Art Journal, Darkroom Door, Darkroom Door Stamps, Distress Oxide Ink

Gritty Grunge Play with Darkroom Door

Hello everyone!

Today I’m sharing a trio of art journal pages created using another one of the new Abstract stamps designed by Darkroom Door. This one is perfect for adding a lovely grungy element to your projects and I’ve used the image as part of a background and also as a bit of a colour feature on a page. There are four different images in the Abstract stamp collection and this one is Abstract 03, make sure you check the rest of them out here.

What could be more pleasurable than taking a bike for a spin on a warm summer afternoon? This is the feeling I’ve gone for with this page, it started with a few sprays of Distress Oxide inks onto a page in my black Dylusions Dylog journal and morphed from there.

I started the page with some random sprays of Distress Oxide inks and a few swipes of pale blue acrylic paint.

Next I ‘inked’ up the Darkroom Door Abstract 03 stamp with white acrylic paint and stamped it three times horizontally across my page. The paint was reapplied for each impression and allowed to dry before the next step. I love the subtle effect this gave.

I then selected a large bicycle image from the Darkroom Door Enjoy the Ride stamp set and stamped the image three times across my page, just above the Abstract stamp image. I decided the page needed a little extra grunge so inked the Darkroom Door Abstract 03 stamp using Watering Can Archival ink and stamped slightly over but not covering the previous white Abstract images. Using a fine black paint pen, I added some line work beneath the front wheels of the three bikes and scribbled doodles to the corners.

A fussy cut quote from the same Darkroom Door Enjoy the Ride stamp set finishes the page.

For my next project, I created a random background in my blank Dylusions Dyalog journal using pink, purple and gold paints on my Gel Press. I love using the Gel Press to apply layers of colour to a page without the use of stencils or other manipulation, the effect can be so random. For this spread, I intentionally left areas of white so that the next layers of colour would be visible. 

Then I inked the Darkroom Door Abstract 03 stamp with Deep Purple Archival ink and stamped parts of the image randomly over the page. I reinked the Darkroom Door Abstract 03 stamp with black Archival ink and stamped just the left and right outside edges of the page. I like how it is so easy to curl the stamp up with my hands to get only a small portion in contact with a page – no need for an acrylic block!

I then stamped the star and numbers images from the Darkroom Door Rockstar stamp set over the page using black Archival ink. In keeping with the loud colours of the background, I painted a couple of pieces of heavy paper with pink and orange acrylic paint and overstamped with imagery from the Darkroom Door Rockstar stamp set using black Archival ink. Once fussy cut, the images were adhered to my page.

Combining the word ‘Rockstar’ and a vinyl record image for a title completed the page. Outlining the title with white paint pen and inking the edges of the page gave it the finishing touch.

My happy place is colour and lots of it, so this page just makes me smile! This time I pulled a page from my Art by Marlene small journal to work on, I love the luscious watercolour paper in this journal. I then selected several Distress Oxide inks that were all in the same colour family – in this case mustard seed, picked raspberry, candied apple, carved pumpkin & worn lipstick – all the warm colours. The page would work equally well with cooler colours in shades of blues and greens. 

Using each colour in turn, starting from the lightest I inked the Darkroom Door Abstract 03 stamp, spritzed it with water and stamped a few times across my page. The initial image will be darker than the others but this lends a beautiful depth to the background. I worked quickly, cleaning my stamp between each colour but not allowing the page to dry out as this led to a wonderful blending of colour in some areas. 

Once the page was stamped and dried I sponged around the edges with mustard seed Distress ink. The Darkroom Door Happy quote was a finishing touch and I had fussy cut it before adding to my page with a little foam tape. 

Supplies used:

  • Darkroom Door Abstract 03 stamp
  • Darkroom Door Enjoy the Ride stamp set
  • Darkroom Door Rockstar stamp set
  • Darkroom Door Cassette Tape Eclectic set
  • Darkroom Door Happy Quote set
  • Archival ink – Jet Black, Deep Purple, Watering Can
  • Gel Press plate, brayer & acrylic paint
  • Distress Oxide Spray ink in blue/green shades
  • Distress Oxide ink – mustard seed, picked raspberry, candied apple, carved pumpkin, worn lipstick
  • Distress Ink – mustard seed
  • Black & white paint pens

I hope you have enjoyed learning how these projects came together, make sure you pop over to the Darkroom Door blog to see what the rest of the contributing artists have come up with!

Card making, Cards & Tags, Darkroom Door, Darkroom Door Stamps, Darkroom Door Stencils

Darkroom Door & Karen Burniston Blog Hop

Welcome to the blog hop of Darkroom Door & Karen Burniston!

Darkroom Door have teamed up with Karen Burniston to bring you an epic blog hop this week. It is sure to be inspiration overload as you hop along and join in the fun! Make sure you read to the end to find out how you can win some free product. A huge thanks to Darkroom Door and Karen Burniston for organising the hop and inviting me to play, its been huge fun to participate.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you can join the hop by following the list at the end of my post. Each blog involved is listed and linked so you can ‘hop’ from one to the next easily, you don’t need to come back here, just follow from the post next on my list.

