Take a Moment

Smell the flowers - Robyn Wood 1

Today I’d like to share an art journal page that I created for LuLu Art using some self-carved stamps. Late last year, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer did a challenge to carve a stamp every day and I found it very inspiring and my fingers have itched to give it a go. You can find her posts here or do a search on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #carveDecember to find lots of inspiring images from other people.

As you can probably gather from my blog, I love my commercial rubber stamps! I won’t be letting them go any time soon but this project was a great inspiration starter and I know I’ll be doing moreJ

Stamp carving is a perfect skill for when you have that ‘I just need….’ dilemma during a project. Check out the little collection I made during my carving stint –

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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 actually 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!

Smell the flowers - Robyn Wood 2

Pop over to the LuLu Art blog to find out a full list of supplies, which as usual are available from this magical, online store!

Thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget that there is a LuLu Art Facebook page to share your creations or just stop in for a chat. As always you can follow me on Facebook here.

My own little world

My own little world - art journal page by Robyn Wood, www.purplesalt.net

Today I’d like to share an art journal page that I created recently for LuLu Art using the new Dylusions paints.  You can see full details on the project here.

I’ve been fascinated with drawing houses lately and drawing this collection on top of a couple of brightly painted and decorated dictionary pages was so much fun!

My own little world - art journal page by Robyn Wood, www.purplesalt.net

Dictionary paper and book paper is great to work with – plentiful, cheap and it comes in a wide variety of neutral colours and even the paper texture can differ from book to book. The layout of the text adds instant texture and is a great jumping off point for page elements.

My own little world - art journal page by Robyn Wood, www.purplesalt.net

I had decided to hold off on getting the Dylusions paints – because ‘did I really need another set of paints?’ Just even a few new jars of my fav colours? The answer was a definite no! But the beautiful Dylusions colour palette drew me in. Can’t say I’m terribly impressed with the packaging though – shallow wide-mouth jars are dangerously liable to be knocked over on a busy art table! I think I’ll have to be really careful using them.

The paints go on like butter, beautifully smooth and quick drying. They apply easily with a brush, palette knife, gift card scraper or even your finger. The dry matt surface is fantastic to draw or doodle on top of, pencil rubs off cleanly and the Posca pens went on very smoothly. although quite opaque, a thin layer will be translucent so you can see parts of the background underneath, perfect for art journaling.  Unlike the Dylusions sprays, the paints are permanent once dry which makes them great for layering.

Come and see how I created this project and visit my own little world….

Find Joy in the Ordinary

RW - Find Joy (3)

I’m sharing a new project on the LuLu Art store blog this week pop over here to check it out and learn more about the how and why I created the page.  I’ve linked to my YouTube video below.  As always you can find the products to make this project at LuLu Art!

Robyn Wood - Find Joy

My page is one I’ve created as part of the Documented Life Project being run by the Art to the 5th Academy.  I’m really enjoying participating in these challenges each week – they are broad enough that you can interpret any way you like.

http://youtu.be/0opGoEoGB5M

LuLu Art is having a huge sale at the moment – check it out while you are there as the bargains are fabulous! There is also a bunch of new products on the virtual shelves to tempt you.

Hello!

Robyn Wood - Hello - Carved Leaves

…is it me you’re looking for? LOL! sorry, couldn’t resist with that one – now it can be stuck in your head as well as mine Smile

I’m sharing a new card on the Darkroom Door blog this week and I’d love you to pop over and check it out.  I’ve used the wonderful Carved Leaves Vol 2 set designed by Godelieve Tijskens – it is one of my favourites.  It is perfect for this doodling technique that I’d like to share with you.  You can find my post here.

Catch Up – the year so far

Lifebook 2015 - Beacon of Light - Robyn Wood

Goodness where did 2014 go? Time seems to be passing in a flash and it isn’t helped by the appearance of Easter eggs in our supermarkets before the first week of January was over.

Today I’d like to share a bit of an update on what I’ve been up to since the year began –

Lifebook 2015 has begun and I’ve dipped into a few of the lessons. So far I’ve really enjoyed creating my Beacon of Light girl with Tamara Laporte.  That’s her above – in all her glittery goodness!  I loved doing this year long class in 2014, even though I didn’t complete a large portion of the weekly lessons I learned so much and made lots of lovely online friends.

DLP 2015 - week 1 - Robyn Wood

The Documented Life Project is running again. This is another year long activity run by a group of artists called Art to the 5th Academy. Each month has a theme and there are weekly art and journaling prompts. It is lots of fun and meant I could start a whole new journal, just for 2015! More on that in another post.  This girl was from the first week. I love how sassy she looks!

10x10x10x10 - Day 1 - Robyn Wood

Another class that I’m working through is 10x10x10x10 with Donna Downey. It is based on creating collaged abstracts onto 10×10 canvasses, one each day for 10 days.  Abstract is not my forte so this class has been a huge learning curve and way out of my comfort zone but I love how the first one turned out.  I’m looking forward to doing an in-person class with Donna in a few weeks!!!

Ali Edwards has always been one of my favourite scrapbookers, I like the nice clean lines she uses on a page and the way each one tells a story. Over the past few years Ali has been running classes based on One Little Word – choosing a word and letting that guide you through the year.  There is a year long class based around the idea and I find it a great way to get the year started and keep thinking about where it is heading.

collage girl - Supplies Me - Robyn Wood

Another class I’m trying to revisit is Supplies Me with Jane Davenport. I sort of did the class when it first came out a few years ago but never really went through all the exercises properly – this time around I plan to finish as many as I can.

Jane now offers lifetime access to her classes so the already awesome value is multiplied! I learn so much by drawing along with Jane during her online classes – surprisingly you really can learn to draw with an online class!

DRD ATC - Jan 15 - Robyn Wood

With a new year comes a new schedule of ATC swaps run by Darkroom Door. I have always loved playing in this monthly swap, the themes are constantly inspiring and lots of fun. It is great to be able to swap with other artists around the work with a common love of Darkroom Door products to connect us.  Check out the themes for the year and all the details here.

Phew! that is quite a list and there are a bunch of other things that I haven’t included like going on an Instameet in the Brisbane China Town area and going to a burlesque/life drawing event! Talk again soon!

Joy to the World–a stencilled fabric project

Robyn Wood - Joy to the World b

I’m sharing a Christmas project on the LuLu Art blog this week.  It features stencilling onto gessoed fabric – such a fun technique!

As you can imagine we work well ahead for design team projects – it was early November when I first started thinking of ideas to try and stinking hot in Brisbane. But this colourful, glittery project emerged featuring the title of one of my favourite Christmas carols. Can you see the sweet star/moon/heart? Come check out the video so see how they were made.

You can find details of how the project was created and full details of supplies on the LuLu Art blog.