Studio Reveal–with The Altered Page

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I have long been a follower of Seth Apter and his blog The Altered Page and was lucky to take a class with Seth when he visited Australia recently. Over the past few weeks Seth has been inviting his readers to take part in a celebration of the studio table – uncensored, unedited, uncut if you will.  No prettying up for the camera, tidying beforehand or pushing that pile of UFO’s to the side!

I’d like to take you on a tour of my art room, it used to be our nursery when the boys were babies and years ago we extended our house to give hubby & I a lovely new bedroom.  Each of our boys got double bedrooms and I got this room as a study/art room. Forward on a few years and it is still a nice space to work in, courtesy of air-con I can use it all year round. But I’ve run out of room – of course I have my eye on one of those lovely big double bedrooms but have to wait until one of our sons moves out!

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Eagle eyes will spy two Ikea Raskog trolleys – one holds my Darkroom Door stamps and the other a variety of paint.  I don’t think you can ever have enough paint? More boxes of paint/inks/sprays take up a bit of floor space.

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On either side of my desk I have everything that I need – adhesives, inkpads, more stamps, Spellbinders dies, embossing folders, pens, pencils and all the stuff that goes into my projects.

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The back of the room has two sets of Ikea drawers holding more stuff! Each drawer is mostly sorted but from the piles on the floor you can see they are overflowing. Think I need to destash a bit.

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Of course I can’t share pics of my room without a shot of my constant companion, Zed. He is my art dog and loves hanging out with me. I have to be very careful what is left on the floor – he is rather partial to chewing things and loves to create beautiful paper art using carefully torn pieces of painty paper towel (actually he sneaks in to kill them dead and leaves the evidence all over the floor!)

Make sure you go and check out Seth’s post listing the links for everyone taking part, you will find it here.

Becoming a Butterfly

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Last week it was my turn to share a project on the LuLu Art blog and I’ve chosen to use a set of brand new Dina Wakley stamps to create an art journal page. I tend to love anything insect themed so these were perfect for the page I had in mind.

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This page caused me to muse on the theme of transformation and what it can mean to each of us. It can be learning a new skill, taking on a new challenge, making new friends or making a major life change. Often, we don’t realise how big the change is until it is well past.

Here is a list of the supplies I used, don’t forget that you can find them all online in the LuLu Art store.

  • Dylusions – Creative Journal
  • Watercolour Paper scraps, Strathmore
  • Dina Wakley Stamps – Scribbly Insects
  • Dina Wakley Stencil – You Can
  • Gelatos – various colours for butterflies
  • Ranger Distress paint – Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade
  • Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic – Night, Ruby, Turquoise
  • Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black, Watering Can, Monarch Orange
  • Pearl Ex – Macro Pearl
  • Non-stick craft mat
  • White Sharpie
  • Matte Medium
  • Tissue paper

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Thanks for joining me again today, I love inspiring you to create something different and to give you some ideas on interesting techniques to try. Don’t forget to comment below with a link to your blog if you try something similar or have a project you would like to share with me.

Scrap Around the World Blog September Challenge

During the month of September, Darkroom Door are sponsoring a prize on the Scrap Around the World blog and once again the design team have been invited to participate.  This time the challenge image was certainly challenging with no clearly related Darkroom Door products to feature – it really caused me to put my thinking cap on for something different!

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This was the beautiful challenge image, put together by Amy Voorthuis.  I ended up being inspired to create two projects.

Hobbiton by Robyn Wood - www.purplesalt.net

I created this layout to feature a few photos from our recent visit to Hobbiton during a family holiday in New Zealand. The design was inspired by the books and brown/grey neutrals of the challenge image.  Hobbiton was an amazing place, so true to the imagery described in the books.  As a huge Tolkien fan in my teens it was fabulous to visit.  We took 340 photos during the morning of our visit and I printed 100 – only another 97 to scrap!

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This layout was started with a spattering of watery Distress paints to give some colour and texture to the black cardstock. The Paint Splats were ‘inked’ with picket fence Distress Paint then stamped all over the page. The ruled lines are from the Calendar set and tore around the edges, inked and then stamped with the Coffee Stain stamp.  I also ripped some text paper into smaller pieces and did the same thing to age them a bit. I’ve kept my Scratched Alphabet whole so it was a little painstaking to ink each letter with white Distress Paint but the effect was worth it.

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A coat of Distress Crackle added some instant texture and helped the letters stand out a bit. Before adhering the photos, I stamped the Stone background stamp in a few spots with black ink.  A quote from The Hobbit finished it off.

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Supplies

  • Darkroom Door stamps – Scratched Alphabet, Paint Splats & Calendar sets; Coffee Stain Eclectic stamp; Stone Background stamp
  • Ranger Archival ink – coffee & black
  • Distress Paint – pumice stone, iced spruce, vintage photo, walnut stain & picket fence
  • Ranger Distress Crackle – rock candy
  • Sharpie white paint pen

My next project is completely different!

Fairy Godmother - Robyn Wood - www.purplesalt.net

This page was inspired by the soft pinks and greys of the mood board, the idea of fairy tales & fairy godmothers & the fantasy of an inanimate object (the dress form) coming to life.

