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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.

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.

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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!

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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, LuLu Art, Mixed media

A Summer Adventure

a project by Robyn Wood, Purple Salt, www.purplesalt.net

I live in the Southern Hemisphere, in what is usually a sunny Australian city but it has turned blustery and cold this week – Winter is here at last! Winter Solstice draws near, my to warmer temperatures as I created this cute birdie page for you.  My page features lots of lovely texture, found words and a birdie or two.

You can find full details of my project and links to the YouTube video I created on the LuLu Art blog.  Come check it out here.

Do you Instagram? My feed is a constant source of inspiration and peek into the lives and habits of others. Whenever it is freezing here, I can visit with my Insta friends enjoying a sunny day or a yummy dinner when I’m just getting up. My whippet dog Zed even has Insta friends! I love watching the adventures of our international doggy friends – makes me realise that whippets are such an amazing breed. I found one the other day that does a form of parkour!

Come check out my Instagram feed here.  I’d also love it if you found me on Facebook – you can find my blog page at http://www.facebook.com/PurpleSaltCr8 and LuLu Art also has a friends group here.  Pop in and say hello!

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
Art Journal

What’s In My Sketchbook?

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Well, actually there are lots of things in my sketchbooks & art journals, most are just practices of techniques or notes of things to try but lately I’ve been making a concerted effort to actually draw, regularly and finish things rather than leaving them because the self critic was talking a little too loudly.

At the beginning of April I spent a couple of nights in hospital, I have multiple sclerosis and it was making itself known by affecting my sight. I’ve been diagnosed since early 2005, first big attack in late 2004 & really not much since so it was a big wake up call. I often get sore hands, fatigue & yucky numbness but nothing this scary and it has caused a little rethink. I’m taking more time to rest, more time to create and enjoy the little things in life that little bit extra. Part of that is a commitment to share more online, as a way of keeping myself honest and away from the business of life.

So here a couple of recent drawings/paintings from my Moleskin planner, the place I’m trying to do the ‘Documented Life’ project but mostly it’s a place to record crafty stuff – and draw!

The one at the top I did in hospital with limited supplies and someone looking over my shoulder every few minutes.

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This one I did a while ago while watching a Pam Carriers video. A very different way to draw & shade but I like it.

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This girl is my one from yesterday, I am finding I like to sketch on lined paper – give it a bit of evenness or something.

I’m linking this post to Dion Dior’s site for her Friday Sketches posts – they have been keeping me inspired of late and I’m a great fan of Dion’s, a fellow Aussie.

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