Mixed Media Art Journaling – Fantasy Flower Garden

Are you looking to start your year with some mixed media creative play? Why not join me for in my monthly art journaling classes and learn the basics, or extend the skills you already have? Themes and techniques change each month but the thing that remains constant is the fun we have!

What would your fantasy flower garden look like? Would it be filled with colour? Alive with bugs and beetles? Perhaps it will have a teensy shed in the corner for the resident fairies? Why not join me as we play with the new Royal Talens Amsterdam acrylic inks and doodling techniques to create a fantasy flower garden.

We will be working in an A4 sized journal and please have on hand –
Acrylic inks (not Dylusions ink sprays) – I have used blue, yellow, gold plus a variety of flower colours
Quotes or wording relating to flowers or gardens for journaling
Fine black pen for journaling
Black & white paint pens in various widths or fine paint brushes and paint
Pencil, rubber
White gesso
Liquitex Matt medium
Permanent brown ink
Stamping ink in shades of green. Class inks will be available.
Sponge for stencilling, the Tim Holtz mini ink blending tool and a few sponges will be handy to have
Variety of stencils for pattern making, small patterns plus one with a large open pattern will be useful
A selection of paint brushes for mark making, a #6 round & narrow filbert will be useful
~ 1” wide, flat brush for matt medium
Small amount of thin collage paper
Paint palette – one with separate wells will be very useful
Non–stick craft mat
Spray bottle for water
Baby wipes
Paper towel
Container for water
Heat tool
N.B. For this class we will be creating with Royal Talens Amsterdam acrylic inks which are new to Bella Paperie. Please bring whatever acrylic inks you have and we can talk through the various differences between them. I will have a selection of inks available for use in class.

Bella Paperie is located at Shop 33, 302 South Pine Road, Brendale. Phone 3205 5911 to book. Class runs 10am – 2pm, January 7 and costs $30 with some supplies provided.


Bella Style Wednesday – Watercoloured Tag with Darkroom Door

Join me tomorrow for a gorgeous Bella Style Wednesday Project. I will be teaching you how to create a mixed media style layered tag featuring Darkroom Door Fine Butterflies and Leaves images. I’ll share simple steps for giving your stamped images a watercoloured effect using Ecoline markers, leading to endless possibilities for colouring.

Class is run as a drop-in arrangement – arrive any time 9am – 11.30am and you can create my project for $5. No need to book!

Please bring your basic cardmaking tool kit plus foam tape, fine scissors, dauber, Aquash brush & non-stick craft mat.

Bella Paperie is located at Shop 33, 302 South Pine Road, Brendale. Phone 3205 5911.



Taking Stock…December 2017

As the year draws to a close, my focus is often on the year that was and the year to come. I love to do this in December so I start the new year organised & focused.
It’s been a long time since I last did a ‘Taking Stock’ post so here it is for December 2017…

Making: my next art journal page
Cooking: dinner for tomorrow night
Drinking: tea, so many cups of tea
Reading: ‘Mrs Lincoln’s Rival’ by Jennifer Chiaverini
Wanting: Summer to be over already
Looking: through the lens of my new camera

Playing: with new art supplies, as always!
Deciding: which uni subject to tackle next semester
Enjoying: Monday mornings at the dog park with Josh & my babies

Waiting: for this evening when I see my photography buddies
Liking: lots of posts on Instagram
Wondering: what my word for 2018 will be
Loving: my family
Pondering: holiday plans for 2018
Considering: how much work I got done over a weekend with Tonja Sell at Jane’s

Watching: NCIS LA
Marvelling: at the idea that my son is going back to France to sing for his country on Anzac Day 2018
Needing: nothing at all
Smelling: warm Summer air
Following: the FMS photo a day challenges

Noticing: the odd way my whippets are lazing around in the heat

Knowing:  the satisfaction that comes from successfully completing two uni photographic subjects this year
Thinking: about the month that was. Lots of fantastic
Feeling: excited for a quiet week with lots of arting
Admiring: the sheer tenacity for survival and excellence of Li Cunxin, Mao’s Last Dancer

Sorting: my art room
Buying: Christmas presents
Getting: my study organised and ready for a weekend of art making
Bookmarking: encaustic tutorials
Disliking: the heat, is Summer over already?
Opening: our first Christmas card for 2017 – thank you Kaylene!
Feeling: tired from the gym this morning
Snacking: dieting!
Hearing: dinner bubble on the stove

As always, a huge thanks to Pip Lincoln for this ace list!





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Stampendous November Blog Hop!

Each month I am creating a project with Stampendous stamps to inspire you. You also have a chance to win them via the monthly blog hop competition run by The Stencil Specialists, the Australian wholesaler for Stampendous.

This month we are using the Frog Yoga stamp set and I’ve created a cute card for you. The image is coloured with Distress Oxide inks, I love how they layer to create a wonderful blotchy effect that mimics a frog skin so well.














Why not visit all the blogs on the hop, leave a comment on each November blog hop post and you could be in the running to win this cute set.

Julie – The Stencil Specialists

Donna – Luv to Emboss

Tracy Moloney – Tracy’s Creative Adventures

Contest details –

To enter please visit each blog post and comment on the November blog hop post, make sure you tell us what state you live in so we know you are an Aussie. Each comment is one entry, so comment on each blog and you will have four entries into the contest. Make sure you only comment once per blog. This competition is open to Australian residents only and the winner will be selected randomly by Julie after the end of the month. The prize will be cling Frog Yoga SSC1269.

We have decided to make this our last blog hop for 2017 but we will be back with a bumper prize for January 2018.

Good luck!

PS You can subscribe to my blog to receive updates and sneaks for the next challenge.




Christmas Cards with Darkroom Door

Join me at Bella Paperie on November 17 to create this gorgeous set of Christmas cards in traditional colours. The class will feature a number of Darkroom Door Christmas stamps, so it is a great opportunity to come and play with one you have been eyeing.

Supplies to bring –

  • Usual cardmaking kit including dauber, wet glue, foam adhesive & sharp scissors
  • Black permanent ink (not Stazon)
  • Red Geranium Archival ink
  • Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink
  • Fired Brick Distress Ink
  • Gold pigment ink
  • Gold embossing powder
  • Sponge dauber
  • Glitter glue for baubles
  • Dye based markers for colouring bauble
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Non-stick craft mat
  • Baby wipes
  • Aquash brush or small paint brush & water container
  • Ruler, pencil & rubber
  • Scoreboard/bone folder
  • Corner rounder

Class will be held, Friday Nov 17, 9.30am – 12.30pm, cost is $25. Bella Paperie is located at Shop 33, 302 South Pine Road, Brendale. Please phone 3205 5911 to book.