I’m testing out some acrylic paints today and sharing how I test out new paint. The paints under the arty microscope in my video are the Pebeo Studio DYNA Iridescent acrylic paints, now these aren’t new paints, they have been around for a while but they are new to me and I’m just giving them a test drive to see how they work. But I would love to hear about your experiences with them if you have tried them.
I’m also sharing a couple of other things that I am also testing out today, a technique and a style, so I hope you enjoy watching the process. As always the products that I have used are listed below the video plus there is a close-up photo of the finished project too.
They are so shiny! Oh and look what I found whilst I was uploading this video to YouTube…it’s an amazing paint pouring video from the Debs At Acrylic Pouring Channel using the Pebeo iridescent acrylic paint. Yum results! I keep meaning to try out paint pouring but still haven’t given it a go. Have you tried it yet? Got any favourite videos or tips you would like to share about paint pouring?
I’m back today with a technique for using embossing powder with stencils. But I am not just using one embossing powder, oh no, that would be too easy! I am going to use three and I’ve got the whole process for you in my video today. It is a great technique for your mixed media, art journaling and even your card making too so have fun trying out this embossing powder with stencils technique!
Now, I’m using some lovely free gifts that I got from magazines for my make today. So hopefully this will give you some ideas for how to use them if you have them, or a heads-up if you haven’t and you want to get them! There might also be a shameless plug for one of my recent articles too! Oops!
I’m using the Dragonfly Dreams Die and Stamp set from Simply Cards and Papercraft Issue 171 and the Hexagon Stencil from Apple Blossom Magazine and kit issue 2 and you can find both of these over at Craft Stash (they ship worldwide!) and I’ve put direct links to each of the magazines in the supplies list below.
Remember, there are close-up pictures of the project at the bottom of this post!
VIDEO: Mixed Media Technique – Using Embossing Powder With Stencils
I wasn’t really sure what to call today’s video so I am going with ‘How To Start Mixed Media Art’. But we aren’t just going to start some art. I’m going to take you through all the steps to get you through to a finished piece, actually a collection of three finished pieces. Hey, why do one when you can do three, right?!
The idea is that you can add this exercise to your mixed media art and art journaling practice to help you to overcome overthinking and being too critical about your art too early on in the process. Which I know many of you suffer from, I suffer from it a lot myself.
And if you are not an overthinker and don’t have a problem with your inner critic then try this exercise as a warm-up to get you in the mood for your next big art session, it works great for that too!
VIDEO: How to Start Mixed Media Art – A Creative Exercise Technique
I am still on a color-kick after the yummy color from the Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers from Sunday’s technique video, don’t forget to watch it if you missed it! So today I have a technique that you can try out with the Ken Oliver Color Burst powders that is also crammed with color! Yay! More color! I think I might be feeling a little color-starved with the Winter weather here!
But don’t worry if you don’t have any Color Burst powders you can find some suggestions of alternative products that you can use instead in the video and below in the supplies list. Plus don’t forget to go take a look at the close-up pictures of the finished projects at the bottom of this post.
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2018 and a new creative year for us all. To kick off this creative year I have another in my art journal page process videos showcasing the ‘what happened next’ story for one of the pages that I started in the 12 Tips For Starting Art Journal Pages Using Acrylic paint video. This was the page that had the old book page inclusions so you can see what happened to it!
This is now the fourth page in this series and I’ve put the links to the other project videos at the end of the blog post, in case you missed them or wanted to refresh your memory.
VIDEO: Art Journal Page Process – Book Page Flower
It is that time again when we take the opportunity of that end of the year lull, before we gear-up and get cracking with the new year, to take a step back, reflect on our creative 2017 and pick out some of our favourite projects. Have you done this yet? I would love to know if you have so please feel free to let me know in the comments and share links to it if you have them!
I’ve done mine as a video this year and shared a little of the back story to my 2017 creative life. I think it does help to do a review so that you can see the direction you have been and where you are going, or at least hopefully.