To start this page I scribbled with some pink toned Gelatos in a vague backwards L shape and spread the colour with white gesso. The gesso lightens the tone of the Gelato colour and adds some permanency to the water-soluble product. A touch of grey Gelato added another dimension to the background.

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Layers were built with patterned paper, paper doyleys, stamped tissue paper (French Script & scissors), fabric, buttons and other ephemera. The focal image was collaged from the stamped dress form (Dressmaker set) and a butterfly (Butterflies set) – it looked so sweet accented with tiny pearls!

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Supplies

  • Darkroom Door stamps – Dressmaker & Butterflies stamp sets; French Script Texture stamp.
  • Ranger Archival ink – black & watering can

Thanks for stopping by! You can see the full post on the Scrap Around the World blog here – it features projects from other Darkroom Door girls.

Easy Acrylic Skins with a Gelli Plate

…and an art journal page to share!

Easy Acrylic Skins by Robyn Wood, Purple Salt, www.purplesalt.net

It’s my turn to share a project on the LuLu Art blog this week and I can’t tell you how pleased I am with how it turned out. I’ve created an acrylic skin using the Gelli plate and then added the beautifully layered skin into my art journal.

You know when you have a Gelli plate that gets so many, many layers of dried paint that they never seem possible to clean? This is the perfect technique for getting those plates clean and pristine again (ready to get gungy all over again!)

Easy Acrylic Skins by Robyn Wood, Purple Salt, www.purplesalt.net

I’ve popped the video link below but full details of my project and how I made the acrylic skin can be found here on the LuLu Art blog.

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=xc14pRsi15Q&feature=vm

A bit about me and a couple of fabulous artists to check out

I was recently nominated for some blog love by the wonderful Kate Palmer (aka Sparkle Tart) so I’m popping in today to share some bits about myself that you might not know and to share the love with some of my favourite creative ladies.  If you like, you can read Kate’s post here.

1.     What am I working on?

Super secret projects for upcoming design team blog posts for LuLu Art and X-Press It. I also have a few brand new Darkroom Door stamps on the way so I’ve started to think about ideas for using them! Other than that, I’ve been away overseas for the last two weeks so had a whole bunch of thinking time for new creative projects that I’m just itching to get stuck into.  I’m also diving back into some of my online classes like this one called Frolicaholic by Jane Davenport.

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2.     How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Actually I’m still trying to work that one out! My style is very eclectic and changes depending on what I’m working on and products I’m working with. Generally though I use bright colours, lots of texture and usually a stamp or two!

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3.     Why do I create what I do?

I come from a creative family, Dad is a master upholsterer, cabinetmaker & French polisher & Mum was chief machinist and colour adviser to their customers as well as always having a knitted or sewn project on the go. My Nana & Aunt also always used to have projects on the go so I’ve always been surrounded by colour and texture. That background is difficult to ignore but I chose science as my career path and it’s been many years of experimenting and learning until I’ve found my creative path again.

Now I love to create with rubber stamps, either cards, scrapbook pages or mixed media layouts and I love that mixed media is so huge now! I get to play with all sorts of lovely goodies.

4.     How does your creative process work?

That often depends on what I am working on – design team projects start with the product that I need to feature and usually I sit down to play and ideas start flowing. For card or scrapbook based projects, I often sit and plan them out with sketches. Mixed media pages are totally different – once I start to play, creating backgrounds or just putting colour onto the page the page mostly creates itself without a lot of thought. Of course, colour mixing and matching play a big role – ‘how not to make mud’ was one of the mixed media lessons I learnt very well!

I’m blessed to have a far bit of creative time as I only work casual hours but I tend to be far more creative when I’m on a deadline! Go figure.

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Now I’d love to tell you about some of the gorgeous, creative ladies I have met in my pursuit of creative happiness.  First up is Coral Lee. I met Coral by chance at a creative business seminar run by BrisStyle and we instantly just ‘clicked’ and found we shared a passion for mixed media and a love of learning about our craft.  We have now done five in-person classes together and have more planned.

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Coral runs two blogs – Finding Firelight and Creative Women’s Business.

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Next up is Sharyn Holmes who runs a blog and business called Gutsy Girl.  I also met Sharyn via BrisStyle – she was sited beside me at my first ever creative market and I’ve been following her online ever since.  Sharyn’s blog is a joy to read, soulfull and strong and as a fellow mixed media artist I love seeing Sharyn’s art.  Keep an eye on her site and come visit Sharyn at a market if you happen to be in Brisbane, you will be in for a treat!

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Lastly is another lady who I met via BrisStyle creative seminars – Marta Walenda.  Marta is a beautiful, gentle soul and that shines through her blog and jewellery/home decor products. She paints and draws and creates one of a kind jewellery and homewares using recycled products.  Her and her partner are also keen cyclists and enjoy getting out into our wonderful local environment – it is fantastic to see this wonderful part of the world through the eyes of another!

I hope you have enjoyed learning a little bit more about me and I’d love you to visit these amazing artists!

X-Press Graph-X Blog Hop

Do you know who you are?

