Art Journal, Darkroom Door, Gelatos, Mixed media, Tutorials

Art Journal Share & Blog Hop News–prizes to be won!

Just popping in to share my latest art journal page and to give you details on a blog hop that I’m playing in this week.

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The design teams for Darkroom Door and Art Journey are combining for one huge blog hop! The teams for each company swapped stamps and you get to see the results of our creative playtime.  Both companies are giving away prize packs so make sure you check out each of the blogs on the hop to enter!

The hop started Monday with the Darkroom Door blog being the first stop.  Don’t forget to pop back here on Friday to see my project!

And now to my art journal share –

(c) Robyn Wood - Life is Better

Have you seen the newest set of Gelato colours? They have a steampunk theme and are a lovely set of warm browns and a divine purple.  They came in an order from LuLu Art yesterday and I couldn’t wait to play with them!

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This page came together really quickly – some smudges of Gelatos, Tim Holtz rubons & stencilling with Dina Wakley paint and then the page was ready for stamping. I used Darkroom Door stamp sets – Paint Splats, Enjoy the Ride & Discover.

I love the imagery on this page – my eldest son is a cyclist so there is a variety of bicycles living in our garage.

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!

Art Journal, Backgrounds, Copics, Darkroom Door, Gelatos, Mixed media, Tutorials

Compendium of Curiosities 3–Paint Marbling Challenge

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In the world of papercraft the name Tim Holtz certainly causes you to pay attention, the man is always coming up with something new and interesting, often totally amazing!  Following on from his previous two books, Tim has released another – number 3 featuring a whole extra world of techniques and information.  As for the previous two books, Linda Ledbetter is running some challenges, based around various techniques that are described within the book.  The first cab off the rank is ‘paint marbling’, a technique I’ve done heaps of times but never into my art journal – so here goes for a project with a difference!

I used Distress Paints in Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade to create the initial background in my A4 sized, hardbound journal. Having the extra space to do it was great, although a little awkward to control.

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Next came some torn strips of dictionary paper and some stencilling. I used a new Dina Wakley stencil and sponged each part of it with Archival inks – I didn’t want the colour to move in the next steps.  I drew around the outside of the shape with a paint pen to define it a little.

I added a few swipes of texture paste through the dot fade stencil and got onto Copic colouring my butterflies while that dried.  I had stamped the various Darkroom Door butterflies onto plain paper so I didn’t get too much ‘bulk’ – made blending a little difficult but it worked.

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I also stamped a stacked set of butterflies onto some pale green tissue paper & Copic coloured them.  Once they were adhered onto the page, the tissue paper almost disappeared.

WIP (3)

Extra colour and shading was added with Gelatos, watercolour crayon & sponged ink.  I added a few dribbles of watercolour crayon using the Ranger spritzer tool – more on how I did that in a later post!

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I hope you liked learning how I created this layout. Perhaps you would like to join in the challenge? You can find out more info on Linda’s blog here.

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Supplies used:

  • Darkroom Door Collage Butterfly
  • Darkroom Door Wings stamp set
  • Darkroom Door Wildflower stamp set
  • Darkroom Door Discover stamp set
  • Ranger Archival ink – Forget-Me-Not, Chrome Yellow, Manganese Blue, Jet Black
  • Momento ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Tim Holtz stencil – Dot Fade
  • Dina Wakley stencil – Mod
  • Copic markers
  • Copic multiliner
  • Liquitex texture paste
  • Liquitex matt medium
  • Liquitex gel medium
  • Liquitex Paint Pen – Brilliant Blue
  • Neocolor II watercolour crayon – Azurite Blue
  • Ranger Spritzer Tool
  • Gelatos in blues & yellow
Darkroom Door, Gelatos, Scrapbooking

Champion

Champion (c) Robyn Wood - www.purplesalt.net

If you follow my Instagram you have probably worked out that one of my boys is a keen mountain biker, or more specifically a downhiller.  Downhill cycling is a sport where you take yourself to the nearest mountain track and throw yourself over the side in a race to the bottom by the quickest time.  Crazy!  But he loves it with a passion.

I created this layout to celebrate his recent achievement of a podium position for a downhill endurance race.  For this one the aim was to complete as many runs as possible over four hours.  Josh came third!

Champion closeup (c) Robyn Wood - www.purplesalt.net

This month, Darkroom Door is one of the sponsors of CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration, and I used Darkroom Door stamps on my page.  Here’s the case file:117flat

The idea is to use the above image, colour scheme and information for inspiration.  For evidence I used – cogs, metal, bicycle and numbers and for testimony I journaled about something ‘mind-boggling’ but the inspo word ‘move’ was also inspiring.  After all, Josh was on the move for 4 hours!

Champion WIP 1

I started the page with a few swipes of Gelatos and used a wet Faber Castell sponge blender to blend.  I laid my photos on top and marked out rough positioning for the next step.

