Darkroom Door & Karen Burniston Blog Hop

Welcome to the blog hop of Darkroom Door & Karen Burniston!

Darkroom Door have teamed up with Karen Burniston to bring you an epic blog hop this week. It is sure to be inspiration overload as you hop along and join in the fun! Make sure you read to the end to find out how you can win some free product. A huge thanks to Darkroom Door and Karen Burniston for organising the hop and inviting me to play, its been huge fun to participate.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you can join the hop by following the list at the end of my post. Each blog involved is listed and linked so you can ‘hop’ from one to the next easily, you don’t need to come back here, just follow from the post next on my list.

For my projects, I chose to use the Karen Burniston Katherine Label Pop-Up #1011 & Word Set 1 – Greetings #1002 die sets. Using a pop-up die makes the process of designing a pop-up card so easy! No measuring or fiddling, the hard work is all done for you. I love how the little birdie pops up as you open the card – makes a nice surprise for the recipient.

I paired the dies with the new Darkroom Door Garden Birds & Grid Texture stamps to create an asymmetric gatefold card. The patterned paper used for the front panels was a little plain so I added a bit of texture using the Darkroom Door Grid Texture stamp and Rose Madder Archival ink.

I love colouring images and the new Darkroom Door Garden Birds are great to colour with Ecoline markers. The teensy hearts from the Karen Burniston Katherine Label Pop-up add a cute finishing touch to the one on the card front;)

Check out how fine the detail is around the label die! Although I’ve known about Karen Burniston dies and their wonderful quality for ages, having some to create with was new to me. I enjoyed the opportunity to use them – they cut so beautifully and are really well designed.

I decided to do a second project and create a mixed media style tag. This time I’ve paired the large label die from Karen Burniston Katherine Label Pop-up along with the ‘Hello’ from Word Set 1 – Greetings with the new Darkroom Door Butterfly Note Eclectic stamp.

First up I created a background with texture paste & Darkroom Door Large Mesh stencil then smooshed Gelatos over it for a rich layer of colour.

The Butterfly Note stamp was inked with Distress Oxide inks – firstly with Antique Linen and then I went around the edges and parts of the centre with Candied Apple. I followed a fan-type pattern to give the impression of markings on the butterfly wings. I quite like how the effect looked when stamped and the wetness of the Distress Oxide inks gives you a little time to get the pattern right.

Both Darkroom Door and Karen Burniston will be giving away a prize packs, with winners randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received by Sunday, July 29, 2018. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop post to enter! Obviously, the more comments you leave the better your odds of winning.

Darkroom Door / Rachel Greig
Karen Burniston & Tanya Kostynuk
Belinda Spencer
Summer Hills-Painter
Teresa Abajo
Karen Aicken
Anneke De Clerck
Frances Byrne
Godelieve Tijskens
Shelly Hickox
Anna-Karin Evaldsson
Mary Prasad
Robyn Wood  <—– YOU ARE HERE
Fran Sabad
Connie Mercer
Kelly Booth
Autumn Clark
Helen Cryer
Kymona Tracey

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Stencil Girl – The Plain Box Society

Ages ago I saw a call on Facebook from Tina Walker for artists to join a unique type of challenge. We were to decorate a plain box, just 3″ square, however we pleased – the only requirement was to use stencils made by Stencil Girl.

Easy! Well so I thought, seems I need slightly more direction when doing a challenge;)

But in the end I’m so happy with how my box turned out, it is a little different to my usual project but still so me. Here is how it came together –

Many participants used a pre-made box but I decided to make my own from some heavy watercolour paper. Then I painted parts of the pieces with an analogous colour scheme, I always find these more soothing than jarring colours.

Next I mixed a little colour with some water and created random drippage along the sides.

Time to stencil! But which ones? How many to fully showcase my design? I settled for just two, one for the lid (Encouraging Scribbles) and another for the sides (Mix & Match Scalloped Edges). I left the border stencil intact to emphasise the lines of the shape.

The sides looked a little plain just stencilled but a bit of doodling with a fine black pen soon fixed that!

 

 

So pleased with how it came together. A huge thanks to Tina Walker for organising the challenge! You can read more about the challenge and see all the wonderful boxes created in Tina’s article for Stencil Girl. There is a fantastic variety and so much to inspire you.

 

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Mixed Media Art Journaling Workshop – Just Fly …

I’m popping in to share details on the mixed media art journaling workshop that I’ll be teaching this Sunday at Bella Paperie. We have recently received a shipment on the wonderful Paper Artsy products, so my class will feature techniques on using them – especially the mercurial Infusions powders.

