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.

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Art Journal, Mixed media, Quotes

Café Girl – my September Mixed Media Journal Class

Over the past few years I’ve been creating simple sketches that I’ve come to call my café girls. They have been created on the run during vacations, during down time in cafés as I wait for my food and during those times when I’m waiting for something to happen. Simple sketches, with minimal supplies that have morphed into soulful girls with expressive faces that remind me of time and place.

I’d like to share my café girls in a mixed media journal class and you are invited! I find creating these girls are the perfect escape for an art fix, don’t worry if you can’t draw a face as I have a template you can use. Perhaps bring along some inspirational images from magazines and such as a basis for your girl.

Absolute beginners are very welcome but the more experienced are sure to find something to challenge in each class.

Supplies to bring:

  • If you already art journal – bring along your usual kit, if not check the requirements list for a guide on what to bring. You will need an approx. A4 sized journal to begin with – please check in store for details.
  • Collage papers – only a small amount is needed & I’ll have music paper for you to use
  • Stickers for a word/quote if you wish to add something to the page at the end
  • Watercolour pencils in dark brown, dark blue, black & dark grey (Paynes grey is perfect & a black Stabilo will be useful)
  • Extra watercolour pencils in a variety of colours for eyes, lips, cheeks if you have them
  • Acrylic paints in colours suitable for skin, hair & clothing. Appropriate colours for skin will be helpful but I’ll show you how to mix them. Lime green & magenta make a great skin colour!
  • Liquitex matt medium
  • Whtie gesso
  • Clear gesso (don’t buy specifically, in case you don’t need it, I will have some to share)
  • Fine white Sharpie paint pen
  • White gel pen
  • A selection of fine brushes – #4, #6 & #12 round brushes will work well.
  • Flat brush for matt medium
  • Something watersoluble to use for the background – watercolours, Scribble Sticks, Prima watersoluble pastels, Gelatos, watercolour powders will all work well.
  • Graphite paper or similar & biro if you wish to trace the image instead of drawing one
  • Pencil, prefer hard 2H or similar if you wish to sketch the girl
  • Rubber
  • Black permanent pen for doodling
  • Small spatula
  • Paint palette
  • Non–stick craft mat
  • 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, September 3 and costs $30 with some supplies provided.

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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: http://www.darkroomdoor.com/Blog
Teresa Abajo: https://thetamarisk.blogspot.com
Belinda Spencer: http://happyscrapspace.blogspot.com
Autumn Clark: http://sewpaperpaint.blogspot.com
Godelieve Tijskens: http://stampingmathilda.blogspot.com
Anneke De Clerck: http://somefiddlingonthekitchentable.blogspot.com

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

 

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Art Journal, Bella Paperie, Gelatos

Winter Bounty…my August mixed media art journal class

This month in my mixed media art journal class we will explore the colours and textures of Winter. If you have ever looked at a handful of dried leaves, you may have noticed the gorgeous range of colours and textures represented by something we often think as colourless detritus.

So, we shall start our page with a handful of leaves and work to turn them into something beautiful. Adding layers and using some of my favourite techniques will create a richly textured page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

  • A handful of dried leaves to use as the basis of the page design. Go for a wander in your garden, the local park or take a walk around the block. You will need leaves in a variety of sizes, the more misshapen and flatter the better!
  • Liquitex white gesso
  • Texture paste (bring Faber-Castell Whipped Spackle if you have it as it dries quickly)
  • Small pallet knife
  • approx. 1” wide brush
  • variety of smaller brushes
  • charcoal pencil & smudging stump (cotton buds work well)
  • pencil
  • rubber
  • black permanent pen for journaling
  • variety of stencils, some with open patterns
  • acrylic paints in leaf colours – I have used cream & shades of brown
  • extra colours for background and top coat colours. I have used Dylusions Pomegranite & Lemon Zest to make the brown background colours and Calypso Teal & London Blue for the top glaze.
  • watersoluble colour sticks – I have used Gelatos in browns, purple, yellow and red but Tim Holtz Distress Crayons, Scribble Sticks, Prima pastels are good options. Prima waxes in leaf colours will also work well.
  • Scribble Sticks or watercolour pencil in dark colour
  • small sponges for paint
  • spray bottle
  • baby wipes
  • paper towel
  • container for water
  • heat tool
  • N.B. Please ensure you bring ‘matt’ paints along – glossy ones tend to stick in an art journal

 

Bella Paperie is located at Shop 33, 302 South Pine Road, Brendale. Phone 3205 5911 to book. Class runs 10am – 2pm, August 6 and costs $30 with some supplies provided.

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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.