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

My own little world

 

My own little world - art journal page by Robyn Wood, www.purpleToday 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.purpleDictionary 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.purple

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….

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Find Joy in the Ordinary

 

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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.

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.

Backgrounds, Christmas, Mixed media, Tutorials

29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #25

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At first glance this card looks very similar to yesterdays but techniques used are quite different.

– Start the same way as yesterday by stencilling stars using modelling paste.  But make them more uniform in coverage.  Allow to dry.

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– Paint with Silks acrylic glaze in Sky Blue, Majestic Blue & Mediterranean Blue. Make the colour a little patchy looking.

– Apply metallic Pan Pastels all over the stars using one or two of the metallic colours.  I used a little silver and gold.

– Spritz the Pan Pastels with Spectra Fix Degas Pastel Fixative and allow to dry.

– Drizzle along the top edge with turquoise acrylic ink and spritz with water, the ink will run & mix with the Pan Pastel colour and Dylusions layer to create a lovely shimmery effect. Allow to dry.

– Add a greeting and it is done.

Backgrounds, Christmas, Mixed media, Tutorials

29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #24

RW Dec 13 Card 6 (1)

As you might guess from the cards I have been sharing this month – I do love turquoise and blue tones for Christmas cards!  This one is no exception and has a beautiful, textured feel to it.  Your recipient is sure to put this one is pride of place on the mantel.

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Create the card by –

– stencil a scattering of stars over cardstock using a Tim Holtz star stencil and moulding paste.  Allow to dry well.

– spritz with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise & Calypso Teal.  Remove the excess colour with paper towel and allow to dry.

– replace the stars template and spritz lightly with water.

– the water will remove some of the colour and give a variegated effect.

– add a little pizazz with a gold embossed greeting.

Christmas, Darkroom Door, Tutorials

29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #23

Today I’d like to share a pair of ATC’s with a Christmas theme. If you aren’t into ATC’s, these can be easily adapted to create Christmas tags or use them as a focal image for a card.

Both ATC’s feature older Christmas sets by Darkroom Door but I find myself still using them year after year – I’m sure you would as well!

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This ATC uses the Noel rubber stamp set and a word from a Yuletide Wordstrip.  The image was created using an embossing powder resist technique. Usually I use clear embossing ink and clear powder but for this one I used white embossing powder instead. 

Once stamped and embossed, trim the image to size and sponge with blue Distress Ink.  A touch of Distress Glitter on the leaves adds a bit of sparkle. A red bow and words finish it off.

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The Christmas Reindeer stamp set was used for this one – the sweet reindeer was stamped with red chalk ink for a solid, matt image and trimmed out closely.  The word comes from the same set.  The paper underneath is also Darkroom Door and is a great background for the image.  A sprinkling of rhinestones gives Rudolf some sparkle.

Christmas, Tutorials

29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #22

A few years ago Tim Holtz started a series of books called Compendium of Curiosities and buried within volume II is a really cool technique called ‘enamelled metals’. The cards I’m sharing today are based on this technique.

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Begin the card by embossing some metal sheet to create the main card image.  Paint the sheet with a coat of acrylic paint and allow to dry.  Sand lightly to expose the metal.

Coat the piece with clear Versamark and emboss with clear powder.

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I love the effect this technique gives – the embossed piece ends up with rich, deep colours that mimic enamelled metal.

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For this card, I painted the embossed piece with a base coat of green paint and added dots of red to the berries.

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Another time consuming technique but so easy to do assembly line style. If you use a large pattered image like this holly one it would be easy to create a large panel and trim to smaller shapes to make more than one card.

Christmas, Darkroom Door, Gelatos, Tutorials

29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #19

Merry Christmas 1

Today I’d like to show you a cool technique using Gelatos.  The background for this card was made by first stamping cardstock with Darkroom Door Music background using Versamark ink and embossing with clear powder.

Scribble some red Gelato over the image and either rub with a finger or spread colour with a wet paint brush. For this one I added a touch of gold Perfect Pearls to the water to create a lovely shimmery effect.

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Stamp three small trees using Darkroom Door Stitched Christmas and green ink and trim closely.  Mount onto cardfront and add a tiny button as an accent.  A Merry Christmas greeting finishes it off.

Merry Christmas

Hope this sweet card makes up for missing a day. Oops…