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Dina Wakley Show Us Your Media – January Challenge

For the last few months, Dina Wakley has been running a creative challenge based around encouraging us to get our fingers painty to fuel our creative spirit. The challenges are pretty open, with the main requirement being to use Dina Wakley branded products somewhere in the project. Dina provides inspiration in the form of a journaling prompt, quote etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For January, we were encouraged to create a project about being unstoppable…

I’ve had a little love-not quite like relationship with the Dina Wakley journal, the different textures seem to upset my process somehow, but over the past few months I decided I needed to just get in and use it without worrying how the pages turned out.  I’m beginning to really love it! Might even splurge on the new large size one Dina has released at Creativation.

I’ve created a page in my Dina Wakley journal and used the following –

  • Dina Wakley paints – umber, cheddar, fuchsia, black
  • Distress Oxide inks – various
  • Darkroom Door stamps – Compass Eclectic, Paris Postcard & Bold Arrows
  • Prima – imagery

You can find challenge entries via the hashtags of #showusyourMEdia & #rangerink Perhaps you would like to play along next month? Let me know if you do!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Art Journal, Mixed media, Quotes

Café Girl – my September Mixed Media Journal Class

Over the past few years I’ve been creating simple sketches that I’ve come to call my café girls. They have been created on the run during vacations, during down time in cafés as I wait for my food and during those times when I’m waiting for something to happen. Simple sketches, with minimal supplies that have morphed into soulful girls with expressive faces that remind me of time and place.

I’d like to share my café girls in a mixed media journal class and you are invited! I find creating these girls are the perfect escape for an art fix, don’t worry if you can’t draw a face as I have a template you can use. Perhaps bring along some inspirational images from magazines and such as a basis for your girl.

Absolute beginners are very welcome but the more experienced are sure to find something to challenge in each class.

Supplies to bring:

  • If you already art journal – bring along your usual kit, if not check the requirements list for a guide on what to bring. You will need an approx. A4 sized journal to begin with – please check in store for details.
  • Collage papers – only a small amount is needed & I’ll have music paper for you to use
  • Stickers for a word/quote if you wish to add something to the page at the end
  • Watercolour pencils in dark brown, dark blue, black & dark grey (Paynes grey is perfect & a black Stabilo will be useful)
  • Extra watercolour pencils in a variety of colours for eyes, lips, cheeks if you have them
  • Acrylic paints in colours suitable for skin, hair & clothing. Appropriate colours for skin will be helpful but I’ll show you how to mix them. Lime green & magenta make a great skin colour!
  • Liquitex matt medium
  • Whtie gesso
  • Clear gesso (don’t buy specifically, in case you don’t need it, I will have some to share)
  • Fine white Sharpie paint pen
  • White gel pen
  • A selection of fine brushes – #4, #6 & #12 round brushes will work well.
  • Flat brush for matt medium
  • Something watersoluble to use for the background – watercolours, Scribble Sticks, Prima watersoluble pastels, Gelatos, watercolour powders will all work well.
  • Graphite paper or similar & biro if you wish to trace the image instead of drawing one
  • Pencil, prefer hard 2H or similar if you wish to sketch the girl
  • Rubber
  • Black permanent pen for doodling
  • Small spatula
  • Paint palette
  • Non–stick craft mat
  • 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, September 3 and costs $30 with some supplies provided.

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Art Journal, Art Journal Challenge, Darkroom Door, Quotes

Challenge – Our Mixed Media Moods – Permission to Play

Sometimes you just need permission to play…I’ve been working on a bunch of projects lately and they seemed to take up a lot of spare time so play time has been a bit thin. Planning things like card kits and classes isn’t the quickest of processes for me, not helped by a healthy amount of Facebook procrastination 🙂

A couple of my arty friends have been playing along with a cool creative challenge run by DeeDee Catron & Jenn Engle called Our Mixed Media Moods. The idea is to create a piece inspired by the monthly mood board and link up to the relevant post on DeeDee’s blog. Turns out this month is a huge one to celebrate 12months of the challenge so even more reason to play along! Here is the mood board for this month –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is so much to love about this collage and I was inspired by the pops of teal and pink and the storm clouds from the second row. The challenge is supported by a great Facebook community – you can find them here. Why don’t you join us?

 

The page I created was worked over an old Gelli printed image in my journal – I suspect it was a plate wipe off. A quick sketch using a black Stabilo over the top, some colour with Prima Impasto paint and the painted edges stencilled with my brand new Darkroom Door Mesh stencil and she was almost done. The page was finished off with Christy Tomlinson rubbons and a few words from Tim Holtz.

