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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.

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Perfectly Imperfect – Lotus bloom art journal class

Our lives are never perfect so why do we expect our art journals to be?

Robyn Wood - Perfectly Imperfect art journal page - Lotus bloom

 

This Sunday I will be teaching a class that focuses on some simple tricks to keep that inner critic at bay while creating a soothing art journal page featuring a trio of lotus blooms.

While we create, you will immerse yourself in having some colourful, painty fun in your art journal. We will paint, stamp, stencil and sketch away to create a page that will bring a patch of calm to your weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you already art journal – bring along your usual kit, if not check the requirements list below for a guide on what to bring. You will need an approx. A4 sized journal to begin with – please check in store for details.

 

Supplies list:

  • I will provide you with the reference images of lotus flowers that I have used. If you would like to paint something different please bring along some images to use and you will need a main image approx. 13cm across plus a single or two smaller images approx. 4cm across. Profile type images will work best.
  • a couple of your favourite stencils, some with open patterns plus text, numbers or words
  • Liquitex white gesso
  • texture paste
  • palette knife
  • approx. 1” wide brush
  • variety of smaller brushes including a small fine one
  • graphite paper or similar if you wish to trace a flower instead of drawing one
  • pencil & rubber
  • Stabilo pencil if you have one
  • black permanent pen
  • white Sharpie paint pen or white gel pen
  • matt acrylic paints in warm & cool colours plus a deep blue and black (Distress & Dylusions paints are perfect). You will need the main colours for your flowers plus some others that are in the opposite colour family.
  • small sponges for paint
  • texture type stamps if you have them. I have used chicken wire & mesh from Darkroom Door.
  • clear Versamark ink & white embossing powder if you have them.
  • non–stick craft mat
  • baby wipes
  • paper towel
  • container for water
  • heat tool
  • gloves

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

Robyn Wood, Purple Salt, www.purplesalt.net
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Fly – an art journal page

I have long been fascinated by all things flight related – quotes, images, birds, butterflies, balloons, dragonflies, moths & anything insect with wings. I love that whoosh of excitement as a jet plane gets ready for takeoff, going so fast that you think it might run out of runway, only to lift impossibly off the ground and take to the air. It is probably no surprise that such imagery often pops up in my art and this page is no exception.

Robyn Wood, Purple Salt, www.purplesalt.net

I’ll be teaching how to create it this Sunday at Bella Paperie and I’d love you to join me. Last month we explored backgrounds and texture, this month we will focus on adding stamped images to a page using a variety of techniques.

Robyn Wood - Fly page.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will be working in an A4 sized journal and here is a basic list of what we will be using in class so please bring what you have available – dye based markers in butterfly colours, permanent stamping ink in black & dark blue (Archival brand), Liquitex white gesso, Liquitex matt medium, texture paste, palette knife, approx. 1” wide brush, variety of smaller brushes, scissors, 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.

Bella Paperie is located at Shop 33, 302 South Pine Road, Brendale. Phone 3205 5911. Why not join us on Facebook?

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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 page using Gelli print as starting point.
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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!

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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.

My own little world - art journal page by Robyn Wood, www.purple

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….

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29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #1

29 Days of Christmas Inspiration by Robyn Wood, Purple Salt, www.purplesalt.net

This was going to be 30 days of Christmas Inspiration but ok, so I’m a day late in starting – call it best laid plans. My plan is to share 29 days of Christmas inspiration – cards, ATC’s and whatever takes my fancy.

I was searching through my photo archive a while ago and realised how many different Christmas cards that I have made over the years. As many have never been shared here I thought it the perfect reason for my first blog series.  Some days I’ll share just a pic and others I’ll share instructions – but if you have any questions on how I did any of them, just ask!

RW Dec 13-25

Onto my first card – this one was created last Christmas for LuLu Art. I think it is an all-time favourite due to its shimmery coppery effect.  I created it as part of a bunch of cards for my December DT post and you can find the rest of them here.

RW Dec 13 Card 4 (1)

Stamp cardstock with Darkroom Door Music background stamp using Versamark clear ink and emboss with clear powder. Spritz stamped image with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise & Calypso Teal. Prepare a shimmery, sponging solution by adding a small amount of water to a few drops of Daler Rowney FW Acrylic Ink (Birdwing Copper). Sponge this mixture very lightly all over the sprayed image and allow to dry well.

Diecut the cardstock, add a layered greeting plus matching ribbon and assemble. This technique will give the effect of a vintage copper patina, perfectly set of by the dark turquoise card base and ribbon.

Pop back tomorrow for the next one!