Art Journal, Art Journal Challenge, Darkroom Door, Quotes

Challenge – Our Mixed Media Moods – Permission to Play

Sometimes you just need permission to play…I’ve been working on a bunch of projects lately and they seemed to take up a lot of spare time so play time has been a bit thin. Planning things like card kits and classes isn’t the quickest of processes for me, not helped by a healthy amount of Facebook procrastination 🙂

A couple of my arty friends have been playing along with a cool creative challenge run by DeeDee Catron & Jenn Engle called Our Mixed Media Moods. The idea is to create a piece inspired by the monthly mood board and link up to the relevant post on DeeDee’s blog. Turns out this month is a huge one to celebrate 12months of the challenge so even more reason to play along! Here is the mood board for this month –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is so much to love about this collage and I was inspired by the pops of teal and pink and the storm clouds from the second row. The challenge is supported by a great Facebook community – you can find them here. Why don’t you join us?

 

The page I created was worked over an old Gelli printed image in my journal – I suspect it was a plate wipe off. A quick sketch using a black Stabilo over the top, some colour with Prima Impasto paint and the painted edges stencilled with my brand new Darkroom Door Mesh stencil and she was almost done. The page was finished off with Christy Tomlinson rubbons and a few words from Tim Holtz.

What began as a page that I kept flicking past in my journal, ended up being something I was quite happy with and it reinforced the lesson of just letting myself play – with no endgame in mind. Open challenges like this one are great for that. Side benefit is that it has given me an idea for a future art journal class – bonus!

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Art Journal, Darkroom Door Stamps

Triple Treat – Darkroom Door Style!

Earlier this year I was invited by the amazing Alison Bevis to participate in a full day creative workshop called Triple Treat. I’ll be teaching alongside Rachel Greig from Darkroom Door and Linda Drynan who has taught for Craft Giraffe for years.

 

Here is a sneaky peek of the art journal page that I will be teaching. It’s full of techniques and colourful texture.

It is sure to be a fun day, especially when it will be full of stamping techniques and all things Darkroom Door.  There will be three different classes with kits, lunch & afternoon tea plus a goody bag. Alison has been running these events in Brisbane for ages and I’m honoured to have been invited to teach. If you need to do some shopping, that will be well covered by a bunch of local crafty retailers.

Check out the Facebook page for details and book your seat if you are interested. Spots are almost full! If you are keen to know about the other events Alison runs, follow her page Alison’s Craft Events on Facebook.

 

Art Journal, Bella Paperie, Darkroom Door, Darkroom Door Stamps

Find Your Way…my July mixed media art journal class

Where will your art adventure take you?

Discover how much fun it can be when we turn basic acrylic paints into ink-like goodness. This class features a fluffy, colour streaked background and a watercoloured hot air balloon.

We will spend the class painting and collaging to create a one of a kind journal page that becomes unique to you. I’ll also show you how you can incorporate Distress Oxide inks into your journal pages. But don’t worry – if you can’t draw a hot air balloon, I have an easy fix!

 

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

  • I will provide you with the reference image for a vintage hot air balloon. If you would like to paint something different please bring along some images to use that are printed onto photocopy paper. The image I have used is 10cm x 18cm so something similar size will be perfect.
  • Collage papers – only a small amount is needed & I’ll have dictionary paper for you to use
  • Border stamps or stencils
  • Distress Oxide inks in Broken China/Faded Jeans/Iced Spruce if you have them.
  • Liquitex white gesso
  • Pallet knife
  • approx. 1” wide brush
  • variety of smaller brushes including a small fine one
  • Graphite paper or similar if you wish to trace the image instead of drawing one
  • pencil
  • rubber
  • Stabilo or charcoal pencil if you have one
  • black permanent pen for doodling
  • matt acrylic paints in the colours you would like to use for a background (I have used shades of blue)
  • watercolours – please bring what you have. Watercolour powders and pencils will also work.
  • small sponges for paint
  • word stamps or stencils. Black rub ons will also work well.
  • non–stick craft mat
  • spray bottle of water
  • 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, July 2 and costs $30 with some supplies provided.

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Art Journal, Bella Paperie, Darkroom Door, Darkroom Door Stamps, Quotes

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.

Art Journal, Bella Paperie, Darkroom Door, Darkroom Door Stamps, Mixed media

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.

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.

Robyn Wood, Purple Salt, www.purplesalt.net
Art Journal, Bella Paperie

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?

Filename, Robyn Wood, Purple Salt
Bella Paperie, Card making

A Seahorse Tag for Bella Style Wednesday

Check out the sweet tag that I will Filename, Robyn Wood, Purple Saltbe teaching tomorrow at Bella Paperie!

Join me tomorrow for this weeks Bella Style Wednesday Project. It is a sweet tag inspired by the ocean using stamps by Darkroom Door and beautiful papers from Blue Fern Studios.

This 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 sponges and a  distress tool. I will be using Distress inks in Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean & Frayed Burlap so bring them along to save waiting.
Bella Paperie is located at Shop 33, 302 South Pine Road, Brendale. Phone 3205 5911.

 

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

A Stitchy Happy Birthday

This textured card was great for using up lots of the bits and bobs that seem to hang around my craft room. I hate throwing away scraps of paper or fabric but I never quite know what to do with them so this card seemed a good solution.

Stitch, Robyn Wood, Purple Salt

It was fun to gather a bunch of bits & pieces to add to the card, it looked quite a mess until the end!

This card has been shared on the Darkroom Door blog and you can find details of how it was made and others using the same stamp here.