Ways with Washi


Today I’m sharing a sneak for a card that I created for the Lime Tart blog which incorporates the use of washi tape. If you are like me, you will have a sizeable stash of this gorgeous tape and this card quickly creates cards with a lovely pop of colour.

You can check out my card here.

Backgrounds, Darkroom Door, Monoprinting, Tutorials

A Gelli Printed Tag

(c) Robyn Wood - Reflect Dream Wander

I like to make the best use of all of the leftover paint on my Gelli plate and often print off a bunch of tags once my initial print is pulled. I’d like to show you what I have done with one of those ‘leftover-paint’ tags.

(c) Robyn Wood - Reflect Dream Wander

Here is what I started with – already it has a lot of texture and interest but it needs something more. I used a white crayon to colour some areas of the circles.  [Ignore that eyelet – I changed my mind about the design half way through!]

(c) Robyn Wood - Reflect Dream Wander

Distress ink in a couple of different colours was sponged over parts of the tag. The darker the colour, the deeper the effect of the crayon resisting the dye ink.

(c) Robyn Wood - Reflect Dream Wander

Once the sponging was complete, the tag was wiped over with a tissue to highlight the crayon resist.

(c) Robyn Wood - Reflect Dream Wander

For more texture I stamped the tag with the Darkroom Door French Script background stamp.  Make sure the script is right way up if you use one!

(c) Robyn Wood - Reflect | Dream | Wander

I used butterflies from two different Darkroom Door sets – Wings & Butterflies stamped onto watercolour card so that I could use Distress markers and a water brush to colour them.

For a finishing touch I gave a strip of vellum a torn edge and inked with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink.  Words were trimmed from the Journey word block set.  Some Distress ink coloured, seam binding completed the tag.

(c) Robyn Wood - Reflect Dream Wander

Art Journal, Backgrounds, LuLu Art, Mixed media, Tutorials

An Imaginary Voyage

(c) Robyn Wood - An Imaginary Journey

Let me take you on an imaginary journey, but first you will need a cup of tea! I’ll wait while you make a cup……

(c) Robyn Wood - An Imaginary Journey

When I started working on my January design team project for LuLu Art I came across this quote somewhere on Pinterest and thought it the perfect inspiration.  Especially as I have a prized collection of china cups to use for detailing!

As part of the project I created a YouTube video – you can see it here. Perhaps sign up for my YouTube channel while you are there?

Of course, all the supplies are available from LuLu Art and are listed on Lisa’s blog post about my project here.

Art Journal, Backgrounds, Darkroom Door, Gelatos, Mixed media, Online classes

2014 – New Challenges, New Online Classes, New Art


I love a creative challenge and I’m becoming an online class junkie. Last year I dabbled in a few online classes, some with more success than others but I have learnt something from each of them. I plan to do a review post on the ones I did over the next few weeks.

In 2013, I procrastinated about taking on Lifebook or One Little Word and decided that I didn’t really have the time or focus as I wanted to get my Purple Salt indie business up and running. Time alone during the last days of 2013 made me realise that I really did want to join in the Lifebook movement and I have found myself doing it plus One Little Word (run by Ali Edwards) & The Documented Life Project!

So far all good and although completely different, each share similar elements which will enhance my year. I love that The Documented Life Project has a big element of mixed media in the prompts and challenges.  In a bid to share my mixed media projects more regularly – here is my first one from Lifebook 2014 – the warm up exercise from Week 1 with Tamara Laporte.



Supplies – acrylic paints, Liquitex inks, Archival Ink, Distress Paints, Distress Crackle, Gelatos, Darkroom Door stamps.

Darkroom Door

2014 Darkroom Door Creative Team



I am very excited to announce that I have been invited to be a part of the 2014 Darkroom Door Creative Team! Woot! Regular readers will know how much I love the Darkroom Door products and use them frequently.

The 2014 team is full of very creative ladies and I am looking forward to the challenge of being part of this awesome team and sharing lots of new projects and ideas on Rachel’s blog.  You can read the full announcement here on the Darkroom Door blog and see who else has made the team.