Art Journal, Darkroom Door, Darkroom Door Stamps, Ecoline inks, Gelatos, Quotes

Inspiration for Darkroom Door Number Medley Stamp Set


I’m just popping in with a pair of projects featuring the recent Darkroom Door rubber stamp release, this time I’ve been creating with Number Medley stamp set. I love the variety in this set, from printed sections to little snippets of hand-lettered numbers there are lots of options. This set will likely slot in nicely with many of the Darkroom Door sets you already own so I’ve decided to showcase it using two older stamp sets – Steampunk and Venetian Vol 2.

First up, let’s go adventuring! I created the background for this one by spreading my page randomly with texture paste and allowing it to dry. Then I applied a few colours of Faber-Castell Gelatos and smooshed them together to cover the background. The Gelatos spread easily and pick up the beautiful texture from the initial layer. 

Next, I stamped over parts of the page using elements from the Darkroom Door Numbers Medley stamp set using Ranger Archival black ink. I also stamped a number of the elements from the Darkroom Door Steampunk and Number Medley stamp sets onto smooth white card. 

I added a touch of colour to the adventure word, gentleman and balloon then fussy cut the stamped elements before adding to my page. Edging around the page with black Archival ink finished it off nicely.

I enjoy layering different elements to create a journal page and creating unique options using rubber stamps helps my vision for a page come together in a cohesive manner. Limiting options to a few colours and stamps helps the page to work together to tell your story.

For this page, I began by randomly painting my page with colours that played happily together such as pink, orange, blue and purple. I was careful to add the blue/purple sections after the orange parts had dried so I didn’t create mud! 

Next, I went in search of some plain patterned paper that would match the colour palette and found some sheets of lovely old Basic Grey. I stamped the sheets randomly with images from the Darkroom Door Number Medley stamp set, then cut them into scalloped sections to use as a border.

A bit of watery ink gave them a lovely grungy look. 

To complete the page, I stamped and coloured some images and the quote from the Darkroom Door Venetian Vol 2 stamp set. The scalloped borders and stamped images were then layered onto my page along with Tim Holtz Idea-ology pieces and some ornate trim. The page came together very quickly once all of the separate parts were prepared.

Supplies used:

I hope you have enjoyed this little snippet of inspiration. Make sure you pop over to Darkroom Door to see the rest of the January 2020 release!

Art Journal, Bella Paperie, Gelatos

Winter Bounty…my August mixed media art journal class

This month in my mixed media art journal class we will explore the colours and textures of Winter. If you have ever looked at a handful of dried leaves, you may have noticed the gorgeous range of colours and textures represented by something we often think as colourless detritus.

So, we shall start our page with a handful of leaves and work to turn them into something beautiful. Adding layers and using some of my favourite techniques will create a richly textured page.


















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

  • A handful of dried leaves to use as the basis of the page design. Go for a wander in your garden, the local park or take a walk around the block. You will need leaves in a variety of sizes, the more misshapen and flatter the better!
  • Liquitex white gesso
  • Texture paste (bring Faber-Castell Whipped Spackle if you have it as it dries quickly)
  • Small pallet knife
  • approx. 1” wide brush
  • variety of smaller brushes
  • charcoal pencil & smudging stump (cotton buds work well)
  • pencil
  • rubber
  • black permanent pen for journaling
  • variety of stencils, some with open patterns
  • acrylic paints in leaf colours – I have used cream & shades of brown
  • extra colours for background and top coat colours. I have used Dylusions Pomegranite & Lemon Zest to make the brown background colours and Calypso Teal & London Blue for the top glaze.
  • watersoluble colour sticks – I have used Gelatos in browns, purple, yellow and red but Tim Holtz Distress Crayons, Scribble Sticks, Prima pastels are good options. Prima waxes in leaf colours will also work well.
  • Scribble Sticks or watercolour pencil in dark colour
  • small sponges for paint
  • spray bottle
  • baby wipes
  • paper towel
  • container for water
  • heat tool
  • N.B. Please ensure you bring ‘matt’ paints along – glossy ones tend to stick in an art journal


Bella Paperie is located at Shop 33, 302 South Pine Road, Brendale. Phone 3205 5911 to book. Class runs 10am – 2pm, August 6 and costs $30 with some supplies provided.







