Stitch corset, Robyn Wood, Purple Salt
Card making, Darkroom Door, Tutorials

Cut & Sew Corset

The Darkroom Door Stitch Word Block stamp pairs beautifully with a variety of different Darkroom Door images. For this card I have used one of the vintage corset stamps from the Darkroom Door Corsetry set.

Stitch corset, Robyn Wood, Purple Salt

To make the card:

  • Stamp Darkroom Door Stitch Word Block onto white cardstock using black Archival ink and trim closely. Layer twice with cardstock and tie with ribbon towards the bottom of the wording.
  • Stamp corset from Darkroom Door Corsetry stamp set onto white cardstock using black Archival ink and trim closely. Watercolour with a Worn Lipstick Distress marker using an Aquash brush. Make some areas of the corset darker, such as the centre closure and the trim by direct colouring with the marker. Affix a few tiny pink pearls and attach to cardfront with foam tape.
  • Punch foliage from green patterned paper and add to the corset along with a paper flower. Highlight the flower with a touch of glitter.

Stitch corset, Robyn Wood, Purple Salt

Supplies:

Don’t forget to pop over here to the Darkroom Door blog to see the rest of the projects made with this unique word block.

Card making, Darkroom Door

Discover the serenity…

I created this tag to remind me of the good things about going into the Australian bush. There is something about the smells and sounds that are quite unique. While our bush can be deadly, it is quite serene and in some parts it is easy to feel a million miles away from civilisation.

Forest Tag

As a family we have been lucky to travel to different parts of our country in our 4WD. We were members of a 4WD club for many years when our boys were younger so had some access to local state forests that aren’t so accessible now.

Pop over here to the Darkroom Door blog to see a bunch of different options for using the same stamp.

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.

Wilderness Wandering, Robyn Wood, Purple Salt
Card making, Darkroom Door

Wilderness Wandering

Come wandering in the wilderness with me?

Did you know that Australia has many wonderful wilderness areas? As a family we have been lucky to have visited some on the East coast but there are so many to explore. The Wilderness themed collection of products from Darkroom Door seeks to capture some of our wild places and recently I was given the Wilderness Word Block stamp to use in some projects.

Wilderness Wandering, Robyn Wood, Purple Salt

The first project I created for this stamp was a watery watercolour one using an embossed image of the stamp as a resist. It was fun to splash watercolour around while making this one!

Wilderness Wandering, Robyn Wood, Purple Salt

You can see my full card plus details on how it was made on the Darkroom Door blog.

 

Sending Sunshine with Poppies, Robyn Wood, Purple Salt
Card making, Darkroom Door

Poppies in Bloom

I have a little trick when it comes to colouring flowers – I do a Google image search first! This gives me an idea of the range of colours a flower may come in so I have a starting point for my image. I was quite surprised by the myriad of combinations for poppy flowers.

Sending Sunshine with Poppies, Robyn Wood, Purple Salt

I created a couple of cards for the Darkroom Door Poppy stamp set and you can see the full details of these plus work from the other Darkroom Door contributing artists here.

Celebrate with Poppies,Robyn Wood, Purple Salt

Discover Colour - Life Book week 1 - Robyn Wood
Art Journal, Mixed media, Online classes

Discover Colour

The first week of Life Book has come and gone and I’ve put the final touches to the first art journal & drawing lesson from Tamara Laporte. Tam themed the lesson around the idea of creating a Happy Traveller, a protective character that leads the way into the new year along with a soul animal or two.

Purple Salt, Robyn Wood, art journal, mixed media
Discover Colour – Life Book week 1

Mine turned out a little differently, as I want to make my online class practices more ‘me’ and less of the teachers this year. My soul animal was meant to be a fox but I guess I was meant to have the cat I ended up with! Never mind, first time drawing an animal like this from scratch so not so worried.

Purple Salt, Robyn Wood, art journal, mixed media

My focus for this year is adventure. Adventures in art making, meeting up with my art sistas, travelling and an all round seeking of new paths. One of these will be learning more about art – so ‘Discover Colour’ seemed to be appropriate for this girl!

Purple Salt, Robyn Wood, art journal, mixed media

I love how she came together, especially the strings of doodles that hang from her hair. Those are pure Tam but I think you will be seeing more in future girls.

Purple Salt, Robyn Wood, art journal, mixed media

Below is a list of the basic supplies I used in creating her, one of the more unique ones is this rubbon – I’ve had it for ages so it was nice to finally give it a home. Leave me a comment if you would like to know what I used in more detail and I’ll try to help. I’d love to know which soul animal you have chosen for this year.

Supplies:

  • Neocolor II crayons
  • Ceramcoat acrylic paint in skin colours
  • Prismacolour pencils
  • Ranger Distress paints
  • Letraset Aquamarkers & Tombow markers
  • Sharpie fine white paint pen
  • Collage paper & rubbon
  • Stabilo All pencil
  • The Crafters Workshop stencils

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The Life Book 2016 year is still in the early weeks, if you are interested in learning from Tam and a great group of artists you can sign up here.

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.

Sparkle Quote

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.

Miss Quoted 1

 

Art journal page using Gelli print as starting point.
Art Journal, Backgrounds, Company, LuLu Art, Monoprinting

Birds Flying High – creating an art journal page from a random, messy, GelliArts printed background

Hello!

We are back from the most wonderful of holidays to France and I’m planning on sharing a bunch of posts about our adventures. In the meantime I’d like to share a journal page I created for LuLu Art earlier this year.

Creating an art journal page using Gelli print as starting point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The spread starts with a random, messy GelliArts printed background and features two of my favourite things – the music of Michael Bublé and Gelli prints! You can find the full supply list of materials used on the LuLu Art blog or within the comments on my YouTube video.

Using a Gelli printed background as a base for an art journal page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My page started with this nice, textured page – I kinda cheated a little as it was one I had ‘prepared earlier’ but the background seemed to suit the colours I wanted to use.

Whenever I use my GelliArts plate, I like to keep an art journal and heaps of dictionary paper around so that I can pick up any leftover paint between prints. I’ve learnt to keep these pages to a similar colour scheme – either warm or cool so that the colours don’t muddy. Sometimes a pop of a complementary or neutral colour works as well.

Messy, Gelli printed backgrounds are the perfect starting point for a page in your art journal!