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.

Art Journal, Backgrounds, LuLu Art, Mixed media, Quotes, Tutorials

Find Joy in the Ordinary

 

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I’m sharing a new project on the LuLu Art store blog this week pop over here to check it out and learn more about the how and why I created the page.  I’ve linked to my YouTube video below.  As always you can find the products to make this project at LuLu Art!

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My page is one I’ve created as part of the Documented Life Project being run by the Art to the 5th Academy.  I’m really enjoying participating in these challenges each week – they are broad enough that you can interpret any way you like.

LuLu Art is having a huge sale at the moment – check it out while you are there as the bargains are fabulous! There is also a bunch of new products on the virtual shelves to tempt you.

LuLu Art, Mixed media, Tutorials

Life is….

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Goodness, two posts in one day! I have a new project up on the LuLu Art blog today and wanted to share it with you.  This time around I have created a sweet little canvas using mica tiles and a beeswax moulded face.

Come check it out here.  There is a pile of information on mica and how to use it on the LuLu Art blog.  I’ve uploaded a YouTube video showing you step-by-step how the canvas was created as well.

I’d love to know what you think – leave me a comment by clicking on the post title.

Art Journal, Gelatos, LuLu Art, Mixed media, Tutorials

Becoming a Butterfly

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Last week it was my turn to share a project on the LuLu Art blog and I’ve chosen to use a set of brand new Dina Wakley stamps to create an art journal page. I tend to love anything insect themed so these were perfect for the page I had in mind.

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This page caused me to muse on the theme of transformation and what it can mean to each of us. It can be learning a new skill, taking on a new challenge, making new friends or making a major life change. Often, we don’t realise how big the change is until it is well past.

Here is a list of the supplies I used, don’t forget that you can find them all online in the LuLu Art store.

  • Dylusions – Creative Journal
  • Watercolour Paper scraps, Strathmore
  • Dina Wakley Stamps – Scribbly Insects
  • Dina Wakley Stencil – You Can
  • Gelatos – various colours for butterflies
  • Ranger Distress paint – Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade
  • Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic – Night, Ruby, Turquoise
  • Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black, Watering Can, Monarch Orange
  • Pearl Ex – Macro Pearl
  • Non-stick craft mat
  • White Sharpie
  • Matte Medium
  • Tissue paper

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Thanks for joining me again today, I love inspiring you to create something different and to give you some ideas on interesting techniques to try. Don’t forget to comment below with a link to your blog if you try something similar or have a project you would like to share with me.

Art Journal, Backgrounds, LuLu Art, Mixed media, Monoprinting, Tutorials

Easy Acrylic Skins with a Gelli Plate

…and an art journal page to share!

Easy Acrylic Skins by Robyn Wood, Purple Salt, www.purplesalt.net

It’s my turn to share a project on the LuLu Art blog this week and I can’t tell you how pleased I am with how it turned out. I’ve created an acrylic skin using the Gelli plate and then added the beautifully layered skin into my art journal.

You know when you have a Gelli plate that gets so many, many layers of dried paint that they never seem possible to clean? This is the perfect technique for getting those plates clean and pristine again (ready to get gungy all over again!)

Easy Acrylic Skins by Robyn Wood, Purple Salt, www.purplesalt.net

I’ve popped the video link below but full details of my project and how I made the acrylic skin can be found here on the LuLu Art blog.

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=xc14pRsi15Q&feature=vm

Art Journal, LuLu Art, Mixed media

A Summer Adventure

a project by Robyn Wood, Purple Salt, www.purplesalt.net

I live in the Southern Hemisphere, in what is usually a sunny Australian city but it has turned blustery and cold this week – Winter is here at last! Winter Solstice draws near, my to warmer temperatures as I created this cute birdie page for you.  My page features lots of lovely texture, found words and a birdie or two.

You can find full details of my project and links to the YouTube video I created on the LuLu Art blog.  Come check it out here.

Do you Instagram? My feed is a constant source of inspiration and peek into the lives and habits of others. Whenever it is freezing here, I can visit with my Insta friends enjoying a sunny day or a yummy dinner when I’m just getting up. My whippet dog Zed even has Insta friends! I love watching the adventures of our international doggy friends – makes me realise that whippets are such an amazing breed. I found one the other day that does a form of parkour!

Come check out my Instagram feed here.  I’d also love it if you found me on Facebook – you can find my blog page at http://www.facebook.com/PurpleSaltCr8 and LuLu Art also has a friends group here.  Pop in and say hello!

Backgrounds, Copics, LuLu Art, Mixed media, Tutorials

Life Lessons – ATC Accordion Folder

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Today I’d like to share my most recent project for LuLu Art – an ATC Accordion Folder.  This was such a sweet project to make and a bit different for me as I usually use stamped images – the ATC’s in this one use collage sheets.  Available from LuLu Art of course!

If you would like to see full details – hop over to the LuLu Art blog to find my project here.  You can also watch the YouTube video I made showing details.

While you are there – check out the Design Team call!  I have had a ball of fun designing for Lisa the past 6 months so give it a go.

(c) Robyn Wood - Life Lessons ATC Accordion Folder - www.purplesalt.net

Art Journal, Backgrounds, LuLu Art, Mixed media, Tutorials

An Imaginary Voyage

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Let me take you on an imaginary journey, but first you will need a cup of tea! I’ll wait while you make a cup……

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When I started working on my January design team project for LuLu Art I came across this quote somewhere on Pinterest and thought it the perfect inspiration.  Especially as I have a prized collection of china cups to use for detailing!

As part of the project I created a YouTube video – you can see it here. Perhaps sign up for my YouTube channel while you are there?

Of course, all the supplies are available from LuLu Art and are listed on Lisa’s blog post about my project here.