Take a Moment – Art Journal Page by Robyn Wood

RobynHello, it’s Robyn joining you today to share how I created a floral garden using some self-carved stamps. Stamp carving is something I have been wanting to have a go at for ages but never seemed to get to so this project was a great reason to dive in. I’m a long term rubber stamper and love my commercially produced stamps but this offers the opportunity to create something all your own but little cost and it can fill that ‘I just need….’ dilemma when trying to finish a project.

A word of warning – stamp carving tools are sharp! Keep the blade pointed away from you, work in a well-lit area and go slowly until you get a feel for the rubber. I learnt to carve timber as a teenager so found it all came back very quickly but the process is really simple – and lots of fun!

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I hope you enjoyed learning how this project comes together. Don’t forget to pop by Lulu Art & Friends Facebook page to say hi, share your project or leave a comment on my blog, www.purplesalt.net

Robyn

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My Own Little World by Robyn Wood

RobynHello, 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.

 

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I hope you enjoyed learning how this project comes together. Don’t forget to pop by Lulu Art & Friends Facebook page to say hi, share your project or leave a comment on my blog,www.purplesalt.net

Robyn

 

Find Joy in the Ordinary – by Robyn Wood

RobynHello, it’s Robyn joining you today to share a mixed media art journal page.  Are you following along with the Documented Life prompts shared by the Art to the 5th Academy artists? I played along sporadically last year and decided that this year I’d do it properly and try to complete each of the prompts – so far so good.  This year the idea is to use one of the large Dylusions journals for each prompt and I’m finding it a great journal to create in! I love the flexible, catch all cover so I know that I’m not going to break the bindings if my journal gets a little large.

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A recent challenge was to create a page using under papers and the journaling prompt was ‘what lies beneath?’. My under papers tend to get really muddy so I decided to use some baby wipes instead. Baby wipes make perfect additions to your art journals, they are thin and can be cut with scissors or dies to create all types of shapes and they take colour beautifully!  I don’t tend to keep them on a regular basis but for this project they were perfect.

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I hope you enjoyed learning how this project comes together. As always, don’t forget to pop by Lulu Art & Friends Facebook page to say hi or share your project or leave a comment on my blog, www.purplesalt.net

Robyn

If Birds Could Talk – a tag booklet by Robyn Wood

RobynHello, it’s Robyn with you today sharing a sweet mixed media tag book.  One again my project features stamps by Dina Wakley, did you notice Dina will be visiting us at Lulu Art in November 2015? Check our website and Facebook page for details. Book in quickly as places are sure to fill fast!

Summer in Australia is filled with strong colours, high heat and the ever present birdlife. I live in suburbia, close to a capitol city but birds are everywhere. We are often woken by the dawn chorus of parrots discovering a new shrub or tree in flower and during walks around the neighbourhood it is unusual if you don’t spot a handful of different species of birds. I often wonder what they are squawking about – are they delighting in the freedom of flight, laughing at the Earth bound humans or discussing something meaningful.

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Check out my YouTube video to learn how I created this cute tag book featuring two of my favourite birdie quotes.

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I hope you enjoyed learning how this project comes together. As always, don’t forget to pop by Lulu Art & Friends Facebook page to say hi or share your project or leave a comment on my blog, www.purplesalt.net

Robyn

Kindle Your Spark by Robyn Wood

RobynHello, it’s Robyn with you today sharing an art journal page.  As mixed media artists we tend to try lots of different styles of pages, trying to find our style, favourite colours and images that speak to us. Lately I have been doing some research into abstract styles and came across the work of Piet Mondrian, a Dutch pioneer of abstract art.  If you are an Aussie of a certain age or a fan of rock band Silverchair, you will already be familiar with Piet’s style as it inspired the cover of the album Young Modern. Piet’s work features strong primary colours and linear lines.

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My page features stamps by Dina Wakley and the quote ‘kindle your spark of madness’.  In the words of Robin Williams – ‘You’re only given a spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.’

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I hope you enjoyed learning how this project comes together. As always, don’t forget to pop by Lulu Art & Friends Facebook page to say hi or share
your project or leave a comment on my blog, www.purplesalt.net

Robyn

 

Life is .. a mixed media canvas by Robyn Wood

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The eternal question – what is life about?

Hello, it’s Robyn with you today asking a very deep question. Possibly easy to answer if you look at the word band I’ve used on my project!

I like to have little pieces of inspiration around me – images pinned to my little notice board, words and quotes collected in my little dedicated ‘quote’ Moleskin notebook or on the various pieces of art I buy to decorate the walls in my study. The more I are journal, the more I’m creating little pieces just for myself which carry words to inspire.

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The project features a new product for LuLu Art – mica tiles. Mica is a mineral, mined from the ground in countries like Africa and South America and it has a lovely layered structure which can be pulled apart and inked, painted, diecut, punched, cut, torn, embossed, the list goes on. Colours can vary and depending on how careful you are in pulling it apart, the sheets can be quite thick to whisper thin. If you look closely, you will see that the tiles are very slightly translucent and have differing colours – very similar to amber.

Many of us already know and use mica – it’s in our lipsticks, eye shadows, metallic car paint, glittery body products, even shampoo! As crafters we have been using mica for ages as Twinkling H2O’s, pearlescent stamping inks, Pearl Ex and glimmery mists.  Ok, I’ll take my scientist hat off now and show you my project!

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I hope you enjoy learning how this project comes together. Once you have the supplies assembled, it comes together pretty quickly.  If you use mica 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, www.purplesalt.net

Robyn

 

A Love of Beauty – A Mixed Media Canvas by Robyn Wood

RobynHi, it’s Robyn with you today sharing a sweet little canvas featuring the use of Faber-Castell Gelatos and a new product, Whipped Spackle.

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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.

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Thanks for joining me today! I hope you will create your own beautiful butterfly canvas – I’d love to see it if you do.  Don’t forget you can upload pictures of your projects to our LuLu Art & Friends Facebook page or leave a comment on my blog, www.purplesalt.net.  If you use Instagram you can find LuLu Art at http://instagram.com/luluartstore and I’m there as well,  http://instagram.com/purplesaltcr8 Pop by and say ‘hi’!

Robyn