Bella Paperie, Card making, Darkroom Door Stamps, Gelatos

Mixed Media Card Class – Come & learn all about Gelatos

This Thursday, April 27 I will be teaching a mixed media themed class at Bella Paperie where you can learn more about the luscious Gelatos from Faber-Castell.

We will be stamping on fabric, stencilling, spritzing and smooshing to create a unique set of cards using a bunch of techniques that can be used over and over again.


Supplies to bring –

  • If you already have Gelatos, please bring them along, Ranger Distress Crayons are a suitable option if you have them instead.
  • Usual cardmaking kit including foam adhesive & liquid glue
  • Black archival ink
  • Fine permanent black pen (optional)
  • Distressing tool
  • Small spatula
  • Paint brush for gesso Variety of small brushes
  • Water container
  • Paint palette
  • Spray bottle
  • Baby wipes
  • If you would like to save waiting you are encouraged to bring your own stencils. I will be using the Tim Holtz Bubble, The Crafters Workshop Mini Spikey Circles & Craft Emotions Poppy Fields stencils. Other stencils with floral patterns and ones with random patterns will also work well with the technique.

Bella Paperie is located at Shop 33, 302 South Pine Road, Brendale. Phone 3205 5911 to book. Class runs 9.30am – 12.30pm, April 27th and costs $25.

Art Journal, Backgrounds, Gelatos, Mixed media, Tutorials

Take a Moment


Smell the flowers - Robyn Wood 1

Today I’d like to share an art journal page that I created for LuLu Art using some self-carved stamps. Late last year, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer did a challenge to carve a stamp every day and I found it very inspiring and my fingers have itched to give it a go. You can find her posts here or do a search on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #carveDecember to find lots of inspiring images from other people.
As you can probably gather from my blog, I love my commercial rubber stamps! I won’t be letting them go any time soon but this project was a great inspiration starter and I know I’ll be doing more.
Stamp carving is a perfect skill for when you have that ‘I just need….’ dilemma during a project. Check out the little collection I made during my carving stint –



A word of warning – stamp carving tools are sharp! Keep the blade pointed away from you, work in a well-lit area and go slowly until you get a feel for the rubber. I actually learnt to carve timber as a teenager so found it all came back very quickly but the process is really simple – and lots of fun!


Smell the flowers - Robyn Wood 2

Pop over to the LuLu Art blog to find out a full list of supplies, which as usual are available from this magical, online store!

Thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget that there is a LuLu Art Facebook page to share your creations or just stop in for a chat. As always you can follow me on Facebook here.

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.

Merry Christmas 2

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…

Art Journal, Gelatos, LuLu Art, Mixed media, Tutorials

Becoming a Butterfly


Last week it was my turn to share a project on the LuLu Art blog and I’ve chosen to use a set of brand new Dina Wakley stamps to create an art journal page. I tend to love anything insect themed so these were perfect for the page I had in mind.


This page caused me to muse on the theme of transformation and what it can mean to each of us. It can be learning a new skill, taking on a new challenge, making new friends or making a major life change. Often, we don’t realise how big the change is until it is well past.

Here is a list of the supplies I used, don’t forget that you can find them all online in the LuLu Art store.

  • Dylusions – Creative Journal
  • Watercolour Paper scraps, Strathmore
  • Dina Wakley Stamps – Scribbly Insects
  • Dina Wakley Stencil – You Can
  • Gelatos – various colours for butterflies
  • Ranger Distress paint – Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade
  • Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic – Night, Ruby, Turquoise
  • Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black, Watering Can, Monarch Orange
  • Pearl Ex – Macro Pearl
  • Non-stick craft mat
  • White Sharpie
  • Matte Medium
  • Tissue paper

RW Sept 14-2

Thanks for joining me again today, I love inspiring you to create something different and to give you some ideas on interesting techniques to try. Don’t forget to comment below with a link to your blog if you try something similar or have a project you would like to share with me.

