Backgrounds, Christmas, Darkroom Door, Tutorials

29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #1

29 Days of Christmas Inspiration by Robyn Wood, Purple Salt, www.purplesalt.net

This was going to be 30 days of Christmas Inspiration but ok, so I’m a day late in starting – call it best laid plans. My plan is to share 29 days of Christmas inspiration – cards, ATC’s and whatever takes my fancy.

I was searching through my photo archive a while ago and realised how many different Christmas cards that I have made over the years. As many have never been shared here I thought it the perfect reason for my first blog series.  Some days I’ll share just a pic and others I’ll share instructions – but if you have any questions on how I did any of them, just ask!

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Onto my first card – this one was created last Christmas for LuLu Art. I think it is an all-time favourite due to its shimmery coppery effect.  I created it as part of a bunch of cards for my December DT post and you can find the rest of them here.

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Stamp cardstock with Darkroom Door Music background stamp using Versamark clear ink and emboss with clear powder. Spritz stamped image with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise & Calypso Teal. Prepare a shimmery, sponging solution by adding a small amount of water to a few drops of Daler Rowney FW Acrylic Ink (Birdwing Copper). Sponge this mixture very lightly all over the sprayed image and allow to dry well.

Diecut the cardstock, add a layered greeting plus matching ribbon and assemble. This technique will give the effect of a vintage copper patina, perfectly set of by the dark turquoise card base and ribbon.

Pop back tomorrow for the next one!

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

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

Backgrounds, Copics, Mixed media, Tutorials

X-Press Graph-X Blog Hop

Do you know who you are?

 

Robyn Wood - sneak 1

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!

Robyn Wood - Do you know who you are

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.

Art Journal, Backgrounds, Darkroom Door, Gelatos, Mixed media, Tutorials

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!

Fly to the Sun art journal page by Robyn Wood

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.

Backgrounds, Darkroom Door, Mixed media, Scrapbooking, Tutorials

Scrap Around the World – May Challenge

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Darkroom Door is sponsoring the Scrap Around the World challenge blog for this month and I’ve created a layout to play along. If you aren’t familiar with this challenge blog – check it out! Each month an inspirational mood board image is posted and either layouts, canvases or art journal pages can be created to participate.  The month of May is birthday month and there are a huge number of sponsors giving away fantastic prizes!  Here is the mood board image for May –

May Celebration Moodboard

I took some inspiration from the clean white space and the soft pinks.  The journaling is a little small but the story behind my page is about a special celebration held for the older women in our Church last year.  The Mothers’ Union group turned 75 and the younger women of the parish got together to prepare food and decorations and ‘served’ the older ladies a beautiful high tea.  However, it was a bittersweet day as the group was soon to close due to lack of members.

– Select a sheet of patterned paper which has a neutral pattern and tear around the edges so that it can be layered onto a 12 x 12 sheet of pink cardstock.

– Use some Gesso to ‘ink’ the Darkroom Door French Script background stamp and stamp over parts of the patterned paper. Allow to dry. Clean your stamp immediately!

– Spritz paper with Pretty Pink Mister Huey’s spray.  Sponge over parts of the sprayed areas with Tattered Rose Distress ink. This will make the gesso stamped areas pop out.

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– Make a small rip in the top, left corner. Sponge the rip and all around the torn edges of the paper as well as parts to the pink cardstock with Fired Brick & Tattered Rose Distress inks.

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– Stamp two of just the flower heads from one of the stamps in the Darkroom Door Full Bloom Vol 1 set. Colour with Copics and spritz with a little Shine Mister Huey’s spray for a bit of shimmer. Trim out the flower head.

– Layer one flower head with a paper doyley behind the ripped part of the patterned paper. Add a paper doyley under the paper in the bottom, left corner. Affix patterned paper to pink cardstock base layer.

– Stamp collage image from Darkroom Door Art De Fleur Vol 1 set and colour with Copics. Tear around flower heads and sponge edges with Tattered Rose Distress Ink.

– Group photos over another two paper doyleys, coloured flower head and torn part of Art De Fleur image and affix.

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– Print journaling onto vellum and affix.

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– Trim a few words from the Darkroom Door Kimono Wordstrips and affix along the side of one of the photos.

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– Stamp Darkroom Door Birthday Wordblock stamp in black and trim out the word ‘Celebrate’ and affix.

– Scatter some rhinestones and pearls over the page and you are done!

Robyn Wood - Australia

Supplies Used:

  • Darkroom Door Full Bloom Vol 1 stamp set
  • Darkroom Art De Fleur Vol 1 stamp set
  • Darkroom Door French Script Background stamp
  • Darkroom Door Birthday Wordblock stamp
  • Darkroom Door Kimono Wordstrips
  • Gesso
  • Mister Huey’s Color Mist – Pretty Pink, Shine
  • Ranger Distress Ink – Tattered Rose, Fired Brick
  • Ranger Blending Tool
  • Momento Ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black
  • Copic Blending Cardstock
  • Copic markers R81, R83, R85, YG07, Y04
  • Paper doyley, rhinestones & pearls
  • Pink Bazzill, Studio Calico, vellum

Let me know if you are playing along with the Scrap Around the World challenge – I’d love to go and have a peek!  If you would like to see layouts from the other Darkroom Door girls, check out this post.