What began as a page that I kept flicking past in my journal, ended up being something I was quite happy with and it reinforced the lesson of just letting myself play – with no endgame in mind. Open challenges like this one are great for that. Side benefit is that it has given me an idea for a future art journal class – bonus!

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A snuggle in a cup…my June mixed media art journal class

Feeling like a bit of creative play this weekend? Why not join me at Bella Paperie this Sunday for my monthly art journal class?

I’m a huge tea drinker so it seemed right to share my love of tea and cute tea cups with my mixed media art journal class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This month we will create a sweet stack of tea cups and layer them into our journal. These cups are so much fun to create and use a bunch of different techniques that you can apply to other pages in your journal. I’ll also share some tricks for turning a simple tea cup image into a handy template for your journal.

 

We will be working in an A4 sized journal and please have on hand –

  • I will provide a set of tea cup images for use as a starting point but if you would like to use your own the cups need to be approx. 10cm wide at rim & 7-9cm high. You will need ‘profile’ type images.
  • watercolours & appropriate brushes – please bring what you have to paint the tea cups. Gelatos, watercolour powders or waterbased sprays in flat colours are a good substitute. We could also use watered down acrylic paints if necessary.
  • approx A4 sheet smooth watercolour paper (we have this in stock)
  • graphite paper if you would like to trace your tea cups
  • a couple of your favourite stencils with small patterns
  • small stamps to use for tea cup patterns
  • clear Versamark ink, clear embossing powder & white embossing powder (if you have them it will save waiting)
  • a pack of post-it notes or masking tape will be handy for masking areas of the tea cups
  • I will provide the quote I have used but if you would like to use an alternative, bring it along. Tim Holtz Chit Chat wording is fantastic to use.
  • Liquitex white gesso
  • Liquitex matt medium
  • pallet knife
  • approx. 1” wide brush
  • variety of smaller brushes including approx. #4 round if you don’t have paint pens. If you don’t have watercolour brushes, also bring an approx. #8 round
  • scissors
  • x-acto knife
  • self healing cutting mat
  • pencil
  • rubber
  • black permanent pen in a variety of widths if you have them. You will need a 0.3mm & we have Copic Multiliners in stock
  • paint pens/markers/gel pens in a variety of colours, if you have them
  • coloured pencils may be handy
  • white Sharpie paint pen or white gel pen
  • gold pen – either paint pen, gel pen or gold leaf pen will work or gold paint & fine brush
  • 2–3 matt acrylic paints in pale colours for background, I’ve used green & yellow
  • a couple of darker colours for background splotches
  • small sponges for paint
  • spray bottle
  • 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 4 and costs $30 with some supplies provided.

Bella Paperie, Colour, Mixed media, Quotes

Butterfly art journal page

I’m happiest when immersed in creative play and I’m lucky to be able to share this through social media and in person classes. This coming Sunday I will be teaching how to create this page using a range of different techniques and a couple of mystery kitchen staples.

 

I’d love you to join me! Bella Paperie is located at Shop 33, 302 South Pine Road, Brendale. Phone 3205 5911. Class costs $30 and you will need to book.

 

We will be working in an A4 sized art journal and please have on hand:

  • Dylusions spray inks, please bring whatever inks that are non-shimmery you would like to use. I used yellow, pink & orange sprays but anything non-shimmery will work
  • A couple of your favourite stencils that feature patterns of different sizes which you can use for stencilling with texture paste.
  • Butterfly stencil if you have one or something with an image you would like to add to your page.
  • Shimmery watercolour powders that will be used to paint the butterflies or image of our choice. Lindy’s or Ken Oliver metallic powders are perfect. I will have a limited number of both to share.
  • I’ll bring the quote I have used on my sample printed onto paper, but if you would like to use something different please bring along small stamps, stickers, rubbons for use.
  • Liquitex white gesso
  • Palette knife
  • 1” wide brush
  • Variety of smaller brushes
  • Soft lead pencil (6-8B) & eraser
  • Black permanent pen
    White Sharpie paint pen or white gel pen
  • Gift card for scraping paint
  • spray water bottle
  • Paint palette
  • Non–stick craft mat
  • Baby wipes
  • Paper towel
  • Container for water
  • Heat tool
  • Gloves if you don’t wish to get colour on your hands

Thanks to everyone who entered the Aussie Stampendous blog hop competition last week – congratulations to Crece Thomas!

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Mixed media class at Bella Paperie

Have you always wanted to learn more about mixed media and art journaling?