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

Darkroom Door & Art Journey Blog Hop–Day 5


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.


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.


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.


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.

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

Art Journal Share & Blog Hop News–prizes to be won!

Just popping in to share my latest art journal page and to give you details on a blog hop that I’m playing in this week.


The design teams for Darkroom Door and Art Journey are combining for one huge blog hop! The teams for each company swapped stamps and you get to see the results of our creative playtime.  Both companies are giving away prize packs so make sure you check out each of the blogs on the hop to enter!

The hop started Monday with the Darkroom Door blog being the first stop.  Don’t forget to pop back here on Friday to see my project!

And now to my art journal share –

(c) Robyn Wood - Life is Better

Have you seen the newest set of Gelato colours? They have a steampunk theme and are a lovely set of warm browns and a divine purple.  They came in an order from LuLu Art yesterday and I couldn’t wait to play with them!

Life is Better 5

This page came together really quickly – some smudges of Gelatos, Tim Holtz rubons & stencilling with Dina Wakley paint and then the page was ready for stamping. I used Darkroom Door stamp sets – Paint Splats, Enjoy the Ride & Discover.

I love the imagery on this page – my eldest son is a cyclist so there is a variety of bicycles living in our garage.

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

Compendium of Curiosities 3–Paint Marbling Challenge


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.


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.

WIP (4)

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.

WIP (3)

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!

WIP (2)

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.

Wander full

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
Darkroom Door, Gelatos, Scrapbooking


Champion (c) Robyn Wood -

If you follow my Instagram you have probably worked out that one of my boys is a keen mountain biker, or more specifically a downhiller.  Downhill cycling is a sport where you take yourself to the nearest mountain track and throw yourself over the side in a race to the bottom by the quickest time.  Crazy!  But he loves it with a passion.

I created this layout to celebrate his recent achievement of a podium position for a downhill endurance race.  For this one the aim was to complete as many runs as possible over four hours.  Josh came third!

Champion closeup (c) Robyn Wood -

This month, Darkroom Door is one of the sponsors of CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration, and I used Darkroom Door stamps on my page.  Here’s the case file:117flat

The idea is to use the above image, colour scheme and information for inspiration.  For evidence I used – cogs, metal, bicycle and numbers and for testimony I journaled about something ‘mind-boggling’ but the inspo word ‘move’ was also inspiring.  After all, Josh was on the move for 4 hours!

Champion WIP 1

I started the page with a few swipes of Gelatos and used a wet Faber Castell sponge blender to blend.  I laid my photos on top and marked out rough positioning for the next step.

Champion WIP 2

A few cogs from the Darkroom Door Steampunk set and random partial stampings of the Darkroom Door Grid background stamp added a bit of interest.

Champion WIP 4

I painted a couple of swatches of Distress Crackle to add a bit of texture and once dry rubbed it over with Gelatos – the Gelatos filled in some of the cracks to add an extra dimension of colour.  As it was a mountain bike competition, I only wanted parts of the bicycle wheels sticking out from underneath my pictures so I inked & stamped only a portion of the bicycle. (it’s still the wrong type of wheel but oh well!)

Champion WIP 3

A Tim Holtz number 3 reinforces Josh coming third – a bit of Distress Paint takes away the shiny silver to give a slightly enamel look.  Some strip journaling and a title and it was done.

Supplies used:

  • Darkroom Door Enjoy the Ride stamp set
  • Darkroom Door Steampunk stamp set
  • Darkroom Door Grid background stamp
  • Gelatos & sponge blending tool
  • Ranger Archival Ink – black, watering can & fern green
  • Tim Holtz number
  • Ranger Distress Crackle rock candy
  • Ranger Distress Paint – picket fence