Thursday, 23 June 2016

Mmmm Distress Crayons!

Do you know, I didn't know I needed Distress Crayons until someone (GEMMA!)  lent me theirs at a workshop I was teaching, and they then immediately fell into my shopping basket ;-) I am really liking these as an art journal, mixed media tool. I have deliberately avoided all tutorials and videos showcasing this product because the minute I see how someone else uses a product I can't think of any other way. Best to just play on your own first, and then watch videos (but I still haven't done that last bit bit!)

This is how the page began. I gessoed a page in my black square Dylusions journal leaving a bit of black showing around the edge. I added a very small amount of acrylic paint with my fingers just to get my started, and then began layering the Distress crayons over the top. I like to scribble a bit with them and then blend them with my fingers. You can splat water on them too to make a pattern. But here's the bit I really like ... you can just draw patterns and symbols with them. LOVE! I felt like a kid with a new packet of Crayolas.

Because these are a Distress product, once they are dry you can write over them, and layer up with other products, unlike oil pastels for instance. I also found out, and this is important, that once they are dry they no longer smudge or move on the page. Result!

I added a bit more to my page, including some stamping, some old text, some washi tape ... and more Distress crayon of course.

And then I decided to add a figure. In my head she was going to be quite different to how she turned out, but hey ho, that's art journaling for you! She's not ideally placed on the page - she would have looked a bit better to the left, but I didn't want to cover up the red flower/circle thing so I had to work round it. Yay for no rules!

She had various different things in her hands before I finally settled on a flock of birds. She has a little acrylic paint on her face as a base flesh tone, but other than that she's all done in crayon.

I'm loving the layers you can build up using these crayons:

And here is bird lady on my desk easel. Now, I don't want to upset all of you neat freaks who like to keep things in order in their original packets (you know who you are!) you can see all three of my crayon packets tipped out into one haphazard collection. Ahhh, that's better!

Byee for now!

Monday, 20 June 2016

All things inky.

Skiddy, and Journey Collage by Stampotique

This weekend I went to the fabulous Craft Range (Burnley, UK) for the first timer ever, to teach a very inky class.  I had a thoroughly enjoyable day with some very lovely people, and I also had a little spend in the wonderful shop after a few items accidentally fell into my basket ;-)

I made this inky door hanger as a sample for the class and kept my sentiment short and to the point hahaha!

I think that's clear enough, don't you?!

And another sample ... this time using my Bunny Boy :-)

And here's a few work-in-progress pics of the class in action. Just look at the concentration! And did I say they were VERY MESSY??!

Ella (aged just 11) did something really different with my Foxy stamp. Love what she did!

And here's a few pics of some backgrounds I made during the day ...

Byeee for now. Have a good week everyone!

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Art journaling in miniature

Wally and Bar Code by Stampotique Originals
Basic Backgrounds by Dylusions

I have always had a passion for small things, I just love anything in miniature! So it follows that I sometimes like to journal in miniature. 

Recently I taught a mini art journaling class at Art from the Heart (Harrogate UK)  and these were the pages we made on the day. Just because the pages are small (approx 10x15cm) it don'ts mean they are quick ... there is a lot of detail in a small space. I am working in a small Moleskine Folio Moleskine, but any small journal or sketchbook would do.

The page above uses a quote from a song by Coldplay. This particular line had been stuck in my head all day so I had the release the ear worm onto the page! We used a masking technique to create the background on this page by stamping and embossing with clear, and then painting over the embossing before using an iron to remove the embossing powder revealing a pattern. It's a technique I used years ago but decided to have another play with.

One for the things I like about journaling on a small scale is that it is a great space to use your smaller stamps, which often get lost on a larger page. Here I even cut 'Mabel' in half and had her peeking in from the side of the page. (Sorry Mabel!)

Mabel by Stampotique originals 
Wildflowers by Tim Holtz
Basic Backgrounds by Dylusions

I used Florrie Dooodle Dolly in a frame on the next page because I think she looks like she is smiling for the school photographer!

Of course, if you use a frame it also has to work when the other way when you turn the page over:

Colour WheelFlorrie Doodle Dolly by Stampotique Originals

 And a couple more pages ... oops. I cut Mabel in half again!

Mabel by Stampotique originals 
Wild Flowers by Tim Holtz

Mabel by Stampotique originals 

And here are a couple of pics of the class getting busy on a small scale, and very messy!

And finally ... it's not too late to sign up for this lovely, lovely summer art journaling class which begins on 1st July. 21 short inspirational videos with minimal craft supplies to encourage you to art journal on-the-go this summer. You can find all of the details *here*

Byeeeeee for now :-)

Saturday, 21 May 2016

And the winner is ...

Thanks so much to everyone who visited my blog, checked out all the details for Art Journal Summer School 2016, and to everyone who left me a comment. See my previous blog post here for all the details and a sneaky preview.

But, there can only be one winner ...

...and the winner is: Olive(of Paraphernalia blog)  Well done Olive! 

We'll have to comment then....sounds absolutely amazing. I like the idea of short videos, easier to fit in my day. Good luck. Olive

Of course, you can still sign up *here* ready to go art journal crazy for the summer, beginning July 1st. See you there!

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Announcing Art Journal Summer School 2016!

Woohoo! I'm so happy and excited to share with you that I'm going to be teaching as part of Art Journal Summer School 2016, with the wonderful Marieke Blokland at the helm! This is a wonderful course, perfect for the summer months, as each video lasts only 15 minutes and uses a limited number of supplies to fit in a small toiletries bag so it's perfect for your on-the-go summertime art journaling! (For a chance to win a free place keep reading ... !)
*EDIT: Competition now closed*

And just look at who else is on board. Woop woop! I think I am in very good company ;-)

The course is open for sale now *click here*,  begins 1st July 2016, and continues over the summer months. 

So, what do you get?
  • 10 weeks on-line summer course
  • 14 amazing and inspiring teachers
  • 21 short (15 minutes) video lessons
  • All lessons downloadable
  • Minimal supplies needed
You can see a sneaky peek of all the classes on video *here*

And I've got ONE FREE PLACE to give away! All you need to do is leave me a comment on here and I will pick a winner using, in a week's time, on 21st May.  EDIT: Competition now closed*

Want to see some sneaky peeks of my video? Ok then... here ya go! My video runs in two parts - some water colour style doodling, followed by a mixed media page of beautiful summer blooms!