Do you want to brush up on your skills?

Do you want to spend a lazy Sunday surrounded by paint, collage, colour and texture?

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Come and join me this Sunday at Bella Paperie for a mixed media class to create a bright and colourful dreamcatcher themed art journal page! You will learn some of my signature techniques for using bright colour and incorporating stamped images and inks into a page. Beginners are welcome but the more experienced journaler will still find lots to learn.

Give the store a call to book in on 3205 5911. The class will be held this Sunday, May 15 and run 10am – 2pm with a break for lunch and cost $30.

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Bella Paperie will have gesso, matt medium & texture paste to share if you do not have any until you are able to get your own. If you already art journal, bring your usual kit but the following is a guide of what we will be using – bring what you can to save time sharing!

  • A4 sized journal
  • Liquitex white gesso
  • Liquitex matt medium
  • texture paste
  • palette knife
  • approx. 1” wide brush
  • variety of smaller brushes
  • black permanent ink
  • pencil & rubber
  • black permanent pen
  • white Sharpie paint pen
  • 2-3 matt acrylic paints in warm & cool colours (Distress & Dylusions paints are perfect)
  • small sponges for paint
  • collage material if you have it
  • spray bottle
  • non-stick craft mat
  • baby wipes
  • paper towel
  • container for water
  • heat tool

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Art Journal Challenge, Darkroom Door, Mixed media, Quotes, Tutorials

Spread Your Wings…

Until you spread your wings,
you’ll never know how far you can fly.

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The last few months seem to have been full of activity in our house so I’ve been sharing bits & pieces on my Instagram feed. If you aren’t sure where to find me – look here. I’d love you to pop by and say hello.

Every year I start with great plans for participating in various challenges and online classes only to peter off after a few weeks/months. I decided to be a bit gentler on myself this year – I will intend to participate but if it doesn’t happen then all is good & I’ll go back to them if/when I can or feel like it.

Robyn Wood Purple Salt www.purplesalt.net

Today I’d like to share a page I did for week 12 of the LuLu Art Colour Me Positive challenge. I’ve loved watching this challenge group evolve and grow, there is currently over 2500 positive art journalers in the Facebook group – isn’t that fabulous? I am sure it will grow from strength to strength.

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This time around the extra journaling prompt was to add wings so that is where I started – butterfly wings and a corset from Darkroom Door stamps. Of course you can’t have a torso without a skirt of some kind, so I created a textured & collaged one using dictionary paper, handmade paper and a paper doyley. Layers of colour and texture gave it some form.

I wish I had photographed the background before I started but it was one of those pages that I use for scrapes of left over paint and spray. I’d kept them to greens and blues so that the page would match the opposite side. I added some stencilling and collage (Kaisercraft have some great collage papers!) before I started so that the page had an interesting base.

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The corset and wings were fun to layer with some pretty lace – it was well stuck down with gel medium! Once everything was stuck down and coloured with the new Ranger Distress Crayons, I painted just the wings with some clear crackle paste. I decided to experiment with colour a little and dripped Dylusions spray ink over the wings to give a mottled effect. It was so hard to just let it dry so I could check how well the effect worked.

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While that was drying I carefully added some gold touches with gold Texture paste – I love to smear this stuff around a page a little to give a swipe of gold.

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As a final step I added the quote, gradually thickening the lettering until I was happy with how it stood out from the background.

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A flutter of sequins finished off the page and added a nice touch of bling to the skirt.

Supplies:

  • Darkroom Door stamps – Collage Butterfly, Corsetry set
  • Stencil Girl stencils – Rembrant’s words, Honeycomb, Transform
  • Ranger Distress Crayons
  • Dina Wakley paints – Ocean, Lemon, Turquoise
  • Golden Gel Medium
  • Faber Castel – Whipped Spackle, Texture Luxe gold
  • Prima Crackle Paste – clear
  • Ranger Dylusions spray – Pink Bubblegum
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls
  • Kaisercraft paper
  • Black permanent pen
  • Sequins, lace, dictionary paper, handmade paper, paper doyley

Robyn Wood Purple Salt www.purplesalt.net

One tip that I’d like to share is about texture paste – too much of it will weigh a page down but I have found that if you use the Faber Castell Whipped Spackle there isn’t a lot of extra weight. Which means I can stencil away with texture to my hearts content! Don’t forget to clean the texture paste out of your stencils right away – it can set hard and ruin them if you aren’t careful.

Have you been playing along with the challenge? I’d love to see if you would like to post me a link in the comments.