For this class, we will be creating a pretty stamped and stencilled art journal page featuring a butterfly garden and crackle embellishment. I’ll be teaching how to combine stencilling and stamped images and share a few tricks for using the Paper Artsy Infusions powders in an art journal.

Class runs 10am to 2pm, July 8 with a short break for lunch. Please contact us or leave me a comment below if you have any questions. Bella Paperie is located at Shop 33, 302 South Pine Road, Brendale. Phone (07) 3205 5911 to book. Class runs 10am – 2pm, July 8 and costs $30 with some supplies provided. Details on what to bring are on the Bella Paperie blog.

Just Fly mixed media art journal page by Robyn Wood #mixedmedia #artjournal #purplesalt #robynwood

 

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Mixed Media Art Journaling Workshop – Wishes are the magic…

What will you wish for??

Do you wish to spend a glorious day painting and laughing while learning a few techniques for your art journal? Why not join me in class this weekend to create a colourful art journal page featuring a variety of techniques. This time we will be mostly using acrylic inks instead of paints and I will teach you how to create the beautifully layered backgrounds that come easily with these inks. You will also learn some easy ways to use rubber stamps in your journal and a quick and easy doodling technique.

 

We will be working in an A4 sized journal and you will need to have the following on hand –

  • Acrylic inks in a variety of colours for background. We will have a limited number on hand for use. Bella Paperie stocks the beautiful Amsterdam acrylic inks but other brands will be suitable.
  • A variety of acrylic paints in colours to complement your inks
  • Dina Wakley Scribble sticks will be handy for exta colour – Gelatos, Tim Holtz
  • Distress Crayons, NeoColours or similar will also be suitable and I will have some to share.
  • A variety of stencils with open patterns and one with a small pattern
  • Rubber stamps suitable for adding a scroll/flourish type patterns. I will bring some to share.
  • Quote stamp if you wish to use something different to the one I have used.
  • Neutral toned printed paper for collage. I have used paper from a Prima paper pad but a few sheets of scrapbook paper will be suitable.
  • A variety of paint brushes including a wide one suitable for gel medium
  • Black Stabilo or black watercolour pencil/charcoal pencil – Bella Paperie now has these in stock
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Grey permanent stamping ink if you have it (Ranger Archival brand preferred, not Stazon)
  • White gesso
  • Matt medium
  • Texture paste
  • Liquitex matt gel medium (available from Bella Paperie, usual matt medium will not be strong enough)
  • Paint palette – one with separate wells will be very useful
  • Paint spatula
  • Sponge for stencilling
  • Non–stick craft mat
  • Spray bottle for water
  • Baby wipes
  • Paper towel
  • Container for water
  • Heat tool

 

Bella Paperie is located at Shop 33, 302 South Pine Road, Brendale. Phone 3205 5911 to book. Class runs 10am – 2pm, June 17 and costs $30 with some supplies provided.

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Watercolour Class – Fantasy Feathers & Adapted Acordian Spine Book

Do you love using watercolour but not quite sure how to achieve cute feathers? This might be the class for you. Painting feathers are a fabulous way of learning different watercolour techniques. To complement the watercolour techniques, I will also be teaching how to fold an adapted accordion spine book that can be used to showcase your watercolour samples.

During class, we will be focussing on fine brush control, making washes, wet in wet, blending, abstract style and doodling.

You will need your basic cardmaking kit of:

  • Pencil, ruler, rubber
  • Bone folder/scoreboard
  • Scissors
  • Double sided & foamtape

Plus:

  • Watercolours in a variety of colours
  • A selection of round brushes in different sizes plus some extra brushes of different shapes. Try to bring one large (~size 12 or larger) if you can. (Watercolour brushes are not required for this class, but please bring them if you wish and I can teach you about proper care. If you wish to purchase proper watercolour brushes, we will discuss options to help you decide.)
  • As this is a beginner-style class, we will have limited Prima watercolours to share. As for many other supplies, the higher quality ones will give you better results. Bella Paperie stocks Prima watercolours.
  • N.B. watercolour cardstock is included in class cost

Bella Paperie is located at Shop 33, 302 South Pine Road, Brendale. Phone 3205 5911 to book. Class runs 1pm – 4pm, May 26 and costs $22 with some supplies provided. Details on what to bring are also on the blog and in the newsletter.

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