For my projects, I chose to use the Karen Burniston Katherine Label Pop-Up #1011 & Word Set 1 – Greetings #1002 die sets. Using a pop-up die makes the process of designing a pop-up card so easy! No measuring or fiddling, the hard work is all done for you. I love how the little birdie pops up as you open the card – makes a nice surprise for the recipient.

I paired the dies with the new Darkroom Door Garden Birds & Grid Texture stamps to create an asymmetric gatefold card. The patterned paper used for the front panels was a little plain so I added a bit of texture using the Darkroom Door Grid Texture stamp and Rose Madder Archival ink.

I love colouring images and the new Darkroom Door Garden Birds are great to colour with Ecoline markers. The teensy hearts from the Karen Burniston Katherine Label Pop-up add a cute finishing touch to the one on the card front;)

Check out how fine the detail is around the label die! Although I’ve known about Karen Burniston dies and their wonderful quality for ages, having some to create with was new to me. I enjoyed the opportunity to use them – they cut so beautifully and are really well designed.

I decided to do a second project and create a mixed media style tag. This time I’ve paired the large label die from Karen Burniston Katherine Label Pop-up along with the ‘Hello’ from Word Set 1 – Greetings with the new Darkroom Door Butterfly Note Eclectic stamp.

First up I created a background with texture paste & Darkroom Door Large Mesh stencil then smooshed Gelatos over it for a rich layer of colour.

The Butterfly Note stamp was inked with Distress Oxide inks – firstly with Antique Linen and then I went around the edges and parts of the centre with Candied Apple. I followed a fan-type pattern to give the impression of markings on the butterfly wings. I quite like how the effect looked when stamped and the wetness of the Distress Oxide inks gives you a little time to get the pattern right.

Both Darkroom Door and Karen Burniston will be giving away a prize packs, with winners randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received by Sunday, July 29, 2018. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop post to enter! Obviously, the more comments you leave the better your odds of winning.

Darkroom Door / Rachel Greig
Karen Burniston & Tanya Kostynuk
Belinda Spencer
Summer Hills-Painter
Teresa Abajo
Karen Aicken
Anneke De Clerck
Frances Byrne
Godelieve Tijskens
Shelly Hickox
Anna-Karin Evaldsson
Mary Prasad
Robyn Wood  <—– YOU ARE HERE
Fran Sabad
Connie Mercer
Kelly Booth
Autumn Clark
Helen Cryer
Kymona Tracey










Art Journal, Art Journal Challenge, Darkroom Door, Dina Wakley Media, Quotes

Dina Wakley Show Us Your Media – January Challenge

For the last few months, Dina Wakley has been running a creative challenge based around encouraging us to get our fingers painty to fuel our creative spirit. The challenges are pretty open, with the main requirement being to use Dina Wakley branded products somewhere in the project. Dina provides inspiration in the form of a journaling prompt, quote etc.









For January, we were encouraged to create a project about being unstoppable…

I’ve had a little love-not quite like relationship with the Dina Wakley journal, the different textures seem to upset my process somehow, but over the past few months I decided I needed to just get in and use it without worrying how the pages turned out.  I’m beginning to really love it! Might even splurge on the new large size one Dina has released at Creativation.

I’ve created a page in my Dina Wakley journal and used the following –

  • Dina Wakley paints – umber, cheddar, fuchsia, black
  • Distress Oxide inks – various
  • Darkroom Door stamps – Compass Eclectic, Paris Postcard & Bold Arrows
  • Prima – imagery

You can find challenge entries via the hashtags of #showusyourMEdia & #rangerink Perhaps you would like to play along next month? Let me know if you do!


























Bella Paperie, Card making, Darkroom Door, Darkroom Door Stamps, Darkroom Door Stencils, Distress Ink, Distress Oxide Ink

Mixed Media Card Class – Darkroom Door Stencil Play

Join me this Friday to create a unique set of cards & a gift box featuring the new Darkroom Door stencil collection. The techniques learnt in this mixed media card class are easily translatable to scrapbooking and art journaling.

Bring along your usual cardmaking kit including dauber, wet glue, foam adhesive & sharp scissors, black permanent ink (not Stazon), Spray bottle of water, non-stick craft mat, clear Stickles, baby wipes & an aquash brush

We will be using the following products so bring them along if you have them to save waiting –

  • Distress Oxide Inks –  Fossilized Amber, Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade, Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick, Broken China, Fired Brick, Peacock Feathers & Wilted Violet.
  • Distress Inks – Twisted Citron or other green, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed, Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick
  • Stencils with small patterns
  • Gelatos or dye based markers to colour flowers, butterfly & bird

Class will be held, Friday Oct 27, 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.