Art Journal, Art Journal Challenge, Darkroom Door, Mixed media, Quotes

Today is the Day!

Hi, Happy New Year! I hope the year has started well for you. Today I’m sharing an art journal page as part of the new  Colour Me Positive art journal challenge run by LuLu Art. The theme for the first week of the year is gratitude and I’ve created this page while reflecting on and celebrating the things I’m grateful for.

Robyn Wood Purple Salt www.purplesalt.net

There is something about the first week of the year. A chance to start fresh, a time to get started on that project, plan a holiday, tackle the completion of a long overdue assignment and any number of things. Don’t waste that time, those minutes of each new day, as you never get ‘today’ back!

Robyn Wood Purple Salt www.purplesalt.net

For me this time is a chance to celebrate my multiple sclerosis diagnosis. Time to reflect on the changes and blessings that came into my life 11 years ago which culminated in a dreaded, life changing diagnosis, one that forever altered the path of my family and I. It is a time for celebration because having MS has meant staying at home with my sons instead of returning to full time work. I’ve continued to volunteer in my community and participate in all types of groups and events and I firmly believe that my life is better for it. So far I’ve been lucky – only a few minor issues and one pretty major attack 18 months ago that I’m mostly recovered from. I realise that could change any day, I could wake up tomorrow and some part of my body might not work quite as well as today.

Long ago, an MS researcher mentioned that studies were showing that each year that passed without significant disability could mean another two of the same. If that holds, and so far it has, then I might get to the magic ‘three score & ten’ without a lot of neurological damage or noticeable disability. Here is hoping anyway!

A few years ago, increasing fatigue meant reducing my part time working hours. But having MS meant that I had to go searching for something else to give me a challenge, to help my brain retain some level of neuroplasticity. This is the magical bit of our brains that helps us grow new thinking pathways – important when you have a disease that affects cognitive function! I am a long time paper crafter, creating cards, scrapbooking, bookmaking and such but I needed something a little ‘more’. Thankfully I discovered the world of mixed media. It was pretty new and there was a whole gamut of new techniques to discover, learn and practice. Many years later, I’m still firmly in the grip of this wonderful form of art and I couldn’t be happier!

Robyn Wood Purple Salt www.purplesalt.net

Today is the Day!

Supplies:

  • Darkroom Door stamps – Poppies & Butterflies sets, French Script Texture, Bingo Numbers Eclectic, French Script Background
  • Dina Wakley stencils – Essentials, Halves, Spinners
  • Faber-Castell Whipped Spackle
  • Acrylic paint, paper napkin, washi tape, tissue paper
  • Liquitex – matte medium, gesso
  • Words – Ali Edwards Old + New Story Kit

Edited to add: if you wish to read another perspective on living with a chronic illness, check out my friend Bree Hogan and her article ‘Who knew I would ever feel grateful for having a chronic illness

Art Journal, Mixed media, Online classes, Quotes

Art Catch Up – online art class love

You can probably guess; I love online art classes – I have joined lots of them over the years with varying degrees of success. Usually, I underestimate the amount of free time I will have or the amount of practice needed to achieve the skills I was hoping to learn. Occasionally a class steals into my imagination so quietly that I barely notice and the next thing I have completed a whole body of new work based around the class lessons. This happened recently with a class by Jane Davenport & Joanne Sharpe called ‘Miss Quoted’.

Miss Quoted combines Jane’s love of drawing whimsical girls and Joanne’s skills at teaching lettering with their joint fascination with the mercurial properties of watercolours. I was lucky to attend a weekend workshop with Joanne at Jane’s earlier this year and was hooked on her style of teaching – you can’t help but learn and it doesn’t seem like work or dreaded practice to complete the lessons.

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Miss Quoted starts with a bunch of lettering exercises, alphabets and such based on our own handwriting. I found it a great way to train my hand back to a bit of cursive style – I’ve been printing my letters for years! Lately I’ve been happily writing quotes in watercolour in the cute Moleskine watercolour journal I am using for class.

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It wouldn’t be a Jane Davenport class without lessons on drawing whimsical girls and this class is no exception. Jane teaches us to draw girls in a variety of ways with watercolour and her Epic pen. Check it out here if you have no idea what I’m talking about. I am really enjoying the process of combining pen and watercolour, there is something quite freeing about it as it can be quite uncontrollable.

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As the name suggests there are quotes involved – or rather lettering in among the drawings of girls, in their hair, their clothing, across the pages they sit on – wherever they seem to fit best. I created this quartet based on the lessons and love how they turned out.

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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.

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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….