Art Journal, Backgrounds, Copics, Darkroom Door, Gelatos, Mixed media, Tutorials

Compendium of Curiosities 3–Paint Marbling Challenge

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In the world of papercraft the name Tim Holtz certainly causes you to pay attention, the man is always coming up with something new and interesting, often totally amazing!  Following on from his previous two books, Tim has released another – number 3 featuring a whole extra world of techniques and information.  As for the previous two books, Linda Ledbetter is running some challenges, based around various techniques that are described within the book.  The first cab off the rank is ‘paint marbling’, a technique I’ve done heaps of times but never into my art journal – so here goes for a project with a difference!

I used Distress Paints in Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade to create the initial background in my A4 sized, hardbound journal. Having the extra space to do it was great, although a little awkward to control.

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Next came some torn strips of dictionary paper and some stencilling. I used a new Dina Wakley stencil and sponged each part of it with Archival inks – I didn’t want the colour to move in the next steps.  I drew around the outside of the shape with a paint pen to define it a little.

I added a few swipes of texture paste through the dot fade stencil and got onto Copic colouring my butterflies while that dried.  I had stamped the various Darkroom Door butterflies onto plain paper so I didn’t get too much ‘bulk’ – made blending a little difficult but it worked.

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I also stamped a stacked set of butterflies onto some pale green tissue paper & Copic coloured them.  Once they were adhered onto the page, the tissue paper almost disappeared.

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Extra colour and shading was added with Gelatos, watercolour crayon & sponged ink.  I added a few dribbles of watercolour crayon using the Ranger spritzer tool – more on how I did that in a later post!

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I hope you liked learning how I created this layout. Perhaps you would like to join in the challenge? You can find out more info on Linda’s blog here.

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Supplies used:

  • Darkroom Door Collage Butterfly
  • Darkroom Door Wings stamp set
  • Darkroom Door Wildflower stamp set
  • Darkroom Door Discover stamp set
  • Ranger Archival ink – Forget-Me-Not, Chrome Yellow, Manganese Blue, Jet Black
  • Momento ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Tim Holtz stencil – Dot Fade
  • Dina Wakley stencil – Mod
  • Copic markers
  • Copic multiliner
  • Liquitex texture paste
  • Liquitex matt medium
  • Liquitex gel medium
  • Liquitex Paint Pen – Brilliant Blue
  • Neocolor II watercolour crayon – Azurite Blue
  • Ranger Spritzer Tool
  • Gelatos in blues & yellow
Backgrounds, Mixed media

Materialized–an exhibition

(c) Robyn Wood - Materialized

A little while ago one of my online friends posted about working on a challenge based on a swatch of vintage fabric. I was intrigued by the idea and decided to join in.

Materialized – all participants must respond to the fabric, ie; the pattern, the texture or the colour palette, by creating a finished piece incorporating or referencing their swatch.
The material will plant the seed of a creative idea and the final designs will “materialize” as the ideas ger…minate and grow into the finished piece.
The result will be a diverse collection of work that incorporates fashion and clothing, textiles, jewellery, accessories, works on canvas and paper and sculptural pieces.

Here is a peek at my canvas with the swatch fabric.

(c) Robyn Wood - Materialized

The challenge was run by Liz Jones at Gleaners Inc, a handmade design retailer based in Brunswick, Victoria. The idea was to create a piece, inspired by the vintage fabric which would then be included in an exhibition as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program (boy is a mouthful!)

The exhibition will run throughout March and you can find more details on the Materialized Facebook page.

(c) Robyn Wood - Materialized

The exhibition opens on March 7 – if you are a Melbournite I’d love to hear if you visit the exhibition!

(c) Robyn Wood - Materialized

Backgrounds, Copics, LuLu Art, Mixed media, Tutorials

Life Lessons – ATC Accordion Folder

(c) Robyn Wood - Life Lessons ATC Accordion Folder - www.purplesalt.net

 

Today I’d like to share my most recent project for LuLu Art – an ATC Accordion Folder.  This was such a sweet project to make and a bit different for me as I usually use stamped images – the ATC’s in this one use collage sheets.  Available from LuLu Art of course!

If you would like to see full details – hop over to the LuLu Art blog to find my project here.  You can also watch the YouTube video I made showing details.

While you are there – check out the Design Team call!  I have had a ball of fun designing for Lisa the past 6 months so give it a go.

(c) Robyn Wood - Life Lessons ATC Accordion Folder - www.purplesalt.net

Art Journal, Backgrounds, Darkroom Door, Mixed media, Monoprinting, Tutorials

Let the Sky Fall

(c) Robyn Wood - Let the Sky Fall - www.purplesalt.net

Whenever I sit down to create some Gelli prints, I always have an art journal out to mop up the excess paint on my plate. The prints from these ‘leftovers’ add instant texture to any background and provide the perfect starting point for a project.

Today I’d like to share an art journal page featuring some Darkroom Door stamps – Carved Birds Vol 1, Alphabet Medley & Chicken Wire.

(c) Robyn Wood - Let the Sky Fall - www.purplesalt.net

The page features many layers of paint and ink. The birds were doodled on with gel pens & a white Sharpie paint pen to make them stand out from the background a little more.

(c) Robyn Wood - Let the Sky Fall - www.purplesalt.net

You might not have noticed but aside from using the Alphabet Medley set for my journaling, I also used the smaller set as a background stamp.  I haven’t cut each of the letters apart yet – I think I might leave each of the alphabets intact so I can use them this way more often!

I have the habit of taking lots of step by step pics so decided to create a slideshow of the process.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh2LvAr6Zls

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