blog very much focused on art stamping called Misty’s Mess. I got a real buzz one day when I noticed that Tim Holtz had pinned one of my tags onto his boards. It was a long time ago so it’ll be buried deep by now I’m sure.

I live with my partner on his family farm and an assortment of animals out on a 400+ acre farm in the Lockyer Valley. Going to town is a very small affair as the nearby Gatton only boasts a population of about 3000.

I think I have always had an art or craft project on the go since I was a child. I often was winning a prize for something I had made. I made my first dollar with a drawing when I was 12 years old. I sewed a lot of my clothes and then my children’s clothes. Sold some too. I tried scrapbooking but stamping held my interest better and I made lots and lots of cards instead.

I have an ambition to create a piece of my own artwork to hang on my walls and through experimenting I find I like collaging with painted papers best. My first attempts at collage back in high school were a sorry mess. I try not to let the past define me.

I have my art space set up out on the veranda so I’m a fair weather and daylight creative mostly. Below is my early morning view from my art space. My craft room is for the laptop and storage of supplies and tools. If I do anything indoors it is usually in the lounge room on my lap as I’m spending time in the presence of my partner, as he watches tv. Early to bed, early to rise around here most days.

View from the studio

How/when did you get interested in art?

It’s always been a part of who I am. In high school my first priority was to know when art class was on the time table and work everything else around that.

Gelli print display

Can you remember one of the first things you drew/painted?

I can definitely remember my first bit of art I made that had an impact on me. I was most likely 9 years old. It was Library Week and we were required to paint something from our favourite book. I chose to paint a larger than life picture of a mouse from the Silent Night story. It was huge, as it filled the whole paper.

Lesson one was how to make brown when all I had to use was blue, green, yellow, red and black poster paints. I can still see the reds and the greens as they peeked out of my broad brush strokes. Lesson two was about winning and falling out of peer favour. My classmates deemed me undeserving to win since I was only just new at the school. The joy of winning overshadowed by wanting to be accepted, is a big burden for little shoulders. I had my prize book and I was showing it to my dad. He pointed out that the art work in the storybook has a resemblance to my art with it’s broad loose strokes. I’ll never forget that moment of a dirty mine worker revealing this little fact to his daughter on his knee. My art work is forever lost to me, but if I ever see that book again I’ll know it instantly.

Goal Planning for A Shining Year Ahead - Making My Own Junk Journal Workbook - pretty pages

Do you have a favourite artist?

Before I had the internet I was mostly aware of textile and cloth doll artists via magazines. When I first got the internet the first artist I discovered was Teesha Moore. WOW! I had never seen anything like her work before. I thought how cool it was to have a life and a purpose involving wildly imaginative art journalling. A bit later I discovered Donna Downey’s vlogs. Who were these people doing extraordinary things with technology and reaching me in my far away place? I’m inspired by these two women who have revealed a way of believing in their art because they believed in their purpose to be artists.

What’s the best thing about being an artist?

Choosing my own path.

Gelli Bird

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

No music. I live in a big old Queenslander farmhouse that’s just not equipped with enough power points to bring music to where I prefer to hang out on the veranda. I listen instead to the many and varied sounds of quiet farm life. We have a large peafowl family of about 30 birds on the farm and in my silence, as I move about through my day, I’ve become more observant of the intricacies of their calls and social behaviours. Something I would like to study more of and understand. I would miss all those nuances if I had music playing.

Gelli Peacock Strut Art Journal - In The Garden

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

Yellow. It represents light or a glow to me. I physically relax just that little bit more when I add it into my work. On the other hand I have an aversion to black. I use it when I feel I need to, which isn’t often, but it makes me feel very tense.

What are you doing when you’re not creating?

I’m generally a solitary person and there is lots to keep me amused on the farm. I do have three very energetic farm dogs that need their exercise. There is Rolley the Blue Heeler, Jack the Kelpie, and my dog Stanley who is a mixed breed Staffy/Bull Arab. Stanley, the biggest of them all thinks he is a small lap dog. I love being outdoors and going for walks all over the farm. Every couple of months I’ll head off into Brisbane to catch up with family and friends and get into my city girl stride.

Walking the dogs

What are your favourite products to use?

The product I can’t live without would have to be my Liquitex Gesso and Matt Medium. It was during a desperate google search for an online store that sold these two items that I found Luluart in the first place. Now I reorder that stuff long before it runs out. My other favourite supply is my Lyra Water Soluble Crayons. I was amazed when I first saw a stamping demo done with these many years ago and I spent the next hour mentally scheming what I could give up so I could justify buying a big tin of them. They still get used a lot after all this time. It was also my first quality artist supply.

Gelli Print Art Journal over painting - In All My Glory

Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?

My most favourite quote is —

And then the day came,
when the risk
to remain tight
in a bud
was more painful
than the risk
it took
to Blossom.

Anaïs Nin
— and it has served me well in times when I need to push through fear. Staying in a safe place is not as beautiful as finding yourself on a shinier side of a challenging situation. The other side is not perfect but it’ll always be better.
Best place to catch up with what I’m doing is at —
My Instagram  where_are_my_scissors

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Theresa, our last but not least Lulu Art Design Team Member. If you missed Theresa’s free mixed media tutorial you can view it HERE.

Happy Creating,


Kylie - Signature

Lulu Art Supplies Store

Kylie Fowler Website

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HAPPY GELLI FLOWERS – An Art Journal page featuring collage with gelli prints.

Hello, I am Theresa and welcome to my first video and post for the Lulu Arts Design team. It also happens to be my very first video ever and since I am among friends I’m positive that you’ll tolerate my somewhat clumsy first attempt at this.


Luluarts dt 2017 Happy Gelli Flowers

I love painting papers with my gelli plate to later use for collage. Lately I’ve been turning my attention to creating images of vases of flowers, cutting simple shapes to build up a picture.


Luluarts dt 2017 Happy Gelli Flowers detail

I love my stencils, as the drawer full I possess will attest to. With this art page I wanted to show how I limited my choice to one primary pattern and using it in a variety of ways to add a repeating design through the various layers of the painting.


Luluarts dt 2017 Happy Gelli Flowers upclose

My style leans towards impressionism which is meant to be viewed from further away than this. The up close photos really show how messy the collage really looks but this simplified process of cutting and pasting simple shapes is a very intuitive way for me to work with colour and develop my idea.

You can see a video of my process here


You can find some of the supplies I used in the list below –

Stratmoore 9×12 Spiral bound Art Journal×12-p/sm-1003.htm


GellPress Plate 8×10×10-p/gpr-1001.htm


Dylusion Paints


Ceramcoat White


Liquitex Matt Medium


Catalyst Wedge Grey


Posca Pen


You can see more of my work at

Preliminary Header TM 200x40

Theresa xo

P.S You can find out more about me tomorrow, here on the blog, during my ‘artist’s interview’.