Bella Paperie, Card making, Darkroom Door Stamps

Bella Style Wednesday with Collage Butterfly

Join me this Wednesday for a colourful Bella Style Wednesday Project. I will be teaching how to create easy, interesting backgrounds using Distress Oxide inks and you will be making this stunning card using the Darkroom Door Collage Butterfly.

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, foam tape, spray bottle for water, aquash brush & non-stick craft mat.

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



Art Journal, Darkroom Door, Darkroom Door Stamps, Darkroom Door Stencils, Mixed media

Darkroom Door Stencil Blog Hop

Recently, Darkroom Door released a brand-new product – stencils! I was lucky to be given a few to play with and have been creating happily. The stencils come in two sizes – small (4½” x 6”) and large (9” x 12”) and are lovely and sturdy, so perfect for anything you want to throw at them.

Make sure you stay with me until the end of the post for some exciting giveaway news, but first I’d like to share some of the projects I’ve created recently.














The small stencils are perfect for cardmaking. I stencilled the small Darkroom Door Wildflowers using Dina Wakley black gesso over a sunset toned background created with Distress Oxides. The black images make a beautiful silhouette that can be accented with a brightly coloured butterfly and quote.











The Mesh Background and Texture stamps and ones I constantly reach for, so I was very excited to see these turned into stencils. The small one is so useful for adding instant texture to a background for a quick card or tag. It was easy to stencil into the background of the Darkroom Door Tulips Photo Stamp. A touch of pearlescent Gelatos to colour the flowers and I had unique, pretty card.















I’ve also used small Mesh stencil for this tag.














Who could resist letting this little birdie have his freedom? I’m kind of in love with creating backgrounds and liquid to go into mini jars using Distress Oxide inks – can you tell?











Although ‘small’ the smaller sized stencils are great for art journaling and the focal images make creating a page easy. I’ve simply stencilled the small Wildflowers using Dina Wakley black gesso across a drippy, messy background in my journal added a few words that kinda make sense and it was done.












The larger sized stencils very versatile as well. I stencilled over a messy collaged background with the large Mesh stencil and matt gel medium to give a wonderfully textured effect for this page. Then a bit of colour and a sprinkling of stamped images and the page was complete.














Have you played with Dina Wakley’s new Media Journal yet? I am loving the different textures of the pages and created this super quick page using Dylusions Ink Sprays and the large Darkroom Door Wildflowers stencil. The yummy watercolour paper soaks up the spray but quickly releases it when sprayed with water through the stencil.

Now it’s time for a giveaway!














Be sure to visit each blog and leave a comment. Five lucky winners will receive 3 stencils of their choice! Winners will be drawn from comments left across all the blogs, so be sure to leave a comment on each blog for more chances to win! Comments received before midnight Friday 4th August are eligible to be in the draw. Winners will be announced Monday 7th August on the Darkroom Door blog and Facebook page.

Hop along to the other blogs here:
Darkroom Door:
Teresa Abajo:
Belinda Spencer:
Autumn Clark:
Godelieve Tijskens:
Anneke De Clerck:

Thanks so much for joining me today and reading to the end, make sure you visit everyone else to see what goodness the other girls have created. Good luck!

Darkroom Door stamps used –

  • Sets – Wings, Wildflowers Vol, Discover, Steampunk, Fine Flowers Vol 2, Full Bloom Vol 2
  • Eclectic – Compass Eclectic, Robin, Mini Mason Jar, Paris Postcard
  • Texture – Mesh
  • Word Block – Wellbeing, Journey, Wilderness
  • Collage – Butterfly Post














Robyn Wood, Purple Salt,
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,

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?

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.

Backgrounds, Darkroom Door, Monoprinting, Tutorials

A Gelli Printed Tag

(c) Robyn Wood - Reflect Dream Wander

I like to make the best use of all of the leftover paint on my Gelli plate and often print off a bunch of tags once my initial print is pulled. I’d like to show you what I have done with one of those ‘leftover-paint’ tags.

(c) Robyn Wood - Reflect Dream Wander

Here is what I started with – already it has a lot of texture and interest but it needs something more. I used a white crayon to colour some areas of the circles.  [Ignore that eyelet – I changed my mind about the design half way through!]

(c) Robyn Wood - Reflect Dream Wander

Distress ink in a couple of different colours was sponged over parts of the tag. The darker the colour, the deeper the effect of the crayon resisting the dye ink.

(c) Robyn Wood - Reflect Dream Wander

Once the sponging was complete, the tag was wiped over with a tissue to highlight the crayon resist.

(c) Robyn Wood - Reflect Dream Wander

For more texture I stamped the tag with the Darkroom Door French Script background stamp.  Make sure the script is right way up if you use one!

(c) Robyn Wood - Reflect | Dream | Wander

I used butterflies from two different Darkroom Door sets – Wings & Butterflies stamped onto watercolour card so that I could use Distress markers and a water brush to colour them.

For a finishing touch I gave a strip of vellum a torn edge and inked with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink.  Words were trimmed from the Journey word block set.  Some Distress ink coloured, seam binding completed the tag.

(c) Robyn Wood - Reflect Dream Wander