Champion WIP 2

A few cogs from the Darkroom Door Steampunk set and random partial stampings of the Darkroom Door Grid background stamp added a bit of interest.

Champion WIP 4

I painted a couple of swatches of Distress Crackle to add a bit of texture and once dry rubbed it over with Gelatos – the Gelatos filled in some of the cracks to add an extra dimension of colour.  As it was a mountain bike competition, I only wanted parts of the bicycle wheels sticking out from underneath my pictures so I inked & stamped only a portion of the bicycle. (it’s still the wrong type of wheel but oh well!)

Champion WIP 3

A Tim Holtz number 3 reinforces Josh coming third – a bit of Distress Paint takes away the shiny silver to give a slightly enamel look.  Some strip journaling and a title and it was done.

Supplies used:

  • Darkroom Door Enjoy the Ride stamp set
  • Darkroom Door Steampunk stamp set
  • Darkroom Door Grid background stamp
  • Gelatos & sponge blending tool
  • Ranger Archival Ink – black, watering can & fern green
  • Tim Holtz number
  • Ranger Distress Crackle rock candy
  • Ranger Distress Paint – picket fence
Backgrounds, Mixed media

Materialized–an exhibition

(c) Robyn Wood - Materialized

A little while ago one of my online friends posted about working on a challenge based on a swatch of vintage fabric. I was intrigued by the idea and decided to join in.

Materialized – all participants must respond to the fabric, ie; the pattern, the texture or the colour palette, by creating a finished piece incorporating or referencing their swatch.
The material will plant the seed of a creative idea and the final designs will “materialize” as the ideas ger…minate and grow into the finished piece.
The result will be a diverse collection of work that incorporates fashion and clothing, textiles, jewellery, accessories, works on canvas and paper and sculptural pieces.

Here is a peek at my canvas with the swatch fabric.

(c) Robyn Wood - Materialized

The challenge was run by Liz Jones at Gleaners Inc, a handmade design retailer based in Brunswick, Victoria. The idea was to create a piece, inspired by the vintage fabric which would then be included in an exhibition as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program (boy is a mouthful!)

The exhibition will run throughout March and you can find more details on the Materialized Facebook page.

(c) Robyn Wood - Materialized

The exhibition opens on March 7 – if you are a Melbournite I’d love to hear if you visit the exhibition!

(c) Robyn Wood - Materialized

Backgrounds, Copics, LuLu Art, Mixed media, Tutorials

Life Lessons – ATC Accordion Folder

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

 

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, Darkroom Door, Mixed media, Monoprinting, Tutorials

Let the Sky Fall

(c) Robyn Wood - Let the Sky Fall - www.purplesalt.net

Whenever I sit down to create some Gelli prints, I always have an art journal out to mop up the excess paint on my plate. The prints from these ‘leftovers’ add instant texture to any background and provide the perfect starting point for a project.

Today I’d like to share an art journal page featuring some Darkroom Door stamps – Carved Birds Vol 1, Alphabet Medley & Chicken Wire.

(c) Robyn Wood - Let the Sky Fall - www.purplesalt.net

The page features many layers of paint and ink. The birds were doodled on with gel pens & a white Sharpie paint pen to make them stand out from the background a little more.

(c) Robyn Wood - Let the Sky Fall - www.purplesalt.net

You might not have noticed but aside from using the Alphabet Medley set for my journaling, I also used the smaller set as a background stamp.  I haven’t cut each of the letters apart yet – I think I might leave each of the alphabets intact so I can use them this way more often!

I have the habit of taking lots of step by step pics so decided to create a slideshow of the process.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh2LvAr6Zls

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

An Imaginary Voyage

(c) Robyn Wood - An Imaginary Journey

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……

(c) Robyn Wood - An Imaginary Journey

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.

Art Journal, Backgrounds, Darkroom Door, Gelatos, Mixed media, Online classes

2014 – New Challenges, New Online Classes, New Art

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I love a creative challenge and I’m becoming an online class junkie. Last year I dabbled in a few online classes, some with more success than others but I have learnt something from each of them. I plan to do a review post on the ones I did over the next few weeks.

In 2013, I procrastinated about taking on Lifebook or One Little Word and decided that I didn’t really have the time or focus as I wanted to get my Purple Salt indie business up and running. Time alone during the last days of 2013 made me realise that I really did want to join in the Lifebook movement and I have found myself doing it plus One Little Word (run by Ali Edwards) & The Documented Life Project!

So far all good and although completely different, each share similar elements which will enhance my year. I love that The Documented Life Project has a big element of mixed media in the prompts and challenges.  In a bid to share my mixed media projects more regularly – here is my first one from Lifebook 2014 – the warm up exercise from Week 1 with Tamara Laporte.

 

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Supplies – acrylic paints, Liquitex inks, Archival Ink, Distress Paints, Distress Crackle, Gelatos, Darkroom Door stamps.