Sometimes it is important to take stock, be kind to yourself and look at your work with fresh eyes. Everything moves so fast, with the constant need to be doing something new, that we often forget the work we have put in over the year. So it is a great time to just pause and congratulate yourself for everything you have done, even if you haven’t had a chance to do a lot creatively this year, what you have done is amazing! So go look back over your art journals, cards, sketchbooks or whatever works you have from 2017, before we all start racing ahead with 2018!
VIDEO: Gelli Prints Project #1: Transform A Sketch – watch in the blog post or on YouTube!
Line design at around time point 7.10 VIDEO: Sketchbook Tour and mini vlog – Inktober 2017 – watch in the blog post or on YouTube!
VIDEO: Watercolor Abstract Painting – Start To Finish Process – watch in the blog post or on YouTube!
Is it snowing where you are? Well, it is definitely snowing in my art journal today! I have a little Winter texture art journal page inspiration for you and a technique for making a nice DIY snowy scene that you can use as a backdrop for something else or as it is to make lovely abstract Winter art. I’ve used a textured gel for my scene to give it a really frosty feel but you could easily use other gels, mediums, pastes to make your project.
As always you can find the products that I used below and a close-up of the Winter texture in a photograph near the bottom of the post so just scroll down!
VIDEO: How To Make A Winter Texture Art Journal Page
Do you think you will get to do some art today? I know! It’s Christmas Eve and there is lots of cooking and wine drinking that needs to be done! So maybe not, but in case you do, or in case you need a quick art infusion to inspire you I have another ‘what happened next’ art journal page process video for one of those starter pages from my ’12 Tips For Starting Art Journal Pages Using Acrylic paint’ video. Now this time I am purposely making two individual but coordinated pages, so you can see how they develop.
I’m also using a few different design tricks to bring these pages together, so let me know which ones you spot and which ones you find yourself using in your pages. Scroll down to see the close-up of the swirly left-hand page below the video and supplies list!
My share today is an art journal page process video and as promised it is another continuing story for a page that I started in the 12 Tips For Starting Art Journal Pages Using Acrylic Paint video. Don’t forget to watch that first, if you missed it, so that you can see how this page began! There is a lot of painted texture on this starter page so I have done my best to make good use of it and picked techniques and colors to enhance it. But you can see all the steps in the video!
Oh and you might also spot that I made good use of the paper that I tested out that DIY carrot roller stamp on from the My Favourite DIY Stamp Carving Materials video! I’ve put a close up of the two parts of this project below the video and of course you will find the product list below the video too.
If you dropped past my blog at the end of November then you probably spotted my Favorite DIY Stamp Carving materials blog post? I shared some of my favorite products for carving your own stamps plus a quick simple how-to carve and an alternative idea for if you don’t own any of the products that I suggested! Yes, that’s right, it was the carrot carving video! Have you tried it yet?
Well, I am back today with a full stamp carving process video sharing how to carve a more intricate design from start to finish. I have lots of tips to share plus a bonus tip at the end of the video just for those of you that make it all the way through *wink!
Video time and I thought that I would share a watercolor abstract painting process with you today showing some of the work I have been doing behind the scenes recently. This is the first time that I’ve shared this work but you have probably seen some of my designs for it if you have been following me on Instagram. It is a speed paint video and I show all the steps that I take, from start to finish, to make a super textured and colourful watercolor abstract art.
Well, in fact I have two for you to watch as I am working side by side on two pieces, one using smooth hot press watercolor paper and the other the rougher cold press paper, and I’ve listed which papers they are below the video, where you will also see a of close-up photograph of each abstract painting too, so just scroll down to see them.
VIDEO: Watercolor Abstract Painting – Start To Finish Process
As I said in the video I would love to hear your recommendations for a good white opaque white ink or pen that would be great! Thanks! Plus let me know if you have a favorite out of these two watercolor abstract paintings, I would love to hear that too!