 

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Today I’m participating in another blog hop! This time it is with the girls from the X-Press Graph-X design team. We’ve all been working hard to create some really fun projects using some of our favourite products and the best part is that you have OVER TEN opportunities to win!

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My project is a canvas created with a variety of techniques and using lots of yummy X-Press Graph-X products – Triple Tac, Canvas, Copics, Atelier Interactive acrylic paints, Hazel & Ruby Stencil Mask and Chromacryl mediums.  Our theme was to create a canvas that represents us – it gave me a bit to ponder. At 47 I’m still working out ‘who’ I am! Wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, volunteer, MSer, scientist, artist are all words that come to mind but my life is so multilayered that it was hard to pin down something simple.  Hence, this colourful, multi-layered canvas!

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I started with a lovely layer of dictionary paper stuck down with X-Press It Triple Tac Glue and then added a bunch of paint layers using my Gelli plate, Atelier Interactive acrylic paints (awesome with the Gelli plate!), stenciling and doodling.

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I used a tracing of a girl in my art journal for the main image, added a freehand flower, then it was time to set the wording out using Hazel & Ruby Stencil Mask letters. A wash of blue tones finished her off.

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Supplies:

  • X-Press It 12 x 12 canvas
  • X-Press It Triple Tac Glue
  • Chromacryl Gesso
  • Chromacryl Texture Paste
  • Aterlier Interactive acrylic paint
  • Copic Multiliner, brush tip
  • Copic Markers
  • Hazel & Ruby Stencil Mask, Central Park Alpha
  • Gelli plate & various stencils
  • Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil

I decided that as I had a bunch of photos and the steps are a little complicated that I would make a YouTube video as well.  Enjoy!

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Did you know there are prizes in this blog hop??

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As part of this blog hop, we would love to know what inspires you! Leave a comment on this post and you could win an awesome bundle of goodies like the one above.

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Make sure you hop over to the other blogs and the Inspiration Lane Facebook page where you could win more prizes, valued at over $500!!

The next stop is Teresa Abajo!

The hop is open from 9am AEST July 9 until 11:59PM Monday July 14, 2014. Sorry, Australian and New Zealand residents only.

If you happen to get lost along the way, hop back to the start at the Inspiration Lane blog.

Darkroom Door & Art Journey Blog Hop–Day 5

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Welcome to the final day of the Art Journey and Darkroom Door blog hop! All 23 members of the Darkroom Door and Art Journey design teams have joined together to bring you a 5 day creative extravaganza! Each artist will inspire you with a project using stamps from both of these fabulous companies.  I hope you have enjoyed the projects we have been sharing with you.

If you have landed here without seeing the rest of the hop – go back to the start via the Darkroom Door blog.  Make sure you have left some comments on the blogs along the way to be in the running for the fabulous prize packs on offer!

Fly to the Sun art journal page by Robyn Wood

I couldn’t wait to create with the Art Journey stamps I received in the swap – insects are one of my favourite types of imagery to work with and although I use butterflies quite a bit in my art journals, I hadn’t played with too many of my huge collection of bug stamps yet. This page came to me soon after I saw the gorgeous insect plate I received – add in a bit of hexy play and the page came together nicely.

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I started by covering a page in my A4 size journal with torn dictionary paper, smeared one corner with some texture paste and pressed in the Art Journey Ripple stamp.  Colour was added with Gelatos and Ranger Distress Paint.

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The hexagons were punched from cardstock coloured with pearlescent inks and stamped with Darkroom Door background stamps.  Once the hexagons were in place, some watercolour crayon was used to add shading.

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The bees were taken from the Art Journey Insects plate. I stamped them onto tissue paper, adhered with matt medium and the once that was dry, colour was added with Copics. The poor bee flying into the sun got a nice set of clear wings as well!

I found some song lyrics which matched my page idea – I think they suit very well!

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Don’t forget to leave me a comment on this post! Winners will be chosen randomly from all comments received by Sunday, June 29th.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing how my project came together – thanks for visiting!

The Art Journey blog is the next stop on the blog hop – check out what Louise has been up to by visiting here.

Art Journal Share & Blog Hop News–prizes to be won!

Just popping in to share my latest art journal page and to give you details on a blog hop that I’m playing in this week.

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The design teams for Darkroom Door and Art Journey are combining for one huge blog hop! The teams for each company swapped stamps and you get to see the results of our creative playtime.  Both companies are giving away prize packs so make sure you check out each of the blogs on the hop to enter!

The hop started Monday with the Darkroom Door blog being the first stop.  Don’t forget to pop back here on Friday to see my project!

And now to my art journal share –

(c) Robyn Wood - Life is Better

Have you seen the newest set of Gelato colours? They have a steampunk theme and are a lovely set of warm browns and a divine purple.  They came in an order from LuLu Art yesterday and I couldn’t wait to play with them!

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This page came together really quickly – some smudges of Gelatos, Tim Holtz rubons & stencilling with Dina Wakley paint and then the page was ready for stamping. I used Darkroom Door stamp sets – Paint Splats, Enjoy the Ride & Discover.

I love the imagery on this page – my eldest son is a cyclist so there is a variety of bicycles living in our garage.